June 2016

Get a Glimpse Inside the O.J. Simpson Case and its Effects on Media in the Courtroom Next Tuesday

Next Tuesday, join judges and journalists for "Eyewitnesses to Change: How the O.J. Simpson Case Altered How Media Covers the Courts," our Bench/Bar/Media Event. Retired Associated Press Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch and Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson will share insights on how the case impacted media in the courtroom today. See details and register for this event here.


Get on Board with WetSuits!

Join the SDCBA's new surfing group and paddle out with members this summer.

Microsoft Word for Attorneys Part II June 29

Get tips and tricks for using Word.

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Pro Bono Training July 12

Learn how you can gain experience while giving back to our servicemembers.

SDCBA Summer Social July 14

Register now for this fun summer networking event.

New Job Board

View the SDCBA's new Job Board at www.sdcba.org/jobboard.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:


5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Bench Bar Media Event - Eyewitnesses to Change: How the O.J. Simpson Case Altered How Media Covers the Courts

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Workers' Compensation 101: The Basic Nuts & Bolts of the CA Workers’ Compensation System
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Opening Your Practice: The Decision and Plan
*Live webcast also available.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Law & Medicine, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Social Security Disability Law Sections Networking Mixer
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
SDCBA Technical Skills Series: Part Two – Microsoft Word II for Attorneys
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
VA Disability
*Live webcast also available.
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Business & Corporate Law and Entertainment & Sports Law Section Networking Mixer
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee Meeting
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Pro Bono Training
*Live webcast also available.
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Animal Law Section Meeting
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
SDCBA Summer Social
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Social Security Disability Section Meeting

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
SDCBA Book Club: Allegiance by Kermit Roosevelt

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Jason Evans
Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Dear Colleagues,

If you haven’t heard, the SDCBA has created a new group for surfing members to get together in the water. WetSuits, now the official surfing group of the Bar Association, offers a way to meet up with members in a non-traditional setting. 

Legal Ethics for Emerging Attorneys

Maybe It's Time We Go Our Separate Ways
A Quick Look at Terminating the Attorney-Client Relationship

Patrick Kearns
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Like any relationship, the attorney-client relationship is complex and occasionally, things may take a turn for the worse. If problems develop between you and your client, it may be advisable to withdraw as counsel and terminate the relationship.

Tips from the Pros

Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Job

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

As a former intern supervisor, June always meant an influx of summer associates and interns. Their challenge is to turn a “good” summer job into a “great” summer job. The key is following simple professional guidelines that will benefit both the student and employer.


Top Five Tricks for Rehabilitating Old Transactional Agreements

Lauren Doucette
Ferris & Britton, APC

For many transactional attorneys, reusing an old operating agreement template or a buy-sell agreement from a prior deal years back is more appealing than starting from scratch.


Helping Your Divorce Clients Help Themselves by Considering a Better Approach

Paul McGuire
Attorney at Law

Divorces are complicated, emotional issues that often go beyond just the distribution of property. Helping your clients adopt an appropriate approach to their divorce will help make the process as painless as possible for them, and they may thank you later.

Inter Alia

Making the Most of Your SDCBA Membership

Michael Olinik
The Butler Firm, APC

Starting out as a new attorney or changing career paths to open your own practice are complicated, confusing challenges to navigate through. Fortunately, as a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, you have many resources available to you to help you through your new adventures.

Scene At

Panel Discussion on Career Development 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.

See the Seal? It's Been CIEL Certified!

If you see this seal next to an event posted on the SDCBA website, social media or other SDCBA publications, that means the event has been "CIEL Certified." The SDCBA's Council on the Integration of Emerging Lawyers identifies these programs as being especially beneficial to newer attorneys and their growing practices. Don't miss the next CIEL Certified CLE taking place June 24: "Workers' Compensation 101: The Basic Nuts & Bolts of the CA Workers’ Compensation System." See details here.

Editor-In-Chief: Michael Olinik
Contributing Writers: Jeff Chinn, Lauren Doucette, Jason Evans, Patrick Kearns, Paul McGuire, Michael Olinik
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