Join NELA

As the largest plaintiffs’ employment law firm in the country, our members are the heart and soul of everything we do. In carrying out our mission to empower workers’ rights attorneys, NELA provides exceptional opportunities for professional development through networking, educational programs, and technical support. Thousands of plaintiffs’ employment lawyers have been trained through our renowned continuing legal education programs designed by NELA members especially for employee rights advocates.

Membership Benefits & Services

Networking & Practice Development

  • The NELA Exchange allows NELA members to access the power of the largest plaintiffs’ employment lawyer firm in the country through practice groups, blogs, resource libraries, and more. The Exchange mobile app keeps you connected when you are on the go!
  • Opportunities to participate in NELA’s Substantive Law Committees and Practice Groups.
  • Involvement at the state and local levels through NELA’s Affiliates.
  • The National Employment Lawyers Association Online Membership Directory, putting NELA members at your fingertips whenever you need them.
  • NELA’s public Find-A-Lawyer Directory, an exclusive member benefit.

 

Technical Support

  • Amicus curiae support in cases presenting emerging issues in employment and civil rights law, those seeking to extend current law to new situations involving clients of our members, or those challenging an existing body of law.
  • Service Hotline for Ethics Requests (“SHOFER”), which helps NELA members analyze and resolve practical problems they encounter in exercising their professional responsibilities or in confronting defense efforts to impose sanctions. Confidential Hotline responses are provided by NELA’s Ethics & Sanctions Committee.
  • Technical assistance on a wide range of employment issues from NELA’s subject-matter experts.
Discounts
  • To all of NELA’s outstanding continuing legal education programs.
  • On NELA self-paced online learning and CLE manuals
  • On LexisNexis online research.
  • 20% off of a comprehensive three-volume practice guide, Employee Rights Litigation: Pleading and Practice, published by Matthew Bender & Company.
  • On services and products important to plaintiffs’ employment lawyers

Membership Requirements and Levels

A Regular Member of NELA is any member of the bar in the United States who can certify that 51% or more of his/her employment related legal representation is on behalf of employees. Regular members in good standing are eligible to vote and serve on NELA’s Executive Board, deduct $25 from their membership dues if they are a member of a recognized NELA Affiliate, and have access to The NELA Exchange.

Champion Member

$5,000 year

In addition to all the benefits of Regular Membership, we are proud to offer members who choose to support NELA at the Champion Member Level:

  • Online advertising for one membership year in the “Find-A-Lawyer” Directory. Listing includes name, firm, address, phone, fax, email, and website ($175 value).
  • Free enhanced membership listing in NELA’s Online Membership Directory.
  • One CLE Manual of choice (up to $75 value).
  • 10% discount on a full-page ad in the Annual Convention Program Guide.
  • Registration to all NELA CLE programs per membership year (transferable).

Defender Member

$2,500 year

In addition to all the benefits of Regular Membership, we are proud to offer members who choose to support NELA at the Defender Member Level:

  • Online advertising for one membership year in the “Find-A-Lawyer” Directory. Listing includes name, firm, address, phone, fax, email, and website ($175 value).
  • Free enhanced membership listing in NELA’s Online Membership Directory.
  • One CLE Manual of choice (up to $75 value).
  • 10% discount on a full-page ad in the Annual Convention Program Guide.
  • Registration to one NELA CLE programs per membership year (transferable).

Advocate Member

$1000 year

In addition to all the benefits of Regular Membership, we are proud to offer members who choose to support NELA at the Advocate Member Level:

  • Online advertising for one membership year in the “Find-A-Lawyer” Directory. Listing includes name, firm, address, phone, fax, email, and website ($175 value).
  • Free enhanced membership listing in NELA’s Online Membership Directory.
  • One CLE Manual of choice (up to $75 value).
  • 10% discount on a full-page ad in the Annual Convention Program Guide.

Sustaining Member

$750 year

In addition to all the benefits of Regular Membership, we are proud to offer members who choose to support NELA at the Sustaining Member Level:

  • Online advertising for one membership year in the “Find-A-Lawyer” Directory. Listing includes name, firm, address, phone, fax, email, and website ($175 value).
  • Free enhanced membership listing in NELA’s Online Membership Directory.

Contributing Member

$600 year

In addition to all the benefits of Regular Membership, we are proud to offer members who choose to support NELA at the Contributing Member Level:

  • Online advertising for one membership year in the “Find-A-Lawyer” Directory. Listing includes name, firm, address, phone, fax, email, and website ($175 value).

Regular Member

Attorney in Practice 10+ years

$400 year

*Government, legal service, and public interest attorneys are eligible for a special membership rate of $250.

Regular Member

Attorney in Practice 5 - 9 years

$375 year

*Government, legal service, and public interest attorneys are eligible for a special membership rate of $250.

Regular Member

Attorney in Practice 1 - 4 years

$250 year

*Government, legal service, and public interest attorneys are eligible for a special membership rate of $250.

Associate Member

$375 year

An Associate Member is any member of the bar of any state or country who is ineligible to join NELA as a Regular Member and who does not primarily or exclusively represent employers in employment matters. Associate Members are not eligible to vote for or serve on NELA’s Executive Board. Associate Members have access to The NELA Exchange.

Regular Member

Retired/Emeritus

$215 year

*Government, legal service, and public interest attorneys are eligible for a special membership rate of $250.

Paraprofessional Member

$160 year

Paraprofessional are not eligible to vote or serve on NELA’s Executive Board. Paraprofessional or Law Student Members have access to The NELA Exchange. Law Student Members must provide their educational institution or firm of employment.

Law Student Member

$25 year

Law Student Members are not eligible to vote or serve on NELA’s Executive Board. Paraprofessional or Law Student Members have access to The NELA Exchange. Law Student Members must provide their educational institution or firm of employment.

For more information about NELA membership, please contact Maria Rapier, Membership Manager & CLE Coordinator, at mrapier@nelahq.org, or (415) 296-7629.