Santa Cruz County
Trial Lawyers Association

Supporting Local Trial Lawyers for Over 30 Years

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SCCTLA provides members with continuing legal education, social and professional networking opportunities and assistance to improve the administration of justice.

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Our members are trial lawyers, students, paralegals and support staff with a commitment to trial work and to our community. 

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SCCTLA supports our community and local trial lawyers with continuing education, camaraderie, and networking and community outreach opportunities.

“Although Covid-19 has put our in-person events and programs on ‘pause’ for a moment, SCCTLA will continue to find ways to bring our trial lawyer community together. Stay tuned for updates about modified programming and rescheduled events.”

~ Dinah Sapia, Co-President

What We Do

COOKIE COURT.  With SCCTLA’s support, Santa Cruz County 5th graders continue to benefit from volunteer trial attorneys who help students put on a “Cookie Trial” inside the courthouse.

MOCK TRIAL. SCCTLA works hard to ensure that Santa Cruz County high school students have the opportunity to participate in the statewide Mock Trial program. This next generation of trial lawyers benefits from our members’ expertise, mentorship and support.

ELBOW RUB.  Our annual Elbow Rub gives members and guests the opportunity to enjoy food, drinks, and fun, while honoring someone who has made a unique contribution to our trial lawyer community.

MCLEs.  SCCTLA offers regular MCLE courses during the lunch hour at the courthouse, designed specifically for civil and criminal trial lawyers. Earn your MCLE credits while mingling with friends.

ONLINE DISCUSSION GROUP.  SCCTLA members have exclusive access to our online discussion group geared at keeping local trial lawyers connected and informed.

TRIAL RESULTS.  SCCTLA tracks and analyzes local civil trials to provide members with regular updates.

CIVILITY & DECORUM COMMITTEE. SCCTLA offers members a forum to anonymously share concerns regarding civility and decorum in local practice.  The Committee offers candid advice and proposes solutions.

LITIGATION TRENDS. SCCTLA monitors local and statewide litigation trends and creates partnerships with trial lawyers in other counties to offer members access to cutting edge information relevant to their practice.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH. SCCTLA brings trial lawyers together to support our community. Whether it’s coming up with ways to support members who have been affected by natural disasters or personal hardships, organizing wellness and social activities to bring balance to busy lives or spreading the word about volunteer opportunities, SCCTLA nurtures a community of trial lawyers who are actively engaged in the community as a whole.

Upcoming Events

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Covengers Virtual 5K & 10K

SCCTLA is putting together a team for this virtual 5K & 10K to support Santa Cruz County Parks. Races will be run individually between October 24 and 31 with suggested routes in County Parks. If you’d like to join our team, sign up at County Parks and contact Heather Rogers to join us for socially-distanced team trainings and to coordinate our race days. Your entry fee of $10 will help support our parks.

Events Calendar

The Events Calendar tracks volunteer, networking and social opportunities, trials and evidentiary hearings, local court holidays, and other dates of interest to our members. To add an event to the calendar, send a request to scctla@gmail.com.

Meet Us

Meet our Officers and Board.

Support Us

Support our programs by volunteering to help out with high school Mock Trial or 5th Grade Cookie Court.

Join Us

Join us or renew your membership to support our growing trial lawyer community.

About Us

SCCTLA has been supporting local trial lawyers and building community for over 30 years. In 1989, local trial lawyers Bob Katz and Robert Yonts saw a need for an organization dedicated to providing programs, events and services designed specifically for local trial lawyers. SCCTLA continues to fill this niche.

Get In Touch


P.O. Box 1584
Soquel, CA

Members Only

For premium content available only to members, including a compilation and analysis of local civil trial results, access to the online discussion group, and a confidential form for submitting issues to the Civility & Decorum Committee, enter your Member Password here.

Support Our Sponsors

Our sponsors make it possible for SCCTLA to consistently provide quality programs, events, and services to our members and community. If you would like to support SCCTLA with a tax-deductible sponsorship of $250, including two tickets to the annual Elbow Rub, get in touch. You can pay for your sponsorship now at our online store. If you would like to make a lasting contribution to the growth and future of SCCTLA, consider making a sustaining monthly or yearly donation to support SCCTLA or the 5th Grade Cookie Court or high school Mock Trial programs.

Law Offices of John S. Burton
Johns S. Burton, Esq.

Austin Comstock, Esq.

Hon. Christopher Cottle (retired)

Sapia Law Firm
Dinah Sapia, Esq.

Gerard Chambers Psy.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Neuropsychologist

PECK-LAW, Employment & Civil Rights
Elizabeth (“Lisa”) M. Peck, Esq.