President’s Message

My name is Megan Sammut, and I feel privileged and incredibly excited to serve as the President of the Sacramento Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in 2018. This year, your Board is made up of: Vice President Julie Yap, Secretary Steve Duvernay, Treasurer Michelle Beckwith, Programs Chair Wim Van Rooyen, and Immediate Past-President Avalon Johnson Fitzgerald.

With over 200 members made up of attorneys from the private sector and governmental agencies, members of the federal bench, and students, the Sacramento Chapter is dedicated to organizing learning opportunities and networking events for federal practitioners in the twenty-three northern counties that make up the Eastern District of California.

We began the year with our annual election mixer, graciously hosted by United States Court of Appeals Judge Consuelo Callahan in her chambers. In the coming year, members can look forward to our Spring Mixer, which will provide another excellent networking opportunity for members of the federal bench and bar, as well as various other educational and social events. We will also host our twenty-seventh annual Supreme Court Year in Review in late July. Most recently, professors from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law have served as our keynote speakers, educating attendees about the Supreme Court’s most interesting and important rulings from the latest term. This year will also mark the tenth annual Night to Honor Service in November, which recognizes those attorneys in the community who provide a service to the Court by volunteering on one of a number of Eastern District panels. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and Federal Defender’s Office also recognize an employee from each agency who has exhibited exceptional dedication to public service.

If you haven’t already (or if you’ve accidentally let your membership lapse), I welcome and encourage you to join the FBA by visiting And if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas about how to make the FBA better, please don’t hesitate to contact me at I look forward to seeing you at an event in 2018.

Megan Sammut
President, Federal Bar Association – Sacramento Chapter

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