Fall 2013 Newsletter The Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter

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1 Fall 2013 Newsletter The Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter Recipient of the Federal Bar Association Outstanding Newsletter and Meritorious Newsletter Awards Judges Discuss Motion Practice, Rule 45, Settlement Issues, and Class Action Management at the Ninth Annual Judith N. Keep Seminar By: Mitra Ebadolahi, Esq. ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties The San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association hosted the Ninth Annual Judith N. Keep Federal Civil Practice Seminar on September 12, The seminar, which featured panels with a variety of federal magistrate and district court judges, offered practitioners invaluable pointers on effective, thoughtful advocacy in federal court. The first panel, moderated by District Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo, addressed motion practice. Each of the panelists, including Chief Judge Barry T. Moskowitz, District Judge William Q. Hayes, and District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, stressed the importance of organization. Specifically, Judge Hayes advised attorneys to write clear introductions that were not argumentative, and to likewise present concise statements of fact that were neutral and informative. In the argument portion of a brief, he advised, attorneys should take care to respond to each and every one of the opposing party s assertions. Sarcasm has no place in a wellreasoned brief; it is distracting and undermines an attorney s credibility with the court. District Judge Battaglia Judge Curiel agreed, adding that a well-written brief demonstrates respect both for one s opponent and for the court. Counsel should try to put themselves in the court s position; no one knows your case as well as you do. Use your written briefs to focus, streamline, and summarize all relevant facts and law. Such briefs are the most useful to the court. Inside This Issue 1. Ninth Annual Judith N. Keep Seminar 2. The Federal Bar Association s Younger Lawyer Division Hosts Inaugural Roundtable Discussion with the Honorable Anthony J. Battaglia 3. The Honorable Anthony J. Battaglia Shares His Insight with the FBA 4. Dean Erwin Chemerinsky Provides United States Supreme Court s Year In Review 5. New Southern District of California Patent Local Rules: What, How, and Why Be smart enough to figure out what matters, advised Judge Curiel. Chief Judge Moskowitz observed that the best briefs were often written by former law clerks -- or attorneys who had trained themselves to think like clerks. Present the law, apply that law to the relevant facts, and reason from there. Again, neutrality was emphasized. The judge indicated that he was most amenable to attorneys who seemed neutral and fair in their tone and analysis. Sarcasm, he noted, only hurts one s client s case. Many motions, particularly motions to dismiss, are unnecessary, leading to motion sickness in the Southern District. The Ninth Circuit, he explained, is liberal in granting leave to amend. Counsel should think more carefully about whether to file a motion to dismiss. FBA President Hugh Kim Judge Bencivengo added that no judge is knowledgeable in every area of the law. A helpful brief places the law up front, rather than burying it. Likewise, it explicates the law clearly and concisely, almost like a jury instruction. Reading cases carefully is critical; be sure that the law to which you cite actually supports your position, including with respect to the facts and the procedural posture. The panelists agreed that a good brief is free of spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors, which are otherwise extremely distracting. They also urged practitioners to take the time to read local rules, including the chambers-specific rules provided on the Southern District website. District Judges Barry T. Moskowitz, Gonzalo P. Curiel, William Q. Hayes, and Cathy Ann Bencivengo Continued on Page 6 THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER - 1

2 The Federal Bar Association s Younger Lawyer Division Hosts Inaugural Roundtable Discussion with the Honorable Anthony J. Battaglia By: Colin McDonald Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael M. Anello Be zealous, but not a zealot, cautioned District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia to the group of attorneys assembled in the 16th floor conference room of the United States Courthouse Annex. On September 4th, Judge Battaglia facilitated the inaugural Roundtable Discussion with the Federal Bench by walking attendees down The Path to Motion and Trial Success. Among other words of advice, Judge Battaglia advised participants to (1) always include a preamble, (2) rarely, si quando, Latinize, and (3) never use string cites. Judge Battaglia also reminded attendees that motion papers are called briefs for a reason. The resulting discussion was informative and lively, even with cookies and the resplendent views from the conference room seeking to distract. In all, attendees received helpful insight into practicing in federal court and, not incidentally, one hour of general CLE credit. The Roundtable Discussion Series, co-hosted by the Federal Bar Association s Younger