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December Chapter Update

Updated: Dec 13, 2021

President's Message

Dear San Diego Chapter Members,

As we close 2021, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to serve the federal family as President of the Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to our Chapter’s Board of Directors for their stewardship of this organization, to the Advisory Board for their guidance, to the Court for its support, to our speakers and moderators for their knowledge, to our committee members and volunteers for their service, to our members for sustaining this Chapter, and to each of you who attended our events.

At the beginning of this year, I pledged to work diligently to bring you professional, educational, and social events highlighting the diversity of federal practice in San Diego. We achieved that goal by bringing you the Annual Conference: Diversity Toolkit, monthly member spotlights, and a wide range of events and initiatives. We also celebrated our members with new Chapter and National Awards, reconnected with each other in-person at our signature events, and promoted pro bono service, civility, and civics education.

Despite all the challenges of 2021, this Chapter came together and started growing again. I am looking forward to building on this momentum under the leadership of our next Chapter President, Dylan Aste.

Happy New Year! I hope to see you in 2022.


Rebecca G. Church

President, FBA-San Diego Chapter


The Southern District of California has appointed the Honorable Christopher B. Latham as Chief Bankruptcy Judge. Judge Latham shares with the Chapter what makes a successful advocate in bankruptcy court, his favorite part about being a bankruptcy judge, and more in this month's feature article.

Chapter Updates:

The Chapter joined the National FBA's effort to urge Congress to consider legislation that would add federal judgeships across the country. Writing to the Senators from California and local Representatives, the Chapter emphasized that our courts are severely overburdened and new judgeships are needed to ensure justice is not unduly delayed.

On December 1, 2021, the Chapter hosted the Southern District's judicial law clerks for the Annual Holiday Party & Judicial Law Clerk Reception at Athens Market. The gathering was widely attended by law clerks, judges, and FBA Members.

Short on credits? With the MCLE reporting deadline just around the corner, the Chapter has added more offerings to its MCLE On Demand webpage, including two judicial brown bags with Ninth Circuit Judges and the 2021 Supreme Court Review featuring Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

Save the date for this virtual Chapter event:

Eighth Annual Ethics, Compliance, and Elimination of Bias MCLE Event

January 27, 2022

This all-day virtual MCLE event will provide 4 hours of Legal Ethics Credit, 1 hour of Elimination of Bias Credit, and 1 hour of Competence (Substance Abuse) Credit.

Community Updates:

Circuit Judge Mary H. Murguia became Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit. Judge Murguia is the first Latina to serve as Chief Judge of a federal appellate court and is the Ninth Circuit's 12th Chief Judge.

Ninth Circuit Judge J. Clifford Wallace, who has advised judiciaries in more than seventy countries during his half-century on the bench, has been selected to receive the 2022 Susan and Carl Bolch Jr. Prize for the Rule of Law.

FBA, National Updates:

The FBA shares updates on judicial nominations, judiciary financial disclosures, and other items.


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