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History of the EBA


I. Purpose

The Eastern Bar Association of Los Angeles County is a local bar association of attorneys who practice within the area comprising the East District of the Superior Court for Los Angeles County. The EBA works to achieve excellence in the legal profession by assisting lawyers and the local courts to improve the administration of justice and legal services on behalf of the communities and general public in its area.

Members benefit from easy access to MCLE credits, our newsletter, AThe Gavel and Quill,@ our Directory of Attorneys, access to the LaVerne Law School Library, and discounts on Los Angeles County Bar Association dues. The community benefits from EBA=s sponsorship of a lawyer referral service, legal aid service, law day activities, and other pro bono events.

The EBA holds regular meetings on the third Thursday of each month, presently at Blakes Restaurant in Covina. In addition, the EBA sponsors social events, including a December holiday party to members which also invite staff and other guests.

II. History

In 1917 a group of local attorneys formed the Pomona Bar Association. Later, in 1930, when its membership had grown to include attorneys from surrounding communities, the name was changed to Pomona Valley Bar Association. Members included attorneys from Pomona, Claremont, LaVerne, San Dimas, Glendora, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Covina and surrounding unincorporated county areas.

As a community outreach initiative, the Pomona Valley Bar Association originated its own legal aid program, and when such programs became eligible for government funding, its legal aid program was merged with that of the Pasadena Bar Association. Also, several local bar associations, including the EBA formed the San Gabriel Valley Lawyer Referral Service, and members of each association are eligible to apply to participate in the referral service.

In the 1960's when there was difference of opinion among local attorneys over the location of the new courthouse for the East District of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the Citrus Bar Association was formed by members from Covina, West Covina and surrounding communities, to support West Covina as the location. Many of the members of the Citrus Bar Association also continued their membership in the Pomona Valley Bar Association, most of whose members supported the location of the new courthouse in Pomona.

Pomona was chosen as the location, and on March 24, 1969, the courthouse was dedicated. After that, it was evident that two bar associations were no longer needed, and they were brought back together into the reconstituted and renamed Eastern Bar Association of Los Angeles County, the EBA serves lawyers and communities located in the East District of the Los Angeles Superior Courts, which includes the Rio Hondo, Citrus and Pomona Municipal Courts.

III. Current Activities and Benefits

Since the inception of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, the EBA has provided its members with the opportunity to satisfy such requirements. Most of the regular meetings feature educational programs which qualify for credit. An attorney can satisfy MCLE requirements, including the required subjects of ethics, elimination of bias, and avoidance of substance abuse, simply by attending EBA meetings!

Meetings focus on MCLE presentations, but they are also social occasions. Each year special programs include a Ajudges= night,@ with a report from the presiding judge of the East District; a meeting with a representative of the State Bar (usually the President or a member of the Board of Governors); and a volunteer recognition dinner to honor those attorneys who provide pro bono services.

In addition to the general benefits of belonging to a local bar organization and the opportunity to earn MCLE credits at monthly meetings, there are more benefits: An EBA membership card permits free usage of the Law Library of the University of LaVerne, members are entitled to a ten-percent discount on the purchase of CEB publications, members receive the monthly newsletter AThe Gavel and Quill@ (edited by Mary M. Weigert, Executive Director of the Eastern Bar Association and San Gabriel Valley Lawyer Referral Service), and they also receive a preferred listing in the annual Directory of Attorneys, which the EBA has initiated.

The EBA has assisted in forming panels and in establishing programs to assist the local courts and communities. EBA members serve as judges pro tem in both Superior and Municipal Courts and as mediators in domestic relations and other matters. They also provide pro bono assistance in a guardianship clinic, as well as in other volunteer programs administered by legal aid and the San Gabriel Valley Referral Service.

The EBA is an affiliate of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. As such, EBA members are entitled to a discount on dues to the LACBA itself offers many benefits, including sections for specialized interests (e.g. probate, business law, domestic relations, criminal law), insurance programs (malpractice, health, life), discounts on office supplies and equipment, discounted cellular telephone, entertainment discounts, etc.

IV. Membership Information

Annual (July 1 to June 30) dues for regular EBA membership are $95.00. However, dues for attorneys who are newly admitted to practice (one year or less) is $5.00, and for attorneys admitted to practice for less than three years is $47.50. A request for membership may be mailed (with a check) to the Eastern Bar Association of Los Angeles County, in care of: San Gabriel Valley Lawyer Referral Service, Attention: Julia Zuniga, Executive Director, 1175 East Garvey Avenue, Suite 105, Covina, California 91724-3618.