Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
April 21, 2009
Legal Aid Turns 50
Please join us for the HBA's Annual
Cinco De Mayo Bar Review/de Barranda

May 7, 2009 at 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Taleo Mexican Grill
3309 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
Phone number of venue: (949) 553-9002

Includes hosted appetizers and discounted drinks!
Free for HBA members and Judges
$5 for non members
Pre-pay for the event online on our website: http://ochba.org

To RSVP, please email info@ochba.org
or call (949) 440-6700 x 253 by May 6th

AngelsCome join us at the ballpark and enjoy an afternoon of America's  favorite pastime with the Hispanic Bar Association as the Angels take on the Cleveland Indians on July 29, 2009 at 12:30 p.m.

This event is sponsored by Judicate West. 
This is a great opportunity to enjoy the company of old friend and meet some new ones as well as come to know the fabulous Mediators and Arbitrators available at Judicate West from the luxurious comfort of a Club Suite at Angels Stadium.

There are only a limited number of tickets available so reserve your 
tickets now before the event sells out.  The cost is only $35.00 per 
ticket which includes a fully hosted beverage and food bar.  An afternoon of fun, friends, and of course-- baseball, can't be beat.

You can purchase your tickets online using Pay Pal or fax the ticket purchase form to the HBA to have your tickets sent to you.

Hope to see you there!  GO ANGELS!!

Pay online for this event:
Individuals interested in serving on the HNBA Board of Governors are invited to submit materials to nominations committee by April 23, 2009
After considering a comprehensive proposal for amended and restated bylaws at its Regular Meetings of December 5, 2008 and March 5, 2009 and at a Special Meeting held by conference call this past Friday, April 10, 2009, the HNBA Board of Governors adopted new bylaws.  They will be posted on our website in the near future and you will receive a link from the National Office once that is done.
The new bylaws accelerate the HNBA election schedule.  Under the new bylaws, on April 30, 2009, the HNBA must announce the slate of candidates nominated by the Nominations Committee (Amended and Restated Bylaws, Article XI, § 5 (a)).  (The bylaws also provide for nominations of officer candidates and regional presidents by petition, provided the petitions are submitted by no later than May 31, 2009).  The petition process will be explained in the April 30th notice as required by the Bylaws, Article XI, § 5(a),(b). 
CALL FOR CANDIDATES:  The HNBA is seeking candidates to stand for election by the membership to the offices specified below.  Unless otherwise stated, the term of each office is one year beginning at the conclusion of the 2009 Annual Convention on September 6, 2009.  If you are interested in being considered by the Nominations Committee, please notify the Nominations Committee in writing as soon as possible, but no later than April 23, 2009.  Consistent with prior practice, each candidate should provide a resume and a letter stating the position he/she is interested in, providing a brief synopsis of his/her reasons for running and prior service to the HNBA (if any), and certifying that he/she is an HNBA Regular Member in good standing and a duly licensed attorney in good standing in the bar of a state or territory of the United States.  If you have not paid your HNBA dues for calendar year 2009, please visit www.hnba.com and pay them immediately to ensure you are in good standing.  Materials must be sent to the Nominations Committee, care of President Ramona Romero at PresidentRomero@gmail.com by 5:00 PM Eastern on April 23, with a copy to President-Elect Roman Hernandez (rhernandez@schwabe.com) and to General Counsel Ignacia Moreno (Ignacia.moreno@ge.com). 
The following positions on the Board of Governors during the 2009-2010 bar year are subject to election by the membership: 
Executive Committee Positions
President-Elect - During his or her term, the President-Elect is required to perform such duties as the President or Board of Governors may assign. At the conclusion of his or her term, the President-Elect ascends to the Presidency of the HNBA.  To be eligible for this office, a candidate must have served on the HNBA Board for no less than three (3) years as an Officer, Regional President, Affiliate Member Representative or National Finance Director and attended three quarters of those meetings.  A candidate must also have been admitted to practice law and in good standing at the bar of a state, commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States or the District of Columbia for a minimum of seven (7) years as of the time of his or her nomination. If there are no candidates who meet the qualifications for President-Elect, the Nominations Committee will prepare a roster of candidates for consideration by the Executive Committee.
Vice-President of Membership -- is responsible for all membership matters and benefits. 
Vice-President of Regions -- oversees the Regions including communications with the Regional Presidents and Affiliate Members, increasing Region activities, and having regularly scheduled meetings with Regional Presidents and Affiliate Member Representatives to further advance the purposes of the Association.
Vice-President of External Affairs -- acts as the HNBA's liaison with non-affiliated groups and organizations, including creating initiatives and developing programs with these organizations to benefit the Membership.
Vice-President of Programs - is responsible for creating initiatives and developing and implementing programs for the benefit of the Membership. 
Vice-President of Sections and Committees -- is an ex-officio member of most Sections and Committees of the HNBA, and acts as the Board of Governor's liaison with all Section and Committee chairpersons.
Secretary -- receives all Board of Governors reports, prepares, publishes, and keeps the minutes of all meetings of the Membership and all meetings of the Board, maintains the roster of all Officers and other members of the Board, certifies official copies of such minutes and Bylaws and provides notice of all meetings of the Board and the Membership. 
Please note that the vice presidents and secretary are not eligible to seek election to the identical office if they have already served two terms, but they may run for other offices (e.g. an individual who has previously served as VP Membership for two terms may not run for the same office, but may run for VP of Regions or for Regional President).  Former National Presidents of the HNBA are ineligible to run for President-Elect.
          Regional President Positions
In addition to being Regular Members in good standing and duly licensed and in good standing in the bar of a state or territory of the United States, candidates for Regional President must live in the region they seek to serve.  Among other things, Regional Presidents act as the HNBA's primary liaison and develop and implement HNBA programming in their regions.
As a result of a Bylaws change that staggers the regional presidents' tenure and extends their terms to two years, candidates are sought to serve a two-year term (Sept 2009 to the end of the 2011 Annual Convention) as Regional President for each of the regions specified below. 
            Region I            (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
            Region III         (NJ)
            Region V           (DC, MD, VA, WV)
            Region VII        (AL, GA, MS)
            Region IX         (IL, IN, MI, WI)
            Region XI         (IA,MN, MO, ND, SD)
            Region XIII       (CO, KS, NE, WY)
            Region XV        (NM, UT)
            Region XVII    (Northern California (from the northern border of CA to no further south than Fresno County, CA), Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana)
            Region XIX       (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin)

