Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
Save the Date March 5, 2010
Vol. 2010, No. 19
In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
October 25, 2010
Carlos X. Colorado President's Corner
By Carlos X. Colorado

Charles DeGaulle said that, "Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians." As another election season befalls us, we can see that lawyers are in on it too, with races for judicial positions and for the leadership of the bars, including the HBA, at stake this year.

The first act of leadership is to step forward, and we have had a very high inscription rate - fifteen candidates for five open board seats, and a unity slate for the executive committee. Thanks to these would-be leaders for making the initial motion, but now the key will be to see who steps forward at our November 2 mixer (details below), where all candidates are summoned, and all HBA members are called up to meet them. And all recent and past members are requested to report back into service, and join the HBA in this call to leadership.

For the past 40 years, the HBA's leaders have served with dignity and advanced the cause. Their challenge to us - leaders, candidates, and simple members - is to do the same.

The OC HBA Annual Dia de los Muertos de Barranda

The OC HBA Annual Dia de los Muertos de Barranda

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
5:30p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Manhattan Steak & Seafood Lounge | Map
202 S. Main Street, Orange, CA 92868

Hosted appetizers & drinks
Meet and converse with the candidates running in the upcoming election
for the 2011 OC HBA Officers & Directors

For more information please visit our website.

Free for Judges

*An additional $5. will be charged per ticket purchased at the door.
HBA Judges Barbecue Honors Commissioner Perez

The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County ("HBA") held its Judges' Barbecue honoring Commissioner Joe Perez as the HBA's Jurist of the Year was held at the home of Bette and Wylie Aitken on Sunday, October 17, 2010. HBA President Carlos X. Colorado presented Commissioner Perez the honor and told the assembled judges they must be the "rays of sunshine" that guide the legal community after the economic crisis, just as the gathered crowd were "rays of sunshine" on the cloudy Sunday the BBQ was held. Colorado also thanked the Aitkens for hosting the event and for their family's contributions to the HBA.

The judicial officers in attendance included Hon. Francisco Briseño, Hon. Ron Kreber, Hon. Carmen Luege, Hon. Franz Miller, Hon. John Nho Trong Nguyen, Hon. James Perez (Ret.), Hon. Salvador Sarmiento and Hon. Scott Steiner. They were welcome by HBA President Elect Genoveva M. Talbott, Vice President José González, Secretary Theresa Lopez, Treasurer Leo R. Paredes, and board members Frank Acosta, Eva Casas Sarmiento and Marcelo Reyes. Program chair Karin Khan organized the event.

Veritext and ADR Services helped defray a small portion of the costs.

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HBA Women Tee Off With Latina Golfers Ass'n

On October 9, 2010, the HBA held its first golf clinic in conjunction with the Latina Golfers Association at Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton, California. HBA president-elect Genoveva Meza Talbott teed off with Azucena Maldonado of the Latina Golfers Association to kick off the first golf event geared toward women in the HBA. "Being new to the game, the golf clinic was a great opportunity to build on my skills in a comfortable and relaxed environment. And instruction from a pro is always a plus," said HBA board member, Erica Diaz. Board members Karin Khan and Diana López also attended.

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HBA Goes "De Bar-Randa" At Troutman Sanders

The HBA kicked off the fall with a 'de bar-randa' mixer at the law offices of Troutman Sanders LLP on September 29, 2010, where Troutman partner and HBA board member Monique Fuentes led the HBA in a salute to Gladis Molina of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). The fall mixer kept the 'de bar-randa' mood going after a successful series of social/networking events hosted by the HBA that included an end-of-summer mixer and a Cinco de Mayo bar review.

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HBA Joins "Race For The Cure"

HBA board member Karin Khan organized the first ever HBA entry to the Susan G. Komen - Race for the Cure® on Sunday, September 26, 2010. Karin put together team "HBA for La Cura." A group of 17 team participants came out, on what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year, to walk and run the 5K race at 9:45 a.m. Overall, team "HBA for La Cura" raised a total of $1,235.00 in proceeds that go to further research for a breast cancer cure as well as provide care for women affected by breast cancer.
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).
Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) is hosting a weekly clinic every Thursday afternoon for Legal Genie

Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) is hosting a weekly clinic every Thursday afternoon for Legal Genie, a simple, affordable, and reliable online legal document preparation service for self-represented middle-income litigants who do not qualify for legal aid but cannot afford to hire an attorney. Legal Genie not only asks questions in a straightforward manner and completes the necessary legal documents about Family Law and Bankruptcy/Chapter 7 based on the client's answers, but also connects the client to LASOC's panel of attorneys who will review the documents and give one-on-one consultations by telephone.
Clients are invited to use Legal Genie on LASOC computers during the clinic, and staff will be available to assist with any questions about the service.  For more information, visit www.legalgenie.com or call (714) 489-2719.  By appointment only.
Upcoming Legal Clinics and Workshops from Community Lawyers, Inc.
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.
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.
Upcoming Orange County Bar Association Events
Saturday, November 6, 2010  -  OCBA Charitable Fund Annual Fall Fundraiser
Celebrations by Turnip Rose, Costa Mesa
Community Lawyers, Inc. (CLI) to host 2nd Annual Justice Jam
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Casa Cabral, 5423 E. Washington Boulevard in the City of Commerce

Proceeds from the 2nd Annual Justice Jam will help fund CLI's legal clinics offered throughout the year.   If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation to CLI by visiting www.community-lawyers.org
CLI is a community-based non-profit organization based in Compton that facilitates the provision of affordable legal services and develops innovative opportunities for attorneys and law students in underserved communities.
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