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Founding partner Dick Semerdjian has been selected to the National Judicial College’s Board of Visitors. For more than 50 years, The National Judicial College (NJC) located on the campus of the University of Nevada Reno has remained the national leader in judicial education. The first to offer programs to judges nationwide, the NJC continues to work with the judiciary to improve productivity, challenge current perceptions of justice and inspire judges to achieve judicial excellence.  The College serves as the one place where judges from across the nation and around the world can meet to improve the delivery of justice and advance the rule of law through a disciplined process of professional study and collegial dialogue.  By offering an average of 100 courses/programs annually with more than 8,000 judges attending from all 50 states, U.S. territories and more than 150 countries, the NJC seeks to further its mission of education, innovation and advancing justice.

The NJC’s Board of Visitors is a nationally recognized and select group of individuals charged with furthering the quality of education offered by the NJC.  They are renowned professionals who bring a cross-section of perspectives to improve the administration of justice through education.  Members also serve as goodwill ambassadors of the NJC by enhancing awareness of the College and assisting with fundraising efforts.

In addition to his involvement with the National Judicial College, Dick is the current Chair of the State Court sub-Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on the American Justice System, and past-Chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) and ABA Commission on the American Jury.  He is on the board and faculty of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)/TIPS National Trial Academy which is named the country’s top “boot camp for lawyers” and takes place annually at the NJC.  Some of the country’s top trial attorneys serve as faculty for the academy, mentoring attorneys new to the profession and trial work.  In addition to other learning exercises, the academy features a mock trial in the NJC’s Model Courtroom.

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Partner Sarah Evans has been recognized by her peers and named to the San Diego Business Journal Best of the Bar 2017. On April 10, 2017, the publication will showcase the top San Diego attorneys in private practice as nominated by their peers. Sarah specializes in employment law and business & commercial litigation. Congratulations, Sarah!


We are pleased to announce that the Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Moot Community Service Scholarship has been awarded to Ainslie Tarr, a third year law student at the University of San Diego School of Law. Ainslie’s goal is to practice non-profit immigration law. While studying at USD School of Law, Ainslie has worked with public and non-profit organizations providing immigration services to refugees, primarily women and children. Congratulations, Ainslie!

Schwartz Semerdjian joined the University of San Diego School of Law Named Scholarship Program in 2016. The $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a law student who has demonstrated commitment to community service in San Diego County.  The scholarship supports the firm’s efforts to encourage and promote voluntary community service by its attorneys and by future members of the legal profession.


Partners Dick Semerdjian, Kevin Cauley & John Moot have been selected as Top Lawyers in San Diego by Martindale Hubbell. The 2017 Top Lawyers List will be published in the March 2017 issue of San Diego Magazine. Lawyers featured in the Top Lawyers List have been selected by their peers as providing the highest level of professional excellence. Congratulations, Dick, Kevin & John!


This week, Schwartz Semerdjian associates Owen Praskievicz and Alison Adelman are participating in the San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition. This year, participation is expected to include over 500 students in San Diego County and over 8,000 students statewide. The trial is a simulation of a criminal case, in which students portray each of the principals in the array of courtroom participants. Students participate as lawyers, witnesses, court clerks, and bailiffs, thus acquiring a working knowledge of our judicial system.