Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
June 2, 2009
Legal Aid Turns 50
Survey on the Status of Latinas in the Legal Profession

In 2008, Ramona Romero, President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), appointed a commission to examine the current status of Latinas in the legal profession (the "Commission"). The Commission then launched a nationwide study to better understand the experiences and challenges facing Latina attorneys in all legal sectors and to recommend key strategies to help them overcome these barriers and succeed in the legal profession. The findings and recommendations of the study will appear in a Commission Report to be unveiled at the HNBA's annual conference being held in Albuquerque, New Mexico this September.
You are invited to participate in the national survey to Latinas who are members of the HNBA and its affiliates. Your participation in this survey is critical and will hopefully play a vital role in promoting and supporting Latinas by increasing awareness of the experiences, perceptions and obstacles that confront Latina attorneys and to promote accountability of individual and institutional leaders.  
The survey can be accessed at http://irsurveys.stjohns.edu/4/HispanicNationalBar/.  The survey takes approximately 10 - 15 minutes to complete.  Your participation in the survey is completely confidential and anonymous. The results of the survey will be reported in aggregate form only. If there are any questions or concerns about the survey please do not hesitate to contact Melinda S. Molina, Research Professor of Law, St. John's University School of Law at molinam@stjohns.edu or Jill L. Cruz, PhD Candidate and owner of JLC Consulting LLC, at jillcruz@cinci.rr.com. This survey link will be accessible until June 3, 2009.     
Thank you in advance for your participation in this study.

Warm regards,

Dolores S. Atencio                        Clarissa Cerda
Commission Co-Chairs                      
**Please contact, Dolores S. Atencio at datencio@gcrlegal.com or Clarissa Cerda at clarissa.cerda@gmail.com or access hnba.org for further information on the Commission.**

Thursday, June 4, 2009
5:30 7:30 p.m.
United States District Courthouse
Central District of California
312 N. Spring Street, Second Floor Lobby
Los Angeles, CA

RSVP by May 28
CALL 312-988-6331

Senior Assistant City Attorney- Civil

$131,101 - $180,264 / year

The City of Anaheim is seeking a Senior Assistant City Attorney, who will direct, manage, supervise, and coordinate the activities and operations of the Civil Division of the City Attorney's Office.  This position provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Attorney, and represents the City Attorney in the City Attorney's absence.  Requirements include: eight years of increasingly responsible experience in the field of municipal law including a minimum of two years of administrative and supervisory responsibility, graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association with a Juris octorate degree, membership in the State Bar of California and license to practice in the federal courts, and possession of, or ability to obtain a valid California Driver's License by date of appointment. Expertise or experience in public sector labor and employment law and advising law enforcement agencies is highly desirable. A City of Anaheim application is required and will be accepted by the Human Resources Department through MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009. For more information and to obtain an online application, visit: www.anaheim.net or call 714-765-5111. EOE
PLC Volunteers for Justice 2009 Annual Dinner
Monday, June 22, 2009
Hyatt Regency Irvine
5:30 p.m. Reception and Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program
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to Honor
Howrey LLP - Law Firm of the Year
Deborah S. Mallgrave, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. - Attorney of the Year
Volunteer Center Orange County - Community Partner of the Year
Distinguished Keynote Speaker
William Schneider
CNN Senior Political Analyst
For Information Contact:
Nicole Surratt 714.541.1010 Ext. 276
or nsurratt@publiclawcenter.org
Public Law Center
601 Civic Center Drive West Santa Ana, California 92701
The OCWLA Presents:
Leveraging Trial Technology in a Visual Society

The Orange County Women Lawyers Association Proudly Presents:

Mike Murray

Barkley Trial Technologies Technical Support Manager

Barkley Trial Technologies:
  • Provides a full spectrum of production services focusing on what makes your case unique.
  • Develops presentations to visually communicate to the jurors in a memorable way exactly what your team is trying to say
June 2, 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
To attend the June 2nd Luncheon, please email Info@OCWLA.Org with the following information to register:
Phone Number: (__) _______
I am a:
¨    Non-Member Attorney: $40.00
¨    OCWLA Member: $30.00
¨    Judicial Officer: $30.00
¨    Non-attorney Guest: $30.00
¨    Student: $20.00
¨    Non-Member w/o Lunch: $   5.00
¨    Member w/o Lunch: $FREE
¨    Late Registration: Add $5.00
*Note: We charge for reservations made but not honored and for cancellations received after the noon deadline on Thursday, May 28, 2009.
Prepayment by check or credit card is requested, and greatly appreciated.
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