To Vote in the 2009 Election, You Must Pay Your HNBA Dues On or Before June 1, 2009!  Go to www.hnba.com and Pay Now!!!
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.
Newport Harbor Bar Association Presents: The Erosion of The 4th Ammendment


Prior to accepting his position as Dean the new U.C.I. School of Law, Mr. Chemerinsky was a Professor of Law & Political Science at Duke University.  Prior to that Mr. Chemerinsky spent 21 years at U.S.C. Law School during which time he was the Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics and Political Science.   Mr. Chemerinsky is the author of six books and over 100 Law Review Articles.   Mr. Chemerinsky is considered a premier authority on Constitutional Law issues. 

May 13, 2009
5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Registration & Networking
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Dinner
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Presentation



RSVP at www.newportbar.org
By: May 8, 2009
or mail your checks to:
(Make checks payable to: Newport-Harbor Bar Association)
Mark W. Bidwell, Treasurer  
2021 Business Center Drive, Suite 207
Irvine, CA 92612
Phone:  (949) 474-0961; Fax: (949) 474-0963
Celebrando la Justica

Celebrando la Justicia
A Night of Art & Music
Silent Auction Items, Raffle, and Much More.

Saturday, May 2nd
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Night of Fund-raising for Community Lawyers, Inc.

Proceeds for the evening will go to Community Lawyers Inc. Helping raise funds for legal assistance & access for all!

Donations by distinguished artists & designers

Casita Del Pueblo
6738 Greenleaf Ave. Whittier
562 693-2844
En Banc

Join the Student Bar Association and the
Minority Law Student Association for the final
En Banc of the year!

