Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
Save the Date March 5, 2010
Vol. 2010, No. 18
In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
September 29, 2010
Carlos X. Colorado President's Corner
By Carlos X. Colorado

As we come to the end of September, I am mindful that October brings the beginning of the Supreme Court's 2010-2011 term.  Like that grand institution, our modest bar association turns its sights to the future, as we begin our fall election cycle, and kick off the campaign for our 2011 annual dinner.  We hope you will join us in both these important endeavors.
Of course, we also have some immediate term items to bring to your attention, including our Autumn De Barranda Mixer, later tonight at Troutman Sanders.  Our guest of honor will be Gladis Molina of K.I.N.D., whom we were so impressed with at our annual dinner.  Tonight, we will see her - and all of you - in a more intimate setting.  Please read below for more information - I hope you all can make it!
We are also asking your help with nominations for three important selections: (1) our slate for board members and officers; (2) our Judge of the Year for our Judge's BBQ; and (3) our honorees for our dinner.  We know there are many deserving prospects and we count on you to point them out to us.
Finally, it's not too late to join us for our golf clinic with the Latina Golfers.

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
Autumn Barranda
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
Judges: FREE
HBA Members: $10
Non-Members & guests of Judges/HBA members: $20
Sponsored by:

Rimkus Analytics, LLC     &    Troutman Sanders

The Orange County Hispanic Bar Association Presents Its First Golf Clinic Held In Conjunction With The Latina Golfers Association
October Golf ClinicSaturday, October 9, 2010
9:30am Registration 10-11:30am Golf Clinic

Coyote Hills Golf Course
1440 E. Bastanchury Road
Fullerton, CA 92835
$30 HBA Members
$40 Non-HBA Members

Gift Bag and Refreshments Included.

Limited space! -
Register and pre-pay now at www.ochba.org
No golf experience necessary!  Clinic will cover fundamentals of golf.  Golf clubs will be provided.
Casual attire, such as polo shirts, shorts, pants, skorts and sneakers, recommended.

To learn more about this type of golf clinic,
please visit the Latina Golfers Association website.

Judges BBQ 2010The Annual Judges Barbeque
Sunday, October 17, 2010
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

At the home of Bette & Wylie Aitken
180 S. Cobblestone Rd. | Map
Anaheim Hills

For more information or to pre-pay for the event please visit our website.
 New U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Honored

Patricia Quilizapa, Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte and HBA President Carlos X. Colorado
Patricia Quilizapa, Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte
Hon. Mari Carmen Aponte
arrived in San Salvador this past weekend and started her functions as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador after presenting her credentials to Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes.  A lawyer by training, Ambassador Aponte had served as president of the Hispanic National Bar Association ("HNBA") and as Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration.

The weekend before she flew to El Salvador, Ambassador Aponte was honored at a private reception at which the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association was represented by HBA President Carlos X. Colorado, who was born in El Salvador.  Among the other attendees were California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, former HNBA president Nelson Castillo and Patricia Quilizapa of McCormick, Kidman & Behrens, LLP in Costa Mesa.
HBA Co-Sponsors Mendez Event At Chapman

The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County co-sponsored "Mendez v. Westminster: For All the Children" at Chapman University on Monday, September 13, in keeping with the HBA's focus on history (the theme for the HBA this year was that "The HBA is History Brought Alive").  Mendez was a school desegregation case brought in Orange County, a forerunner to the more famous desegregation cases like Brown v. Board of Ed. A clip from the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary about Mendez by filmmaker Sandra Robbie was shown at this year's HBA dinner.

HBA Social Issues Committee Chair Eva Casas Sarmiento represented the HBA at the event at Chapman, which drew approximately 80 attendees, including representatives of the local, legal and student communities.  "It was nice to stroll around old town Orange Circle with mariachi music leading the way," Eva told HBA News.  "The panel discussion was very good.  It was definitely a worthwhile activity to educate the public about the important role Latinos in Orange County had in ending school segregation."
Community Calendar & News
'Community Calendar & News' is a courtesy bulletin board service provided by the HBA to its community partners.  The posters of these bulletins, not the HBA, are solely responsible for their content.  Unless otherwise noted, by publishing these billboard posts, the HBA does not endorse the views, services, products, causes, or candidates referenced therein.
UC Irvine Mock Trial Tournament Seeks Volunteer Judges

The UC Irvine (undergraduate) Mock Trial Tournament invites HBA members to volunteer as judges for its 2010 tournament, set for November 20th-21st at the UCI Campus.  "It's a great event," said student tournament coordinator Mazamir Yousefi, "with a talented and diverse group of students, and it's also a great networking opportunity."  Those interested can sign up by clicking here.

