February 2021
COVID-19 Update
The SDCBA Bar Center will remain closed until further notice. We are closely monitoring the situation to determine when we can reopen. Meanwhile, all in-person events and meetings during this time – both at the Bar Center and off-site – are being conducted virtually.
CLE Event
4th Annual Law + Tech Summit 2021

Join us for this two-day, knowledge-packed virtual summit to learn from technology experts, network with industry peers, and obtain CLE credit while gaining invaluable insight into the latest legal technology trends, tools, and topics. This conference provides 5 hours of CLE Credit (4 Gen, 1 Ethics). Register »
Fellowship Opportunity
UC Legal Health and
Technology Law Fellowship

The University of California Office of General Counsel, Health Affairs & Technology Law Group offers a one-year full-time fellowship to a recent graduate of an accredited law school who is interested in exploring a career in the areas of health affairs, research, or technology law. Learn more here »

Highlighted Event

Mon, March
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
FREE Webinar

Exchange on Equity Roundtable: Economic Empowerment

Join us each month as we explore the intersection of race and justice in order
to better promote anti-racism within our community and beyond. This month's discussion will be led by Past SDCBA President Lilys D. McCoy, Anti-Racism Subcommittee member Susana Mahady, and Committee on Diversity and Inclusion Chair Manfred Muecke. Registration opening soon. 

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For the Record Poll: The “LAWscars” 

Now is your chance to vote for your favorite “LAWscar”-worthy lawyers from TV and film! Cast your vote in this month’s Oscars-inspired poll and see the results from last month’s “Would You Rather?” questions. VOTE » 


Message from the Chair
of the New Lawyer Division

By Stephanie Atkinson
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney LLP

Whether you are heading to the office, enjoying working from home as the new norm, or (like me) missing the personal interaction and eager to get back to the office, the New Lawyer Division is here for you! MORE »

“Progress Tends to Come in a Crisis”
Interview with California Western’s New Dean

By Sara Gold
Eastman IP

California Western School of Law recently welcomed its new dean and president, Sean M. Scott. Dean Scott is one of the few women of color appointed as dean and president of an American law school. MORE »

New Lawyer Division
Member Spotlight: Jordan Sannipoli

By Alexi Silverman
Neil, Dymott, Frank, McCabe & Hudson APLC

After growing up in a family of musicians, Jordan Sannipoli realized being an attorney was similar to being a performer, so she set her sights on performing on a different stage — the courtroom. MORE »

Tips from the Bar: Michael J. Aguirre

By Elijah T. Gaglio
Aguirre & Severson LLP

In this variation of our usual “Tips from the Bench,” this “Tips from the Bar” column features advice from an experienced attorney with a longstanding history in San Diego. MORE »

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity in 2021

By Nicole Smith

This article provides a basic overview of privacy and cybersecurity laws at the state and federal levels, and also examines recent developments and trends in this emerging area of law. MORE »

Lessons Learned from a Recovering Solo Practitioner (and arguably, The Killers)

By Nicole Heeder
Johnson Heeder LLP

What is the real difference between a solo practitioner and an attorney at a law firm? More importantly, how do you know if solo practice is right for you? MORE »

Effective Time Management
is Key to Any Team’s Success

By Jack Fischer
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney LLP

By adopting simple strategies for managing your calendar and task lists, you can enjoy the all-elusive “work-life” balance that we all strive for. MORE »
Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

When is a Lawsuit Frivolous?

By Steve Berenson
Klinedinst PC

Every lawyer knows it is unethical to file a frivolous lawsuit. However, the answer to the question of whether a lawsuit — or a defense to one — is frivolous, is not always easy or obvious. MORE »
Sara Gold
Contributing Writers: 
Stephanie Atkinson, Steve Berenson, Jack Fischer, Elijah T. Gaglio,
Sara Gold, Nicole Heeder, Alexi Silverman, Nicole Smith