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January Update

Updated: Apr 14, 2023

San Diego FBA January Update

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Trivia: What San Diego landmark is one of the largest manufactured public

aquatic recreational areas in the world?


Hon. Jinsook Ohta


President Mary Cile will lead our Board of Directors in 2023. She is a judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and served our Chapter in both El Centro and San Diego. In an opening message, Mary Cile highlights the 2023 Board's vision: forming authentic connections with our members.


Upcoming San Diego FBA Events



Tuesday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m.

The San Diego FBA is delighted to partner with the San Diego Natural History Museum for a special Nat Talk featuring Ninth Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown. Judge McKeown will discuss her new book, Citizen Justice: The Environmental Legacy of William O. Douglas Public Advocate and Conservation Champion.

Douglas left an enduring legacy in the environmental movement, and Judge McKeown will explore the politics and ethics of his advocacy work and his enduring legacy at the event. Citizen Justice will be available for purchase (while supplies last), and Judge McKeown will sign books in the Museum store following her talk.

Purchase tickets here.

$9 for museum members and $12 for non-members.

Doors to The Nat open at 6 PM, with the talk beginning at 7 PM.

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

Zoom Webinar

Please join us for the Ninth Annual All-Day MCLE Event. We offer 6 California MCLE credits in total, which are each available separately: 4 hours of Legal Ethics Credit, 1 hour of Elimination of Bias Credit (Microaggressions), and 1 hour of Competence (Substance Abuse) Credit. FBA members will save up to $240, so this now is the perfect time to consider joining or renewing your FBA membership. And don't forget to select membership in our San Diego chapter to receive monthly updates and to vote in our annual Board elections.

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 and Imperial County Lawyers Association

$40 for non-FBA members


Tuesday, January 31, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00pm

Zoom Webinar

The San Diego FBA is co-sponsoring the San Diego Law Library's noon-hour virtual MCLE on "Expert Witnesses in Federal Court: The Do's & Don'ts." The panel will discuss how the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure apply to expert witnesses and will provide tips on how best to work with your experts including expert designations, reports, depositions, and trial testimony.

Speakers include Paul Starita of Gomez Trial Attorneys, Brett Norris of Fox Law, and Katie Parker, Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California. The San Diego FBA's Immediate Past-President, Dylan M. Aste, will moderate the panel.

General MCLE: 1 hour

Cost: Free for FBA members using promo code CLE2023


Can't join us on January 25th? We've got you covered! 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.


Did You Know? The Southern District of California has courthouses in both San Diego and Imperial Counties.


Community & National Updates:

On December 30, 2022, the amendments to Civil Local Rule 7.1 came into effect. The amendments relate to the time for hearing and schedule filing papers in social security cases.

Each year, the Federal Bar Association invites middle and high school students to address current topics in civics. Scholarships are awarded for first, second, and third place in two divisions for grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. Entries are due on February 9, 2023.

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


Answer: Mission Bay (4,235 acres).


Do you have an idea for an event or another suggestion?

We want to hear from you. Contact us.


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