Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
September 8, 2008

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Call for Nominations for Honorees for the OC Hispanic Bar Association's 2009 Annual Scholarship Fundraiser and Installation Dinner

Dear Members:
As President-Elect of the OCHBA and Chair of the 2009 Dinner Committee, I am proud to announce the theme for the HBA's 2009 Dinner:
Celebrating the Unsung Hero - Transforming Lives in the Latino Community
The HBA would like to honor those in public service who have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of individuals in the Latino community, through healthcare, education, access to justice, legal services, etc.  People who have, through their work, raised the perception of Latinos in America thereby bettering the lives of all Americans.
Our categories include:
Attorney of the Year
The Attorney of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding Orange County attorney who has made a significant contribution to the legal community and/or has enhanced the quality of life of the Latino community.  This attorney has demonstrated a long term commitment to and involvement in the community; has used the legal profession to protect the rights of others, or whose contribution has expanded the educational and professional opportunities for Latinos.
Guardian de Justicia Award
The Guardian de Justicia Award recognizes an outstanding community member who has dedicated his or her life to protecting the rights of others and encouraging civic responsibility. This individual has worked tirelessly to encourage and empower the Latino community and whose commitment to justice is a model for others to follow.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a remarkable individual who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to enhancing the quality of life of our community.  This individual is a pioneer in his/her own right and has given generously of his/her time and talent to the community.  He/she has been a model for others to emulate and without whom the world would be a very different place.
Corporate Citizen Award
The Corporate Citizen Award was awarded for the first time in 2007.  This award recognizes the efforts of a business entity which has developed polices and/or programs to reach out to the Latino community or that through its corporate philanthropy helped transform the Latino community.
Please submit your nominations for each category via email to info@ochba.org by Wednesday September 17, 2008.  Winners will be announced by October 1, 2008.
Thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration to this important request.
Monica E. Lukoschek
President-Elect of the OCHBA and
Chair of the 2009 Dinner Committee

2008-2009 Orange County Mock Trial Competition 

Date: September 2008
To: Mock Trial Coaches, Judges & Attorney Scorekeepers

It is my pleasure to inform you that CRF-OC will be holding its 28th Annual Mock Trial competition starting on Tuesday November 18, 2008. Students from over 40 high schools will meet at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, to argue this year's case. This year the competition will be held in November/December 2008 (actual dates are listed on the registration form). We hope you'll join with us to help make this year's program a complete success.

Attorneys and judges who volunteer to preside an/or score the competition will receive a confirmation packet, including this year's case materials, scoring information and competition rules. Check-in will take place before each round from 4:30 - 4:45 p.m. with trials ending by approximately 7:30 p.m. at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana (see the schedule on the attached form).

If you have any questions about the program, or would like to discuss Mock Trial volunteer opportunities in more detail, please feel free to contact me, Wendy Townsend, Program Manager, at 714.259.1521 x102 or wtownsend@crfoc.org.

Please save the date for our Mock Trial Luncheon to honor outstanding participants on Friday, February 6, 2009 at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange.

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Moon Festival Mixer

Hosted by
Orange County Asian American Bar Association
Taiwanese American Lawyers Association
Vietnamese American Bar Association of So Cal

With Special Invitation to
Asian Business Association of Orange County

Moon Festival celebrations, though still relatively new to the U.S., have been held throughout Asia for well over 1,000 years. This holiday is a time to reflect upon the bounty of the summer harvest, the fullness of the moon, and the myth of the immortal moon Goddess, Chang O, who lives in the moon.

Friday, September 12, 2008
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Krofina Investigative Services
Law Office of Steven R. Young
Richardson Patel

2112 Windward Lane
Newport Beach
(Cross streets are Irvine and Santiago by the back bay)

$10 for Members / $15 for Non-Members / Free for judges & students

Includes a limited
bar and appetizers from different Asian ethnic groups plus moon cake!

You may pay by Visa, Mastercard or American Express through the OCAABA online system (please note your card will be billed by ClubExpress and there is a convenience charge assessed to non-members using this system). You may also register online and send the check separately with no fee.

PLEASE RSVP BY Monday, September 8, 2008
U.S. District Court Names New Clerk of Court and District Court Executive

LOS ANGELES - The United States District Court for the Central District of California today announced the selections of Terry Nafisi, a veteran administrator with 25 years of service in the federal courts, as its new Clerk of Court and District Executive.

