March 2020
The SDCBA Bar Center is closed and our staff is working remotely through at least April 3.
Our virtual office will maintain our normal business hours of
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. MORE »
Tech Tuesday CLE:
Tips, Tricks, Tools and Services for Working from Home

Join our Tech Guru, Adriana, as she addresses challenges in today's changing work environment. MORE »

Highlighted Event

Thu, April
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
CLE Event / Webinar

Government Law: SB 54
Are You Violating California's Sanctuary Law?

Join us to discuss SB 54, which made California a “sanctuary state” by prohibiting local and state law enforcement agencies from assisting federal immigration authorities to enforce Federal immigration laws.

See all upcoming SDCBA events »



Message from the Chair of the New Lawyer Division

By Stephanie Sandler
Hogue & Belong

This has certainly been an unusual month for not only our legal community, but our local San Diego community and country at large. MORE »

3 Top Tips for Trial Lawyers ... From Appellate Counsel

By Johanna Schiavoni
2020 SDCBA President

Trial often feels like the pinnacle event in the life of a case for both the client and trial attorney. But the work doesn’t end when the verdict comes in. MORE »

An Expert Witness' Perspective on Depositions

By Mike Wakshull

As a lawyer, you may find that the expert you’re deposing has been deposed many more times than you have taken a deposition. MORE »

Defending Your First Deposition:
DOs and DON'Ts

By Emiliza P. San Diego
Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC

Congratulations! You have been selected to defend your first deposition. Now what? MORE »

Practical Tips for Navigating Your First Deposition

By Erik Ideta
Mackaness & Ideta, LLP

As a new attorney, taking your first deposition can be an exhilarating experience. For the same reason it can be exhilarating, it can also be stressful. MORE »

Depositions from a Law Student's Perspective: Learning by Experience and Observation

By Kelsie Russell
1LE, University of San Diego

I had only been in the legal field for barely a month when I first signed up to play the role of a witness in the NITA Deposition Skills program. MORE »

Deposition Questions

By Quintin Lucas
Law Office of Ron A. Stormoen

The deposition is likely the first time you get to communicate with the opposing party or a witness. It is also an exceedingly valuable discovery tool. MORE »

Tips from the Bench: Hon. Katherine A. Bacal

By Kevin B. Hambly
Shinnick & Ryan LLP
Always be nice and know the rules. We are all just trying to make a living, so always remember to be civil. MORE »
Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Ethical Considerations Affecting Indemnity Provisions in Settlement Agreements

By Deborah A. Wolfe
Wolfe Legal Group, PC
This article is intended to provide guidance to litigation counsel concerning the payment by a lawyer of costs or expenses incurred by or on behalf of a client that relates to the attorney’s representation of the client. MORE »
Kevin B. Hambly
Contributing Writers: 
Kevin B. Hambly, Erik Ideta, Quintin Lucas, Kelsie Russell,
Emiliza P. San Diego, Stephanie Sandler, Johanna Schiavoni,
Mike Wakshull, Deborah A. Wolfe