Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County



Vol. 2011, No. 11
In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
November 17, 2011 

Meet Genoveva Meza Talbott A Note From The President

By: Genoveva Meza Talbott

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, my first Thank You goes out to all the candidates that heeded the call and ran for a leadership position in this year's Board of Directors and Officer Elections.  And my second Thank You is for all of the members that voted.  We will announce the results at our upcoming Holiday Party on December 8, 2011, at the Green Parrot Villa in Santa Ana (see below for details).  It will be a fun way to celebrate the holiday season, thank the outgoing members of the Board, and meet the 2012 leadership.  Join us!


The last Board meeting of the HBA took place this week, and we are tremendously Thankful for the work we were able to carry out this year.  Thank You to the Orange County community for all your support in our endeavors. 


On behalf of the Board and the entire organization, Happy Thanksgiving.  See you at our Holiday Party!
2011 Holiday Party


Election Results will be announced for the 2012 HBA Board of Directors.

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Save the Date for the OCHBA's 34th Annual Installation Dinner & Scholarship Fundraiser


Jose Gonzalez Marking the Path to Success 

With 2011 starting to wind down, it marks the time that the HBA begins to wind up the planning for the 34th Annual Installation Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser which will be held at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel on Saturday, March 3, 2012.

A call to the HBA membership was sent out to submit nominations for honorees for Attorney of the Year Award, Guardian de Justicia Award, Life Time Achievement Award, and Corporate Citizen Award.  If you have an exceptional person or corporation in mind for one of these awards, please email your nomination to info@ochba.org.

"Marking the Path to Success" is the theme for the 2012 Installation Dinner and will be echoed in our continued effort to grow the mentor program reignited under the presidency of Genoveva Meza Talbott.  Many of our current HBA members and officers have taken on the joyous responsibility of becoming mentors to some of our Orange County local law students through the HBA mentoring program which was kicked off at the Judge's BBQ in September.  It is our ambition that through the HBA mentoring program the law students will find their path to success more easily traveled with the guidance and encouragement of their mentor. 

Soon, the sponsorship and donation materials for the Installation Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser will be sent to our friends and supporters.  I urge you to consider reserving a place in your sponsorship budget for the HBA and help us continue in our mission to increase the presence of Latinos in the justice system and enrich the lives of the Hispanic community whom we serve.

I would encourage anyone interested in sharing with us their skills and talents by participating in the planning of the Installation Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser to please contact me through email at info@ochba.org


President Elect, Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County 
Adorno Yoss Alvarado & Smith



HBA Going To "The Island Of Enchantment" In 2012

At the "El Día de los Muertos" (the Mexican Day of the Dead) de bar-randa, President-Elect José González announced, as is tradition, the destination for the 2012 Memorial Day HBA Travel Seminar: "We are going to Puerto Rico!," González revealed.  The 2012 MCLE trip will take place May 23- 28, 2012, and offers 5 Days/4 Nights at the InterContinental San Juan Resort and Casino, in Isla Verde, for the incredible HBA member price of $1492.00 (including roundtrip airfare and ground transportation).


The news was well received by the Day of the Dead revelers, but none may have been more delighted than HBA Board Member Javier Rivera-Carbone, a native of Puerto Rico.  In fact, Mr. Rivera-Carbone, who practiced law in San Juan before moving to San Clemente five years ago, will be an integral part of making this trip a successful venture.  "With Javier involved," explained González, "we have the inside track on the best areas, the best hotels, the best restaurants in San Juan."  He added, "And given the fact that he practiced law on the island, what better guide to introduce us to its legal system, law profession, judiciary."  Mr. Rivera-Carbone is a member of the 2012 trip committee.


Look for more information on the HBA website.
Fall Golf Clinic Photo Gallery
View photos from the 2011 Fall Golf Clinic held with the Latina Golfers Association

HBA Revives The "Dead"

The HBA celebrated "El Día de los Muertos" (the Mexican Day of the Dead) with another successful de bar-randa night on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at Chapter One in Santa Ana.  The dead revelers included, by tradition, the candidates seeking a spot on the 2012 HBA board of directors and several of the current board members.  Each of the candidates had a brief opportunity to stump for their election.


The attendees included Hon. David Velasquez, Hon. John Gastelum, as well as a coterie of HBA dignitaries, led by President Genoveva M. Talbott, President-Elect José González, Vice President Leo Paredes, and board members Ivan Cisneros, Aaron Flores, Martin Fontes, Diana López, Rafael Nendel-Flores, Javier Rivera-Carbone and Mayte Santacruz Benavidez.  Also in attendance were former HBA presidents Lorena Penaloza (2007), Norma García Guillén (2008) and Carlos X. Colorado (2010).


