I am incredibly honored and humbled to learn that the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) has named me it’s “Outstanding Attorney of the Year” for 2022. This award is presented to one attorney annually, and is awarded “to an attorney who, over the course of their career, has demonstrated significant legal expertise, served as a model of civility and professionalism in the practice of law, and has made an outstanding contribution to the legal profession, the justice system, or the public.” The award will be presented at the SDCBA’s Celebration of Community Service on May 20. I’m blown away that I was selected, particularly because there are so many attorneys in our community who I respect and admire for their fine work and significant community service. I look forward to continuing to work with the tremendous attorneys in our San Diego community for years to come. This is truly a special honor for me from a profession and professional community that I love. Thanks to the SDCBA, its Board, and Awards Committee for this honor.
I just received notice that I have been appointed by the State Bar of California Board of Trustees to serve on the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (“JNE Commission”) for 2017-2018. I am pleased and quite honored by this appointment.
The JNE Commission is tasked to provide independent, comprehensive, accurate and fair evaluations of candidates for judicial appointment and nomination, and to assist the governor in the judicial selection process. I am very pleased to be able to serve on this important State Bar commission and to play an active role to promote a California judiciary of quality and integrity. I will serve on the JNE Commission with attorneys and public members from all across the state. I am told it’s a lot of work, but also very rewarding and quite interesting.
To my clients and non-lawyer friends, this is a not a new job. I am not closing up shop. Far from it. I will continue, full-time at full speed, to represent clients in litigation and in court. As always. Rather, this is a professional undertaking, ancillary to my work – a volunteer opportunity to give back to my profession – an appointment to a State Bar Commission where, hopefully, I can have a positive impact on the quality, character, and integrity of our judiciary for many years to come.
I am quite happy about this! I can’t wait to get started!