November 2020
COVID-19 Update

The SDCBA Bar Center will remain closed for the rest of 2020. 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 – have been re-scheduled as webinars. Please read our latest update about these changes here »
FREE Signature Event
Annual Membership Meeting

Join President Johanna Schiavoni, President-Elect Renée N.G. Stackhouse, and Executive Director Jill Epstein on Dec. 3 at 4:00 p.m. for a discussion of how the Bar supported the legal community during this challenging year, get a glimpse of our plans for 2021, and ask questions. Register »
FREE Signature Event
Stepping Up to the Bar ... 2020 Style

Join us on Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. when we will formally install the new Board of Directors. President Johanna Schiavoni will reflect on the new heights we've scaled this year and 2021 SDCBA President Renée N.G. Stackhouse will present the SDCBA's vision for connecting lawyers and supporting their success and fulfillment in the coming year. Register »

Highlighted Event

Wed, Dec
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
FREE Webinar / Wellness Series

Wellness Wednesday:
Mindful Meditation Series

Come learn and practice a breath-based meditation technique. Each monthly session includes a guided meditation by facilitator Amy Lepine, a practicing attorney and meditation enthusiast.


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Message from the Chair
of the New Lawyer Division

Stephanie A. Sandler
Sandler Law

Can you believe that we are only one short month away from the END of 2020? I feel like we are all waiting with bated breath for this year to finally end. Until then, there are still plenty of things to look forward to, even if they look a bit different this year. MORE »

New Lawyers, New Volunteer Opportunities!

Get Involved on a Subcommittee
Participating in a New Lawyer Division (NLD) Subcommittee is a great way to step up your Bar involvement — gaining rewarding experience while making new professional relationships and great friendships too. These Subcommittees will work closely with the NLD Executive Committee on various projects, from producing the monthly NLD newsletter For the Record to planning social and educational events. 

Preparing for a Career in Immigration Law

By Barbara Zaragoza
California Western School of Law
I asked Professor Pooja Dadhania, Associate Professor of Law at California Western, to speak with me and share her knowledge of asylum law, nonprofit work, and academic research. MORE »

A Reflection on 2020

By Kevin B. Hambly
Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP
If you keep trying hard and putting your best foot forward every day, good things will eventually happen. A good place to start is to keep your involvement with the SDCBA and the New Lawyer Division. MORE »
Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

The Ethical Implications of Lawyers Informally Consulting Other Lawyers for Ethics Advice

By Richard D. Hendlin
Attorney at Law
While large law firms increasingly hire their own in-house counsel to provide day-to-day ethics advice and lawyers can hire outside ethics counsel, many lawyer’s resort, at least initially, to more informal means of help.  MORE »
Mindful Minute

Need to Boost Your Mood? Try Busting a Move

By Heidi Weaver
Graduate Career Advisor,
California Western School of Law

If you’re like me and miss the big, loud, social aspects of dancing, I hope you can continue to soak up all the happiness and wellness that a micro-dose of dance can generate. MORE »
Kevin B. Hambly
Contributing Writers: 
Kevin B. Hambly, Richard D. Hendlin,
Stephanie A. Sandler, Heidi Weaver, Barbara Zaragoza