Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
Save the Date March 5, 2010
Vol. 2010, No. 20
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Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
November 23, 2010
Carlos X. Colorado President's Corner
By Carlos X. Colorado

Happily, there is no turkey-pardoning among the duties of an HBA president.  Instead, I thought I would spend a moment before Thanksgiving recalling President Washington's 1789 Proclamation in which, after offering thanks to God for his "signal and manifold mercies" to the country through the Revolutionary War, our first president gave thanks for the rule of law and the rights that it preserves.  He gave thanks, "for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been able to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted."  He wished we would, "render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed."

Two hundred and twenty one years later, we join Washington's Thanksgiving.  The HBA board is thankful to have concluded its work for the year, and we give thanks for the community's support in our endeavors.  On behalf of the Board and the entire organization, Happy Thanksgiving to your homes and offices.  See you at our Holiday Party!

Holiday Party
2010 Annual HBA Holiday Party
Member Meeting and Toy Drive
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
6:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Geisha House
2773 North Main Street, Santa Ana CA

Election Results will be announced for 2011 HBA Board of Directors

Bring a STUFFED ANIMAL for children affected by Disasters
Each stuffed animal gives you a chance to win!**

$20 for members* · $25 for non-members*
Free for Judges

*An additional $5. will be charged per ticket purchased at the door.

RSVP by December 4, 2010 at info@ochba.org or (949)440-6700 ext. 253

**Bring a stuffed animal for "Stuffed Animals for Emergencies" (benefits children in disaster areas)
Prizes include: 1 hr massage, tech services, Starbucks gift basket, professional hair services, and more!
Each stuffed animal gives you a chance to win! No purchase necessary.

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Sponsorships available for the HBA's 33rd Annual Installation Dinner & Scholarship Fundraiser

The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County (HBA) will host its 33rd Annual Installation Dinner & Scholarship Fundraiser on March 5, 2011, at the Fairmont Newport Beach.

As you may know, this yearly event is our principal fundraiser for the Wallace (Wally) R. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to Latino law students who have demonstrated a commitment to the Latino community. Therefore, in addition to installing our 2011 board and honoring some of our community's great leaders and advocates, the 2011 dinner will showcase our exceptional 2010 Wally Davis scholarship recipients:
  • Francisco Balderama of UCI Law School,
  • Rosa Noyol of UCLA Law School, and
  • Leticia Ramirez of UCLA Law School.
The success of this fundraising event relies heavily on the support and generosity of our sponsors. We are writing today to ask that you please include the HBA's March 5, 2011 Dinner in your 2011 charitable giving budget.

For your reference, the key sponsorship levels are as follows: Event ($15,000), Platinum ($10,000), Gold ($7,000), Silver ($5,000), and Bronze ($3,000). In January 2011, you will receive a formal sponsorship request with much more detailed information about the benefits of each sponsorship level.

In order to diversify the legal profession, we must invest in our law students. Currently, law school tuitions in California average approximately $38,000 per school year. We hope you will invest with us and take steps towards a more diverse legal profession.

Thank you in advance for your support. Please feel free to contact us at (949) 440-6700 x 253 or info@ochba.org should you have any questions.


Genoveva Meza Talbott
Chairperson, Dinner Committee
2010 President Elect

Carlos X. Colorado
2010 President

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HBA Revives The "Dead"

The HBA brought back "El Día de los Muertos" (the Mexican Day of the Dead) to its stable of bar reviews with a successful de bar-randa night at Manhattan Steak & Seafood Lounge on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.  The evening, put together by Program Committee Chair Karin Khan and board member Martin Fontes was one of the most successful HBA events of the year.

The attendees included Hon. William Bedsworth, Hon. Geoff Glass, Hon. Joe Perez, Hon. Sal Sarmiento, as well as all 13 of the candidates seeking a spot on the 2011 HBA board of directors and several of the current board members.  Each of the candidates had an opportunity to say a brief word to the barranderos, as well to press the flesh and enjoy the evening.

Day of the dead
Aaron Flores, HBA Secretary Theresa Lopez, Alexandra Armstrong and board member Kharin Khan
raise the dead.
HBA Concludes First-Ever Electronic Ballot

The HBA's 2010 election was successfully concluded, for the first time ever, through on-line balloting.  President-Elect Genoveva Meza Talbott, who heads the election effort pursuant to the bylaws, modernized the voting process by making it electronic, though in accordance with mandatory requirements for privacy, integrity and reliability for the election.  As required by the bylaws, a nominating committee certified the slate of candidates and a tellers committee is in the process of certifying the results of the election.  The winners will be declared at the annual Holiday Party on December 8.

The electronic voting was part of a large push to bring the HBA online in 2010.  Many board votes were handled by email.  The HBA newsletter also was revamped, as was the HBA web site.  The HBA also added a FaceBook and LinkedIn presence.

The 2011 HBA Executive Committee will be (L-R): Karin Khan (2011 Secretary), Genoveva M. Talbott (2011 President), Carlos X. Colorado (2010 President), José González (2011 President Elect), Olivia Carrillo Hickman (2011 Treasurer) and Leo Paredes (2011 Vice President).
HBA Trip Survey Respondents Pick Fave Destination

The HBA held a survey to help the Board of Directors select a destination for the 2011 Memorial Weekend MCLE travel seminar and the results are in. A foreign trip beat out a domestic trip for top preference by 67%-33% and Belize edged out several destinations for the respondents' preferred foreign destination. The top ranked survey destinations were Belize 20%, Mexico 14%, Panama 13% and the Dominican Republic 11%. Several other destinations ended up in the single digits, the one causing the most stir being Cuba.

"The people have spoken," said President Carlos Colorado, "and we are studying these results very closely." He added that, with a large number of respondents indicating they had traveled with the HBA in the past and likely would do so again, the Board would be wise to heed the survey preferences. The trip destination will be announced at the Holiday Party on December 8.

Judge Briseño Honored With The Franklin West Award

A year after the HBA awarded him its lifetime achievement award, and permanently named the prize "the Hon. Francisco P. Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award," Judge Briseño has won the Orange County legal community's highest honor, the Franklin G. West Award presented by the OCBA at its Judge's Night in January.

The HBA congratulates Judge Briseño and commends the OCBA on a capital selection.

Installation Dinner
Judge Briseño (center) receives the HBA lifetime achievement award in March. He is joined by Judge Sal Sarmiento (left) and HBA President Carlos Colorado (right).
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.
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.
Holiday PartyOrange County Woman Lawyers Association's Installation of the 2011 Board of Directors and Holiday Celebration & New Judges Reception
December 6 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Anaheim White House Restaurant, 887 South Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92806

$65.00 per person  -  Sitting Judges are complimentary with RSVP | RSVP by email here

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