Community

A Tradition of Service

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek believes in community service—a tradition maintained with dedication since our firm was founded. Our attorneys and staff take pride in volunteering and serving on boards and committees of a wide range of organizations, from social services and the arts, to health care and civic organizations. We also provide financial support to a substantial number of such organizations. The many groups with which we are involved include:

ACLU of San Diego County

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

American College of Family Trial Lawyers

American College of Real Estate Lawyers

American Immigration Lawyers Association

American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh Chapter

Asian Business Association of San Diego

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County

Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Association of Certified Family Law Specialists

Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society

Boy Scouts of America

Cal South Youth Soccer Association

California Lawyers Association

California Women Lawyers

Casa Cornelia Law Center

Claremont McKenna Alumni Association

Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego

Divorce Roundtable

Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association

Estate Planning Council of San Diego

Federal Bar Association

Feeding San Diego

Financial Roundtable

Gilbert Martin Foundation

Gonzaga University Alumni Association

Harvard Law School Association

Home Start

Iranian American Bar Association

Junior League of San Diego

Kansas University Alumni Association

Korean-Mexican Maquiladora Association

KPBS Planned Giving Board

La Jolla Music Society

La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla YMCA

Lawyers Club of San Diego

Miracle Babies

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

National Association of Former United States Attorneys

National Elder Law Foundation

National Institute of Pension Administrators – San Diego Chapter 

North County Bar Association

North County Estate Planning Council

Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce

Project Love Out Loud

Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties

Rady’s Children’s Hospital Foundation

Rotary International

San Diego Blood Bank

San Diego Bowl Game Association

San Diego County Bar Association 

San Diego County Soccer Referees Association

San Diego Regional EDC

San Diego Eye Bank

San Diego Inn of Court

San Diego Family Law Bar Association

San Diego New Children’s Museum

San Diego Padres - Hispanic Community Leadership Committee

San Diego Symphony

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

Santee School District

Scripps Health Planned Giving Board

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center

South County EDC

Southwestern College Foundation

The Bishop’s School Alumni Association

U.S.-Mexico Bar Association

Urban Discovery Academy

Urban Land Institute San Diego-Tijuana District Council

University of San Diego School of Law

Western Pension & Benefits Council

YALLA San Diego Leadership Program for Refugee Youth

 

Community Service Spotlights

Home Start


SCMV associate Jessica Doidge and Home Start CEO Laura Tancredi-Baese

SCMV associate Jessica Doidge is working to ensure that at-risk children have a bright future. Jessica serves as a member of the board of directors of Home Start, a nonprofit organization that helps families identify and use their strengths to build a better future for themselves.

Jessica was invited to join the Home Start board in 2018 and has thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“The board experience has allowed me to broaden my understanding of the needs of the local community and be a part of the solution to strengthen families and protect children,” says Jessica. “The staff and volunteers of Home Start are wonderful to work with and are fully committed to making a difference.”

In 2018, the organization served over 28,000 families in San Diego and surrounding counties. Using a community-based collaborative effort to reach children and families at risk in order to prevent child abuse and neglect, Home Start provides home-and-center based services on a free of charge or sliding scale. These programs include:

Community Services for Families (CSF)
Promoting child safety, child well-being, and stable living environments. 

Maternity Housing Program (MHP)
Providing pregnant or parenting homeless women ages 18-24 and their children with housing and wrap-around supportive services.

Behavioral Health Services (BHS)
Providing therapy services to children, families, and adults.

First 5 First Steps (F5FS)
Providing in-home parent education to pregnant women and their families.

Communities in Action (CinA)
Offering families a hand up through a continuum of care, including employment services, financial coaching, and income support. 

If you’d like to help Home Start with its mission, visit the Home Start Thrift Boutique Store in Normal Heights. There you will find a carefully curated selection of gently used and vintage clothing, household goods, and furniture. The revenue from the boutique helps support Home Start’s programs. Clients of the organization are employed there, giving them on-the-job training and valuable skills.

