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About Us

CEB is the California lawyer’s trusted source for fast, relevant, and practical legal guidance. With CEB, you practice confidently, work efficiently, and get the best results for your clients. Our resources are renowned for their authoritative content. The expert guidance from CEB’s contributors— experienced California lawyers and judges—gives you a quick and dependable starting point for your legal research. CEB is a self-supporting non-profit program of the University of California. Our job is to make your legal research as efficient and accurate as possible so you can spend your valuable time doing what you do best—serving your clients.

Our Mission and Vision

CEB serves the California legal community by providing innovative resources and practice-oriented tools, and through our commitment to public service. Our vision is to make a difference to California's lawyers and legal system by building the most widely used and interconnected ecosystem for legal professionals.

Connected to California

CEB is by and for California lawyers: our products are California-specific and feature the best and brightest lawyers in the state. We are located in Oakland, California and—unlike many other legal content providers—our writing, editing, and production take place in-state. Our close connection to California informs our work and results in better resources for our customers.

Connected to the Legal Community

Our commitment to the California legal community extends beyond our products and services. We are proud to support educational, outreach, and pro bono activities throughout the state.

We offer special discounts and programs to Legal Services Organizations as well as law students, professors, and new lawyers. Our interest in advancing the legal profession also has led us to issue or co-sponsor awards that recognize outstanding accomplishments:

  • Jack Berman Award recognizes the outstanding public service achievement of a lawyer in the first five years of practice
  • Award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing rewards the best brief produced by first-year law students at participating University of California law schools
  • Spirit of CEB Awards acknowledges attorneys whose volunteer work with CEB has supported the continuing legal education and professional excellence of lawyers throughout the state

We regularly work with other organizations to sponsor or underwrite activities that advance our mission. Recent joint efforts include work with the State Bar of California, California Young Lawyers Association, California Women Lawyers, and the Los Angeles County Law Library.

History

CEB was founded in 1947 to educate veterans returning to the practice of law after service in World War II. It pioneered formal continuing legal education and modernized its presentation by providing short courses in locations that were convenient to California practitioners.

It was soon apparent that attorneys were as interested in written material as they were in the oral presentations, an interest that translated into the development of the CEB practice book. From their initial appearance as modest handouts, practice books evolved into comprehensive, regularly updated, publications.

CEB's commitment to innovation produced early forays into tape recordings, video productions, telephone programs, and software. The CEB website was launched in 1997; online programs were introduced in 1999.

CEB continues to set the standard for the finest research, writing, and presentation by the top lawyers in the state.