Friday April 24 from 5-7 PM
Chapman Law School Lobby
Enjoy one last night to unwind before finals!
See you there!
California Women Lawyers Presents:  "So, You Want To Be A Judge?"™

Seminar on the Judicial Appointments and Elections Process for Men and Women at Buchalter Nemer 1000 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1500, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Welcome by Holly Fujie, President, State Bar of California

SHARON MAJORS-LEWIS, ESQ.  Governor's Judicial Appointments Secretary

HON. CHARLENE P. KIESSELBACH  San Francisco County Superior Court

JON WOLFF  2009 Chair, JNE Commission

LUNCHEON KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  The Honorable Dale S. Fischer, US District Court Judge, Central District

Afternoon workshops will be led by sitting judges.

Lunch will be provided and there will be a keynote speaker during lunch.

Speakers: Hon. Judith Chirlin, Los Angeles County Superior Court; Hon. Marguerite Downing, Los Angeles County Superior Court; Hon. Anita Dymant, Los Angeles County Superior Court; Hon. Emily Elias, Los Angeles County Superior Court; Hon. Jane Johnson, Los Angeles County Superior Court; Hon. Ruth Kwan, Los Angeles County Superior Court; Hon. Alex Ricciardulli, Los Angeles County Superior Court ; Hon. John Shepard Wiley, Jr., Los Angeles County Superior Court

Saturday, May 2, 2009 Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:15 a.m.  Program: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

$175 Pre-Registration (includes lunch) · RSVP must be received by April 29, 2009 · $200 at the door
$150 Current CWL Member (includes lunch)
$160 Co-Sponsors (includes lunch)
$100 New Membership - Join CWL Today and receive the special rate of $150 for seminar! Total $250
You can contact the CWL Executive Office for more information or join on-line at www.cwl.org
$75 Law Students


CWL 650 Howe Ave., Ste. 555, Sacramento, CA 95825  Tel (916) 646-3114 fax (916) 646-6469

Email: info@cwl.org or cwlinfo@att.net  
Watch website at: www.cwl.org for link to register online
Unique Challenges Facing Women Lawyers in Demanding Economic Times

The Orange County Women Lawyers Association
Proudly Presents:
President Holly Fujie, Esq.
84th President of the State Bar of California
Don't Miss this Unique Opportunity!
  • Hear State Bar President Holly Fujie discuss how the current economy has affected, and will affect, the goals of diversity generally, and women in particular, in the legal profession.
  • Learn how we can deal positively with these challenges, and
  • Share how we can position ourselves to survive and thrive until brighter times return!
May 5, 2009
From 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
The Turnip Rose, 300 So. Flower, Orange, CA 92868
www.turniprose.com  (714) 978-7021 Get directions

For Reservations & Payments, Please Contact:
Nola Sheldon
1500 E. Katella, #6
Orange, CA 92867
Phone:  714-516-9776
Fax:  714-997-1508
Email:  Info@OCWLA.Org

Download Flier >
Holly J. Fujie was sworn in as the State Bar's 84th president, vowing to devote her term to improving the lot of women and minority lawyers. In her inaugural address, she described herself as a 'Northern California-born, Southern California-practicing, Methodist minority woman partner in a majority law firm with a Catholic Caucasian husband in a small firm and two half-Asian kids, raised in a black neighborhood and living in a white one.'

The full address can be found at the board of governors page at calbar.ca.gov. (Excerpted from the Nov. 2008 California Bar Journal.  Click Here)
Celebracion De Madres: 11th Annual Bright Futures Ball

May 9, 2009
Mission San Juan Capistrano

The signature event for the Child Abuse Prevention Center, the Bright Futures Ball, has raised almost $1 million over the past 10 years. Eighty-seven percent of this funding has gone directly to providing support and resources that our at-risk families need to
break the generational cycle of child abuse and family violence.

Join us at this year's Bright Futures Ball, "Celebracion De Madres" (Celebration of Mothers), on Saturday, May 9, 2009. Held at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano, we invite you to celebrate the special moms in your life and within the community.

