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December Update

San Diego FBA December Update

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Trivia: Which popular household product was invented in San Diego and has a trade secret formulation secured in a bank vault?


Hon. Jinsook Ohta

The Honorable Jinsook Ohta is the first Asian Pacific American female judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. In an insightful profile, Immediate Past President Rebecca Church writes that Judge Ohta's historic service is informed by her experience immigrating to the United States at a young age, becoming a community volunteer, and advocating for consumer victims in California.

Rebecca also shares Judge Ohta's encouragement to attorneys to find ways to serve their community that are true to their personal background and interests: “To serve others out of passion or a deep sense of gratitude is one of the most powerful and meaningful acts that we are capable of.”


On November 30, nearly 120 members of the Southern District's federal legal community ate, drank, and made merry at the San Diego FBA's Annual Holiday Party & Judicial Law Clerk Reception. During the event, Chief U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabraw thanked the law clerks of the Southern District and stressed how important their work is to the administration of justice.


Short on credits? With the MCLE reporting deadline just around the corner, the San Diego FBA has added more offerings to its MCLE On Demand webpage, including a Courtroom Conversation with U.S. District Judge Linda Lopez and a presentation on changes to Criminal Rule 16 featuring U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia.


Upcoming San Diego FBA Event:

January 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

Zoom Webinar

We invite you to attend the San Diego FBA's Ninth Annual All-Day MCLE Event. California MCLE credits are available separately for 4 hours of Legal Ethics Credit, 1 hour of Elimination of Bias Credit, and 1 hour of Competence (Substance Abuse) Credit. With up to $240 in savings for FBA members, this is a great time to consider joining or renewing with the San Diego FBA.

Speakers include members of the San Diego County Bar Association's Legal Ethics Committee; Greg Dorst, J.D., from The Other Bar; and Carolina Bravo-Karimi, managing partner of Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP.

Sign up for each MCLE separately:

Free for members of the San Diego FBA

$40 for non-FBA members


Did You Know? San Diego’s Star of India, built in 1863, is the world’s oldest active sailing vessel.


Community & National Updates:

The Ninth Circuit is seeking applications for a Bankruptcy Judgeship in the Southern District. The term for this position is fourteen years with a possible renewal.

The FBA's Membership Cycle is underway. Please see the renewal FAQ and consider continuing to support the San Diego FBA with your membership.

FBA National shares updates on immigration courts legislation, judiciary appropriations, and judicial nominations.


Answer: WD-40.

Do you have an idea for an event or another suggestion? We want to hear from you. Contact us.


Our Annual Sponsor:

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