November 2017

Register Now for the Biggest Member Event of the Year

Ring in the holidays and welcome the SDCBA's newest board members at Stepping Up to the Bar on December 1. The celebration begins with the President's reception at 4:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and ends with the Forum after party at 7:30 p.m. This signature event is complimentary for all SDCBA members. Register here.


Residential Property Purchase and Sale 101

Don't miss this general primer on the residential real property sales transaction.

Volunteer Opportunity: ASL Speakers Needed

Fluent American Sign Language speakers needed. Email for details.

Asking For a Friend

Afraid to post a burning question to the listserve or ask your colleagues? Submit it anonymously here — we’ll get you an answer.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Nuts & Bolts: Residential Property Purchase and Sale 101
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Trial Practice that Impacts Appellate Review
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Stepping Up to the Bar

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee Meeting

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Veterans and Immigration

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Annual Corporate and LLC Law Update 2017

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunity: Bench Bar Community Outreach - Senior Community Center Lunch
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Nuts & Bolts - The Dos and Don’ts of Family Court Services

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Annual Appellate Practice Section and Appellate Inn of Court Holiday Luncheon

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Elder Law Section Brownbag Lunch Series

Letter from the Vice Chair of the Forum

Michael Olinik
Attorney at Law

Dear Colleagues,

Madame Chair has asked me to step in for her this month, so welcome to the Letter from the Vice-Chair! Ashley will return next month for her final letter as Chair of the Forum for Emerging Lawyers. From all of us on the Board, thank you, Ashley, for your wonderful work and leadership this year, and we wish you success in the future as you grow your firm!

Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Casual Conversations, Ethical Minefields

Jennifer Gilman
Frantz Law Group

Bob and Jane met at a former job — he was a paralegal and she was his supervising attorney. They remained friends after Jane left the firm, and they have lunch or dinner a few times a year when scheduling gymnastics in their respective calendars allow them to do so.

Tips from the Pros

Creating a Lasting and Enriching Mentor-Mentee Relationship

Paula Gluzman
Assistant Director of Employer Outreach and Communications
University of San Diego School of Law

I recently spoke with a lawyer friend who just made a career change and I asked her how she came about deciding to switch up her professional path. She explained that a conversation over lunch with her mentor provided interesting insight that started her on the track to exploring something new.

ADR 101

How to Fail at Mediation

Michael Weaver

Blowing an opportunity to resolve a dispute is seldom in the client’s long-term best interest, but if you want to guarantee you won’t leave the room with a settlement, be sure to make several of the following errors.


New Law Expands the Labor Commissioner’s Authority

Yousaf Jafri
Lincoln, Gustafson & Cercos, LLP

Any new litigator soon learns that litigation may not be the best course of action for each client. In the field of employment law, employees have the option of requesting an investigation from a state agency, the California Labor Commissioner, otherwise known as the Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE), to investigate labor code violations.

Scene At

Nuts & Bolts Program and More!

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Editor-In-Chief: Michael Olinik
Contributing Writers: Jennifer Gilman, Paula Gluzman, Yousaf Jafri, Michael Olinik, Michael Weaver
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