We Need YOUR INPUT for Future Events!
Our 2009 Judge of the Year Award and Summer Sizzle
will be held at the end of July in one super event!
Has a Judge earned a special place in your heart through their contributions and commitment to bench, bar and community?
by nominating him or her for this prestigious award!
Just download our 2009 Judge of the Year Application (PDF file),
Fill it out, and submit it to the OCWLA office on or before 5:00 pm on May 17, 2009 by:
MAIL to: 1500 E. Katella, #6,  Orange, CA 92867
Fax to: (714) 997-1508; or
Email to: Info@OCWLA.Org

Orange County Women Lawyers nominated Justice Eileen Moore for the prestigious Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award, and she has been selected as this year's recipient!
Winners of this award are chosen for their excellence and jurists and for longstanding service and inspiration to California women lawyers.
Please join us at the California Women Lawyers' Twenty-First Annual Southern California  Judicial Reception as we celebrate 
with Justice Moore!
DATE:  Friday, June 26, 2009
TIME:  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Community Court, 909 N. Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92701
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
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
Jobs at APALC - 2 AmeriCorps attorney positions (LA, OC)

Full job posting is at:

Brief description:  
Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow  (2 positions - Los Angeles and Orange County Offices)

Position summary:
The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow will be responsible for providing civil legal assistance to immigrant communities in poverty law areas such as immigration, family, and/or housing law, through legal counseling, document preparation, court representation, and community education. The AmeriCorps Legal Fellow will also be responsible for recruiting, training, and managing interns, volunteers, and pro bono attorneys; and serving as a liaison with local law schools.

Application process:
Please send cover letter, resume, and references to: Human Resources, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Second Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Fax: (213) 977-7595.

No phone calls or emails please.  Please do not reply to this email.
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
Opening and Running Your Law Practice on a Shoestring Budget 

Thursday, June 18, 2009
12:00 p.m. Registration/Lunch 
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Program

OCMA/Turnip Rose 
300 S. Flower St., Orange

How to open and operate a law practice and keep your overhead very low.
  • Offices: virtual, subtenant, executive offices
  • Malpractice insurance options
  • Research: there are free and inexpensive options
  • Finding and paying employees and independent contractors
  • Computer software: Microsoft Office Suite, Abacus, Prolaw, Timeslips
Carolyn M. Dillinger, Attorney at Law, The Dillinger Law Firm, PC
Rosemary Amezcua-Moll, Attorney at Law, Amezcua-Moll & Associates, PC

This activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.0 hour(s), as appropriate to the content of the activity. OCBA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules
and regulations of the State Bar of California governing MCLE.

Reservations will not be taken over the phone. Seating is limited.

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Remedies and Strategies for Permanent Resident Clients

Special Introductory Price
Remedies and Strategies for Permanent Resident Clients

