Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County



Vol. 2011, No. 4
In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
April 6, 2011

A Note From The President

By: Genoveva Meza Talbott

Genoveva Meza Talbott
We're almost done with the first quarter of the year, and I am so proud of everything the HBA has accomplished to date. We had a very successful Annual Dinner on March 5th, an inspiring commemoration session for the Mendez v. Westminster case at the Federal Courthouse, and a legal clinic with the St. Thomas More Society and the PLC. Beyond that, our Board has been busy supporting other organizations and causes in and out of Orange County.

To close out the quarter, the HBA will be flexing its athletic muscle! Our softball team will play in the Mexican American Bar Association softball tournament on April 16th, and our golfers will be improving their game at our Spring Golf Clinic on April 23rd. We hope you'll join us! See details below.

Rest assured we have more in store for the rest of the year, including our first Bar Review/de Barranda of the year on 5 de Mayo and our CLE Trip to Belize over Memorial Day weekend. We encourage you to check our website periodically to get updates between newsletters. Thank you!

Support the HB-As at the 3rd Annual MABA Softball Tournament
softball!April 16, 2011 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Whittier Narrows Regional Park
823 Lexington-Gallatin Rd.
South El Monte, CA 91733

For the second consecutive years, the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County is fielding its own softball team, the mighty HB-A's, which made their debut last year at the MABA Softball Tournament and were characterized by a memorable team spirit, which coach José González hopes to re-capture this year.  "I will be putting the team together," González told the HBA News.  "I'll get some hats made and we'll probably go with a similar shirt as we did last year."


Last year, the HBA's team was notable for its high level of participation among law students: especially significant were its contingents from local schools like Western State and UCI.  This year may be no different.  "We have decided to do the softball tournament again," Kristen Zierhut told HBA News.  "And by we, I mean Jimmy Cabral, Guillermo Tello, David Rubalcava, and myself (all, Western State)," she said.  The spirit was high among the students, who said they will start practicing, "so we can dominate for the OCHBA."


Coach González hopes the "kids" don't put the "grown-ups" to shame.  "We are going to definitely want to get more of the board members involved and fill in the gaps," he said.


To those who prefer not to break a sweat, the team which is playing its heart out would also be thankful for some fans to come cheer them on.


"Put it on your calendar for 4/16 at Whittier Narrows Park," Gonzáles said.

Complimentary lunch and refreshments for all spectators and guests!

Visit the HBA website www.ochba.org for more information.
The Orange County Hispanic Bar Association Presents Its
Spring Golf Clinic Held In Conjunction With
The Latina Golfers Association


In recent years, the HBA has striven to stand head and shoulders above other bar associations in the quality of the events that it offers its members.  Yes, we do our fair share of mixers, the obligatory fundraising dinner and annual trip, but the difference between the HBA and other groups can be appreciated in the special interest events the HBA has developed to allow its members to pursue multiple objectives in one event.  An example is the volunteer social justice clinics, which allow our members to do social good, partner with other groups, and support public interest organizations.  Another prime example is the Spring Golf Clinic, held in conjunction with the Latina Golfers Association.


The HBA prides itself in the Latina leadership it has cultivated and benefited from over the years.  For example, current HBA President Genoveva Meza Talbott is the eighth female president of the HBA.  As a Latina leader, Genoveva understands better than most that Latina leaders must overcome substantial challenges and that organizations like the HBA must give Latinas access to the tools for success.  Those tools include the support of other Latinas, and a golf outing geared especially to Latinas can provide a unique forum for Latinas to come together an socialize in a fun, but empowering setting.  Another tool of empowerment is the ability to forge alliances, and the casual bond between the Latina Golfers Association and the HBA has proven to be enduring, with this being the second event the two groups have put together in so many years.  Finally, by tackling a setting that traditionally had been seen as the exclusive domain of males, Latina golfers are quietly mounting a significant challenge to traditional structures of power that have strong ramifications for professional advancement, networking, client development and competition.


The second annual outing of the HBA and the Latina Golfers Ass'n will be Saturday, April 23rd at the Coyote Hills Golf Course.  Golf experience not required, life experience indispensable!

Spring Golf Clinic!Saturday, April 23, 2011
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Golf Clinic

Coyote Hills Golf Course
1440 E. Bastanchury Road
Fullerton, CA 92835

Download Flyer

$35 HBA Members; $45 Non-HBA Members.

Refreshments & Snacks Will Be Provided.

Limited space! Register & pre-pay now at ochba.org

The Clinic will cover the fundamentals of golf. Golf clubs will be provided. Casual attire, such as polo shirts, shorts, pants, skirts & sneakers, is recommended.
No golf experience necessary!

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


Meet The HBA Board: Aaron Flores
Aaron Flores
We continue our series introducing our incoming members to the HBA Board of Directors with this profile of Aaron Flores. Aaron is one of the new faces joining the HBA Board this year, though he is certainly no stranger to the HBA. Aaron has worked on the 2010 and 2011 dinner committees and on the program committee. Last year, Aaron moderated the 2010 Mendez v. Westminster discussion panel hosted at Chapman University and in cooperation with the 2010 Santa Ana Bicentennial Film Festival.

