Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County



Vol. 2011, No. 9
In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
September 14, 2011 

Meet Genoveva Meza Talbott A Note From The President

By: Genoveva Meza Talbott

In the spirit of Hispanic Heritage Month, let us remember and pay tribute to the many Hispanics that have positively influenced and enhanced our nation.  Hispanics in the legal industry play a vital role in shaping society.  Whether sitting on the bench, arguing in a courtroom, teaching in law schools, working on legislation, or performing any other task for which legal training is valuable - we are affecting society. 


The HBA strives to do its part, by sponsoring and supporting events like the State Bar of California's Council on Access & Fairness' 10th Anniversary Diversity Awards Program & Gala Reception.  This year, the HBA is proud to be a Diversity Stakeholder Circle sponsor at this Saturday's Gala.  The HBA is also gearing up for our fall election cycle, and is putting all the final trimmings on our Annual Judges BBQ, which will be held this Sunday.  We will be fêting the Honorable David C. Velasquez, who as of September 9th is retired from the bench, after 23 years.  I hope you can join us!


Finally, thank you again to everyone that supported our Annual End of Summer Mixer.  I could not have asked for a more evident display of support.  Read below and visit our website for information on these and other HBA events.  




The 2011 Judges BBQ

The Annual Judges BBQ  



Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


HBA Members, Judges and their guests: $25.
Non-members: $35.
If you pay at the door, please add $5.  


Pay in advance:


Please RSVP by September 15. Please PAY IN ADVANCE and avoid paying an extra $5!   





El Sol Legal Clinic



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Join the OCBA's "Raising the Bar" Team!
Race for The Cure

For more information and details on how to register, please download the flyer .
End Of Summer Mixer Was A Blast

The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County ("HBA") co-hosted a widely successful End of Summer Mixer on Wednesday, August 24 at the Winery in Tustin, one of the best-attended midyear events in recent memory.  The lively affair was co-sponsored by O.C. Asian American Bar Association, the O.C. Lavender Bar Association, the O.C. Jewish Bar Association, the O.C. Women Lawyers' Association, the O.C. Korean American Bar Association, and the O.C. Trial Lawyers Association.


"We thank our sister organizations," said HBA President Genoveva Meza Talbott, "as well as all our friends on the bench, elected officials, and community and bar leaders who thronged to our event, making it so successful this year."  Nearly two hundred were in attendance, including a strong showing of judicial officers.  Among those present were Hon. Gail A. Andler, Hon. David H. Brickner (Ret.), Hon. Marjorie Laird Carter, Hon. Deborah J. Chuang, Hon. Joanne Coane, Hon. Nico Dourbetas, Hon. Geoffrey Glass, Hon. W. Michael Hayes, Hon. Dennis Keogh, Hon. Richard Lee, Hon. Kathleen O'Leary, Hon. Kazuharu Makino, Hon. Charles Margines, Hon. Franz  Miller, Hon. Salvador Sarmiento, Hon. Scott A. Steiner, Hon. Elaine Streger, Hon. Daphne Sykes Scott, Hon. David Velasquez and Hon. Peter J. Wilson.


Bar leaders in attendance included board members and officers for the host organizations.  The HBA contingent included President Meza Talbott, President-Elect Jose Gonzalez, Vice President Leo R.  Paredes, and past presidents Carlos Colorado, Monica E. Lukoschek, Lisa Ramirez and Fabio Cabezas.  Many of the current directors made a showing, including Ivan Cisneros, Erica M. Diaz, Aaron Flores, Lyo Figueroa, Jacob Gonzales, Kristen Myers, Javier Rivera-Carbone, and Mayte Santacruz.  The OCWLA delegation included Immediate Past President Ashleigh Aitken.  O.C. Comm.Paula J. Coleman was in attendance, and Field Representative Carlos Urquiza represented Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.


"We also wish to thank Regal Court Reporting for their sponsorship," said Meza Talbott.  Regal was represented by Isaiah and StephanieLeslie.


Wally Davis Scholarship Applications Are Available for Two $7,000 Scholarships!

Did you know that Latinos constitute more than 50% of California's population, yet less than 4% of California's attorneys are Latino? To bridge this gap, the HBA has the Wallace (Wally) R. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to Orange County Latino students who are presently attending law school and who have demonstrated involvement in the Latino Community. The Scholarship Fund was named in honor of Wallace (Wally) R. Davis, one of the first Hispanic attorneys in Orange County. He rose to the highest ranks in the legal profession, co-founding the HBA and championing the struggles of the Latino community. By assisting young Latino law students, this scholarship is awarded to those who would follow in his footsteps.

This year, the HBA is proud to announce that we will award $7,000 scholarships to two deserving law students. Students can apply online at http://www.ochba.org/Student_Resources/Wally_Davis_Scholarship.html, or download a PDF copy to mail. Detailed instructions are on our website. The deadline to submit applications is October 31, 2011.

Please help us share this information with as many students and schools as possible. Good luck!
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.
Whittier Law School Institute for Trial and Appellate Practice
What Expert Witnesses Want Lawyers to Know

Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 5:30-7:30 PM
Whittier Law School, Room 1 

Panelists: David T. Fractor, Ph.D., 21st Century Economics, Inc., Philip Van Herle, P.E., 4x Forensic Engineering Laboratories, Inc., Judson B. Welcher, Biomechanical Research & Testing, LLC
Dinner + 1 General California MCLE Credit Free
Please RSVP to Natalie Robles (nrobles@law.whittier.edu) by Tuesday, September 13, 2011.

"Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice," will be aired on KOCE from 9-10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16; on KLCS at 9 p.m. on Sept. 18; and on KVCR at 8 p.m. on Sept. 20.  Justice Reynoso and filmmaker Abby Ginzberg took the documentary on the road last year, making sure that it was shown especially to marginalized communities.  There was a local showing sponsored by the Orange County legal community.  Justice Reynoso has been a good friend of the HBA, speaking at our 2004 and 2007 dinners and participating as a panelist in our 2009 MCLE trip to Costa Rica.
Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 5:30-7:30 PM
Regency Room, Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Featuring Remarks by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye
Keynote by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, UC Irvine, School of Law
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RSVP to: awardsreception@calbar.ca.gov
The Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund Presents

Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 7:00-11:00 PM
Marconi Automotive Museum, 1302 Industrial Drive, Tustin, CA 92780

A fundraiser benefiting law-student scholarships and law-related charities helping Orange County residents.
Gourmet Food, 80's Games, Prizes for Best 80's Attire and much more!
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"Parking Lot Justice" Event at Saddleback Church
Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
Saddleback Church, 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest in Tent 3

Download more information in: English | Spanish
St Thoma More SocRed Mass
Sponsored by the St Thomas More Society of Orange County
Monday, October 3, 2011 at 6:00 PM
Holy Family Cathedral, 566 South Glassell, Orange, CA 92866

Followed by reception in the hall. All are welcome.
For Sponsorship Opportunities contact Bill Malecki at bmalecki@yahoo.com.
Questions? Call Gregory Weiler at (949) 851-7238.
Please join the OCWLA in Celebrating our Community
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 6:00-9:00 PM
Anaheim White House Restaurant, 887 South Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim

Admission includes a light dinner buffet. No host bar. For details, to pre-pay, or for the evening's Program of Events,
please visit www.ocwla.org. Download more information >
Join the Legal Aid Society of Orange County for The Great Wine Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 2:00-6:00 PM
Orange County Great Park in Irvine

The Great Wine Festival's proceeds will benefit Legal Aid Society of Orange County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which provides civil legal assistance to low- and middle-income individuals. Download more information >
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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