Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
August 19, 2009
Employment Opportunity:
Counsel to the Mayor

The Counsel to the Mayor is the top legal advisor to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and chief ethics compliance officer for the Mayor's Office. The Counsel provides legal and policy advice to the Office of the Mayor regarding ethics compliance, conflicts of interest, litigation, claims, labor relations, executive employment, risk management, legislation, elections, and various other matters. The Counsel oversees a small team of lawyers and other policy experts in providing these and related services to the Mayor and his senior staff.

The Counsel is one of four members of the Mayor's Executive Team and, as such, participates in high-level discussion and oversight of all Mayor's Office activities, including the supervision of all general managers and commissions, City Council relations, and all internal operational and external relational services of the City. The Counsel is also a member of the Mayor's senior staff, including the Executive Team, Deputy Mayors, and Senior Advisors. The Counsel also serves as the Mayor's designee on the three-member City Claims Board, which reviews all proposed litigation compromises over $50,000.

The Counsel and legal team are responsible for oversight of the City Clerk's Office and City Personnel departments. This includes certain budgetary and policy matters and review of citywide hiring, transfer, and promotional practices. The Counsel is also responsible for providing the liaison between the Mayor's Office and the City Attorney's Office, City Ethics Commission, and City Employee Relations Board. The Counsel is the Mayor's lead City union liaison and labor negotiator, in coordination with the CAO Employee Relations Division, and serves as staff to the Mayor in his role as Chair of the City Executive Employee Relations Committee. The Counsel and team also oversee the Mayor's Office internship program and other human resources issues related to the Mayor's Office staff and all City general managers. The Counsel's office also currently oversees and directs the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.

The Counsel must maintain a close working relationship with the Chief of Staff, Deputy Chiefs of Staff, and Deputy Mayors in order to provide legal advice and counsel when needed in reviewing policy matters. The Counsel's team oversees responses to all Public Records Act requests submitted to the Mayor's Office. The Counsel and team review all City Council actions and make recommendations for mayoral action (veto, signature, return without signature) in the areas of litigation settlements, ordinance enactments, charter reforms and other voter measures, outside counsel contracts, federal/state legislative positions, and relevant expenditures or fund transfers. The Counsel and team review contracts within Mayor's Office and various related City department-initiated contracts. The Counsel drafts or reviews and approves all mayoral Executive Directives, and Counsel and team are responsible for monitoring compliance with various directives. The Counsel reviews and approves mayoral correspondence in areas related to responsibilities. The Counsel also oversees mayoral initiatives in the areas of labor, ethics, civil rights, immigration, and criminal and civil law reform.

The ideal candidate for this position must be an active member of the California State bar, and should have significant civil litigation and legal counseling experience, executive leadership experience, superior communications and interpersonal skills, bringing energy and enthusiasm to this important work.

Public service is a noble calling, and the singular importance of ethics in this work is a deeply held value of Mayor Villaraigosa. This value must be shared and exhibited by all who work for his administration.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume to Robin M. Kramer, Chief of Staff at mayor.resumesubmission@lacity.org.
You are invited to:
The installation of Carmen R. Luege
as a Commissioner of the Superior Court


Carmen R. Luege

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009, AT 4:00 P.M.
UCI Mock Trial Invitational Tournament -- Volunteer Judges Needed! Saturday & Sunday, November 14 and 15
Greetings from UC Irvine's Mock Trial Team!

What began as the first invitational in Orange County history has
evolved into one of the largest and most prestigious tournaments in the country.  The 16 schools (and 32 teams) competing this season will come from 10 different states, and every school competing reached Nationals last season.

We ask that you please consider judging at our third annual UCI Mock Trial Invitational Tournament on November 14 and 15, 2009 at the UCI Student Center.

There are four rounds of trials-- Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, and Sunday afternoon-- and you can judge as many or as few as you like.  No litigation experience is required-- anyone with a JD is welcome to judge, and we'll cover all of the details during a quick PowerPoint presentation before the trial.  And, of course, we'll provide food and parking.

You can register online at http://www.irvinemocktrial.com/JUDGES.html. Once you do, the Student Tournament Coordinator will send you a confirmation email with all of the details (directions, parking, etc.).

If you have any questions, please contact me at cspencer@uci.edu (949.824.1312) or contact our Head Coach Justin Bernstein, an associate for O'Melveny & Myers LLP (irvine.coach@gmail.com).

