FBA San Diego - Board of Directors (2021)

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Rebecca Church

President of Board

Rebecca Church has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California since 2015. She serves as one of the office’s Ethics Advisors and Professional Responsibility Officers as well as Special Emphasis Program Manager, Federal Women’s Program. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Rebecca was an Associate Attorney at Duane Morris LLP, where she practiced in the commercial and employment groups. She served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Hon. District Judge William Q. Hayes and the Hon. Magistrate Judge Ruben B. Brooks. She serves as a Temporary Judge (Pro Tem) for the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, hearing small claims cases. Rebecca was awarded the FBA Younger Federal Lawyer Award, which was presented to four attorneys nationwide, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s “Team of the Year” award for work on complex wildfire litigation.  She is a Lawyer Representative for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California.  She is also a member of California Women Lawyers and Lawyers Club of San Diego.

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Dylan M. Aste

President-elect

Dylan M. Aste is an Assistant United States Attorney, where he is assigned to the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit and focuses on prosecuting matters related to opioids and health care fraud.  He is also the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Opioid Coordinator and the Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee.  Dylan was nationally recognized when he received the FBA Younger Federal Lawyer Award.  He was also recognized with the San Diego State University Rising Aztec award and San Diego Metro's 40 Under 40 list.  Dylan serves on the Board of Directors of the University of San Diego Law Alumni Association and is an active member of the Welsh Inn of Court.   He graduated from University of San Diego Law and San Diego State University.  Dylan is an active member of the legal community and a member of the Welsh Inn of Court.

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Joseph Orabona

Treasurer 

Joseph Orabona is a Senior Litigation Counsel at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego, where he is assigned to handle a variety of complex criminal cases and mentor new trial team attorneys. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he became a Certified Public Accountant in 1999, and worked as a financial auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for several years. He began his legal career as a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in Washington, D.C., where he handled securities litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and government investigations. As a prosecutor in San Diego for over fourteen years, he has specialized in prosecuting white-collar crimes, including tax, fraud, public corruption, money laundering, embezzlement, securities violations, and identity theft. He also has experience prosecuting racketeering enterprises, murder-for-hire, drug trafficking, human trafficking, sex trafficking, firearms offenses, immigration offenses, and border corruption. He is a former Barrister in the Welsh Inn of Court and is an active member of the Federal Bar Association. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Pepperdine University School of Law, and Boston College.

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Megan Rossi

Secretary 

Megan Rossi is an Assistant United States Attorney in San Diego, where she is assigned to the Border Enforcement Section. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Rossi was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia. Prior to serving as a Judicial Law Clerk, she was a Litigation Associate at Rutan & Tucker, LLP, where she practiced business and commercial litigation. Ms. Rossi earned her B.S. in accounting and a minor in forensics and criminality from the University of Southern California and received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. Ms. Rossi is an active member of her legal community and is also a member of the Welsh Inn of Court.

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Mary Cile Glover-Rogers

Vice President of Legal Education 

Mary Cile Glover-Rogers is a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ruth Bermudez Montenegro, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of California. Prior to clerking at the federal district court, Mary Cile practiced civil litigation for nearly five years. She was an associate at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP, where she practiced commercial litigation in the firm’s San Diego and Los Angeles offices. She also practiced as an associate at Boone Karlberg P.C. in Missoula, Montana, focusing on civil litigation, commercial transactions, insurance coverage and defense, and Federal Employers’ Liability Act law. Mary Cile clerked for the Honorable Kenneth R. Neill of Montana’s Eighth Judicial District Court, where she presided over criminal matters as judge pro tempore and mediated family law disputes. Mary Cile is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and the University of Missouri School of Law. Mary Cile is an active member of her community, serving as attorney coach for a high school mock trial team, board member of Sun Community Federal Credit Union, and committee member for the Imperial County Lawyers Association.

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Hon. Barbara L. Major

Vice President of Professional Advancement 

Judge Major is a federal magistrate judge serving in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Prior to her appointment, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney.  She is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law and Stanford University.

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Janet Cabral

Special Events Chair

Janet is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, having previously served in the Criminal Division of that office for 8 years. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2012, Janet was a career law clerk in the U.S. District Court in San Diego for 18 years.

