Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
January 13, 2009

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HBA Membership Drive

Renew Before January 31, 2009 and
SAVE $25!

Dear Member:

    It is time to renew your membership to the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County.  After January 31, 2009, we are increasing our membership fee by $25.  Renewing your membership grants you access to the HBA's educational, pro bono, public service and networking opportunities, including:

    Free MCLE seminars (1-2 times per year);
    Reduced price for our Annual Memorial Day MCLE Trip COSTA RICA will be our destination for 2009;
    Annual Judges' BBQ, honoring a distinguished member of the Bench;
    Free admission to most HBA Bar Review/de Barranda;
    Members ONLY section on our website:  www.ochba.org, which includes job announcements and other exclusive opportunities;
    Members only E-mail newsletter with relevant and timely announcements and information;
    Wallace Davis Scholarship Fund for Latino law students;  
    Pro bono and public service opportunities;
    Inclusion in the 2009 HBA Membership Directory; and
    In-House Counsel, legal and educational Roundtables throughout the year.


Renew your membership before January 31, 2009 and get your 2009 membership at the 2008 rate of $50.  Beginning February 1, 2009, membership rates will be $75 per year.

Renewing your membership is convenient: either log on to our website and pay through PayPal at http://www.ochba.org/membership/BecomeHBAmember.html or mail in your renewal form.  Thank you.

Monica Lukoschek
2009 HBA President
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 >
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 and
Boochever and Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law

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
Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles County 49th Annual Installation of Officers & Awards Gala 

333 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Benito Juarez Attorney of the Year Award
Frank E. Munoz, Lifetime Achievement Award
Justice Cruz Reynoso Community Service Award

5:30pm Cocktail Reception
6:30pm Dinner & Program
Dancing to follow program

Call Today to secure your RSVP. Deadline is January 10, 2009
If you have any questions, call the MABA Office at 213-749-2889.

For more information of the event download flier >

MABA is Committed to the Advancement of Latinos
in the Legal Profession and the Empowerment of the Latino
Community through Service and Advocacy.
The Judicial Officers of The Superior Court of California, County of Orange
Request the honor of your presence at the installation of Debra Carrillo
as a judge of the Superior Court

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008, AT 4:00 P.M.

6:00 PM
Ambrosia in The Vault
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
CRLA's Tequio Gala with Cheech Marin, Frank Romero and LOS LOBOS Invite

January 28, 2009, 6:30 pm
the Beverly Hilton Hotel
Grand Ballroom
9876 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90210

Our Program Includes:
VIP Collectors' Cocktail: Meet the Honorees and Artists,
Network with CRLA's heroes.
6:30 - 7:30pm

Dinner, Awards, Live Auction
and Musical Performance

Live and Silent Auction of Museum Quality Chicano Art
- curated by Chicano Art Expert Armando Duron
Silent Auction with Unique Items for Art Lovers
Live performance by Honorees Los Lobos and special guests TBA
Art created for the CRLA Tequio

CRLA (California Rural Legal Assistance) is an organization that provides free legal services to the rural communities throughout California.

Tax Deductible Corporate Sponsorships Available
Book your table now, online or by phone:
Call to reserve: (310) 889-9200
For more information: www.crla.org
The Latina Lawyers Bar Association
Cordially Invites You to Celebrate Latinas in the Legal Community 

Guest of Honor
Maribel S. Medina
General Counsel
San Francisco Unified School District
Past MABA President

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Event is FREE
(Appetizers & Drinks Provided)

Los Angeles City Hall Rotunda
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles 90012

Please RSVP by January 26th to
llbalosangeles@aol.com or (213) 622-3330

*Parking provided. Enter City Hall East Southbound on Los Angeles Street( between Temple and 1st.)

Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Bar Exam Workshop For People of Color
Los Angeles, California

Presented by:
For People of Color, Inc.

Proud Sponsor:
The California Bar Foundation

This workshop will cover all aspects of the bar exam.  The presenters will discuss best practices to prepare for the bar exam.  Materials will be distributed at the event.

  • Anthony Solana, Jr., Esq., President & Chairperson, For People of Color, Inc. and author of "A Guide to the Bar Examination For People of Color."
  • Rod Fong, Esq., Assistant Dean for Bar Exam Services at Golden Gate University School of Law

Event Details:
Where:  UCLA School of Law
            405 Hilgard Avenue
            Los Angeles, CA 90095

When:  Saturday, February 7, 2009, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.  Registration, however, is required. Please make sure to register for the correct workshop via the drop-down menu contained in the registration page.


Like what For People of Color, Inc. is doing?  Make a contribution by clicking here.
Anaheim Family Justice Center
2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament

anaheim-justice-centerFriday, April 24, 2009
Coyote Hills Golf Course
1440 East Bastanchury Road
Fullerton, CA 92835

Registration - 10:00
Shotgun Start - 12:30
Banquet - 6:00

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!
Super Ticket - Includes:
  • A chance to win $100.000
  • Putting Contest
  • Longest Drive
  • Closest to the Pin
  • Win a vacation
Hole in One Prize on every Par 3!