Ms. Nafisi, 58, will manage one of the nation's largest and busiest federal courts, overseeing 350 employees working in federal courthouses in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Riverside. She will assume her new duties on September 29, 2008.

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The State Bar of California's Response to the Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis

In response to the mortgage foreclosure crisis in California, the State Bar of California has been mobilizing efforts with various organizations to establish a central repository for public resources and attorney volunteer opportunities. 

With the support of a grant from the California Bar Foundation, the Public Interest Clearinghouse is in the process of finalizing their foreclosure resource website for members of the public and for attorneys with assistance from State Bar staff.  The new website is ForeclosureInfoCA.org.

This site will list all agencies and organizations providing mortgage foreclosure assistance to consumers.  The site will also link with www.probono.net/ca and will list the legal services programs, HUD counseling agencies, local bars and LRS's interested in using volunteer attorneys to address mortgage foreclosure issues on behalf of home owners and renters.  We expect the official release of this website to be no later than the end of September 2008.

If you are a legal services program, local bar association or lawyer referral service that would like to be listed as an organization accepting potential volunteer attorneys to work on foreclosure-related issues within your organization or local task force, and have not done so already, please provide your contact information and a description of the type of services needed to the contacts below:
The website will offer resources for home owners facing issues along the full spectrum of foreclosure-related matters, including those individuals who are first time buyers, who are precariously close to going into foreclosure or who are facing foreclosure.  The site will also provide information and resources for renters who are facing evictions from foreclosed properties.
We recognize that attorneys are in a unique position with their knowledge and skills to offer very specific volunteer services.  The Bar has been working with HUD counseling centers and contacts through the California Reinvestment Coalition, NeighborWorks America, and Housing and Economic Rights Advocates to identify those agencies in the hardest hit counties ready to accept volunteer attorneys to help with discrete tasks such as loan renegotiations on behalf of borrowers, contract review and identification of predatory lending, etc.
The State Bar is fortunate to be working very closely with Practising Law Institute (PLI), an approved MCLE provider, which is developing training modules to educate attorneys on California law and loan modifications, recourse for renters who are facing eviction from a property in foreclosure, and other issues pertaining to this crisis.  PLI is developing the programming with the assistance of Tara Twomey, Of Counsel at National Consumer Law Center and Maeve Elise Brown, Executive Director, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA).
The live training sessions will be free of charge and open to all volunteer attorneys, legal services advocates and HUD Counselors.  Simultaneous webcasts will also be set up.   All training modules will be available continuously on-line and free of charge to anyone interested in volunteering. We anticipate that the training will occur in early November 2008.  Once the training dates have been confirmed, you will be notified.  The information will also be posted on the volunteer attorney site.
If you are interested in viewing the training outline, please let us know by sending an email to bar.relations@calbar.ca.gov and we will coordinate with you.
Questions regarding remote sites for simultaneous webcasts can be coordinated through Rodney Low at Rodney.low@calbar.ca.gov or 415-538-2219.
Members of the public will be notified of this web resource through an informational postcard, which will be distributed throughout the state, announcements on LawHelpCalifornia, the State Bar's web site, and hopefully, through the various channels provided through your organizations.
State Bar President, Jeffrey Bleich will reach out to the State Bar's membership emphasizing the importance of their help and directing them to ForeclosureInfoCA.org for volunteer opportunities.
As you can see, the State Bar is partnering with many other agencies and organizations to help in this time of crisis.
If you have any suggestions on the type of training needed, channels for distributing information to both the public and the attorneys or wish to discuss any aspect of this project, please contact:
Patricia Lee, Director, Office of Legal Services Access & Fairness Programs
Patricia.lee@calbar.ca.gov  or 415-538-2240
Carol Madeja, Director, Bar Relations Outreach
Carol.madeja@calbar.ca.gov  or 213-765-1329
ConquistAmerica Education Foundation's Pinnacle Awards Luncheon 
Join the ConquistAmerica Education Foundation's Pinnacle Awards Luncheon
Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 12:00pm
The Center Club, Costa Mesa

RSVP by August 25th
For more information call (714) 564-7244

Sponsorships available.

2008 Pinnacle Awards Luncheon
ConquistAmerica Education Foundation
200 W. Santa Ana Blv., Ste 1000,
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Thank you for your generous support!
2nd Annual Santa Ana Basketball Boosters Basketball Fundraiser Game 
2nd Annual Basketball Fundraiser Game

Harlem Globetrotter Legends
Santa Ana All-Stars
7:00pm Friday September 29, 2008
Santa Ana High School Gymnasium

Hosted by the Santa Ana Basketball Boosters, a non-profit group dedicated to aiding the boys basketball program at Santa Ana High School.

