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Vol. 2011, No. 12
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December 19, 2011 

Meet Genoveva Meza Talbott A Final Note From The President

By: Genoveva Meza Talbott

It's hard to believe that the year is nearly over...and even more impossible to believe that I will soon hang up my hat as HBA President.  This has been a role that I have enjoyed thoroughly.  I had experiences that molded me and made friendships that I will cherish for years to come.

 

We started off the year by co-hosting a timely Commemoration Session of the Mendez et al v. Westminster School District et al case at the Federal Courthouse.  We put on an unforgettable annual dinner, a record-breaking travel seminar to Belize, a judges' barbecue, a softball tournament, golf clinics, de Barranda mixers, and a CLE by UCI School of Law Dean, Erwin Chemerinsky.  I'm extremely proud of our successful outreach to other bar organizations.  We forged those relationships by hosting a mixer with our colleagues from MABA, co-hosting a civil rights event with OCLBA, and hosting a huge End of Summer Mixer, which included the impressive support of six local bar organizations.  Our continuous mission of improving bench-bar relations was evident by the presence and support of the bench at all of these events.  And perhaps our most shining achievement was the fulfillment of our HBA theme this year, "Investing in Tomorrow," which we did by awarding $14,000 in scholarships, and not only reviving, but greatly expanding, the HBA Mentoring program, which now serves high school, college and law school students.  Of course, just last week we ended the year with our Annual Holiday Party, where the HBA displayed its generous spirit by donating gifts to benefit KidWorks. 

 

Of course, there was much more that we did, and just as many things that we wanted to do.  But as I reflect on 2011, I am proud to think that Orange County had more exposure to the HBA through collaborations, by attending our many events, or simply by reading our Newsletters, website or social pages.  I am thankful that I can leave my post feeling confident that through our efforts this year, we advanced our mission of promoting education, unity, and excellence in the Hispanic legal community.  I hope you will join me in continuing to support the HBA in 2012. Personally, I look forward to serving on the HBA board in 2012 in the capacity of Immediate Past President. 

 

Signing off for the year with warm wishes for a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year.  

Meet the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County  

2012 Officers and Directors

 

President

Josť GonzŠlez - Berman More Gonzalez

 

President Elect

Mayte Santacruz Benavidez - Latham & Watkins

 

Vice President

Karin Khan - Jafari Law Group

 

Secretary
Jasmine Velasquez - Crowell & Moring

 

Chief Financial Officer

Rafael Nendel Flores - Fisher & Phillips

 

Immediate Past President

Genoveva Meza Talbott - Talbott + Kim

 

Directors

Aaron Flores - NR Salem Law Group

Alexandra Armstrong - Law Ofc. of Alexandra Armstrong

Diana Lopez - Douglas, Lopez & Rumm

Eric Dominguez - Garg & Associates

Erica Diaz - Alvarado Smith

Fermin Valencia - Valencia & Associates

Ivan Cisneros - Michael's Law Group

Javier Rivera-Carbone - Rivera Carbone

John Migliarini - Jones Day

Linda Luna - Luna Law Corporation

Lyo Figueroa - Figueroa Law Firm

Melissa Crosthwaite - Santa Ana City Attorneys Ofc

Miguel Prietto - Wolfe & Wyman

Monique Fuentes - Troutman Sanders

Shannon Thomas - Law Ofc of Shannon Thomas

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'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.
OCWLA Affiliate Bar Members Enjoy OCWLA Member Price
MCLE: Bias & Discrimination: A View From the Bench

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 from 11:45 to 1:30 p.m. - Registration starts at 11:30 a.m.
Grand Catered Events, 300 South Flower Street, Orange, CA 92868

Presenters: Hon. Cheri Pham & Hon. Beatriz Gordon

 

Member/Affiliate Bar Member/ Non-Attorney Guest/Judge $35,    Attorney Guest $40,     Student $27

1 hour Elimination of Bias MCLE Credit

Buffet lunch included. 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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Volunteers Sought for Old Orange County Courthouse Exhibit
The Museum of Teaching and Learning is currently looking for volunteers. Docents are needed to interact with visitors at the Old Orange County Courthouse for the exhibit, "A Class Action: The Grassroots Struggle for School Desegregation in California." They are requesting a commitment of two to five hours for one day a week.

All volunteers will receive training on the history of the exhibit and successfully engage visitors. The exhibit will run through June 2012. For more information, please contact Carolina Zatary at (909) 287-9509 or email czata001@csu.fullerton.edu.
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Current Department of Justice Attorney Vacancies

Special Assistant United States Attorney (Serves Without Compensation) United States Attorney's Office Northern District of California San Francisco Vacancy Announcement No. 12-NDCA-01-E Applications must be received by Tuesday, December 27, 2011.
Date posted: 12-13-2011 

 

Assistant United States Attorney United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Arkansas Vacancy Number: 11-EDAR-01 Posted 12-12-2011 All applications must be postmarked by January 6, 2012.
Date posted: 12-12-2011

 

Experienced Trial Attorney, GS-13/14/15 U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section Washington, D.C. 12-CRM-AFMLS-013 All applications must be received by December 29, 2011.
Date posted: 12-08-2011

U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation Office of the General Counsel Experienced Attorney (ES) Washington, D.C. The vacancy announcement will close on December 20, 2011.
Date posted: 12-08-2011

Assistant Chief (GS-905-15) U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division Foreign Commerce Section Applications must be received no later than January 6, 2012.
Date posted: 12-07-2011

Special Assistant United States Attorney (Serves Without Compensation) United States Attorney's Office Western District of Virginia Vacancy Announcement Number 12-WDVA-SAUSA-01 Position is open until filled.
Date posted: 12-07-2011

Experienced Attorney / GS-905-14/15 U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training Resident Legal Advisor in Moscow, Russia 12-CR-OPDAT-012 Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.
Date posted: 12-06-2011

Experienced Attorney / GS-905-14/15 U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training Resident Legal Advisor in San Salvador, El Salvador 12-CR-OPDAT-010 This position will remain open until filled.
Date posted: 12-06-2011

U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation Office of the General Counsel Experienced Attorney GS-15 Washington, D.C. The vacancy announcement will close on December 16, 2011.
Date posted: 12-06-2011

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