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UC National Public Service Law Conference

The first UC National Public Service Law Conference took place at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center September 23rd and 24th. CEB was proud to cohost alongside the UC Office of the President, Berkeley Law, UCLA Law, UCI Law and UC Davis Law. The conference's theme this year was Civil Rights in the 21st Century and featured keynotes from UC President Janet Napolitano, Innocence Project Co-Founder Peter Neufeld, National Immigration Law Center Executive Director Marielena Hincapié, Dean of Berkeley Law Erwin Chemerinsky and more.

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UC National Public Service Law Conference

California State Bar:

CEB is a self-supporting program of the University of California and is cosponsored by the State Bar of California. As part of this partnership, CEB offers special benefits and resources involving a variety of State Bar programs.

  • Section Dues Credit program: CEB pays the section dues of MCLE program attendees.
  • State Bar Pro Bono Practice Program: CEB is the chief contributor of CLE to participants in this program.
  • State Bar swearing-in ceremonies: CEB supports and attends these ceremonies throughout California by highlighting a number of resources and discounts for new attorneys (see New Lawyers, below).
  • Numerous awards and gatherings: CEB contributes to the State Bar's annual Diversity Awards, Jack Berman Award, Family Law Section Awards, and Attorney of the Year Award for the Small Firm Section. CEB sponsors State Bar section activities such as the Real Property Law Section Retreat and the REAL Symposium as well as provides articles and case summaries for the Real Property and Family Law monthly newsletters

California Judges:

CEB provides California judges many complimentary resources. All judges receive free online access to CEB's OnLAW database of over 150 CEB practice guides and reduced pricing for California Judges Association members on print copies of Jefferson's California Evidence Benchbook. We also supply free OnLAW access for workers' compensation judges to CEB's California Workers' Compensation Practice.

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Law Schools:

As part of our commitment to legal education, CEB collaborates with law schools throughout the state. We provide UC Law schools print and online access to CEB's practice guides at no charge; to other California law schools we give free second print copies and significant discounts for access to OnLAW. If a professor is interested in using a CEB publication in her law school course, we allow free online access for the class.

CEB also offers free CLE programs and program scholarships as well as large discounts on selected titles to law students. We donate to UCLA's Tenant Lawyer Network Conference, sponsor the annual Solo Practice Seminar at Santa Clara Law School, and every year award $2500 for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing for the best brief written by a first-year student at a UC law school. For details on these offers, view our Law Students and Law Professors pages.

Katherine McGrath holding UCD law award and Linda Russell beside her
One of the winners of the CEB Award for Excellence in Legal Research & Writing

New Lawyers:

Attorneys admitted to the State Bar of California within the last five years qualify for many great resources and discounts from CEB! We offer discounts on our CLE programs, print publications, and other products for new attorneys; for a full description of these resources, visit our New Lawyer page.

One popular offering is OnLAW, a fantastic resource for attorneys just starting out. OnLAW features practical legal content, case analysis, and fillable forms written by and for California lawyers. It is fully searchable, mobile compatible, and links you directly to relevant cases and codes. CEB gives new lawyers free access to OnLAW for one year, after which time they qualify for 50 percent off the price of a CEB OnLAW library.

Legal Incubators:

Since their inception several years ago, legal incubators have been revolutionary in providing new and transitioning attorneys with additional resources and training, while instilling a commitment to pro bono service by the participants.

CEB is proud to have been the first legal research organization in California to offer complimentary resources to attorneys in these incubators, and to support them still.

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Other Discounts and Sponsorships:

We provide discounts and support to many community organizations, pro bono groups, and nonprofits. These include legal service and legal aid organizations, paralegals and county law libraries. We sponsor events with many local bar associations, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, California Women Lawyers, and other groups within the California legal community.

Civil Rights in the 21st Century

The conference had about 300 attendees, 18 breakout sessions, nearly 70 speakers and countless great connections made. Topics included Housing and Homelessness, Veteran’s Rights, Undocumented Students, Water Rights and Social Justice, LGBTQ Rights, Reproductive Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice and more. CEB also had five sponsors for this inaugural event, including Morrison Forrester, Covington and Burling, Sanford Heisler and Sharp, Lexis Nexis and Latham Watkins.

CEB is excited to continue working with many of the panelists, keynotes, University partners and sponsors.

UC National Public Service Law Conference

Highlights From The Conference

Conference attendees listen to UC President Janet Napolitano in conversation with UCLA Law School Dean Jennifer Mnookin
Photographer Jeff Kell, UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center
 Attendees listen to panelists during one of our 18 breakout sessions
Photographer Jeff Kell, UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center
CEB employees who attended and worked on The Conference attend the networking cocktail house at the Luskin Center
Photographer Jeff Kell, UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center