February Update

Updated: Mar 5

San Diego FBA February Update

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Trivia: Which now-Southern District Judge set a record for swimming the 20+ mile Catalina Channel in 8 hours and 5 minutes?

 

Member Spotlight:


Melissa Maria Holmes: County Lawyer, Courtroom Advocate, and Mentor

Melissa Maria Holmes is a Senior Deputy Counsel for San Diego County, where she has tried eight federal civil jury trials in the past six years. San Diego FBA Member Josh Dutton charts Ms. Holmes's career from judicial extern to supervising attorney. He shares that Ms. Holmes is not only an experienced trial lawyer, but also a mentor who champions junior attorneys and appreciates the civility of the Southern District's bench and bar.

 

Chapter Updates:


Thank you to the nearly 160 participants who tuned in for our How to Apply to Be a U.S. Magistrate Judge. The distinguished panelists answered audience questions and provided invaluable guidance on how to be a competitive applicant. The free webinar is now available on our website as a resource for future vacancies.

Last month also featured our Eighth Annual Ethics, Competence, and Elimination of Bias All-Day MCLE Event. The event included six hours of hard-to-get MCLE credits and will be added to our MCLE On Demand store soon.

The San Diego FBA is seeking nominations for our Chapter Awards: the Outstanding Advocate Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Rising Attorney Award. Please see the award criteria and nomination requirements here. Nominations are requested by March 1, 2022.


Upcoming Event


Two-Part Criminal Legal Skills Series: OSC Petitions & Proceedings

February 22, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Zoom Webinar

Part one of the series will cover various aspects of OSC petitions and proceedings, including filing procedures, contesting the allegations, evidentiary hearings, and more.

Panelists

Hon. William Q. Hayes

U.S. District Judge

Michelle Pettit

U.S. Attorney's Office

Elana Fogel

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.

Ymelda Valenzuela

U.S. Probation

 

Did You Know? In November 1949, the Hon. Jacob Weinberger was assigned as the first resident federal judge in San Diego.

 

National FBA Updates:


January Government Relations Update

The National FBA shares updates on advocacy efforts, judicial financial disclosures, and judicial nominations.


Civics Essay and Video Contest

This year's theme is student free speech rights. High school students are invited to submit entries by March 1, 2022.


Lift Up Leaders Mentorship Program

On February 18, 2022, Albert Jacobs, Chair of the FBA Senior Lawyers Division, will share guidance for sole practitioners and firm partners on how to plan for the next phase of their careers.


Webinar: Planning for the Next Phase of Your Career

On February 18, 2022, Albert Jacobs, Chair of the FBA Senior Lawyers Division, will share guidance for sole practitioners and firm partners on how to plan for the next phase of their careers.


 

Answer: The Hon. Todd W. Robinson, who swam the channel in 2009 and was Captain of U.C. Berkeley's Varsity Swimming Team and an NCAA Division I Swimming All-American (1989).