President Talbott expressed her gratitude to the three event sponsors, Bad Boy Bail Bonds, LifeSafer Ignition Interlock, and John MacDonald Insurance Services, Inc.  She also wished the HBA board candidates the best of luck and thanked them for stepping forward.


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PLC Justice For All Clinic Day

On October 25, 2011, many volunteered through the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association (HBA) to participate in the Public Law Center's Justice For All Legal Clinic Day.  The event was created as part of the American Bar Association's weeklong National Pro Bono Celebration.  Through the donated efforts of volunteer attorneys, over 100 low income clients were served at free community legal clinics located throughout the county. 

Among those participating from the OCHBA were board member and PLC staff attorney, Kristen Myers, as well as board member Lyo Figueroa.  Others who volunteered through the HBA were Mani Dabiri, Dominique Diaz, Nora Aponte-Woodring, Michelle Choi, Mirian Urias, Briana M. Kim, and Lilia Ballesteros.

Thank you to all who volunteered and who made it a successful event.
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.
CRF-OC Mock Trial - Volunteer Attorneys Needed!
November 15, 17, 29 & December 1, 6, 8, 2011 from 4:45-7:30pm
Central Justice Center in Santa Ana

Round/Date  -  Our Need
Round 1 (11/15) - 14 Attorneys & 2 Judges
Round 2 (11/17)  -  31 Attorneys
Round 3 (11/29)  -   15 Attorneys & 1 Judge
Round 4 (12/1)  -   21 Attorneys & 1 Judge
Round 5 (12/6)  -   4+ Attorneys
Round 6 (12/8)  -   4+ Attorneys

If you're interested in participating as a coach, scorekeeper or judge please email Wendy Townsend or complete and return our registration form. For more information about the Orange County High School Mock Trial Competition, please visit our website.
UCI Mock Trial Invitational Tournament - Volunteer Judges Needed!
Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20, 2011
UCI Student Center

There are four rounds of trials-Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, and Sunday afternoon-and you can judge as many or as few as you like.  No litigation experience is required-anyone with a JD is welcome to judge, and we'll cover all of the details during a quick PowerPoint presentation before the trial.  And, of course, we'll provide food and parking.
You can register online by clicking here - it takes less than a minute.  Once you do, the Student Tournament Coordinator will send you a confirmation email with all of the details (directions, parking, etc.).
If you have any questions, please contact me, Carol Spencer at cspencer@uci.edu (949.824.1312) or contact our Head Coach Justin Bernstein, a local attorney (irvine.coach@gmail.com).
You're invited to the Dolores Huerta Foundation Holiday Party
Sunday, December 11 from 2-7pm
One Ninety Five Downtown Grill, 195 Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA

$15 admission with proceeds to benefit the dolores huerta foundation for community organizing. For more information, or sponsorship opportunities, contact (469) 323-7847 or bseraphin@doloreshuerta.org
Save 10% off tickets to Fiesta Navidad
Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 

Celebrate the holiday season and join us for the Philharmonic Society's annual Christmas extravaganza, FIESTA NAVIDAD! featuring the sensational, Grammy Award-winning Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano.

FIESTA NAVIDAD takes you on a musical journey through the regions of Mexico, exploring holiday customs with music, song, and dance. Begin the evening with La Posada, followed by the sights and sounds of traditional Mexican favorites. Lift your spirits and join us for a sing-along of holiday classics, including "Feliz Navidad," "Noche de Paz" and many more.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR OC Hispanic Bar Association for 10% off regular price when you use the promo code: FIESTA10
(Regular ticket prices are $25-$95). Download more information >
Lex Romana Presents Its Inaugural Travel Program: CLE in Sicily
April 9-15, 2012
Taormina, Italy

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Serve your community as an Orange County Grand Juror: Apply now for the July 2012-June 2013 term!
The Orange County Grand Jury provides an oversight role for local government agencies and districts and participates in the criminal indictment process. Applications are being accepted for the 2012/2013 Grand Jury. For more information and an application, visit the Grand Jury Website, www.ocgrandjury.org (or call Grand Jury hotline, 714-834-6747, to have an application packet mailed to you).

Completed applications must be received no later than Friday, January 13, 2012. To be eligible, applicants must be 18 or older, a U.S. Citizen, a resident of Orange County for at least a year, able to communicate in the English language, and of sound judgment and character.

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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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