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July Update

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

San Diego FBA July Update

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Trivia: What year was San Diego's first official Pride Parade held?


Judicial Update:

On June 30, 2023, the U.S. District Court judges appointed Steve B. Chu as a full-time U.S. Magistrate Judge. He is the first Asian American to serve as a magistrate judge in the Southern District. Read more about Judge Chu here.


Upcoming San Diego FBA Events


Tuesday, July 25, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Hybrid: United States Courthouse (El Centro) / Zoom Webinar

This hybrid Courtroom Conversation convenes in-person in El Centro, but attendees are also welcome to attend via Zoom. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and connect with Judge Rodriguez and colleagues, followed by a presentation on Judge Rodriguez's preferences and tips.

Cost: Free

Location: 2003 W. Adams Ave., El Centro, CA 92243 / or Zoom Webinar

MCLE: 0.5 hour of General CLE Credit


Monday, July 31, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Zoom Webinar

Esteemed educator, litigator, and legal scholar Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will deliver an analysis of the 2022-23 United States Supreme Court term.

Cost: Free for FBA members; $10 for non-members (join today!)

MCLE: 1.0 hour of General CLE credit


Wednesday, August 30, 2023, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Judicate West, 402 West Broadway, Ste. 2400, San Diego, CA 92101

We are excited to mingle with you at the Chapter's summer mixer. Thank you to our Annual Sponsor, Judicate West, for hosting this event. RSVP Today!


Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Westin Gaslamp Quarter, 910 Broadway Cir., San Diego, CA 92101

Please join us for the Nineteenth Annual Judith N. Keep Federal Practice Seminar, dedicated to the memory of former U.S. District Judge Judith N. Keep. This year’s seminar will feature a special video tribute featuring Hon. Ruben B. Brooks (Ret.), and panel presentations by several Southern District of California District Judges and Magistrate Judges.

The panels will focus on various aspects of pretrial and trial practice, including effective use of evidence, success with the Magistrate Judges, lesser-known strategies in federal court, and meeting the new District Judges.

Cost: Free, but space is limited: RSVP today!

CLE: 4.0 hours of General CLE credits


Monday, September 25, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lomas Santa Fe Country Club

Registration is open for the Foundation's annual fundraiser benefiting the Open Doors to the Court Program; Foster Youth Golf Program; Crawford High School Academy of Law Foundation; Generate Hope; The Peter J. Mazza Outstanding Federal Attorney Award; and Federal Public Interest Law Scholarships. Email for more information on becoming a sponsor.


Save the Date!

Annual State of the Southern District Luncheon

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Westin Gaslamp


Co-Sponsored Event:

Oral Arguments on Monday, October 19, 2023

Carter Keep United States Courthouse

Registration is open until July 31 to compete in the Mock Markman Competition for attorneys with six or less years of in practice. Participants will be assigned into teams of two to brief and argue the construction of four claim terms before judges of the United States District Court.


Did You Know? San Diego County has six American Inns of Court.


Community and National FBA Updates:


San Diego FBA Board Member Jenn French and attorney Christian Andreu-von Euw of the California Lawyers Association Federal Courts Committee recently interviewed Judge Andrew G. Schopler. In this interview, Judge Schopler describes what led him to consider becoming a judge, his experience deploying on active duty in Afghanistan while serving as a U.S. Magistrate Judge, and his views on what makes a successful advocate.


The FBA will make appointments to its many committees for service beginning in fall of 2023. The FBA committees are charged with fulfilling our mission and providing benefits to our members and the public they serve. Apply by August 1, 2023.


Answer: 1975. This year's Parade took place on Saturday, July 15th.


Ideas for an event or another suggestion? Contact us.

Our Annual Sponsor:

Judicate West


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