Lawyer Division and United States District Court, aims to connect young attorneys with members of the federal bench and bar. Local District and Magistrate Judges, along with prominent members of the federal bar, will lead each discussion. The YLD will host its next roundtable discussion in December of this year. Details coming soon. The Honorable Anthony J. Battaglia Shares His Insight with the FBA By: Kristen Johnson, Esq. Schwartz Semerdjian Ballard & Cauley LLP Before joining the federal bench as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Southern District in 1993 and his appointment as a U.S. District Judge in March 2011, the Honorable Anthony J. Battaglia practiced law for twenty years in San Diego specializing in plaintiff s personal injury litigation with an emphasis on products liability and maritime injury claims. Both then and now, Judge Battaglia was committed to giving back to the San Diego legal community. This commitment continues today, in part through his support of the Federal Bar Association ( FBA ). Judge Battaglia supports the FBA in many respects. For example, Judge Battaglia has been integral in organizing the four-part brown bag lunch series on disclosure and discovery in federal court which completed its second successful run this year. Further, on September 4, 2013, Judge Battaglia led a round table discussion hosted by the Younger Lawyers Division of the FBA and engaged with new attorneys regarding the ins and outs of practicing in federal court. Judge Battaglia s longest running commitment to the FBA is the Judith N. Keep Seminar. In 2004, San Diego lost District Judge Judith N. Keep. Judge Battaglia heartily described Judge Keep as a woman who meant a lot of things to a lot of people. Judge Keep was Judge Battaglia s mentor, friend, and a true role model and inspiration to many. Around the time of Judge Keep s passing, Judge Battaglia recognized the need in San Diego for a forum that highlighted civil practice in federal court. As a result, Judge Battaglia presented his idea to then FBA President Helen Irza, who suggested a program highlighting federal civil practice in Judge Keep s honor. Judge Battaglia and FBA President Irza enlisted the assistance of Magistrate Judge Jan Adler and the first Judith N. Keep Seminar was born in 2005 during FBA President Meryl Maneker s tenure. Honorable Anthony J. Battaglia On September 12, 2013, the Ninth Annual Judith N. Keep Federal Civil Practice Seminar was held in the Westin Gaslamp Quarter. The seminar provided a video tribute to Judge Keep, a brief update on Rule 45 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and three panels comprised of federal magistrate and district judges. Over 230 law students and attorneys, both young and seasoned, attended the seminar this year alone. Although the format of the seminar has not changed much over the past nine years (it is always a mix of pre-trial and trial issues), the topics covered always reflect current issues in federal civil practice. One of the highlights from this year was the panel on class action case management in light of recent Supreme Court decisions, with District Judges Dana M. Sabraw, Michael M. Anello, M. James Lorenz, and Irma E. Gonzalez serving as panelists. Next year will be the Tenth Annual Judith N. Keep Seminar and Judge Battaglia has already started planning for this event. Judge Battaglia hand picks both the topics and the judges each year to ensure that seminar attendees get experts on the featured topics. Since the seminar s beginning, every sitting federal judge in the Southern District of California has participated, making it a uniquely rich program that gives unparalleled access to federal judges on key topics in civil practice. The FBA appreciates everything Judge Battaglia does to promote access to the federal bench and continued legal education for members of the San Diego legal community Keep your eyes peeled for future FBA events supported by Judge Battaglia. His involvement is a huge gift to the San Diego legal community. If you have not had a chance to attend one of the events listed above, you should be asking yourself why! THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER - 2

3 Dean Erwin Chemerinsky Provides United States Supreme Court s Year In Review By Daniel Gunning, Esq. Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP Dean Erwin Chemerinsky spoke to a standing room only audience on July 23, 2013 about the United States Supreme Court s year in review. The 2012 term was particularly noteworthy because of its impact on every citizen. Dean Chemerinsky noted attorneys from all practice areas should be particularly mindful of the Court s holdings. For example, the Court addressed several constitutional criminal procedure issues. In Salinas v. Texas, 133 S. Ct (2013), the Court held that a prosecutor may use a defendant s silence against her unless the defendant actually invokes her right to remain silent (by stating, for example, I invoke my right to remain silent. ) Thus, criminal lawyers should be advising their clients to affirmatively state they wish to invoke their right to remain silent. Business litigators should be aware of American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, 133 S. Ct (2013), in which the Court held that a class action waiver in an arbitration