After logging in, you can:

  • Manage membership details:Keep your email address, mailing address and other contact information up-to-date (this helps the CLA Committee send membership mailings and emails, etc.)
  • Access CLA Journal:Download digital copies of any CLAJ issue (56.3 & later)
  • Maintain history of all CLA purchases and membership renewals (note: you must be logged in when making purchases to do so)
  • Access CLA Newsletter
  • Renew membership
  • Automatic convention registration discount: Purchase convention tickets with an automatic discount (for students and retirees only); you must be logged in to get the discount

NOTEThe “Navigation menu” referred to within this document are the links in the blue bar underneath the CLA logo at the top of the site.

Instructions Outline

  • Access Account: Logging In
  • Manage Membership Details
  • Accessing CLA Journal
  • Renewing Your membership
  • Convention registration discount (students & retirees only)
  • Membership & Membership Center support

How To Access Account : Logging In

  1. Membership Center Log-in: go to
  2. Enter your username and password
    1. If you had CLA membership in 2016, Proceed to step 3 below to obtain your username and password.
    2. If you purchased membership through the site recently, then you should use the username and password that you set during when you made the purchase.
  3. Obtain Username & Password (FIRST-TIME log-in): The first time you visit the site, find your username and reset your password on the account page by clicking the “Lost your password?” link (or click here).
  • Enter your email address: A password reset link will be sent to the email attached to your account.
    • If you do not see the email in your inbox, please check your spam or junk folders. If you do not find the email, then wrong email maybe on file, or none at all. If so, please contact [email protected]
  • Within that email: Your username will be listed, as well as a link to reset your password. Click reset password, and create a new password in the site.
  • Click “login” to log-in to the site, and you will be redirected to the “member center”, which can also be found at

How To Manage Membership Details

  • Member Center
    • Dashboard:located at logging in)
      • Under “My Memberships” on the dashboard, you will find:
        • Membership type
        • Membership status (active or expired depending on if payment is up to date)
        • Start date (this just reflects when your membership began in the website)
        • Membership expiration date
        • Note:your membership for a given year ends at the end of each year on December 31, regardless of when you last renewed.


  • If you click either the name of your membership plan, or the “view” button, you will come to a page that lists all of the content for which your membership gives you access (issues of CLAJ beginning with issue 56.3 and the newsletter, as well as the most up to date version of this document)

Name, email, password reset

Access CLA Journal

  1. Navigate to Member centerdashboard(as noted above): click either the name of your membership plan, or the “view” button, and you will come to a page that lists all of the content for which your membership gives you access (issues of CLAJ beginning with issue 56.3)
  2. Journal page
    • Hover over the “publications” link in the navigation menu
    • Click “CLA journal”
    • Click “Journal archives” (this will take you to this URL:
    • Select the journal that you would like to access
    • Each journal page contains a table of contents, as well as a link to download the full journal PDF

Renewing Your Membership

  • After your membership expires (On Dec 31steach year), you be able to renew your membership by logging into the Membership Center (as noted above). You will see that your status is “Expired” and you can click “renew”* in order to renew your membership (see image below)
  • You will come to a page that has fields asking for your shipping and billing address. However, if you have this information already stored in the site and you are logged in, then the fields will automatically be filled in. Verify that you are renewing the correct membership type at the bottom of the page, and then click “Proceed to Paypal” to complete your transaction. You will then be sent to the Paypal site to renew your membership.
  • *Note: if you want to purchase a type of membership that is different from what you currently had, then instead of following the directions above, you should purchase directly from the membership purchase page at by clicking “become a member” from the navigation menu drop down link. If you want to change to a new membership type,you should log-in to the site first, so that you new membership is attached to your current CLA account, instead of purchasing an entirely new account.


  • Note:Financial transactions are not conducted within the CLA site, and the site does not store any of your financial information. All financial transactions are done through Paypal.

Convention Registration Discount (only students & retirees)

  • Log-in to the site (see steps above)
  • Go to the convention purchase page ( or click “convention” in the navigation menu, and click “click here to purchase”
  • The 2017 convention price for regular members is $140. If you are an active retiree or student member and purchase registration by March 17, 2017, you will see a discounted price on this page (note: you mustbe logged in to receive the discounted price)
    • Retiree/Student Price: $125
  • Click “add to cart” and follow the steps to register on the site pay through Paypal. Once you complete payment, you will receive an email confirmation from the website. If you do not see this confirmation email, please check your email account’s spam/junk folder.  You can also verify that the purchase was completed by checking the “orders” page of the membership center (click “membership center”, then click “orders”).

Membership & Membership Center Support

  • General questions or concerns: contact the CLA Executive Committee by emailing [email protected]
  • Website technical difficulties: contact the website administrator, by emailing [email protected]

To get a hard copy of the above information, click the link below and download.

Membership website how-to guide