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April 2019

Annual Awards Luncheon & Celebration of Community Service

Join us in congratulating our 2019 Service Award Winners May 1 at our Annual Awards Luncheon & Celebration of Community Service. Learn more and register here.


Spotlight

New Lawyer Forum: Monthly
Meet-Up

Join Forum members at their fun and informal Monthly Meet-Ups held the 3rd Thursday of every month.

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Bankruptcy Practice: The New Rules of Professional Conduct and You

The program will focus on the new rules of professional conduct and how they affect your bankruptcy practice.

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TechTuesday Webinar - Legal Proofing Add-ons for Microsoft Word: Wordrake and PerfectIt

Tips and tools.

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Can Freud Help? The Interplay of Psychology & Negotiation/Mediation Strategy

Learn about the emotional dynamics at play in effective conflict management and how to navigate them.

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New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

April
19
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Cultivating Your Reputation Roundtable
April
20
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2019 Fundamentals of Family Law
April
23
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Bankruptcy Practice: The New Rules of Professional Conduct and You


5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Access to Appellate Justice Reception
April
25
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Coffee with Counsel - Elder Law

5:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Book Club - The Immortalists
April
27
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Member Meet Up: Beach Cleanup and BBQ
April
30
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
TechTuesday Webinar - Legal Proofing Add-ons for Microsoft Word: Wordrake and PerfectIt

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Can Freud Help? The Interplay of Psychology & Negotiation/Mediation Strategy
May
1
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Annual Awards Luncheon & Celebration of Community Service

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Civil Appellate Self-Help Workshop
May
3
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
ADR Breakfast Roundtable
May
4
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Volunteer Opportunity: Wills for Heroes
May
6
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
State of the Appellate Courts
May
7
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Cybersecurity & Social Media

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

By Mellania E. Safarian
Clark Hill PLC


Hello New Lawyers:
Thank you to everyone who attended our March meet-up at Searsucker in Del Mar. It was an absolutely amazing event and we were so excited to meet everyone who came. We hope you will continue to join us at future events. Our meet-up in May will be a hike at the Torrey Pines Hiking Trails on Thursday, May 16th at 5:30 p.m. and is co-hosted by the SDCBA’s Wellness Interest Group. Please feel free to invite your friends, family, significant others, co-workers, and bring your fur-babies. The event is free and open to all. Hope to see you there!

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Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Kissing Clients

Jennifer K. Gilman
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP


It occurs to me – not for the first time – that it’s difficult to turn off the part of my brain that is well-versed in the California Rules of Professional Conduct and attorney ethics in general.  So, even when I’m out for a night on the town with friends and they are gossiping away about scandalous office liaisons, I’m thinking of legal ethics.

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Special Feature on Taxation


 

Adjust Your Tax Withholding to Avoid Penalties

Katie Lepore
Miller, Monson, Peshel, Polacek & Hoshaw


Now that April 15 has passed, it is time to focus on the next tax year.  Tax laws changed significantly for 2018, and many of the deductions taxpayers were used to claiming on their 2017 income tax returns were not available in 2018.

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The Home Office Deduction: Changes Based on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Julie T. Houth
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP


Some taxpayers who have historically claimed the home office deduction might not be able to claim it based on the new tax laws in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This article is intended to provide guidance to taxpayers, including solo practitioners, who are interested in claiming the home office deduction after the TCJA took effect.

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Scene At

New Lawyer Forum Monthly Meet-Up and Annual Bench-Bar Reception
 

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.

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Editor-In-Chief: Kevin Hambly
Contributing Writers: Jennifer K. Gilman, Julie T. Houth, Katie Lepore, Mellania E. Safarian
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