What is the Forum?

In 2015, the SDCBA introduced the New Lawyer Forum (Forum), designed to be a "soft landing spot" and community for new lawyers who would like to connect with other members in their initial stage of practice.  Through the Forum, new lawyers have the ability to engage by:

  • sharing resources and asking questions of one another through an e-community complete with a listserve and comprehensive file share system
  • enjoying special networking, community service and social events specifically for new lawyers

New Lawyer Forum Elections

Interested in running for a position on Forum’s Executive Committee?  Serving on The New Lawyer Forum’s Executive Committee is one of a variety of pathways the SDCBA offers to get members involved. 

As a Forum Executive Committee member, you will play an integral role in shaping the programs and activities the SDCBA provides to our members.  The vibrancy and success of our activities for new lawyers is due to the efforts of attorney members serving in this capacity. Self-nominations open September 24th and voting begins October 15thSubmit your nomination here. Questions? Contact Heather Breen,

Who Can Join?

All SDCBA attorney members in their first 2 years of practice will be automatically added to the New Lawyer Forum.  Any other SDCBA attorney members still in their first four full years of practice can join the Forum as well. Membership is free.  Simply call the Member Services Team at (619) 231-0781 ext. 3505 and someone will enter your information.

BarBucks Now Available!

The SDCBA has just launched a pilot program designed to encourage engagement among attorney members called BarBucks.  The program is simple, for the price of $50 we will credit your account with $150 that you can apply towards select educational program and social event registration fees throughout the year.  This program is being offered exclusively to Forum eligible members (attorneys in their first 5 years of practice).  For more information and to purchase your BarBucks click here.

Should I Still Join a Section or Committee?

While the Forum is specifically created for emerging/new lawyers, it is not the only way for new lawyers to get involved in the SDCBA. New lawyers are highly encouraged to get involved with the SDCBA through free membership in its various Sections (practice-area specific member groups) as well.  Learn more here.

What if I don't join the Forum?

The Forum is an opt-in community for new lawyers in their first four years of practice who would like to connect to their peers who are also just beginning to practice law.  Regardless of whether or not you choose to join the Forum, you will receive For the Record, the SDCBA's newsletter for new lawyers, and notices of upcoming events that may be of interest to new lawyers.  In addition, all lawyers in their first 4 years of practice are a part of the Forum listserve, giving you the ability to collaborate and can ask questions of your peers.

How to Stay Connected 

Members of the Forum can stay connected by:

In the news

Check this great cover story from The Daily Transcript / San Diego Source  on the Forum for Emerging Lawyers: