December 2016

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Jason Evans
Forum for Emerging Lawyers Chair
Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

The second year of the Forum was a great success. I want to give huge thanks to the Forum Executive Committee:
Justin Paik – As Vice Chair of the Forum, Justin helped me run everything smoothly and coordinate Forum relationships in the community. Best wishes to Justin in Korean American Bar Association of San Diego leadership next year!
Michael Olinik – Editor-in-Chief of For the Record (FTR), the award winning e-newsletter. Michael worked tirelessly to gather articles, edit, provide inspiration, you name it and he did it for FTR.
Ashley Peterson – Ashley brought us mixers every season to come together for a drink and a laugh with the chance to meet new people and grow our network. Ashley’s leadership has just begun as she will serve as 2017 Forum Chair! 
Alyssa Sarbacher – Liaison to SDCBA sections. The SDCBA now offers free section membership, and the Forum will continue to grow as sections grow thanks to the hard work and coordination Alyssa accomplished.

For me, it was a year of firsts. I completed my first big jury trial and bought my first home. Both horrifying. It all comes and goes so fast! 

But I always try to remember, especially this time of year, that it is not the things but the people that matter. Not receiving the gift but the love it symbolizes. Not the lights or decorations outside the home but the relationships inside.

I hope that you can continue to find a home at the SDCBA and in the Forum, no matter what that means to you. There is much more in the works for the Forum in 2017, and I wholeheartedly and without reservation trust the capable hands of Ashley Peterson to elevate everything the Forum provides. It has been my honor to be the Forum Chair this year and I hope to continue the professional and personal relationships I have built with so many of you in the years to come. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this friendly, positive, and classy community.


Jason Evans


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