Hispanic Bar Association Newsletter
Boletín del Hispanic Bar Association

October 18, 2007

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The HBA Recognizes the Honorable
Jack K. Mandel
The HBA honored retired Judge Jack K. Mandel with its Judge's Award at its annual Judges' BBQ held Sunday, October 14, 2007.  In the company of over ten former Santa Ana students, whom Judge Mandel personally mentored, Judge Mandel was recognized for his commitment to the Latino community by encouraging, supporting and guiding young Latino students to pursue a higher education.  Judge Mandel has received the Judge of the Year award from the Orange County Women Lawyers, Vounteer of the Year from the Los Angeles Times, the Harmon Scoville Award from the Orange County Bar Association, and the Outstanding Contribution to Education Award from the Orange County Department of Education.  The HBA enthusiastically congratulates Judge Mandel, his family, and the many students he has helped and continues to help.
HBA's 2nd Annual Día de los Muertos Mixer
November 1st
Sponsored by: CPT Group, Inc.
Please join the HBA for another "Bar Review"/de Barranda.  Our 2nd Annual Día de los Muertos celebration is being sponsored by CPT Group, Inc.  We will also be introducing the candidates running for the 2008 HBA Board of Directors.  So join us for drinks and appetizers, while you get to know the candidates.   
Thursday, November 1, 2007
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
215 N. Broadway
Santa Ana
Members FREE
Non-Members $15
RSVP by October 29th
at info@ochba.org or (949) 440-6700 ext. 253 
HBA Nominees for Board of Directors due Tomorrow! 
Interested in becoming involved in the HBA, here is your chance!  The HBA is now accepting nominations for positions on its 2008 Board and for the following Officer positions: President-Elect, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary.   If you wish to nominate yourself or someone you know, please send us an e-mail at info@ochba.org and a member of the Nominations Committee will contact the nominee with additional details.  Deadline to submit nominations is tomorrow, October 19, 2007.
E-Survey for OC Court due Oct. 22
Orange County's Superior Court wants to hear from you.  The Court is engaged in strategic planning and has put together a strategic planning survey.  Please take a moment to fill out the survey by visiting the following site  www.occourts.org/attorneysurvey.html.   All responses are anonymous.  Your participation is appreciated.
PLC Offers Bro Bono Oppotunities

PLC pro bono cases offer a variety of opportunities for those interested in both litigation and transactional work. If you are interested in taking one of the pro bono cases listed below, please e-mail the PLC staff member listed below each case.  Below is a sample list of cases that are available: 


Home Refinance, PLC 07-1011717 and 07-1011718.

Clients are two monolingual Spanish-speaking sisters who need help in reforming loan agreements.  Both were presented with one refinance proposal only to be induced to sign agreements that were substantially more onerous than initially presented.  Clients were unable to read the agreements and relied on the representations of the loan broker.  Both believed taxes and insurance were included in the payments and now fear they will be unable to pay taxes and insurance.  PLC can provide an interpreter if needed.



Divorce/Domestic Violence, PLC 07-1011560.

Client is a 33 year-old Spanish-speaking client who seeks dissolution of her seven year marriage.  Client is the victim of domestic violence and has full legal custody of the children.  Client presently lives in a homeless shelter; there is no community property or community debt.  PLC can provide an interpreter if necessary.  cholton@publiclawcenter.org.


Divorce/Domestic Violence, PLC 07-1011441.

Client is a 35 year-old Spanish-speaking client who seeks help dissolving her eight year marriage.  Client is a victim of domestic violence and has full custody of her three minor children.  Community property includes a home and two cars; there is no community debt.  PLC can provide an interpreter if necessary. cholton@publiclawcenter.org


Custody, PLC 07-1011617.

Client is a 28 year-old mother who seeks to establish court ordered custody and visitation for her 1 year-old daughter.  Biological father has inflicted domestic violence on her.  She, however, does not have a restraining order in place against father.  Mother believes father's violent behavior reflects mental illness. Mother speaks limited English.  PLC can provide an interpreter if necessary.


If you have questions or need additional information, contact Peri Doshi-O'Neill at (714) 541-1010 ext. 263 or pdoshioneill@publiclawcenter.org  

HEEF 14th Annual Apple of Gold Awards Dinner

November 2, 2007

Anaheim Hilton              

There is still time to RSVP for and/or sponsor the 14th Annual Apple of Gold Awards Dinner hosted by the Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF).   In addition to recognizing local teachers and administrators, who inspire and encourage students to strive for a university education, HEEF provides scholarships for college students. Proceeds from the dinner go to the scholarship general fund and to its 29 sub-funds targeting majors in arts, business, engineering, law, medicine and technology. 


The HBA congratulates HEEF's 2007 Apple of Gold Award recipients:


Excellence in K-12 Education


Sharon Saxton

English teacher
Santa Ana High School

Sharon Quirk

GATE Teacher/Project Discovery
Richman Elementary School 

  Susan "Sue" Balas
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Coordinator
Loara High School


Excellence in Community College

Education Instruction

John Hernandez, PH.D

Vice President of Student Services
Santiago Canyon College


To sponsor or RSVP contact John Palacio at (949) 553-4202 ext. 28   or by e-mail at  jpalacio@pacbell.net


OCWLA Presents the State of the State Bar by Assemblyman Todd Spitzer 
Please join the OCWLA for one hour of MCLE General Credit during Assemblyman Spitzer's State of the State Bar address, including impending legislation. 
November 6, 2007
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Turnip Rose
300 S. Flower
For more information or to RSVP contact Nola Sheldon at nolasheldon@aol.com
Also In This Issue
Annual Dia de los Muertos Mixer - November 1st
HBA Board Nominations Deadline October 19th
OC Court E-Survey Deadline October 22nd
PLC Pro Bono Opportunities
HEEF Apple of Gold Awards
OCWLA Presents Assemblyman Spitzer
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

(please note that some dates have changed)
October 18th - "Bar Review"/
de Barranda

November 1st -
Dia de los Muertos Mixer at Proof in Santa Ana
December 5th -
Holiday Mixer at McCormick & Schmick's in Santa Ana 
Bette and Wylie Aitken for hosting (for the third consecutive year) the HBA's Judges' BBQ in their beautiful home in Anaheim Hills on October 14th.  Your support is invaluable!  Thank you!! 
The HBA also thanks  Chapman Law School's Minority Law Student Association for spending their Sunday afternoon lending the HBA a hand at the Judges' BBQ.  You guys are the best!  Thank you!!  
Hispanic Bar Association