· Hosted by Suzanne Rico, co-anchor of the CBS2 Morning News
· Auctioneer Kent French, Host and Producer for the Anaheim Ducks and the Honda Center
· 400+ attendees & volunteers
· 125+ auction packages, including trips to Cabo San Lucas and a Caribbean Cruise
· Complimentary margaritas, wine and beer
· Latin flavored cuisine
· Live acoustic guitar and Latin dancing

Sponsorship Opportunities
Tango  $25,000
· Presenting sponsor billing
· Sixteen (16) invitations to the Sponsor Reception
· Two (2) Cava tables (seating for 32)
· Full-page (or screen) color program advertisement
Flamenco $15,000
· Eight (8) invitations to the Sponsor Reception
· One (1) Cava table (seating for 16)
· Full-page (or screen) program advertisement
Mambo  $10,000
· Six (6) invitations to the Sponsor Reception
· One (1) Sangria table (seating for 10)
· ¾ page (or screen) program advertisement
Salsa  $7,500
· Four (4) invitations to the Sponsor Reception
· One (1) Sangria table (seating for 10)
· ½ page (or screen) program advertisement
Merengue  $5,000
· Two (2) invitations to the Sponsor Reception
· One (1) Sangria table (seating for 10)
· ¼ page (or screen) program advertisement

Download Sponsorship packet >

Small Claims Advisory Services RFP - Superior Court of CA, County of Orange

The Superior Court of California, County of Orange is seeking Proposals to provide Small Claims Advisory Services to eligible people.

The period of performance is for one fiscal year beginning July 1, 2009, with optional annual renewals for two additional years, probably on a flat fee basis.

There is no cap on the number of people served; the Proposer would be required to provide services to all those who requested it during the term of the contract.

If you may be interested in this RFP, it is posted on line at:
Enter Small Claims Advisory Services in the search box.
Public Comment - Limited Scope Legal Assistance 

The State Bar Board of Governors approved the request to release the proposed resolution for public comment on Limited Scope Legal Assistance (also known as Unbundling). The Resolution can be found here >

Because Limited Scope Legal Assistance is such a valuable tool for the delivery of legal services to all Californians but especially low and moderate income clients, we urge you to share this item with all bar association boards, bar association members, pro bono attorneys, the judiciary, law students and faculty, and other members of the legal community interested in this topic.
All comments are due by April 23, 2009. Comments or a request for a hard copy of the resolution should be submitted to Rodney Low, telephone 415-538-2219, email:

Rodney Low
Program Developer
Office of Legal Services, Access & Fairness Programs
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
Telephone:  415-538-2219
Fax:  415-538-2552
E-mail:  rodney.low@calbar.ca.gov
Website:  www.calbar.ca.gov

Raza Graduation 2009 at UC Irvine

To Whom This May Concern:
We are writing to you regarding the 30th Annual Raza Graduation Ceremony.  Raza Graduation is a remarkable ceremony that commemorates the accomplishments of graduating Chicana/o Latina/o students at the University of California, Irvine.  The ceremony is a celebration of academic achievement, hard work, the UC Irvine community, Chicana/o Latina/o culture, and family.  The Annual Raza Graduation has been a tradition for many UCI students for the past 31 years.  This tradition at UC Irvine, allows graduating seniors to thank their families in a more intimate setting while celebrating their success.
 The Raza Graduation Ceremony is not specifically funded by any official department or affiliate on campus.  The Raza Graduation is coordinated and planned by a student run committee comprising of about 10 students.  The planning committee has worked rigorously to fundraise and look for different avenues of funding.  However, as students, we have limited sources of income and are still in need of your assistance. In addition, we are trying to limit the cost that graduating seniors would have to pay for participation.  And as such we have depended on the generosity of the community to fund this ceremony and continue to do so.
We hope you understand the importance of Raza Graduation for the Chicano/Latino graduates and their families. It gives them a chance to acknowledge those who have helped them and appreciate the obstacles they overcame. Raza Graduation gives Chicana/o Latina/o graduating seniors an avenue to speak to and thank their family and friends for their support in their accomplishments. 
Therefore, we are asking for the help of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange Councty  in making this graduation a reality. As a leader of our community you continue to set examples for not only your constituents but also your neighbors. Your example breeds inspiration and it is that same inspiration that motivates our graduates at UCI. As such, any donations that you can make would be greatly appreciated. We have attached our estimated budget, which is about $9,000.00 and we currently have limited funds for the ceremony.  The 30th Annual Raza Graduation will take place Saturday June 13th at 6pm on the UCI campus.
If you have any questions feel free to contact us via email. We wish you continued success and we look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you for your consideration.
Best regards,
Gracie Arguelles and Michael Hidalgo
garguell@uci.edu       mhidalgo@uci.edu
Raza Graduation CoChairs 2008-2009
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A)
Cross Cultural Center
University of California, Irvine
Chapman Law School's Spring 2009 On-Campus Interview (OCl) program

