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San Diego City Council appointed two members to the San Diego Convention Center Corp.’s board of directors. San Diego Convention Center Corp. is a public benefit corporation created by the City of San Diego to exclusively manage and operate the 2.6 million square-feet waterfront facility.

Joining the seven-member board that sets policy for the Corporation are Candace M. Carroll and Gil Cabrera.

“We welcome these two outstanding community leaders to the board,” said Nico Ferraro, board chair, San Diego Convention Center Corp. “The Corporation will benefit tremendously from their expertise.”

Carroll is an appellate practitioner with more than 30 years of experience handling appeals in federal, state and bankruptcy appellate courts. Her cases have included a wide-range of subjects, including contract disputes, insurance and indemnity issues, wrongful termination, intellectual property, personal injury and complex family law matters.

She taught seminars in advanced legal writing at Duke University School of Law and the University of San Diego School of Law and currently supervises a Ninth Circuit Legal Clinic at the University of San Diego School of Law. Carroll is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and several other circuits, including the U.S. District Court for the Central and Southern Districts.

In 2009, she received the Duke University School of Law’s Charles S. Rhyne Award, given to an alumnus whose career as a practicing attorney has demonstrated the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity. Carroll previously served as the president of the San Diego County Bar Association, the president of California Women Lawyers and currently chairs Senator Barbara Boxer’s Judicial Appointments Committee for the Southern District of California.

Carroll earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with distinction from George Washington University and her Juris Doctor with honors from Duke University School of Law. She is a life member of the Duke University School of Law Board of Visitors and serves on the California Western Law School Council of Visitors.

Cabrera is a lawyer who formed The Cabrera Firm. He previously was a senior associate with Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, LLP. In this role, Cabrera specialized in business litigation, securities litigation, intellectual property, employment law and white collar criminal defense.

He has a variety of experience representing companies and individuals in trials both large and small. Cabrera has successfully represented clients before government agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and the California Attorney General’s Office. Cabrera is a member of the litigation section of the State Bar of California, the Federal Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, the San Diego Lawyers Club, the Welsh Chapter of the American Inn of Court and the American Business Trial Lawyers Association.

Cabrera serves on the board of directors for the San Diego LGBT Community Center and the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. Previously, he served as the co-chair for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Lawyers Representative Panel to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Cabrera is a former chair and commissioner of the City of San Diego Ethics Commission and is chair of the San Diego Chief of Police’s Use of Force Task Force, chair of the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego and a member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America National Board of Directors. He is a graduate of LEAD San Diego.

He Cabrera received his Juris Doctor from Boston College in 1997 where he served as notes editor for the Third World Law Journal and was a Presidential Scholar. Cabrera received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton in 1994.

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