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October Update

San Diego FBA October Update

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Trivia: Which six San Diego companies are members of the S&P 500 stock market index?


It was a standout year for the San Diego FBA at the 2022 Annual Meeting & Convention in Charleston, South Carolina. The National FBA awarded us with the Chapter of the Year Award! We also received a newsletter award for this monthly update series. Thank you to all our members for supporting the FBA and to our many committee members who volunteer their time to make our activities possible.

Two of our members also received national awards. Immediate Past-President Rebecca Church received the Robyn J. Spalter Outstanding Achievement Award. And Connie Wu, who was featured in our Member Spotlight Series, received the Younger Federal Lawyer Award. Congratulations to Rebecca and Connie on their awards.


On September 1, 2022, the Hon. Bernard G. Skomal became the Presiding Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Judge Skomal takes over the position from the Honorable William V. Gallo, who served as Presiding Magistrate Judge since September 2020. The San Diego FBA had the opportunity to ask Judge Skomal about what the Presiding Magistrate Judge position entails, being a magistrate judge, and his advice to attorneys who may appear in front of him.


The San Diego FBA presented awards to Chief Judge Dana M. Sabraw, Judge Larry A. Burns, Judge Anthony J. Battaglia, Magistrate Judge Barbara L. Major, Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo, and Clerk of Court John Morrill for their exemplary service to the federal legal community during the COVID-19 pandemic. In accepting this recognition, Judge Battaglia thanked the Court's staff and stated: "The effort to remain open and restore jury trials in the face of COVID-19 took all hands on deck to achieve. No single person or small group alone made it happen."


Upcoming San Diego FBA Events:

October 26, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Attendees will receive updates regarding the operation of the Court from Chief District Judge Dana M. Sabraw, Presiding Magistrate Judge Bernard G. Skomal, Bankruptcy Judge Margaret M. Mann, and Ninth Circuit Judge John B. Owens. Join us in celebrating this year's recipient of the David H. Bartick Award for Civility and Professionalism, Heather L. Rosing.

Cost: $40 for FBA Members; $60 for non-FBA Members Location: Westin Gaslamp Quarter

November 10, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Zoom Webinar

Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure is changing. The FBA is pleased to host U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia, who will provide a comprehensive review and discussion of the new Rule 16, slated to take effect on December 1, 2022.

Cost: Free

MCLE: 1.0 hour of General Credit


Did You Know? The San Diego Zoo is home to more than 700,000 individual plants and over 12,000 rare and endangered animals.


Community Updates:

On September 28, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California appointed Lupe Rodriguez Jr. as a full-time U.S. Magistrate Judge. Judge Rodriguez will be stationed in El Centro. The San Diego FBA welcomes Judge Rodriguez to the Southern District’s bench.

The Southern District announced it is considering the appointment of two full-time U.S. Magistrate Judges, contingent upon changes to the Court's bench. Applications are due December 1, 2022. The San Diego FBA has a free, recorded presentation on How to Apply to be a U.S. Magistrate Judge, where you can learn more about the application process and duties of the position.

The San Diego Superior Court is accepting applications for next year's class of mentees in its Judicial Mentor Program. The program pairs local attorneys with judges to demystify the judicial appointment process and answer questions about application and vetting procedures.


FBA National Updates:

With the new FBA Membership Cycle, it is time for all members to renew their membership for the October 1, 2022, to September 30, 2023 period. Please see the FBA's renewal FAQ here and consider continuing to support the San Diego FBA by renewing your membership.

In this October 17 webinar, an accomplished panel of federal judges and attorneys will offer advice on how to succeed—and thrive—in your clerkship, including about meeting your judge's expectations and weighing post-clerkship career decisions.


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Do you have an idea for an event or another suggestion? We want to hear from you. Contact us.


Our Annual Sponsor:

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