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November Chapter Update

Updated: Dec 6, 2021

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the San Diego Chapter's Board of Directors - Sanjay Bhandari, Kim Cruz, Jenn French, and Courtney Strange! The Chapter is also pleased to announce that Mary Cile Glover-Rogers will be the 2023 President following Dylan Aste's term as President in 2022. Our Chapter has been nationally recognized by the FBA with a 2021 Chapter Activity, Presidential Excellence Award. This award recognizes superior chapter activities in the areas of administration, membership outreach, and programming. The Chapter also received a Meritorious Newsletter Award, which recognizes the best newsletters published by local FBA chapters, for this monthly update series. Thank you to the Chapter's many committee members and volunteers who made these national awards possible. At the 2021 State of the District & Bartick Award Event, Chief Judge Sabraw, Magistrate Judge Skomal, Chief Bankruptcy Judge Mann, and Ninth Circuit Judge Owens provided informative updates on court operations. Alexandra "Sasha" Foster also accepted the Hon. David H. Bartick Award for Civility and Professionalism. You can read more about the event and watch it here.

Member Spotlight:

Connie Wu is an Assistant U.S. Attorney who serves as the Project Safe Neighborhoods Coordinator for the Southern District of California. Courtney Strange shares that Ms. Wu recognized the power of the law at a young age and continues to be inspired to use the law to serve her local and national community.

We hope to see you at these in-person

FBA, San Diego Chapter events:

November 18, 2021

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Jury Assembly Room

James M. Carter & Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse

Learn the nuts and bolts of patent litigation from the Hon. Cathy Ann Bencivengo, U.S. District Judge, and the Hon. Mitchell D. Dembin, U.S. Magistrate Judge.

Guests are welcome to arrive by 11:30 a.m. to enjoy a hosted lunch and mingle with colleagues. The program will follow from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Cost: Free for FBA Members & Judicial Law Clerks $10 for Non-Members

MCLE: 1.0 hour of General MCLE Credit

December 1, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.

Athens Market Taverna

Celebrate the season and the end of the year by welcoming new and returning Judicial Law Clerks for the Southern District of California.

Cost: $15 for FBA Members

$30 for Non-FBA Members

Free for Judiciary & Judicial Law Clerks

All attendees must be fully COVID vaccinated or secure a negative COVID test within 24 hours of the event. Doors will be kept open for air flow and outside patio area will be available.

Community Update:

In his latest round of judicial nominations, President Biden nominated U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Bermudez Montenegro to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

FBA, National Updates:

The Federal Lawyer, the bimonthly magazine of the FBA, seeks roughly 600-word submissions that tell the story of law “firsts” or “trailblazers” in your practice area by January 4, 2022.

The FBA shares updates on judicial nominations, amendments to the federal rules, and the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court.

FBA President Ahn Kremer shares why she has belonged to the FBA for 20 years and describes her path to the presidency.

November 17, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Judge Carlton Reeves (S.D. Miss.) and Assistant Utah Attorney General Kyle Kaiser will offer a practical guide to the doctrine of qualified immunity.


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