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May Update

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

San Diego FBA May Update

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Trivia: Which San Diego County school district is the subject of a First Amendment

case pending before the United States Supreme Court?


Judicial Profile:

Friends, you are in for a treat this month: our featured article is a Judicial Profile of Magistrate Judge Allison H. Goddard, who joined the Southern District bench in August 2019. We hope you enjoy this personal, insightful, and heartwarming piece written by San Diego FBA member and law clerk Hana M. Willard. Don't miss Judge Goddard's Words of Wisdom!


Upcoming San Diego FBA Events


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

University of San Diego Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

Join us on June 7th for the 2023 Annual Conference & Award Ceremony. This year's topic is Speaking to Influence: How to Advocate for Clients and Yourself, and the San Diego FBA will also present its annual Chapter awards.

The Conference will give lawyers of all stages of their career tools and insight to better advocate for their clients and themselves. Our external advocacy panel will explore how lawyers, as advocates, can persuade others, including clients, judges, and juries, through use of inclusive and thoughtful language. Our internal advocacy panel will examine how lawyers can listen to and use their inner voice to navigate their career path and personal wellness. Keynote speaker Corryn Kivett will address how to use powerful and persusive language in all facets of our profession. The San Diego FBA will also present its annual Chapter awards.

Cost: $25 for San Diego FBA members, $15 for law students / clerks, and $50 for general admission. Purchase your ticket today!

Not yet an FBA member? Now is the perfect time to join or renew with our discount code, FBASAVE20. The code expires on 31 May 2023.


Save the Date!

Monday, September 25, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lomas Santa Fe Country Club

Please save the date for the San Diego Federal Bar Foundation's second annual Charitable Tournament! Not a golfer? We've added a Pickleball Tournament to the agenda so even more people can participate. This year we are fundraising for Open Doors to the Court Program; Foster Youth Golf Program; Crawford High School Academy of Law Foundation; Generate Hope; The Peter J. Mazza Outstanding Federal Attorney Award; and Federal Public Interest Law Scholarships. Sponsorships are available: please email for more information.


Did You Know? May Gray is in full effect in San Diego County: the average temperature for May is 69 degrees, while the average May temperature in Imperial County is 94!


Community Update:


The Southern District is considering the appointment of one full-time United States Magistrate Judge, contingent upon a vacancy in the office which will be created upon Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo's retirement in October 2023.

The application form and further information on the Magistrate Judge position may be obtained from the Court’s website. The Magistrate Judge application must be e-mailed to John Morrill, Clerk of Court for the Southern District of California, at no later than June 16, 2023.

Need help with your application? Click here to view the San Diego FBA’s recorded webinar on “How to Apply to be a U.S. Magistrate Judge."


Answer: Poway Unified School District. The case is O'Connor-Ratcliff v. Garnier.


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