May 2016
Don't Let Summer Events Pass You By

Summer is just around the corner meaning two of our exciting summer events are coming up fast. The Annual Bench Bar Media Event "Eyewitnesses to Change: How the O.J. Simpson Case Altered How Media Covers the Courts" is on June 21. Two insiders to the O.J. Simpson case will provide their front-row insights into the lasting impacts of the case. Register for this educational and networking program here. And the SDCBA's Summer Social is set for July 15 - mark your calendars! Registration will open soon.


Volunteer with Bar Members Tomorrow!

Help clean our shoreline with colleagues at I Love a Clean San Diego's Kid's Ocean Day.

Lunch & Learn May 24

Enjoy a conversation with seasoned attorneys Susan Basinger and Jim Crosby.

Networking Mixer in Mid-County May 24

Meet up with SDCBA members after work at Rock Bottom in La Jolla.

Microsoft Word for Attorneys May 26

Learn tips for using Word at the SDCBA's first Technical Skills Series for attorneys.

New Job Board

View the SDCBA's new Job Board at

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:


8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunity: I Love a Clean San Diego's Kid's Ocean Day

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
"Lunch & Learn" Roundtable for New Attorneys

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
SDCBA Mid-County Networking Mixer
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
SDCBA Technical Skills Series – Microsoft Word for Attorneys

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
What’s New at Tax Court

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
SDCBA Book Club - Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Court Practice Series: Decoding Your Local Court - Estate Planning & Probate Court
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Mandatory Expedited Jury Trials
*Live webcast also available.
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
What Employers Need to Know About Immigration Compliance and Laws
*Live webcast also available.

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Panel Discussion on Professionalism & Career Development
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Social Security Disability Section Meeting
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Military Law Section Meeting

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Bench Bar Media Event - Eyewitnesses to Change: How the O.J. Simpson Case Altered How Media Covers the Courts
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Law & Medicine, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Social Security Disability Law Sections Networking Mixer
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
VA Disability
*Live webcast also available.

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Jason Evans
Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Dear Colleagues,

Have you seen the video of the SDCBA’s 2016 Service Award winners? Some renowned lawyers spoke to the packed room about their motivations for serving our community – it’s very inspiring! Take a few minutes to watch the video here. If listening to the likes of Fred Schenk, Charles Dick, and Judge Tamila Ipema inspires you to give back, I encourage you to volunteer with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) pro bono program. 

Legal Ethics for Emerging Attorneys

Ethics Rules Can Be “Friends”

Edward McIntyre
Attorney at Law

Oxymoron? Not really. The Rules of Professional Conduct aren’t necessarily an impediment to getting things done in the “real world.” Rather, they can serve as a template for sound risk mitigation and practice management.

Tips from the Pros

Contract Attorneys — The New Normal?

Matthew Lab
Assistant Director, Career and Professional Development Office
California Western School of Law

When I first heard the term “contract attorney,” I was baffled. At that time in 2012 or so, I was chatting with a recent law school graduate who I knew had devoted her entire law school tenure to the pursuit of a career in criminal defense. She told me she was a contract attorney, and I thought she was preparing contracts for clients.

Inter Alia

Are You My Mentor?

Alyssa Sarbacher
Skane Wilcox LLP

Many emerging lawyers understand the importance of finding and having a mentor. Some of us, however, might be trying to find a mentor in the wrong way. If an emerging lawyer has to ask the question, “Are you my mentor?” the answer is likely no.


Analyzing the Classic Business Formation Question: LLC or Corporation

Sam Mazzeo
Wilkinson Mazzeo PC

Advising clients on choosing between a Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) or a Corporation for their new (or existing) business can be challenging. Here is a quick and easy roadmap to help guide you through that conversation.

Scene At

Forum Networking Mixer and More!

Have you been "Scene At" the latest events? Check out pics of recent happenings.

See the Seal? It's Been CIEL Certified!

If you see this seal next to an event posted on the SDCBA website, social media or other SDCBA publications, that means the event has been "CIEL Certified." The SDCBA's Council on Integrating Emerging Lawyers identifies these programs as being especially beneficial to newer attorneys and their growing practices. Don't miss the next CIEL Certified CLE taking place May 24: "Lunch & Learn Roundtable for New Attorneys." See details here.

Editor-In-Chief: Michael Olinik
Contributing Writers: Jason Evans, Matthew Lab, Sam Mazzeo, Edward McIntyre, Alyssa Sarbacher
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