|San Diego sole practitioner David B. Norris is the new representative of
the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) on the bar board of governors.
also began a second term as president of the 40,000-member CYLA, which serves lawyers
under 35 and those who have been in practice for five years or less.
Norris says his biggest concern in the coming year will be the retention of a CYLA seat
on the board. Although the position is mandated by the Business & Professions Code,
CYLA has become nearly defunct as a result of the bar's lack of funds.
"We have largely been scuttled for the last year and a half," Norris says,
"but we've got to maintain a young lawyer presence on the board."
Prior to Gov. Wilson's veto of the bar's fee bill, CYLA had a budget of $250,000, which
it used to fund more than 100 projects and programs, including employment fairs, free
publications and moot court competitions.
Despite the loss of its staff and its inability to offer any services, the 17-member
board still exists and the organization is entirely self-funded, Norris says.
Norris received his law degree at the University of San Diego and has a general