April 2016
Find Your Resources at www.sdcba.org

Have you seen the new look at www.sdcba.org? Find links to connect with the SDCBA's Sections and Committees, CLE programs, volunteer opportunities, and resources for building your practice and more. Here’s a quick guide to help access your Sections and Committees and your listserve: www.sdcba.org/websitehowto. Click around and enjoy!


Volunteer This Saturday!

Volunteer alongside SDCBA members at the Annual Creek-to-Bay Cleanup.

Decoding Your Local Court: Bankruptcy Court May 3

Hear tips on best practices and court processes from local judges and seasoned attorneys.

SDCBA Annual Awards Luncheon May 6

Congratulate the 2016 Service Award recipients and celebrate community service at this year's luncheon.

How have court funding cuts affected your clients?

Share your stories to help the SDCBA's Court Funding Action Committee call for the restoration of court funding.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:


12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The State of the Appellate Courts: A Joint Address
*Live webcast also available.

8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fundamentals of Family Law: Practical Tips for Practicing in San Diego

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunity: 14th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
The Impact of Common CGL Policy Exclusions in Construction Defect Litigation
*Live webcast also available.

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Estate Planning, Family, and Elder Law Sections Networking Mixer
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
CA Fair Pay Act and EEOC’s Pay Data Initiative – What Now?
*Live webcast also available.
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee Meeting
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Court Practice Series - Decoding Your Local Court - Bankruptcy Court

5 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Know Your Evidence
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Civil Litigation Q&A Series for Newer Litigators: Initial Pleadings
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Annual Awards Luncheon & Celebration of Community Service
12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
"Bad Pet or Bad Owner:" How to Navigate Administrative Hearings, including Animal Impound and Administrative Regulation of Dogs
*Live webcast also available.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Juvenile Law Section Networking Mixer
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
E-Briefing Issues
*Live webcast also available.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Werewolf Gaming

Save the Date
Forum for Emerging Lawyers Mixer
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
SDCBA Book Club: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Jason Evans
Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Dear Colleagues,

It was a great turnout and a great time at Basic for the Forum’s first mixer of the year on March 31. Then again, if you don’t have a nice time with pizza and beer – check your pulse.

Legal Ethics for Emerging Attorneys

Attorney Beware: Conflicts of Interest May Still Be Costly Despite the Limited Review of Arbitration Awards

Andrew Servais
Wingert, Grebing, Brubaker & Juskie, LLP

Fee disputes between attorneys and clients are frequently arbitrated rather than litigated in court. Many disputes are submitted to the San Diego Bar Association’s Fee Dispute Arbitration Program, where any award is non-binding unless the parties agree otherwise. (Bus. & Prof. Code § 6204.)

Tips from the Pros

The Best Piece of Advice I Ever Got

Lizzette Herrera Castellanos
University of San Diego School of Law

I often tell students and alumni that they should not make major career decisions without consulting previous supervisors, professors, and attorneys they admire. When asked about the best piece of advice that they ever received, here is what some San Diego attorneys told me.

Inter Alia

San Diego Federal Court for Beginners: Top 5 Mistakes Attorneys Make When Attempting to File a Motion to Compel

Meghan Dohoney
Inter Alia Lawyers

While working as a judicial law clerk for three years in federal court in San Diego, part of my job was to prepare draft rulings on motions and to give out motion hearing dates. 


Improving Your Contract Drafting Skills

William Marshall
UBM Law Group, LLP

Contract drafting and review are central activities of a transactional attorney. However, rarely if ever does an attorney draft from scratch or have license to make unlimited changes during a review.

In Case You Missed It: Stress Reduction Techniques

Building and maintaining a law practice can be stressful, especially for lawyers who are just starting out. On April 20, the SDCBA hosted a program to provide attorneys with tips to help manage and reduce stress. Here are a few takeaways, in case you missed it.

Scene At

Online Presence & Profitability Program and More!

Have you been "Scene At" the latest events? Check out pics of recent happenings.

See the Seal? It's Been CIEL Certified!

If you see this seal next to an event posted on the SDCBA website, social media or other SDCBA publications, that means the event has been "CIEL Certified." The SDCBA's Council on Integrating Emerging Lawyers identifies these programs as being especially beneficial to newer attorneys and their growing practices. Don't miss the next CIEL Certified CLE taking place April 23: "Fundamentals of Family Law: Practical Tips for Practicing in San Diego."  See details here.

Editor-In-Chief: Michael Olinik
Contributing Writers: Meghan Dohoney, Jason Evans,
Lizzette Herrera Castellanos, William Marshall, Andrew Servais
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