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October Chapter Update

Thank you to everyone who attended the 17th Annual Judith N. Keep Federal Civil Practice Seminar. With 110 participants, the seminar began with a video tribute to Judge Keep, followed by four speaker panels of distinguished federal judges. Thank you to the Chapter's members who made this event possible by serving on the Keep Planning Committee and moderating the panels.

Beyond participating in events like the Keep Seminar, the benefits of FBA membership include leadership opportunities and access to all of the national FBA's events and resources. For members who need to renew, the time is now. The FBA is also offering a 20% discount for new attorney members who join during October.

The San Diego Chapter will be electing new Board members this week! We have 8 exceptional candidates for 4 prized Board positions (see below). We will email election ballots later this afternoon to current FBA members, and voting closes this Friday, October 8, 2021. Please be aware that your unique ballot will come from Election Buddy (, so check your spam folder if you don’t receive a ballot.

Steven Anderson Hayley Grunvald

Sanjay Bhandari Melissa Holmes

Kim Cruz David Silldorf

Jenn French Courtney Strange

More FBA, San Diego Chapter News:

The FBA selected past Chapter President Joseph S. Leventhal as the recipient of the national Elaine R. “Boots” Fisher Award. The Chapter congratulates Joe and his award and thanks him for his exemplary and tireless service to the FBA, the community, and the public.

On September 22, 2021, as part of the FBA National Annual Meeting & Convention, more than 40 judges and lawyers facilitated the “Civil Discourse and the Constitution: Candid Conversations” program reaching more than 550 students in Miami-Dade County public high schools. Chapter President Rebecca Church and Jenn French participated on behalf of the Chapter.

We hope to see you at these

FBA, San Diego Chapter events:

October 28, 2021

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

Presented by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and the San Diego Chapter, this ceremony will include reports from Chief Judge Dana M. Sabraw, Magistrate Judge Bernard G. Skomal, Chief Bankruptcy Judge Margaret M. Mann, and Ninth Circuit Judge John B. Owens and the presentation of the 2021 Bartick Award to Alexandra "Sasha" F. Foster.

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Registration & Optional Luncheon Buffet

Garden Terrace

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Jury Assembly Room

Cost: $30 for Non-FBA Members and $10 for FBA Members

November 3, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Via Zoom

During the Virtual Brown Bag Luncheon, Judge Lee will discuss practice pointers for civil and criminal cases, his path to the federal bench, and his advice for practitioners.

Cost: Free

MCLE: 1.0 hour of General MCLE Credit

Community Updates:

In his latest round of judicial nominations, President Biden nominated U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Lopez and San Diego County Superior Court Judge Jinsook Ohta to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

The Ninth Circuit reports that Chief Judge Emeritus J. Clifford Wallace has had—and continues to have—an extraordinary 50-year judicial career. Beyond his judicial service, Judge Wallace has made many significant contributions to the administration of justice and has been a tireless champion of good legal training. FBA, National Updates:

October 15, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Presented by the FBA's Diversity & Inclusion Standing Committee and Federal Judicial Law Clerk Committee, this presentation will feature a panel of former judicial law clerks sharing how to apply for judicial clerkships. Racheal M. White Hawk, San Diego Chapter member, will be a panelist for this event.

The FBA submitted public comments to the Commission on the Supreme Court, encouraging the Commission to use the Constitution and its fundamental principles to "frame the consideration of any proposed changes to the work of the Supreme Court."


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