October 2017

Small Firm and Solo Practitioners: November 7 is Your Day

You won’t want to miss this special half day seminar, bringing together nationally recognized experts to discuss best practices and the issues at the forefront of solo practice today. Topics include crisis communication, key performance indicators for measuring success, branding your practice and ethical issues when receiving clients from online legal marketing services.
Register here.


How to File a Green Card Application & More Tomorrow

Learn the basics of filing for a green card application and other documents.

Hear from Cannabis Law Attorneys October 21

Explore corporate formation, regulatory and compliance issues specific to California cannabis law, and more.

Laying the Foundation in Your Case October 26

Learn strategies for creating and laying the foundation in your case.

Bar Book Club November 9

Discuss All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda.

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: Filing a Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status Application (Green Card) with the Immigration Service
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
California Cannabis Law: Navigating the Minefield
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Family Bench-Bar Luncheon
Registration has reached capacity. See waitlist information here.

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Criminal Bench-Bar Luncheon

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Women in Construction: Insights and Experiences of Female General Counsel

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Civil Bench-Bar Luncheon
Registration has reached capacity. See waitlist information here.

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Laying the Foundation

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Annual Gathering of Local Bar Associations

8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Fourth Annual Judicial & Probate Examiners Update
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee

12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Small/Solo Law Practice Day

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Juvenile Law Section Book Club


12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Court Practice Series: Superior Court (Federal Court Overview)

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
SDCBA Book Club: All the Missing Girls

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Court Practice Series: Superior Court (Civil Overview)

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Ethical Issues in Employment Litigation

5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Save the Date: Stepping Up to the Bar

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Ashley Peterson
Attorney at Law

Dear Colleagues,

True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful. Starting a new career in law may seem daunting. You’ve made it through years of schooling and passing the bar and finally achieving your goal of becoming a lawyer at long last.

Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Ethical Issues When Your Client Threatens to Harm Themselves

Michael Crowley
Crowley Law Group, APC

Most criminal defense attorneys, along with attorneys in other areas of practice, have encountered the situation where a client says something to the effect of, “I would rather die” than face some other outcome.

Tips from the Pros

The Name Game

Jeffrey Chinn
Director of Career Services
Thomas Jefferson School of Law

“Tell me, who are you? … 'Cause I really wanna know” Do you often hear the following phrases at offices, social mixers, meetings, and dinners? “What was your name again?” “I’m terrible at remembering names” “Uh, we’ve met before?” “And you are?” (add sheepish tone).

ADR 101

Preparing for Mediation

Hon. Kevin Midlam (Ret.)

Once it is determined that the case is headed to mediation, then it is essential to prepare. While it is commendable for counsel to avoid expensive discovery and law and motion, it is in the best interests of a successful mediation to have factual and legal issues resolved as much as possible before initiating the process.

Courtesy of

LawPay Security Series: Part II

Wi-Fi networks make it easy to connect the systems in your practice, both to each other and the outside world. However, they often make it easy for an intruder to gain access to those same systems and the data therein. You can significantly reduce this risk by making a few important changes to your network configuration.


Airline Rules: What to Know Before Taking Off

Jason Evans
Casey Gerry

I was recently on a Southwest commercial flight when the flight attendant began his pre-flight safety speech. I was expecting the usual sterile seat belt information, exits may be behind you, etc. Instead, the attendant began with, “Remember, it is mandated in the Federal Aviation Regulations that passengers must follow crewmembers’ instructions, so if I tell you to dance, you better dance!” He then turned down the lights and put on disco music …

Scene At

When Mentee Met Mentor & 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.

Editor-In-Chief: Michael Olinik
Contributing Writers: Jeffrey Chinn, Michael Crowley, Jason Evans, Hon. Kevin Midlam (Ret.), Ashley Peterson
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