August 2018

All About Tech

If you haven't heard, the SDCBA has a new Member Technology Officer, Adriana Linares. SDCBA members who are seeking tech advice for their practices can get in touch with Adriana at, or book an appointment with her during the first week of every month here. Adriana is hosting a webinar on Outlook for lawyers on August 21, and will talk about a variety of tech topics in the future. To find more on law and technology, visit the Bar's calendar at, and check out the SDCBA's Blawg401.


The Basics of Ending a Client Relationship Tomorrow

Learn how to ethically end a client relationship at this program designed for new lawyers.

Courtroom Discussion with Hon. Randa Trapp Aug. 22

Join Judge Trapp for a discussion about the San Diego Superior Court's ADR programs and more.

Real Property Law Conference Sep. 7

Don't miss this full-day seminar featuring judges and some of our community's brightest real property lawyers.

How Do You Use Tech?

Take this brief survey to help us understand how you use technology.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Nuts & Bolts: Ending a Client Relationship - Duties in Connection with the Termination of Representation
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Webinar: Outlook for Legal Professionals (Mac Users)

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Juvenile Law Section Book Club
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Courtroom Brown Bag with Hon. Randa Trapp
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee with Counsel - Estate Planning Program

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Access to Juvenile Records: Demystifying the 827 Disclosure Process
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Webinar: Tech Tuesday – Fundamentals of Jury Vetting
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Brownfields – Is it Still Risky Business?
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Technology Summer School: Program 3: Excel Essentials for Legal Professionals (PC) Tour
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Business Creation and Succession
5:15 p.m. – 7 p.m.
SDCBA Book Club - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
ADR Breakfast Roundtable

9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
1st Annual Real Property Law Conference
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Committee for Diversity and Inclusion Meeting
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Two Worlds Collide Redux - When Bankruptcy and Family Law Matters Overlap

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
National Association of Women Judges Event

Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Internet-Based Marketing Programs: Be Selective

Jennifer Gilman
Attorney at Law

On May 10, 2018, the California Supreme Court approved a comprehensive set of New Rules of Professional Conduct for California (New Rules) lawyers, which take effect November 1, 2018. Many attorneys are contemplating what the New Rules will mean for them in their everyday practice. 

Tips from the Bench

Q&A with Judge Joel R. Wohlfeil

Phillip Simpler
Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP

Since 2007, the Honorable Joel R. Wohlfeil has been a San Diego Superior Court judge. He presides over Department 73 and handles mostly civil cases. It was an honor to sit down with Judge Wohlfeil for Tips from the Bench series.

Tips from the Pros

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....” (aka Why Finding a Hobby is Good For Your Health)

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

At Comic Con 2018, I sat through a panel titled “Judges on the Law of the Last Jedi and Solo” including with Judge John B. Owens of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman, and (San Diego’s own) Magistrate Judge Mitch Dembin. Each showed pictures of their chambers with displays of Star Wars-related memorabilia.


No BK for You! Cannabis Enterprise Kicked Out of Ch. 11 Line

Tyler McQuillan
Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara, LLP

Those familiar with the blossoming cannabis industry are readily familiar with certain limitations imposed upon the “legal” cannabis business.

California Legislature Reacts to Supreme Court’s Blow Against Unions

Jason Fischbein
Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP

Joss Teal
Paul, Plevin, Sullivan, & Connaughton

On June 27, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued perhaps the most significant decision to impact collective bargaining this century in Janus v. American Federation of State, City, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 (AFSCME).

Bartering for Business

Elizabeth Blust
Attorney at Law

In the opening scene of the movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” — and in a later scene in the book by Harper Lee — client Walter Cunningham brings a bag of hickory nuts to lawyer Atticus Finch as payment for the latter’s help with the former’s entailment. Now that I am a lawyer myself, I understand not only what entailment is [...] but also the value of accepting barter as a means of payment for legal services.

Scene At

Security Clearances Nuts & Bolts 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: Phillip Simpler
Contributing Writers: Elizabeth Blust, Jeffrey Chinn, Jason Fischbein,
Jennifer Gilman, Tyler McQuillan, Phillip Simpler, Joss Teal
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