By Carlos X. Colorado
In his poem "Knee-Deep in June," James Whitcomb Riley tells us
that this is a month to "jes' git out and rest,/ And not work at nothin'
else." Not only is it Summer
vacation, but for this year's HBA, a rest would be well deserved. Our most laborious tasks - our annual
dinner and our MCLE travel seminar - are in the history books, and we have
gotten many other things done, too: several judicial evaluations, our board
retreat, a couple of mixers, a pro bono clinic, and even a softball tourney.
The Supreme Court might go into recess in
June, but the practice of law continues its relentless pace, and the HBA will
be there when the summer clerks and interns arrive and get settled. And we are looking forward to the second
half of the year - to our board elections, to our judges' barbeque, our holiday
party, the selection of our 2011 scholarship recipients, and planning our
annual dinner. Of course, we'll
keep you posted on all the exciting developments for the second half of the
|In Huatulco, HBA Blends
The HBA's 2010 annual Memorial Day MCLE travel seminar featured an
all-inclusive, five day and four night stay at the DREAMS Resort in Huatulco,
Mexico, and 8 hours of MCLE credit on U.S. and Mexican public policy law,
cross-border deals, and panels on family, criminal and immigration law and U.S.
federal agency practice. The
excursion was the 27th MCLE trip offered by the HBA (co-sponsored by the OCBA),
and was put together by 2008 HBA President Norma García Guillén of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, with
support from 2010 President Carlos X. Colorado and John Migliarini, both of Jones Day. HBA President-Elect Genoveva Meza Talbott of the newly formed Talbott & Kim LLP was also
one of the organizers.
"The site of the MCLE was very beautiful," Judge Robert Thomas (Ret.), of JAMS, told HBA News. "Beach, hotel, food and service were
excellent. I can hardly wait for
the next trip with the Hispanic Bar Association."
Following an afternoon relaxing after their late morning arrival on
Thursday, the revelers/seminarians kicked off the official agenda with an
evening cocktail hour on a stunning terrace overlooking the Bay of Tangolunda,
which is marked by rock formations protruding from the waves. The HBA party sipped blue margaritas as
they heard a welcome message from Colorado. García addressed the group in Spanish, to welcome a
delegation of Mexican attorneys who joined the party. On Friday, the attorneys gathered for an ambitious working
session which slogged through all but one of the CLE panels. This left Saturday and Sunday
completely free for the travelers to take in the sun and natural beauty of the
region. On Saturday, the group
gathered formally for a candle-lit, poolside dinner to say "Adios" to the
Mexican party and, on Monday morning, the group wrapped up the trip with a
final morning seminar before a noon departure.
"This was a very
sophisticated MCLE presentation
that made for a unique opportunity to compare the Law in Mexico and the U.S.,"
said Judge Thomas. "The decision
to include Mexican Lawyers for the exchange of information was a great idea."
The seminars were informative and engaging. For example, during the cross border seminar, panelists
underlined the importance of retaining local counsel to guide American
companies and their U.S. counsel through the intricacies of Mexican law, which
is much more formalistic and exacting than most expect. Nettlesome considerations which
unsuspecting American investors and their lawyers may get into trouble with
include Mexican powers of attorney, which may be granted and not revoked, which
under the formal Mexican construction, are deemed to be active and can wreak
havoc. Logistical considerations
include the need to agree to translations of documents while the parties are in
good terms, and before deals go south - the translations will become vital if
the transaction ends up being litigated in Mexico and the deal docs are in
English (or in the U.S. and the deal docs are in Spanish). Additionally, the cross-border panel
covered contracting considerations, including standard terms and provisions in
Mexican business deals, and ancillary considerations such as the process and
prospects for obtaining work visas.
