Southern California 
Chinese Lawyers Association

Committees

All SCCLA members are welcome and encouraged to join one or more committees. It is a great way for members to learn more about the operations of SCCLA and to prepare to become a board member. Please contact info@sccla.org if you would like to join or a committee or have ideas for new committees that SCCLA should form.

Civic Affairs

The Civic Affairs Committee monitors and addresses issues of concern to our legal community, with a focus on matters of civil rights, diversity, equal opportunity, and access to legal services. The Committee often partners with sister bar associations and community organizations to promote their common ideals and interests.

Communications

The Communications Committee oversees all of SCCLA’s public and internal communications, including email newsletters, social media, mailing lists, and our website. The Communications Committee also designs promotional material for SCCLA events and is responsible for disseminating and publicizing SCCLA events and initiatives.

Endorsement

The Endorsement Committee advises the Board of Governors on providing endorsements for candidates to the state or federal judiciary. The Committee screens, investigates, and evaluates the qualifications of candidates seeking endorsement from SCCLA and presents its findings and recommendations to the Board of Governors.

Law Student

The Law Student Committee is a coalition of SCCLA members ranging from young associates to seasoned partners who are passionate about mentoring and fostering the professional development of Asian Pacific American law students. The Law Student Committee seeks to provide students with access to experienced professionals who will guide them through the transition from students to young professionals. The Law Student Committee hosts a number of programs and events focused on mentorship, expanding the network of law students, and practical guidance on interviewing, the first few years of practice, the California State Bar Exam, and the importance of work-life balance in professional and academic careers. To join or become more involved in the Law Student Committee, please contact lawstudentcomm@SCCLA.org.

Legal Clinic

The Legal Clinic Committee organizes the SCCLA Legal Clinic in collaboration with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County every third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Our legal clinic offers pro per attendees general information covering a range of legal issues including, but not limited to: family, immigration, health insurance, medical debt, business, employment, criminal, real estate, estate planning, probate, bankruptcy, consumer, intellectual property, and international law. We welcome attorneys, law students, paralegals, interpreters, and community members as volunteers. No foreign language abilities required. Members who are interested in assisting with and organizing our legal clinics are encouraged to join this committee.

Membership

The Membership Committee takes charge on initiatives that drive SCCLA membership (e.g., annual membership meeting, networking events, member socials) and administers membership matters. Creative thinkers and extroverted self-starters are encouraged to join this committee.

Networking

The goal of the Networking Committee is to devise ideas and organize programs that allow SCCLA members to network and build lasting professional relationships in organic ways. These include: (i) a kick-off event to announce our networking programs to members; (ii) an online “Member Forum,” where members can opt-in to on the SCCLA website to connect professionally, request referrals, post job listings, and share events; and (iii) social events with local sister bar organizations and in-house counsel groups.

Scholarship

The Scholarship Committee solicits donations and reviews applications for SCCLA’s annual law student scholarships and fellowships. This Committee involves a lot of communication with donors and students, as well as the coordination of award presentations at either the Annual Banquet or other format. Members who are interested in engaging with law students, have a knack for event coordination, and pay close attention to detail are encouraged to join this Committee.

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