Carlos X. Colorado
What did you do this summer? I hope we have a chance to compare answers to that question
at the HBA-OCAABA-Lex Romana End-of-Summer mixer, where that question will be
exquisitely decanted and digested among friends.
In this issue, you will read how ten local law students,
including our own Kristen Zierhut and Jimmy Cabral, spent this summer with the
JAG Corps. We will be eager to
hear how you spent your summer -- whether you are a student, a practitioner, a
judge, or are in another line of practice -- at our End-of-Summer mixer.
Summer is, of course, a time for special projects, including
internships, externships and clerkships, works of justice, as well as time for
reading, study and self-improvement. As for me, I looked for empowerment opportunities this summer: signing
up as a mentor with UCI Law School and with VIP Mentors, which matches parolees
with professionals. I also
conferred with individual lawyers and law students on a quest for realization.
We will have more to say about mentorship in the near
future. In the mean time, I hope
you will enjoy the rest of the summer, and spend an hour or so with us at our
|End of Summer Mixer|Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 5:30pm to 8:30pmYou're invited to enjoy delicious appetizers and great wine with the OCHBA, OCAABA and Lex Romana at South Coast Winery! South Coast Winery
3608 S. Bristol, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Members of OCHBA/OCAABA/Lex Romana: $10
Non-members and guests of Members: $20Hosted appetizers and happy hour prices on some of South Coast Winery's house wines.
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|Our JAG Summer|By Kimberly Wagner (Pepperdine Law '12) and Kristen Zierhut (Western State Law '12)
Editor's Note: This summer, ten Southern California
law students - including, 4 students from OC - were interns with the JAG
Corps. JAG (Judge Advocate Generals)
is the specialized branch of the Armed Forces which serves as legal advisers to
their command and are charged with both the defense and prosecution of military
law. Our interns saw the workings
of the JAG Corps first hand and, here, they write about their experience.
Jimmy Cabral and Kristen Zierhut, HBA law student members from Western State Law School
As one of the most ethnically-diverse areas in the world,
California proudly boasts its state militia, the National Guard, as a bastion
of equality. A branch of the US
Army, the National Guard maintains a complete set of military departments, and
recently reached out to young law students within the southern California
region through its JAG Corps. The
purpose of the proffered internship opportunity created by Captain Dwight
Stirling is to "introduce the students to the military in such a way that they
can get the experience without feeling pressured to join", in the Captain's own
words. The summer 2010 intern
class consists of law students from Western State, USD, Chapman, and Pepperdine
who bring perspectives from diverse backgrounds quite literally to the 10-seat
conference table where they closely collaborate on their assignments.
The main focus of the internship starts with traditional
military structure and leadership. Two teams Alpha and Bravo are led each week by different members who
report to a "superior" intern who plays the role of the squad leader. The Captain delegates the weekly tasks
to the squad leader who then takes the blame or credit based on the squad's
performance. As each intern has
had the "pleasure" of heading the squad, the various leadership styles have
shaped the summer experience. For
instance, depending on the inclination of the squad leader, the week's
activities could focus on more adventurous or academic themes which reflect the
respective backgrounds the students share with each other. Histories of family military service
and contact with service members factor strongly into planned tours and field
trips so that each intern may benefit from the experiences of their peers,
while legal discussions may turn or hinge on the individual past academic
careers of each student.
Physical training is an integral part of a military
lifestyle; from the beginning, the interns insisted on becoming acquainted with
the exertion of a JAG. Within just
a few weeks, the Captain passed the baton in this activity as well, designating
two interns each week to lead the afternoon work-out sessions. The range of skills which each intern
has acquired was further exposed in these team-building occasions, as they had
the chance to demonstrate athletic habits while teaching about these forms of
training and further solidifying the squad relationship.
Every activity in which the interns have had the opportunity
to partake has highlighted the diverse proclivities of each person. For example, team-building scavenger
hunts that focused on the talents of the interns educated the group on each
individual's interests; simulated shooting practice also betrayed the secret
proficiencies of a couple of the interns. The variety of events and opportunities that comprised the internship
drew an incredible skill set from the students collectively to the extent that
each now returns to law school with an entirely new perspective that may have
otherwise been missed. The power
of an open mind and high motivation evidenced itself in this group of ten whose
lives were impacted and improved by the close collaboration of a group of their
peers facilitated by the efforts of Captain Stirling, and resulting in the
summer of a lifetime.
