Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
December 23, 2008

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Save The Date!
The OC Hispanic Bar Association's 2009 Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Installation Dinner



Kenneth Babcock - Executive Director, Public Law Center

Professor Luz Herrera, Community Lawyers, Inc.

Hon. Cruz Reynoso (Ret.), California Supreme Court

Saturday, March 7, 2009
Disney Grand Californian Hotel

6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception - Opportunity Drawing Ticket Sales
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program
Black Tie

Sponsorships available: please contact us at info@ochba.org or at (949) 440-6700 x253 for more information
HBA Travel Seminar
RSVP Today and Save!

Puerto Quepos, Costa Rica
May 21, 2008 - May 25, 2009
5 Days/4 Nights at the award-winning Parador Hotel Resort & Spa - ONLY $999!! (Must reserve before 1/15/09)
More information >

Join the HBA in celebrating its 26th Anniversary Memorial Day weekend travel seminar.  
The HBA is currently developing panels on the following topics to put Costa Rica in context (and obtain MCLE credits!):
  • The Rule of Law in Costa Rica and other Central American countries
  • Legal aspects of the process of Central American integration
  • Free Trade in theory and in practice
  • Roundtable with Central American In-House Counsel
  • Civility in the Legal Profession; and
  • Access to Justice issues
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 or have questions about the travel seminar, please contact Travel Committee Chairman Carlos X. Colorado at CXColorado@JonesDay.com.

Download Flier & Registration Form >
The OCBA Community Outreach Committee Invites You to Participate in the SENIOR SANTA & FRIENDS PROGRAM

A great way to bring holiday cheer to the frail, elderly and 
disabled adults of Orange County.

As the holiday season approaches, we find ourselves thinking of our family and friends, and looking forward to playing "Santa." There are hundreds of elderly and disabled adults in Orange County, however, who for many reasons will be forgotten during this special time of year.

What is Senior Santa and Friends Program?
The Senior Santa and Friends Program provides holiday gifts (including medical equipment and small appliances) and gift certificates (for food and other essential items) to elderly and disabled clients of the Orange County Social Services and
Health Care Agencies.

What can you do to help?
Donate Gifts by Sponsoring an "Angel Tree"  gift.  OCBA staff will mail you "Angel Tree" tags which identify types of gifts needed.  You can display these tags in your office for your coworkers to also participate. The OC County Social Services will arrange for a pick up of your gifts.

Download the OCBA Senior Santa & Friends Flier >

For more information about the Senior Santa & Friends Program, please contact the OCBA Events Department at 949-440-6700, ext. 114 or email gaylen@ocba.net

Thank you for helping the elderly and disabled in Orange County.  Happy Holidays!
OCBA 2009 Judges' Night
& Annual Meeting

The Honorable Andrew J. Guilford
United States District Court, Central District of California
Will install
Michael G. Yoder
as the 2009 OCBA President

Installation of OCBA Officers, Directors & OCBA Charitable Fund Directors

Presentation of Franklin G. West Award to the Honorable Nancy Wieben Stock

Thursday, January 22, 2009
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa 92626

5:30 p.m. Registration & Cocktails
6:30 p.m. Dinner & Program

$75 Members & Guests (per person)
$90 Non-Members
$600 Table of 8 (Members)

Reserve early for best seating. Please provide names of all attendees by January 8, 2009.

Download OCBA Judges' Night 2009 Registration Flyer >

Supported by LexisNexis
Volunteer Judges Needed for Chapman Moot Court Competition

On Friday, January 16 and Saturday, January 17, 2009, Chapman University School of Law will host the national finals of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association's undergraduate competition. Students from the top 64 teams from around the country will be competing in this moot court competition involving First Amendment and Due Process issues.

With 64 teams competing and 8 total rounds, we will need more than 100 volunteers to judge the competition. The panels will be made up of real world judges as well as practicing attorneys and faculty/students from Chapman. This is an opportunity to help judge some of the nation's best undergraduate students.

We need your help to judge this important national competition. We would need about 2-3 hours of your time for one or more of the judging blocks on either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. Please note that we will provide a fully researched bench brief that will expedite your preparation time and eliminate the need for any new research. You will also be sitting on a panel with one or two additional judges.

Please send me an email at your earliest convenience (dfinley@chapman.edu) with your available time preference (see below). As the competitions get a little closer, I will send you a packet with all necessary information, including the bench brief and judging instructions.

____Three one-hour preliminary rounds on Friday January 16, 2009, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

____Three one-hour intermediate rounds on Saturday January 17, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Thank you for your time and assistance. These competitions are invaluable learning experiences for the students and a great way to give back to the profession.


David Finley, Esq.
Director of Law School Communications
Chapman University School of Law
One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866
Tel: 714-628-2565 Fax: 714-628-2602  Cell: 714-501-3676
Elkins Family Law Task Force Survey Announcement 

The Elkins Family Law Task Force, a Judicial Council task force aimed at improving family law is seeking input from California lawyers. Lawyers from around the state are encouraged to go to the survey Web site, www.elkinssurvey.com, and provide answers about their experiences in family court. In addition to including questions about attorneys' practices, the survey asks about the challenges attorneys face in practicing family law, solicits suggestions for improvement, and seeks information about aspects of family law that attorneys believe are working well.

The goal of the survey is to collect data and suggestions from attorneys throughout the state that will help the courts in achieving efficiency and fairness in family law proceedings and ensure access to justice for all litigants. The deadline for completion of the survey is January 16th at 5 pm. 
Thanks in advance for your participation in the survey. 
2009 State Bar of California Appointments Workshops 

Presented by the Center for Access & Fairness

The State Bar of California offers attorneys in California an opportunity to contribute to the legal profession and the public by volunteering to serve on one of its committees. Each year, the Board of Governors appoints approximately 150 - 200 members and strives to make appointments that will achieve diversity and broad representation.*  Learn more about the State Bar sections and committees and the application process at these workshops.

*Diverse backgrounds consistent with the State Bar of California's Board of Governors' appointment policies, e.g. geographical location, length of time in practice, practice setting, size of firm, gender, race, ethnicity, and other factors of minority status including religious creed, physical or mental disability, age or sexual orientation.

Learn about:
  • the 16 standing committees, 16 practice area sections, and 13 special committees, boards and commissions as subentities of the State Bar of California;
  • how these subentities function and what they do;
  • the benefits of volunteering for a State Bar entity;
  • the application and appointment process;
  • completing and submitting a successful application.

Note: The deadline to submit applications is February 2, 2009.

The Word and PDF versions of the application is available here:
Microsoft Word Application >
PDF Version of Application >

More detailed information about the application and appointment process is available here:
Detailed information >

Workshops dates, times and locations

Los Angeles
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The State Bar of California
AT&T Center
1149 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

San Francisco
Thursday, January 8, 2009
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Bar Association of San Francisco
CLE Center
301 Battery Street
San Francisco, California 94111

For further information and to RSVP, please contact Frank Monti, Frank.Monti@calbar.ca.gov, 415-538-2141.
Also In This Issue
Save The Date! The OC Hispanic Bar Association's 2009 Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Installation Dinner
HBA Travel Seminar Puerto Quepos, Costa Rica
The OCBA Community Outreach Committee Invites You to Participate in the SENIOR SANTA & FRIENDS PROGRAM
OCBA 2009 Judges' Night & Annual Meeting
Volunteer Judges Needed for Chapman Moot Court Competition
Elkins Family Law Task Force Survey Announcement
2009 State Bar of California Appointments Workshops
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
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