June 2017

Opening Your Practice Series:
Everything You Need to Know About Hanging a Shingle

Starting a law firm can be intimidating and tricky. From the outset you have to assume the roles of business owner and attorney, and oftentimes in-house marketer, HR manager, and even tech support. That's why the SDCBA's Opening Your Practice Series is beneficial to anyone thinking of hanging a shingle. In each of the series' four-parts, top San Diego attorneys will tackle everything you need to know about running your own law firm. If you missed the first part of the series, there's plenty of time to sign up for Part II: Fee Agreement & Billing taking place July 18. Register here.


Learn Basics of Taking Expert Depositions Tomorrow

Don't miss this Nuts & Bolts program, developed especially for newer lawyers.

Forum Mixer with Local Nonprofits June 29

Mingle with Forum members and local nonprofit professionals.

Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee Summer Kick-Off

Say hello to summer with ERDC on
June 21.

SDCBA Summer Socials

Soak up the sun on July 12 in North County and July 13 downtown.

Need a Professional Photo? Portrait Sittings July 10-14

Appointments for portrait sittings available for SDCBA attorney members.

Have a Question About the Practice of Law?

You can ask questions anonymously through Asking for a Friend.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:


5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Bar Book Club: The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Fear Factor: You’ve Just Started Family Law — Now What? (ABA Listening Party)

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Nuts & Bolts Series: Taking Expert Depositions

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Military Law Section Meeting


5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Ethnic Relations and Diversity Committee 2017 Summer Kickoff Party

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Settlement Issues in Probate/Trust Litigation
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Forum Networking Mixer: Community Leadership and Nonprofit Public Service
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Starting Out on Social Media

SDCBA Member Portrait Sittings by Appointment


4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Annual SDCBA Summer Social: North County

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Annual SDCBA Summer Social: Downtown

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Opening Your Practice Part 2: Fee Agreement and Billing

Save the Date: Forum for Emerging Lawyers Inaugural Barrister's Ball

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Ashley Peterson
Attorney at Law

Dear Colleagues,

Summer is almost here and that means San Diego is buzzing with social events, but there is one event you won’t want to miss. I am excited to announce that the Forum for Emerging Lawyers will be throwing its inaugural Barrister's Ball “Moonlight Masquerade” on August 26 at Bella Vista Social Club and Caffé in Torrey Pines.

Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Cybersecurity, Client Confidences, and ABA Formal
Opinion 477R

Leah Strickland
Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP

You work for a boutique firm that handles transactional legal needs. One of the firm’s clients has grown from a successful regional business into a nationwide powerhouse. It has become so successful, in fact, that it recently became the target of a widely reported cyberattack.

Tips from the Pros

Don't Lose Touch With Your Attorney Contacts,
But If You Do...

Jocelyn Salvatori
Associate Director, Career and Professional Development Office
California Western School of Law

I don’t know about you, but keeping in touch with everyone from my kindergarten friends to law school friends is a difficult task. On top of that, it is my job to keep in touch with every single attorney I have ever met. Inevitably, someone falls off my radar.

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Own IT: How to Start a Law Firm in the Virtual
Law Office Era

Attorneys starting a law firm after working for others need to begin with a vision that encompasses the types of legal services they will provide, the way they will relate to clients, and how much they expect to earn from their business.


It Takes a Village: Forming the Support Network to Go Solo

Rachael Callahan
Callahan Firm, A.P.C.

Despite the name, a successful solo attorney should never actually be “solo.” Whether you just took the attorney oath or you are contemplating leaving a firm to hang your own shingle, starting your own firm is daunting and a financial risk; a venture you should not do on your own.


Companion Animals or Pets? What Lawyers Need to Know

Ashley Peterson
Attorney at Law

In the tight rental market here in San Diego, a common question both landlords and tenants face is a rental’s pet policy. If a landlord or a homeowner association has a strict “no pet” policy in a lease or rules and regulations, what do you do when faced with a tenant or owner who makes a reasonable accommodation request to have a service dog or companion animal in the unit?

Scene At

Forum for Emerging Lawyers Mixer 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: Rachael Callahan, Ashley Peterson, Jocelyn Salvatori, Leah Strickland
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