Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
Vol. 2010, No. 12
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Upcoming Orange County Bar Association Events
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
June 24, 2010
President's Message
By Carlos X. Colorado

Carlos X. ColoradoOn behalf of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, congrats to the new O.C. Superior Court judges elevated as the result of the June 8 election: Scott Steiner, Nick Dourbetas, Andy Manssourian, Cheri Pham, and Lon Hurwitz.  It is 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 Orange County.
The HBA expresses its commitment to a diverse judiciary through the work of its judiciary evaluations committee, which considers and recommends judicial endorsements to the HBA board. Seeking the HBA's endorsement has become de rigueur for aspirants to judicial office, which serves the HBA's pursuit of a judiciary that serves its constituents and all other sectors of the community.  Two of our newly minted judges, Messrs. Steiner and Hurwitz, were the recipients of an HBA endorsement this year.
In highlighting the important mission of the judicial evaluations committee, I salute its chairman, Eric Alderete, for all his hard work.


HBA Sponsors PLC Dinner, July Clinic For Social Justice
HBA at PLC DinnerThe HBA bylaws specify that a central purpose of the organization is "the promotion of excellence in providing legal services with a social conscience."  Bylaws, § 3.2.  "Therefore, you can say that the HBA has social justice in its DNA," said HBA Pres. Carlos X. Colorado.  The HBA expresses that commitment through its support of the Public Law Center (PLC), both as a sponsor of its recent dinner, and of an upcoming PLC legal clinic.
The HBA bought a table at PLC's dinner for 6 years in a row -- every year from 2003 to 2008. This year, the HBA was a bronze sponsor of the PLC dinner, which was held earlier this week.  Several HBA presidents were in attendance at the dinner, including the recent leaders Lisa Ramirez, Norma García Guillén, Monica Lukoschek, and current President Colorado and President-Elect Genoveva Meza Talbott.
In March of this year, the HBA teamed up with the St. Thomas More Society, a Catholic lawyers' group, to staff one of the community legal clinics of the PLC.  Members and volunteers from both groups offered legal and intake services at the El Sol Science and Arts Academy in Santa Ana. The result was hailed as one of the most successful community clinics ever offered by the PLC.  The volunteers included Hon. Salvador Sarmiento, former HBA president Fabio Cabezas, current HBA board members Colorado and Kristen Lara, four STMS board members, and four Western State Law Students.
The event was so successful that all involved vowed to do it again, and the result is the second El Sol Pro Bono Clinic, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, 2010.  We invite all our members to participate. "Participation is easy and hassle-free," said Colorado, who plans to return to El Sol II.  Volunteers are asked to RSVP to info@ochba.org and then just show up. "You don't need any particular expertise or experience," Colorado said. "We will tell you everything you need to know when you come in.  It's a terrific and very rewarding experience."
The El Sol Academy is located on 1010 North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701.
More information, including a map, is located on the HBA web site.
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

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

June 24, 2010 - Immigration Consultation (5-7 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.
More information: www.community-lawyers.org
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
Consulado de México en Santa Ana
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 -  6:00pm to 8:00pm
828 N. Broadway St., Santa Ana, CA 92701

RSVP to (714) 835 - 4930 or lpedraza@consulmexsa.org
Hispanic National Bar Foundation Annual Dinner Honorees Announced
Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 6:30 PM Reception, 7:30 PM Dinner & Awards Program

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. 20024

This year, the HNBF will recognize the achievements of the following leaders:
Cruz Reynoso, HNBF Lifetime Leadership Award
Boochever and Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law; former associate justice of the California Supreme Court; recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Natalie M. Gomez-Velez, HNBF Academic Leadership Award
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, CUNY Law School
Judge Vanessa Ruiz, HNBF Judicial Leadership Award
Associate Judge for the D.C. Court of Appeals
Keynote Address by Juan Sepúlveda
Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

RSVP here or at mantich@hnbf.org or by phone at 202.496.7206
Roof Top Beer Tasting Event to Support OCBF
Thursday, July 29, 2010 -  5:30pm to 7:30pm
Roof Top, 3161 Michelson Dr., Irvine, CA 92612

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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

More information >
Los Angeles County Public Defender Michael P. Judge Retirement Gala Celebration
Saturday, August 14, 2010, 6:30-11:30 p.m.
Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, 555 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Please join in a Gala Celebration to Honor 40 Years of Leadership!
This special evening will include live music, appetizers, three regional cuisine buffet dinner stations and a no-host bar.
Additional details can be found at michaeljudgeretires.com
For further inquiries, contact Kimberly Wong at kwong@pubdef.lacounty.gov or (213) 974-2888.
The Bobby Salcedo Memorial Foundation invites you to join us for Dodger Night vs. Cincinnati Reds
Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 7:10 p.m.
Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, 555 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Only $18.00 per ticket. 100% of the profits will benefit college scholarships in Bobby Salcedo's Name.
To purchase tickets, please contact Araceli Gonzalez Guerrero at (310) 210-6358 or arcygo@gmail.com.
Download order form
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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