This fundraising game is a fun-filled night that drew a crowd of 1,200 spectators last year. Time Warner Cable on Channel 31 also showed the game locally to thousands of additional viewers.

For more information please contact:
Scott Tenchka, Head Coach
Santa Ana Boys Basketball: 714-767-4792 or email santaanahoops@aol.com

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Centro Latino for Literacy 

Centro Latino for Literacy would like you to become a sponsor of our September 25th Manos Amigas/Helping Hands Celebration honoring Latino immigrant adults learning to read and write and those who help them accomplish this goal.

This festive event will feature our current classes of adult literacy program graduates and their families, as well as:
  • Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO California Emerging Technology Fund -- Leadership Honoree
  • Frank Gilliam, Ph.D., Dean of the UCLA School of Public Affairs -- Keynote Speaker
  • Nancy Agosto, Azteca TV's evening news anchor -- Master of Ceremonies
  • Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard -- Chair, Honorary Host Committee
For the past 17 years, Centro Latino has literacy and provided educational opportunities to those who have not had the benfit of an education, especially Latino immigrants.  Our new countrywide Literacy Campaign, launched in conjunction with UCLA's Graduate School of Education, will make it possible for more of L.A. County's 202,000 non-literate Latinos to learn to read and write.

We hope you will become a part of the inspirational evening celebrating our courageous students and all those who make their successes possible.

For more information, please contact:
Ana Maria Ruiz, Assistant Director
213.483.7753 or email at: anamaria@centrolatinoliteracy.org

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The MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School in Santa Ana needs your help

The Language Arts Department of MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School in Santa Ana needs your help. Over the past four years there have been major cutbacks in the Santa Ana School District. These cutbacks are wide-spread and effect many areas.

One area which truly effects the classroom and student learning is the loss of its school librarian and the funding to purchase reading books.

Reading is the single most beneficial aspect to unlocking writing skills, analytical skills and vocabulary. More importantly, reading allows students who are socially and economically disadvantaged to escape into wonderful new adventures or to witness how a young person like themselves overcomes dire circumstances. Reading therefore not only gives students important skills, but hope.

Please help me raise funds to purchase new books. Your help of any amount will be helping hundreds of kids for a lifetime. Please make your contribution check payable to Scholastic Book Club as we will be purchasing books through Scholastic. The goal is t raise $1,500.00 or more by September 28th.

Your contribution is tax deductible and a letter confirming your gift will follow with the non-profit ID on letter head.

Mail Check to:

C/O Ron Chester
MacArthur Fundamental Int. School
600 West Alton Santa Ana, CA 92707
PCAA's Annual "Summer Luncheon"

September 12th (Friday)
11:30 - 1:00
at The Phoenix Club
1340 S. Sanderson Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806

Directions: North on 57 freeway, exit
right on Ball Road, right on S. Phoenix
Club Drive, right on S. Sanderson AVENUE
(near Angel Stadium)

Come see what minors can do
when people give them a chance.
Please arrive at 11 am so you can view our teens
display tables, highlighting each Probation
youth institution! The cost of the ticket helps
enable our youth to attend and participate in
this event, thank you for your support!

Special Introduction by
Juvenile Court Judge Frederick Aguirre

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Orange County Bar Association Family Law Section Presents How to Prosecute & Defend A Feldman Motion
Thursday, September 11, 2008

5:30 PM Registration/Dinner
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM Program
DoubleTree Hotel, 100 The City Dr., Orange
Approved for 3.0 CLE Credits

SPEAKER: Stephen J. Wagner, Attorney at Law, Dick & Wagner
Program Chair John S. Cowhig, Attorney at Law, Schwamb & Stabile APC

  • Learn to Effectively Plead/Defend a Feldman Motion
  • How to Protect Your Client and Avoid Being on the Receiving End of a Feldman Motion
  • Preparatory Procedures to Maximize Your Position if a Feldman Motion is Required.
OCBA Member $140
New Admittee Member $125
Law Student Member/Judge $100
Non-Member $185
Emeritus $ 65

Pre-registration deadline: September 4th.
Payments received in the OCBA offices after close of
business on September 4th add $25.
OCBA is not responsible for lost, misdirected or delayed mail.

