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Chinese Lawyers Association

SCCLA Board Membership

Organized in 1975, the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA) works to advance the professional growth and interests of Chinese American and Asian American lawyers, jurists and law students; improve access to legal services to those in need; and promote the interests of the Chinese American and broader Asian American communities.

For 48 years, SCCLA has served our community, advocated for greater advancement and opportunities for APA lawyers and law students, and provided a meaningful forum for practicing attorneys to give back to our community and supporters. We would love for you to bring your enthusiasm and great ideas to the Board as we continue this decades-long tradition in the coming year (and years to come).

The Board of Governors of SCCLA consists of 21 members, 5 of whom also serve as executive officers. The Board ensures that SCCLA continues to fulfill its mission while operating in a responsible and sustainable fashion.

SCCLA selects our board members from qualified attorneys based in the Greater Los Angeles Area. SCCLA aims to maintain a diverse board with members who practice across a broad range of substantive legal areas and settings. The SCCLA Board currently includes members who work in firms of all sizes, government agencies, and public interest organizations, and who practice in areas including plaintiff-side and defense-side civil litigation, business transactions, criminal prosecution and defense, employment law, and intellectual property.

As we are a "working board" with no full-time administrative assistance, we are seeking highly qualified, enthusiastic self-starters who are able to dedicate their time to the mission of SCCLA (and have fun while they're at it!).  

Each SCCLA board member is required to:

  • be a member of good standing of a state bar;
  • be a current, paid member of SCCLA;
  • pay annual board member dues and regular member dues;
  • attend at least 10 monthly board meetings per year, including the 2024 Retreat, which is scheduled for a weekend in January 2024;
  • attend at least 2 sister bar association dinners per year;
  • serve as an active member of at least 1 SCCLA committee;
  • attend at least 1 session of SCCLA's monthly legal clinic;
  • plan and attend SCCLA-sponsored and co-sponsored events;
  • help plan, solicit sponsorships for, and attend SCCLA’s annual installation and awards banquet, including by securing 1 table sponsorship;
  • be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, per our current Covid-19 protocol;
  • be responsible, responsive, professional, good-humored, pleasant to work with, and passionate about building community.

We encourage you to review the 2023 Board Duties and Expectations document.  Note that this document may change, subject to the approval of the 2024 Board.

Applications are due by Wednesday, October 25 at 6:00 pm PT. 

Please contact with any questions.

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