Space Limited-Sign up Today!

For more information visit us @ www.AFJC.org

Anaheim Family Justice Center
Working Together. Making A Difference.
Invitation to Apply to State Bar Litigation Section Executive Committee -
Deadline is February 2, 2009 

applications for appointments to the Executive Committee are being accepted through 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 >

We invite you to apply for appointment to the Litigation Section Executive Committee.  The Application Form and information about the process is available at: http://calbar.ca.gov/state/calbar/calbar_generic.jsp?cid=10121&id=1040

We continue our efforts to solicit applications from as diverse a pool of California attorneys as possible.  We recognize the immense value of having a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds represented on the Executive Committee.  By better reflecting our membership and the community we serve, we can more effectively implement programs to benefit all California lawyers and Californians generally.

The Executive Committee comprises 15 attorney members as well as over a dozen judicial and attorney advisors.  The Executive Committee oversees all aspects of the Litigation Section (the State Bar's largest section with over 10,000 active members), including with respect to rules and legislation affecting litigation in California, the publication of California Litigation Review, Litigation Magazine and Litigation Update, the Legal London and Legal Asia exchange program, the Law Suits clothing donation program, and much more.  Membership on the Executive Committee offers a valuable opportunity to become involved with the statewide Bar; contribute to the community; and network with attorneys, judges, and others involved in the legal profession.  We have enjoyed our time on the Committee both for the professional benefits and the personal friendships.  We highly recommend the experience.  Additional information about the Litigation Section can be found at: http://calbar.ca.gov/state/calbar/calbar_generic.jsp?cid=10711&id=8390

Please share this letter and application with your colleagues who might be interested.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any of us.

Best wishes,
Michael A. Geibelson
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.
2049 Century Park East, Suite 3700
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 229-5823
Paul S. Chan
Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg
1875 Century Park East, 23rd Floor
Los Angeles, California 90067-2561
(310) 201-2100
Jay J. Chung
Lee Anav Chung LLP
The Gas Company Tower
555 West Fifth Street 31st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 341-1602

David Newdorf
Newdorf Legal
220 Montgomery Street, Suite 1850
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 357-1234
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. 
Join us for an Anaheim Family Justice Center Fundraiser anaheim-justice-center

Sunday, February 8, 2009
11:30 AM lunch
1:00 PM show
Includes lunch and admission to comedy show!

Brea Improv Comedy Club
120 S. Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821

To purchase tickets, please call the
Anaheim Family Justice Center at 714 765-1645.
OCAABA CLE Committee Cordially Invites You To A Seminar On Understanding Cross Relations to Counter Implicit Bias 

Presented by Brandy Young, Ph.D. & Patricia Lee-Gulley, Esq.

Eligible for 1 hour of MCLE credit for elimination of bias

January 29, 2009, 6:30pm

Whittier Law School - Room No. 14
3333 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Register by 1/26/09 at www.ocaaba.org
Members: FREE
Non-Members: $10.

Or register at the door:
Members: $5.
Non-Members: $15.

Sponsored by Gordon& Rees LLP
Refreshments courtesy of: Law Office of Ching C. Lim
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
Southwestern's Fourteenth Annual Bar Association Fair
Southwestern Campus,
Westmoreland Promenade
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
12:15pm - 1:30pm

Sponsored by
Southwestern's Student Bar Association
Southwestern University Law Review
Moot Court
Southwestern Journal of International Law
Trial Advocacy Honors Program
Supported by the Southwestern Faculty

The fair has two goals:
  • To allow Southwestern students to meet representatives from voluntary bar associations and learn about bar-related activities early in their legal careers
  • To give those associations an opportunity to provide information about the benefits of membership.
If you have any questions about the Fair, please call (213) 738-6794.
Carreer Services Office: carreerservices@swlaw.edu
Also In This Issue
HBA Membership Drive: Renew Before January 31, 2009 and save!
HBA Travel Seminar Puerto Quepos, Costa Rica
Save The Date! The OC Hispanic Bar Association's 2009 Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Installation Dinner
Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles County 49th Annual Installation of Officers & Awards Gala
The Judicial Officers of The Superior Court invites You To Judge Carrillo's Enrobing Ceremony
OCBA 2009 Judges' Night & Annual Meeting
CRLA's Tequio Gala with Cheech Marin, Frank Romero and LOS LOBOS
The Latina Lawyers Bar Association Cordially Invites You to Celebrate Latinas in the Legal Community
Bar Exam Workshop For People of Color
Anaheim Family Justice Center 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Invitation to Apply to State Bar Litigation Section Executive Committee
Elkins Family Law Task Force Survey Announcement
Anaheim Family Justice Center Fundraiser
OCAABA CLE Committee Cordially Invites You To A Seminar On Understanding Cross Relations to Counter Implicit Bias
Volunteer Judges Needed for Chapman Moot Court Competition
Southwestern's Fourteenth Annual Bar Association Fair
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