June 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.
New Lawyer Division Virtual Happy Hour: Trivia Night
Join your fellow NLD members on Friday, June 19 for a fun night of trivia and socializing. There will be two hour-long trivia games, one starting at 5 p.m. and the second at 6 p.m. You're welcome to join for either or both! Register »
New Lawyer Celebration
The SDCBA and the Federal Bar Association-San Diego Chapter are pleased to host a celebration on Wednesday, July 1 at 12:00 p.m. to welcome recent bar passers into San Diego's vibrant legal community. Join us for inspiring remarks from representatives from our courts and bar associations. Register »

Highlighted Event

Tue, June
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
FREE Webinar

Law Students & New Lawyers:
Being Present, Visible, and Successful from Day One

Join the Diversity Fellowship Program as we host a panel discussion moderated by SDCBA Board member Warren Den, featuring Superior Court Judge Tilisha Martin and attorneys Nadia Bermudez and Kim L. Carter. These leaders will discuss tips for new lawyers navigating their careers while building their professional reputations in the community.

See all upcoming SDCBA events »



Message from the Chair
of the New Lawyer Division

By Stephanie A. Sandler
Sandler Law

Can you believe we have made it to June!? It’s officially summer! We have some great events this month, plus we are in the midst of our amazing #NLDGIVES drive. MORE »

Montrose Again: California Adopts Vertical Exhaustion Theory of Access to Upper Level Excess Insurance Policies

By Danielle S. Ward
Balestreri Potocki & Holmes
Notably, Montrose Chemical v. Superior Court did not determine whether the horizontal exhaustion or vertical exhaustion rule applies between primary and excess insurance carriers. MORE »

Learning from the 2015 Berkeley Balcony Collapse: SB 326 Creates New Inspection Requirements and Opportunities for Addressing Construction Defects

By Stella Raedeker
Attorney at law
The Berkeley balcony collapse prompted lawmakers and industry to seriously reevaluate how Elevated Exterior Elements (EEEs) are constructed and maintained. MORE »

Best Practices for Construction Sites in the Age of COVID-19

By Jackson W. Isaacs
Isaacs Law Firm, APC
Get recommendations and guidelines that contractors, trades, and others have developed to allow California to continue to build during COVID-19. MORE »

The Gig Economy in California After AB 5: What Have We Learned?

By Pamela Vallero
Gruenberg Law
Since its enactment, AB 5 has dominated the conversation in terms of what is to come as the workforce landscape continues to change with the gig economy not just in California, but in the rest of the country. MORE »

Tips from the Bench:
Interview with Judge Kevin A. Enright

By Kevin B. Hambly
Shinnick & Ryan, LLP
My recent interview with Judge Kevin A. Enright gave insight into his life and career, and revealed some great pearls of wisdom that would benefit all new lawyers. MORE »
Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

How Do You Rate as a Lawyer ... and What Should You Ethically Do About It?

By David M. Majchrzak
Klinedinst PC
Many times, feedback — positive or negative — may be posted online for anyone to find, even years down the line. So, it is critical, especially early in your career, to keep your clients happy. MORE »
Kevin B. Hambly
Contributing Writers: 
Kevin B. Hambly, Jackson W. Isaacs, David M. Majchrzak,
Stella Raedeker, Stephanie A. Sandler, Pamela Vallero, Danielle S. Ward