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Join a State Bar SectionJoin other leading attorneys and legal professionals who are passionate about their practices.

  • California attorneys
    You can ENROLL ONLINE NOW in a State Bar Section and receive immediate access to your member benefits, including:

    • access to the Section's Members Only area through My State Bar Profile

    • the chance to sign up for e-groups specific to your Section in My State Bar Profile

    • your timely subscription to the Section's journal

    Or, if you wish to enroll by mail or fax, print out and complete the Section Enrollment Form.

  • Non-California attorneys applying for affiliate membership in a Section: print out and complete the Section Enrollment Form.

  • Law Students applying for Law Student membership in a Section: print out and complete the Section Enrollment Form. (Up to three free one-year memberships for Law Students)

Join a State Bar SectionEach Section provides its members with valuable tools including eNewsletters, publications and far more. Highly regarded as a premier provider of legal education, the sixteen Sections deliver specialized training and practical programs. Symposiums, one-day seminars and multi-day conferences. On-line seminars, self-study curriculum as well as updates on trends and changes in the law.

Sections also can figure heavily when initiating or advocating legislation and regulations. Plus most of the Sections participate in major public education efforts and community service activities, such as consumer radio shows and booklets that explain legal rights.

Your minimal annual membership helps to fund all these essential programs and services. What’s more, your membership is a tax-deductible investment.

Membership Services

  • First rate periodic journals, handbooks and reports

  • High quality educational programs featuring leading experts in your field

  • Access to cutting edge legislative developments

  • Electronic updates including case alerts, case studies and practice tips

  • The chance to become active in legislative review and reform

  • Discounts on professional services and products

  • Public speaking and writing opportunities

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Join a State Bar SectionWith more than 65,000 members, the State Bar Sections provide unmatched value, service and benefits through our sixteen Sections.

JOIN THE Sections and remember : Your future success and court performance are in the balance. of prestige with membership. So enroll now. Share your thoughts, insights and valuable experiences with your peers. Invest as little or as much time as you can. In either case, you’ll receive far more in return.

Gain instant access to pivotal courtroom facts and figures. Decisive insider information that would take a staff of over one hundred to research and assemble. Maintain and digest. All for the price of a power lunch.

Your State Bar Sections

Antitrust, UCL and Privacy

Further your knowledge in federal and state antitrust and unfair competition law, litigation and antitrust counseling, and privacy law. The Section considers both private and government enforcement actions. • 415-538-2554

Business Law

Become active in one of the Section's 15 substantive committees, focusing on corporate law, banking, health law, franchise law, insolvency, nononprofits, cyberlaw, the UCC and more. Have a voice in the development of policy and legislation affecting the California business community. • 415-538-2570

Criminal Law

Your source for substantive and procedural law, prisoner confinement, offender rehabilitation and other matters relating to the prosecution and defense of persons accused of crimes on both the federal and state level. • 415-538-2568

Environmental Law

Keep abreast of regulatory developments and case law concerning air quality, CEQA, coastal and forest resources, endangered species, energy, global warming, hazardous waste and materials, land use, NEPA, prop 65, solid waste, water quality, wetlands and more. • 415-538-2582

Family Law

Get timely information and particiate in an active and a robust legislative program focusing on marriage, dissolution, custody and support, community property, adoptions and matters affecting the rights, privileges, duties and responsibilities of members of the family. • 415-538-2238

Intellectual Property Law

Join active Interest Groups and stay abreast of developments in trademarks; trade secrets; copyrights; patents; licensing; technology, internet & privacy; entertainment and sports;  international IP, and other intellectual property issues. • 415-538-2375

International Law

Find the resources you need for your international and trans-border legal matters including corporate and business transactions, litigation and arbitration, tax, regulatory and trade matters, bankruptcy, intellectual property, family law and immigation, amongst others.  • 415-538-2380

Labor and Employment Law

Your forum for all aspects of labor and employment law, including sexual harassment, disability discrimation, wrongful termination, discrimination, leaves of absence, DFEH/EEOC, hiring foreign nationals, wage issues, mental disabilities and illness, union issues, legislation and case law and more.  • 415-538-2590

Law Practice Management and Technology

Keep on top of the skills and tools you need to run your practice effectively, including ethical concerns, computer and technological advancements, effective management techniques, and other sources for the effective and ethical delivery of legal services and the successful operation of a law office.. • 415-538-2520


Calling all litigators! This Section promotes excellence in all areas affecting dispute resolution, pre-trial discovery, the expeditious trial of lawsuits, effective judicial administration, uniform rules of court and the protection and preservation of the independence of a judiciary of high quality. • 415-538-2546

Public Law

If your work involves public agencies, this Setion provides educational resources and a forum for your particular issues, including governmental agencies, departments or boards, administrative issues, land use/environment, government contracts, legislation and political, public interest and information, government tort liability and community development. • 415-538-2248

Real Property Law

Hone your expertise in all matters concerning real property, including development (common interest, public, private, commercial and industrial), finance, litigation, sales and brokerage, landlord-tenant, inverse condemnation and eminent domain, construction, natural resources and zoning and land use.  • 415-538-2564

Solo and Small Firm

Your particular concerns as a solo or an attorney in a small firm are the focus of this enterprising Section, which provides a wide range of educational programs, and excellent publication and networking opportunities. • 415-538-2350


Your source for timely, specialized resources in the areas of bankruptcy/insolvency, corporate tax, employee benefits, estate and gift tax, income tax, international tax, pass-through entities and real estate, state and local tax, tax exempt organizations and tax procedure and litigation. • 415-538-2580

Trusts and Estates

Keep informed on developments in all related areas, including probate, estate planning, administration, accounting, distribution of estates, guardianships and conservatorships, and drafting of wills and trusts. You will also receive California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, one of the premier scholarly publications in the area. • 415-538-2206

Workers' Compensation Law

Your source for information in this rapidly changing field, including legialtive and case law, mediation and arbitatration, AMA guidelines, medical evidence, and cases of all kinds: cumulative injuries, psychiatric injuries, pain control and drug addiction, and more. • 415-538-2256