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January Update

San Diego FBA January Update

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Trivia: Which 1848 Treaty resulted in San Diego joining the United States?


Hon. Jinsook Ohta

As 2024 unfolds, we are hitting the ground running at the San Diego Federal Bar Association.  Here is a glimpse of what is on the horizon:

  • Opportunities to meet new members of the federal bench and learn their practice pointers.

  • More chances than ever to step outside the office and engage with the federal bar.

  • The twenty-year milestone for our premier legal education event—the Judith N. Keep Civil Practice Seminar.


All this programming and more is made possible only through the steadfast support of our members, the judiciary, and our all-volunteer Board of Directors.


That final group has the privilege of bringing the FBA’s mission to life.  Our volunteers represent every corner of the federal community: litigators at small and large firms, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, Federal Defenders, state government counsel, and even a judicial law clerk or two.  With the help of committee members, our volunteers will write every update you read, craft every presentation you attend, and orchestrate every signature event you enjoy.


Our volunteers’ dedication shows the FBA’s mission to serve the federal community is more than just words.  We promote professionalism, inclusiveness, and civility.  We provide educational opportunities, foster social connections, and offer leadership roles.  But most importantly, we create meaningful engagement between practitioners, the judiciary, and the public we serve.


It is my honor to serve the federal family as President of the San Diego FBA.  I hope to see you at one of our events soon.



Blake Currey


Upcoming San Diego FBA Events


Thursday, January 18 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Zoom Webinar

Please join us for an elimination of bias MCLE featuring Carolina Bravo-Karimi, managing partner of Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP. Carolina’s engaging presentation will explore recognizing microaggressions, understanding why they are harmful, and interrupting them.

FBA members can attend this webinar for free, so now is the perfect time to join the FBA or renew your FBA membership. And don't forget to select membership in the San Diego chapter to receive monthly updates and to vote in our annual Board elections.

Cost: Free for San Diego FBA Members;

Free for Imperial County Lawyers Association Members; and

$40 for non-FBA/ICLA members


Thursday, February 8, from 12 to 1 p.m.

Courtroom 2D – Edward J. Schwartz Courthouse

During the Courtroom Conversation, attendees will have the opportunity to network and connect with Judge Pettit and colleagues during the first 20 minutes of the program. During the remaining 40 minutes, Judge Pettit will discuss practice pointers for civil and criminal practitioners. Qualifies for 0.5 hours of General MCLE.


Community Updates:


San Diego FBA is assisting the District Court conduct a performance review of Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Butcher by soliciting feedback on the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of Judge Butcher's work and that of his staff.


Answer: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo


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

We want to hear from you. Contact us.


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