Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
Vol. 2010, No. 14
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Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
July 27, 2010
Carlos X. ColoradoPresident's Message
By Carlos X. Colorado

Today, law students around the State will be sitting for the beginning of the July 2010 California Bar Examination.  We wish all of them luck, and we send especially heartfelt wishes to the friends of the HBA taking the Bar.
This year, we have made many overtures to let law students know that we welcome them to our profession and are eager to see them succeed.  At our Holiday Party in December, Judge Franz Miller led a swearing-in ceremony for HBA members Diana López and Aaron Flores.  This year, Membership Chairman Marcelo Reyes has been visiting some of our OC law schools to let future lawyers know the HBA is here - and that membership has its benefits.
You may have read Edgar Agilasocho and Joni Carrasco's piece here in HBA News, about what it's like to be in the inaugural class at UCI, or you may have read about the law students who played in our softball team, the hb-A's (including Jimmy Cabral, Dave Rubalcava and Kristen Zierhut from Western State Law School).  Earlier this year, Whittier Law Students got together and bought a table at our annual dinner.
Bar associations like the HBA will signal to you that you're not just starting a new job - you're entering a profession.  ˇBienvenidos!
HBA Members Get Exclusive Preview Of State Bar Website Upgrades

The State Bar of California Member Services Center and the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association ("HBA") announce that HBA members have been invited to be among the first to use a new State Bar feature that allows them to expand their State Bar profile.  The HBA was one of five local bar associations, state wide, selected for this advance launch of the new feature coming later this fall to the State Bar web site, when attorneys across the state will be able to use it.
Information collected during the soft launch will be viewable by the public, starting in September.  It is hoped that the feedback to the State Bar from users in the pilot program will be valuable as the Bar prepares to open up this feature to the rest of the State Bar membership. In turn, HBA members will get a head start in filling out their profiles, and have those profiles up for browsing before everyone else.  Current HBA members will receive an email this week with specific instructions on updating their profiles using a secure link that will be provided.
HBA members attend PLC dinner in June
HBA Co-Sponsored "Pro Bono Clinic" A Success

The El Sol Pro Bono Clinic sponsored by the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County & St. Thomas More Society of O.C. on July 14, in support of the Public Law Center's community legal clinic at El Sol Science  & Arts Academy in Santa Ana was a great success.
The event, the second partnering of the three organizations so far this year was intended to provide meaningful legal consultations to the intended beneficiaries.  In that regard, the event, at which 15 attorneys turned out to meet the 13 members of the El Sol community who came for consultations on immigration, criminal and consumer loan cases, was a complete success.  Given the results of these PLC-HBA-STMS mash-ups, more like events are expected.
The volunteers included the presidents of the HBA and STMS - Carlos Colorado and Greg Weiler, respectively; as well as board members of both organizations, including HBA president elect Genoveva Meza-Talbott, board member Mayte Santacruz Benavidez, and STMS board leaders Judy Patno and Fabio Cabezas (a former HBA president).  This group was rounded out by regular members of both organizations.
The original HBA-STMS pro bono clinic to benefit the PLC was held in March of this year, when the groups decided to honor the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero with a "social justice" clinic. The fact that Romero was Hispanic and Catholic made him an easy frame of reference for the two groups.  The success of the first event and the personal rapport among the HBA and STMS members have assured further collaborations.  The two groups first worked together to sponsor a welcome reception for OC Auxiliary Bishop Cirilo Flores, who is both Hispanic and a former lawyer.
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
Whittier Law School Alumni Association MCLE Legal Leader Series Luncheons: "Orange County's Newest Judges."
Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
South Coast Winery, 3608 South Bristol, Santa Ana, CA

Honoring Speaker Hon. Scott Steiner - Topic: Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed

Please RSVP to Nidhi Parikh at nparikh@law.whittier.edu by Friday, July 23rd.
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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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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
IIn the Heightsn the Heights Musical Exclusive Discount
By Karin Khan
The Orange County Hispanic Bar Association would like to thank the Orange County Performing Arts Center for inviting some of its members to a VIP screening of the Tony Award winning musical In the Heights in anticipation of the musical's premiere here in Orange County from August 3 - 15, 2010.  HBA Board Member Karin C. Khan who attended the screening remarked:
"It's been a while since I've seen any musicals and I was particularly intrigued when I heard about In the Heights since a relative of mine currently lives there.  Much to my delight, In the Heights did not disappoint!  In the Heights is an engaging look into the Washington Heights, NYC neighborhood in the forms of music, dance, English and Spanish.  The cast contains a colorful set of characters who tell a story ranging from comedic humor to action and drama.  I think many of us here in Orange County can relate in one way or another to the story of In the Heights and I definitely recommend seeing it."
In the Heights is a musical about the importance of home, family and finding where you belong. It tells the universal story of a vibrant community in Manhattan's Washington Heights - a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
The Orange County Performing Arts Center is offering a discount offer that includes a special promotion code for a $20 discount on select seats for In the Heights performances August 3 - 8, excluding Saturday evening ( for more information on terms and conditions).  www.IntheHeightsthemusical.com
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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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.
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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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