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May Update

Updated: May 9

San Diego FBA May Update

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Trivia: Which fast-food mega-chain started out as a drive-thru hamburger stand on El Cajon Boulevard?


From the Bench: A Conversation with Presiding Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford

The Hon. Karen S. Crawford became the presiding magistrate judge for the United States District Court of the Southern District of California on April 1, 2024. In an interview with San Diego FBA, Judge Crawford speaks about her career, the role of magistrate judges in the federal judiciary, her new position as presiding magistrate judge, and practice pointers for attorneys. Read the interview here.


Upcoming San Diego FBA Events


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

Piazza Terrace at the Carte Hotel, 401 W Ash Street in San Diego


San Diego FBA will celebrate our Chapter's relationship with the federal judges and present our annual Chapter awards, including our new Judicial Service Award. Enjoy heavy appetizers and drinks at the Piazza Terrace on the roof of the Carte Hotel.



FBA Members: $25

Non-FBA Members: $40

Judicial Officers: Free


Tuesday, May 28 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Schwartz Courthouse - Courtroom 2B

Our popular Courtroom Conversation series is back with Presiding U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford. Judge Crawford and her courtroom staff will discuss practice pointers for navigating criminal matters in her courtroom and the various aspects of the civil settlement conference process. Judge Crawford will also answer questions from practitioners. RSVP here.


Cost:         Free

MCLE:      0.5 hours of General CLE Credit


Thursday, June 20 from 4:15 to 6:30 p.m.

Jones Day — 4655 Executive Drive, Suite 1500, San Diego


Join us for an educational panel on "Planning Your Trade Secret Case: Key Considerations in IP Litigation, Employment Disputes, and Beyond" hosted at Jones Day in the UTC area. This panel event will touch on the various contexts in which trade secret issues may arise, how to identify them, and best practices for litigating trade secret claims in federal court. The panel will feature United States District Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo, retired United States District Judge and Judicate West neutral Larry A. Burns, Qualcomm Senior Patent Counsel Byron Yafuso, and Jones Day partner Randy Kay, and will be followed by a networking happy hour with light appetizers and beverages. Register here.


Cost:         Free

MCLE:      1 hour of General CLE Credit


Tuesday, July 9 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Carter–Keep Courthouse - Courtroom 13B

Attendees will have the opportunity to network and connect with Judge Chu and colleagues during the first 20 minutes of the program. During the remaining 40 minutes, Judge Chu will discuss his legal career, appointment to the bench, and practice pointers for civil and criminal practitioners. RSVP here.

Cost:         Free

MCLE:      0.5 hours of General CLE Credit


Monday, September 30 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Lomas Santa Fe Country Club

1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach, CA


Registration is open for the Foundation's annual fundraiser benefiting Just the Beginning, a pipeline organization benefiting local law students; National Conflict Resolution Center's Thrive Program, which helps post-criminal diversion program juveniles thrive; the Peter J. Mazza Endowment; and Federal Public Interest Law Bar Study Stipends. Join us for golf, pickleball, and/or dinner. Sponsorships are also available. Please email for more information.


Did You Know? The Spirit of St. Louis, flown by Charles Lindbergh in the world’s first nonstop solo transatlantic flight in 1927, was built in San Diego by Ryan Airlines.


Community & National Updates:


The Qui Tam Section presents this free webinar on June 5 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. featuring the Affirmative Civil Enforcement Coordinators from each of the four California U.S. Attorney’s Offices. Moderated by former San Diego FBA President Dylan Aste, the panel will discuss the uniqueness of each district; the triage, work up, and litigation procedures for affirmative civil cases; and the general practice viewpoints on litigating qui tam cases.


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.


The Qui Tam Section presents this free webinar on May 15 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The panelists will discuss topics such as mortgage fraud basics; HUD programs; investigation tasks; causes of action; the types of cases that have arisen over the last several years and how they have been resolved; how damages may be calculated; and litigation strategies such as discovery, motion practice, and the use of expert witnesses.


On May 15 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., experienced practitioners will discuss how they assess and address challenges arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). After a quick ADA refresher, highlighting the areas that typically result in litigation, challenge and supplement your understanding of the ADA with various topical hypotheticals posed by a panel of presenters representing both employers and employees. The panel will discuss how they have been confronted with and addressed topics such as inadequate attempts to enter into the interactive process, service animals vs. animal allergies, leaves of absence as reasonable accommodations, remote work, pregnancy as a disability, medical exams and more!


Join Senator Doug Jones, one of the authors of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), and a group of experts on May 16 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. as we learn about the Act and recent litigation challenging it. The CTA came into effect in January 2024 and imposes broad disclosure requirements on all types of corporate entities, including LLCs and LLPs.


Noncitizens in the United States disproportionately suffer labor-based abuses at their employers. In a fairly newly announced joint program between the Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security, individuals who have been victims of labor-based abuses, even if they are entirely undocumented, have a pathway to deferred action and lawful work authorization as they come forward and report these abuses. On May 21 from 9 to 10 a.m., join us in a discussion on what this program is, how clients can take advantage of it, and tips on filing these applications.


Three federal practitioners join us to discuss the ethical challenges litigators face when handling joint representation matters on May 21 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Specifically, these expert panelists will address issues facing attorneys who jointly represent more than one party, as well as issues facing their opponents concerning multiple representation of parties (and even those parties’ witnesses). Attendees can expect to learn about conflicts of interest, confidentiality and privilege between clients, negotiations, and limited representation of witnesses.


This program on May 22 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. will discuss both the federal statute and the ethics rule restricting post-employment work by former federal employees. It will address the differences between the statute and the ethics rule and as well as the common features of both. The program will address how a former federal employee can navigate the similar but not identical restrictions under the federal statute and the ethics rule. With respect to the latter, the program will focus on the D.C. version but mention the differences between it and the ABA Model Rule.


Answer: Jack in the Box was founded in 1951 by Robert O. Peterson in San Diego.


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