We would like you to participate Chapman Law School's Spring 2009 On-Campus Interview (OCl) program. This year's interviews will be held from August 24 - October 30, 2009. We encourage
all employers with summer associate or law clerk openings (paid or unpaid) to use the OCI program as a means of filling these positions.

Chapman Law, founded in 1995, received its full accreditation by the American Bar Association in record speed in August 2002 and attained membership in the prestigious American Association of Law Schools in January 2006. The school is led by an enthusiastic and talented faculty educated at premier law schools and includes a Nobel Laureate and four former law clerks to United States Supreme Court Justices. We are also pleased to announce that for the third consecutive year, our bar passage rate has risen. In addition, we continue to rank among the nation's best law schools in Princeton Review's Best 174 Law Schools, 2009 Edition. Chapman retained its Top 10 status in the "Quality of 1.ife (#3),"
"Professors Rock (Legally Speaking) (#7)," and "Best Classroom Experience (#3)" categories. More importantly, Chapman added a fourth Top 10 category to its roster-"Most Diverse Faculty," debuting at #9. Our newest Top 10 ranking demonstrates the significant effort Chapman has undertaken to have one of the most ideologically diverse law faculties in the country. Now only Northwestern and Stanford have placed in more Top 10 categories, with six and five placements, respectively.

Chapman Law students and graduates have been recruited by a wide array of employers, including large national law firms, government agencies, and corporations. Twenty-six of our graduates have served as judicial clerks, with positions ranging from state appellate courts to federal bankruptcy courts and
federal district courts. To better acquaint you with Chapman Law and its students, we have enclosed some materials for your review.

To participate in Chapman's OCI program, please return the Employer Registration Form enclosed in this packet by July 1, 2009. If we can provide you with any further information about Chapman Law or its students, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to assist you with your recruitment needs.

Jay Levine, Ph.D.
Director of Career Services
Save the Date: April 30th Screening of "A Class Apart" at MALDEF

Dear HNBA Members/Friends:
Please save the date to join us for the screening of "A Class Apart," a documentary by award-winning Carlos Sandoval, on April 30th at 6:00 p.m. at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), 634 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014.
Our special guest this evening will be the Honorable Carlos R. Moreno, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, who will provide commentary on the importance of ensuring that we as members of the legal community continue to promote and protect the rights of Latinos and others.
"A Class Apart" chronicles how a criminal trial in Texas led to the landmark Supreme Court decision in Hernandez v. Texas that affected the rights afforded to the Latino community.  For more information about "Class Apart," please visit the following website, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/class/
The reception starts at 6:00 p.m. with food provided by Yxta Cocina Mexicana; the screening is slated to start promptly at 7:00 p.m.
Please RSVP to gnsandoval@gmail.com.  Feel free to invite friends and colleagues, but please ensure that they must RSVP.
Thanks and hope to see you then.
Gabriel Sandoval
HNBA President
Southern California
The L.A. Legal Market:  How to Find a Job in the Midst of an Economic Downturn

Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers Division Presents
The L.A. Legal Market:  How to Find a Job in the Midst of an Economic Downturn

On April 29, 2009 the Barristers Division will present a very special FREE informational event.  You may not be experiencing the effects of the economic downturn but chances are you know a colleague who is.  Please pass this invitation onto them!

