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March Update

Updated: Apr 14, 2023

San Diego FBA March Update

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Trivia: Which Southern District airfield is the winter home of the

U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, The Blue Angels?


Judicial Update:

On March 7, 2023, the U.S. Senate confirmed U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew G. Schopler as a U.S. district judge for the Southern District of California. Judge Schopler fills the seat formerly held by Judge Larry Alan Burns, who took senior status in January 2021. Read more about Judge Schopler here.


Upcoming San Diego FBA Events


Thursday, March 9 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Buchalter Law Firm

We cordially invite all FBA members to our first membership-wide mixer of 2023 hosted at the Buchalter Law Firm's downtown San Diego office. We are excited to connect with you!

Not yet a member? Now is the perfect time to join or renew your membership.

Cost: Free, but please RSVP

Location: 655 W Broadway, Suite 1600, San Diego, CA 92101



Tuesday-Thursday, March 14-16, 2023

Locations vary

Join the San Diego FBA on March 14-16, 2023 as we co-sponsor the 5th Annual Class Action Law Forum held in collaboration with University of San Diego School of Law and Western Alliance Bank. Peruse the agenda here.

San Diego FBA members are eligible for a 50% discount on registration fees. Please contact us for the code.



Thursday, April 6 from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

Carter-Keep Courthouse - Jury Lounge

Are you a law student or a newer attorney? Please join us on April 6th for an introduction to the internship and employment opportunities in the federal system. Major stakeholders in the public sector of federal litigation in San Diego will discuss how to best position yourself to practice law in federal court through the public sector and the importance of diversity in the federal bar. Register here.

Cost: Free

Location: 333 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101


Thursday, April 20 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Carter-Keep Courthouse - Courtroom 14A

Our popular Courtroom Conversation series is back with U.S. Magistrate Judge David D. Leshner. As always, attendees will have the opportunity to network and connect with Judge Leshner and colleagues during the first 20 minutes of the program. During the remaining 40 minutes, Judge Leshner will discuss his path to the federal bench and practice pointers for civil and criminal practitioners. RSVP today.

Cost: Free

MCLE: 0.5 hours of General CLE Credit


Save the Date!

2023 Annual Conference & Award Ceremony

Wednesday, June 7, from 1:00 to 6:30pm

University of San Diego Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

Kindly save the date for our 2023 Annual Conference & Award Ceremony. This year's topic is The Power of Language, and the San Diego FBA will also present its annual Chapter awards. Stay tuned for more information!


Speaking of our Chapter Awards, we have extended the deadline to nominate Chapter members for our three awards: (1) the Outstanding Advocate Award; (2) the Distinguished Service Award; and (3) the Rising Attorney Award. Nominations are now due by April 5, 2023 via email to Read more about our Chapter awards, nomination requirements, and submission guidelines.

We can't wait to celebrate with you on June 7th, but we need your help. Please nominate a deserving chapter member (or two) today.


Did You Know? San Diego County is home to 18 reservations governed by federally recognized Native American tribal nations, which is more than any other county in the United States.


Community & National Updates:


The Ninth Circuit has extended the submission deadline for high school students in San Diego and Imperial Counties to submit an essay and/or video to address this year's prompt: The 28th Amendment - What Should Our Next Constitutional Amendment Be? Submissions are now due on March 20, 2023. For more information, including Contest Rules, visit the Southern District of California's Community Outreach page.


The Competition is named after Judge Baker Motley, the first African American woman appointed to the U.S. federal judiciary and the first woman judge in the Southern District of New York. She was a key leader of the African American civil rights movement, a lawyer, judge, state senator, and Borough President of Manhattan, New York City.

The Competition is open to all law students and young federal practitioners and professionals, and submissions are due by May 12, 2023. Read more about the Competition here.


San Diego FBA Chapter Member Daniel Silva wrote a review on Tracere Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency in the Winter 2023 edition of The Federal Lawyer. Read it here.


Answer: NAF El Centro, which historically kicks off the Blue Angels' season with their first air show in March.


Our Annual Sponsor:

Judicate West


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