January 2018

Law + Technology Summit January 26-27

Being a competent lawyer today means understanding and embracing technology. Across all areas of practice, technology will increasingly become even more critical to our profession. The speakers will provide an overview of what you need to know today and into the future. Speakers include nationally renowned law tech blogger Bob Ambrogi, Assistant Counsel for Microsoft Corporation Dennis Garcia, and Joy Murao, Global Practice Support Executive & E-Discovery Strategist, and several other legal technology all-stars. Topics range from e-discovery to practice management to trial technology and ethical considerations for your online profiles. You won’t want to miss this event. Learn more and register at: www.sdcba.org/lawandtechsummit.


The Limits of Persuasion Tomorrow

Learn how to maximize persuasion through knowing its limitations.

Explore the Positive Effects of Mindful Meditation Jan. 31

Discover how mindful meditation can help you practice law with less stress.

Get Practical Tips for Trying a Criminal Case Feb. 3

Hear from an all-star panel who will share expert tips and insights on trying a criminal case.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Nuts & Bolts - The Limits of Persuasion
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Drafting and ADR: The Clause That Could Control Your Case
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Juvenile Law Section Book Club
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
2018 Recording Fees – Enactment of SB-2 – Atkins Fee

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Meet the Mediators Mixer
5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Bar Book Club - The Handmaid's Tale
2018 Law + Technology Summit
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Real Property Breakfast Roundtable

5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
What's New in Tort & Trial: 2017 in Review
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Law with Less Stress: Incorporating Mindful Meditation into your Practice

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Insurance/Bad Faith Law Section Mixer & Recognition Event
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Criminal Trial Training Seminar
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Section Meeting: Social Security Disability
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Nuts & Bolts: Employment Law for WC Practitioners

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Mike Finstad
Attorney at Law

New Lawyers of San Diego County:

First of all, welcome to For the Record, the publication for New Lawyers of the San Diego County Bar Association. Here you will find content that, we hope, you find relevant and informative. For the Record is also a publication where you can find out about news, events, and opportunities to connect with fellow members of the Bar Association. If you have news or an idea for improving our content, we'd love to hear from you. 

Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Play Close to the Line, Get More Than Chalk On Your Shoes

Edward McIntyre
Attorney at Law

A recent news story underscored the perils of discovery “gamesmanship.” On December 28, 2017, Brad Racino reported for inewsource that the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, reversed itself and ordered its November 28th opinion published. 

Tips from the Pros

Transferable Skills — The Key to Changing Areas of Practice

Cory Schaller
Career Advisor and Adjunct Professor
California Western School of Law

Have you ever felt stuck in your current job or area of practice?  Do you believe that you are only qualified to practice (insert area of law here) and nothing else?  Is all of your law school experience in transactional law, but you realized you’d rather spend all day in court? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then keep on reading.


Time is Money: Maximize Your Time by Incorporating Legal Billing Techniques into Your Daily Office Routine

Jocelyn Russo
Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara LLP

Whether you’re employed at a large or small firm, one thing is for certain: tracking and billing time is an important and inevitable part of working at a law firm. For many associates, your value at your law firm, at least partially, is directly related to the number of hours you bill per month.


Contract Attorney Ethical Obligations

Robert Bryson
Attorney at Law

Many new attorneys start out by performing work for other firms. If you are a contract or freelance attorney, you are subject to the same rights and duties as a full-time associate (for the duration of your contract).

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, Mike Finstad, Edward McIntyre, Jocelyn Russo, Cory Schaller
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