April 2021
COVID-19 Update
The SDCBA Bar Center will remain closed until further notice. We are closely monitoring the situation to determine when we can reopen. Meanwhile, all in-person events and meetings during this time – both at the Bar Center and off-site – are being conducted virtually.
TODAY! Signature Event
Mixing it Up: Annual Spring Celebration of Diversity

Join the SDCBA’s Committee on Diversity & Inclusion today at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the rich diversity of our legal community. This year’s virtual event will highlight our NEW diversity, equity, and inclusion accomplishments. Register »
Virtual Meeting
Cinco de Mayo Cooking Celebration!

Join the New Lawyer Division on May 4 at 5:30 p.m. for a fun evening of networking while we demonstrate how to make cheese dip, cocktails, and mocktails in advance of Cinco De Mayo! A list of ingredients will be provided prior to the event. Register »

Highlighted Event

Wed, April
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Virtual Event

APAs vs. Hate Conference:
Know Your Rights

Join the California Asian Pacific American Bar Association for the continued APAs vs. Hate Conference. With hate crimes against Asian Americans on the rise, this a crucial time to stay informed and help fight hate. On the registration page, scroll down to the April 21 event, "Session 8: Know Your Rights."


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For the Record Poll: NLDining

Do pizza, tacos, or burgers whet your appetite? Let us know which San Diego restaurants stand above the rest in this month's For the Record Poll: NLDining.


Message from the Chair
of the New Lawyer Division

By Stephanie Atkinson
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney LLP

We are one year and one month into this crazy COVID-19 shutdown, and finally, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel! MORE »

Tips from the Bar: Maggie E. Schroedter

By Elijah T. Gaglio
Aguirre & Severson LLP

Higgs Fletcher & Mack partner Maggie Schroedter went from not knowing a single person in San Diego ten years ago to being named this year’s incoming president of Lawyers Club of San Diego. MORE »

New Lawyer Division
Member Spotlight: Erik Weber

By Sara Gold
Eastman IP

Since becoming the first person with autism to graduate from California Western and pass the bar exam, Erik Weber has dedicated himself to advancing the needs of special needs students, inside and outside the legal field. MORE »

Six Tips for Navigating Virtual Hearings with Non-English-Speaking Clients

By Noel J. Meza
Greene & Roberts LLP

To successfully navigate this scenario, an attorney should educate the client on the basics, take care in selecting an interpreter, and figure out the court’s preferences. MORE »

Building Your Network to Combat
Professional Isolation

By Kelsie Russell
University of San Diego School of Law 

The lack of in-person interaction has made it hard to network and meet new people. So how does a new law professional advance her career without the usual in-person “meeting places” to build relationships? MORE »

New Lawyer Division Event Recap:
Social Media and the First Amendment

By Ben Rudin
Attorney & Counselor at Law

Read the highlights of NLD’s recent CLE seminar discussing whether public officials can block users or delete comments on social media without violating the First Amendment. MORE »

Lawyer Referral and Information Service Volunteer Opportunities

By Michelle Chavez
SDCBA Director of Public Service Programs

Learn more about LRIS volunteer opportunities like Coffee with Counsel! MORE »
Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Legal Ethics and the Start
of a Career in Criminal Law

By Shawn Tafreshi
District Attorney's Office

A career in criminal justice is a call to public service and an important function of our great democracy. Despite uncertainties you may have about your future, I advise you to fearlessly go forth and take that first step.
Sara Gold
Contributing Writers: 
Stephanie Atkinson, Michelle Chavez, Elijah T. Gaglio, Sara Gold,
Noel J. Meza, Ben Rudin, Kelsie Russell, Shawn Tafreshi