agreement may preclude a class action even if it means the antitrust lawsuit is not otherwise commercially viable. This follows AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct (2011) which upheld the use of class action waivers, and suggests the Court will continue to uphold their viability in the consumer context. In the employment arena, the Court addressed the definition of supervisor for purposes of Title VII harassment liability against employers, holding that a supervisor is limited to those harassers who have been empowered by their employer to take an adverse employment action (e.g. the power to hire, fire, demote, promote, transfer, or discipline ) against the employee. Vance v. Ball State University, 133 S. Ct (2013). Saving for last the most headline-grabbing cases of the year, Dean Chemerinsky also discussed several constitutional cases impacting individual rights. For instance, in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, 133 S. Ct (2013), the Court upheld the limited use of affirmative action programs at Universities, but maintained that such programs must be necessary to achieve racial diversity and the university must prove there were no race-neutral alternatives available. In Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, 133 S. Ct (2013), the Court held that Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which determines those jurisdictions that require preclearance from the Attorney General for any changes to their voting systems, is unconstitutional because it is based on outdated information. Dean Chemerinsky commented that Congress could theoretically pass a new law based on updated information, but as a political reality, this is highly unlikely. Finally, the Court made two landmark decisions regarding marriage rights. First, in United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct (2013), the Court held that federal law defining marriage as between one man and one woman violated the Fifth Amendment s guarantee of equal protection as applied to persons of the same sex who are legally married under the laws of their state. In Hollingsworth v. Perry, 133 S. Ct (2013), the Court dismissed California s Proposition 8 on standing grounds, holding that supporters of the initiative lacked standing to appeal and defend the law when the government officials who were enjoined by the lower court chose not to appeal. Dean Chemerinsky predicted that Justice Scalia s dissenting comments in Windsor, namely that state laws were likely to fail under the majority s reasoning, was probably true. He noted that challenges to state laws forbidding same sex marriage had already arisen in other states, including a recent challenge by the ACLU in Pennsylvania. Dean Chemerinsky predicts these laws will not withstand the reasoning applied in Windsor and Perry. THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER - 3

4 New Southern District of California Patent Local Rules: What, How, and Why By Michael M. Rosen, Esq. Fish & Richardson Patent litigators in the Southern District of California, please take note: this past February, certain key amendments to the Patent Local Rules ( PLRs ) of the Southern District of California came into effect. Among other changes, these amended rules which reflect a monthslong effort by the local bar and bench to update the PLRs and streamline patent litigation in San Diego set trial dates 18 months after the filing of the complaint; limit claim construction to a default of ten disputed terms; promulgate a model order for electronically stored information ( ESI ); and revise the requirements for infringement and invalidity contentions. The Rules The practical effect of the modified patent local rules overall, says District Judge Dana M. Sabraw who led a committee of judges and practitioners in proposing, refining, and adopting the new amendments, and who generously shared with me his personal reflections on the process and opinions about its impact is to make patent litigation more streamlined and efficient. This isn t the first time Judge Sabraw spearheaded such efforts. Back in , a similar committee developed the initial set of Patent Local Rules, which hewed somewhat closely to the rules in place in courts with heavy patent dockets, like the Northern District of California and the Eastern District of Texas. Patent litigation is an important part of our civil docket, Judge Sabraw notes, especially [here] in San Diego, given the number of technology-based companies we have and the number of companies that are generating products, devices, and methods that are patentable. The existing patent rules, Judge Sabraw believes, have served the district well over the years, as they outline a methodical process for plaintiffs and defendants alike to spell out their (often highly technical) claims and counterclaims. However, as patent filings have increased, and as electronic discovery continues to consume the resources of parties, counsel, and the court, the existing patent rules required some updating. The recent increase in the number of litigations in our district prompted us to look into this more, Judge Sabraw observes. There was a general belief that patent litigation takes too long, is far too expensive if discovery is not controlled, particularly ESI, and if the court doesn t set appropriate