Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
Vol. 2010, No. 10
In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
May 17, 2010
President's Message
By Carlos X. Colorado

Carlos X. Colorado

In addition to being HBA president, I have the honor of serving with Cherry Tsai as co-chairman of the OCBA's Diversity and Equal Justice Committee.  This week, I am reminded of the great diversity we have in the Orange County legal community.  The appointment of an African American to the Superior Court's bench (see story below) is a terrific gain for diversity.  My best wishes to that new judge, Daphne Scott, and I reiterate the HBA's hope that we can work collaboratively to make the Orange County Superior Courts responsive and representative of all attorneys and legal services stakeholders in the OC.

I also want to congratulate the OC Asian American Bar Association for a wonderful annual dinner, and I wish OCAABA's newly installed president Kenneth Wang much success during his term.  Finally, I wish to acknowledge the Orange County Diversity Task Force's support for the HBA.  The OCDTF is one of the sponsors of the HBA's Memorial Day trip to Huatulco (see that story below as well).  The HBA is committed to enhancing and expanding diversity in the local legal community, and it thanks and supports our partners who are working toward that same goal.


Annual Cinco De Mayo Bar Review ~ de Barranda
By Leo R. Paredes, HBA Treasurer

Leo Paredes

The Hispanic Bar Association celebrated their Annual Cinco De Mayo party on the Patio at Taleo in Irvine.  Beautiful weather made for a magic evening and a perfect setting to talk, mingle, network and enjoy the Southern California ambiance.  Over fifty people attended the event including most of the HBA Executive Board and Supv. Judge Marjorie Laird Carter, Hon. Andy Guilford, Hon. Salvador Sarmiento and Hon. Ron Kreber, whom we would like to thank for their participation in the event.  Additionally several attorneys from Affiliate Bars attended.  If you were not able to attend this year's event, you should plan on attending next years event, it's not like you don't know what day it will be, as it was the general consensus that the event was once again a great success.
The event featured Tequila tasting, delicious appetizers, thank you Taleo, and lots of camaraderie.  It was great to see people making new friends and reconnecting with old ones as well.  Our annual event was possible due the sponsorship of Union Bank who has supported the HBA generously throughout the years at this and many other HBA events.  Many more events are scheduled in the upcoming months including the Annual Judges Barbecue, the Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Mexico's Independence, and the End of Summer Joint Mixer with several other Bar Associations from Orange County.  There has never been a better time to join the HBA and we hope to see you at our upcoming events.

Daphne Sykes Scott
The HBA congratulates and welcomes the latest judge of the Orange County Superior Court, Daphne Sykes Scott, heretofore a deputy district attorney with the Orange County District Attorney's office.  The HBA was pleased to learn that Gov. Schwarzenegger appointed Judge Scott last week.  The HBA's judicial evaluations committee endorsed Scott for judge last year.  In addition to working at the DA's office, she has been a federal prosecutor, deputy city attorney for Compton and a deputy district attorney for L.A. County.

"I am truly grateful for the support and endorsement of the Hispanic Bar Association -- one of Orange County's distinguished institutions," Scott told HBA News.  "I am committed to carrying out my judicial duties in a manner such that the HBA, as well as the community's, confidence in me will be well-placed."

The HBA's judicial evaluations committee is chaired by Eric Alderete, counsel for US Bank.  Candidates for judicial positions who are interested in seeking the HBA's endorsement should contact Eric, who will initiate the evaluation process.  This typically includes an interview by the judicial evaluations committee and a recommendation by the committee that is submitted to the full HBA board, which makes the ultimate determination on behalf of the HBA.
MCLE Travel Seminar
The Hispanic Bar Association's 27th Annual MCLE travel seminar ships out for Huatulco, Mexico on Thursday, May 27th for a five day, four night, all-inclusive stay at the DREAMS resort in the bay featured at the end of the movie "Y Tu Mamá También."  Panelists for the seminar programs include Mauro Morales, policy counsel to President Obama's Office of Personnel Management, María Echaveste, Deputy Chief of Staff to President Clinton, and lawyers for Banamex USA and Coca Cola de México, among others.

The HBA has been providing family-friendly, yet fun and adventurous, MCLE seminars abroad since 1983.  In addition to various locations in Mexico, destinations have included Havana, Cuba (2003), San Juan, Puerto Rico (2006) and Quepos, Costa Rica (last year).  This year's trip committee was co-chaired by 2008 HBA president Norma García Guillén and 2010 president Carlos X. Colorado with logistical support from Robert White of Festival Travel, Patricia Martinet of the Orange County Bar Association, and John Migliarini from Jones Day.  The HBA also appreciates the generous support of the following sponsors: Barkley Court Reporters, IQ Risk Insurance, Padilla Trial & Litigation Support, Advance Discovery, and the Orange County Diversity Task Force.


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.

Friday, May 28th

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Roundtable with In-House Counsel: Cross-Border Deals & Best Practices (1.5)

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

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
The Proposed Reform to Mexican Antitrust Laws: A Primer and Proposed Reforms (1)

10: 30  a.m. - 12: 00  p.m.
Policy and the Law: Current Challenges Facing the Obama Administration (1.5)

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

12:00  p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Criminal Law for the Civil Practitioner (i.e., Criminal Law for Dummies) (2)

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

Moderator: Carlos X. Colorado, Jones Day

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The Intersection Between Family Law, Criminal Law and Immigration Law (.5)

  • 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

Monday, May 31st

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Benefits of Serving as an Attorney in a Federal Agency (1.5)

Moderator: Carlos X. Colorado, Jones Day

Sponsored by:
Barkley Court Reporters                       IQ Risk Insurance Services

Padilla Trial & Litigation Support, Inc.

OC Diversity Task Force           Advanced Discovery
Community Calendar & News
Upcoming Orange County Bar Association Events

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
Community Lawyers, Inc. Upcoming Legal Clinics & Workshops
May 20 - Immigration Consultation (5-7:30 p.m.)
May 26 - Family Law Self-Help Clinic (5-7:30 p.m.)

All legal clinics take place at our office located at: 1216 East Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90221
Please call to make an appointment: (310) 635-8181. A $25 minimum donation is appreciated.
There is a $1 fee per half hour of computer use and a 25¢ fee per page to print or copy.
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.
Century High School Cordially Invites You to participate in Senior Exit Interviews
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 and Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Century High School graduates are required to participate in Senior Exit Interviews. In recognition of this exemplary program, Century was awarded a Golden Bell by the California Department of Education. Each student presents his/her work to a panel of three to four individuals. Panelists include Century staff and faculty, district personnel, business partners, local college and university personnel, parents, and other members of the community. Each panelist is responsible for assessing the student's interview skills.

To volunteer, please RSVP to Maritza Hernandez at Maritza.Hernandez@sausd.us, or by fax: 714-568-7038. If you have any questions, please call Maritza Hernandez: 714-568-7085.
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
2010 Volunteers for Justice Annual Dinner
Monday, June 21, 2010 - 5:30 p.m. Reception & Silent Auction, 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program
Hyatt Regency Irvine | More information

For Sponsorship and ticket information contact Nicole Surratt: (714) 541-1010 ext. 276
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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