January 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.
FREE Signature Event
Law Student Welcome Reception

Join local bar associations, law-related organizations, and law school students on January 27 at 5:30 p.m. for an evening of making great connections and celebrating the diversity and depth of our legal community. Thanks to our snazzy new virtual conferencing platform, you’ll be able to meet people at “tables” around the “room,” just like the real thing … but without the commute and parking hassles. Register »
FREE Roundtable Event
Racial Equity
Organizational Assessment

Join us on February 8 at 5:30 p.m. to learn how to enhance your legal organization's current efforts toward racial equity. We will introduce an evidence-based tool designed to help legal organizations with this process and host a Q&A where attendees can ask questions in a small and safe setting. Register »

Highlighted Event

Fri, Jan
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
CLE Webinar

The Status of COVID-Related Business Interruption Insurance Claims in California and Elsewhere

Join the Insurance Law Section for this expert panel presentation designed for attorneys who represent insurance companies or policyholders with existing or potential business interruption claims, as well as attorneys who provide advice concerning insurance products and claims. Key takeaways will include insurance issues that may arise in connection with COVID-related interruption claims and business losses.


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For the Record Poll: Would You Rather? 

Would you rather — get back to that pesky work assignment, or click here to participate in this month’s For the Record poll? This fun “Would You Rather?” poll takes just a minute or two to complete. Results will be revealed in next month’s edition of For the Record.


Message from the Chair
of the New Lawyer Division

By Stephanie Atkinson
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney LLP

Happy New Year NLD! It is my honor and privilege to serve as Chair for the New Lawyer Division in 2021. MORE »

New Lawyer Division
Member Spotlight: Ryan Stygar

By Stephanie Pengilley
The Bickel Law Firm

From firefighter to attorney, Ryan Stygar feels honored to be able to give back to his community. MORE »

Tips for Starting a New Job or Internship

By Eric Ganci

You got the new job or scored the internship you really worked for! Sweet! Everything you did to get the spot was amazing, but now you need to consider what it means to be a new employee. MORE »

Tips from the Bench: Judge Harry Elias

By Sara Gold
Eastman IP

Judge Elias advises new trial lawyers to not be afraid to ask questions of the judge or another lawyer, and to not be afraid of losing an issue or a case. MORE »
Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Practice in a Pandemic

By Edward McIntyre
Professional Responsibility Lawyer

To overstate the obvious, COVID has upended everything. As it rages even worse in California, lawyers are deemed “non-essential” and ordered to stay home except in the most limited of circumstances. Likely, that will remain the case for months to come. MORE »
Sara Gold
Contributing Writers: 
Stephanie Atkinson, Eric Ganci,
Sara Gold, Edward McIntyre, Stephanie Pengilley