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Orange County Bar Association
Solo Practitioner/ Small Firm Section Presents:
2nd Annual Opening Your Own Firm:
Starting and Maintaining a Law Office
Thursday, September 18, 2008

Program Time:
5:30 PM Registration;
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Dinner / Program

CLE: Approved for 3.0 CLE Credits; Including .50 Hour of Legal Ethics
Location: OCMA Turnip Rose,
300 S. Flower Street, Orange, CA 92668

Rosemary Amezcua-Moll, Attorney at Law, Amezcua-Moll & Associates; Bradley S. Erdosi, Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Bradley S. Erdosi; David E. Outwater, Attorney at Law, Outwater & Pinckes LLP; Michelle A. Reinglass, Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Michelle Reinglass

Moderator: Neil Pedersen, Attorney at Law, Pedersen Law & Dispute Resolution Corporation

Topics: The Decision To Go Out On Your Own · What Business Form To Take · Capitalization · Finding Office Space, Announcing Your Business, Checklist of Equipment & Supplies · Creating a Business Plan and a Start-Up Budget · Insurance Considerations · Office Processes & Procedures · Setting Your Fee, Setting up Trust Accounting, Accounting Systems and Software · Fee Agreements · Finding & Maintaining Clients: Ethical Considerations of Taking Clients With You, Deciding on Your Practice Areas

Why Attend: A "must attend" event for anyone thinking about opening a law office in the foreseeable future.
· Checklists and information provided last year helped several attendees successfully open their own firms.
· Helpful not only for those thinking about opening a law office, but also for those who have been in practice and are
looking for useful advice to make their business operate better.

Cost: OCBA Member $125; New Admittee Member $110; Law Student Member/Judge $90 Non-Member $180; Emeritus $60 (certified by California State Bar)

Deadline: Pre-registration deadline: September 11th. Full payment MUST be received in the OCBA offices by close of business on September 11th; after close of business on September 11th, add $25. OCBA is not responsible for lost, misdirected or delayed mail.

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Orange County Bar Association Real Estate Section Presents
Real Estate Mortgage Fraud: The Civil and
Criminal Perspectives

Wednesday September 10, 2008

5:30 PM Registration/Dinner
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM Program

Radisson Hotel
4545 MacArthur Blvd.
Newport Beach

Approved for 3.0 CLE Credits

  • Dan E. Buchanan, Attorney at Law, Regional Claims Manager, First American Title
  • Elizabeth A. Henderson, Attorney at Law, Orange County District Attorney
  • Keefe E. Roberts, Attorney at Law, Roberts Wutscher, LLP
Program Chair:
Rosemary Amezcua-Moll, Attorney at Law, Amezcua-Moll & Associates The panel will provide ideas for developing fraud prevention policies including:
  • Borrower and Lender Rights
  • Impact to Title
  • Criminal Consequences
OCBA Member $140
New Admittee Member $120
Law Student Member/Judge $90
Non-Member $185
Emeritus $ 60

Pre-registration deadline: September 3rd.
Payments received in the OCBA offices after close of
business on September 3rd add $25.
OCBA is not responsible for lost, misdirected or delayed mail.

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The Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs 16th Annual California Policy Issues Conference
California's Future on The Horizon: Implications of 2008 Elections
Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 8am-3pm
Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Lost Angeles, CA 90071

Pre-Conference Reception
Tuesday, November 11th, 6pm-8pm
Become a member of the OCHBA for 2008!
HBA of Orange County LogoThis year the HBA continues its effort to bring innovative programs and benefits to its members, and we hope that you can take advantage of all of them! Take a look at some of our activities and member benefits:
  • Free MCLE seminars for HBA members (1-2 times per year);
  • Special member discount to the HBA's 30th Annual Installation Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser on March 1, 2008, at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa;
  • Annual Memorial Day MCLE Trip in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico;
  • Special Discount to the HBA's Annual Judges' BBQ;
  • Special Discount to the HBA's Annual Día de los Muertos Bar Review;
  • Free to all HBA Bar Reviews/de Barrandas (3-5 time per year);
  • 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;
  • HBA Membership Directory to be distributed when you renew your membership;
  • Ad opportunities on OCHBA website; and
  • Roundtable with In-House Counsel.

The success of the HBA relies on the commitment and participation of our members.  We look forward to seeing you at our events and thank you in advance for helping us make 2008 the best year yet for the HBA.

