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Emerging Lawyers

New attorneys are a vital part of the SDCBA – as the next generation of leaders in the profession and the future of San Diego’s legal community. 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 ensure your success.

We encourage new lawyers to engage and participate in the Association in the ways that are most meaningful to them as individual practitioners. The SDCBA serves new attorneys best when they are exposed to the full breadth of what the Association offers in terms of resources, mentorship and guidance, specialized programming and leadership and volunteer opportunities. As a new attorney, you will have the ability to maximize your integration into the SDCBA and the greater San Diego legal community through two paths:

  1. You can choose to opt in to the newly created Forum for Emerging Lawyers (Forum) – which will have specialized networking events and an annual community service project –specifically designed for lawyers within their first four full years in practice. Click here to learn more about the Forum.
  2. Additionally and/or alternatively, you are invited to take part in one of the Association’s many practice based sections, or project based committees at no charge. Our section and committees have been restructured to fully integrate new lawyers, and in 2015 there will be appointed ambassadors for new lawyers. Lawyers will be encouraged to take on leadership positions within the sections and committees regardless of how many years they have been in practice. Click here for a full list of sections and committees.

The SDCBA is your link to your legal community, and to building your career and future success. Through the SDCBA, you can create visibility for your evolving practice while connecting with and learning from some of the brightest, seasoned attorneys that San Diego’s legal community has to offer.

Looking for a space to meet with colleagues or client while you build your practice?  Look no further than the Bar Center at 401.  Enjoy all of the amenities of our shared workspace and private conference rooms, including free Wi-Fi, office supplies and more.  Learn about the exclusive Bar Center at 401 at www.sdcba.org/barcenterat401.

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.

Of Interest to New Attorneys

SDCBA Online Member Directory

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

The SDCBA has launched an enhanced online directory which anyone can access online or from our app (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 full spectrum of deposit, lending, treasury management and online banking products delivered by local banking professionals with local market expertise.
  • 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