parameters on claim construction and limiting the number of claim terms to be construed, a key aspect of patent cases. The focus of these modified rules, says Judge Sabraw, was to create a template that gave the district court discretion through the local rules to make the litigation more efficient and streamlined. I think we ve done that. At least we have a good start. The Process for Modifying the Rules And sure enough, the local federal bench was approached by a number of attorneys with suggestions, refinements, and modifications they thought would be helpful. So we reconvened the committee. Participation in the amendment project was wide-ranging. We were fortunate to have representation from several highly respected attorneys who represent the whole spectrum, Judge Sabraw notes, patent-holders, plaintiffs and defendants, corporate counsel. In fact, we had three attorneys who are chief IP counsel for local companies, and that was very important. Our entire patent pilot group of judges participated too. The amendment process moved fairly quickly, as Judge Sabraw welcomed suggestions from bench and bar alike and assembled them into a list of proposed modifications. Of those potential fixes, there were some that were obviously important that everyone agreed ought to be discussed, and after the airing of competing views and robust discussion, Judge Sabraw recalls, the proposals by the committee were refined and presented to the district bench as a whole, and the district judges voted on the end result. The New Rules That end result involves some fairly sweeping changes to the original rules in place in our district for seven years. First and foremost, the new rules call for the preparation of a Case Management Order that sets [a] trial date within eighteen (18) months of the date the complaint was files for so-called standard cases, i.e., those involving one or two defendants and one or two asserted patents. (PLR 2.1(a)(3).) Previously, the rules aimed to schedule a claim construction hearing in which the court defines the meaning of key terms in the various patent claims within nine months of the defendant s first appearance, a goal preserved in the current rules. But while the original rules didn t target any dates after that hearing, the current ones, Judge Sabraw believes, encourage relatively quick adjudication of these patent cases. In fact, he reckons that in almost all of the cases on his docket since the rules came into force in February, he routinely set[s] trial dates with 18 months as a target. Thus, patent litigants in the Southern District can expect faster resolution than before, at least in theory; it is, of course, too early to assess whether or not cases are actually getting to trial faster than before the modifications took effect. Second, the modified rules require the parties to identify the terms whose construction will be most significant to the resolution of the case up to a maximum of ten (10) terms, as well as any term among the ten (10) whose construction will be case or claim dispositive. (PLR 4.2(a).) THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER - 4

5 The initial rules placed no limits on the number of claim terms the parties could propose construing, which tended to result in lengthy, expensive, and time-consuming claim construction processes and hearings, often including disputes of little moment to the resolution of the case, claim terms that, in Judge Sabraw s opinion, were really not that significant. After years of such practice, however, what everyone is coming to understand is that in these very significant cases, the objective ought to be to get the key issues presented for claim construction and, if necessary, presented to a jury. And the question is how best to do that. For Judge Sabraw, one way is to limit the parties to 10 disputed claim terms, which he now routinely does in his new cases. He reasons that it s up to the court and counsel to identify the key terms, the key defenses and prior art, and to engage in a collaborative effort with the court to confine the parties disputes to what really matters. Along those lines is a third major change: the promulgation of a patent-specific model ESI order. Few aspects of patent litigation have bedeviled the bench and the bar as much as electronic discovery, which has sparked a seemingly endless campaign of battles over searching, production, and confidentiality. It s clear that many parties are spending in big cases millions of dollars just on discovery, Judge Sabraw notes. In the absence of [any] type of control [over the discovery process], the case takes on a life of its own. Managing e-discovery alone can become just a Herculean effort on the part of counsel and the court. And so the new ESI model order limits to 10 the number of custodians from whom electronic production may be required; restricts to 20 the number of search terms used to scour a party s electronic files; permits the production of only upon specific production requests from only five custodians using only five search terms; and prohibits the production of metadata absent a showing of good cause. (See Model ESI Order, Paras ) These restrictions can be modified by mutual agreement of the parties, but as the default rules in place unless the court hears otherwise, they generally signal the