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This Non-CLE Meeting is presented by the New Lawyer Division of the SDCBA.

Topic: Financial Planning for New Lawyers
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 12th at 12PM
Location: SDCBA, 401 West A St., Ste. 1100 (11th Floor conference room), San Diego, CA 92101

Featuring: Zachary MacDougall – Financial Representative from North Star Resource Group

This informal educational presentation will provide guidance and strategies to help young lawyers build a solid financial foundation.

Specific discussion areas will include:

  • Debt management/student loan strategies
  • Developing a financial foundation
  • Investment strategies and tax minimization
  • 401(k) and Roth IRA planning

This meeting is for NLD Members only. Space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Please register to help SDCBA plan.


Upcoming Deadlines: Don’t Miss These Job Opportunities!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Lecture Hall I

Lunch will be provided.

All students are encouraged to attend to learn about the important deadlines coming up and what you need to do to get ready for Fall Recruiting!



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Legal scholars, judges, and senior attorneys at the top of their game inspire admiration, hero worship, and, let’s face it, a healthy amount of insecurity! The insecurity that we are not like them, that we cannot possibly overcome what they have, and that we will not duplicate their success no matter what insightful wisdom they share. In the spirit of showcasing the many faces, and the many stages, of success, the

Honorable M. Margaret McKeown will kick off an interview-style conversation with two successful appellate attorneys in mid-career about their often parallel, occasionally intertwined, and surprisingly different personal and professional journeys in the law.  

DATE:  Thursday, June 26, 2014
PLACE:  The Bar Center, 401 West A Street, Suite 1100
TIME:  5:00 p.m. – 5:30 Registration; Wine & Cheese Reception hosted by Hahn, Loeser & Parks LLP
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 Program, Q &A, and Reception Continued

The event is no cost, but space is limited. Register online before June 20, 2014 at and contact Katie Doherty at for more information.

JUNE & JULY 2014 Career & Professional Development Office

Programs and Deadlines

Mark your calendar!

There are many important deadlines and programs in the coming months:

June 2014

BEGINNING ON JUNE 1 AND NO LATER THAN JULY 1:  In order to view jobs on Symplicity and be eligible for upcoming Recruitment programs, you must:

(1) Update your Student Profile (meaning update your class year, address, etc) on Symplicity;

(2) Upload your current/updated resume to Symplicity for approval.  This should include your Summer employment;

(3) Upload a template cover letter targeting a specific employer to Symplicity for approval; and

(4) Deliver signed copies of your “Agreement, Consent & Release” and “Summer Survey” to the Career & Professional Development Office.   

AFTER JULY 2 you will not be able to access job listings without completing these required steps.   Even if you uploaded materials last Fall or Spring, you need to upload updated ones now.

Career & Professional Development Office Orientation Part 3 for First Year Students who Entered in January 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014
12:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Lecture Hall 2
First Year Students who Entered in January 2014

Refining Your Template Law Job Application Materials Workshop:  Work on drafts of your cover letter and resume and receive 1:1 assistance from an on-site advisor.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
12:15 – 1:05 p.m., Room 2F
All Students Encouraged to Attend

Career Planning for Part-Time Students

Thursday, June 26, 2014
12:15 – 1:30 p.m., Room 2F
Part-Time Students Encouraged to Attend

JULY 2014

Career & Professional Development Office Deadline

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014, 5:00 p.m.


Upcoming Deadlines So You Don’t Miss Job Opportunities

Thursday, July 10, 2014
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Lecture Hall I
All Students Encouraged to Attend

Refresher Workshop:  Application Materials, Interviewing Tips and Networking

Thursday, July 17, 2014
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Lecture Hall I
All Students Encouraged to Attend; Students must attend this session to sign up for MOCK INTERVIEWS 7/23 and 7/24

What To Do After Graduation

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Room 2G
3Ls Encouraged to Attend

Mock Interviews with Attorneys

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Must have pre-registered at 7/17 seminar

What To Do After Graduation (Repeat program)

Thursday, July 25, 2014
12:15 – 1:30 p.m., Room 2F
3Ls Encouraged to Attend

Mock Interviews with Attorneys

Thursday, July 25, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Must have pre-registered at 7/17 seminar

5:00 P.M. DEADLINE on Friday, July 25, 2014 to Upload Applications to CWSL Online Job Database (Symplicity) for ROUND I of FALL 2014 RECRUITING.

Watch your CWSL email for more details on this Program.  Be sure to have your resume and cover letter already approved and all the proper forms completed in order to have access to the Jobs on Symplicity.  See us in the Career & Professional Development Office if you have any questions.




