August 2017

Interested in Becoming an SDCBA Leader?

Nominations for 2018 Forum and Section leadership open September 5. Serving as an SDCBA leader is an awesome way to gain experience while getting involved with the Association and our legal community. The nomination deadline is September 18. See details about Forum leadership here. See details about Section leadership elections here.


Learn Basics of ADR Tomorrow

Learn how to make arbitration work for you and your clients during this program created especially for newer lawyers.

Forum Barrister's Ball August 26

Don't miss the Moonlight Masquerade Ball, the Forum’s first major social event.

Evening in La Jolla September 23

Attend the legal community's signature benefit that helps provide access to justice to underserved in our community.

Asking For a Friend

Have a question you’re afraid to post to the listserve or ask your colleagues? Submit it anonymously here and we’ll get you an answer.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Military Divorce & Critical Issues in Family Law

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Nuts & Bolts Series: ADR Law Basics
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Marketing & Developing Your Business
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Court Practice Series: Family Law Court

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law: Networking Mixer

3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dirt Law and ADR Del Mar Races Meet Up

7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Forum Barrister's Ball: Moonlight Masquerade

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

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Tour of the Court of Appeal

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tax Implications of Divorce & Marital Settlement Agreements
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
The Business Call is Back: Capturing & Converting Phone Leads

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Working with Mindfulness: Managing Stress in High-Conflict and Challenging Environments


5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Immigration Law
ABA Listening Party

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunity: Bench Bar Community Outreach - Senior Community Center Lunch

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Your Advanced ADR Toolbox

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Ashley Peterson
Attorney at Law

Dear Colleagues,

Often I get asked why I decided to apply to become Forum Chair. Many of you may not know, but the Forum for Emerging Lawyers used to be the New Lawyers Division.

Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Communicating Settlement Offers

Patrick Kearns
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

I was recently involved in a matter which was, unfortunately, rather contentious — at least between the parties. Both I and the opposing counsel however, had been working well together to try and come to a resolution short of trial.

Tips from the Pros

How to Land a Public Interest Attorney Position

Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi
Assistant Director of Public Service
University of San Diego School of Law

Many new attorneys ask how landing an attorney position at a public interest organization can be so difficult when it was so easy to land internships at those organizations during 1L summer. As 1Ls, students have two years of law school and two summers to show an organization that they are committed to public interest.

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How Experienced Bankers and Tailored Solutions Can Help Your Law Practice

Not only does a successful law firm need to build a balanced team and find the right clients, it also needs expert support for the growth and management challenges firms typically face. Part of this crucial support is an experienced banking resource.


From Before to After: How I Shed Denial About My Health and Nearly 140 Pounds

Ray Estolano
Attorney at Law

I always used to argue, in true defense attorney fashion, that I was a healthy fat man. Yes, my weight had ballooned up to 360 pounds since college. But, it was an athletic 360 pounds. I still worked out like I did in college and could last for an hour on the elliptical machine, so clearly I was still in good shape. What did it matter that the buttons from my tight dress shirts occasionally went flying when I sat down?

Scene At

Immigration Law Roundtable and More!

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

Editor-In-Chief: Michael Olinik
Contributing Writers: Ray Estolano, Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi, Patrick Kearns, Ashley Peterson
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