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September Update

San Diego FBA September Update

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San Diego FBA Board Elections


And just like that, it's time for our annual election! The San Diego FBA’s Board of Directors has six positions opening up for a three-year term beginning on January 1, 2024. FBA members in good standing seeking to be a candidate must submit a Statement of Interest to by September 29, 2023. The election will take place via email in October.

Click here to read more about the process. Our volunteer leaders are essential for the continued success of our Chapter, and all interested candidates are encouraged to apply.


Upcoming San Diego FBA Events


Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Westin Gaslamp Quarter, 910 Broadway Cir., San Diego, CA 92101

The Nineteenth Annual Judith N. Keep Federal Practice Seminar, dedicated to the memory of former U.S. District Judge Judith N. Keep, is set for Wednesday, September 20th. This year’s seminar will feature a special video tribute featuring Hon. Ruben B. Brooks (Ret.), and panel presentations by several Southern District of California District Judges and Magistrate Judges.

This event is currently at capacity. Please RSVP today to secure a spot on the waiting list and we will notify you if spots open.

Cost: Free

CLE: 4.0 hours of General CLE credits


Monday, September 25, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lomas Santa Fe Country Club

Registration is open for the Foundation's annual fundraiser benefiting the Open Doors to the Court Program; Foster Youth Golf Program; Crawford High School Academy of Law Foundation; Generate Hope; The Peter J. Mazza Outstanding Federal Attorney Award; and Federal Public Interest Law Scholarships. Join us for golf, pickleball, and/or dinner. Please email for more information on sponsorship.


Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 12 to 1 p.m.

Zoom Presentation

Our chapter is proud to co-sponsor a panel presentation on the future of DEI efforts in education and the private sector after the U.S. Supreme Court's affirmative action decision in SFFA v. Harvard. Panelists include USD Constitutional Law Professor Laurence Claus, RAND Corp.’s Chief Diversity Officer Rekha Chiruvolu, and Founder of Motivation.In.Action / DEIB Daily Genevieve Jones-Wright.

Cost: free! Please RSVP today.

CLE: 1 Hour Elimination of Bias CLE


Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Westin Gaslamp

We hope to see you on October 17, 2023 as Chief Judge Sabraw and others discuss the State of our District. We will also recognize this year's Hon. David H. Bartick Award for Civility and Professional's recipient, San Diego FBA member and former Chapter President Edward Patrick (Pat) Swan, Jr. Congratulations, Pat!

Cost is $40 for FBA Members and $60 for non-FBA Members. Seating is limited, so please buy your tickets early.


Did You Know? California became the 31st state on September 9, 1850 (173 years ago).


Co-Sponsored Events


Judicial Mixer and Membership Drive

Thursday, October 5, 2023, 5:30 p.m.

United States Courthouse - El Centro

On October 5, 2023, our Chapter is pleased to co-host a Judicial Mixer and Membership Drive with the Imperial County Lawyers Association at the El Centro federal courthouse. Anyone interested in attending may RSVP to by September 21, 2023.

Cost: Free

Location: 2003 W. Adams Ave., El Centro, CA 92243


Oral Arguments on Monday, October 19, 2023

Carter Keep United States Courthouse

Calling all volunteers! The Southern District needs attorneys to read and give feedback on short opening and responsive briefs and serve as argument scorers this fall on October 19, 2023. Please contact if you are interested in helping.


Answer: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.


Ideas for an event or another suggestion? Contact us.

Our Annual Sponsor:

Judicate West


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