Frequently Asked Questions

The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. If you do not find an answer to your question on this page, please contact us at

For more information about NELA's vision and programs, please visit our About Us page.


General Questions

I need to speak to a lawyer. Can NELA help me?

If you feel you have been treated unfairly in the workplace, you may search for a lawyer using our Find-A-Lawyer service. NELA does not offer legal assistance and cannot provide consultations to the general public.

NELA is a specialty bar association for those attorneys in the legal profession who exclusively or primarily represent workers in employment disputes. NELA provides help and support to lawyers protecting the rights of workers through networking, educational programs, publications and technical assistance.

I am a member of the press and would like to speak to someone about workplace issues concerning employees or legislative initiatives. Who do I contact?

NELA is happy to discuss issues concerning equality and justice in the American workplace with members of the press. Please direct inquiries to, (415) 296-7629. You may also follow us on Twitter at NELA_HQ.

For more information about NELA's vision and programs, please visit our About Us page.

How do I join NELA?

You can join online or download an application and fax or mail it to us. Please note you must be an attorney or legal paraprofessional practicing plaintiff's employment law. Visit our Membership page for membership requirements, benefits, and services.

Can I purchase NELA's continuing legal education manuals and audio recordings even though I'm not a member?

Yes! All our continuing legal education programs are audio recorded and available for purchase and immediate download. A list of continuing legal education topics available for purchase can be found in our On Demand Library.

How do I get information about a local NELA Affiliate?

A list of NELA Affiliates is available via a drop down list on the left side of this page. Some of our Affiliates have a website and a link will be provided from their listing. Feel free to contact us by email at for more information.

How can I learn more about The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy, NELA's related charitable public interest organization?

We invite you to contact The Institute at (415) 296-7629 or visit The Institute's website at


About Your Membership and Member Services

What is the best way to collaborate with other members?

We encourage members to log in to The NELA Exchange and complete your Member Profile, share documents, and join substantive discussions by subscribing to our practice group communities. You can access The Exchange via the navigation at the top of this page.

Launched in 2013, The NELA Exchange is our members-only online community where you can collaborate, strategize, and network with your fellow employee rights advocates. Answers to frequently asked questions about how to use The Exchange can be found on our Exchange Help page. Find out how to manage the amount of email you receive from The Exchange, how to share documents, how to subscribe to NELA's RSS feed, and more.

Is NELA on Twitter or Facebook?

Yes! You can follow us on Twitter (NELA_HQ) and like us on Facebook (NELAHQ). You can also find us on LinkedIn and YouTube.

What is my 5 digit NELA ID?

When you join NELA, you are automatically assigned a unique 5 digit ID. This number cannot be changed. You can find your NELA ID by logging into The NELA Exchange and navigating to your profile. Your NELA ID is located just above your contact information. If you need assistance, please contact us at

Can I change my 5 digit ID?

Your NELA ID is automatically generated by our membership database and connected to your membership profile, therefore, we cannot change this information.

I am moving. My email address is changing. Who do I contact to update my member record?

You can update your information online, or you can send an email with your updated information. You can also call us at (415) 296-7629.

How do I contact NELA staff?

Visit our Contact Us page or call us (415) 296-7629.


NELA Headquarters
2201 Broadway, Suite 310
Oakland, CA 94612
(415) 296-7629

Washington DC Office
1828 L Street, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 898-2880

Fax: (866) 593-7521

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