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San Diego County Bar Association (619) 231-0781
1333 Seventh Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 map it


401 W. A St., Ste 1100, San Diego, CA 92191;

(619) 231-0781

San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association



Number of members: 200
Cost: $50 per year, free to law students and first-year attorneys
MCLE credit: Yes
Newsletter: Yes
Mission Statement: The CDBA and CDLC provide education, training and support to lawyers representing citizens accused of crime. These two criminal defense lawyers groups also advocate fair and effective criminal justice in the courts, the legislature, and 
wherever justice demands. Our purpose is to protect and ensure by rule of law those individual rights guaranteed by the United States and California Constitutions in criminal cases; to resist any efforts to curtail the rights guaranteed to citizens; to provide for the constant exchange of information among its members on all matters pertaining to the defense of criminal cases, educational 
programs, membership meetings, special committees, publications, articles and otherwise; to apprise its members or propose changes in legislation pertaining to the defense of all criminal cases on the State and Federal level; to lend assistance to members and others who are in need of assistance on issues relating to the representation of the accused, by all legal means; to promote justice, adherence to legal principle and the rule of law. 
Contact: Ben Kington, executive director,

The Federalist Society



Number of members: over 40,000 nationwide
Cost: $50 for lawyers/general members; $25 for faculty/public-sector/nonprofit attorneys; $5 for students
Member benefits: See
MCLE credit: 20 percent discount to CLE conferences, offered nationally
Newsletter: Quarterly newsletter, The Federalist Paper; ABA Watch emails
Date founded: 1982
Contact: Bob Gaglione,, (619) 238-6000

Tom Homann Law Association
1010 University Ave., PMB 137 San Diego, CA 92103 map it



Number of members: 215
Cost: $15-$55
Member benefits: THLA newsletter, reduced admission price for annual dinner, attorney listing on website, reduced membership 
in other ERDC member organizations and NLGLA. 
MCLE credit: Yes
Date founded: 1992
Mission Statement: Dedicated to the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues throughout California and the nation. We are also the place for San Diego’s GLBT lawyers to network, build friendships and develop their careers. THLA members are also committed to establishing and maintaining personal connections with local law student community. Through our successful mentor program, we provide encouragement, guidance, insight and friendship.
Contact: Co-presidents Denise M. Visconti,; Nicholas J. Fox,
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