Through the SFVBA, attorneys can take advantage of a number of opportunities to serve the public, the profession or improve the administration of justice.


FREE SPEECH AND THE CONSTITUTION – The Valley Community Legal Foundation is looking for volunteers to be part of a legal team of judges and attorneys that will foster and moderate engaging Socratic conversation with Valley high school students on the topic of “The Constitution and Me – True Threats v. Pure Speech: Drawing the Line Between Safety and Freedom.” The discussion will be held over the course of three class sessions held between February and April 2019. Training will be provided. Contact Kira Masteller at to volunteer and share your legal experience.


MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION – SFVBA members are invited to volunteer as a presiding trial judge or a scoring judge at either the 2019 UCLASSIC Mock Trial Competition on the campus of UCLA, January 19-21, 2019 or the Opening Round Championship Tournament at the Santa Monica Courthouse, March 9-10, 2019. Thirty-eight teams are expected to participate in the UCLASSic event which will involve both the plaintiff and defense side in the civil case of Midlands Television Studio v. Danny Kosack, a civil negligence case arising from the killing of a television writer by a defendant’s chimpanzee during a TV program appearance. The two trials are presented by the UCLA Mock Trial Program and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. To register, email Prof. Gonzalo Freixes of the UCLA Anderson School at or visit


For more information on the opportunities below, click on the program name.