Awards Committee

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This committee presents the Board of Directors nominations for the Association's annual service awards and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors as to other awards to be presented from time to time. This committee's membership is appointed. For more information, please contact Erika Fox at efox@sdcba.org.

To view a list of all past SDCBA Service Award recipients, click here.

Committee Leadership

James Koerber, Chair
District Attorney's Office
330 W. Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101-3825
Phone: (619) 531-4243
james.koerber@sdcda.org  


Bar History Committee

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The Bar History Committee works to preserve the long-time history of people and events associated with the SDCBA.  To learn more about the current projects of this committee, please contact the chair or Heather Breen, Governance and Committee Specialist at 619.321.4113

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Career Development Committee

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Click here to view the Career Development Program page.

Committee Leadership

Lilys McCoy, Co-Chair
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
1155 Island Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101-7230
Phone: 619.961.4353
Fax: 619.961.1353
Email: lmccoy@tjsl.edu
Ben Aguilar, Co-Chair
Law Offices of Ben Aguilar
707 Broadway, Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: 619.752.0125
Fax: 619.236.0677
Email: info@benaguilarlaw.com
Jeremy Evans, Co-Chair
California Sports Lawyer
611 K St., Ste. B, No. 242
San Diego, CA 92101-7090
Tel: 619.886.8587
Fax: 619.615.2047
Email: Jeremy@CSLlegal.com
To learn more about the current projects of this committee, please contact the chair or Heather Breen, Governance and Committee Specialist at 619-321.4113.

Civility, Integrity & Professionalism Committee

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This Committee is charged with the continuity of the campaign begun in 2008 through integration with other Bar activities, as well as coordination of events solely targeted to improve civility, integrity and professionalism within the legal community.

To learn more about the current projects of this committee, please contact the chair or Heather Breen, Governance and Committee Specialist at 619.321.4113.

Committee Leadership

Edward D. Chapin, Chair
Chapin Fitzgerald, LLP
San Diego, CA 92101-3565
Phone: 619.241.4810
Fax: 619.955.5318
Email: echapin@cftriallawyers.com
Heather L. Rosing, Vice Chair
Klinedinst PC
501 West Broadway, Suite 600
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 239-8131
Fax: (619) 238-8707
Email: hrosing@klinedinstlaw.com
 

In 2008, the SDCBA led an effort to create a new Attorney Code of Conduct that expanded upon its Civil Litigation Code of Conduct developed over 25 years ago for trial attorneys.  The new code, drafted by a distingushed committee of Bench and Bar leaders, is available to SDCBA members in booklet format and cited in our local rules.  Our hope is that our members will read it, keep it, embrace it, and share its importance with others entering the profession.

The SDCBA also created Guidelines for Effective and Professional Advocacy. Guidelines is a list of specific tips for attorneys on how to conduct themselves both in and outside of a courtroom. Guidelines is based on an older document entitled 50 Tips From the Bench, and was updated by a dedicated group of attorneys and judges who are interested in promoting civility in our community.

In addition, the association is proud to host the Jay Wheeler Civility Seminar. This signature CLE program event honors Jay Wheeler, who embodied the spirit of civility, integrity and professionalism throughout his career. The Jay Wheeler Civility Seminar is a one-of-kind program, designed to reinforce the ideals of the legal profession, and encourage mentorship in our legal community.

The Attorney Code of Conduct can be found here. The SDCBA Guidelines for Effective and Professional Advocacy can be found here.


Conference of Delegates Committee

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The purpose of the Committee is to develop and review resolutions for submission to the Conference of Delegates of California Bar Association on behalf of the SDCBA. The appointment of officers to the Committee should be made at the November Board meeting following the Conference of Delegates in the fall. This permits the new leadership to be in place in sufficient time to deal with the early deadlines for new legislative proposals for the following year’s Conference. The identification and appointment of delegates for the following year should be made at this same Board meeting. The Committee officers will consist of the chair of the Delegation, a first vice-chair and two second vice-chairs. The Legislation Subcommittee shall propose legislative changes which are submitted to the Board in the form of resolutions for the Conference of Delegates of the State Bar in sufficient time to enable the Bar to file such resolutions in conformance with the requirements of the State Bar.  To learn more about the current projects of this committee, please contact the chair or Heather Breen, Governance and Committee Specialist at 619.321.4113.

