The premise was simple: if our legal community is committed to a “we” culture — if we are truly a community — then any one segment of the community that is hit with a financial crisis makes the whole community weaker. 

This Legal Futures Summit was a rousing success.  Co-sponsored by the law library professionals of San Diego (SANDALL), 20 collaborative community members imagined a better future at the Law Library.  The future?  One of partnerships, collaborative use of resources, time-saving methods, ways to cut out waste, better ways to bring legal services to the poor, improve the chances for job creation for our lawyers, and so on.


Foremost among the summit ideas were: creating a shared universal referral list; a clinic “combine” that brings together all three major law schools to provide shared service opportunities to pro pers; and ways to improve the connections between bar-passers, law school career services, bar associations and law library.

Judge Julia Kelety from the Probate Division of the Superior Court and Trustee for the Law Library gave the welcome address, encouraging the process, thanking the attendees, and voicing the thanks of the entire Board and the Court for these efforts. SANDALL President Barbara Glennan from California Western School of Law also welcomed the group. 

A breakout session with 5 different groups discussed ideas, made suggestions, and forged alliances.  “Just being in the same room together is a great step toward bringing better communication and the possibility of real collaboration [in the legal community],” said Tia Wallach, Superior Court Family Law Facilitator.

In addition to SANDALL and the Law Library, Summiteers included leaders from the Superior Court, American Association of Law Libraries, San Diego County Bar, North County Bar, the Lawyers Club, La Raza, SDVLP, Legal Aid, Morrison & Foerster, Cal Western, TJSL, USD, and more.  It was awesome and inspiring. 

Next steps: collating and summarizing the ideas for a survey to be sent out that asks for recipients to prioritize and rank these projects.  The Summit is open to everyone in the legal community and meets twice a year, in August and February.

If you weren’t on the attendance list, you should have been there!