July 2017

Forum Barrister's Ball August 26

New Attorneys: You won’t want to miss the Moonlight Masquerade Ball, the Forum’s first major social event. Join us at the Bella Vista Social Club and Caffé on Saturday, August 26, cocktail attire suggested. And be sure to bring your mask! Register at www.sdcba.org/moonlightmasquerade.


Annual Beer & Wine Law Update Tonight

What pairs better with CLE credit than a craft beer? Learn about the industry and connect with colleagues tonight.

Learn Basics of Bankruptcy Law Tomorrow

Learn the Basics of Bankruptcy during this program, created especially for newer lawyers.

Burrito Boyz Event July 30

Make and distribute burritos for the homeless with the Family Law Section.

Asking For a Friend

Have a question you’re afraid to post to the listserve or ask your colleagues? Submit it anonymously here and we’ll get you an answer.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:


5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Fifth Annual Beer and Wine Law Update

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Nuts & Bolts Series: Bankruptcy Law Basics

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Technology Choices & Time Savings

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Business and Corporate Law: Networking Mixer


5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Military Law Update: Changes in Legislation Surrounding the Division of Military Retirement

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Business Planning for Your New Law Office
This event has reached capacity. Waitlist info here.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Family Law: Networking Mixer
5:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Volunteer Opportunity: Burrito Boyz
5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Bar Book Club: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee Meeting


12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Court Practice Series: Bankruptcy Court

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Tips For Working With the Press

7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Forum Barrister's Ball: Moonlight Masquerade

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Ashley Peterson
Attorney at Law

Dear Colleagues,

In the summer of 2015, I made the decision to open my own law office as a transactional real estate, business and probate lawyer. It was both exciting and terrifying at the same time, and kept me awake on many occasions contemplating if it was the right decision.

Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Put It In Writing: Letters Memorialize Crucial Information

Jennifer Gilman
Frantz Law Group

Attorneys dedicate many years of their lives and make tremendous personal sacrifices when they decide to practice law. These sacrifices sometimes result in uneasy family relationships, delays in starting a family, or financial hardships that are ostensibly temporary.

Tips from the Pros

You Are the Most Important Brand!

Isabel Eustaquio
Associate Director of Career Services
Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Personal branding is the process by which we market ourselves to others. You already have a personal brand whether you know it or not, so you might as well manage it. Positive branding requires an active effort. As a legal professional, you want to be regarded as an expert in the legal field.

Courtesy of

Creating a Great Experience for Spanish-Speaking Clients

With the U.S. Spanish-speaking population at an all-time high, now is an ideal time for attorneys serving the Spanish-speaking community to ensure their customer experience is a positive one for all callers, especially those who speak Spanish.


Uber, Lyft, Ride Shares, Driverless Cars: Technological Changes Driving Legal Changes

Ashley Rae Makowski
West Alliance Injury Lawyers

It is completely amazing to look back to the days when I was a child to now and see how revolutionary our society has become due to technological developments and advances.

Scene At

Annual Summer Socials and More!

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: Isabel Eustaquio, Jennifer Gilman, Ashley Rae Makowski, Ashley Peterson
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