The program, entitled, "Mendez v. Westminster: For All the Children" and held on Monday, September 13, was in keeping with last year's focus on history. Mendez was a school desegregation case brought in Orange County, a forerunner to the more famous desegregation cases like Brown v. Board of Ed, commemorated at last year's HBA dinner and at a special celebration in February of this year. Last year's Chapman event, drew attendees from the local, legal and student communities. The panel discussion of which Aaron was a part was an integral part of the success of the event. "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," social issues chair Eva Casas Sarmiento told HBA News

Aaron is an Associate at Jeffery & Grosfeld, LLP where he specializes in representing subcontractors across California in complex construction defect litigation. He graduated from Trinity Law School in Santa Ana, where he served as the 2008-2009 Associated Student Body President and was the recipient of the 2009 Dean's Award. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in December of 2009. Aaron is the second Trinity Law grad to join the current board-President-elect José González is the first. "Aaron is an example of the emerging Latino attorney represented on our board," said HBA President Genoveva Meza Talbott. "The emerging attorney represents one of the constituencies the HBA, as a mentoring and nurturing organization, wishes to reach, and rising stars like Aaron serve as role models of what talent and gumption can help a young lawyer to achieve early on."

Former HBA President Carlos X. Colorado said that "Aaron is the model of a young lawyer who enlisted the support of some of the most prominent names in the Orange County legal community to go to bat for him, and then leveraged their support with merits that are all his own." Aaron's supporters reflected highly on him, Colorado said. "The first time I heard of Aaron Flores, he had not even graduated from Trinity Law School, but he was already familiar in some very prominent circles, which told me that he was a pretty special case," Colorado said. "But it was not just an instance of having friends in high places, it was Aaron's natural talents that made him someone these giants would want to get behind, and this is the quality that I think is so remarkable," Colorado said.

In addition to his HBA activities, Aaron is very active in his church, he is a Fellow member of the Orange County Bar Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors for Three Little Words, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding speech therapy for underprivileged, speech-impaired children.
HBA Schedule of Events


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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.
OCBA College of Trial Advocacy (CIVIL) programs
April 6 - May 21, 2011
Weekday Sessions, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday Sessions, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Chapman Law School, Kennedy Hall 370 N. Glassell, Orange, CA 92866

19.25 MCLE Credits (Includes 0.5 Legal Ethics)

Unique Program and Workshop Approach
ˇ Learn the fundamentals of Civil Trial Advocacy
ˇ Get hands-on training at the Saturday workshops
ˇ Experienced litigators and distinguished judges provide guidance from Voir Dire to Closing Argument
ˇ Benefit from personal evaluations of your performance
ˇ Completion of this program is accepted as one of the alternative experience requirements of the
    Personal Injury Panel of the OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service

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Return form by March 30, 2011. For more information about CLE Seminars visit www.ocbar.org.
WSU's Judges' Night
April 7, 2011 at 6-7 p.m. Cocktails, 7 p.m. Dinner
Celebrations by The Turnip Rose, Costa Mesa, CA

All proceeds will fund WSU Student Scholarships through the Education Foundation. For more information or questions regarding this event, please contact Jim Cheydleur at jcheydleur@wsulaw.edu or (714) 459-1139.
Celebration in Honor of Sylvia Mendez, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient
Wednesday April 13 at 5pm - 8pm
Chapman University, Sandhu Conference Center, 571 North Grand, Orange, CA 92866

Space is Limited. RSVP required to CES@chapman.edu or (714) 532-6088. Parking is $3.00 for 4 hours in Lastinger Parking Lot, located under the football stadium.
ACCA-SoCal Diversity Scholarship

ACCA-SoCal through its Diversity Committee has created a scholarship program to pay for a limited number of bar review preparation courses for financially challenged minority students that might have otherwise had to forgo taking such courses.

ACCA-SoCal believes that it is incumbent upon the legal community to assist in alleviating the economic burden faced by these students as they prepare for their bar exams and their future in the legal profession.

A limited number of recipients shall be selected from qualified minority applicants who demonstrate high moral character and financial need.

Eligibility is limited to full time and part time minority law students who (a) have experienced financial hardship during their law school career and may have had to forgo taking a bar review course if not for this program, and (b) will graduate with a JD at the end of the Spring 2011 semester from an Accredited Law School in ACCA-SoCal's Southern California region, which includes Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Email diversitychair@gmail.com to receive a copy of the application or for more information
DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program open to incoming second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pan Asian and Native American students. Incoming second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Incoming second- and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), law school or law student members of AAJ or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships. To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student or evening student who has completed two-thirds or more of the total credit hours requirement for a degree by the applicant's law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.

Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:
  • Demonstrated academic excellence
  • Service to the profession
  • Service to the community
  • Service to the cause of diversity
Download the Law Student Diversity Application for complete details.
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.
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