In 2020, the San Diego Chapter promoted civility through a three-part series on civility in the law, and during the 16th Annual Judith N. Keep Federal Civil Practice Seminar (available on our MCLE on Demand page). Chapter President Rebecca Church continues the effort by sharing a recent published decision, by the California Court of Appeal, which underscored the value of civility. Rebecca writes that the court’s “succinct analysis on the tangible cost of incivility on litigation” shows “civility is well worth the effort, both individually and when considering the justice system as a whole.” And the decision demonstrates “civility may also have a direct impact on the bottom line.” Also significant this month, San Diego Law Enforcement Leaders Condemn Anti-Asian Hate Crimes. Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman, San Diego FBI Special Agent in Charge Suzanne Turner and San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan condemned racism, xenophobia, and intolerance against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States and urged members of the community to report hate-based crimes and incidents to law enforcement. As we move into Spring, we hope you will learn more about one of our many impressive members and consider joining us for a variety of events.
Member Spotlight: Armilla Staley-Ngomo: Passion for Public Service As a Trial Attorney for Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., Armilla Staley-Ngomo leverages her breadth of legal experience to primarily represent indigent clients charged with immigration, alien smuggling, and drug importation offenses. FBA member Courtney Strange shares that Ms. Staley-Ngomo exudes a passion for public service and draws inspiration from her mentor, the Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall (C.D. Cal.), while serving clients who are often undocumented immigrants and monolingual Spanish speakers. We hope to see you at these virtual FBA, San Diego Chapter events: Virtual Brown Bag with U.S. District Judge Marilyn L. Huff April 8, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. During the Virtual Brown Bag, Judge Huff will discuss practice pointers for civil and criminal cases, her path to the federal bench, and her chambers rules and procedures. Cost: Free MCLE: 1.0 hour of General MCLE Credit The Business of Law: Tips for Opening and Operating Your Own Law Practice April 14, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Join us and the San Diego County Bar Association for a webinar featuring distinguished San Diego attorneys who will provide insight and tips on how to open and operate your own legal practice. Panelists Renee N.G. Stackhouse Stackhouse APC Dave Fox Fox Law APC Marc X. Carlos Marc Carlos Law, APC Lilys D. McCoy Deputy City Attorney & Former Director of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Center for Solo Practitioners Moderator Artemis Spyridonidis San Diego Chapter Member Cost: Free for members of the FBA & SDCBA $10 for non-members MCLE: 1.0 hour of General MCLE Credit Virtual Mixer: Reconnecting With Your Legal Community April 29, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Join us for a virtual happy hour on REMO, an exciting platform that allows participants to maximize socializing, with introductory remarks by U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Lopez and past Chapter President Joseph S. Leventhal, Partner, Dinsmore. We hope to see you at these virtual co-sponsored local events: Mixing it Up: Annual Spring Celebration of Diversity April 15, 2021, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Presented by the San Diego County Bar Association's Committee for Diversity & Inclusion, this event will bring together our local diversity bars and law-related organizations to celebrate the rich diversity of our legal community. State of the Court Presentation (S.D. Cal.) April 28, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Join us as we partner with the San Diego County Bar Association for its State of the Court: U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. Chief District Judge Dana M. Sabraw will provide an update on the trial court and ongoing operations in light of the pandemic.