Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
Vol. 2010, No. 9
In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
May 3, 2010
President's Corner
By  Carlos X. Colorado
Carlos X. Colorado

Even though I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, and not Mexico, I can say proudly: que soy charro de corazón.  That's right, I'm a Mexican cowboy at heart, and so is every Latin American who has loved mariachi music or Mexican food or felt the tug of Aztec mystique.
This month, the HBA is charro de corazón also, from our Cinco de Mayo celebration this Wednesday at Taleo (see details below) to our awesome Huatulco trip over Memorial Day weekend. Very fitting for an organization that was founded as the "Mexican American Lawyers' Club!"  Hope you join the celebración.
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.
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
MCLE Travel Seminar
President Obama has declared 2010 a no-action year for immigration reform, but large rallies over the weekend point out a hot button issue for the constituents the President himself said he needs to come out to the polls, in an early campaign video.  Such a dilemma is precisely the kind of topic that will likely be discussed when 2008 HBA President Norma García Guillén moderates Policy and the Law: current Challenges Facing the Obama Administration during the HBA's Memorial Day MCLE Seminar in Huatulco, Mexico, May 27-31, 2010 (spaces still available).  Challenges in policy and politics were par for the course for panelist Maria Echaveste in her previous career.  From 1998 to 2001, she served as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. In this capacity, Echaveste managed domestic policy initiatives that focused on education, civil rights, immigration and bankruptcy reform.  The current perspective will be represented by Mauro Morales, who was appointed by President Barack Obama on November 2, 2009 to serve as Policy Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the Office of Personnel Management.  OPM is spearheading a government-wide initiative to reform recruiting and hiring policies and procedures, an effort that will encompass sweeping changes to streamline the hiring process.  Most of us would be lucky to get a glimpse of such insightful perspectives on a carefully selected Sunday talk show, but HBA's seminar travelers will have a cozy, exclusive opportunity to engage these national Hispanic leaders and pick their brains about issues of national and local importance in politics and the law.

And what business lawyer would not want to be a fly on the wall when Alfredo Sánchez, General Counsel of Banamex USA, Arturo Alvarado Hernández, Counsel for Coca Cola de México, Jorge Uriza, General Counsel of Ocesa Entretenimiento, S.A. de C.V. and Luis Armando Leviaguirre, Corporate Counsel for TenarisTamsa gather around and discuss Cross-Border Deals & Best Practices, in a panel moderated by Jerry Gumpel of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton and Fradyn Suárez of Mayer Brown.  Jerry is the leader of Sheppard's International Practice Group and a member of the Hispanic Latino Business Group.  Fradyn is a senior associate in Mayer Brown's Banking & Finance, Global Projects and Latin America practice groups.  She regularly advises commercial, bilateral and multilateral financial institutions and borrowers in connection with cross-border financing transactions involving Latin America and the Caribbean and other emerging markets, including project finance transactions, acquisition financings, syndicated lending transactions, debt restructurings and bond offerings.  That panel would typically be the grand finale that would cap off the typical Latin American business seminar, but in the case of the HBA's Huatulco MCLE program, it will be the very first seminar, to just get things started!

But, the best part of the bargain may be the opportunity to engage with these panelists off line, while the seminar travelers enjoy the facilities of an all-inclusive resort on the beach that served as the idyllic backdrop at the end of the Oscar-nominated film "Y tu mamá también."  In addition to the two seminars cited above, the HBA will also present seminars on Proposed Mexican Antitrust Reforms; Criminal Law for the Civil Practitioner; the Intersection Between Family Law, Criminal Law & Immigration Law; and the Benefits of Serving as an Attorney in a Federal Agency, which will reunite Mauro Morales and Maria Echaveste to discuss the more down-to-earth goal of career advancement, in a panel moderated by current HBA president Carlos X. Colorado.  Career tips from presidential advisers are just some of the gems you will glean if you join the HBA's 27th annual Memorial Day MCLE travel seminar.


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: A Primer and Proposed Reforms

Policy and the Law: Current Challenges Facing the Obama Administration

Moderator: Norma García Guillén, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP

Seminar Day Two

Benefits of Serving as an Attorney in a Federal Agency

Moderator: Carlos X. Colorado, Jones Day

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

  • Felipe Plascencia, Law Office of Felipe Plascencia, President, Mexican American Bar Association, Political Action Committee

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: Carlos X. Colorado, Jones Day

*To be confirmed

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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
News from Office of Legal Services - The State Bar of California

Office of Legal Services Newsletter April 2010 - read newsletter
OCAABA 17th Annual Installation Dinner
May 13 - Reception 5:30 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m.
The Villa, 15081 Beach Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683

Honoring Hon. Dolly M. Gee
More Information >
Community Lawyers, Inc. 5th Year Anniversary "Celebrating Our Tradition of Advocacy."
Saturday, May 22, 2010
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 >
You are cordially invited to attend an Open House
with the Internal Revenue Service Office of Appeals

May 27, 2010 at 9:00am - 11:30am
Laguna Niguel Appeals Office, 24000 Avila Road, Suite 4404 (Fourth Floor), Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Space is Limited.
Please RSVP to Eric Estes: Eric.A.Estes@irs.gov with "Appeals Open House Event" in the subject line.
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
Save the Date for the Constitutional Rights Foundation,
Orange County Annual Benefit

October 7, 2010

Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
For Information, contact Ben Wirick at kdilley@crfoc.org or at 714.259.1521 x101. Website
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