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June Update

San Diego FBA June Update

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Trivia: Name one of the two San Diego neighborhoods named for the Congressman who, in 1871, lobbied the federal government to build a transcontinental railroad ending in San Diego.


Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Balfour

Elizabeth Balfour is a litigator and partner at Sheppard Mullin’s Del Mar office. Elizabeth is a staunch supporter of the local San Diego community, the federal bar, and young women leaders. Learn more about Elizabeth’s 24-year career at Sheppard Mullin that has been marked by service to her clients and her community in this month's member spotlight.


2024 Award Winners & Judicial Reception

On May 15, 2024, the San Diego FBA held the Inaugural Judicial Reception & Awards Ceremony atop the Carté Hotel. More than 100 attendees enjoyed sunset views, fine food and beverage, engaging conversations with colleagues, and celebrating the incredible contributions of the awardees.

The Honorable Gonzalo P. Curiel received the Judicial Service Award, Janet Cabral received the Outstanding Advocate Award, Zandra Luz Lopez received the Distinguished Service Award, and Katie Hurrelbrink received the Rising Attorney Award. Read more about the esteemed honorees here.


Upcoming San Diego FBA Events


Thursday, June 20 from 4:15 to 6:30 p.m.

Jones Day — 4655 Executive Drive, Suite 1500, San Diego


This free event will touch on the various contexts in which trade secret issues arise, how to identify them, and best practices for litigating trade secret claims in federal court.


The panel will feature United States District Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo, Jones Day partner Randy Kay, Qualcomm Senior Patent Counsel Byron Yafuso, and retired United States District Judge and Judicate West neutral Larry A. Burns.


The 1-hour panel will be followed by a networking happy hour with light appetizers and beverages.


Cost:         Free

MCLE:      1 hour of General CLE Credit


Tuesday, July 9 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Carter–Keep Courthouse - Courtroom 13B

Attendees will have the opportunity to network and connect with Judge Chu and colleagues during the first 20 minutes of the program. During the remaining 40 minutes, Judge Chu will discuss his legal career, appointment to the bench, and practice pointers for civil and criminal practitioners. RSVP here.

Cost:         Free

MCLE:      0.5 hours of General CLE Credit


Monday, July 22 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Zoom Webinar


Esteemed educator, litigator, and legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky will deliver an analysis of the 2023-24 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

MCLE:    1 hour of General CLE Credit



Wednesday, July 31 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Hybrid | 402 West Broadway Suite 1600 & Via Zoom


Panelists Jennifer Feldman of DLA Piper, Sidra Zaheer of Klinedinst, and Lea Bays of Robbins Geller Rudman and Dowd will discuss making partner through an unconventional career path. In person attendees at Wilson Turner Kosmo will enjoy lunch sponsored by HireCounsel, and those who wish to attend the seminar from their desks can enjoy the panel virtually. 

Cost: Free


Monday, September 30 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Lomas Santa Fe Country Club

1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach, CA


Registration is open for the Foundation's annual fundraiser benefiting Just the Beginning, a pipeline organization benefiting local law students; National Conflict Resolution Center's Thrive Program, which helps post-criminal diversion program juveniles thrive; the Peter J. Mazza Endowment; and Federal Public Interest Law Bar Study Stipends. Join us for golf, pickleball, and/or dinner. Sponsorships are also available. Please email for more information.


Rewind: Event Highlights

Courtroom Conversation with Presiding Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford

The San Diego FBA extends its gratitude to Presiding Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford for sharing her decades of wisdom and experience as a jurist and practitioner in the most recent edition of the Courtroom Conversation series. Amongst the most important professional insights Judge Crawford and her staff shared was the instruction to “Be on time and be prepared." Read the full event recap here.


Did You Know? The U.S. Navy is San Diego’s largest employer.


Community & National Updates:


Seeking relief from a federal appellate court can be a daunting responsibility for any litigator. This webinar on June 26 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. will help demystify the process by covering the essentials of civil appeals and potential pitfalls along the way. During this roundtable discussion, panelists will provide insights on substantive and procedural considerations throughout the appellate process, as well as practical tips for practitioners.


This webinar on July 10 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. aims to dissect and contrast the ethical guidelines and considerations inherent in arbitration and mediation. Expert panelists will delve into the unique ethical obligations of neutrals, advocates, and parties in both contexts, highlighting the differences and commonalities in their roles and responsibilities. The discussion will clarify the ethical frameworks guiding each ADR process and explore how professionals can navigate these ethical landscapes effectively. Designed for legal professionals engaged in or interested in ADR, this webinar promises a comprehensive exploration of ethics in arbitration and mediation, enriched by real-world insights.


Answer: Barrio Logan or Logan Heights, named after Illinois Congressman John A. Logan


Our Annual Sponsor:

Judicate West


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