February 2018

Annual Bench-Bar Reception March 20

Connect with your colleagues and local judges at this annual SDCBA signature event on March 20. Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle — it’s open exclusively to SDCBA members and judges. Register here.


How Employment & Workers Compensation Law Intersect

Tomorrow, learn the basics of employment law for workers compensation practitioners.

Bar Book Club Feb. 22

Discuss Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.

Help the SDCBA Help You with Your Tech Needs

Take a brief online survey at www.sdcba.org/techsurvey.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Nuts & Bolts of Employment Law for Workers Compensation Practitioners
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Juvenile Law Section Book Club
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Ashton Embry and the Ethical Responsibilities of Judicial Law Clerks
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Bankruptcy Law: 2017 Year in Review

5:15 p.m. – 7 p.m.
SDCBA Book Club: Before We Were Yours
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Business & Corporate, Intellectual Property and Civil Litigation Law Sections: Networking Mixer
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Appellate Practice Section Meeting
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law: 2017 Year in Review

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunity: Bench Bar Community Outreach - Senior Community Center Lunch
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee Meeting
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Insurance Law: 2017 Year in Review
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Elder Law Section Brownbag Lunch Series

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Social Security Disability Section Meeting
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Annual Bench-Bar Reception

Have a Burning Question You're Afraid to Ask?

Ask legal experts anonymous questions about the practice of law through Asking for a Friend. See details and ask away at www.sdcba.org/askingforafriend.

Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Anatomy of an Engagement Agreement: An Overview of the Ethical and Practical Imperatives Requiring an Agreement

Charles Berwanger
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP

You have done your conflict check and are now ready to undertake the representation of a client. For ethical and practical reasons, that representation should be embodied in a written agreement that identifies the undertaking, the terms of the relationship, and all the other facets involved in representing your client.

Tips from the Pros

Advice for Newer Attorneys From “The Ten-Dollar Founding Father”1

Jeffrey Chinn
Director of Career Services
Thomas Jefferson School of Law

The musical “Hamilton” has been a phenomenon with unreal demand for tickets and a popular soundtrack. After seeing a performance during its San Diego run, I began to think about lessons that newer attorneys can learn from a person who “got a lot farther by working a lot harder, by being a lot smarter, by being a self starter.”


Being an Expert on Experts: Tips for Effectively Using Experts

Olga May
Fish & Richardson P.C.

Expert evidence can be front and center in any case, but it becomes crucial in science- and technology-intensive cases. The complexity associated with finding, preparing and correctly using the right experts can be high. 



In Case You Missed It: Law with Less Stress – Incorporating Mindful Meditation Into Your Practice

Jenna Little
Publications Editor
San Diego County Bar Association

According to a 2016 ABA study, out of 13,000 attorneys surveyed, 20.6% experienced problem drinking, 28% experienced depression, and 19% experienced anxiety. Practicing mindfulness is one way attorneys have been coping with stress and anxiety.


2018 Law + Technology Summit Wrap Up

Mike Finstad
SDCBA New Lawyer Forum Chair
Attorney at Law

If you didn't get a chance to attend the 2018 Law + Technology Summit last month, here's a summary of the highlights.

Scene At

Law + Technology Summit & 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 bar@sdcba.org.

Editor-In-Chief: Phillip Simpler
Contributing Writers: Charles Berwanger, Jeffrey Chinn, Mike Finstad, Jenna Little, Olga May
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