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June 2019

New Lawyer Division Monthly Meet-Up is Tonight!

Join the New Lawyer Division members at their fun and informal Monthly Meet-Up held the 3rd Thursday of every month. The June Meetup is Trivia Night at Westroot Tavern in Carmel Valley, Thursday, June 20. Bring your legal trivia knowledge and join the fun!


Spotlight

North County Summer Social

Join the summer fun and mingle with friends old and new while enjoying great food and beverages

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San Diego Pride Parade 2019

Join your SDCBA colleagues in marching at the San Diego Pride Parade.

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Military Law Section: Volunteer Training - Operation Stand Down

Help homeless veterans in need of legal services.

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New Attorneys are Invited and Encouraged to Attend:

June
20
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
New Lawyer Division: Monthly Meet-Up - Trivia Night

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Servicemember Civil Relief Act Pro Bono Program Training
June
21
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Top Ways to Improve Your Online Presence and Profitability
June
23
6:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Volunteer Opportunity:
Burrito Boyz
June
24
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Networking Mixer: Estate & Business and Corp. Law Sections
June
26
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Appellate Practice Section Meeting

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Summer Social 2019 Series: North County
June
27
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Coffee with Counsel - Immigration Law
June
28
6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Military Law Section: Volunteer Training - Operation Stand Down

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Construction Law Update and Year in Review
July
2
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Tour of the Court of Appeal

Letter from the Chair of the New Lawyer Division

By Mellania E. Safarian
Clark Hill PLC

Hello New Lawyers: There are so many exciting developments that I am excited to share with you this month. First, I am happy to report that the New Lawyer Forum will hereby be officially known as the New Lawyer Division(“NLD”). As Chair of the NLD and as a member of the San Diego County Bar Association’s (“SDCBA”) Board of Directors (“Board”), I am tasked with identifying and raising policy issues and bringing them to the Board’s attention for resolution. This month, the NLD’s Executive Committee identified the use of the word “Forum” as an issue that required Board attention and resolution. The Board unanimously voted in favor of this change.

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Legal Ethics for New Attorneys

Ethical Considerations when Communicating with the Media

By Alara T. Chilton
Law Office of Alara T. Chilton

You are a new attorney practicing civil litigation with a client whose matter could be of significant interest to the media.  You believe much of the information surrounding your client’s matter, if made public, would best serve your client’s interests because, after all, if the public learns your client was treated unfairly or was the party who acted honestly, your client would be cast in a very favorable public light.  You ask yourself, “If the end result is good press for my client, then what else is of concern?”  

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Tips from the Bench

Q & A with Judge Ronald Styn

By Mellania E. Safarian
Clark Hill PLC


What was your path to the bench?

Judge Styn is a San Diego native and graduated from Chula Vista High School. Judge Styn earned his B.A. degree from the University of Redlands where he spent his summers working at Disneyland.

 

After graduating from Stanford Law School, Judge Styn clerked for a federal judge. Shortly thereafter, he worked as a trial attorney for the Food and Drug Administration. Judge Styn briefly taught Civil Procedure and Antitrust Law at the University of Kentucky Law School before returning to San Diego. He then joined a firm where he practiced civil litigation and real estate litigation for over 30 years. Amongst other things, Judge Styn was a founder of the San Diego Branch of the ABTL and served as its President. He was also an original Master of the Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court.

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The Effects of CCP §998 in Construction Defect Litigation

By Kevin Hambly
Shinnick & Ryan, LLP


Let’s be honest, most cases settle short of trial.  However, in the rare circumstances where a case does not settle short of trial, it is prudent to set your case up so that you are in the best position to recover your costs.  This is especially true in construction defect cases where expert costs can be very high, and cases become increasingly difficult to settle as time marches forward.  California law, however, has a mechanism that allows parties to recovery their costs, including expert fees.  This mechanism is under the Code of Civil Procedure (“CCP”) section 998.

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Scene At

Military Law Section and SCRA Committee Pre-Stand Down Mixer, State Bar of California's Swearing In ceremony and more.
 

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: Alara T. Chilton, Kevin Hambly, Mellania E. Safarian, Judge Ronald Styn
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