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June Update

San Diego FBA June Update

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Trivia: Who was the first person to officially cross the San-Diego Coronado Bridge when it was completed in 1969?


Chapter Awards:

Patricia Hollenbeck

Shireen Matthews received the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her many years of service to the San Diego legal community. She served as President of the San Diego FBA from 2010 to 2011, a Board of Directors Member from 2006 to 2012, and an Advisory Board Member from 2012 to 2015. Ms. Matthews also spearheaded the creation of multiple programs aimed at improving legal practice in San Diego, including the annual Introduction to Federal Court seminar and the Supreme Court Case Review featuring Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

For the past twelve years, Ryan W. Stitt has served as a Trial Attorney with Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. As part of his focus on systemic litigation, Mr. Stitt played a role in two significant decisions involving civil immigration arrests at the Southern District's courthouses and expanding eligibility for the statutory "safety valve" that allows a court to sentence a defendant below the mandatory minimum for certain drug offenses. Mr. Stitt's exceptional advocacy secured him this year's Outstanding Advocate Award.

Rising Attorney Award winner Tarina Mand is a fourth-year attorney at Dixon Diab & Chambers, where her practice focuses on class actions, mass tort cases, and employment matters. She is also a leader in the legal community who devotes her time to a variety of organizations, including the National FBA, Lawyers Club, and the South Asian Bar Association of San Diego. Not least of all, she volunteers her time to advocate for refugees and asylees.


Upcoming San Diego FBA Events:

June 15, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

During the Courtroom Conversation, Judge Major will discuss her path to the federal bench, her experience as a magistrate judge, consenting to magistrate judge jurisdiction, and practice pointers for civil and criminal cases.

Cost: Free Location: Zoom (venue change)

MCLE: 1.0 hour of General Credit

June 29, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Part Two of the Civil Skills Series will discuss various aspects of litigating with electronic information in federal cases, including preservation, production, and review and analysis.


Timothy G. Blood - Blood Hurst & O'Reardon LLP

Ruth Hauswirth - Cooley LLP

Lea Malani Bays -Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

Moderator: Hon. Mitchell D. Dembin, U.S. Magistrate Judge

Cost: Free

Location: Jury Assembly Room | Carter-Keep U.S. Courthouse

MCLE: 1.0 Hour of General MCLE Credit

July 11, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Zoom Webinar

We are pleased to welcome the esteemed educator, litigator, and legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, who will deliver an analysis of the 2021-22 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-Members

Location: Zoom

MCLE: 1.0 Hour of General MCLE Credit

July 14, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

During the Courtroom Conversation, attendees will have the opportunity to network and connect with Judge Ohta and colleagues during the first 30 minutes of the program. During the remaining 30 minutes of the program, Judge Ohta will discuss her path to the federal bench, her experience as a district judge, and practice pointers for civil and criminal practitioners.

Cost: Free Location: Schwartz Courthouse Courtroom 4C (subject to change)

MCLE: 0.5 hours of General Credit

Charity Golf Tournament:

Save the date for the San Diego Federal Bar Foundation's Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner Celebration on September 19, 2022. An email will be sent soon informing that registration is open, with FBA Members receiving priority.


Did You Know? The Southern District's Imperial County was the last county formed in California in 1907.


DE&I Committee Announcements

June 18, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Come join us as we co-sponsor the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation's Juneteenth Happy Hour to celebrate freedom, access, and progress and to help commemorate recognition of Juneteenth as a National Holiday. Please RSVP, as space is limited.

Cost: Free

Location: Chula Vista Brewery - Eastlake, 871 Showroom Pl #102, Chula Vista, CA 91914

The FBA's new Speakers Bureau is a database in which those who are interested in serving as speakers and authors on a wide range of issues can identify themselves. This database allows the FBA and other organizations to host panels with more diverse and inclusive perspectives.


National FBA Updates:

FBA National shares updates on legislation involving Article I Immigration Courts, judiciary financial disclosures, and judicial nominations.

Voting is now open for candidates for national office, including the President-Elect, and members should vote using the Notice of Election received by email.


Answer: Then-California Governor Ronald Reagan.

Do you have an idea for an event or another suggestion? We want to hear from you. Contact us.


Our Annual Sponsor:

Judicate West


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