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San Diego County Bar Association

New Attorneys

Your first few years in practice are an exciting, tenuous time, where you begin to not only build your practice, but your professional network and reputation as a practitioner. The SDCBA, as your local professional association, strives to provide you with unparalleled resources and support in order to insure your success.

Through the SDCBA, you have access to some of the best legal minds in our community - from some of San Diego's leading attorneys to state and federal judges. Through our networking events, mentoring program, and CLE programs, you can meet and learn from some of the brightest. The SDCBA is your link to your legal community, and to building your career and future success within. Through the SDCBA, you can create visibility for yourself and your evolving practice. There are countless ways to take on leadership positions through the Bar, whether it is serving as a liaison to one of our over 70 sections and committees, or by volunteering to head up one of our many community service projects, such as Habitat for Humanity.

And to introduce you to all that the SDCBA has to offer, we have created a Division just for you - the NLD (New Lawyer Division). Through the NLD, you can meet other newer attorneys, create professional relationships, and seek practical and logistical advice through our dynamic online e-communities, inclusive of the NLD listserve, where you can ask questions of your peers at any time. The division also creates Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programming, designed specifically to meet the diverse needs of new attorneys, and answer questions and provide support for the most pressing issues new attorneys have. There is also a publication produced by the NLD, For the Record, that examines pertinent issue (and allows you the opportunity to write about pertinent issues), specifically for attorneys in practice under 7 years.

In addition, you can take advantage of huge discounts on products and services, exclusively for SDCBA members, designed to both to support your practice and your lifestyle, through the SDCBA's member benefit program. To review all that is available to you, visit www.sdcba.org/memberbenefits.

New Lawyer Division

Alanna Whittington, President



Of Interest to New Attorneys

SDCBA Online Member Directory

Search an up-to-date list of all SDCBA members via the Online Member Directory.

Note: The SDCBA has launched an enhanced online directory which anyone can access (no log-in required). Visit your MySDCBA page to make sure your contact information is current or email bar@sdcba.org.

Upcoming Events of Interest to New Attorneys

Member Benefits for New Attorneys

  • Ahern Insurance Brokerage offers a full line of coverage for your practice including professional liability, general liability, property coverage, employee benefits such as medical, life and retirement plans, as well as workers compensation insurance.
  • Manuel Valdez and Manny Valdez are experts who can help you create settlement solutions to best meet the unique needs of claimants.
  • Legal Research Tools - Discounts on unlimited use of the Westlaw plan and public records. Also, receive award information on Califronia civil jury trials, bench trials, settlements and arbitrations with Jury Verdicts.
  • Litigation Support - Full service litigation support solution provider offering special services and discounts exclusively to SDCBA members.
  • Torrey Pines Bank offers a comprehensive package of banking services at a reduced cost with fewer banking maintenance fees through the newly created Juris InterAct Checking Account and Services.
  • Web Design - Marketing and web design expertise to help you achieve your online marketing goals.
  • Receive a 15% discount on thousands of books and periodicals available from the ABA.
  • Continuing Legal Education Members have access to over 300 hours of quality, low-cost, Continuing Legal Education (cle) programming presented each year. The SDCBA offers a variety of online seminars for both participatory and self-study credit.
  • SDCBA members with Verizon calling plans of $34.99 or higher may qualify for discounts through National Purchasing Partners (NPP). NPP also offers discounts on various other vendors including Staples Advantage and Shred-it.
  • Parking Discount - SDCBA Members can enjoy free parking at night in the Union and B Street lot with the Ace Parking Frequent Parking Card.

For a full list of benefits visit: www.sdcba.org/benefits