And that was just the first panel! In the next panel, which was moderated by Judge Thomas, Mark Riera and
Juan Francisco Torres Landa compared developments in U.S. and Mexican antitrust
law. Next, Mauro Morales and María
Echaveste discussed the impacts of Obama policy developments on current law and
practice. Then, Felipe Plascenciaand Genoveva Meza Talbott compared the fluid relationship between criminal
law, family law, and even immigration law. Finally, Morales and Echeveste came back Monday morning to
discuss practice pointers for attorneys approaching a federal agency, including
the shadings between appearing for a case, lobbying, and being hired by an
|El Sol Pro Bono Clinic|
Presented by The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County & St. Thomas More Society of Orange County
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 6:30 p.m.
El Sol Santa Ana Science and Arts Academy
1010 North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701 | Map
Phone number of event location: (714) 543-0023
In support the Public Law Center's El Sol Science and Arts Academy in Santa Ana, The HBA and the STMS call on their members to come out and conduct intake interviews and/or provide brief services and advice.
Training will be provided.
To RSVP, please email email@example.com
or call (949) 440-6700 x253.
|Hispanic Bar Association of Orange
2010-2011 Wally Davis
Scholarship Application Available!
Did you know that Latinos constitute almost 50% of California's population, yet less than 4% of California's attorneys are Latino? To bridge this gap, the HBA Annual Installation Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser raises funds for the Wallace (Wally) R. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to Orange County Latino students who are presently attending law school and who have demonstrated involvement in the Latino Community. The Scholarship Fund was named in honor of Wallace (Wally) R. Davis, one of the first Hispanic attorneys in Orange County. He rose to the highest ranks in the legal profession, co-founding the HBA and championing the struggles of the Latino community. By assisting young Latino law students, this scholarship is awarded to those who would follow in his footsteps.
Download Application | Apply Online
Applications will be reviewed by the HBA Scholarship
Committee. Please note the
August 15, 2010 - Application deadline. All materials must be postmarked by
August 17-31, 2010 - Interviews
may be conducted.
September 1, 2010 - Notification of scholarship awards will be mailed by this
Contribute to the Wally Davis Scholarship Fund:
For more information visit our scholarship page or e-mail Jacob Gonzales: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Upcoming Orange County Bar Association Events|
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 26th Anniversary Judge Kenneth Lae Charity Golf Tournament
Pelican Hill Golf Club
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
|Please Join Us - Cruz Reynoso Film Screening|
June 7, 2010 - 5:30pm Reception; 6pm to 7pm Screening; 7pm Q&A with Justice Reynoso
Sage Hill School, 20402 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92657
Seating is limited. RSVP to email@example.com.
|ROCKS Program fundraiser|
June 9, 2010 - 2pm to 6pm
|Free Ladies Golf Clinics by LGA Member Virginia Gonzalez|
June 9, 2010 - 7pm
June 12, 2010 - 9am
Island Golf Center in Anaheim, 14893 E. Ball Road
No reservations required. Questions? Contact Azucena Maldonado: firstname.lastname@example.org
|IRS Webinar: New
Requirements for Federal Tax Return Preparers - Learn the Who, What, When and
June 9, 2010 - 2pm EST
This FREE broadcast is for All
Paid Tax Return Preparers.
Click here to register.
For more information, visit www.irs.gov and
search Webinars for information on other programs available.
|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
|Whittier Law School Events |
Saturday, June 26th, 2010 - 2pm to 4pm
8 steers Steakhouse (right across from the Law School)
This is a great opportunity to meet prospective students, current students, faculty and other alumni!!!
Please RSVP soon to Parikh Nidhi: email@example.com
Mentor Program - We still want you to serve as a mentor! If you have not already signed up for the first year/alumni mentor program that will begin this Fall please email Parikh Nidhi: firstname.lastname@example.org
|OCWLA Summer Sizzle Fundraiser & 2010 Judge of the Year Award|
Tuesday, August 3rd - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Vault at
801 N. Main St.,
Santa Ana | Map
More information >
|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 email@example.com or at 714.259.1521 x101. Website
Job Opportunities for Attorneys - New opportunities posted!|
View current job opportunities for OC HBA members here >