June 2019

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

By Mellania E. Safarian

Clark Hill LLP

Hello New Lawyers:

There are so many exciting developments that I am excited to share with you this month. First, I am happy to report that the New Lawyer Forum will hereby be officially known as the New Lawyer Division(“NLD”). As Chair of the NLD and as a member of the San Diego County Bar Association’s (“SDCBA”) Board of Directors (“Board”), I am tasked with identifying and raising policy issues and bringing them to the Board’s attention for resolution. This month, the NLD’s Executive Committee identified the use of the word “Forum” as an issue that required Board attention and resolution. The Board unanimously voted in favor of this change.

I am also excited to announce that Law Students will be added to our official membership. The inclusion of Law Students in our membership was a decision that the NLD’s Executive Committee strongly felt would be beneficial both to the NLD as well as to the Law Students. Again, this issue was raised to the Board and the Board unanimously voted in favor of adding Law Students to our membership. Please join me in welcoming them to the NLD.

Next, I want to introduce you to our newest addition to the NLD’s Executive Committee, Michaela Jester, aka Myca. Myca graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2017 and earned her LLM in International Law from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2018. She is currently an Associate at Tyson & Mendes and is responsible for overseeing the NLD’s Community Service subcommittee. We are so excited to have her as part of the team. Please join me in welcoming Myca to the NLD.

Finally, please join the NLD on Friday, August 16th at 6:00 p.m. for our annual Signature Event at the brand new Guild Hotel in downtown. This is the biggest event of the year and we have so many exciting sponsors who are looking forward to meeting you at the event. The Guild Hotel was voted as one of “The Most Exciting Hotels Opening In The U.S. In 2019” by Forbes. This new boutique hotel is in the former 1924 Army Navy YMCA building right in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. We are so thrilled to be hosting one of the very first events in this historic building. Hope to see you there!

Next month, we will be hosting a Dog Days of Summer Picnic at Balboa Park as part of the SDCBA’s Summer Social Series on Thursday, July 18th at 5:30 p.m. We will also be collecting articles for our award winning e-publication For the Record. The topic next month will be Government Law. If you are interested in submitting an article for publication, please email our Editor in Chief, Kevin Hambly, at khambly@srfirms.com.

As always, I hope that you will continue to network with us and be sure to look out for future emails with events, programming and our monthly publication, For the Record. Also, make sure to check out our website at https://www.sdcba.org/?pg=NewLawyerForum and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SDCBAForum/ to stay connected.

Best,
Mellania Safarian
Chair of the New Lawyer Division