September 2017

Luncheon Series Begins October 4

The SDCBA's Bench-Bar Luncheons kick-off on October 4 with juvenile law judges and practitioners at the 94th Aero Squadron. Each luncheon offers a unique opportunity to sit down with colleagues who practice all over our county and in various areas of law. The Bench-Bar Luncheons are exclusively for SDCBA attorney members and San Diego judges. To see the full lineup and to register, visit


Transgender Sensitivity in the Practice of Law Sept. 28

Discuss transgender rights laws and communication strategies for inclusivity.

Help Ensure a Student's Success Throughout the School Year

New and unused donations of school supplies are needed.

Evening in La Jolla Saturday

Attend the legal community's signature benefit that helps provide access to justice to underserved in our community.

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:

5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
SDCBA Book Club: Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Court Practice Series - Administrative Proceedings for Employment Law
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
2nd Annual Animal Law Symposium

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
San Diego County Bar Foundation An Evening in La Jolla

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Practical Tips for Document Management and Negotiation- Roundtable Discussion

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

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Appellate Practice Section Meeting

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Transgender Sensitivity in the Practice of Law

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ethnic Relations & Diversity Committee Meeting
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Juvenile Bench-Bar Luncheon

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
When Mentee Met Mentor: Labor and Employment Networking Mixer


9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Member Meet Up: Outdoors Hike

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Insurance Law Basics

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

Ashley Peterson
Attorney at Law

Dear Colleagues,

Mentorship is the elusive unicorn that everyone seems to want, but when put into practice, is rarely successfully achieved. Most attorneys I know actually do want to be a mentor to help guide new attorneys through the legal minefield, and most new attorneys are desperate to find someone they can feel confident to call with questions.

Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

The Ethical Pitfalls of Using an Online Marketing Company

Richard Hendlin
Attorney at Law

Alara Chilton's February 2016 For the Record article "Think Twice Before Using an Online Marketing Company” rightly cautioned attorneys about the ethical pitfalls in participating in internet-based flat-fee limited scope marketing programs. This article will provide an update with analysis of recent out-of-state ethics committee opinions.

Tips from the Pros

Benefits and Considerations About Becoming a Military Attorney

Drew Lautemann
Assistant Director, Pro Bono & Public Service
California Western School of Law

Many attorneys enter the profession for an exciting career and to make a difference in the world. From Abraham Lincoln to Mahatma Gandhi to Thurgood Marshall, history is full of attorneys who positively impacted the world. The law school process, however, unfortunately often leaves students feeling less empowered, burdened with debt, and pressured to get the best paying job they can. It doesn’t need to be that way.


Department of Education Revokes Previous Approvals for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Mike Finstad
Attorney at Law

It looks like “public service” just isn’t what it used to be at the Department of Education. In answering a complaint filed by the American Bar Association, the Department took a major step towards limiting the eligibility of employers to participate in a program known as Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).

Scene At

The Forum's Inaugural Barrister's Ball & More!

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Editor-In-Chief: Michael Olinik
Contributing Writers: Mike Finstad, Richard Hendlin, Drew Lautemann, Ashley Peterson
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