Hispanic Bar Association Newsletter
Boletín del Hispanic Bar Association

December 21, 2007

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Thanks to the Over 100 People in Attendance at HBA's Annual Holiday Party
Sponsored by: Law Offices of Federico Sayre
Thanks to all 106 people who turned out for the HBA's Annual Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 5th at McCormick and Schmick's!  The HBA thanks our sponsor the Law Offices of Federico Sayre for helping make this such a wonderful and festive event.  Also a very special thanks to the following members of the bench that honored us with their presence:
  • Hon. Frederick Aguirre;
  • Hon. Gail A. Andler;
  • Hon. William Bedsworth;
  • Hon. James Di Cesare;
  • Hon. Geoffrey Glass;
  • Hon. (Retired) Richard Lyman;
  • Hon. Franz Miller;
  • Hon. Kirk Nakamura;
  • Hon. Dan Pratt;
  • Hon. Salvador Sarmiento;
  • Hon. Ron Kreber;
  • Hon. Luis Rodriguez;
  • Hon. Ed Hall; and
  • Hon. Robert Moss. 
If you missed it, you can catch a glimpse of the fun here: 2007 Holiday Party Photos.
Congratulations to the Winners of the 2008 HBA Board of Directors Elections!
The HBA announced the results of the elections for the 2008 HBA Board of Directors at its Annual Holiday Party on December 5th.  The HBA wishes good luck and congratulations to the entire 2008 Board of Directors:

Norma García Guillén



Monica E Lukoschek



Genoveva Meza Talbott



Jacqueline Guzmán

Chief Financial Officer:

Carlos Dominguez


Immediate Past President:

Lorena C. Peñaloza


2008 Board of Directors

Eric M. Alderete

Olivia Carrillo Hickman

Eva Casas Sarmiento

Carlos X. Colorado

Jamie Duarte

Jacob Gonzalez

Rafael Gutierrez

José A. Hernández

Christy Marie Lopez

Tami Lopez

Jorge A. Martinez

Marcus S. Quintanilla

Lisa D. Ramirez

Federico C. Sayre

For more information on the Board of Directors or information on how to get involved, visit our web site at www.ochba.org.
Wylie Aitken to be Presented with Franklin G. West AwardWylie
January 17, 2008


HBA member and 2006 HBA Attorney of the Year, Wylie A. Aitken, will receive the highest honor awarded by the Orange County Bar Association. On January 17, 2008, Wylie A. Aitken will be presented with the Franklin G. West Award at the Orange County Bar Association's Judges' Night Dinner and Annual Meeting at the Irvine Marriott. Wylie A. Aitken is a prominent trial lawyer and founding partner of Aitken Aitken and Cohn. The West Award is given to an outstanding attorney or judge who has made significant contributions to advance and elevate justice and law. The award was established in 1971 in memory of the late Judge Franklin G. West, a highly respected jurist who served on the bench from January 1939 to March 1965. Judge West's 26 years and two months on the bench constituted the longest term ever served by a judge in California.

The Annual OCBA Judges' Night will be held on January 17, 2008, at the Irvine Marriott.  The 2008 OCBA Board of Directors will be installed.  For more information or for reservations, please visit the OCBA web site at www.ocbar.org.

Please Join the HBA and Merrill Lynch for Drinks & Appetizers

followed by a brief presentation:

"What to expect in our Global Economy in 2008"
~Mike Alves, Merill Lynch
~Adam Scully-Power, Columbia Management

Thursday, January 24, 2008
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

OC Pavilion
801 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701

No Cost To Attend Event
 To RSVP, please email info@ochba.org 
or call (949)440-6700 x253 by January 22nd

Sponsored By:
Merrill Lynch

Click here to download flyer.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
May 22, 2008 - May 26, 2008
5 Days/4 Nights at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa - ONLY $999!!


