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Get Involved with CASD!

CASD could not function without the hard work and dedication of its volunteers. We are looking for a few good members to help us in 2021. If you are interested in serving your professional community while connecting with your colleagues check out the following opportunities.

Communications

The Communications Committee works with the CASD staff to create and implement the List Serve Conditions for Use, make improvements to the content of the CASD website, add to the document bank and expert bank collections, and serve on the Media Connect Panel.

Community Outreach

The Community Outreach Committee works with the CASD staff to identify creative ways for CASD, and its members, to get better involved in the San Diego community. Past projects have included mock trials at local public schools, beach cleanups, Habitat for Humanity build day, participation in charitable walks, group projects at the San Diego Food Bank, and an annual holiday toy drive for children and teens in need. CASD’s Outreach Committee is always looking for new volunteers eager to participate in new and fun charitable projects throughout San Diego County.

Education

The Education Committee works with the CASD staff to create the outstanding educational programs for which CASD is known. Volunteers are needed to suggest program topics, research and recruit popular speakers, attract sponsors, and promote these programs to CASD members and legal professionals within the legal community. We generally offer three types of educational programs: Seminars (in-person, of general interest, 2-3 hours in length, 50+ attendees), Workshops (in-person, narrower topics, intended to be interactive, 1-2 hours in length, 15-40 attendees, and Webinars (virtual, typically 90 minutes in length, varying attendance [target being 50+]).

Events

The Events Committee works with CASD staff to ensure the success of CASD events such as the annual Golf Tournament, Trial Stars Dinner, Awards and Installation Dinner, and networking events. Volunteers are needed to help promote CASD events, attract sponsors, generate attendance, and acquire silent auction items to benefit the CASD Foundation. Successful events require teamwork between staff and volunteers. Due to the pandemic, we are also working hard to keep our members engaged with virtual events, so this committee still has work to do!

Governmental Relations

The Governmental Relations Committee actively works to forge relationships with elected officials. The committee also works closely with Consumer Attorneys of California to promote and organize Justice Day, an annual event in which trial lawyers from across the state descend upon the State Capitol. Committee members are also asked to make personal connections with and participate in meetings intended to develop relationships with elected officials in an effort to foster strong working relationships and inform officials of the issues facing our members and their clients.

Law School Outreach

The Law School Outreach Committee works with the CASD staff to provide a connection between law students attending schools in San Diego and CASD. The goal of this committee is to establish and ongoing student club at each law school, foster networking opportunities for law students interested in becoming trial lawyers, and offer a speakers’ bureau that goes into each law school at least once each school year to share their experiences with interested law students.

Membership

The Membership Committee works with CASD staff to identify and recruit members for CASD.
Our goal is to ensure that every attorney in San Diego who is eligible for CASD membership joins the CASD family. The Membership Committee also reaches out and invites prospective members to CASD functions so they can see for themselves why CASD should become their new professional home. Volunteers are also needed for phone banks, membership drives, conducting membership eligibility investigations, and welcoming new members to the association. The Membership Committee is also actively involved in local law schools, providing insight on the practice of law from the perspective of a plaintiff’s attorney.

Mentor

The Mentor Committee works with the CASD staff to promote awareness of our mentor program, which is designed to pair an experienced attorney with a less experienced attorney for the period of one year. Volunteers are needed to follow up with current and past participants to gather feedback, brainstorm ideas to increase the efficacy of the program, and to participate in the program themselves.

For more information on becoming a volunteer contact any member of the CASD staff at (619) 696-1166 or casd@casd.org.

New Lawyers Division (NLD)

The New Lawyers Division was created in 2018 to serve the needs and interests of CASD members who have had 0-7 years of practice. The NLD Team works with the CASD staff to develop programs and events tailored to the needs of young/new lawyers.

Trial Bar News

The Trial Bar News is CASD’s flagship publication. It is produced by its Editor-in-Chief, Dana Grimes with the help of column editors. Additional professional and authoritative content is always appreciated.

Women's Caucus

The Women's Caucus Committee works with the CASD staff to support women members of CASD through networking events, connections, specialized education, and the CA Women Trial Lawyers Retreat.