Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
February 19, 2010

2010 Installation Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser March 6th
President's Corner
By: Carlos X. Colorado

We are thrilled that the International Sonora Show will play our dinner on March 6, and that the keynote address will be given by U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, a champion for workers in our country.
Many things in life are political.  A few things ought to never be. Giving opportunities to those who lack them should not be controversial.

The HBA annual dinner revolves entirely around the Wally Davis Scholarship.  These scholarships help even the playing field so that needy but deserving students from working class roots can have an opportunity to go to law school.  We have also been leveling the playing field of gender diversity: 33 of the 43 recipients have been women. 
Our scholarships are a crucial part of the HBA's contribution to social justice, as they are awarded to students who can demonstrate a commitment to public service.  Therefore, it is no surprise that five scholarship recipients have gone on to become public defenders; three others work for public agencies; and four more have come back to serve on the HBA board, including one who even rose to become HBA president.  To me, this is saying: Si, se puede.

The Orange County Hispanic Bar Association welcomes its three newest Board members:  
Monique M. Fuentes

Troutman Sanders, Irvine

Robert L. Kollar
Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA, Irvine

Diana Lopez
Sayre & Levitt, LLP, Santa Ana

Congratulations to our newest up and coming leaders!
2010 DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship
Do you have a phenomenal student intern at your firm or company who deserves to be rewarded? DRI is proud to announce its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship Program, which is open to incoming second and third-year African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Pan Asian, Native American and female law students. Two $10,000 scholarships will be awarded.
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Whittier Law School Alumni Association Luncheon
Tuesday, February 23rd at 12:00-1:30 p.m.
South Coast Winery, 3608 S. Bristol, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Professor Martin Pritikin of Whittier Law School will present
 "Recession Torts"
$20.00 per person and MCLE* credit
RSVP: Nidhi Parikh nparikh@law.whittier.edu by February 19th.
* Whittier Law School, provider #2076, is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and as such, certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 1 hour general MCLE credit.
Volunteer to be a Judge in a Mock Trial Competition at UCI  The UCI Mock Trial Team was awarded the privilege of hosting this year's Intercollegiate National Mock Trial Tournament on Saturday, March 6 and/or Sunday, March 7, 2010.
The students need your assistance as tournament judges for all or part of the tournament.
  • There are four rounds of competition: Saturday morning & afternoon, Sunday morning & Sunday afternoon. You can judge as many as you like. Each trial is less than 3 hours.
  • The tournament will take place at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach (4601 Jamboree Road)
  • A JD in Law is required but litigation experience is not.  A short orientation for judges is presented prior to the round.
Parking, food and drinks, along with a great round of student-driven applause and enthusiasm, are provided!
To participate, please register at:
Position Available: 3-6 year Litigation Associate
Firm: Aleshire & Wynder, LLP
Position: 3-6 year Litigation Associate
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The Public Law Center (PLC) Pro Bono opportunities
View current pro bono opportunities here >
UCLA Academic Outreach Resource Center ~ Law Fellows Program 
warmly invites you to participate in our
Please join other members of the legal community in meeting UCLA School of Law's diverse students.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
5:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
UCLA Faculty Center
Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
To RSVP or for additional information, please contact:
Christine Green at (310) 825-0699
Justice Gap Fund
As you may recall, the Justice Gap Fund, established by the legislature and supported by the Governor in 2006, is designed to increase support for critical civil legal aid for low-income, indigent and elderly people. We all are acutely aware that the down economy has created a demand for legal aid that is growing exponentially while at the same time foundation, law firm and other core support has diminished.

More Info & Donate >
Contact: 213-765-1329 or email: carol.madeja@calbar.ca.gov
Special Invitation From the Anaheim Family Justice Center Foundation 
Children's author and Orange County native Susan M. Finch is signing her book Dino Manners at the AFJC on Friday, March 5, between 4pm-7:30pm.  Susan is generously contributing 30% of books sold that day to the AFJC Foundation.

McDonald's will provide light refreshments.  Anaheim City Attorney Cristina Talley and Police Chief John Welter will read to local children.  For more information, please click here.
Diversity Staff Directors Forum 
April 12-13, 2010

Sponsored by the State Bar of California. Co-sponsored with the American Bar Association, Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity.

For the first time on a national basis, a forum will be held  specifically for bar association staff who have full or part-time  responsibility for diversity programs and initiatives (including bar
association Executive Directors) to share experiences and  expertise with peers from across the country, to create a plan of  action for addressing identified challenges, and to create the  vehicle for ongoing dialogue and support.

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UCI PILF Launch Gala
Save the Date! Saturday, March 20, 2010
at Celebrations by Turnip Rose
1901 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA
Email pilf@uci.edu for more information.
OCAABA 17th Annual Installation Dinner
May 13
Keynote Speaker: Hon. Dolly M. Gee
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In This Issue
The Orange County Hispanic Bar Association welcomes its three newest Board members
2010 DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship
Whittier Law School Alumni Association Luncheon
Volunteer to be a Judge in a Mock Trial Competition at UCI
Attorney Position Available
The Public Law Center (PLC) Pro Bono opportunities
UCLA Academic Outreach Resource Center ~ Law Fellows Program
Justice Gap Fund
Special Invitation From the Anaheim Family Justice Center Foundation
Diversity Staff Directors Forum
UCI PILF Launch Gala
OCAABA 17th Annual Installation Dinner
HBA Calendar

Jones Day

The Walt Disney Company


The Garden City Group, Inc.
The Garden City Group, Inc.


Adorno Yoss Alvarado & Smith

Aitken * Aitken * Cohn

Berman More Gonzalez

Carlton DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

Chapman University College of Law

Crowell & Mooring

Judicate West

Latham & Watkins

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Snell & Wilmer

Troutman Sanders LLP

Waldron & Bragg

Whittier School of Law

Malcolm & Cisneros

Legal Aid Society of Orange County


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2010 Executive Board Members

Carlos X. Colorado

Genoveva Meza Talbott

Vice President:
José González

Theresa C. López

Leo R. Paredes

Immediate Past President:
Monica E. Lukoschek

2010 Board of Directors

Frank Acosta
Eric M. Alderete
Luis A. Barba
Eva Casas Sarmiento
Erica M. Diaz
Martin C. Fontes
Jacob C. Gonzáles
Karin C. Khan
Kristen C. Lara
Marcelo Reyes
Javier Rivera-Carbone
Mayte Santacruz Benavidez

Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County