bench s narrowed approach to e-discovery and its challenges. And finally, the new rules change the content and process of serving infringement and invalidity contentions, or the pleadings in which patentees and accused infringers, respectively, articulate their technical theories of the case. Under the updated rules, patentees now must specify its allegations of indirect infringement, including an identification of any direct infringement and a description of the acts of the alleged indirect infringer that contribute to or are inducing that direct infringement. (PLR 3.1(d).) The patentee must also set forth the basis for any allegation of willful infringement. Likewise, the accused infringer must now provide a greater level of specificity about why a combination of prior art references render the patent(s)-in-suit obvious. (PLR 3.3(b).) The Impact of the New Rules Taken together, these changes aim to make patent litigation more efficient for the parties and the court, and more such changes may be in store. I think this is the future, Judge Sabraw notes. If anything, the courts will become more aggressive in managing these cases. The reality is you could spend untold millions of dollars and years litigation any significant patent case, and it would be no better tried, perhaps a whole lot more damage inflicted on the parties, than if the court had aggressively managed the case from the beginning. As these rule modifications begin to take hold, both the bench and the bar will hopefully start to benefit from their strictures. But in the end, Judge Sabraw believes it remains the parties joint responsibility to get the case in shape so it can be presented for the court to rule on claim construction and Rule 56 motions, and, if necessary, to be presented to a jury in a format that is condensed and as presentable as it possibly can be. I don t think there s any other way to go in these types of cases. The new patent local rules, he says, are an iteration in that process. They ll be refined again in a few more years, but this is the drumbeat of the community and the court. Now it s time for parties and counsel to start marching to that drumbeat. Michael M. Rosen is a principal at Fish & Richardson P.C. Reach him at Welcome New Members Ethan Boyer Rebecca Church Mitra Ebadolahi Affi Eghbaldari David Loy Amberly Morgan Sean Riordan Gabriela Rivera George Brewster Ryan Hansen Bridget Moorhead Leila Morgan Eugene Prokopenko Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP Duane Morris LLP ACLU of San Diego Dept of Business Oversight ACLU of San Diego Banning LLP ACLU of San Diego ACLU of San Diego Office of the County Counsel DLA Piper LLP (US) Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, PC Federal Defenders of San Diego University of Michigan Wesley Boling Alexander Gruft Joanna Smith Pauline Villanueva Thor Emblem David Fox Beatrice Resendes Elizabeth Behnke Juan Castaneda Paul Garner Rachel Jensen Dimitri Panagopoulos Richard Thill Sherry Thompson-Taylor DLA Piper LLP Wright & L Estrange Imperial Irrigation District Law Office of Pauline E. Villanueva Law Offices of Thor O. Emblem Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys Law Offices of Ronald A. Marron, APLC Behnke Law Corporation Sheppard Mullin P.C. Garner Law Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Panagopoulos Embry PC Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman San Diego County THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER - 5

6 Ninth Annual Judith N. Keep Seminar (continued from page 1) The judges also offered some tips on oral argument. They often wish to discuss the weakest part of each side s position; the best advocates understand this and prepare accordingly. Always answer the court s questions. Know the cases to which you cited in your brief, and avoid adding new case law to the mix during oral argument. Again, be courteous and professional, both with the court and with opposing counsel. Next up, District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia presented an overview of changes to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45, which are scheduled to take effect in December 2013 and will establish new procedures for subpoena practice. The changes will affect the rules for issuing courts, notice, service, and place of compliance. The second panel, titled Significant Issues in Settlement, was moderated by Presiding Magistrate Judge Nita L. Stormes, and its theme could be summarized as constant vigilance. Each panelist stressed the importance of thinking through key questions that are likely to arise in the course of any settlement, as well as documenting all aspects of any agreement carefully. A settlement agreement, after all, is a normal contract; in order for the federal court to retain jurisdiction to enforce that agreement, the parties must specify so in the agreement itself. Magistrate Judge Barbara L. Major advised lawyers to explain to clients why consent to federal magistrate judge jurisdiction was advisable: the vast majority of district judges will not retain jurisdiction once a case has settled. Consenting to magistrate judge jurisdiction and waiving appeal rights safeguards finality while permitting the parties to benefit from continuing federal court jurisdiction. Judge Major stressed that consent to magistrate