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April Update

Updated: May 4, 2022

San Diego FBA April Update

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Trivia: Which San Diego District Judge preceded Justice Alito as a law clerk for Third Circuit Judge Leonard Garth?


Member Spotlight:

Patricia Hollenbeck

Patricia Hollenbeck: Outstanding Advocate, Risk Taker, and Mentor

Patricia Hollenbeck is a Partner at Duane Morris LLP and an experienced litigator who has been practicing law for more than 35 years. San Diego FBA Past-President Rebecca Church writes that Patty has been able to do so many different things during her impressive career by staying nimble and adapting to changes in the market and her community. And Patty finds it deeply rewarding to see all of the attorneys she has mentored over the years elevate their practices as well.


Upcoming San Diego FBA Event:

Courtroom Conversation with

U.S. District Judge Linda Lopez

March 15, 2022, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

During the Courtroom Conversation, Judge Lopez will discuss practice pointers for civil and criminal cases, her path to the federal bench, and her advice for practitioners..

Cost: Free

Location: Courtroom 2B (Schwartz Courthouse)

MCLE: 1.0 hour of General Credit

Co-Sponsored Events:

Women’s History Month: Balancing Acts in the Legal Profession

April 14, 2022, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The San Diego FBA is proud to co-sponsor this event celebrating Women's History Month that will feature U.S. District Judges Linda Lopez and Jinsook Ohta. This program will cover techniques for balancing work and life, prioritizing personal wellness, and promoting civility and professionalism in litigation. The U.S. Attorney's Office is organizing this presentation, which includes co-sponsorship by Lawyers Club of San Diego.

Cost: Free

Location: Carter-Keep Courthouse - Jury Assembly Room

MCLE: 1.0 hour of General Credit

Imperial County Lawyers Association’s Membership/Judicial Mixer

April 21, 2022, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Join the San Diego FBA as we co-sponsor the Imperial County Lawyers Association’s Membership/Judicial Mixer with a reception honoring recently-confirmed U.S. District Judge Ruth Bermudez Montenegro. This event brings together members of the Imperial County bar, federal practitioners, Imperial County Superior Court Judges, and federal judges.

Cost: Free for ICLA and FBA Members

Location: El Centro Courthouse



Did You Know? San Diego's Balboa Park is about 50% larger than New York City's Central Park.


Community & National FBA Updates:

Senate Confirms Judge Montenegro to the Southern District

On March 22, 2022, the U.S. Senate confirmed U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Bermudez Montenegro as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California. Judge Montenegro also previously served as an Imperial County Superior Court Judge and has been widely recognized for her service to the community.

March Government Relations Update

FBA National shares updates on legislation affecting the judiciary and judicial nominations.

Inaugural Hon. Constance Baker Motley Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Essay Competition

Law students and young federal practitioners are encouraged to submit essays by May 13, 2022, for this new National FBA essay contest that includes cash and publication prizes.

Dialogues on Racial Justice Series: Law Enforcement in the United States

This April 14, 2022, webinar will feature a panel discussion addressing the benefits and detriments of the qualified immunity doctrine in civil rights cases.

Applications for Kintner Public Service Scholarship

The FBA Foundation is accepting applications for this college scholarship, and it recently awarded diversity and law student scholarships.

Recommendations for San Diego Criminal Justice Memorial Committee

The San Diego Criminal Justice Memorial Committee is seeking recommendations for its courthouse memorials.


Answer: The Honorable Barry Ted. Moskowitz, who clerked for Judge Garth from 1975 to 1976, with Justice Alito clerking from 1976 to 1977.


Our Annual Sponsor:

Judicate West

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