This program will feature a panel of experienced legal recruiters who will discuss topics including:

· The state of the legal market, given recent layoffs and other events.
· The types of jobs that are available (law firm, in-house, and legal alternatives) active practice areas and who is hiring.
· Resume and interview tips for laid-off associates, soon-to-be graduates, and lateral candidates.
· How to make yourself marketable and other tips for finding a job in the current market.

In addition to the panel presentation, there will be time for attendees to ask questions and time to network with recruiters.

April 29, 2009

Registration: 6:00-6:30 p.m.
Refreshments/Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Program: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Networking 8:00-9:00 p.m.

FREE of charge (Space is limited, register early)

Matt DeGrushe, USC Gould School of Law
Jill S. Levin, Levin & Associates
Erica Moore-Burton, Special Counsel
Carl D. Reese, Reese Legal Search
Madeleine E. Seltzer, Seltzer Fontaine Beckwith

Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1055 West 7th Street, 27th Floor, Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Bar Association--$5 with validation (after 5:00 p.m.)

To register online, click here.  For assistance with multiple registrations or if you wish to register by phone, call our Member Services Department at (213) 896-6560 Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Registration Code: 010414
Young Lawyers Seminar - Maximizing Litigation Success: Developing, Evaluating and Preparing Your Case from Beginning to End - Las Vegas, NV

Presented by DRI's Young Lawyers Committee
June 4-5 2009
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas, NV

DRI's Young Lawyers Committee proudly presents its annual trial advocacy seminar for defense trial lawyers and corporate counsel who have been practicing for 10 years or less. This program is designed to maximize the critical skills that defense lawyers and in-house counsel need in order to manage the defense of their corporate clients.

This seminar boasts distinguished faculty from around the country, including:
  • In-house lawyers from some of the most recognized companies in America
  • Experienced and successful trial lawyers
  • A state supreme court justice
  • Some of the best speakers from DRI's Young Lawyers Committee
In addition, there is a corporate counsel breakout session, open only to in-house counsel, which will provide its attendees with unique presentations on developing their legal departments and managing litigation matters. Attendees also will have an opportunity for a truly rewarding experience through participation in a special community service project on Wednesday.
Click here to download the brochure.

This is an exclusive opportunity to gain practical knowledge while networking with colleagues from across the nation and around the globe.   
TO REGISTER NOW, click here or visit www.DRI.org for more information!

Supplemental Material
Recommended supplemental material for this seminar is Trade Secrets and Agreements Not to Compete: A State-by-State Compendium from DRI's Defense Library Series.  Click here to order your copy now!

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

Good Afternoon,
As the vice chair of the DRI Diversity Committee, I am pleased to announce that DRI is once again awarding two scholarships to deserving law students. The DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship program is open to incoming second and incoming third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pan Asian and Native American students. Incoming second and incoming third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity.
Two (2) scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the criteria.  To learn more about the scholarship and its criteria, please visit our website at www.dri.org.
I would like to encourage you as a DRI member to forward this information to your law school contacts or your firm's law clerks or interns who may be interested in applying for this scholarship.
Toyja E. Kelley
Vice Chair Diversity Committee
3rd Annual Shropshire Group Educational Leadership Awards Banquet

Hispanic Bar Association Members,

You are cordially invited to the 3rd Annual Shropshire Group Educational Leadership Awards Banquet on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

The annual banquet will recognize the 2008-2009 Shropshire Group Scholars who will be attending law school this fall and those who have supported diversity within legal education. We are proud having received prestigious support from Corporate Counsel Women of Color, Usher Law Group, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Langston Bar Association, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Bar Association, US Bank, The Magic Johnson Foundation, Inc., Disney/ABC Television Group, the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein, National Congress of American Indians, Mexican American Bar Association, Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund, law schools, law firms, and community organizations.

