October 2016

Skills for Forwarding Diversity and Inclusion:
Balancing Key Paradoxes November 1

Join us at Dialogue on Diversity on November 1. During the program, diversity and inclusion expert Peggy Nagae will discuss how various paradoxes relate to recent diversity-related incidents. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes a post-seminar reception. Registration is ten dollars for SDCBA members. See details and register here.


Want to Get Involved with the SDCBA?

Leadership opportunities for new lawyers are currently available!

Civil, Family & Probate Law Bench-Bar Luncheon Nov. 16

Enjoy a luncheon discussion with attorneys and judges.

Managing Stress with Mindfulness

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

Cultivating Your Reputation Nov. 3

Learn how relationships, relevance and resilience help build your reputation.

Vote Now for Your 2017 Directors

Voting closes November 11.

New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Multi-Section Networking Mixer
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Member Meet Up: Outdoors Hike
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 - Federal Court

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Dialogue on Diversity
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Cultivating your Reputation with the 3 Rs: Relationships, Relevance, and Resilience

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Forum Networking Mixer
8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Third Annual Judicial & Probate Examiners Update
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee Meeting
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Animal Law Section Meeting
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Military Law Section Networking Mixer
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Bench-Bar Luncheon for Civil, Family and Probate Law Practitioners and Judges
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
SDCBA Book Club: Midnight in Peking by Paul French
8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Startup Taxation
*Live webcast also available.
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Save the Date: Stepping Up to the Bar

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Jason Evans
Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Dear Colleagues,

Serving in a leadership capacity is such a great way to develop new skills while fostering career growth and meeting countless new colleagues and friends in our community. If you have thought about getting involved with the SDCBA, now is your chance! A few exciting leadership opportunities are available for new lawyers.

Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

A Question of Bias

Eric Deitz
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP

The current presidential campaign has served up its share of statements and attitudes offensive to many, whether by the candidates or their campaign staff. The comments in question have resulted in unwanted scrutiny for both campaigns. These incidents should serve as reminders to all associated with the legal profession of the need to consider our own implicit biases when addressing and interacting with others.

Tips from the Pros

Forget Social Media, It is Still a People Game

Lizzette Herrera Castellanos
Associate Director for Public Service and Diversity
University of San Diego School of Law

I recently read an article that said, “The best moments of your life will not happen looking at a screen.” Ironically, I read those words while I was looking at a screen reading the article. But the more I thought about it, I realized it was completely true.


How Legal Leaders on the Rise Protect Their Firm’s Most Valuable Asset: People

Melanie Klinghoffer, JD, LLM
Powerful Transformations

Legal leaders on the rise recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in today’s workplace, and how both are vital to the performance of the individual, leaders and the organization.



Do Pro Bono. For you. For your career. For the pursuit of justice.

Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi
Pro Bono Manager and Supervising Attorney
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

As thousands of experienced San Diego attorneys can attest, pro bono work provides one-of-a-kind, in-the-trenches, high-quality and fast-paced legal training to new and rising lawyers. For free.


Success is Possible, Failure is Certain: My First Year as a Solo Attorney

Evan Walker
Attorney at Law

Every worthy endeavor carries the reward of success or the weight of failure. My first year as a solo attorney was no different.  

Scene At

Q & A on Mediation 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 bar@sdcba.org.

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 October 24: "Working with Mindfulness: Managing Stress in High-Conflict and Challenging Environments." See details here.

Editor-In-Chief: Michael Olinik
Contributing Writers: Jason Evans, Lizzette Herrera Castellanos,
Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi, Melanie Klinghoffer, Evan Walker
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