Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
December 30, 2008

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Reminder: State Assembly Election

Democrats interested in running to be an Assembly District Delegate must file with the State Party by 12 noon, Wednesday, December 31, 2008. This can be done on the cadem.org website.

With as little as 15 votes a person can win a delegate position.

On January 10th, we'll meet around 9:15 for registration for the Assembly Delegate election.

Location is: 10739 Los Jardines East, Fountain Valley. (This address is for the 68th AD but if you go to the website you can look up your AD)
The event is officially between 10 and noon.
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

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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 Family Justice Center is in dire need of an attorney who can assist with some family law matters for AFJC clients.

As you may know, Kathryn Turner (our AFJC Family Law Workshop Attorney) passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 26th.

Kathryn Turner was an attorney who worked out of the AFJC and helped clients with custody issues, divorce proceedings, Restraining Orders etc. Her death was unexpected and she currently has about 15 clients she is working with.

Please contact us at info@ochba.org if you are an attorney who may be able to help take up Kathryn's cases. Thank you.
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
The Orange County Women Lawyers honor Solange Ritchie as Attorney of the Year 

Join the Orange County Women Lawyers Associtation for their first meeting of the new year, honoring Solange Ritchie as their choice for Attorney of the Year.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009
11:45 - 1:30 p.m.
The Turnip Rose
300 South Flower, Orange, CA

Contact person: Nola Sheldon
1500 E. Katella, #6, Orange, CA 92867
(714) 516-9776  /  Fax (714) 997-1508
info@ocwla.org or nola@nolasheldon.com

Download Flier >
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.
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
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 Family Justice Center is in dire need of an attorney who can assist with family law matters
OCBA 2009 Judges' Night & Annual Meeting
The Orange County Women Lawyers honor Solange Ritchie as Attorney of the Year
Elkins Family Law Task Force Survey Announcement
2009 State Bar of California Appointments Workshops
Volunteer Judges Needed for Chapman Moot Court Competition
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