Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
Vol. 2010, No. 8
In this issue...
Community Calendar
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
April 15, 2010
Editor's Note
By Genoveva Meza Talbott

Genoveva Meza Talbott

It is the aim of the newsletter to provide information to the Orange County legal community, including activities, publications, scholarships, and other issues of interest.  I would like to thank those of you who have sent me contributions for various issues of the newsletter. As we all know, things are always happening in the O.C. legal community, so if you have any news, please submit them to us.


I also would like to thank our web administrator "extraordinaire", Amelia Montgomery, for helping me and the Communications Committee revise the look and content of our website and newsletter.  We sincerely hope you like the new look and have found that the layout of content is more user friendly and accessible.   Please remember that all relevant information of interest to a wider legal audience is very welcome. With your help, the newsletter can remain an important medium for HBA members and supporters.


Now, please continue reading below about our fantastic Huatulco MCLE Trip on Memorial Day weekend, upcoming Bar Review/de Barranda on Cinco de Mayo, and other interesting news.

Beach Serenity
I travel your length, like a river,
I travel your body, like a forest,
like a mountain path that ends at a cliff
I travel along the edge of your thoughts,
and my shadow falls from your white forehead,
my shadow shatters, and I gather the pieces
and go with no body, groping my way
-- Octavio Paz
Piedra de Sol (The Sun Stone)

If you go with the HBA on its 27th Annual MCLE travel seminar this year, you will end up at the place legend has it that Quetzalcoatl is from and which Condé Nast Traveler describes as, "a gorgeous stretch of Pacific coast that spans nine bays with rocky headlands interspersed with golden, sandy beaches and hardwood forest." The luxury travel specialist describes Huatulco with soaring words - "a series of spectacular beaches: Playa Cacaluta, the idyllic cove used as the setting for the end of the film Y Tu Mamá También, which is part of Huatulco National Park; the beautiful Playa Conejos, where there is a single palapa restaurant serving excellent, simple seafood; and Barra de la Cruz, a long, undeveloped stretch with one of the area's best breaks for surfing, backed by coconut and palm trees and weathered boulders. This is where locals hang out at weekends, with only a handful of tourists around."

The lucky trekkers who visit Huatulco with the HBA over Memorial Weekend this year will enjoy an all-inclusive, five day and four night stay at the DREAMS Resort, for a selective HBA price that will cover round-trip fare, ground transportation, and all hotel expenses, including beverages and meals. The MCLE program will include panels on U.S. and Mexican public policy issues, cross-border deals, and panels on family, criminal and immigration law featuring an outstanding array of panelists that includes María Echaveste, Lecturer in Residence, Berkeley Law / Boalt Hall, former Assistant and Deputy Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton; Mauro Morales, Policy Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Office of Personnel Management; Alfredo Sánchez, General Counsel, Banamex USA (Citigroup); Alejandro Razo, Vice President, Legal Department, Banamex USA (Citigroup) and Arturo Alvarado, Counsel, Coca Cola de México, among others (see full details on the MCLE program below).

These panels will be set against a breathtaking, but peaceful, backdrop. Located in the state of Oaxaca, approximately 300 miles south of Acapulco, the idyllic beaches of Huatulco have been spared the recent crime wave that has afflicted other parts of Mexico. A recent travel advisory by the Canadian government specifically exempted Huatulco ("Beach resorts such as Huatulco have not been affected by these events"). In fact, according to the "The Mexico File" newsletter, the place is so tranquil that you won't even have to worry about "fighting the crowds or hiding behind a book to avoid time-share and trinket salesmen" - let alone, a greater threat.

The last time Huatulco was dangerous was probably in the 1600s, when its hideaway bays and coves provided cover for the most notorious pirates of the day, leading the Spanish Crown to seek the destruction of its port, which had been the primary port of New Spain the previous century. Its hustle and bustle gave way to a sleepy, Rip Van Winkle destiny for the next few centuries, until the location was identified as a resort development less than thirty years ago.

Because of its modern origins, Huatulco is a forward-looking development that leaves many visitors deeply impressed. "Seventy percent of the land, including five of the nine bays, have been earmarked for ecological preservation," reports Condé Nast. Canadian travel writer Michel Beaudry went there this month and came away thoroughly impressed. "Huatulco is not your cliché'd all-inclusive resort destination," he raved to readers of the Pisque News in Whistler, British Columbia. It is, he declared, "The newest - and most progressive - of Mexico's many coastal holiday sites." Beaudry was most taken by the region's green sense: "Did you know, for example, that the whole region operates on 100 per cent renewable energy? That's right. Forget burning gas and oil. These guys have moved on." He quotes a local consultant who confirms, "We get all our energy from the wind." The source also describes the local water treatment program: "All the irrigation here is done with grey water ... As far as pollutants - nothing goes back into the ocean."

Beadry concludes by querying, "A third-world resort town that operates on 100 per cent renewable energy, that features a local post-secondary institution focused on local professional development and global tourism issues, and has a 6,500-hectare national park cut out of prime coastal real estate right on its doorstep - what's not to like?" The HBA hopes that its MCLE travelers will agree that the town's tourist logo, "Close to Heaven," is a fitting answer to that question.


If you would like to go
on the HBA's 27th Annual MCLE travel seminar to Huatulco, please contact Robert White of Festival Travel at (714) 221-6381 or robert@toursfestival.com.