Committee Leadership

Darin Wessel, Chair
Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP
550 W. C St., Ste. 1900
San Diego, CA 92101-3569
Phone: (619) 515-0269
Fax: (619) 515-0268
Email: dlw@manningllp.com

Community Service Committee

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 This Committee oversees the development of, and membership in; community services projects as those projects are identified by the Board. The Committee shall act as a liaison to the Bar Board for its respective subcommittees. To learn more about the current projects of this committee, please contact the chair or Heather Breen, Governance and Committee Specialist at 619.321.4113.

Committee Leadership

Alex Calero, Chair
California Department of Business Oversight 
Phone: 619.525.4044
Email: alex.calero@dbo.ca.gov
Brigid Campo, Vice Chair
Law & Mediation Offices of Garrison Klueck, APC
Phone: 619.448.6500
Email: brigid@attybcc.com
Daniel P. Heilbrun, Member At Large
The Law Office of Daniel P. Heilbrun
Phone: 858.869.9404
Email: dan.heilbrun@gmail.com

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Ethnic Relations and Diversity Committee

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This Committee shall advocate on behalf of under-represented ethnic and minority attorneys and other traditionally under-represented members of the legal community, including the advancement of under-represented ethnic and minority attorneys, and other traditionally under-represented individuals, in the legal profession and in the Association. To learn more about the current projects of this committee, please contact the chair or Heather Breen, Governance and Committee Specialist at 619.321.4113.

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Fee Arbitration Committee

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The purpose of this Committee is to arbitrate disputes between attorneys and clients concerning costs and/or fees charged for professional services by attorneys in San Diego County. The Committee shall consist of attorneys and laypersons who are willing, on a voluntary basis, to arbitrate fee disputes, as provided in Business and Professions Code §6200-6206.  This Committee is not open and members are appointed by the President.

If you are interested in joining this committee click here to find the application.

Committee Leadership

Gary W. Powell, Chair
Attorney At Law
1475 6th Ave., Ste. 501
San Diego, CA 92101-3245
Phone: 619.685.6975
Fax: 619.696.0983
Email: 4gwpowell@sbcglobal.net
Mary M. Best, Vice Chair
Keeney, Waite & Stevens APC
402 W. Broadway, Ste. 1820
San Diego, CA 92101-8509
Phone: 619.238.1661
Fax: 619.231.1897
Email: mbest@keenlaw.com
Peggy L. Moore, At Large
Moore, Schulman & Moore, APC
12636 High Bluff Drive, Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92130-7003
Phone: 858.755.3300
Fax: 858.755.3387
Email: pmoore@msmfamilylaw.com
Robert M. Garland, At Large
Law Offices of Robert M. Garland
2730 5th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103-6329
Phone: 619.497.0070
Fax: 619.497.0071
Email: rgarlaw@yahoo.com

Law Week Committee

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This Committee shall arrange for suitable programs commemorating Law Day, sponsor the high school oratorical contest, arrange for speakers at schools, and whenever requested, work with the SDCBA's Public Relations representative to maximize coverage for the week's events through the electronic and print media. Membership on this Committee shall be for a two-year term with staggered terms. To learn more about the current projects of this committee, please contact the chair or Heather Breen, Governance and Committee Specialist at 619.321.4113.

