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March Chapter Update

Member Spotlight:

Sanjay Bhandari's impressive career exemplifies the variety of practice within the Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter. He's prosecuted securities fraud, defended both indigent and white-collar individuals, and spearheaded complex civil litigation. Hannah Brown writes that Mr. Bhandari's story shows attorneys can find both happiness and lasting success without following a "master plan" for their careers.

We hope to see you at these virtual

FBA, San Diego Chapter events:

March 11, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

During the Virtual Brown Bag, Judge Battaglia will discuss practice pointers for civil and criminal cases, his path to the federal bench, and his chambers rules and procedures.

Cost: Free MCLE: 1.0 hour of General MCLE Credit

March 17, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Part two of the series will cover advocating at sentencing, including drafting the sentencing brief, effectively grouping charges, and learning judges' preferences.


Hon. John A. Houston

U.S. District Judge

Southern District of California

Leila W. Morgan

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.

Marietta Geckos

U.S. Attorney's Office

Adrienne Scott

U.S. Probation Office


Hector Tamayo

FBA Vice President of Fundraising

Cost: Free MCLE: 1.0 hour of General MCLE Credit

We hope to see you at this FBA National event featuring a

San Diego Chapter member:

March 30, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

San Diego Chapter member Kevin A. Gregg will discuss basic concepts and new developments related to determining the immigration consequences of criminal convictions with Sabrina Balgamwalla. The discussion will include overviews of the categorical and modified categorical approaches, the realistic probability test, and analysis of recent case law.

Get Involved!

Call for Member Contributions:

FBA members are invited to nominate issues for inclusion in the FBA Government Relations Issues Agenda. This update also covers concerns about security vulnerabilities in the judiciary's Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system, judicial vacancies, and the White House's anticipated commission on the federal courts.

The FBA's national magazine, The Federal Lawyer, is accepting articles for publication. This year's topics include labor and employment, diversity and inclusion, and constitutional law. Interested authors can review the magazine's writer's guidelines.

We hope you will continue to encourage participation in these civics contests:

High school students from San Diego and Imperial Counties are invited to submit an essay and/or video on the topic of "What Does our American Community Ask of Us?" Cash prizes will be awarded at both the Circuit and District Court levels for the top essays and videos. The updated deadline for entries is April 1, 2021.

Middle and high school students throughout the country are invited to submit an essay on the topic of "What does it mean to support and defend the Constitution?” Prizes are available for each school category. The deadline for entries is March 31, 2021.

We hope to see you at this co-sponsored event:

March 11, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.

The Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society's special presentation will center on two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker Terry Sanders's film "9TH CIRCUIT COWBOY, The Long, Good Fight of Harry Pregerson." The presentation will feature filmmaker Sanders in conversation with Judge Harry Pregerson’s children, Judge Dean Pregerson (C.D. Cal.) and Katie Rodan.

Cost: $25 (includes film access) MCLE: 1.0 hour of General MCLE Credit


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