May 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.
FREE Event
Dialogue on Diversity — Cultural Competence: Representing & Affirming LGBTQ+ Clients

In honor and support of San Diego Pride month in June, join us at noon on June 9 for a panel discussion with Tiana Vargas, Director of Training & Community Education at the San Diego LGBTQ Community Center, and Leonard Trinh, Deputy District Attorney Hate Crimes Unit, covering strategies for affirming and supporting LGBTQ+ clients. Register »
FREE Event
Exchange on Equity Roundtable: Ideas on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Practices for Your Organization

Have you ever wanted to initiate or implement Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts in your organization, but weren’t sure exactly what to do or how to go about it? Join us on June 14 to learn about different DEI practices from various organizations to help you further such efforts in your own organization. Register »

Highlighted Event

Fri, May
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Virtual Signature Event

Annual Awards Ceremony & Celebration of Community Service

Please join us to celebrate the 2021 SDCBA Service Award recipients for their incomparable service to our community. We will also announce the winners of this year's Law Week Poster & Video Contest, with the theme "Advancing the Rule of Law Now."


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For the Record Poll: Civility Toward New Lawyers and Law Students

In this month’s poll, tell us how you have experienced civility as a new lawyer or law student. Go to poll »


Message from the Chair
of the New Lawyer Division

By Stephanie Atkinson
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney LLP

The SDCBA celebrates diversity within the legal profession and is proud to honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May. MORE »

Tips from the Bench: Justice Truc Do

By Sara Gold
Eastman IP

Appointed last January, Justice Do is the first Asian-American woman to serve as a justice for the Fourth District Court of Appeal. MORE »

NLD Member Spotlight:
Maresa Martin Talbert

By Johnny Nitti
Attorney at Law

Maresa Martin Talbert has always had a passion for law and policy. From age 8, she knew she wanted to be an attorney. MORE »

“Clients Generally Don’t Sue Lawyers They Like” — Tips for Avoiding Malpractice

By Deborah Wolfe
Wolfe Legal Group

It is heartbreaking to hear stories from clients who have been so poorly represented they are seeking representation to obtain redress against their former “champion,” their lawyer. MORE »

Recent Non-Pandemic Employment Law Changes You Should Know

By Alison Adelman
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

To no one’s surprise, the California legislature passed many new laws to address the vast impact of COVID-19 on both employees and employers. But, there were also significant legal changes unrelated to the coronavirus that may have slipped under the radar. MORE »

Becoming Esquire: A Recently Barred Esquire’s Seven Tips for Bar Exam Success

By Elika Morris
San Diego Public Defender’s Office

On extra difficult days while studying for the bar, I returned to my “10 reasons why” list, which I made right before bar prep, to remind myself of the 10 reasons why I decided to move forward with the bar exam. MORE »

The Capacity to Lead: The Role of Women Educators in Higher Education and the Law

By Hannah Bushyeager
California Western School of Law

On April 28, California Western School of Law hosted a panel discussion chronicling the inspiring journeys of two trailblazing female leaders in the legal field. Chancellor Hadden and Dean Scott, both women of color, discussed how their own challenges have inspired them to leadership within academia. MORE »
Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

When Life’s Circumstances Impede a Lawyer’s Mental Ability to Practice Law Effectively—Ethical and Practical Considerations Affecting Lawyer Mental Impairment

By Alara T. Chilton
Law Office of Alara T. Chilton

Adherence to the Rules of Professional Conduct and the State Bar Act, coupled with a commitment to obtaining outside support when needed, will go a long way toward protecting an impaired lawyer’s clients, as well as the lawyer’s professional reputation and well-being. MORE »
Sara Gold
Contributing Writers: 
Stephanie Atkinson, Alison Adelman, Hannah Bushyeager,
Alara Chilton, Sara Gold, Elika Morris, Johnny Nitti, Deborah Wolfe