SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – Senior Counsel Tara R. Burd was sworn-in as Chair of the California Lawyers Association (CLA). Ms. Burd took the oath during the CLA’s Annual Meeting in San Diego on September 23, 2023.
Ms. Burd is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. In her practice, Ms. Burd represents clients and estates in complex trust litigation cases, probate administration, and professional liability defense.
Ms. Burd first became involved with The State Bar of California Sections in 2016. She hosted the first annual networking event in San Diego, bringing together real property attorneys with professionals including agents, brokers, and appraisers. She joined the State Bar of California’s Real Property Law Section’s Executive Committee in the Fall of 2016.
In 2017, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that effectively split the State Bar of California into two entities, separating the disciplinary and licensing functions of the State Bar of California from the educational programming and advocacy functions. These roles became the basis of the newly-formed California Lawyers Association. Ms. Burd continued to serve through the transfer of the Sections to CLA, when the organization overnight became one of the largest voluntary bar associations in the country with over 100,000 members.
From 2019-2020, Ms. Burd served as the Real Property Law Section Co-Chair In 2021, Ms. Burd was asked to serve the organization’s Membership Engagement Committee. From those efforts, the Indian Law Committee, Environment Social Governance (ESG) Committee, and Cannabis Industry Practitioners’ Group were formed. She was elected to Vice-Chair in 2022, working closely with leadership to help the organization continue its growth, and was elected to become Chair this past summer.
As Chair, Ms. Burd will be focusing awareness of CLA’s community outreach, advocacy efforts, and international relationships to our members. She aims to also expand cross-organization committees, helping to unite the Sections and increase efficiency. “More collaboration between CLA’s Sections will encourage engagement across the entire organization,” said Ms. Burd. “During the year ahead, we will continue inviting members of California’s legal community to expand participation and fully take advantage of all the meaningful opportunities that CLA has to offer.”
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