This year's JAG interns were: Tiffany Apel (Pepperdine),
Jimmy Cabral (Western State), Ryan Dietz (USD), Samanthe Hillman (USD), Lan
Nguyen (Chapman), Samuel Siavoshi (USD), Kimberly Wagner (Pepperdine), Roman
Ybarra (USD), Whitney Zanias (Chapman), and Kristen Zierhut (Western State).
|Lopez Selected For Latina Leadership Seminar|
OC-HBA Secretary Theresa C. Lopez
, a Counsel with Crowell & Moring LLP's Orange
County office has been selected to participate in an executive leadership
training program specifically for Latina partners and of counsel in the private
sector offered by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) in partnership
with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).
The HNBA/ACC took applications from hundreds of potential
participants before selecting the 50 most promising participants, including
Lopez, for the program that includes three mini-conferences with a variety of
educational panel discussions and break-out work sessions aimed at law firm
management, business development, leadership skills, and other areas key to
Even though Latinos make up more than 10% of our national
population, they make up less than 3% of attorneys across the country. While
this statistic may seem staggering, it gets worse. Latinas have the lowest
representation of any racial or ethnic group among the nation's attorneys.
Remarkably, there are less than 15,000 Latina lawyers in the United States
today. The majority of these Latina lawyers, though, hit the glass ceiling of
advancement and never make it into the partnership ranks. Less than 1% of all
U.S. attorney partners are Latina.
To aid Latina lawyers in breaking through the ceiling and
help them increase their chances of promotion and business development, the
Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) has partnered with the Association of
Corporate Counsel (ACC) to implement an executive leadership training program
specifically for Latina partners and of counsel in the private sector.
The kick-off session will take place
September 7, 2010 in Minneapolis, MN, in conjunction with the HNBA's Annual
Conference. Faculty include Susan Hackett, the ACC's Sr. Vice President and
General Counsel, Becky Choi of Group Forward LLC, Jonathan Oviatt, the CLO of
the Mayo Clinic and incoming Vice Chairman of the ACC, Fred Pullman of Counsel Management
Group, Rob Lipstein, Partner and Chair of Finance at Crowell & Moring LLP,
and Bill Garcia, Partner and Director of Strategic Initiatives at Howry LLP.
|Colorado Tapped For Dean's Cabinet|
OC-HBA President Carlos
X. Colorado, an associate with Jones
Day's Orange County office has joined the UCI Law School's Dean's Cabinet. The University of California,
Irvine School of Law premiered last year, and the historic second UCI Law Class
started this week. The Dean's
Cabinet was formed to advise founding Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and help him plan for the future and maintain
support for the law school.
|The OC HBA presents its first Autumn Bar Review/de Barranda with special guest Gladis Molina of K.I.N.D. |Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
The HBA welcomes its members and friends to meet the HBA's 2010 Guardian de Justicia award recipient, Gladis Molina, while enjoying drinks, appetizers and good conversation. Gladis Molina is a pro bono coordinator for K.I.N.D. (Kids in Need of Defense), which was founded by Microsoft and Angelina Jolie to provide legal counsel to refugee and immigrant children who come to the U.S. without a parent or legal guardian. At Troutman Sanders LLP
5 Park Plaza, Suite 1400, Irvine, CA 92614-2545 Hosted Appetizers and Cocktails
HBA Members: $10
Non-Members & guests of Judges/HBA members: $20
|The Orange County Hispanic Bar Association Presents Its First Golf Clinic Held In Conjunction With The Latina Golfers Association|Saturday, October 9, 2010
9:30am Registration 10-11:30am Golf Clinic
Coyote Hills Golf Course
1440 E. Bastanchury Road
Fullerton, CA 92835Directions
$30 HBA Members
$40 Non-HBA Members
Gift Bag and Refreshments Included.
To learn more about this type of golf clinic,
please visit the Latina Golfers Association website.
|Community Calendar & News|
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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
|Whittier Law School Cordially Invites You To...|
Wednesday, September 1st 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Student Bar Association Welcome Back BBQ in the Whittier Law School Quad
|Reception in support of Gubernatorial Candidate Attorney General Jerry Brown|
Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Tamayo Restautrant, 5300 E. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90022
Hosted by Latina Lawyers PAC, Latino Comp, Mexican American Bar Association, & Mexican American Bar Association PAC. For information about sponsorships contact Edward R. Ortega at (213) 626-3640.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
.Download order form
|Whittier Law School Alumni Association MCLE Legal Leader Series Luncheons: "Orange County's Newest Judges."|
Tuesday, August 24th - 12:00 to 1:15 p.m.
South Coast Winery, 3608 South Bristol, Santa Ana, CA
Honoring Hon. Lon Hurwitz Speaker
Topic: Domestic Violence in Orange County
$30 Community/$20 Alumni /$15 Students - all members of the community welcome! (Lunch & 1 *MCLE Credit). Please RSVP to Nidhi Parikh at email@example.com
by Friday, August 20th
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 714.259.1521 x101. Website
Job Opportunities for Attorneys - New opportunities posted!|
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