Hispanic Bar Association Newsletter
Boletín del Hispanic Bar Association

July 17, 2007

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Joe Perez Named OC Superior Court Commissioner!Joe Perez
Deputy Public Defender and HBA Member, Joe Perez, has been selected to join the Orange County Superior Court as a Commissioner. Joe served as a Deputy Public Defender in Orange County for twelve years, and is the son of Judge James O. Perez, the first Latino Judge in Orange County and the HBA's 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.  The HBA enthusiastically congratulates Joe and his family!   
It's not too late to RSVP TODAY for the
HBA "Bar Review" / de Barranda
Sponsored by: Veritext
Please join the HBA for a casual evening of drinks and appetizers at the HBA "Bar Review"/ de Barranda. 
Download the flyer for more information.  RSVP today by contacting us at info@ochba.org or at 949-440-6700 ext. 253.

Thursday July 19, 2007
at 5:30 p.m.
McCormick & Schmick's
  2791 North Main Street
  Santa Ana, CA 92706

Wally Davis Scholarship Applications
Now Available!
This scholarship fund is sponsored by the Hispanic Bar Association and awards scholarships to Orange County Hispanic law students. The Fund was named in memory of Wally Davis, one of the first Hispanic attorneys in Orange County who fought for the civil rights of all Hispanics. Eligible students must be of Latino origin, have Latino community and school involvement.  In addition, students entering in their first year of law school must posses a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Priority will be given to students with significant ties to Orange County.
The HBA is offering the following scholarships:
  • Three General Law School Tuition Scholarships in the amount of $3,750 each
  • One BAR BRI Scholarship in the amount of $2,000
  • One 2008 Summer Externship Scholarship in the amount of  $1,750 at a legally related,
    OC based public interest non-profit organization (i.e. Public Law Center, Legal Aid, ACLU, etc.)

Applications must be postmarked by August 3, 2007, and mailed to the Hispanic Bar Association at P.O. Box 17777, Irvine, CA 92623-7777 Attn: ScholarshipDownload the application or visit our website for more information.

Santa Ana Citizenship Fair Needs Volunteers 
Volunteers are needed to help out at the Citizenship Fair on Saturday, July 21, 2007.   The Citizenship Fair
will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Santa Ana College located at 1530 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana  92706.  There are only three training sessions left.  If you wish to attend a training session to volunteer, please contact Dianne Hurtado at hurtadodianne@yahoo.com.  You may also download the informational flyer and the training session flyer for additional information. 