We hope you can make it!

Carol Spencer
School of Social Sciences
Director of Development
3151 Social Science Plaza
Irvine, CA  92697-5100
949.824.1927 FAX
Employment Opportunity:
Education Policy Director
Mayor Villaraigosa is committed to improving educational quality for the children of Los Angeles, and is seeking a wise, dynamic, consensus-building leader to accelerate these efforts. The Education Policy Director will oversee, coordinate and drive the Mayor's education policy agenda.

Specifically, the Director will:
  • Further develop and oversee implementation of the Mayor's education policy initiatives;
  • Analyze and evaluate education policy proposals from partners and others;
  • Coordinate outreach and collaborative efforts with external stakeholders and partners, including institutions of higher education, education reform organizations, parent groups, charter and charter management operators, school-related labor organizations, and philanthropic groups;
  • Work closely with the LAUSD Board and Superintendent Cortines to ensure seamless coordination of city and LAUSD programs;
  • Monitor education legislation and funding opportunities on the Federal, State, and County level;
  • Coordinate education work with leaders of multiple divisions of the Mayor's team, including Education, Youth and Families, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, Communications, and Office of Strategic Partnerships, among others.
Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of leadership experience in the field of education, as well as significant expertise in urban education policy development. The director will be committed to Mayor Villaraigosa's agenda and strategies for public education transformation, believe deeply that all children can learn, and have strong working knowledge of data-driven systems to support teaching, learning and accountability. Familiarity with and relationships in the Los Angeles education arena - particularly LAUSD - is preferred, as is a working knowledge of California Education Code and related regulations. The Education Policy Director must be a leader, creative problem solver, able to multi-task and cultivate relationships throughout the full spectrum of the education community. The director will work closely with a talented interdisciplinary team.

The importance of public service is a noble calling and the signature importance of ethics in this work are deeply held values of Mayor Villaraigosa. These values must be shared and exhibited by all who work for his administration.

Interested individuals should send a letter of interest and resume to Robin M. Kramer, Chief of Staff, and submit to: mayor.resumesubmission@lacity.org
CalPERS Solicitation for Outside Legal Counsel 
The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS)  will be issuing Invitations to Solicit for various pools of outside  legal counsel in the Fall of 2009 and Spring  of 2010.  CalPERS contracts with law firms and legal professionals for a wide variety of legal services and in the upcoming solicitations will be seeking firms with expertise in the areas of Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Infrastructure Investments, Public Contracting, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Labor and Employment Law, Health Law, Tax, Securities Litigation and General Litigation.  Once in a pool, firms are engaged to provide legal services on an as-needed basis.   
In addition to the larger firms that often participate in our solicitations, CalPERS is actively seeking a broader range of firms for these contracts including small firms, specialty firms and firms owned and operated by individuals of diverse backgrounds.  To that end, CalPERS seeks to expand the list of firms to which its solicitations are mailed, and to encourage firms to apply, when appropriate, to become certified small businesses/DVBE firms with the CalPERS Business Connection.
Please forward this email to your member firms.  Firms interested in receiving a solicitation to be placed in a pool should forward  their address and contact information to Micki Winsett Gibbs at micki_gibbs@calpers.ca.gov as soon as possible, but no later than September 1, 2009, for purposes of the Fall solicitation.
Additionally, firms interested in learning more about the CalPERS Business Connection can get more information at
We greatly appreciate your assistance in helping to enhance our solicitation process in our effort to  expand and diversify the  talents and expertise of the firms and legal professionals included in the CalPERS legal services pools.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Micki Winsett Gibbs
CalPERS Legal Office Staff Counsel
(916) 795-0547
Discounted ticket offer for 8-30-09 legal professionals day at Angels Stadium -

Hello Legal Professionals,
The 2009 Angels Baseball season is well underway and there is sure to be plenty more exciting baseball action as the summer heats up here in Anaheim.

The Angels will be hosting a Legal Professionals Day here at Angel Stadium this summer and I wanted to extend a personal invitation to you and your staff. This is your opportunity to come enjoy exciting Angels Baseball along with hundreds of other professionals from the Legal industry!

