January 2017

Civil Trial Advocacy Series: A Special Three-Part Training Seminar

Don't miss your chance to gain essential tips from seasoned trial attorneys during the Civil Trial Advocacy training seminar. The series kicks-off on February 4 with Part 1 covering jury selection, opening statements, expert witness testimonies, direct and cross examinations, and appellate issues. Part 2 will take place February 7; Part 3 is on February 8. SDCBA members get 30% off when registering for all three parts of the seminar. Find out more and register here.


Let's Talk About Diversity February 23

Join Supreme Court Justice Hon. Goodwin Liu for a discussion on implicit bias.

Meet Up at the Gulls Game Tomorrow

Meet up with members of the Workers' Compensation Law Section.

Clear Out Old Documents & Electronics

Bring your documents and electronics for safe shredding and recycling.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Nuts & Bolts Series: Workers Compensation

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Workers' Compensation Meet Up
5 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
What's New in Tort & Trial: 2016 in Review
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Civil Trial Advocacy: Part 1 of 3
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee Meeting
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Civil Trial Advocacy: Part 2 of 3
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Civil Trial Advocacy: Part 3 of 3
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
SDCBA Annual Shred & Electronic Recycling Event
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Social Security Disability Section Meeting

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
SDCBA Book Club: The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dialogue on Diversity
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Save the Date: Annual Judicial Reception

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Ashley Peterson
Attorney at Law

Dear Colleagues,

It is my honor and privilege to serve as your Chair for the Forum for Emerging Lawyers for 2017 along with my Vice Chair, Michael Olinik, and members-at-large Garett Gorlitsky and Morgan Cahill-Marsland. 

Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Sharing Offices and Vicarious Disqualification: You’ve Gotta Keep It Separated

Leah Strickland
Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP

Brand new attorneys starting their own practice have a lot of decisions to make, and a lot of those decisions involve overhead. Should I hire a secretary? Do I work out of my house, or should I rent office space? If I’m renting, where do I locate my office? 

Tips from the Pros

“Waitin’ on a Sunny Day”—New Year’s Resolutions for Young Lawyers

Jeffrey Chinn
Director of Career Services, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Tired of making the usual New Year’s resolutions? Need to recharge your energy and reduce your stress levels? Here are a few examples that will make a positive impact on your professional and personal life.


Growing up in the Law: Transitioning From a “New Lawyer” to “Lawyer”

Michael Olinik
Attorney at Law

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they make the leap to adulthood; the same goes for attorneys in their careers. As a new lawyer, you experience a lot of firsts—first signature on a motion, first appearance in court, first deal closed, first contract signed, first client served.


Essential Questions to Ask Every Supervising Attorney

Robert Bryson
Engstrom, Lipscomb, & Lack

Congratulations, counselor. You passed the hardest bar in the country. Now comes the hard part—becoming an effective attorney.

Scene At

Stepping Up to the Bar

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: Michael Olinik
Contributing Writers: Robert Bryson, Jeffrey Chinn, Michael Olinik, Ashley Peterson, Leah Strickland
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