If you would like to promote your organization and sponsor the seminar to herald your name to leading attorneys on both sides of the border, please contact Carlos X. Colorado at (949) 553-7585 or CXColorado@JonesDay.comor Norma García Guillén at (714) 424-2895 or NGarciaGuillen@sheppardmullin.com.

The following is the working agenda for the HBA's Huatulco MCLE seminars.

Seminar Day One

Roundtable with In-House Counsel: Cross-Border Deals & Best Practices

Moderators:   Jerry Gumpel, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP
                     Fradyn Suárez, Mayer Brown, LLP

The Proposed Reform to Mexican Antitrust Laws

Policy and the Law: Current Challenges Facing the Obama Administration

Moderators: Norma García Guillén, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP
                     Jacqueline Guzmán, Orange County Counsel's Office

Seminar Day Two

Benefits of Serving as an Attorney in a Federal Agency

Moderator: Carlos X. Colorado, Jones Day

The Intersection Between Family Law, Criminal Law and Immigration Law

  • Felipe Plascencia, Law Office of Felipe Plascencia, President, Mexican American Bar Association, Political Action Committee
  • Genoveva M. Talbott, Talbott & Kim, LLP

Moderator: Hon. Robert E. Thomas (Ret.)

Criminal Law for the Civil Practitioner (i.e., Criminal Law for Dummies)

  • Hon. Claudia Alvarez, Deputy District Attorney, Orange County District Attorney
  • Felipe Plascencia, Law Office of Felipe Plascencia, President, Mexican American Bar Association, Political Action Committee

Moderator: Hon. Dennis Choate (Ret.)*

*To be confirmed

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Conco de Mayo Party!At Taléo Grill
3309 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Time: 5:30-10 PM
Hosted Appetizers!
Happy Hour Pricing on Drinks!
Judges: FREE
Members: $10.00
Non-Members: $20.00

The OC HBA and it's guests will enjoy a reserved outside patio.
Come get some sun while you celebrate Cinco De Mayo!

To pre-pay online or for more information click here
Community Calendar & News
Upcoming Orange County Bar Association Events

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - Law Day Luncheon
Doubletree Hotel, Orange

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 26th Anniversary Judge Kenneth Lae Charity Golf Tournament
Pelican Hill Golf Club

Thursday, June 3, 2010  -  Summer Member Mixer

Thursday, August 19, 2010  -  New Member Reception

Thursday, September 30, 2010  -  Fall Member Mixer

Saturday, November 6, 2010  -  OCBA Charitable Fund Annual Fall Fundraiser
Celebrations by Turnip Rose, Costa Mesa
OCBA seminar "Special Education Law 101"
Thursday, April 22, 2010; 5:30 p.m. Registration/Dinner, 6:00p.m. Program  -   3.0 CLE Credits

At Radisson Hotel, 4545 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach 92660
Register Online @ www.ocbar.org
NALS of OC Spring Educational Seminar
Saturday, April 24, 2010

Technology seminar from The National Association of Legal Professionals' Orange County Chapter
At Hotel Hanford, 3131 S. Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, California
Topics include: Excel, Tables of Contents and Authorities (Word), Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat.
Download registration form >
OCAABA 17th Annual Installation Dinner
May 13

Keynote Speaker: Hon. Dolly M. Gee
More Information >
Community Lawyers, Inc. 5th Year Anniversary "Celebrating Our Tradition of Advocacy."
Saturday, May 22, 2010

At 1216 East Compton Blvd., Compton, CA
Proceeds from the celebration will help support Community Lawyers Access Center and CLI's 2010 Law Student Summer Internship Program.
More Information >
Gift of Literacy Luncheon featuring Maria Amparo Escandon and Sonia Nazario
Friday, April 30, 11:30am - 2:30pm

Radisson Hotel, 4545 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach (registration opens at 11:15am)
$75 per person; $100 for a seat at one of the Authors' Tables
To purchase tickets online click here.
Books will be available for purchase and signing. A silent auction and raffle prizes will be held.
Applications Available For The 2011 Commission On Judicial Nominees Evaluation

The State Bar seeks active members of the State Bar, former members of the judiciary, and members of the public who are interested in volunteering to serve on the 2011 Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE Commission). Information on the commission, time commitment and the application are available from the Web site at www.calbar.ca.gov (select links to Attorney Resources/ Committees and Commissions/ Other Entity Appointments) or from the State Bar's Appointments Office:  415/538-2318; fax 415/538-2255. The application deadline is June 1, 2010.
The JNE Commission, established pursuant to Government Code Section 12011.5, evaluates all candidates who are under consideration for a judicial appointment by the governor. It is composed of lawyers and public members (i.e., those who are not lawyers or who are not admitted to practice in California) who represent a broad cross-section of California's diverse legal profession and general population. Appointed by the State Bar's Board of Governors, the volunteer commission cannot nominate or appoint judges; it does, however, thoroughly investigate candidates for judicial appointment while maintaining a code of strict confidentiality. Commissioners serve terms of approximately one-year and may serve up to three consecutive terms. Each commission member is also subject to a criminal history clearance by the California Department of Justice and the FBI.
The State Bar's Board of Governors will make the appointments at its July 2010 meeting. Terms commence February 1, 2011.
For more information contact: State Bar of California, Appointments Office, TEL: 415/538-2318
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