August 30, 2009 is Legal Professionals Day at the Big A! Enjoy savings of up to 50 percent off Ticket Window prices for the August 30, 2009 game when the Angels take on the Oakland A's. All Legal Professionals, friends and family are welcome to attend.
To receive your discount enter "LEGAL" as your promo code for the following seating areas: Field Box, Terrace Box, Right Field Pavilion, Right Field Pavilion MVP, View All-Star, Upper View (or Terrace Box Wheelchair, if applicable). Please click on the link below for prices and more information:

Download Flier >

We look forward to seeing you here at the ballpark.
GO ANGELS!!!!!!!

Angel Rodriguez
Senior Group Sales Account Executive
714-940-2048 Phone
714-940-2206 Fax
Job Opening: Deputy Director for Planning and Administrative Services

Department: Mayor's Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD)

Position: Deputy Director for Planning and Administrative Services - Exempt Position

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) Program is a comprehensive gang reduction program administered by the Mayor's Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development. The GRYD program aims to effectively reduce gang crime and violence in specific geographic areas through the application of evidence-based gang prevention, intervention, reentry, and suppression strategies. The Deputy Director for Planning and Administrative Services oversee policy development and implementation, accounting functions, and grants and contracts administration for the GRYD Office.

The Deputy Director oversees ten employees including a Resource Development Officer, Grant Specialist, Accountants (2), Accounting Clerk, Manager for Planning, Compliance and Evaluation, and Policy Analysts (4). The Deputy Director reports directly to the Deputy Mayor of Gang Reduction and Youth Development.

Major duties and functions include:
  • Overseeing the implementation and management of all planning and administrative activities including but not limited to: developing Citywide policies and procedures related to gang reduction and youth development, liaising with partner city and community agencies, contract management, data collection, and evaluation and research;
  • Overseeing all grant and contract-related functions including contract negotiations and execution, monitoring, compliance with state and federal grant requirements, and training for contractors;
  • Overseeing all research and evaluation functions related to gang prevention, intervention and re-entry;
  • Coordinating training and professional development for GRYD staff as it relates to the City's contract execution process, legislative process, and accounting functions;
  • Preparing and advocating the budget for proposed expenditures from the General Fund related to gang reduction and youth development;
  • Working with members of the City Council, the City's Ad Hoc Committee on Gang Reduction and Youth Development, and relevant City Departments on the development and implementation of a comprehensive, Citywide gang reduction and youth development strategy.
For more information download job announcement flier >

The County Counsel is the attorney for the County, including the Board of Supervisors and all County Officers, departments and agencies. The Office of the County Counsel is the attorney for the Grand Jury, for all special districts whose governing boards are composed in whole or in part of members of the County Board of Supervisors and certain other public agencies. Legal services are managed by the County Counsel who is supported by four Assistant County Counsels. A team approach is employed to provide legal services in the major practice areas including: health and hospital services; juvenile dependency and other Social Services Agency programs; conservatorships; litigation
defense, including worker's compensation; and general legal services related to labor and employment, finance and tax matters, land use, the environment, real property, law and justice and other County functions and departments. The Office also provides affirmative litigation in special matters to carry out Board policies.

An Assistant County Counsel is responsible for assisting in the strategic planning, development and administration of the Office of County Counsel; managing staff and administrative functions as necessary or required; and performing high level and difficult legal work to advise and represent clients.

Management responsibilities include planning, organizing, supervising, and evaluating the work of attorneys in the County
Counsel's Office to ensure the performance of quality legal work in research, writing, advising and representing clients. The Assistant County Counsel also assists the County Counsel in the development and implementation of departmental policies and
procedures; performs assignments of a complex nature in advice and representation; represents the County Counsel on and before various boards and commissions; reviews opinions, contracts and other documents prepared by attorneys in the Office; reviews legal content of letters addressed to the Board of Supervisors for closed sessions; performs administrative assignments that may include assisting in the preparation and maintenance of the office budget, making recommendations for the hiring of professional staff and assisting in the hiring of support staff; coordinating continuing education and training of attorneys; and performing other related work as required.

For more information download job announcement >
Staff Assistant Position Available in the Office of Congressman Henry A. Waxman

Congressman Henry A. Waxman has an immediate opening for a full-time staff assistant in his Los Angeles District Office. The staff assistant is the primary administrative staff member in the district office. Job responsibilities include answering phones, opening mail, supporting the district staff, conducting constituent research and drafting correspondence. Additional clerical responsibilities include organizing office files, ordering office supplies, ensuring the smooth functioning of office machines and entering information into the database.