Committee Leadership

Alex Calero, Chair
California Department of Corporation
1350 Front Street, Ste. 2034
San Diego, CA 92101-3697
Phone: 619.525.4044
Fax: 619.525.4045
Email: acalero@corp.ca.gov

Lawyer Referral and Information Service Committee

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This Committee shall manage the operations of the Lawyer Referral and Information Service.  It shall function in accordance with the State Bar standards governing administration of the lawyer referral services and the Rules of Operation of the Lawyer Referral Service of the San Diego County Bar Association (as they may be amended from time to time).  The Committee shall have 9 voting members, consisting of the Treasurer and a Board liaison of the Association, who shall automatically be replaced each year by their successors, and 7 lawyers appointed by the President of the Association (with the approval of the Board of Directors) to serve extended terms.

Committee Leadership

Robert Caietti, Chair
Caietti Law Group, APC
8885 Rio San Diego Dr., Ste. 232
San Diego, CA 92108-1608 
Phone: 858.623.5644
Fax: 866.797.8410
Email: bob@caiettilaw.com

Legal Ethics Committee

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The Ethics Committee is an invitation-only Committee dedicated to upholding standards of ethics and professionalism in the San Diego legal community, and provides advice on proposed opinions, rules, and legislation to the SDCBA Board. The Committee puts on regular MCLE programs and seminars, authors Ethics Opinions on issues of importance to the legal community, and provides an Ethics hotline for SDCBA members. In addition, the Committee publishes the Ethics Quarterly, a newsletter outlining the most recent cases in the field of Ethics, writes Ethics articles for San Diego Lawyer, and publishes "Ethics in Brief," which appears in This Week at the Bar. To learn more about the current projects of this committee, please contact the chair or Heather Breen, Governance and Committee Specialist at 619.321.4113.

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San Diego High School Mock Trial Committee

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This committee allows students to develop the skills necessary for the mastery of state standards for history, social science and language arts. Through performance-based education, the program furthers an understanding of both the content and processes of our legal system; increases basic skills, analytical ability, and self-confidence; and promotes cooperation among students of various cultures and interests. Based on responses to formal surveys, teacher-sponsors report significant improvement in students’ basic skills, critical thinking skills, presentations skills, participation skills, and self-esteem as well as increases in students’ content knowledge about the law.  To learn more about the current projects of this committee, please contact one of the chairs or Ellen Miller-Sharp, Executive Director & CEO at 619.321.4111. 

Committee Leadership

Hon. Linda Quinn (ret.) Co-Chair
Judicate West
402 West Broadway, Ste. 2400
San Diego, CA 92112-3549
Phone: 619.850.7319
Email: lindaquinn9900@gmail.com
Hon. Yvonne Campos, Co-Chair
San Diego Superior Court
P.O. Box 122724
San Diego, CA 92112-2724
Phone: 619.531.3434
Email: yvonne.campos@sdcourt.ca.gov
 

San Diego Lawyer Editorial Board

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The San Diego Lawyer Editorial Board convenes monthly to discuss relevant and pressing topics to cover in the SDCBA's bi-monthly magazine San Diego Lawyer.   To learn more about this committee, please contact Jenna Little, Publications Editor, at 619.231.0781 x4119. 

Co-Editors

Christine Pangan
Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.
1764 San Diego Ave., Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: 619.471.2638
Email: christinep@lassd.org
Edward McIntyre 
750 B St., Ste. 2100
San DiegoCA 92101
Phone: 619.992.9038
Email: edwardmcintyre1789@gmail.com
 

Sports Committee

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This committee shall coordinate various sports activities, leagues, and tournaments for members including any athletic activities or tournaments requested by the Board. To learn more about the current activities, please contact the chairs directly. 

Basketball Commissioner

John K. Landay
Landay Roberts, LLP
450 J St., Unit 5291
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 805.305.3384
Email: jlanday@landayroberts.com
Stephan G. Cline
Law Offices of Stephen G. Cline
533 F St., 2nd Fl.
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.235.5638
Email: steve@sandiegotrialattorney.com

Michael Allen
12340 El Camino Real, Ste. 430
San Diego, CA 92130
Phone: 858.450.2200
Email: mike@wooallenlaw.com