Join the HBA in celebrating its 25th Anniversary Memorial Day weekend travel seminar.  This wonderful trip is being offered at the very low rate of $999 (excluding tax, security, and fuel charges).  In the spirit of the holidays, the deadline to submit your deposit and reserve this special rate has been extended.  To reserve this special rate we must receive your $250 deposit by January 20th.  Space on this exclusive travel seminar is limited & subject to availability on a first come, first serve basis. For complete itinerary & registration details, please contact Robert White at Festival Travel & Tours, at 714.221.6381 or download the flyer.

If you are interested in participating in the travel seminar as a speaker, please e-mail Travel Committee Chair Monica Lukoschek at monica@busimmlaw.com.
HBA's 30th Annual Installation Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser
March 1, 2008

The HBA invites you to its 30th Annual Installation Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser on Satruday, March 1st at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.  The HBA is "Celebrating 30 Years of Promoting Access to Education and Justice."   This year the HBA is honored to recognize the following amazing individuals:


Attorney of the Year

John G. Cruz

California Governor's Appointments Secretary;


Corporate Citizen

Wells Fargo

Guardian de Justicia

Hon. Luis Miguel Ortiz Haro Amieva,

Consul of Mexico


Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Juan Francisco Lara

Retired Assistant Vice Chancellor, UCJ.


In addition, the evening will be highlighted with a keynote address by Erwin Chemerinsky, founding Dean of the Donald Bren School of Law, University of California, Irvine. 
For more information on advertisments and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the HBA at (949) 440-6700 ext. 253 or by e-mail at info@ochba.org.  You may also download the attached letter for additional information.
Join the HBA or Renew Your Membership TODAY!! 
It's not too late to become a 2008 HBA member or to renew your membership for 2008.  Become a member or renew your membership and enjoy all of the member benefits below!  Membership is only $50, FREE for law students, and $15 for first-year attorneys.  As a member you get all the following exciting members benefits in 2008:



Free MCLE seminars for HBA members (2-4 times per year)

§         Special Discount to the HBA's Annual Judges' BBQ

§         Free entry to HBA's "Bar Review"/de BarrandaSocials

§         Discountedentry toHBA's Día de los Muertos Mixer

§         Discounted entry to HBA's Annual Holiday Party

§         Wallace Davis Scholarship Fund for Latino law students

§         Mentoring to Latino law students, which also provides valuable access to a qualified pool of employees from which to pick clerks and associates

§         Member only E-mail newsletter with important announcements & information

§         Improved website at www.ochba.org

§         Members ONLY section, including job announcements

§         Pro bono opportunities

Download the application TODAY!!!! 
ABA Council on Racial & Ethnic Justice Presents: Jena 6 CLE Program
February 8th
A dynamic group of speakers will discuss crucial cutting-edge issues that are raised by the Jena 6 case e.g. Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System, Overrepresentation of Juveniles of Color in the System, Who's Responsible & Accountable?, What's the Role of the Media? Come and hear the perspectives of judges, media representatives, prosecutors, juvenile justice lawyers, and youth.

ABA Midyear Meeting

Friday, February 8, 2008

1 PM - 3 PM

Sofitel Hotel - Beverly Ballroom - 2nd Floor

Los Angeles, CA


Speakers include the Hon. David Perkins, Wayne County Circuit Court (MI); Vanita Banks, President, National Bar Association; Joycelyn Crumpton, CalSWEC Project Coordinator, UCLA Department of Social Welfare; Dr. Joe Marshall, Omega Boys Club/Street Soldiers (CA); Hon. Allen J. Webster, Jr., Los Angeles County Superior Court.

For more information please contact: Deidra Franklin 312.988.5409, dfranklin3@staff.abanet.org) or  Rachel Patrick (312.988.5408, patrickr@staff.abanet.org.
The HBA's Address is Changing 
Please note that EFFECTIVE February 1, 2008, the HBA's address is changing.  Our new address will be:

P.O. Box 6130
Newport Beach, CA 92658
Our phone number and fax number will remain unchanged.  For additional details, please visit our web site at www.ochba.org.
Thank You & Happy Holidays!!! 

