April 2017

New Attorneys Encouraged to Join New LRIS Panels

If you are ready to gain experience and grow your practice, consider joining one of our Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) panels. Two new panels have just been introduced — debtor representation and enforcement of judgements, and there are 41 additional LRIS panels. The criteria for joining LRIS has recently changed, and is less restrictive for newer attorneys. Learn more and join here.


Learn Fundamentals of International M&A Tomorrow

Explore the nuts and bolts of various practice areas every third Friday.

Creek to Bay Clean-Up This Saturday

Join SDCBA members at this I Love a Clean San Diego volunteer event.

Celebrate Colleagues & Community Service May 1

Register for our Annual Awards Luncheon & Celebration of Community Service.

Bar Book Club's Next Session
May 4

Discuss 1984 by George Orwell.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Nuts & Bolts Series: International M&A- Purchasing Shares in a Foreign Corporation
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunities: I Love a Clean San Diego's Creek to Bay Clean-Up of Gonzalez Canyon

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Death of a Litigant & Creditor’s Claims — Civil & Probate Cross-Over Issues

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Family Law: Speed Networking Mixer


12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Considerations in Veterinary Malpractice Cases

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Social Security Benefits Eligibility: How to Optimize Client Outcomes

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Workers Compensation: Depositions 101

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Annual Law Week Awards Luncheon & Celebration of Community Service

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee Meeting
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
PTSD: Facilitating Survivors of Military Related Trauma
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Rear Window: Workplace Investigation Roundtable
5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Book Club: 1984 by George Orwell
7 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunity: San Diego Humane Society’s Walk for Animals with SDCBA Animal Law Section

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Ashley Peterson
Attorney at Law

Dear Colleagues,

As a new attorney, have you ever felt like you had a burning legal question that you needed answered but you were too afraid to ask it because you thought the person you were asking might think it was a “stupid” question? 

Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Statute of Limitations on Legal Malpractice – “Hot Potato”

Deborah Wolfe
Wolfe Legal Group, PC

The determination of when the statute of limitation begins to run in an attorney malpractice case is not as simple as consulting Code of Civil Procedure section 340.6, which states an action “shall be commenced within one year after the plaintiff discovers, or through the use of reasonable diligence should have discovered, the facts constituting the wrongful act or omission….” The question to ponder is: “One year from what?”

Tips from the Pros

Everybody is a Star — Unlocking Your Leadership Skills

Jeffrey Chinn
Director of Career Services, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

"Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better." — Bill Bradley

Just like some contract clauses, “leadership” can be interpreted in many ways and appear very daunting, but taking on a leadership role is easier than you think.


How Freelance Attorneys Can Help Your Practice Grow

Meghan Dohoney
Attorney at Law

For those practicing as solo attorneys or at small firms, it can be difficult to manage the demands of running a law practice without a safety net of associates around to pick up the slack when things get busy or if an emergency comes up.


An Introduction to Immigration Terms For New
(and Experienced) Attorneys

Brian Kenneth Johnson
Attorney at Law

The United States immigration laws regularly change and become complex, and events this year have only added to the confusion. Year after year it becomes more difficult to attain a visa. Due to the constant change in immigration law, attorneys must stay current with all the changes to handle each case properly.

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Drive More Clients to Your Practice with Click-to-Call

Texting, tweeting, posting comments, writing reviews: there are plenty of ways for smartphone users to communicate with friends, strangers, and businesses of all sorts without having a conversation.

Scene At

Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Networking Mixer

Have you been "Scene At" the latest events? Check out pics of recent happenings. If you have photos of SDCBA emerging attorney members at recent events, submit them to bar@sdcba.org.

Editor-In-Chief: Michael Olinik
Contributing Writers: Jeffrey Chinn, Meghan Dohoney, Brian Kenneth Johnson, Ashley Peterson, Deborah Wolfe
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