March 2017

Programming for New Lawyers Third Friday of the Month

Our “Nuts & Bolts” series of programs is designed just for new attorneys. Each program, taking place at lunch time on the third Friday of each month, focuses on the fundamentals of a particular area of practice. Upcoming Nuts & Bolts programs can be found on our calendar here. This month's program is tomorrow at noon, and focuses on procedural issues and recent developments surrounding California's Private Attorney General Act of 2004. Learn more here.


Dress for Success Clothing Drive March 25

Women's professional clothing, shoes and accessories needed.

Live or Work in North County? Don't Miss this Shred Event

Take advantage of this annual SDCBA shred event happening in Carmel Valley.

Expand Your Client Base

Join an SDCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) Panel.

Tennis Lessons with the Forum

Pick up a racket and join friends from the Forum at the first tennis lesson April 10.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Nuts & Bolts Series: PAGA – Overview of Procedural Issues and Recent Developments
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fundamentals of Family Law: Practical Tips for Practicing in San Diego

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law: Networking Mixer

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
SDCBA Bar History Committee Reception


11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunity: Forum for Emerging Lawyers—Dress for Success

6:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Volunteer Opportunity: Burrito Boyz

8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
SDCBA Annual Shred & Electronic Recycling Event (North County)

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
PowerPoint: Adding Visual Interest with SmartArt and Images

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
SDCBA Book Club: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Joint Section Networking Mixer

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee Meeting
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Reception & Program Featuring Bret Peace, Author of Actual Malice

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Member Meet Up: Tennis Lessons
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
2017 Law Week Poster & Video Contest Judging
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Member Meet Up: Tennis Lessons
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Social Security Disability Section Meeting

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Real Property Law Networking Mixer
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Annual Law Week Awards Luncheon & Celebration of Community Service

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Ashley Peterson
Attorney at Law

Dear Colleagues,

Spring is approaching and that means it’s time to get out and network! One of the best ways to get ahead in your career and build your reputation in the legal community is through networking events.

Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

The State Bar Approves New Rule to Prohibit Sexual Relationships with Clients

Andrew Servais
Wingert, Grebing, Brubaker & Juskie, LLP

The Board of Trustees for the State Bar of California has approved a new ethics rule making substantive changes to Rule 3-120, which governs sexual relationships with clients.

Tips from the Pros

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Career Services Appointment

Marianne Laleuf
Career Advisor, California Western School of Law

Even after passing the bar, your law school career office is still an important resource at your disposal for developing your career. Like anything, preparing for an appointment with an advisor in your Career and Professional Development Office is essential to making the most of your time with your advisor.

Courtesy of

Selecting a Paperless Approach

Countless methods exist to ease your office's evolution to paperless. The ideal approach largely depends upon your office's preferred definition of paperless. Once your office has defined its goals and identified the potential benefits, the structure for your transition can be established.


Why Mediation?

Lawrence Huerta
Huerta Mediation

Mediation works. It is an effective means of dispute resolution for any dispute not requiring a judicial or third party determination. It provides a forum and an atmosphere in which parties gain understanding, become understood, and work together to explore options for resolution.


Estate Planning 101

Adam Slonim
Attorney at Law

Woody Allen once said, "I’m not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens." While of course he was (mostly) joking, the truth is that most people do not want to think about death either, and that is why most people never get around to estate planning. 

Scene At

The Forum Networking Mixer at Tin Roof

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

New Lawyer Listserve

Welcome to the Forum listserve, a two-way listserve created for and accessed solely by SDCBA members in their first four years of practice. This listserve is a way to help foster a peer-to-peer community for new lawyers, and to provide a forum for you to ask questions of your fellow “new” attorneys that you might not be as comfortable asking on one of our section/practice related listserves.

Editor-In-Chief: Michael Olinik
Contributing Writers: Lawrence Huerta, Marianne Laleuf, Ashley Peterson, Andrew Servais, Adam Slonim
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