May 2018

Assist Our Servicemembers Through SCRA

Do you want to gain experience while giving back? Help active-duty servicemembers obtain stays in their cases through the SDCBA's Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) pro bono program. No experience is necessary, and lawyers from all practice areas are welcome. Learn how to get involved at a special training on June 14. See details and register here.


Learn the Basics of Commercial Real Estate Tomorrow

Don't miss this Nuts & Bolts program.

Get Updates on Hot Topics in Family Law

A panel of experts will discuss the latest issues affecting family law.

2018 DLM Inductees to be Honored May 23

All SDCBA members are invited to join the San Diego County Bar Foundation in honoring this year's inductees.

Join in the Fun!

Enjoy a night of trivia with friends and colleagues.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Nuts & Bolts: All Leases are the Same – The ABC’s of Commercial Real Estate Leases
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2018 Family Law Conference: Updates & Hot Topics

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Member Meet Up: Beach Clean-up & Yoga Session
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
How To Keep Your Expert In and Keep Their Expert Out
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Appellate Practice Section Meeting

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
San Diego County Bar Foundation Distinguished Lawyer Memorial Reception
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Coffee with Counsel — Bankruptcy Law Program

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Animal Law: Networking Mixer
11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Annual General Counsel Panel

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
District Attorney Forum

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Dirt Law Sections: Networking Mixer
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee Meeting
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
A Road Increasingly Traveled: Multi-State Probate Issues

5:15 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Bar Book Club - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Ethical Issues re: Accepting Payments from a Third Party, Fee Agreements, and Third Party Presence

Marianne Barth
Seltzer | Caplan | McMahon | Vitek

You recently opened your own law office specializing in family law, and are scheduled to meet with your first client, Winnie, who is interested in having you prepare a prenuptial agreement as to her upcoming marriage to Harry. 

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The 4-Hour-Per-Day Rule

Practicing law for the first time comes with its fair share of stressors and unknowns. One of the first things you’ll need to determine is how much you can expect to charge for your services. Will you be able to set an hourly rate that’s reasonable for an attorney in your area, and provides enough income to meet your needs?


California Case of the Month: California Supreme Court Creates New Employees vs. Independent Contractor Test

Patrick Klingborg
Lincoln, Gustafson & Cercos, LLP

Phillip Simpler
Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP

On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court (Case No. S222732).  The decision represents a substantial change to a fundamental California employment law standard: the test for whether a worker is classified as an employee or an independent contractor.  

Trademark Strategies in the Cannabis Industry

Khanh “Kenny” Glatzel
Attorney at Law

Trademarks are essential assets of any business. Customers identify products by trademarks. Historically, trademark law has been a federal issue. Trademarks are registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and as a result, trademark litigation typically takes place in federal courts. That is, until cannabis commerce blooms.

IRS Properly Reconstructs Attorney’s Income: The Importance of Trust Fund Accounting through the Lens of Tax Litigation

Shawn Spaulding
Attorney at Law

As attorneys, we are all familiar with the trust fund accounting requirements found in Rule 4-100 of the State Bar of California Rules of Professional Conduct. Failure to follow Rule 4-100 can result in significant disciplinary action. But, the importance of proper trust fund accounting is not limited to the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Tips from the Pros

Becoming A Superstar

Isabel Eustaquio
Associate Director of Career Services
Thomas Jefferson School of Law

In today’s world, it is difficult to build a stellar legal career because the practice of law is such a competitive industry. One cannot simply produce quality legal work and assume the rest will fall into place. That is too passive a road to take for those who want to achieve legal superstardom.

Editor-In-Chief: Phillip Simpler
Contributing Writers: Marianne Barth, Isabel Eustaquio, Khanh “Kenny” Glatzel, Patrick Klingborg, Phillip Simpler, Shawn Spaulding
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