Heather Rosing Honored by the National Conference of Bar Presidents for Service to the Bar

The National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP) recognized Klinedinst CEO and President Heather L. Rosing as the recipient of the 2022 NCBP Fellows Award. The award, presented at NCBP’s Midyear Meeting, recognizes Ms. Rosing’s service to bar organizations, including her launch of the California Lawyers Association, and her commitment to public service.

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Heather L. Rosing

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – The National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP) has honored Klinedinst CEO and President Heather L. Rosing for her unwavering commitment to the profession of law and system of justice, through her presidency of the California Lawyers Association (CLA), and her many other roles focused on public service. Ms. Rosing accepted the 2022 NCBP Fellows Award at NCBP’s Midyear Meeting.

Founded in 1950, NCBP has become the preeminent “organization of bar organizations.” For over seventy years, NCBP has been providing information and training to national, state, and local bar leaders, with a mission to help foster leadership within the legal profession. 

As the Inaugural President of the CLA, Ms. Rosing spent almost two years leading the brand-new organization that emerged from the State Bar of California. In 2018, the State Bar was de-unified, resulting in two entities – the State Bar of California, a public protection agency, and CLA, a Bar Association focused on education, advocacy, and member services. With limited staff and infrastructure, CLA began working to benefit its 100,000 members from the first day of its existence. During her tenure, Ms. Rosing focused her efforts on launching the organization, with multiple initiatives and projects involving the 16 Sections, the California Young Lawyers Association, governmental affairs, bar relations, and the areas of diversity, access to justice, and civics education. Under her leadership, CLA took over the Annual Meeting, which has brought together judges, lawyers, and organizations from across the State for several days of meetings for over 80 years. 

By the time she had ended her term as President, Ms. Rosing and the other dedicated leaders had laid the foundation for a vibrant organization that qualified as the largest statewide volunteer Bar Association in the country. Ms. Rosing is now the President of the philanthropic sister organization of CLA, the California Lawyers Foundation (CLF). CLF focuses on supporting organizations, causes, and projects related to the core CLA initiatives.

Ms. Rosing also served for four years on the State Bar of California’s Board of Trustees as Vice-President, Treasurer, and Chairperson of the Regulations, Admissions, and Discipline Oversight Committee. A strong advocate for judicial and legal diversity, Ms. Rosing served as President of ChangeLawyers (formerly the California Bar Foundation), which awards pipeline grants, scholarships, and fellowships across the State. Ms. Rosing has also served in leadership roles of many other organizations, including President of the San Diego County Bar Association in 2008. During her presidency, she launched a Diversity Fellowship Program, spearheaded a civility initiative, and founded a pro bono program to assist active duty service members.

Ms. Rosing is a certified specialist in legal malpractice and a former member of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability. She frequently speaks pro bono on malpractice, ethics, and risk management issues across California and the country. Ms. Rosing was also appointed to serve as the Co-Vice Chair of the Civility Task Force, which is a joint effort among the California Lawyers Association (CLA), the State Bar, and the California Judges Association (CJA). In addition, Ms. Rosing is a member of the CJA’s Judicial Fairness Coalition, which focuses on education about the judicial branch and the importance of judicial independence. She is also an appointed member of the ABA Standing Committee on Specialization, which accredits specialty certification programs for lawyers in particular fields of law offered by private organizations. In 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the judicial system, Ms. Rosing was part of the Steering Committee of RESOLVE Law San Diego, which offered free mediations and discovery referee services to civil litigants across the county.

“Heather has shown an ongoing devotion to the legal profession since joining the firm as an attorney in 1996,” said John D. Klinedinst, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Klinedinst PC. “Heather’s true passion is advancing justice and equality, as seen by her diligent service to the legal community. We are unbelievably proud of her continued success and thank the National Conference of Bar Presidents for recognizing her contributions to the bar.”

Klinedinst PC thanks Ms. Rosing for her service and congratulates her on receiving this incredibly prestigious award. To learn more about Ms. Rosing’s experience, please visit:

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