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August Update

San Diego FBA August Update

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Trivia: Before Hurricane Hilary, when was the last time

a tropical storm made landfall in Southern California?


Member Spotlight


Arwa Zakir Kakavand: Human Rights Champion &

Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor

This month we are delighted to feature one of our newer members, human rights attorney Arwa Zakir Kakavand. Arwa is currently a Senior Staff Attorney with the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, and Of Counsel at Casa Cornelia Law Center. Click here to read Sarah Almond Pike's thoughtful interview with Arwa.

Do you know an exceptional San Diego FBA member who you'd love others to learn more about? Please email us with your suggestions.


Judicial Update


Michelle M. Pettit Appointed as U.S. Magistrate Judge

On July 24, 2023, the U.S. District Court judges appointed former San Diego FBA President Michelle M. Pettit as a full-time U.S. Magistrate Judge. Read more about Judge Pettit here.


Upcoming San Diego FBA Events


San Diego FBA Summer Membership Mixer

Wednesday, August 30, 2023, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Judicate West, 402 West Broadway

Ste. 2400, San Diego, CA 92101

All members are welcome to our Chapter's summer mixer. Thank you to our Annual Sponsor, Judicate West, for hosting this event. RSVP Today!


19th Annual Judith N. Keep Federal Practice Seminar

Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Westin Gaslamp Quarter, 910 Broadway Cir., San Diego, CA 92101

Please join us for the Nineteenth Annual Judith N. Keep Federal Practice Seminar, dedicated to the memory of former U.S. District Judge Judith N. Keep. This year’s seminar will feature a special video tribute featuring Hon. Ruben B. Brooks (Ret.), and panel presentations by several Southern District of California District Judges and Magistrate Judges.

Cost: Free, but space is limited: RSVP today!

CLE: 4.0 hours of General CLE credits


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

Registration is open for the Foundation's annual fundraiser benefiting the 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. Join us for golf, pickleball, and/or dinner. Please email for more information on sponsorship.


Annual State of the Southern District and

Hon. Bartick Award Luncheon

Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Westin Gaslamp

We hope to see you on October 17, 2023 as Chief Judge Sabraw and others discuss the State of our District. We will also recognize this year's Hon. David H. Bartick Award for Civility and Professional's recipient, San Diego FBA member and former Chapter President Edward Patrick (Pat) Swan, Jr. Congratulations, Pat!

Cost is $40 for FBA Members and $60 for non-FBA Members. Seating is limited, so please buy your tickets early.


Co-Sponsored Events


State and Federal Bench and Bar Mixer

Thursday, August 31, 2023, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Carter Keep Courthouse - Jury Room Patio

Join the SDCBA's Civil Litigation Law Section and our Chapter for a hosted networking mixer downtown on the outdoor patio of the federal courthouse. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with local State and Federal Court Judges and fellow practitioners in a fun and casual setting! This is a members' only event.

Cost: free for SDCBA and San Diego FBA members

Location: 333 W. Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101


Save the Date!

The Future of DEI After SSFA v. Harvard

Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 12 to 1 p.m.

Zoom Presentation

The discussion is aimed at exploring the constitutional implications of the decision and how it relates to derailing DEI efforts and its weighty effect on affinity bar organizations, corporate diversity efforts, BIPOC grant programs, and other DEI initiatives, such as the SDCBA-ACC Diversity Fellowship Program.


Judicial Mixer and Membership Drive

Thursday, October 5, 2023, 5:30 p.m.

United States Courthouse - El Centro

On October 5, 2023, our Chapter is pleased to co-host a Judicial Mixer and Membership Drive with the Imperial County Lawyers Association at the El Centro federal courthouse. Anyone interested in attending may RSVP to by September 21, 2023.

Cost: Free

Location: 2003 W. Adams Ave., El Centro, CA 92243


The 2023 Mock Markman Competition

Oral Arguments on Monday, October 19, 2023

Carter Keep United States Courthouse

Calling all volunteers! The Southern District needs attorneys to read and give feedback on short opening and responsive briefs and serve as argument scorers this fall on October 19, 2023. Please contact if you are interested in helping.


Did You Know? Imperial County has five public use general aviation airports.


Community Updates:


Amendment to Local Rules

The Southern District amended Local Rule 83.8 regarding the Court's administration of the Pro Bono Fund.


Answer: 1939. It capsized boats, cut power and phone service, destroyed homes

along the coast, and killed nearly 100 people.


Ideas for an event or another suggestion? Contact us.

Our Annual Sponsor:

Judicate West

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