Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
Vol. 2010, No. 11
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Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
June 7, 2010
President's Message
By Carlos X. Colorado

Carlos X. ColoradoIn 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 year!


Huatulco, MexicoIn Huatulco, HBA Blends Scholarship, Leisure

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.
Huatulco, Mexico"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."
Huatulco, MexicoThe 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 agency.

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El Sol Pro Bono ClinicEl 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 info@ochba.org
or call (949) 440-6700 x253.

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Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
2010-2011 Wally Davis Scholarship Application Available!

Hispanic Education Endowment Fund
HBA LogoDid 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 following dates:
August 15, 2010 - Application deadline.  All materials must be postmarked by this date.
August 17-31, 2010 - Interviews may be conducted.
September 1, 2010 - Notification of scholarship awards will be mailed by this date.

Contribute to the Wally Davis Scholarship Fund:
For more information visit our scholarship page or e-mail Jacob Gonzales: jgonzales@waldronbragg.com
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, 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 rsvp@allenmatkins.com.
ROCKS Program fundraiser
June 9, 2010 - 2pm to 6pm

For more information or to sign up contact Katrina Foley: Katrina@ocfoleylaw.com or (949) 502-8800 x203.
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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: latinagolfers@me.com
IRS Webinar: New Requirements for Federal Tax Return Preparers - Learn the Who, What, When and How
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: nparikh@law.whittier.edu

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: nparikh@law.whittier.edu
OCWLA LogoOCWLA Summer Sizzle Fundraiser & 2010 Judge of the Year Award
Tuesday, August 3rd - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Vault at O.C. Pavilion, 801 N. Main St., Santa Ana | Map

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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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