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July Chapter Update

Updated: May 16, 2022

At midyear, our Chapter is back to holding many of its marquee events in person. Thank you to those who joined us last month in person for Introduction to Federal Court. Attendees learned about federal jurisdiction and venue, criminal and civil practice, and community involvement from distinguished speakers.

We hope you will attend our Chapter's signature event on July 22, 2021: the Annual Conference & Award Ceremony. The in-person event features keynote speaker Professor Bertrall Ross, a member of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court, Chief Judge Dana M. Sabraw, Magistrate Judge Linda Lopez, and other distinguished speakers. More details are found below.

In an update on Southern District operations, this month also marks a milestone for the Court's trial reopening plan. District Judges are now able to select juries in their own courtrooms, and there are no limitations on the number of juries that may be selected in any one week. A limitation on criminal trials persists, however, along with continued use of telephone and video conferencing for pretrial proceedings in some circumstances.

Judicial Profile

In an engaging profile, Judge Lopez's Career Law Clerk traces her career from a twelve-year-old in Miami, Florida, to a U.S. Magistrate Judge. Ami shares that Judge Lopez brings to the bench the perspective she gained from serving as not only a Federal Defender, but also a legal secretary, paralegal, and private practitioner. And while striving to be the voice for people who needed it, Judge Lopez spent countless hours working with members of her community.

We hope to see you at these

FBA, San Diego Chapter events:

July 15, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

We are pleased to welcome the esteemed educator, litigator, and legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, who will deliver an analysis of the 2020-21 United States Supreme Court term. Dean Chemerinsky is the Dean of Berkeley Law, where he serves as the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law.

Cost: Free for FBA members & $10 for Non-FBA Members

Zoom Webinar MCLE: 1.0 hour of General MCLE Credit

July 22, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Followed by Hosted Reception & Chapter Awards

Westin San Diego Gaslamp

In-Person Event

Join us in person for the 2021 Annual Conference & Award Ceremony featuring keynote speaker Professor Bertrall Ross, Member of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court, Chief Judge Dana M. Sabraw, Magistrate Judge Lopez, and other distinguished speakers.

This conference will focus on giving practitioners a "Toolkit" of strategies to work toward greater diversity, equality, and inclusion in the legal community. The San Diego Chapter will also present Chapter Awards.

MCLE: 3.0 hours (General and Elimination of Bias)

Cost: FBA Members - $35

Newer Attorneys (3 years) & Law Students - $25

General Admission - $75

Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors:

Community Updates:

The Southern District is seeking applications for its Pro Bono Panel. Melissa Bobrow, Peter Stockburger, and Abbas Kazerounian share insights gained from their experience on the Panel. The opportunity "is such a valuable pro bono experience compared to so many others because attorneys can get real trial experience in federal court while giving back to their community." Aside from the "invaluable" experience, "Judges are very grateful, and they pay attention when you do these cases."

Recently, public officials and litigants have made derogatory comments about the personal character of a member of the judiciary. Consistent with its mission, the Chapter denounces any personal attacks on the judiciary and calls for a renewed commitment to civility in the practice of law.

FBA, National Updates:

FBA President W. West Allen writes that "it is the responsibility of every citizen of our nation—but especially its judges and lawyers as guardians of the Constitution—to honor, uphold, and defend the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights." Further, "never are these rights more important, subject to greater danger, and in more need of defense than in times of national crisis."

The FBA shares updates on judicial vacancies and nominations, the Presidential Commission on Supreme Court Reform, additional federal judgeships, and potential overhauls of recordkeeping in federal courts.


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