September Chapter Update

As an all-volunteer organization, the San Diego Chapter's success depends on its Board of Directors and the many members who donate their time. There will be four positions available on the Board of Directors, and we encourage interested candidates to apply. The Chapter is looking for dedicated individuals who can help the organization achieve its mission. Candidates must submit a Statement of Interest by September 27.

The FBA's commitment to justice includes supporting positions that promote the functioning of our federal judicial system. With seven out of thirteen judicial seats empty within the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, there is a pressing need to fill these vacancies to ensure prompt adjudications and justice. The San Diego Chapter recently urged Senators Diane Feinstein and Alex Padilla to help fill these vacancies and consider proposed legislation that adds needed judgeships to the Southern District.

This month, we hope you will join us for a virtual brown bag and read about one of our many terrific members.


Member Spotlight

Susan Swan:

Soaring to Success


At Swan Employment Law, Susan Swan and her two associates represent clients in sexual harassment, discrimination, and whistleblower cases. FBA member Hannah Brown shares how Ms. Swan developed her career from an intern to a successful business owner through hard work, a good reputation, and involvement in the legal community.

We hope to see you at these

FBA, San Diego Chapter events:


Virtual Brown Bag Brown Bag with U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino

September 29, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

MCLE: 1.0 hour of General MCLE Credit


Save the date for this in-person event:


Annual State of the District and Bartick Award Presentation

October 28, 2021

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

Jury Assembly Room

Presented by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and the San Diego Chapter, this ceremony will include reports from the Southern District's leadership and the presentation of the Hon. David H. Bartick Award for Civility and Professionalism. The program will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Additional details to follow regarding reception. Attendance may be limited.


Community Updates:


SOLACE Outreach for California Wildfires

The FBA expresses its heartfelt condolences and sympathy to all those who have suffered due to the Caldor, Dixie, and other California wildfires. Through its SOLACE program, the FBA offers help to FBA members, their families, and legal support personnel.

Applications for CJA Appellate Panel

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Appellate Panel. Applications must be submitted by October 5, 2021.

FBA, National Updates:

President's Message on the Rule of Law & Afghanistan

The FBA joins the National Association of Women Judges, the International Association of Women Judges, and other legal organizations in expressing grave concern for the basic human rights of women and girls in Afghanistan.

August Government Relations Update

The FBA shares updates on judicial vacancies and nominations, proposals for additional judgeships, and judicial security legislation.

President's Message: The Constitution Liberates Us

FBA President W. West Allen shares that the Constitution liberates us through the rule of law and enables enduring freedom for all.

Gratitude and Best Wishes to Bruce Moyer, FBA Government Relations Counsel

The FBA sends best wishes to its retiring Government Relations Counsel, Bruce Moyer, and announces the engagement of Arent Fox to support the FBA's mission and policy priorities.