This year's guest speakers include Jamon Hicks, incoming President of Langston Bar Association and Associate Attorney with the Office of Carl Douglas, Esq., Yvette Lopez, Esq., Educational Liaison to the Executive Branch of the Government of the Dominican Republic and Sharon Gerber, Esq., founder of Sharon Gerber Attorney Search Firm. The 2009 Humanitarian Award recipient will be announced in early February.

Individual reservations are $50. Table sponsorship is $500 (includes full page ad in program brochure). In addition, we will have our first program brochure which highlights ads from sponsors and contributors. Ad pricing can be viewed online at www.shropshiregroup.org on the "2009 SG Banquet" page.

If you are interested in attending and/or submitting an ad, please go to the "2009 SG Banquet" page at www.shropshiregroup.org and complete the online reservation form or respond to this e-mail.

Contributions are tax-deductible due to our nonprofit status. All funding
from this event will go toward book stipends, application fees, enrollment seat deposits and campus visits for our scholars. Reception begins at 6:00 p.m. Dinner and award presentations continue from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join us for another remarkable program in diversifying legal education and academic excellence.


Sonel Y. Shropshire, J.D.
President & CEO
The Shropshire Group, Inc.
2010 West Avenue K # 646
Lancaster, CA 93536-5229
661.943.4239 tel
661.943.4259 fax
Immigrant Legal Resource Center Seminar & Webinar Calendar Spring 2009

Register for any seminar or webinar and receive a special code for 5% off ALL ILRC publications!

Visit www.ilrc.org to learn more
How to Defend Permanent Residents from Removal (1.5 MCLE)
Thursday, April 23, 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT                                               
Presenters: Angie Junck and Nora Privitera, ILRC
Fee: $110 Regular / $70 Non-profit / $15 CA IOLTA                                                                  
Deadline to register: 4/21/09
This webinar is designed to teach practitioners how to effectively defend permanent residents charged with being removable. Topics include the differing burdens of proof for admissibility, deportability, and applications for relief, defenses against the allegations in the Notice to Appear, the eligibility requirements for cancellation of removal, 212(h) waivers, 212(c), other forms of relief, and how to work with clients to elicit the evidence needed to defend their cases.
Obtaining Release from Detention  (1.5 MCLE)
Thursday, April 30, 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT                                               
Presenters: Holly Cooper, UC Davis School of Law, and Kathy Brady, ILRC (Host)
Fee: $110 Regular / $70 Non-profit / $15 CA IOLTA                                                                  
Deadline to register: 4/28/09
This practical webinar will discuss defense strategies for obtaining release from immigration detention. Topics include bond hearing strategies, mandatory detention, mandatory detention for arriving aliens, habeas challenges, litigation update on prolonged detention, and post-order custody review. After providing a brief overview of each topic, the focus will be new developments in the law and innovative strategies for defenders.
Consular Processing and Waivers: Focus on Ciudad Juarez  (1.5 MCLE)
Wednesday, May 6, 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT                                  
Presenters: Mark Silverman, ILRC, and Sarah Kate Heilbrun, Law Offices of Fellom & Solorio
Fee: $110 Regular / $70 Non-profit / $15 CA IOLTA                                                                    
Deadline to register: 5/4/09
This webinar will focus specifically on enhancing your understanding of how to prepare a winning waiver application in the context of consular processing, especially at Ciudad Juarez. Another focus will be client and case preparation, especially within the content of screening your clients for the "permanent bar" under 212(a)(9)(C). We will also cover how Ciudad Juarez works: the pilot-program, communicating with the consulate and USCIS, and other issues.
Advanced VAWA  (1.5 MCLE)
Monday, May 11, 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT               
Presenters: Sally Kinoshita and Nora Privitera, ILRC
Fee: $110 Regular / $70 Non-profit / $15 CA IOLTA                                                                     
Deadline to register: 5/7/09
This webinar is designed for attorneys representing immigrant victims of domestic abuse and other crimes in adjustment of status and removal proceedings cases.
We will cover:
Common grounds of inadmissibility including entries without inspection, unlawful presence, false claims to U.S. citizenship, misrepresentation, the permanent bar, crimes involving moral turpitude and public charge, as well as the specific inadmissibility waivers available to VAWA self-petitioners and U nonimmigrant status holders.  We will also cover removal issues, including VAWA cancellation of removal available to abused immigrants in removal proceedings, VAWA-specific motion to reopen provisions, reinstatement of removal, and expedited removals vs. regular removals.
Developments in Use of the Categorical Analysis in the Ninth Circuit (1.5 MCLE)
Tuesday, May 19, 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT                                     
Presenters: Kathy Brady, ILRC and Michael K. Mehr, Law Office of Michael K. Mehr
Fee: $110 Regular / $70 Non-profit / $15 CA IOLTA                                                               
Deadline to register: 5/14/09
The "categorical analysis," which includes the rules governing divisible statutes and the record of conviction, is perhaps the most important defense tool for noncitizens with criminal records. Practitioners representing such immigrants must have a thorough understanding of this area to adequately defend clients. In the past few years, the Ninth Circuit has published key decisions that greatly expanded the benefits that the categorical analysis provides to immigrants. At the same time, the Attorney General, Board of Immigration Appeals, and a few Ninth Circuit panels, have published decisions that would limit these benefits, and the Supreme Court has accepted certiorari in a case involving one aspect of the analysis, in Nijhawan v. Attorney General (January 16, 2009).
This webinar will discuss the current state of the law, and provide an organized analysis of best practice defense strategies.   While providing an overview of the categorical analysis for those new to the area, it will focus on defense arguments, possible government arguments, and how to deal with pending litigation, such as Nijhawan and the Attorney General decision in Matter of Silva-Trevino.

