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January Chapter Update

Updated: Feb 22, 2021

President's Welcome:

Dear San Diego Chapter Members,

As we begin 2021, I am greeting the New Year with purpose. It is my honor to serve the federal family as President of the Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter. Thank you for this opportunity.

Throughout all of the challenges of the past year, the Federal Bar Association has remained strong. Under the leadership of Immediate-Past President David Finn, our Chapter launched a new website, converted our most popular events to Zoom webinars, and recently launched MCLE on demand. I am committed to building on these advances, with the help of our newly installed Board of Directors, and with continued engagement by members like you. The FBA will work diligently to bring you professional, educational, and social events highlighting the diversity of federal practice in San Diego. We hope you will join us for some new events this year, as well as familiar favorites.


Rebecca G. Church


FBA-San Diego Chapter

U.S. District Court,

Southern District of California Event

Passing of the Gavel:

January 21, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.

We invite you to virtually attend the Ceremony for the Passing of the Gavel as Chief Judge from the Honorable Larry Alan Burns to the Honorable Dana M. Sabraw presented by the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

In an illuminating profile, Moana McMullan describes Judge Sabraw's path from law school to becoming the next Chief Judge. She shares insight into Judge Sabraw's "three pillars" of strength, his love and devotion to his family, and his respect for our system of justice.

We hope to see you at these virtual local


January 26, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

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.

Sign up for each MCLE separately:

Free for members of the FBA and the

Imperial County Lawyers Association

$40 for non-members

We hope to see you at these virtual

FBA, National events:

January 28, 2021 - January 29, 2021

Co-sponsored by the FBA, San Diego Chapter

This signature CLE event is produced by the FBA’s Civil Rights Law section featuring eight panels on cutting-edge areas of civil rights law and ethics issues of the moment. This extraordinary event is FREE for members of the FBA, San Diego Chapter.

February 17, 2021 - February 19, 2021

[Early Bird Registration available on or before

Friday, January 22, 2021]

FBA National's conference will focus on the False Claims Act in times of crisis, including changes in enforcement priorities that may follow the COVID-19 pandemic. This annual event, dubbed “the Oscars for False Claims Act nerds” by a panelist at 2020’s sold-out conference, provides timely perspectives from all sides of the FCA ecosystem: prosecutors, relator-side attorneys, defense counsel, inspectors general, federal judges, and in-house counsel.

Save the Date:

Brown Bag Featuring

U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Butcher

February 11, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


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