jurisdiction and waiver of appeal are particularly important where a settlement includes future conduct or future payment during a limited period of time. Magistrate Judge Jan M. Adler reminded participants that, under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, court approval is required for class action settlements. If the parties consent to magistrate judge jurisdiction for the settlement, it is advisable to put notice of that Magistrate Judges Ruben B. Brooks, Jan M. Adler, Barbara L. Major, and Presiding Magistrate Judge Nita L. Stormes fact in the class notice. Judge Adler also advised attorneys to write careful settlement briefs, laying out the strengths and weaknesses of their cases as well as any pertinent case dynamics that may be relevant throughout any settlement period. Judge Stormes final advice: Settlement conferences require a positive attitude. Bring one with you! The day ended with an informative panel on Class Action Case Management, with District Judges Dana Sabraw, Michael Anello, James Lorenz, Irma Gonzalez, and moderator Magistrate Judge Adler. The judges noted the explosion of class action litigation in the past two years. Whereas securities cases were once the most common type of federal class action, wage & hour, consumer actions, and TCPA actions are now most frequently seen. The judges discussed the ways in which recent Supreme Court precedents have changed class action practice, particularly by raising the bar for class certification. They also noted key rules and precedents related to the adequacy of notice; attorneys fees; and settlement. In all, the Keep Seminar was an invaluable opportunity to learn from many Southern District judges on a wide variety of topics that are critical to civil practice in federal court. District Judges Michael M. Annello, Irma E. Gonzalez, M. James Lorenz and Dana M. Sabraw THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER - 6

7 The San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association cordially invites you to its ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY Welcoming New and Returning Judicial Law Clerks of the Southern District of California DATE: Monday, December 9, 2013 TIME: 5:00 7:00 p.m. PLACE: Mary Pappas Athens Market Taverna 109 West F Street, San Diego (located at First Avenue and F Street) COST: Complimentary for judges & law clerks $25 for Members $35 for Non Members One drink and ample appetizers will be provided Space is limited. Register online at or contact t Brian Byun at THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER - 7

8 Upcoming Federal Bar Association San Diego Chapter Events Pitfalls of Litigating Immigration Appeals November 19, :00-1:15 PM at the Koll Center, Top Floor Annual Holiday Party December 9, :00-7:00 PM at Athens Market The Round Table Discussion Series with Magistrate Judge Barbara Major on December 11, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. United States Courthouse Annex Judge Major s Chambers: 11th Floor 333 West Broadway Please be sure to check our website at fbasd.org for the latest information on upcoming chapter events. Federal Bar Association San Diego Chapter 2013 Executive Committee President Hubert Kim Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP 550 West C Street, Suite 1050 (619) Treasurer Colleen Smith Latham & Watkins LLP 600 West Broadway, Suite 1800 (619) Events Coordinator Craig Countryman Fish & Richardson El Camino Real San Diego, CA (858) Newsletter Editor Olga May Fish & Richardson El Camino Real San Diego, CA (858) Bankruptcy Liaison Yosina Lissebeck Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith 401 B Street, Suite 1200 (619) President-Elect Gary LaFleur 8165 Dicenza Lane San Diego, CA (619) Vice President Joe Leventhal The Leventhal Law Firm 600 West Broadway, Suite 700 (619) Secretary Frank Polek Polek Law 701 B Street, Suite 1110 (619) Membership Chair Ben Wagner Mintz Levin et al. PC 3580 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 300 San Diego, CA (858) Immediate Past President Katherine (Katie) Parker U.S. Attorney s Office 880 Front Street, Room 6293 (619) Events Coordinator Megan Chung Kilpatrick Townsend High Bluff Drive, Suite 400 San Diego, CA (858) Events Coordinator Brian Byun Cooley LLP 4401 Eastgate Mall San Diego, California (858) Newsletter Editor Carolina Bravo-Karimi Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP 550 W C Street, Suite 1050 (619) cbravo-karimi wilsonturnerkosmo.com Newsletter Editor Nicole Cunningham Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 501 W Broadway, Suite 1100 (619) Publicity Chair Amanda Fitzsimmons DLA Piper LLP 401 B Street, Suite (619) Technology Coordinator Vanessa Morrison, Esq. State of California Department of Transportation M/S Taylor Street San Diego, CA (619) U.S. Attorney Liason Anne Perry U.S. Attorney s Office 880 Front Street, Room 6293 (619) Immigration Liaison David Schlesinger Jacobs Schlesinger & Sheppard LLP Spreckels Theatre Bldg. 121 Broadway, Suite 573 (619) Federal Defender Liaison Ryan Stitt Federal Defenders of San Diego Inc. 225 Broadway, Suite 900 (619) YLD Chair / Coordinator Shireen Becker Jones Day El Camino Real, Suite 200 San Diego, CA (858) THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER - 8

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