The California Employment Lawyers Association

Updated: Jan 27

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Whether local, national, or international, a group of attorneys that is organized primarily to deal with matters affecting the legal profession is known as a bar association, sometimes known as a legal association.


Bar associations are primarily focused on promoting the interests of lawyers. For example, this could include advocating for legislation reforms, funding research projects, or enforcing professional standards.

Bar associations occasionally administer exams for admission to practice law, and they may supervise apprenticeship programs.


California Employment Lawyers Association

On November 8, 1986, William M. Crosby founded the California Employment Lawyers Association. The first meeting was supposed to take place on November 1, 1986, but it was rescheduled until November 8, 1986. The first meeting took place in Irvine, California.

William M. Crosby, Susan J. Hartley, John C. McCarthy, Joseph Posner, Bennett Rolfe, Jim Stoneman, and William C. Quackenbush made up the inaugural Executive Board. The second CELA meeting (the first in northern California) was held in Burlingame on February 21, 1987.


The first California Employment Lawyers Association conference took place in Los Angeles in 1987. The inaugural CELA Board, missing Bennett Rolfe, was photographed at the conference.


California Employment Lawyers Association is a statewide group of over 1,200 California Employment Attorneys who focus their professions on representing employees in individual and class actions regarding unpaid wages, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and whistleblowing.


Through litigation, education, and advocacy, they assist their attorney members in protecting and expanding California