August 2020
The SDCBA Bar Center is closed and our staff is working remotely.
Our virtual office maintains normal business hours of 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. All events and meetings have been re-scheduled as webinars. Please read our latest update about these changes here.
CLE Webinar
California Consumer Privacy Act: Key Trends and Development

Join the Business & Corporate Law Section along with Tanya Forsheit of Frankfurt Kurnit & Selz and Andrew Serwin of DLA Piper on August 27 at 12:00 p.m. as they discuss a range of issues and developments in the fast-changing and complex area of consumer privacy. Register »
CLE Webinar
8th Annual Beer, Spirits, and Wine Law Update

Join the Entertainment & Sports Law Section on August 27 at 5:00 p.m. for a panel discussion between five leaders in the industry who will provide updates concerning local and federal regulations, industry trends, and common pitfalls. Register »

Highlighted Event

Tue, Aug
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
CLE Webinar

Employment Law, the Battle Ground for Civil Rights: What Employers Should Know in the Wake of Civil Unrest & the #BLM Movement

Join the Labor & Employment Law Section for a discussion exploring the social unrest and civil discourse in response to protests and police brutality related to the BLM movement, recent employment laws addressing systemic racism and loop holes in implementing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and practical advice for navigating the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

See all upcoming SDCBA events »



Message from the Chair
of the New Lawyer Division

By Stephanie A. Sandler
Sandler Law

Happy August, NLD! This month, I encourage all of our members to continue learning and to join me in the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge©. MORE »

Practical Tips for a Great Opening Statement

By Dan L. Stanford
Stanford and Associates
The secret of a good opening statement is to have a good beginning and a good ending, and to have the two as close together as possible. MORE »

Securing Optimal Settlement Agreements Through Mediation — Preparation is the Key

By Gregg F. Relyea
Mediation Offices of Gregg F. Relyea
As a fundamentally different process than trial, mediation requires different steps for effective preparation. MORE »

Tips from the Bench
Judge Whitney's Time Before the Bench

By Elijah T. Gaglio
Aguirre & Severson, LLP
There is not a day that goes by when Judge Whitney does not wake up excited to go to court. MORE »
Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

ABA Issues Formal Opinion 493 to Explain the Purpose, Scope, and Application of Model Rule 8.4(g) Prohibiting Harassment and Discrimination

By Andrew A. Servais
Wingert, Grebing, Brubaker & Juskie, LLP
California lawyers must redouble their efforts to comply with and discharge their ethical duties to each other and the public by avoiding conduct that violates Rule 8.4.1. MORE »
Kevin B. Hambly
Contributing Writers: 
Elijah T. Gaglio, Gregg F. Relyea, Stephanie A. Sandler,
Andrew A. Servais, Dan L. Stanford