Interested applicants should have good organizational skills, excellent writing skills and a keen interest in assisting the public. The position is particularly demanding because it requires
extensive contact with constituents with complicated problems at all levels of government. The position requires patience and a willingness to learn about Congressman Waxman's work, pending
legislation and an understanding of how the federal government works, including the structure of federal agencies. Full government benefits are provided. Congressman Waxman is asking for a
two-year commitment for this position.

Please send a resume and cover letter to:
Lisa Pinto
District Director
Office of Congressman Henry A. Waxman
8436 West Third Street, Suite 600
Los Angeles CA 90048
Tel: (323) 651-1040
Fax: (323) 655-0502
Job Opening: Assistant to the Deputy Mayor of the Office of Strategic Partnerships Reports to Aileen Adams, Deputy Mayor

�    To ensure Deputy Mayor is organized, effective, prepared and efficient in her role
➢    Work needs to be priority-based, proactive, accurate, timely and thorough
➢    Meet all administrative needs and coordinate/communicate with other key staff to ensure that the Deputy Mayor addresses her daily priorities/schedule and is timely in all communication and activities
➢    Manage the flow of people and information

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
➢    Schedule all meetings and appointments
➢    Maintain an accurate and up-to-date electronic calendar
➢    Provide a courteous and professional greeting for all visitors
➢    Provide parking reservations and directions to guests
➢    Ensure that the Deputy Mayor has all relevant information for meetings and appointments, including background information, directions, and hand-outs
➢    Follow-up to prioritize items when necessary
➢    Be proactive to ensure key dates are noted and taken into consideration when scheduling

�    Direct all correspondence, incoming and outgoing, internal and external, in a timely and efficient manner, including:  
➢    Telephone
➢    Written
�    Screen and prioritize Deputy Mayor's mail
�    Ensure timely hand-written and computer-generated response to incoming mail when appropriate
➢    Electronic
�    Synchronize Blackberry
�    Maintain up to date gift log record for Deputy Mayor, if relevant
�    Maintain an accurate and comprehensive contact database
�    Monitoring of urgent emails sent to ensure a timely review, response and reaction

Office management:
�    Maintain and organize filing system
�    Supervise Intern(s)
➢    Select and manage intern(s) for the office

Minimum Qualifications
The ideal candidate should possess the following characteristics:
➢    B.A., strongly desired
➢    A sense of urgency, commitment, and timeliness
➢    Aptitude to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
➢    Speed & accuracy with dictation and typing
➢    Independent, self-starter but also able to be a team player
➢    Ability to remain calm under pressure and deliver quality results
➢    Professionalism
➢    Ability to close the loop on all assignments
➢    Honest and loyal
➢    Sense of pride in work
➢    Takes initiative and goes above and beyond expectations
➢    Strong interpersonal skills
➢    Ability to multi-task while keeping a positive attitude
➢    Excellent verbal & written communication skills
➢    Flexibility and adaptability
➢    Meticulously organized and extremely detailed
➢    Background in administrative support and research is a plus
➢    Technically proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Compensation will be negotiated within an established annual salary range commensurate with demonstrated skills and work experience.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:
Martha Fainberg
Associate Director, Office of Strategic Partnerships

For more information download job announcement >
A Week in Legal Hong Kong

For those with business, clients, or just an interest in the legal system of Hong Kong and China, sign up now for A Week in Legal Hong Kong -- a full week of informative programs, and visits to seven different Courts and Tribunals, from the Magistrates Court to The Court of Final Appeal, plus opportunities to meet with Judges, Barristers and Solicitors.

The program runs from November 1-6, 2009.  Brought to you by the Litigation and Real Property Law Sections of the State Bar of California, A Week in Legal Hong Kong is the first Continuing Legal Education event the State Bar has sponsored in Asia.

Enjoy nine distinct MCLE programs featuring many distinguished and engaging speakers, and plentiful networking with representatives from the Hong Kong and Chinese legal community.  Each day you will learn about the Hong Kong legal system and contrast it with your own.