MALDEF Reception to Unveil New Artwork
MALDEF hosts a reception at The City Club in Los Angeles to unveil MALDEF's new artwork and recognize local renowned artist Herman Sillas.  RSVP to Grace Duran at 213-629-2512 ext. 122 or Gduran@maldef.org by July 19th. Please download the flyer. 
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The City Club
333 South Grand Ave., 54th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
California Rural Legal Assistance Tardeada                                                            CRLA celebrates 41 Years of Advocacy honoring the Honorable Xavier Becerra, Executive Director of CHIRLA Angelica Salas, and Chicano Performance Troupe Culture Clash.  For more information contact Claire Rase at crase@crla.org or download the flyer.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
California Bar Foundation Seeks Applicants for its Board
California Bar Foundation Seeks Applicants for its Board
The California Bar Foundation is seeking applications for several positions on its board of directors for terms beginning Jan. 1. The deadline to apply is August 17, 2007.  Applicants may be attorneys, judges or members of the public who have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to the foundation's charitable mission; who have previous board, public or community service; or who are knowledgeable about charitable fundraising.  Board members serve two-year terms and are expected to attend approximately five board meetings per year in San Francisco or Los Angeles and participate on at least two committees, whose meetings usually are conducted by conference call.  For more information visit the web site at www.calbarfoundation.org.
Applicants must submit a resume and a statement of qualifications to: Leslie Hatamiya, Executive Director, California Bar Foundation, 180 Howard St., San Francisco CA 94105; 415-856-0788 (fax); lhatamiya@calbarfoundation.org.
Diversity Conference & Collegiate Diversity Job Fair
The Inaugural California Diversity and Leadership Conference will be one of California's most unique and exclusive diversity conferences and job fairs.  The conference takes place September 19-21, 2007, at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.  Featured conference events include: law firm diversity summit, diversity in higher education summit, a law school diversity summit, and an exceptional job fair.  For more information visit www.californiadiversityconference.com or download the flyer.
Anaheim Hosts State Bar Meeting 
Jane Goodall, Eleanor Clift and author James Bradley will headline the State Bar Annual Meeting scheduled for Sept. 27-30 in Anaheim.  A new State Bar president and five new
members of the board of governors will be sworn in at the convention, which offers a low-cost opportunity for California attorneys to earn up to 20 MCLE credits in one weekend.  Members of Group 3, whose last names start with N-Z, must complete 25 hours of MCLE by Feb. 1.
The Bench Bar Biannual Conference will be held at the same time, bringing together judicial leaders from throughout the state to share their insights on issues affecting the justice system. Chief Justice Ronald M. George will deliver his State of the Judiciary address as well.A full preview of meeting events is available at the State Bar website at www.calbar.org. Attendees may register and make hotel reservations online at that site. The deadline for early bird registration is Aug. 27.
PLC Case List 
Looking for pro bono opportunities?  The Public Law Center (PLC) can help.  Please download the list of cases where PLC is seeking pro bono attorneys.  A list of sample cases for you to consider, include cases involving income protection/collections (PLC 07-1010892), auto fraud/odometer rollback (PLC 07-1011204), guardianship (PLC 07-1011311), and divorce (PLC 07-1010738).
Join the 2008 HBA Dinner Committee! 
Have you wanted to get more involved in the HBA, but not sure how? Here is your chance.  Join the 2008 Dinner Committee.  The first meeting of the 2008 HBA Dinner Committee will be held in August.  Send us an e-mail at info@ochba.org and the 2008 Dinner Committee Chair will contact you.
HBA 29th Annual Installation Dinner & Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner Video Available! 
Did you miss the HBA's 29th Annual Installation Dinner & Scholarship Fundraiser where we recognized the trailblazers of Orange County's Latino community?  Well, here's your chance to catch a portion of the evening.  For a small donation you can now receive your very own copy of a DVD profiling one of the awardees of the evening or the Orange County Latino Trailblazers. 
In the spirit of the evening's theme - Rompiendo Barreras, Formando Caminos/Breaking Barriers, Blazing Paths - the HBA honored the Honorable Judge Frances Muñoz, the first Latina to be appointed to the bench in California, and Joseph L. Chairez, the first Latino to serve as President of the Orange County Bar Association in its over 100 year history. 
In addition, there was a special video tribute to other Orange County Latino trailblazers, including: Alex Maldonado, one of the founders of the first LULAC in Orange County; lola Gallardo, the first Latina police "matron" in Orange County; Joe O'Campo, the first Latino appointed as State Appraiser in Orange County; and Hon. Loretta Sanchez, the first Latina elected to U.S. Congress in Orange County. 
To receive a copy of one of the above DVDs, please make your $15 donation payable to the Hispanic Bar Association/OCCF and mail to the Hispanic Bar Association, P.O. Box 17777, Irvine, CA 92623-7777.  Please be certain to identify which DVD you are ordering.  All proceeds will go to the Wallace (Wally) R. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The HBA Welcomes Its Newest Members! 
The HBA welcomes the following new members who joined the HBA at the OCBA's Bridging the Gap event on July 14th:
Sylvia V. Gonzalez
Susan Romero
Joshua Engle
Bruce A. Boice
Alyssa Soarez
Helen Lim
Golnaz Nejati
Kimberly Roig
Jennifer Bersin
Fernando Brito, Jr.
Jose Antonio Martinez
Maria A. Chavez
Joseph Selby
Jose Martinez
Amanda Francuz
Shannon Anderson
Alexis Penn-Loya
Kiran Sharma
Cristele Demuro
Thank you to Board Members Javier Rivera Carbone and Marcelo Reyes for representing the HBA well at the OCBA's Bridging the Gap and for their amazing recruitment efforts. 
Not a member, download the application and join TODAY!
Also In This Issue
HBA "Bar Review"/de Barranda
Wally Davis Scholarship Applications Now Available
Volunteers Needed
MALDEF Reception to Unveil New Artwork
CRLA Tardeada
California Bar Foundation Seeks Applicants
Diversity Conference & Collegiate Diversity Job Fair
State Bar Meeting In Anaheim
PLC Case List
2008 HBA Dinner Committee
2007 HBA Dinner Video
HBA New Members
GOLD Sponsor

Sheppard Mullin

SILVER Sponsors

Latham & Watkins LLP

Morrison Foerster

Wells Fargo

BRONZE Sponsors

Aitken, Aitken & Cohn

Alexander Polsky, Hon. Robert Thomas & JAMS

Adorno, Yoss, Alvarado  & Smith

Baker & Hostetler LLP

Chapman University


Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Jones Day

Loislaw-Wolters Kluwer

Merrill Lynch

Miguel's Restaurant

Narver Insurance

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Rutan & Tucker LLP

Snell & Wilmer LLP

Union Bank of California

University of California, Irvine


Save the Date For These Events!

July 19th  - HBA "Bar Review"/de Barranda at McCormick and Schmick's in Santa Ana
July 21st  - Santa Ana Citizenship Fair
July 26th  - PLC Volunteers for Justice Dinner

August 10th - OCWLA's Summer Sizzle Lunch & Silent Auction
August 14th - Becoming a Judge: The Basics
August 29th - HBA End of Summer Mixer

For more information on these events and others, download our Calendar or visit the HBA website at www.ochba.org.
Thank You to ProCourier Who Sponsored Our HBA "Bar Review"/de Barranda on 
June 29th!!