July 2020
The SDCBA Bar Center is closed and our staff is working remotely.
Our virtual office maintains normal business hours of 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. All events and meetings have been re-scheduled as webinars. Please read our latest update about these changes here.
MEMBO! FREE Member Benefit Expo & Appreciation Fest starting this Monday!
Join us July 20-24 as we celebrate you ⁠— our members ⁠— over an exciting week of info-packed webinars designed to help your practice. Plus, we will have special entertainment every evening, including a members-only culinary session with celebrity chef Josh Capon, a private musical performance by singer/songwriter Jeff Lewis, a contestant on The Voice; games, prize drawings galore, and more! One registration covers the whole week of fun — pick and choose the sessions and entertainment that interests you! Register »
Leadership Speaker Series: 
Lights, Camera, Action:
How to Become a TV Legal Commentator

Join us this Monday, July 20 at 12:00 p.m. for this lunchtime program and learn from the pros how to put your legal skills to use communicating to a non-legal audience through mass media. Find out what a Hollywood producer looks for in a legal commentator and see how one local attorney has gained national acclaim as a TV legal expert. Register »

Highlighted Event

Thu, Aug
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting

New Lawyer Division Book Club:
White Fragility 

Join Stephanie Atkinson and the New Lawyer Division for a discussion on Robin DiAngelo's New York Times Bestseller, White Fragility.

See all upcoming SDCBA events »



Message from the Chair
of the New Lawyer Division

By Stephanie A. Sandler
Sandler Law

Ah, July … my favorite month of the year. I hope to see your faces via Zoom at the many virtual events the SDCBA has planned this month. MORE »

Santa Clara Public Defenders Acquit Death-Penalty Homicide; Forensic Evidence Plays Key Role

By Brody Burns
San Diego County Office of the Alternate Public Defender
Manuel Anthony Lopez nearly lost his life to the “gospel” of a forensic expert. Luckily, his defense team would not tacitly accept the government’s experts or their “forensic conclusions.” MORE »
Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Protecting the Client and Yourself:
Limiting the Scope of Your Representation in Engagement Agreements and Non-Engagement Letters

By Charles V. Berwanger
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
Like any contract, an agreement to provide legal services requires there to be a “meeting of the minds.” Put another way, the parties must agree on what each party must do to perform. MORE »
Mindful Minute

Rise and Shine: Why Snoozing is Ruining Your Productivity

By Marta Manus
Cohelan Khoury & Singer
Learning how to optimize your circadian rhythm — your natural, internal sleep-wake cycle — is critical to functioning at your best. MORE »
Kevin B. Hambly
Contributing Writers: 
Charles V. Berwanger, Brody Burns,
Marta Manus, Stephanie A. Sandler