Saturday, May 31, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Lunch follows)
Workshop Panel and Complimentary Lunch
at Foley & Lardner LLP,
3579 Valley Centre Dr., Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92130


Hon. Lance Ito, Los Angeles Superior Court
Hon. Cindy D. Davis, San Diego Superior Court
Mark C.T. Cumba, State Bar Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission Member
Erika Hiramatsu, Member of Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Federal Judicial Advisory Committee
Peter Quon, Member of Merit Selection Panel for Federal Magistrate Judge Appointment

Moderated by Hon. Margie G. Woods, San Diego Superior Court

Have you ever wondered about how to become a judge? What is the difference in becoming a state court judge and federal magistrate judge? What should be considered for attorneys with Asian cultural background in becoming a judge? Come find out the ABC’s on becoming a judge and ask questions you wanted to ask.

This event is free for members of co-sponsoring organizations. Non-members may attend for $5.

Seats are limited so be sure to RSVP in advance at:  Questions may be directed to

This event is approved for 2.75 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of elimination of bias CLE.

Sponsored by Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego
Co-Sponsored by Korean America Bar Association of San Diego, Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego, South Asian Bar Association of San Diego, San Diego Chinese Attorneys Association


If you are in the January 2014 Class, please remember to attend your Career & Professional Development (CPDO) Orientation Luncheons.  You will learn about the critical resources offered by the CPDO that will enable you to secure legal jobs! 

Orientation has been broken down into a three part series to cover all important aspects of your legal job search.  We will provide you with the critical information and resources you need to understand the legal job market, including how to utilize the CPDO, where to find jobs, how to ensure your application materials are top-notch and how to develop your professional network. 

All 3 Parts of Orientation will take place in Lecture Hall II, and lunch will be provided at all sessions.  

  • Orientation Part 1:  Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Orientation Part 2:  Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Orientation Part 3:  Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.


Students – If you have not yet lined up a law clerking job for the summer, you are not alone! Even if you are taking classes, many law clerk opportunities are only a 10-15 hour a week commitment.  Come to the seminar on Thursday and learn practical tips on how to apply for the many opportunities that are listed on Symplicity right now!

In addition, we will go over the common mistakes we have seen and employers have mentioned in recent job applications submitted by students. Mistakes torpedo job opportunities!

It’s Not Too Late to Find a Summer Job!

DATE: Thursday, May 8, 2014

TIME: 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PLACE: Room 2G (Lunch will be Provided)


Careers in Federal Practice Panel
Thursday, April 4, 2014, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., LH2

Please join us for a panel discussion of career opportunities in the federal court system.  The panel will include representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Trustee’s Office, the U.S. District Court, and a private practitioner in the federal courts.  This is an excellent opportunities to ask questions of attorneys practicing in and before the federal courts.  Free lunch from Kebab Shop will be served courtesy of the Federal Bar Association.

This event is co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter; CWSL Career and Professional Development Office; and the Federal Bar Association Committee of Student Bar Association.

Please contact with any questions.

Careers in Tax Law

March 28th, 2014 by



In Association With:

California Western School of Law Career Services
University of San Diego School of Law Tax Law Society
California Western School of Law Estate Planning Society


Date:  April 2, 2014
Reception – 6:00-6:30 PM
Panel:  6:30 – 7:30 pm
Networking: 7:30-9:00 PM
Place:  At CWSL’s Roy Bell Reading Room (350 Cedar Street, San Diego, CA 92101)

There will be hors d’oeuvres and graduate level drinks



Tim Nader – Deputy Attorney General- Business and Tax Section

Shahin Rahim – Staff Attorney at the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic of the Legal Aid Society

Ronson Shamoun – Principal and CEO at RJS Law- A Tax Law Firm

David Sweet – Tax Senior Attorney at Ernst & Young

Brandon Carbullido – Manager of International Tax Services at Ernst & Young


Learn the right way to answer these difficult – and essential – job interview questions. 


The very first thing to do after a company or recruiter has contacted you to schedule an interview: Congratulate yourself!

In a field crowded with highly qualified candidates, it’s no small compliment to learn you’ve set yourself apart from hundreds of candidates. Your resume, online and offline brand, and all the networking efforts you’ve made have stood out to this employer, and that’s cause for pride.

Now, get ready for your close-up. Interviews can be multi-part affairs and take place in a variety of settings, but the intent is the same: to gauge how you measure up in real time and assess if you can put your mouth where your personal brand is. That means preparation is key. Be prepared to answer these common interview questions so you’ll respond with confidence when it matters most.  Read more »

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