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March Update

San Diego FBA March Update

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Trivia: What historic water impoundment structure, built around 1813 to impound the San Diego River, was the first major colonial-era irrigation project on the Pacific coast?


Member Spotlight: Eric Beste

Eric Beste is the partner-in-charge of Barnes & Thornburg’s San Diego office. Read about Eric's dedicated service to the legal community and to San Diego in this month's featured article.


Upcoming San Diego FBA Events


Tuesday, April 30 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Carter–Keep Courthouse - Jury Assembly Room

The San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association invites you to join U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sabrina Feve, and Assistant Federal Defender Leila Morgan during a discussion about Federal Rule of Evidence 902(11)/(13)/(14), which governs evidence that is “self-authenticating," or items of evidence that do not require any extrinsic evidence of authenticity in order to be admitted into evidence at trial.  


The panel will discuss the challenges of and interplay between digital evidence that contain layers of hearsay, where some of the content may not be "self-authenticating," even if the original record is. RSVP here

Cost:         Free

MCLE:      1.0 hours of General CLE Credit


Wednesday, March 27 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Judge Bencivengo's Chambers, Carter–Keep Courthouse

FBA members at a Chambers Conversation event with Judge Bencivengo held in her chambers in 2022.
FBA members at a Chambers Conversation event with Judge Bencivengo held in her chambers in 2022.

Judge Bencivengo is inviting ten attorneys who have been in practice for less than seven years to her chambers. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet Judge Bencivengo and learn about the litigating in the United States District Court, Southern District of California. Coffee and cookies will be provided by the San Diego FBA.


The event is limited to ten Federal Bar Association members who RSVP.



Wednesday, April 24 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Virtual - via Zoom

San Diego FBA partners with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, the Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of California, and the Sacramento FBA Chapter to present a fireside chat with Ninth Circuit Judge Lucy Koh. Space is limited.


Save the Date!

FBA Judicial Reception & Award Ceremony

Wednesday, May 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.


San Diego FBA is proud to honor the members of the Southern District of California judiciary at our 2024 Judicial Reception & Award Ceremony. In addition to honoring our judges for their meaningful work, we will present our annual Chapter awards. Stay tuned for more information.


Recognize the exceptional attorneys in your life by nominating Chapter members for our annual Chapter Awards by April 26. Our three awards are (1) the Outstanding Advocate Award; (2) the Distinguished Service Award; and (3) the Rising Attorney Award. You can find more information about our awards, nomination requirements, and submission guidelines here.


Did You Know? From the early 1930s to the late 1970s, San Diego was the tuna capital of the world.


Community & National Updates:


The Lawyer Representatives for the Southern District of California are conducting a Survey of Practitioners. This is an opportunity for you to provide the Court with your feedback and to help it improve the administration of justice in the Southern District.


The results of the Survey will be presented to the Judges in April 2024. Take the survey by March 26 here.


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 10. Read more about the Competition here.


In celebration of the Black History month and Women’s History month, please join the Federal Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee for a webinar honoring the legacy of trailblazing judge Hon. Constance Baker Motley at a free webinar on March 27 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join us as two of Judge Motley’s former law clerks share their personal insights and experiences working with Judge Motley. Register online here.


This webinar on April 3 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. will provide an update on the current status of qualified immunity, primarily by examining published cases from the United States Court of Appeals addressing the issue from January 2023 through February 2024. Register online here.


This presentation is geared to practitioners counseling clients regarding potential legal impacts of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) on their operations.  In particular, how does the meteoric rise of AI affect the way that businesses, non-profits, and government organizations use and protect data? Join the expert panel remotely on April 9 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register online here.


This webinar will focus on how the adjudicator’s implicit bias affects their decisions about credibility and their exercise of discretion. Join the expert panel remotely on April 11 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register online here.


Answer: The Old Mission Dam


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