Private Attorneys/Gov't Agencies: $115
(Special Introductory Price)
Regular price $150
Non-profit/CA IOLTA: $95
(Special Introductory Price)
Regular price $115
Plus shipping & handling
Protect your permanent resident clients from being removed under a deportation or inadmissibility ground using the expert analysis and framework for representation contained in this manual.
Designed as a "how to" manual, Remedies and Strategies for Permanent Resident Clients provides clear, concise, and detailed explanations of the grounds of removal permanent residents are most likely to face; when the grounds of inadmissibility and deportation do and don't apply; how to argue that they don't apply, and the immigration remedies available for each.  It also discusses our tips for working with clients to elicit the evidence necessary to successfully defend their cases.
This manual contains detailed chapters on the grounds of deportability and inadmissibility,  as well  as the most common remedies for those charged with removability for crimes: LPR cancellation of removal (Chapter 4), former § 212(c) relief (Chapter 5),  and relief under § 212(h) of the Immigration & Nationality Act (Chapter 6). It also contains a Chapter devoted to the comparison of LPR cancellation of removal and §212(h) relief (Chapter 7), and a summary of other, less common remedies for permanent resident clients (Chapter 8). Finally, it contains a separate chapter on detention, (Chapter 9) and a chapter on how to work with clients to obtain the best evidence in their cases (Chapter 10). 
Throughout the manual, we also emphasize that termination of removal proceedings is the best remedy for the permanent resident client, and that whether or not a client has a claim to U.S. citizenship should never be ignored.
New Publications Available in 2009:
The U Visa: Obtaining Status for Immigrant Victims of Crime
Motions to Suppress: Protecting the Constitutional Rights of Immigrants in Removal Proceedings
Winning Asylum Cases
Families & Immigration: A Practical Handbook
Hardship in Immigration Law: How to Prepare a Winning Case in Waiver and Cancellation of Removal Cases
For our current offerings with pricing, including updated editions and
new titles, visit www.ilrc.org/publications
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
1663 Mission St, Ste 602, San Francisco, CA 94103
(T) 415-255-9499 (F) 415-255-9792 (E) ilrc@ilrc.org (W) www.ilrc.org
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
Justice Eileen Moore to receive California Women Lawyers' Joan Dempsey Klein award


At which The Honorable Justice Eileen C. Moore, Orange County Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three will be presented the 2009 Joan Dempsey Klein Award

Friday, June 26, 2009
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Community Court
909 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701

$45-Current CWL Members;
$30- Government Employees;
$20-Law Students
Members of the Judiciary are guests of CWL

Co-Sponsors: Orange County Women Lawyers, Women Lawyers of Long Beach

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2009 Diversity Summit

Implementing an Advanced Client-Driven Diversity Strategy:
Tactics for Success
Friday, June 5, 2009
Hyatt Regency Chicago

The fourth annual Diversity Summit, this year co-sponsored by NALP and the Association for Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP), will facilitate a critical examination of the client-driven diversity strategy that has in many ways impacted law firm diversity practices for more than ten years. This conference will bring together NALP and ALFDP members, law firm partners, in-house lawyers, and other legal career professionals for a series of interactive dialogues with client representatives and other experts. These discussions will provide an in-depth exploration of diversity initiatives that have emerged from the client/law firm diversity dialogue, focusing on best practices for effective client and law firm diversity collaborations. Together, firms and clients will examine accomplishments, challenges, and partnerships for the road ahead.

· How to implement current client-driven diversity initiatives and strategies at your institution.
· How to build and enhance your firm's client relationships through collaboration on diversity initiatives.
· How the progress on the Call to Action impacts your firm and how your organization can support these joint client/firm efforts.
· How clients evaluate diversity data and how your firm can promote, monitor, and market your diversity metrics above and beyond headcount.
· Which client/law firm affinity group mentoring models have proven successful.
· What methods exist to evaluate current law firm assignment systems and create
new assignment systems that provide broad access to meaningful work for all lawyers.
· What techniques you can use to raise the diversity profile of your firm through joint pro bono and community service projects with clients and what techniques diverse lawyers can implement to raise their profile with your firm's clients.

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Also In This Issue
Survey on the Status of Latinas in the Legal Profession
Senior Assistant City Attorney- Civil...CITY OF ANAHEIM
PLC Volunteers for Justice 2009 Annual Dinner
The OCWLA Presents:...Leveraging Trial Technology in a Visual Society
3rd Annual Shropshire Group Educational Leadership Awards Banquet
DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship
Jobs at APALC - 2 AmeriCorps attorney positions (LA, OC)
Chapman Law School's Spring 2009 On-Campus Interview (OCl) program
Opening and Running Your Law Practice on a Shoestring Budget
Remedies and Strategies for Permanent Resident Clients
Raza Graduation 2009 at UC Irvine
Justice Eileen Moore to receive California Women Lawyers' Joan Dempsey Klein award
2009 Diversity Summit...Implementing an Advanced Client-Driven Diversity Strategy



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