Joseph S. Leventhal, Director

Joseph S. Leventhal’s experience and involvement with the FBA is significant, broad, and unique. Joseph served as president of the San Diego Chapter in 2015. Under his leadership, the chapter achieved the following: increased membership by 29 percent, fundraising by 1,429 percent, and social media engagement by over 134 percent; launched a new email marketing platform and two first-ever community service events; held a record-breaking 22 CLE events, including the chapter’s first-ever Women in the Law Conference (approximately 150 attendees); first annual all-day CLE session on competence, ethics, and elimination of bias; and first-ever law student moot court competition; created a government relations liaison and held its first-ever government relations event with Judiciary Committee member Rep. Darrell Issa. The chapter ended the year with a record-high bank account balance, enabling it to continue to innovate and increase its relevancy to members.

At the national level of the FBA, he served on the Community Service Committee, the Government Relations Committee, and the SOLACE Committee; was a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee; was on the board of the YLD; and previously served as the chair of the Chapter Activity Fund Committee. Joseph previously served as chair of the National Convention Planning Committee for the FBA’s 2012 Convention in San Diego. He also served as a San Diego Chapter Delegate to the Annual Meeting and Midyear Meeting of the Association numerous times. Joseph previously served on the FBA’s Sarah T. Hughes Civil Rights Award Committee for two years, including serving as chair of the committee. He is a Life Fellow of the Foundation of the FBA and a sustaining member of the association.

At the request of Chief Judge Moskowitz, Joseph chaired the Southern District of California’s 50th Anniversary Committee, which included several events throughout 2016. He previously co-chaired the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives for the Southern District of California and chaired the Southern District of California’s Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel five times. Outside of his volunteer work in the legal community, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of Kids Included Together, an organization focused on training childcare providers how to include children with disabilities instead of simply accommodating such children.