About Us

Welcome to SEDBA

The Southeast District Bar Association serves the Southeast Los Angeles County Area including the Cities of Norwalk, Downey, Whittier, Pico Rivera, La Mirada, Bellflower, South Gate, Huntington Park, Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Commerce, Vernon, La Habra, Lakewood, Hacienda Heights, Industry, and La Puente.

The Southeast District Bar Association was first recognized by the State Bar of California on June 16, 1934 and incorporated on September 12, 1956 as a non-profit mutual benefit corporation.  The Association has a Board of Trustees consisting of four officers, the immediate past president, and eight trustees.  The four officers and trustees are elected by the active members and hold office for one year.

The Southeast District Bar Association has a strong tradition of camaraderie between the bar and the bench. It hosts several activities throughout the year in addition to its General Meetings.  Membership in the Southeast Bar consists of active, retired, and honorary members, together with members of the local judiciary.  Every lawyer who is an active member of the California State Bar in good standing is eligible to be an active member in the Southeast District Bar Association.  The Association is also supported by a wide array of sponsors who provide supportive services to the legal community.

General Meetings are usually held on the fourth Wednesday of most months.  Each meeting begins with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. that transitions at 6:30 p.m. to a dinner and speaker program.  These dinner programs feature notable speakers who cover various topics of current interest to the legal profession.  Most General Meetings are eligible to grant MCLE credit to attendees, including some specialized units.  Please see our Events page for a schedule of upcoming General Meetings, MCLE topics, and other events.  Due to the pandemic, meetings are currently being held virtually online via teleconferencing.

For those attorneys and other legal professionals who are interested in joining our organization please consult our Membership page, where you will find an application for membership in SEDBA. Any questions regarding membership can be directed to info@sedba.org.  We look forward to meeting you at the next General Meeting.

Southeast District Bar Association

Board of Trustees

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Rachael C. Kogen President
Megan Hitchcock President-Elect
Matthew Bunnett Vice President
Michael Hutchinson Sec-Treasurer


Juan Leonel Alvarez
Karen A. Anderson
Mary Ann Escalante
Matias Flores
Chad W. Gillette
Robert F. Jacobs
Laila Havre Jacobsma
Karine Mkrtchyan