Thursdays & Fridays, March 12, 13, 19, 20, 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm    
Location: Asian Pacific American Legal Center, 1145 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Presenter: Don Ungar, Simmons & Ungar and ILRC
Fee: $495 Regular / $240 Non-profit / $80 CA IOLTA                                                        
Deadline to register: 3/2/09
Designed for a lawyer who wants to boost his or her knowledge and confidence, this course covers the fundamental concepts and elements of immigration law and procedures. The program will cover all major themes of immigration law, including constitutional issues, grounds of inadmissibility and deportability and related procedures, waivers and relief from removal, the various immigration preference categories, nonimmigrant classes, refugees and asylum, adjustment of status, administrative appeals and judicial review, and the acquisition of American citizenship.
NOTE: This seminar is limited to attorneys and BIA Level 2 Accredited Representatives. Limited to 20 registrants.
How to Defend Permanent Residents from Removal  (2.75 MCLE)
Friday, April 10, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: UCLA School of Law, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095
Presenters: Angie Junck and Nora Privitera, ILRC
Fee: $165 Regular / $90 Non-profit / $35 CA IOLTA                                                                  
Deadline to register: 3/30/09
This seminar is designed to teach practitioners how to effectively defend permanent residents charged with being removable. Topics include the differing burdens of proof for admissibility, deportability, and applications for relief, defenses against the allegations in the Notice to Appear, the eligibility requirements for cancellation of removal, 212(h) waivers, 212(c), other forms of relief, and how to work with clients to elicit the evidence needed to defend their cases.
What is a Webinar?
A webinar is a web conference system that allows you to join ILRC trainings from the convenience of your own office via the telephone and internet. You simply dial a conference call number and click on a web link provided by the ILRC, and you will be able to learn by listening to the instructor's lecture and watching the computer screen simultaneously.
How can I qualify for the California IOLTA rate?
IOLTA agencies are nonprofit organizations who have received a grant from the Legal Services Trust Fund Program of the State Bar of California to provide free legal services to low-income Californians. To find out if you qualify as an IOLTA organization, please check the State Bar of California website at www.calbar.ca.gov.
How do I receive the special code for 5% off publications?
You will receive a special code along with your registration confirmation e-mail.
Please contact Sai Suzuki, Marketing Coordinator, at 415-255-9499 Ext 789 or ssuzuki@ilrc.org.
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