March 2021
COVID-19 Update
The SDCBA Bar Center will remain closed until further notice. We are closely monitoring the situation to determine when we can reopen. Meanwhile, all in-person events and meetings during this time – both at the Bar Center and off-site – are being conducted virtually.
Signature Event
2021 Judicial Reception

Join us March 25 at 5:30 p.m. for this members-only event welcoming the newest San Diego judges and celebrating judges who recently retired. Register »
Leadership Speaker Series
Governance Essentials for Leaders: Agendas, Minutes, and Robert's Rules — Oh My!

Join us March 26 at noon to learn the essential governance skills and tools needed to run organizational meetings, including those of boards of directors and committees. Register »

Highlighted Event

Thu, April
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Event

Mixing it Up:
Annual Spring Celebration of Diversity

Each spring, the SDCBA’s Committee for Diversity & Inclusion brings together our local diversity bars and law-related organizations to celebrate the rich diversity of our legal community. This year’s virtual event will highlight our latest diversity, equity, and inclusion accomplishments, including the new Diversity Pledge, Dialogue on Diversity Series, Exchange on Equity Roundtables, Anti-Racism Resources, and our virtual Diversity Fellowship Program. After brief welcome remarks, participants will be able to mix it up and network on our REMO platform. 


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For the Record Poll: March Madness! 

Who will win March Madness this year? Cast your predictions for the upcoming tournament and see the “LAWscars” results from last month. Link: For the Record Poll March 2021: March Madness!


Message from the Chair
of the New Lawyer Division

By Stephanie Atkinson
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney LLP

Happy Women’s History Month! During the month of March, the U.S. recognizes and celebrates women’s so often overlooked contributions to U.S. history. MORE »

New Lawyer Division
Member Spotlight: Omid Rejali

By Johnny Nitti
California Law Partners

After spending much of his childhood in Iran, Omid Rejali returned to the U.S. to pursue his dream career and is now an attorney whose mental health struggles invigorate his passion for the law. MORE »

Tips from the Bench: Judge Pamela M. Parker

By Elijah T. Gaglio
Aguirre & Severson LLP

Judge Parker advises new attorneys to stand up for what is right and to never stifle their own voice. MORE »

IP Law Update: New Changes in 2021

By Yekun Ding and Cynthia Rivas
California Western School of Law

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, signed into law on December 27, 2020, ushers in procedural changes in the areas of trademark, copyright, and patent law. MORE »

Becoming an Employment Neutral:
The Joy of the Journey

By Kristin Rizzo
Rizzo Resolution

Past SDCBA President Kristin Rizzo looks back on her journey to becoming a full-time neutral and encourages new attorneys to find the joy in their own journeys. MORE »
Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Persuasive Argument or Ethical Violation?

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

It goes without saying that an attorney has an ethical obligation to be truthful to the court, but where is the line between persuasive argument and an ethical violation? MORE »
Sara Gold
Contributing Writers: 
Stephanie Atkinson, Yekun Ding, Elijah T. Gaglio,
Mallory Holt, Johnny Nitti, Cynthia Rivas, Kristin Rizzo