June 2021
COVID-19 Update
SDCBA Reopening Plan: The SDCBA staff offices will re-open on Tuesday, July 6, with regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. The SDCBA Bar Center will also re-open to members on July 6, but with limitations. We will have an online reservation system to control capacity, with last-minute reservations accepted via phone, if space permits. Masks will be required for any unvaccinated members or staff on SDCBA premises. All indoor meetings and programs will continue in a virtual-only format. We continue to be thankful for your tremendous support and patience as we navigate our way back to healthy days! Stay tuned for more details in coming weeks.
FREE Event
Law Students & New Lawyers: Navigating Your Way to Success

Join us on June 22 at 5:30 p.m. for the 2021 Diversity Fellowship Program Career and Professionalism Panel discussion. Attendees will gain valuable insight from leaders in our legal community, including tips for success in navigating your career path and building your professional reputation. Register »
FREE Event
Exchange on Equity Roundtable

Join us on July 12 at 5:30 p.m. for a facilitated dialogue on the book How to be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, during which we will discuss various ways in which racism — particularly anti-Black racism — has historically been justified, as well as an exploration of the concepts of systemic racism, anti-racism, and allyship. Register »

Highlighted Event

Tue, July
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer for the Name
& Gender-Marker Change Clinic

Join the New Lawyer Division for this collaborative volunteer opportunity with the USD School of Law Transgender Name and Gender-Marker Change Clinic. The clinic provides legal assistance to transgender and non-binary individuals seeking name and gender-marker changes through our local San Diego courts. Volunteer attorneys, along with USD Law students, will assist eligible clients by explaining the petition and providing guidance regarding the name and gender marker change process.


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Message from the
Editor of For the Record

By Sara Gold
Eastman IP

For the Record strives to give a voice to the needs and experiences of the New Lawyer Division community. MORE »

Focus on the Good Role Models:
Six Steps to Overcoming “Less Than” Moments

By Renée N. G. Stackhouse
SDCBA President 

Renée N.G. Stackhouse offers advice in response to last month’s poll on civility toward new lawyers. MORE »

Tips from the Bench: Judge Randa Trapp

By Elijah T. Gaglio
Aguirre & Severson LLP

Judge Randa Trapp, recently honored with the SDCBA’s Outstanding Jurist Award for 2021, encourages attorneys to stand up for important issues and make efforts to give back to the community. MORE »

New Lawyer Division Member Spotlight:
Ashley Fasano

By Christopher Champine
Duane Morris LLP
Ashley Fasano not only represents litigants in employment law matters, but she is also an original founder of USD Law School’s Name and Gender-Marker Change Clinic. MORE »

Figuring Out San Diego County’s Eviction Ban

By Michael G. Olinik
The Law Office of Michael G. Olinik 
Former NLD vice-chair Michael Olinik explains the implications of San Diego County’s latest eviction ordinance. MORE »

New Lawyer Division Event Recap:
Effective Tips from Written Discovery 

By Alexi Silverman
Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP 
Need guidance on written discovery? Read the takeaways from the NLD’s latest CLE seminar. MORE »

How to Continue Working Effectively Remotely

By Heather Daiza
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP 
If you plan to continue working remotely, even part-time, read these tips for at-home success. MORE »
Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Supervisory Direction Does Not Result in Subordinate Immunity 

By Mallory Holt
Wingert, Grebing, Brubaker & Juskie, LLP

Associate attorneys remain responsible for their own compliance with the California Rules of Professional Conduct and must not simply assume the infallibility of their mentors’ determinations where a violation could result. MORE »
Sara Gold
Contributing Writers: 
Christopher Champine, Heather Daiza, Elijah T. Gaglio, Sara Gold,
Mallory Holt, Michael G. Olinik, Alexi Silverman, Renée N.G. Stackhouse