November 2016

Don't Miss the Biggest Member Event of the Year

Celebrate the holidays and welcome the 2017 Board of Directors at Stepping Up to the Bar on December 2. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of 401 West A Street and complimentary parking is available. This event is free for SDCBA members. Register here.


Court Practice Series: Family
Law Court

Learn best practices, court processes and issues specific to family law court.

Networking with Soul
November 30

Learn how to make meaningful connections with SDCBA Director Srinivas Hanumadass.

Managing Stress with Mindfulness

Explore mindfulness techniques with expert Rochelle Calvert, Ph.D., B.C.B.A.

SDCBA Member Research Needs Survey

Please help the SDCBA assess members' research needs by participating in this short online survey.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Startup Taxation
*Live webcast also available.

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunity: Urban Street Angels Dog Supplies Drive and Outreach Event
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
SDCBA Court Practice Series: Family Law Court
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Networking with Soul
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Stepping Up to the Bar
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: A Practical Perspective

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee Meeting
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Working with Mindfulness: Managing Stress in High-Conflict and Challenging Environments
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Court Practice Series: Superior Court (Civil Overview)
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Jury Focus Groups: Clearing the Minefield

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Jason Evans
Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Dear Colleagues,

As we all know, especially this time of year, leadership is extremely important. Serving as chair of the Forum has been an amazing, terrific, and unbelievable experience.

Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Stop Reading If You Think You Have Received
Privileged Information

Frank Tobin
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

The attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine are important components of our practice. The attorney-client privilege encourages clients to be candid with their attorneys. This is essential to effective representation. 

Tips from the Pros

Advise…and Be Advised

Heidi Weaver
Career Advisor, California Western School of Law

As new lawyers, you are probably more technically literate than the more experienced attorneys in your office, making you a valuable resource when dealing with younger, more technically advanced clients.


How Updates to California’s CASp Disclosure Requirement for Commercial Landlords May Affect Your Clients

Jenifer Swanson
Swanson Law Offices, P.C.

One of the more complicated areas of law for attorneys and clients alike to keep up with is laws concerning disability access.


Avoiding That “One Question Too Many” on

Lilys McCoy
Director of the Center for Solo Practitioners and
Solo Practice Concentration, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Secretary, SDCBA Board of Directors

You’ve heard it many times before, perhaps from a law school professor or from a seasoned trial attorney at a continuing legal education seminar: “When it comes to cross examination, one of the most important things to know is when to sit down. Don’t ask that question that is one-question-too-many!”

Scene At

Forum for Emerging Lawyers Networking Mixer
and More!


Have you been "Scene At" the latest events? Check out pics of recent happenings. If you have photos of SDCBA emerging attorney members at recent events, submit them to

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 November 18: "Startup Taxation." See details here.

Editor-In-Chief: Michael Olinik
Contributing Writers: Jason Evans, Lilys McCoy, Jenifer Swanson, Frank Tobin, Heidi Weaver
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