Joseph S. Leventhal, Director

My experience and involvement with the FBA is significant, broad, and unique. I served as President of the San Diego Chapter in 2015. Under my leadership, the chapter increased membership by 29% (279 to 360). We also increased fundraising by 1,429% ($3500 to $53,500); social media engagement by over 134% (222 connections to 552); launched a new email marketing platform (Benchmark); held a record-breaking 22 CLE events including the chapter’s first ever Women in the Law Conference (approx. 150 attendees), first annual all-day CLE session on competence, ethics, and elimination of bias, and first ever law student moot court competition; launched two first ever community service events; and created a government relations liaison and held our first ever government relations event with Judiciary Committee member Congressman Issa. We ended the year with a record high bank account balance, enabling the chapter to continue to innovate and increase its relevancy to members.

At the national level of the FBA, I currently serve on the Community Service Committee and previously served as the Chair of the Chapter Activity Fund Committee, as a member of the GRC, as a member of the SOLACE Committee, as a member of the Elections and Nominations Committee, and as a member of the Board of the YLD. I previously served as Chair of the National Convention Planning Committee for the FBA’s 2012 Convention in San Diego. I also served as a San Diego Chapter Delegate to the Annual Meeting and Midyear Meeting of the Association numerous times. Finally, I previously served on the FBA’s Sarah T. Hughes Civil Rights Award Committee for two years, most recently serving as Chair of the Committee. I am a Life Fellow of the Foundation and a Sustaining Member of the Association.

I believe other experiences serve me well as a Director. For example, at the request of Chief Judge Moskowitz, I recently chaired the Southern District of California’s 50th Anniversary Committee, which included several events throughout 2016. I previously co-chaired the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives for the Southern District of California. I was recently asked (and agreed) to Chair the Southern District of California’s Magistrate Judge Selection Committee. Outside of my volunteer work in the legal community, I serve as a member of the Board of Directors of Kids Included Together, an organization focused on training child care providers how to include children with disabilities instead of simply accommodating such children. I’ve received many awards recognizing my experience as an attorney, but I discount their relevance here.