October 2020
COVID-19 Update

The SDCBA Bar Center is closed at this time. 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 either been re-scheduled as webinars or conference calls, postponed, or canceled. Please read our latest update about these changes here »
FREE Signature Event
New Lawyer Division

Get out your most extravagant face mask, or any unique facial attire, and join us on October 30 at 5:30 p.m. for costume contests, prizes, and our new Remo networking platform where you can jump between virtual tables! Register »
FREE Webinar / Roundtable 
Ava DuVernay's Documentary 13th

Join us on October 28 at 5:30 p.m. for a thought provoking discussion of the 2016 American documentary 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay, which explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. Register »

Highlighted Event

Thu, Oct
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Meeting

When Mentee Met Mentor: Labor and Employment Speed Networking Mixer

Join the Labor and Employment Law Section for a fun and informal speed mentoring event. Law students and junior lawyers (less than 5 yrs) interested in labor and employment law will be paired with more experienced labor and employment attorneys (6 yrs+) to talk shop about the practice area and lawyering in San Diego, share stories, and make networking contacts.


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Message from the Chair
of the New Lawyer Division

By Stephanie A. Sandler
Sandler Law

Happy Spooky Season, NLD! It’s time to begin to reflect on the year we’ve had and look forward to the year to come. MORE »

In the Presence of Greatness

By Katie A. Lepore
Miller, Monson, Peshel, Polacek & Hoshaw 
The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a truly remarkable woman. She became a cultural icon, affectionately known as the “Notorious RBG,” and a symbol for women’s rights across the country. MORE »

The Protection Paradox: Do Gender Lines Keep Women on a Pedestal or in a Cage?

By Pooja D. Pujara
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
In issues of fact, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg challenged the legal community and educated us on how gender disparity, even under the guise of protecting women, led to gender discrimination. MORE »

A Tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
and Her Dissent

By Guadalupe Alvarado
Milner and Markee, LLP
Justice Ginsburg loved the law. She will continue to live through the meaningful work she left behind, particularly her dissents, that will continue to pave the way for many and become the law of tomorrow for many decades to come. MORE »
Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Permissible and Impermissible Attorneys’ Liens in California

By Steve Berenson
Klinedinst PC
After putting in all of the time, effort, and expense involved in bringing a matter to a conclusion, little can dampen the sense of accomplishment more than a client's inability — or unwillingness — to pay the agreed-upon fees. MORE »
Kevin B. Hambly
Contributing Writers: 
Guadalupe Alvarado, Steve Berenson,
Katie A. Lepore, Pooja D. Pujara, Stephanie A. Sandler