April 2018

New Half and Full Day Conferences

In 2018, the SDCBA has scheduled half and full day conferences combined with opportunities to socialize and network with your Bar colleagues. The conferences will cover a variety of topics and are for lawyers of all practice areas and experience levels. Learn more and see the conference lineup at www.sdcba.org/education.


Learn Basics of Entertainment & Sports Law Tomorrow

Don't miss this Nuts & Bolts program.

Bar Book Club April 26

Discuss Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.

Celebrate Colleagues & Community Service May 1

Register for the SDCBA's Annual Awards Luncheon & Celebration of Community Service.

Pro Bono Opportunity: Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Attend a training June 14 to learn how you can assist active-duty military members in obtaining stays in pending litigation.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Nuts & Bolts: Knowing Your Client - Practical Tips for Serving Sports and Entertainment Clients
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
New Central Superior Courthouse Technology Tour
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Appellate Practice Section Meeting
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee with Counsel — Immigration Law Program

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Practical Patent Foreign Filing Tips

5:15 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Bar Book Club - Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Elder Law and Law & Medicine Sections: Networking Mixer
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Annual Awards Luncheon & Celebration of Community Service
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
ADR Breakfast Roundtable
7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Member Meet Up: San Diego Humane Society’s Walk for Animals
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee Meeting
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Networking Reception: San Diego Elder & Dependent Abuse Blueprint and Task Force
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Immigration Law Section: Networking Mixer

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Mike Finstad
SDCBA New Lawyer Forum Chair
Attorney at Law

On behalf of the SDCBA New Lawyer Forum, I'd like to start by giving a big thanks to @MaraWElliott and the San Diego City Attorney's Office for contributing to this edition of For the Record!

Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Legal Ethics and Portable Electronic Devices: Some Basic Considerations

Eric Deitz
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP

The utility, portability and convenience of laptops, tablets and smartphones make them an integral part of our daily practice lives, but our reliance upon and the ubiquity of these devices requires us to be mindful of the ethical considerations affecting their use.

Tips from the Pros

Is It Time to Change Practice Areas?

Farah Hansen
Career Advisor, Career & Professional Development Office
California Western School of Law

You’ve been practicing law for five years. You’re sitting at your desk, working on a motion when you look out the window and think to yourself, “I’ve spent five years investing in this specific field of law, and I’m not really sure this is the type of law I should be practicing.”


San Diego City Attorney’s Office Report to New Lawyer Members of the San Diego County Bar Association

Mara Elliott
San Diego City Attorney

The San Diego City Attorney’s Office employs 165 attorneys and 200 support staff. We have three divisions of roughly equal size: our Civil Litigation Division advises the Mayor, City Council, and City departments; our Civil Litigation Division defends the City and sues to protect its interests; and our Criminal Division prosecutes misdemeanor crimes on behalf of the People of the State of California. 

The Vital Importance of Physical Exercise

Brent Kupfer
Attorney at Law

We intuitively know that we should exercise, yet few of us can articulate the reasons why. Certainly, there are many benefits, but this article focuses on two that are particularly relevant to the legal profession …

How To Strengthen Your Footing — In Your New Firm — When You Move From One Discipline To Another

Taneashia Morrell
The Salk Institute

There are several factors that may cause a legal professional to switch from one area of practice to an entirely different discipline.

Dance Like Nobody is Watching, Email Like It May One Day Be Read Aloud in a Deposition: Protecting the Attorney-Client Privilege in the Transactional Context

Tyler McQuillan
Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara, LLP

In the transactional context, it is easy to overlook issues of privilege under the Evidence Code in place of salient deal points. It is possible that those who entered into a transactional practice did so to avoid the burdens of the Code and its cousin, the Code of Civil Procedure.

In Defense of Millennials: What Young Lawyers Have to Offer Beyond Experience

Catherine Ferguson
Lounsbery Ferguson Altona & Peak

If you are a young attorney, then, more likely than not, you have found yourself searching through a job board or employment website scrolling past entry-level job after entry-level job looking for someone with 5-7 years of experience, and thinking, “How will I ever get experience if no one will hire me?”

Non-Legal Services: Ethical Rules and Compliance

Robert Bryson
Attorney at Law

Young lawyers are always looking for ways to increase their revenue. Most of us would like to rely solely on retaining clients but, as anyone with a small practice knows, there are spurts of intense work followed by lulls that can last weeks.

Editor-In-Chief: Phillip Simpler
Contributing Writers: Robert Bryson, Eric Deitz, Mara Elliott, Catherine Ferguson, Mike Finstad, Farah Hansen, Brent Kupfer, Tyler McQuillan, Taneashia Morrell
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