New Lawyers

Newly licensed lawyers are a vital part of the SDCBA and the future of San Diego’s legal community. Your first few years in practice are an exciting, tenuous time where you build your practice, professional network, and reputation as a practitioner. The SDCBA provides you with unparalleled resources and support to ensure your success.

Did you know that as a new attorney you have free membership to the SDCBA? Take advantage of the full breadth that your free membership provides! You can integrate into the SDCBA and the greater San Diego legal community in multiple ways.

Get Involved!

Join the New Lawyer Division: a community specially designed for those attorneys new to the legal profession and in their first 4 years of practice.

Join a Section, Committee or Interest Group: Joining one of our 26 sections is free and a great way to learn about a specific area of law and to connect with practicing attorneys.  Or, get involved in a Committee or Interest Groups for opportunities that aren’t related to a specific practice area. 

Attend our Networking Events: Come join the fun, meet others in your area of practice, and expand your client base.

Enjoy our Member Lounge: Free and exclusively for members, the member lounge offers a space to work in between meetings and court appearances, make copies or scan documents, use our private conference rooms, or simply grab a free snack and a cup of coffee, and all right next to the new courthouse.

Attend our Educational Programs & CLE’s: From practice topics to practice management, marketing, and ethics, the SDCBA offers a wide array of affordable programs designed just for you! Our Nuts and Bolts Series, held the third Friday of each month, is specifically created for new lawyers.  Too busy to attend in person? Most of our programs can be accessed from your computer, tablet or phone.  Have a calendar conflict? Our on-demand options track your attendance for full credit.

Volunteer: Come have fun with San Diego attorneys, judges, and legal community members by giving back. Networking made easy by keeping your hands busy helping others!

Attend our Signature Events: The SDCBA produces premier events throughout the year including our Annual Bench-Bar Reception and our Annual Bench-Bar Luncheons which allow members to engage with local attorneys and judges to discuss issues of mutual interest in an informal setting.

Take a Leadership Role: Serving in leadership on an SDCBA section or committee is a great way to build connections, contribute ideas, and develop your leadership skills and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in leadership at the SDCBA, including serving as New Lawyer Member at Large on one of our sections. For more information contact Olga Liebl at

Be Informed: For the Record is the SDCBA's monthly newsletter for new lawyers with information on programming specially designed for you. Every Monday check out This Week at the Bar for a full summary of all of the programs the SDCBA offers members each week.

Connect Virtually: All lawyers in their first 5 years of practice have access to the Forum listserve, where you can get questions answered by your peers and work collaboratively with others also new to the profession.

Build your Practice: Check out our Building Your Practice Resource Page and take advantage of huge discounts on products and services designed to support your practice, exclusively for SDCBA members.