Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
November 26, 2008

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HBA Elections Close Dec. 1st

It's that time of year again.  The HBA elections are well underway.  Candidate profiles and ballots were mailed out the second week in November.  If you are an HBA member and did not receive a ballot, please contact President-Elect Monica Lukoschek at Monica@busimmlaw.com.  Ballots must be mailed or faxed on or before Monday, December 1st. 

Good luck to all the candidates!
HBA Holiday Party 

Snowflake December 9th
Sponsored by Premiere Bail Bonds and DNA Services of America

Please join the HBA for its Annual Holiday Party.  We will announce the results of the elections for the 2009 HBA Board of Directors.  So join us for drinks, appetizers, and holiday cheer while you meet the 2009 HBA Board of Directors.  For more information, please download the flyer >

Tuesday, December 9, 2008
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
McCormick and Schmick's
2791 N. Main Street
Santa Ana 92725
Members $20
Non-Members $25

Bring an unwrapped toy to benefit KIDWORKS* and get $5.00 off admission!  (Monetary contribution or gift cards are also accepted in lieu of toy.)

For more information or to pay online, visit our website >
RSVP by Friday, December 5, 2008!!!
at info@ochba.org or (949) 440-6700 ext. 253
Sponsored by:
Premiere Bail Bonds
DNA Services of America

*KIDWORKS is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization benefiting at-risk children and teens in Santa Ana.

November 24, 2008

In response to a court initiated internal audit conducted by the Administrative Office of the Courts and in an effort to reduce courthouse detention overcrowding and streamline processes, the Orange County Superior Court will implement misdemeanor packaging of cases effective December 1, 2008.

This plan involves packaging all of a defendant's active misdemeanor and infraction cases filed in the County. The goal is to manage a person through the system rather than a case, a "one stop shop" approach to resolving cases. The benefits of case packaging are to provide an opportunity to adjudicate all of a defendant's pending cases at a single appearance, reduce the movement of defendants, including incustodies, from courthouse to courthouse, and to use resources more efficiently. For over eight months, working in consultation with Orange County justice system partners, including the District Attorney, Public Defender, private defense counsel, Probation, the Sherriff's Department and others, a Court internal working group, has been meeting to develop procedures for the implementation of the packaging of misdemeanor cases. Some of the key changes associated with this implementation include:

  • All active informal/formal misdemeanor probation cases, open unadjudicated misdemeanor matters, terminal disposition cases with outstanding sentence terms, and infraction matters will be packaged with open misdemeanor cases at the justice center in which the defendant is next appearing for arraignment (Collaborative Court cases will be excluded);
  • A Notice of Hearing Location, providing notice of hearing to counsel of record in any packaged case; and
  • Criminal/traffic calendars available on the court's internet site www.occourts.org
Packaging of Cases questions can be directed to Anita Verplank at averplank@occourts.org
HNBA Journal of Law and Policy Launch

The HNBA cordially invites you to join us in the national launch of its Journal of Law and Policy.  The kick-off reception will be held on December 5th in Phoenix, Arizona and six other receptions will be held across the country from December 8th -12th.  Further information will be provided to you by your Regional Presidents and posted in the HNBA's calendar of events.

December 5, 2008

December 9, 2008

December 9, 2008

December 10, 2008

December 10, 2008

December 11, 2008

To be announced
Installation of 2009 Board of Directors

Presented by
Orange County Women Lawyers

Download Flier >

Monday, December 1, 2008
11:45 - 1:30 p.m.
The Turnip Rose
300 South Flower, Orange, CA

Note: All judges and commissioners are invited to attend the holiday party as guests of OCWLA.
Please bring a new, unwrapped gift for
Toys for Tots.
Contact person: Nola Sheldon
1500 E. Katella, #6, Orange, CA 92867
(714) 516-9776  /  Fax (714) 997-1508

Download Flier >
The State Bar of California Announces the Annual Public Hearings on Attorney Discipline, Admissions & Competence
(Held Pursuant to Business and Professions Code Section 6095(a))

The State Bar of California will hold its annual hearings to receive proposals on attorney disciplinary procedures, attorney competancy and admissions procedures. The hearings will be held in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The purpose of these hearings is to provide an opportunity for members of the public and the legal professions to make proposals or offer comments regarding the attorney discipline process, the admissions process or the maintenance or improvement of attorney competence.

Two hearings will be conducted. The dates and times of these public hearings are as follows:

Los Angeles
Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Time: 10:00am
Location: The State Bar of California
Board Lounge
1149 South Hill Street, 7th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015

San Francisco
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008
Time: 10:00am
Location: The State Bar of California
Board Room
180 Howard Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

The hearings will conclude when all speakers present have made their presentations. Individuals who wish to speak at the hearing and/or present written materials should contact Doug Hull at (415) 538-2015 or at doug.hull@calbar.ca.gov by
Friday, December 5, 2008.
The Orange County Bar Association Presents "Specialty Credit Night"

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
5:30 PM Registration/Dinner
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM Program
Hilton Irvine/OC Airport
18800 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine

Download Mail-In Form >

1 Substance Abuse
1 Legal Ethics
1 Elimination of Bias1

· Lawyer Impairment: Duties of Counsel, Client Disclosure, and Finding Help
· Danger Zone: How Staying on the Right Side of the Ethical Line Can Make You a More Effective Lawyer
· Sexual Orientation Bias Revisited After AB2005

Hon. Ronald Kreber, Lamoreaux Justice Center
Hon. Franz E. Miller, Central Justice Center
Tara Borelli, Attorney at Law, Lambda Legal
Carole J. Buckner, Attorney at Law, Special Assistant, U.S. Attorney
Jeffrey W. Erdman, Attorney at Law, Bennett & Erdman
Patricia Lee-Gulley, Attorney at Law, Gordon & Rees

Program Chair:
Solange E. Ritchie
Attorney at Law
Law Offices of Steven R. Young

Pre-registration deadline: November 26th. Payments received in the OCBA offices after close of business on November 26th; add $25. OCBA is not responsible for lost, misdirected or delayed mail.

Register Online @ www.ocbar.org

OCBA Member $140
New Admittee Member $130
Law Student Member/Judge $90
Non-Member $180
Emeritus (Certified by California State Bar) $65

Download Mail-In Form >
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 >

Also In This Issue
HBA Elections Close Dec. 1st
HBA Holiday Party December 9, 2008 at 6:00pm
HNBA Journal of Law and Policy Launch
OCWLA HOLIDAY PARTY & Installation of 2009 Board of Directors
The State Bar of California Announces the Annual Public Hearings on Attorney Discipline, Admissions
The Orange County Bar Association Presents "Specialty Credit Night"
Become a member of the HBA for 2008!
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UCI Irvine

BRONZE Sponsors

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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

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