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April Update

San Diego FBA April Update

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Trivia: What is the oldest pier on the Southern California coast?


Judicial Spotlight: Devon Lee Lomayesva

The Honorable Devon Lee Lomayesva is an enrolled member of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel and the Chief Judge for the Intertribal Court of Southern California. Read about Judge Lomayesva's journey to the bench, commitment to culture and family, and advice for young lawyers interested in tribal law in this month's featured article.


Law Student Leadership in Action: My Unforgettable Experience at the FBA's Capitol Hill Day & Leadership Summit

In March, San Diego FBA sponsored Elle Peterson, a San Diego FBA Student Member and Ninth Circuit Representative for the FBA Law Student Division Board, to attend the Federal Bar Association's Capitol Hill Day and the Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. Read about Elle's experience advocating for initiatives important to the Southern District of California and forging connections nationally with FBA members here.


Upcoming San Diego FBA Events


Tuesday, April 30 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Carter–Keep Courthouse - Jury Assembly Room

The San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association invites you to join U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sabrina Feve, and Assistant Federal Defender Leila Morgan during a discussion about Federal Rule of Evidence 902(11)/(13)/(14), which governs evidence that is “self-authenticating," or items of evidence that do not require any extrinsic evidence of authenticity in order to be admitted into evidence at trial.  


The panel will discuss the challenges of and interplay between digital evidence that contain layers of hearsay, where some of the content may not be "self-authenticating," even if the original record is. RSVP here

Cost:         Free

MCLE:      1.0 hours of General CLE Credit


Tuesday, May 28 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Schwartz Courthouse - Courtroom 2B

Our popular Courtroom Conversation series is back with incoming Presiding U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford. Judge Crawford and her courtroom staff will discuss practice pointers for navigating criminal matters in her courtroom and the various aspects of the civil settlement conference process. Judge Crawford will also answer questions from practitioners. RSVP here.


Cost:         Free

MCLE:      0.5 hours of General CLE Credit



Tuesday, April 24 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Remote Webinar

San Diego FBA is a co-sponsor of Los Angeles FBA Chapter's Trends in Antitrust Enforcement, in which government officials and experienced practitioners will share their perspectives on recent trends in antitrust law enforcement. Topics will include DOJ and FTC antitrust enforcement priorities and recent civil and criminal matters; the in-house perspective on the current antitrust landscape; the merger review process under the 2023 Merger Guidelines; proposed changes to the Hart-Scott-Rodino premerger notification rules and forms, and their practical impact for business; and the revitalized popular interest in antitrust. Tickets for FBA members cost $40. Judicial officers, law clerks, and law students may attend for free. 



Wednesday, April 24 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Virtual - via Zoom

San Diego FBA partners with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, the Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of California, and the Sacramento FBA Chapter to present a fireside chat with Ninth Circuit Judge Lucy Koh. Space is limited.


Wednesday, May 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Piazza Terrace at the Carte Hotel, 401 W Ash Street in San Diego


San Diego FBA will celebrate our Chapter's relationship with the federal judges and present our annual Chapter awards, including our new Judicial Service Award. Enjoy heavy appetizers and drinks at the Piazza Terrace on the roof of the Carte Hotel.



FBA Members: $25

Non-FBA Members: $40

Judicial Officers: Free


New this year! The Judicial Service Award recognizes an exemplary federal jurist in San Diego and/or Imperial County who has provided outstanding service to the bench, the Federal Bar Association, and the federal community at large while promoting professionalism and civility. The recipient of the Judicial Service Award is further committed to improving access to the federal courts and upholding the rule of law.


Nominations close April 26. Nominate Chapter members for the Judicial Service Award; Outstanding Advocate Award; the Distinguished Service Award; or the Rising Attorney Award. You can find more information about our awards, nomination requirements, and submission guidelines here.


Did You Know? The level of the sea is rising at about 3 millimeters per year—and it’s been rising for the last 18,000 years. In that time, sea level in California and elsewhere has risen as much as 400 feet.


Community & National Updates:


The Government intervenes in roughly one out of five False Claims Act cases. What distinguishes the intervened case from the other four? Join this experienced panel of Government attorneys on April 24 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. to explore practical issues and considerations impacting intervention decisions, best practices for relator’s counsel when advocating for intervention, and best practices for defense counsel seeking a declination. This is a free webinar presented by FBA's Qui Tam Section.


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 10. Read more about the Competition here.


Have you thought about practicing health law, but you’re not quite sure what the practice may entail? Join us for two sessions on the Nuts and Bolts of Health Law on April 26 and May 3 at 11 a.m. Both informative and interactive sessions will include a panel of health law attorneys providing brief practice area primers and sharing their professional experiences. This webinar is free for FBA members.


The Qui Tam Section presents this free webinar on May 15 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The panelists will discuss topics such as mortgage fraud basics; HUD programs; investigation tasks; causes of action; the types of cases that have arisen over the last several years and how they have been resolved; how damages may be calculated; and litigation strategies such as discovery, motion practice, and the use of expert witnesses.


On May 15 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., experienced practitioners will discuss how they assess and address challenges arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). After a quick ADA refresher, highlighting the areas that typically result in litigation, challenge and supplement your understanding of the ADA with various topical hypotheticals posed by a panel of presenters representing both employers and employees. The panel will discuss how they have been confronted with and addressed topics such as inadequate attempts to enter into the interactive process, service animals vs. animal allergies, leaves of absence as reasonable accommodations, remote work, pregnancy as a disability, medical exams and more!


Answer: Newport Beach's pier, which was built in 1888. It was originally known as McFadden Wharf.


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