San Diego County Bar Association Offers CLE Courses

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A graduate of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Terry Chucas works as a family attorney in San Diego, California. Concentrating on dependency appeals, he has qualified as a panel member with the California Appellate Project in Los Angeles and with Appellate Defenders Inc. in San Diego. Terry Chucas also maintains membership with the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA).

Established in 1899, the SDCBA represents lawyers within the San Diego County and community. In addition to helping local residents find qualified lawyers and resolve disputes, SDCBA educates the public about specific laws. Further, SDCBA members have opportunities to garner continuing legal education (CLE) credit through the organization’s supplemental education programs offered each year.

One of the CLE courses offered by the SDCBA was a court practice series on family law court. Held on November 29, 2016, at Family Law Court in San Diego, this course featured the Honorable Patricia Guerrero and Brigid Campo, Esq., who is the chair of the SDCBA Family Law Section. New attorneys who completed the course partook in practice-focused discussions such as the importance of professionalism and specific court etiquette. Those who finished the course earned 1.0 general CLE credit.

San Diego County Bar Association Launches Civic Education Program

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San Diego County Bar Association
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A veteran San Diego, California, attorney, Terry Chucas has practiced law for over two decades. Currently focused on dependency appeals and serving on the dependency appellate panel for district courts in California, Terry Chucas is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA). The SDCBA recently launched the Student Civics Engagement Academy to bring civics education to high school seniors in the community.

Civic education helps children learn the skills needed to succeed in today’s work environment. It empowers young adults in areas such as communication, critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, creativity, and entrepreneurship. However, as many school districts in California are phasing out civics from their K-12 curriculum, many young people graduate high school without learning civics.

SDCBA’s Student Civics Engagement Academy seeks to ensure high school seniors graduate with a strong understanding and appreciation of civics. The pilot initiative will admit 20-30 high school seniors who will be taught the role of civics and its applications through examples drawn from the surrounding community. Individual modules will be taught by business leaders, judges, attorneys, civics teachers, and conflict resolution professionals.

Through the training, SDCBA hopes teenagers will gain a better understanding of the democratic process, the operations of both national and state governments, their individual human rights and liberties, and their civic duties to vote and participate in discussions on policy making.