SDCBA in the Community

Volunteer Opportunities

The SDCBA encourages all members to volunteer their time either in pro bono legal services or general community volunteer opportunities. Join the many SDCBA members who give their time to a variety of community oriented events and activities.

Programs for Youth and Schools

The San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) understands the importance of maintaining a connection with students and helping to foster an understanding and interest in the legal community.  Many of our members also enjoy working with San Diego’s youth and give their time through some of the SDCBA’s various youth related service programs. 

Report on Issues Impacting Justice in San Diego County

The San Diego County Bar Association released a first-ever report on the State of the Judiciary in San Diego County in 2013. The report provides a snapshot of the state of San Diego’s courts and urges the legislature to reinvest in the judicial branch. This report has been updated annually, and was expanded in 2017 to address other issues impacting justice in addition to reporting on the state of court funding. 

Judicial Candidate Evaluations

During San Diego County elections, there is often little information available about candidates who are running for judge. As a service to voters, the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) evaluates judicial candidates in contested judicial elections. Evaluations for candidates are posted prior to the primary election. For more information or to share information on judicial candidates with our Judicial Election Evaluation Committee, please visit

Civil Appellate Self Help Workshop

Are you a party to a civil case on appeal? If you need help working your way through the appeal process and have not retained an attorney, we can provide you with important information about procedures and resources that will help you handle your appeal on your own.

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Since 2009, the SDCBA has hosted a pro bono program that assists active-duty military servicemembers in obtaining stays in pending litigation while the servicemember is deployed. Through the Servicemember Civil Relief Act (SCRA) program, attorney volunteers represent servicemembers in civil, family, and unlawful detainer cases. For attorneys interested in getting involved with the SCRA program, learn more by watching this video. To get involved, contact Michelle Chavez at

San Diego County Bar Foundation

The San Diego County Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the SDCBA, striving to provide access to justice by investing in sustainable results and advocacy for people and communities in our region that are impacted by poverty, abuse and discrimination. Learn more about the SDCBF and their work at

Coffee with Counsel

The SDCBA’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS)'s has a new monthly program called Coffee with Counsel. Each month, a panel of SDCBA member attorneys present a legal topic that includes an overview of current issues, concerns, and how to find assistance and resources. Attorneys will also answer questions from the public during this informal presentation. For a schedule of all upcoming Coffee with Counsel programs, visit