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April Update

Updated: May 23, 2023

San Diego FBA April Update

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Trivia: Which judge convened the first session of the State District Court

in San Diego on 6 May 1850?


Member Spotlight:

Nadia Bermudez is a Shareholder and employment and business litigation attorney with Klinedinst PC. FBA Board Member Jenn French writes about Nadia's dedicated service to the legal community and to San Diego in this month's featured article.


Upcoming San Diego FBA Events



Wednesday, April 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cooley LLP

This event welcomes members of the judiciary, Lawyers Club, and co-sponsoring organizations. Please send an email to register if you are not a Lawyers Club member.

Cost: Free

Location: 10265 Science Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92121


Thursday, April 20 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Carter-Keep Courthouse - Courtroom 14A

Our popular Courtroom Conversation series is back with U.S. Magistrate Judge David D. Leshner. As always, attendees will have the opportunity to network and connect with Judge Leshner and colleagues during the first 20 minutes of the program. During the remaining 40 minutes, Judge Leshner will discuss his path to the federal bench and practice pointers for civil and criminal practitioners. RSVP today.

Cost: Free

MCLE: 0.5 hours of General CLE Credit


Wednesday, May 17 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Carter-Keep Courthouse - Jury Assembly Room

Part 1 of the Series discusses Federal Rule of Evidence 104, an often underutilized tool in a practitioner's evidence toolbox. Join us for a dynamic presentation about how to set up your case for a Rule 104 hearing and pave the way for a smooth trial. RSVP here.

Cost: Free

MCLE: 1.0 hours of General CLE Credit


Save the Date!

2023 Annual Conference & Award Ceremony

Wednesday, June 7, from 1:00 to 6:30pm

University of San Diego Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

Kindly save the date for our 2023 Annual Conference & Award Ceremony. This year's topic is Speaking to Influence: How to Advocate for Clients and Yourself, and the San Diego FBA will also present its annual Chapter awards. Stay tuned for more information!


Save the Date!

San Diego Federal Bar Foundation Charitable Golf and Pickleball Tournament

Monday, September 25, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lomas Santa Fe Country Club

Please save the date for the San Diego Federal Bar Foundation's second annual Charitable Tournament! Not a golfer? We've added a Pickleball Tournament to the agenda so even more people can participate. This year we are fundraising for Open Doors to the Court Program; Foster Youth Golf Program; Crawford High School Academy of Law Foundation; Generate Hope; The Peter J. Mazza Outstanding Federal Attorney Award; and Federal Public Interest Law Scholarships. Sponsorships are available: please email for more information.


We have extended the deadline to nominate Chapter members one last time to April 28, 2023. Our three awards are (1) the Outstanding Advocate Award; (2) the Distinguished Service Award; and (3) the Rising Attorney Award. You can find more information about our awards, nomination requirements, and submission guidelines here.


Did You Know? The El Centro Courthouse, finished in 2004, is home to the U.S. Marshal’s office, U.S. Probation, District Clerk, the Pretrial Department, and our newest Southern District U.S. Magistrate Judge, Hon. Lupe Rodriguez, Jr.


Community & National Updates:


The Competition is named after Judge Baker Motley, the first African American woman appointed to the U.S. federal judiciary and the first woman judge in the Southern District of New York. She was a key leader of the African American civil rights movement, a lawyer, judge, state senator, and Borough President of Manhattan, New York City.

The Competition is open to all law students and young federal practitioners and professionals, and submissions are due by May 12, 2023. Read more about the Competition here.


Answer: Judge Oliver S. Witherby, who may have been the first American attorney to settle in San Diego.


Our Annual Sponsor:

Judicate West


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