 

La Jolla YMCA

“The La Jolla Y is a vibrant part of our community, and I am excited at the opportunity to contribute to the organization as a board member,” says Parisa Weiss, SCMV shareholder and a member of the firm’s estate planning team. Parisa was recently named to the Board of Advisors of the La Jolla YMCA.  

“We are happy to welcome Parisa to the La Jolla YMCA Board,” said Sue Ball, District Executive Director for the Y. “As a Y member and mother of two girls who participate in our youth programs, her insight will be very valuable to us.”

Ball added, “Parisa’s experience working with individuals to lay out their philanthropy plans will be integral as we look to expand our planned giving roster. Her influence and network of friends and colleagues will help spread our mission to more people, thus impacting more lives.”

Since 1964, the La Jolla YMCA has built a stronger local community by empowering local children, families and neighbors to be healthier in mind, body and spirit. 

From its two locations, the Dan McKinney Family YMCA and Shepherd YMCA Firehouse, the La Jolla YMCA serves more than 18,000 people throughout La Jolla, University City, north Clairemont, Sorrento Valley, Carmel Valley and north Pacific Beach through a variety of programs, services and outreach that foster youth development, promote healthy living and advance social responsibility. Earlier this year, the Dan McKinney Family site completed the final phase of a $21 million expansion and renovation project. 


L to R: Susan Botticelli, La Jolla YMCA Board of Advisors Chair; Parisa Weiss, SCMV shareholder
and La Jolla YMCA Board member; Sue Ball, District Executive Director for the YMCA.


San Diego Blood Bank

Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is proud to be an active supporter of the San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB), a critical element of San Diego’s healthcare system.

SDBB is dedicated to providing a reliable supply of blood to our community, collecting approximately 100,000 units of blood products annually. An independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit, SDBB serves hospitals in San Diego, Orange, Imperial and Los Angeles counties with blood transfusion products and reference laboratory services. SDBB currently operates six local donor centers and 10 bloodmobiles, hosting approximately 2,000 mobile blood drives each year. SDBB’s Cell Therapy Program provides lifesaving stem cell transplants to patients worldwide.

SCMV associate Rebecca Van Loon has been a member of the SDBB Financial Resource Development Committee since 2012. “It’s a real honor to be involved with such a vital organization,” Rebecca says. “Knowing the value of all they do for our community, I am committed to working with SDBB to make the most effective use of their financial resources and to raising awareness of the importance of community support.”


San Diego Blood Bank CEO David Wellis, PhD.

 

Junior League of San Diego

Shareholder Andrea Myers has taken our commitment to community service to heart in serving as the Fund Development Director for the Junior League of San Diego, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Andrea designed and re-launched the organization’s Food & Wine Festival into a new multi-faceted signature fundraiser. Under Andrea’s leadership, The Junior League of San Diego Food and Wine Festival: A Kentucky Derby Affair! drew even more chefs, breweries and wineries from all over the area. Leveraging media partnerships to increase pre-event exposure and giving a greater role to corporate sponsors and partners via year-long contracts, Andrea’s team exceeded expectations by increasing overall revenue by 142 percent over the past three years. Tickets now sell out prior to the event and attendance has doubled. The Food & Wine Festival held annually in May, has been such a success that the efforts of the Junior League of San Diego were nationally recognized at the 93rd Annual Conference of The Association of Junior Leagues International.


L to R: Mark Rogge, Courtney Rogge, Karen Cook, Lisa Andrews, Andrea Myers, Zach Myers

 

San Diego Symphony

One of our most enjoyable programs is our sponsorship of San Diego Symphony violinist Pei-Chin Tsai through the Symphony’s Partner with a Player program. Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek has been an enthusiastic Partner with a Player since 2004, and has sponsored Ms. Tsai since 2012.


Pei-Chin Tsai and SCMV President Bob Caplan

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