Learn more about membership for the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County >


To whom it may concern:

My name is Salvador Arzate, Marketing Director for Nuestro Mundo Magazine.  We are looking for Law Firms and/or individual professionals that want to WRITE ARTICLES  of interest to the Hispanic community for our SPANSIH language magazine.

We are located in the Inland Empire/Southern California where there is a growing Immigrant Hispanic Population.  
The articles that we are more interested fall into the following categories:


You may write the articles in either English or Spanish.  We'll be more than happy to translate any articles into Spanish.

If you are interested please call me at my cell (909) 238-0953 for more details.


Salvador Arzate
Marketing Director

Mailing Address:
8581 Calle Feliz,  Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 
Toll Free: 1-888-807-3013


Are you a talented writer in your respective profession?

Nuestro Mundo Magazine is considering good articles from various professions (Legal, Medical, Immigration, Real Estate, Insurance, Income Tax, Travel, etc) that may be of great interest to the Latino Community.

Do you want to become an expert in your field on the minds of Hispanic families?

When your original article is published and read by thousands of Hispanics you become the spoke person in your respective profession.

The best articles will be published in our monthly magazine.
If you are interested in submitting an article please follow these simple 3steps:
  1. You write the article in English or Spanish then e-mail it to: chavaarzate@yahoo.com  make sure to include your name and phone #.
  2. Nuestro Mundo Magazine will review all articles and those selected will be translated into Spanish by our staff if the article was written in English.  
  3. The name of your company/contact name & phone number will be printed at the end of the article so consumers may reach you if they wish to do so.


Be the FIRST to register for this unique event that will connect Law Firms with Hispanic consumers under one roof.

For the first time Hispanics will have an opportunity to talk directly to as many attorneys as possible at ONE SINGLE LOCATION.

SPACE will be limited to a certain number of attorneys. DO NOT delay one minute as your time may be running out. Fax the information request RIGHT AWAY.


Please FAX to:  (909) 986-0922
Save The Date:
Legal Aid Society of Orange County Presents Access to Justice for All - Celebrating 50 Years of Service in 2008

Legal Aid Turns 50

5:30 P.M.

Click Here for the Reservation Form
to RSVP Online

Legal Aid Society of Orange County proudly invites you to join our 50th Anniversary Celebration. www.legalaidturns50.com

William F. Wenke, Minyard Morris Patricia Herzog, First LASOC Attorney Joe Dunn, California Medical Association CEO and Former State Senator

Throughout the past 50 years, Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) has been at the forefront of meeting the legal needs of low income individuals and seniors in Orange County. Since 1984, LASOC has been the frontline legal services program in Southeast Los Angeles County, providing legal assistance as Community Legal Services (CLS). On the evening of November 6, 2008 LASOC will host its 50th Anniversary Celebration at The Grove in Anaheim. At this event, the legal community, the public sector, local businesses, community-based organizations and other supporters of LASOC will look back on half a century of providing free, civil legal services to our community. Program followed by performance by The Capitol Steps. Attire: Business Price: $100-$200

For more information, contact Anna Lisa Biason, Director of Fund Development, at (714) 571-5220.
Also In This Issue
Call for Nominations for Honorees for the OC Hispanic Bar Association's 2009 Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner
2008-2009 Orange County Mock Trial Competition
Moon Festival Mixer
U.S. District Court Names New Clerk of Court and District Court Executive
The State Bar of California's Response to the Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis
ConquistAmerica Education Foundation's Pinnacle Awards Luncheon
2nd Annual Santa Ana Basketball Boosters Basketball Fundraiser Game
Centro Latino for Literacy
The MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School in Santa Ana needs your help
PCAA's Annual "Summer Luncheon"
OCBA: How to Prosecute & Defend a Feldman Motion
OCBA: Maintaining Your Law Practice
OCBA: Real Estate Mortgage: The Civil & Criminal Perspectives
The Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs 16th Annual California Policy Issues Conference
Become a member of the HBA for 2008!
Legal Aid Society's 50th Anniversary Dinner
EVENT Sponsor

Sheppard Mullin


Wells Fargo

SILVER Sponsors


Jones Day


Merrill Lynch



UCI Irvine

BRONZE Sponsors

Crowell & Moring, LLP

Law Offices of Federico Castelan Sayre

Malcolm & Cisneros, LLP

MLC & Associates, Inc.

Morrison & Foerster, LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Rutan & Tucker LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Snell & Wilmer LLP

Union Bank of California
Hispanic Bar Association