January 2016
Networking and Drinks at the Rink

Meet up with SDCBA friends at Buffalo Wild Wings before heading to the San Diego Gulls game next Friday. The SDCBA's Entertainment & Sports Law Section will host the networking mixer at Buffalo Wild Wings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. followed by the Gulls game at 7:05 p.m. Want to attend just part of the event? No problem — registration is separate for each event. Learn more and register here.


Clear Out Old Documents & Electronics Next Friday

Shred and recycle your old items in an environmentally safe way.

Who Inspires You?

Do you know of a colleague committed to serving our community? Nominate them for a 2016 SDCBA Service Award.

Earn CLE Credit Before Feb. 1 Compliance Deadline

Hop onto the SDCBA website to earn CLE credits anywhere, anytime.

Judicial Reception March 9

Help honor our local bench and welcome San Diego's newest judicial officers.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
SDCBA Book Club: Discussion of Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

5 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
What's New in Tort & Trial: 2015 Year in Review

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Appellate Section Meeting
SDCBA Annual Shred & Electronic Recycling Event

5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Entertainment & Sports Networking Mixer and San Diego Gulls Hockey Game
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wills for Heroes
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Community Service Committee Meeting
5:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
San Diego City Attorney Debate
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Social Security Disability Section Meeting
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Bankruptcy Section's 25th Annual Year In Review
*Live webcast also available.
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Appellate Section Meeting
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
SDCBA Annual Judicial Reception

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Jason Evans
Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Dear Colleagues,

I am not at all surprised that the first year of the Forum for Emerging Lawyers was a great success under the leadership of 2015 Chair, Nicole Heeder, and the contribution of so many of you. (Compare Forum for Emerging Lawyers with the XFL, your favorite restaurant that closed all too soon or Furbies.)

Tips from the Bench

Hon. Joel Wohlfeil
San Diego Superior Court

In November, I participated with Dave Fox and Johanna Schiavoni – a couple of splendid San Diego lawyers – in a presentation to an audience of emerging lawyers in D 73 of the HOJ. In anticipation of our presentation, I created a checklist for lawyers to consider.

Legal Ethics for Emerging Attorneys

Scared Straight Trust Accounting

Michael Crowley
Crowley Law Group

I will say it right away. The biggest pain about being a lawyer in solo practice or in a small firm, like me for 30 years, is maintaining the trust account. I am sure my top-notch assistant for the past 19 years would agree.

Tips from the Pros

Honesty Wins Every Time

Eric Ganci
Ganci, Esq., APC

It’s interesting how your brain locks on to certain things. Certain statements or events, that even though you experienced them early on, they will define your career both personally and professionally.

Inter Alia

Read Up in 2016

Lizzette Herrera Castellanos
Associate Director for Public Service and Diversity
University of San Diego School of Law

At the start of every year, we are all setting goals and trying to stay on top of them and I am always on the look-out for new books or old ones that help motivate students and alumni career-wise.

Co-Counsel's Corner

Don’t Get Your Wires Crossed With Cybersecurity

Jeff Bennion
Law Office of Jeff Bennion

For most of us, troubleshooting cybersecurity is difficult because we usually can’t see the problem and only find out about it after there’s been some catastrophic loss. Even if you are a cybersecurity novice, there are some simple things you can do and look out for to make sure your confidential client files are safer.

Scene At

Stepping Up to the Bar and More!

Have you been "Scene At" the latest events? Check out pics of recent happenings.

See the Seal? It's Been CIEL Certified!

If you see this seal next to an event posted on the SDCBA website, social media or other SDCBA publications, that means the event has been "CIEL Certified." The SDCBA's Council on the Integration of Emerging Lawyers identifies these programs as being especially beneficial to newer attorneys and their growing practices. Don't miss the next CIEL Certified CLE taking place January 26: "What's New in Tort & Trial: 2015 Year in Review." See details here.

Editor-In-Chief: Michael Olinik
Contributing Writers: Jeff Bennion, Michael Crowley, Jason Evans,
Eric Ganci, Lizzette Herrera Castellanos, Hon. Joel Wohlfeil
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