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Hector Tamayo

Vice President of Fundraising 

Hector Tamayo is a criminal defense attorney.  He has been in private practice for 14 years and is a member of the CJA panel where he defends indigent clients charged with federal offenses.  He is an active member of the Federal Bar Association and is also on the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Board.  He attended San Diego State University where he majored in Political Science with a minor in Latin American Studies and Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  Prior to becoming an attorney he served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

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Benjamin Cheeks

Vice President of Community Outreach 

Benjamin Cheeks has been in private practice as a solo practitioner since 2013, specializing in criminal defense in federal court.  Prior to opening his own firm, Benjamin served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California in the Criminal Division.  Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Benjamin worked as an Assistant District Attorney for the New York County District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.  He is an adjunct professor at California Western Law School and serves as a Lawyer Representative for the Southern District of California.

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Joseph Goodman

Vice President of Membership

Mr. Goodman is a partner at Gordon & Rees LLP, and is a member of the firm’s Commercial, Securities, Antitrust and White Collar Litigation Practice Groups.  Mr. Goodman’s practice focuses on representing corporations, officers and directors in complex business litigation in both federal and state courts.  He has extensive experience in consumer and securities class action lawsuits.

Mr. Goodman has served as an adjunct professor or visiting scholar at Georgetown University, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  He has taught courses including Securities Regulation, Global Antitrust Law and Policy, and European Union Law.  Mr. Goodman also has clerked for two federal judges, including Judge David R. Thompson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and has served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California.

Blake Currey

Vice President of Public Relations 

Blake Currey is a Judicial Law Clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.  Prior to serving as a Judicial Law Clerk, he was an associate at a national law firm where he practiced commercial litigation and real estate law.  Born and raised in San Diego County, Mr. Currey earned his B.S. in finance from San Diego State University and received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.   While in law school, Mr. Currey served on the editorial board of the San Diego Law Review and the executive board of the school’s appellate moot court program.  He also was a finalist in the FBA’s 17th Annual Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition held in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer McCoullough

Technology Chair

Jennifer McCollough is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division where she prosecutes federal crimes and has tried over ten federal jury trials. In her first career, she was an active-duty naval aviator flying the MH-60S helicopter after graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. She completed three deployments to the Middle East on various ships and with the U.S. Marine Corps in Fallujah, Iraq. Between deployments, she orchestrated a cross-country mission following Hurricane Katrina rescuing indigenous personnel and delivering food, water, and supplies throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. During her deployment to Iraq, Jennifer volunteered for missions outside the wire assisting in the Iraqi Women’s Engagement Program supporting Iraqi women in rebuilding their communities. One of her concurrent duties on the “ground” was seven collective years as the command legal officer where she started her legal career. During her last tour on active-duty, Jennifer was a part-time law student and served as a judicial extern to U.S. District Judges Anthony J. Battaglia and Roger T. Benitez. After law school, Jennifer served a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love and U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and the District of Delaware, where she primarily worked on patent litigation cases. She then joined the Department of Justice as part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program as a Trial Attorney with the Tax Division in Washington, D.C.

David Finn 

Immediate Past President 

David Finn is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division. He has tried over 40 federal jury trials and argued 8 cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In  2014, he was awarded the Department of Justice's Director's Award for Superior Performance.  In 2015, he received the national Federal Bar Association's Young Lawyer Award. He is a frequent instructor at the Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center where he teaches trial advocacy.  Since 2012, he has served on the Action Team for Reality Changers, a San Diego non-profit serving first generation college students. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and California Western School of Law.

The Federal Bar Association (FBA), founded in 1920, is dedicated to the advancement of the science of jurisprudence and to promoting the welfare, interests, education, and professional development of all attorneys involved in federal law. Our members run the gamut of federal practice: attorneys practicing in small to large legal firms, attorneys in corporations and federal agencies, and members of the judiciary. The FBA is the catalyst for communication between the bar and the bench, as well as the private and public sectors. The San Diego Chapter was founded in 1961.

 

In 2018, the Chapter adopted the following Mission Statement:

To serve the interests of the federal legal community and strengthen the quality of the federal legal profession by promoting professionalism, inclusiveness, and civility; by providing educational, social, and leadership opportunities, and by encouraging meaningful engagement between the federal practitioner, the judiciary, and the public they serve.