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May Update

Updated: May 13, 2022

San Diego FBA May Update

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Trivia: Of the 2,300 civil cases filed in the Southern District in 2021, about how many involved intellectual property?


Member Spotlight:

Patricia Hollenbeck

Desislava Kalcheva is the Career Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable William V. Gallo, the Southern District of California's Presiding U.S. Magistrate Judge. FBA Member Hannah Brown shares that Desi is not only a critical wheel in our local judicial system but also someone who dedicates her time to mentoring law students, promoting accessibility in education, and volunteering for the San Diego FBA.


Upcoming San Diego FBA Events:

June 1, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Hosted Reception to Follow

The Annual Conference will feature keynote speaker David Lat, lawyer turned writer and publisher of Original Jurisdiction, a newsletter on law and legal affairs. The Conference will give lawyers of all stages tools and insight to guide their career path. The San Diego FBA will also present its Chapter Awards. The panels include:

Forging Your Path

Speakers: Janice Brown, Principal, Meyers Nave; Dave Fox, Founder of Fox Law; and Kelly Douglas, President and CEO of Voices for Children. Moderator: Heather Linn Rosing, CEO and President, Klinedinst PC.

Exemplary Leadership

Speakers: Carol Lam, former U.S. Attorney and former Deputy General Counsel of Qualcomm; Reuben Camper Cahn, former Executive Director, Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.; and Johanna Schiavoni, Appellate Attorney and Past President, SDCBA and Lawyers Club of San Diego. Moderator: Ninth Circuit Judge John B. Owens.

Building Your Business

Speakers: Karen Hewitt, former U.S. Attorney and current Partner-in-Charge, California Region, Jones Day; Carolina Bravo-Karimi, Managing Partner, Wilson Turner Kosmo, LLP; and Anabella Bonfa, Attorney and Social Media Specialist. Moderator: Paul Fraidenburgh, Shareholder, Buchalter.

Keynote Address - Fireside Chat: David Lat

Moderator: Ninth Circuit Judge Patrick J. Bumatay


FBA Members - $25

Non-FBA Members - $50

Law Students & Law Clerks - $15

Location: USD Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

MCLE: 3.0 hours of General MCLE Credit

May 18, 2022, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

During this social hour, a small group of attorneys from across the San Diego legal spectrum will have the opportunity to mingle and share a beverage with Ninth Circuit Judge Patrick J. Bumatay and discuss a variety of professional and personal topics.

Cost: Free (FBA Members Only)

Location: Near Schwartz Courthouse

May 26, 2022, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Part One of the Civil Series will discuss various aspects of investigating and preserving a case. The panel aims to cover topics, including interviewing clients, the ethical duty to reasonably investigate, pre-filing negotiations, and data retention policies.


Deborah Dixon - Partner, Dixon Diab & Chambers LLP

Megan Donohue - Partner, Cooley LLP

Francis DiGiacco - Partner, Hillier DiGiacco LLP

Moderator: Jack Burns - Associate, Sheppard Mullin

Cost: Free

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

MCLE: 1.0 Hour of General MCLE 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. Join the Foundation for a round of golf supporting two great causes at one of San Diego's most beautiful golf courses, Lomas Santa Fe Country Club! Even if you do not golf, you can still join for a special dinner event celebrating the event beneficiaries, the Peter J. Mazza Outstanding Federal Lawyer Award and Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization.


Did You Know? San Diego reportedly has the third largest biotech hub in the United States, behind only Boston/Cambridge and San Francisco.


Community & National FBA Updates:

The National FBA presented the inaugural Peter J. Mazza Outstanding Federal Lawyer Award, with a moving speech by Peter's widow, Megan Mazza, to Mack Jenkins. Joseph S. Leventhal (above), Past President of the San Diego FBA, also received the Elaine R. “Boots” Fisher Award.

Capitol Hill Day

The San Diego FBA participated in the National FBA's Capitol Hill Day, which gives FBA members the exclusive opportunity to serve as representatives for the FBA in communication with Congress. Pictured above is the San Diego FBA's Government Relations Liaison, Alessandra Serano, with Congressman Juan Vargas, the U.S. Representative for California's 51st District.

FBA National shares updates on judicial funding, judicial security, and judicial nominations.

FBA National President Anh Kremer shares why the FBA is so important to federal practice and the U.S. Courts and encourages members to spread the word.

This May 24 webinar featuring Ovie Carroll, Director of the Department of Justice's Cybercrime Lab, will address how websites are tracking you and how to opt-out and practice better digital hygiene.

The FBA’s Criminal Law Section is offering two $1,500 scholarships for graduating 3Ls interested in pursuing a career in criminal law serving the public interest. Applications are due June 1.


Answer: About 173 cases or 7.5% of the District's new cases involved intellectual property, which is about twice the nationwide average.


Our Annual Sponsor:

Judicate West


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