The tournament consists of four rounds - Saturday morning and afternoon, and Sunday morning and afternoon - and volunteers are welcome to judge as many or as few as they like.  Trials are three hours or less.  No litigation experience is required (only a JD) and everything will be covered during a brief judges' orientation.  Food and parking also is provided.

Coordinator Mazamir Yousefi said that it takes less than a minute to sign up on the registration page or, if you have any questions, please contact Mazamir directly (mazamiry@gmail.com).
California Minority Counsel Program's 21st Annual Business Conference
September 30 through October 1
Hotel Nikko, San Francisco

More information: www.cmcp.org/beauty
Upcoming Orange County Bar Association Events

Thursday, September 30, 2010  -  Fall Member Mixer

Saturday, November 6, 2010  -  OCBA Charitable Fund Annual Fall Fundraiser
Celebrations by Turnip Rose, Costa Mesa
Upcoming Legal Clinics and Workshops from Community Lawyers, Inc.
October 5 - 5 pm to 7 pm - Personal Injury

October 6 - 5 pm to 7 pm - Family Law Clinic
October 7 - 5 pm to 7 pm - Immigration Consultation
October 14 - 5 pm to 7 pm - Bankruptcy & Debt Relief
October 16 - 10 am to 1 pm - Small Claims & Unlawful Detainers
October 21 - 5 pm to 7 pm - Immigration Clinic
October 27 - 5 pm to 7 pm - Family Law Self-Help Clinic
October 28 - 5 pm to 7 pm - Expungment Clinic 
All clinics take place at 1216 East Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90221.

To make an appointment you can contact Juanita Guillen at (310) 635-8181.
A $25 minimum donation is appreciated. There is a $1 fee per half hour of computer use and a 25 fee per every page you print or copy. For more information, visit www.community-lawyers.org.
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
OC Legal Administrators to Cycle for Challenged Athletes Foundation
October 10, 2010 - 10 a.m.
Bill Barber Park in Irvine

A cycling fundraiser benefiting the Challenged Athletes Foundation will be hosted by the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (OC-ALA). The event is part of OC-ALA's Community Challenge Weekend (CCW), a community service initiative that encourages community improvement. All proceeds from the event will go to the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The cost to participate is $10 for children 12 and under and $15 for adults. 
To register online or to donate to CAF, go to www.davidbrezinachallenge.kintera.org. Deadline to RSVP is October 8.
The Public Law Center invites you to be a part of National Pro Bono Celebration
Make a difference in Orange County by joining us as we celebrate the achievements of pro bono lawyers.

Tuesday, October 26 - 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Justice for All Legal Clinics - Justice For All Clinic Day provides a forum for volunteers to serve at community legal clinics throughout the county and help those who cannot afford a lawyer.
Volunteer at these locations:
Share Our Selves / Costa Mesa Clinic | Families Forward / Irvine Clinic
La Habra Family Resource Center / La Habra Clinic | Mission Basilica SJC / San Juan Capistrano Clinic
Public Law Center / Santa Ana Clinic

Wednesday, October 27
Southern California Pro Bono Managers* and the Los Angeles County Bar Association MCLE Trainings and Credits in Mandatory Subject Areas (Ethics, Substance Abuse, Elimination of Bias)
*Southern California Pro Bono Managers is a group of public interest legal organizations of which PLC is a member.  To register or for additional information please visit the Public Law Center website.

Thursday, October 28 - 5:30 to 8:30 pm
5th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception at Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails in Irvine.

Friday, October 29
"Know Your Rights" - Part of our new "Lawyers in the Library" project, these presentations will focus on immigration, unlawful detainer and consumer debt rights in four libraries throughout the county.  PLC invites law students to volunteer for this project.  To volunteer please contact Vanessa Leonardo.
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