We have reached the end of the year, and I wish to thank you for the honor of serving as your 2007 HBA President.  I especially want to thank the 2007 Board of Directors for their hard work and commitment: Frank Acosta, Ashleigh E. Aitken, Eric M. Alderete, Carlos Domínguez, Jamie Duarte, Edward Flores, Norma García Guillén,Jacqueline Guzmán, José A. Hernández, Christy Marie Lopez, Genoveva Meza Talbott, Monica E Lukoschek, Jorge A. Martinez, Marcus S. Quintanilla, Lisa D. Ramirez, Marcelo Reyes, Javier Rivera-Carbone, José Sandoval, Federico C. Sayre, J. Craig Williams.  Thank you for dedication and for making this an exceptional year for the HBA.

Nearly 200 members strong, we experienced tremendous success and support from our members and the entire Orange County community.  Your support at our 2007 Installation Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser - Rompiendo Barreras, Formando Caminos/Breaking Barriers, Blazing Paths - raised over $40,000, and broke records with over 500 people in attendance.  The success of the 2007 HBA Dinner allowed us to allocate over $15,000 in scholarships this year. 

We hosted a number of first-time events this year.  On April 25th, we hosted our first session entitled "Immigration Law 101: Detention and Removal".  On April 30th, we hosted our first Commissioner's Welcome Reception to welcome Orange County's recently appointed Judges and Commissioners.  On May 31st, we hosted the first of our new HBA "Bar Reviews" - de Barranda at Taleo in Irvine, where HBA members and non-members came together for a light-hearted social gathering.

In addition, in response to the priorities articulated by our membership in our 2006 survey, the HBA formed a Social Issues Committee this year.  We rallied in support of the Mendez v. Westminster Magical History Tourandtheir efforts to participate in Huntington Beach's Annual Fourth of July Parade.  The Judiciary Committee worked very hard this year to increase the number of Latinos on the bench in Orange County and the state by partnering with the Bench Bar Coalition and by holding its first judicial applicant workshop entitled "Becoming a Judge: The Basics" in September.  In addition, the committee interviewed several candidates seeking letters of support from the HBA and continues to schedule interviews for interested candidates.

Of course, this year we continued to hold some of our annual events with great success.  Over 130 people attended the HBA's End of Summer Mixer, co-hosted by the OCAABA and the OCTLA, on August 29th.  We held our Annual Judges' BBQ on October 14th at the home of Bette and Wylie Aitken and honored the Honorable Jack Mandel.   Our 2nd Annual Día de los Muertos Mixer on November 1st was also an amazing event and offered our members the opportunity to meet the candidates running for the 2008 HBA Board of Directors.  Lastly, the HBA Holiday Party brought over 100 of us together to celebrate the end of the year, the new board, and the amazing accomplishments of the year.

It has been a pleasure serving as your 2007 President.  I am honored and grateful to have been given the opportunity.  I congratulate the 2008 Board of Directors and I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year!




Lorena C. Peñaloza

2007 HBA President

Also In This Issue
Congratulations to the 2008 HBA Board
Wylie Aitken Named Franklin G. West Awardee
Global Economy 2008 Seminar
HBA Travel Seminar - Deadline Extended
HBA's 30th Annual Installation Dinner & Scholarship Fundraiser
Join the HBA
ABA CLE Program
HBA Change of Address
Special President's Message
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)
January 24th - 
2008 Global Economy Seminar at OC
Pavilion in Santa Ana. Sponsored by Merrill Lynch
March 1st -
30th Annual Installation Dinner & Scholarship Fundraiser at Westin South Coast Plaza.  
The Law Offices of Federico Sayre  for sponsoring the HBA's Annual Holiday Party at McCormick & Schmick's in Santa Ana on December 5th! 
Lorena Penaloza
Hispanic Bar Association