The unique events presented in this program will enable our guests to build relationships in the region that will benefit you and your clients in this global economy.  Special events are planned at Deacons, one of the region's oldest law firms with many awards for best law firm in trade and business in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region; and at King & Wood, the largest law firm in mainland China. The "Chambers Visit" program will allow you to visit small and mid-size law firms.

The Host Hotel is the newly renovated five-star Mandarin Oriental (www.MandarinOriental.com), frequently voted best hotel in Asia, at a very attractive group rate. Please visit the website for more details or to sign up:  www.aweekinlegalhongkong.com
Whittier Law School Welcomes Employers

Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa welcomes all law practices to our recruiting services, provided at no fee.  Whether your firm requires immediate or summer law clerks and/or attorneys on a contractual or long term basis, the Whittier Career Services Office can assist.  Through our online services, employers can recruit law students as well as alumni attorneys with years of legal experience.
The Whittier on-campus interview program affords 100% resume prescreening and flexible scheduling during the fall and spring semesters.  For additional information and registration, please go to: https://law-whittier-csm.symplicity.com/employers/
To list immediate job openings, go to: https://law-whittier-csm.symplicity.com/employers/
Thank you for your interest in Whittier Law School applicants.  We look forward to assisting you in filling your hiring needs and answering any questions you may have about our recruiting programs.  Please call Suzie Fluss, 714-444-4141, ext. 292, for personal assistance on any recruiting matter.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Fall 2009 Seminar & Webinar Calendar

For more information and to register:
Visit www.ilrc.org/seminars

Purchase any publication and receive 5% off on ALL Seminars & Webinars!

Los Angeles Seminars

Family-Based Immigration
Friday, September 25, 9 am - 5 pm
Central American Resource Center , Los Angeles
7.0 MCLE

Cutting-Edge Issues in U Nonimmigrant Cases
Friday, October 2, 9 am - 12 pm
Central American Resource Center , Los Angeles
2.75 MCLE

Understanding Inadmissibility & Proving Hardship
Friday, October 2, 2 pm - 5 pm
Central American Resource Center, Los Angeles
2.75 MCLE

Crimes & Immigration Seminar
Saturday, October 10, 9 am - 5 pm
Location TBA, Los Angeles
Hosted by the ILRC & Law Offices of Norton Tooby

**Please visit www.ilrc.org/seminars for possible location changes or cancellations**


SIJS (Special Immigrant Juvenile Status)
Wed, November 4, 10 am - 12 pm PST
2.0 MCLE

Filing Motions to Suppress
Thurs, October 29, 12 pm - 1:30 am PDT
1.5 MCLE

U Visa Webinar Series
U Nonimmigrant Status
Wed, October 7, 12 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
1.5 MCLE

U Nonimmigrant Adjustment
Wed, October 14, 12 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
1.5 MCLE

Cutting-Edge U Nonimmigrant Issues
Wed, October 21, 12 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
1.5 MCLE

Asylum Webinar Series:
Fundamentals of Asylum Law and Practice
Wed, November 18, 12 pm - 1:30 pm PST
1.5 MCLE

Asylum and "Material Support" Bar
Thurs, December 3, 12 pm - 1:30 pm PST
1.5 MCLE

LGBT & HIV+ Asylum Claims
Thurs, December 10, 12 pm - 1:30 pm PST
1.5 MCLE

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.

Please contact Sai Suzuki, Marketing Coordinator, at 415-255-9499 Ext 789 or ssuzuki@ilrc.org.

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Also In This Issue
Employment Opportunity: Counsel to the Mayor
You are invited to the installation of Carmen R. Luege as a Commissioner of the Superior Court
Volunteer Judges Needed!
Employment Opportunity: Education Policy Director
CalPERS Solicitation for Outside Legal Counsel...The California Public Employees' Retirement System
Discounted ticket offer for 8-30-09 legal professionals day at Angels Stadium
Job Opening: Deputy Director for Planning and Administrative Services
Staff Assistant Position Available in the Office of Congressman Henry A. Waxman
Job Opening: Assistant to the Deputy Mayor of the Office of Strategic Partnerships
A Week in Legal Hong Kong
Whittier Law School Welcomes Employers
Immigrant Legal Resource Center...Fall 2009 Seminar & Webinar Calendar



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Luis A. Barba

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Norma García Guillén

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Eric M. Alderete
Eva Casas Sarmiento
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Theresa C. Lopez
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