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2017 Endorsements for SDCBA Board
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Lawyers Club Proudly Endorses Three Candidates in the San Diego County Bar Association Board Elections

Lawyers Club of San Diego is pleased to endorse three candidates in the upcoming San Diego County Bar Association (“SDCBA”) Board of Directors elections:

Judy Bae, Linh Lam, Teodora D. Purcell

SDCBA is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors. Directors are elected at large by its membership and elections are held in November of each year. Voting (online and paper ballot) is open through November 11, 2017. If you would like further information about online elections or you do not want to vote online, you may request a paper ballot by contacting Heather Breen at (619) 321-4113 or All SDCBA attorney members are eligible to vote in the 2018 election.

Lawyers Club’s endorsement of candidates for the SDCBA board has played an important role in advancing the status of women in the San Diego legal community. In keeping with tradition, Lawyers Club’s Endorsements & Nominations Committee carefully vetted and considered the candidates, and made recommendations about the candidates to the Lawyers Club’s Board of Directors. The Lawyers Club Board voted to endorse these three remarkable attorneys, each of whom exemplifies Lawyers Club’s mission “to advance the status of women in the law and society.” Below are brief bios that demonstrate each candidate’s commitment to the legal community.

Judy Bae
Judy Bae

Judy Bae practices probate/trust litigation with Miller Monson. Her practice ranges from will and trust contests, fiduciary defense, and estate/trust accountings disputes. Her clients range from individuals contesting estate planning documents procured by undue influence and other means, defending trusts and wills from attack, trustees requiring guidance in contentious trust administration scenarios, the charitable organizations pursuing accountings from rogue trustees, and everything in-between. Prior to her legal career, Judy attended medical school, which has been an essential part of her success in understanding the emotional components that often drive probate/trust litigation matters and the background that often leads to an individual’s susceptibility to undue influence. Judy is the current President of Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego and will end her term on January 25, 2018 at the organization's 40th Annual Dinner. She has served as part of the SDCBA's Estate Planning, Trust & Probate section's executive committee for the past three years and currently serves as the section's chair.



Linh Lam
Linh Lam

Linh Lam is the Immediate Past President of Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (PALSD), and has served on the PALSD Board for nine years in the additional roles of President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, and Director-at-Large. In addition to her service in PALSD, she has been a prosecutor for almost 12 years with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. Linh is currently the Assistant Chief of the Appellate & Training Division, where she supervises 14 attorneys and 15 staff members. She has four published decisions out of the Fourth District Court of Appeal on issues of first impression addressing juvenile resentencing, contempt of court proceedings, victim restitution, and identity theft. Linh has authored numerous amicus briefs and petitions for review for the California Supreme Court. Prior to her time in the Appellate & Training Division, Linh was assigned to the trial unit where she handled 18 jury trials.



Teodora D. Purcell
Teodora D. Purcell

Teodora D. Purcell is a Senior Associate at Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen and Loewy, LLP, where she counsels clients on global mobility and business immigration issues and represents immigrants, entrepreneurs, scientists, Fortune 500 companies, refugees, victims of domestic violence or human trafficking, unaccompanied children. She has extensive experience in all facets of immigration law, including US and global immigration, consular practice, administrative and federal appeals, removal defense, asylum, and family immigration.

Teodora is dedicated to serving others and has held various leadership or committee positions with organizations, such as the SDCBA, Lawyers Club, AILA San Diego, ACCA San Diego, BIOCOM. In her leadership roles, she has always encouraged lawyers to get involved in the legal community and regularly mentors newer practitioners. Teodora is deeply committed to pro bono work and has been instrumental in establishing partnerships between local non profit organizations and the private bar. She has been a volunteer attorney with Casa Cornelia Law Center for many years, and is recipient of many professional accolades, amongst which the KPBS Local Hero Award (March 2016), the Casa Cornelia Distinguished Lawyer of the Year “La Mancha” 2015 Award, the Wiley Bar Pro Bono Award of the State Bar of California (2002, 2014, 2015 and 2016) and the American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA) San Diego Chapter Pro Bono Award (2016), Super Lawyers List Immigration Law (2017 & 2016).

Teodora obtained her LLM in Comparative Law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and her JD and LLM degrees in International Law and Bulgarian Law from the Sofia University in Bulgaria where she is also licensed to practice law. She is the epitome of professionalism and integrity who uses her legal skills and empathy to achieve success for each of her clients. She is also committed to educating others and frequently speaks on immigration law and policy. Teodora always strives to not only provide the highest quality legal services but also generously shares her talents to help others and promote public service, diversity, access to justice, professional development, and to positively impact the legal community and the community at large.
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