Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County



Vol. 2012, No. 02
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Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
February 2012

Jose GonzalezPresident's Message 

By: José González

2012 is a leap year! This means that the Dinner Committee has one EXTRA day to finalize the planning of the 34th Annual Installation Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser on March 3rd.
It means that we have one extra day to make sure that the Tributo Tequila is readied to be poured for our renowned 'Tequila Toast' to kick off the dinner program.  It's one extra day for the mariachi to refine their repertoire of music to serenade our guests while they enjoy browsing and viewing the many items that will be displayed at the silent auction.  That will also give one extra day for Charanga Cubana to polish their brass hardware that will trumpet the treble and bass notes and rhythm beats to motivate our feet up onto the dance floor during the post-dinner reception.
Unfortunately, it also means that it's one more day that we will have to wait to applaud the many successes of our dinner's honorees.  We will anxiously await ACLU's Hector Villagra, Angels' owner Arte Moreno, The Coca-Cola Company's Rudy Bessera, and Human Option's Maricela Rios-Faust and Vivian Clecak's triumphant moment as each is heralded.  This means too that our very deserving law student Wally Davis Scholars will not yet enjoy the feeling of being enveloped with the warmth and kindness of the HBA, for one more day.
Personally, I have to admit that I'm perplexed about this leap year.  Like many that preceded me, I'm anxious about taking my place among the many fine leaders that our Latino community has exalted to the presidency of the HBA.  All the while, I'm humbled at the thought of the responsibility which accompanies that honor.
I have to admit, I wish I could talk to the Mayans about making a few changes to their 2012 calendar.
I look forward to what I'm sure will be a memorable night for all of us and look to your support in making it a success.
Installation Dinner Invitation


Join the HBA in La Isla del Encanto, Puerto Rico!

Got 2012 travel plans yet?  Join the HBA in La Isla del Encanto, Puerto Rico, to celebrate its annual Memorial Day MCLE travel seminar from May 23-28, 2012.  The 2012 MCLE trip 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 trip is filling up quickly and the deadline to register is fast approaching.  To reserve your price of $1,492.00 per person, you must send a nonrefundable deposit of $400.00 to the travel agency by February 10, 2012.  We hope you can join us!
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Join/Renew Your Bar Memberships

This is a reminder to join or renew your HBA membership. Take this opportunity to join an esteemed organization known for its social networking opportunities and its involvement in the Orange County legal community. The HBA is currently one of the largest affiliate bars to the Orange County Bar Association. We host multiple events throughout the year, including bar reviews, where our members come to network, socialize and meet new friends. The HBA also affords its members the opportunity to have substantial community involvement. Last year, the HBA participated in pro bono "social justice" clinics in conjunction with the St. Thomas More Society and the Public Law Center, a softball tournament, a women's golf event and "Race for the Cure."

We also encourage all our members to join or renew their membership in the Orange County Bar Association, and when you do, please check off the box that allows for $10 of your OCBA membership to be donated in your name to the HBA, which is an affiliate member of the OCBA (at no additional cost to you).

You may renew your HBA membership on-line by visiting http://ochba.org/Membership_and_Sponsorship/BecomeHBAmember.html. The membership year is from January to December. If you have any questions about the HBA membership process, please contact the HBA at info@ochba.org. Your membership dues assist the HBA fulfill its mission as the voice of the Hispanic legal community in Orange County. We look forward to your support in 2012.
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.
Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
UCI Law School, 401 East Peltason Drive, Room EDU 1131

Please join us at our evening immigration seminar with Professors Sameer Ashar and Stephen Lee of UC Irvine School of Law. More Information
CRF-OC's Mock Trial 31st Annual Awards Luncheon
Friday, February 10, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.
Sheriff's Academy, 15991 Armstrong Ave., Tustin, CA 92782
OCBA / PLC Seminar: U Visa Petitions - Immigration Status For Victims of Serious Crimes
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. Registration and 6:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Program
MacArthur Court Training Room, 4685 MacArthur Court, 3rd Floor, Newport Beach, CA
Approved for 3.0 credits
Featuring speakers Mayte Santacruz Benavidez, Esq., HBA President-Elect and Fermin Valencia, Esq., HBA Board Member
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Monica Ashiku, Esq.
Public Law Center


Julie Greenwald Marzouk, Esq.
Public Law Center


Maricela Montoya
EJW Americorps Legal Fellow
Public Law Center


Mayte Santacruz Benavidez, Esq.
Latham & Watkins


Fermin Valencia, Esq.
Valencia & Associates


  • Practical guide on how to apply
  • Working effectively with law enforcement
  • Law enforcement certification process
  • Grounds of inadmissibility and inadmissibility waivers
  • Benefits of the U Visa
  • Adjustment of status, aka green card, applications
"Breaking In: How to Become a Law Professor or Work in Legal Education" Event
Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Chapman University School of Law,  Rm 147, 1 University Dr., Orange, CA, 92866
Presented as part of SALT's "Breaking In" and Pipeline programs to increase diversity in legal education.
More Information and Register
Lex Romana Presents Its Inaugural Travel Program: CLE in Sicily
April 9-15, 2012
Taormina, Italy
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UCI Extension launches an online pre-law course
June 25, 2012 to August 6, 2012
Location: Online Course      Fee: $790
'Prepare to Excel as a 1L' is designed to help students lay the groundwork for a successful first year of law school.
Read more
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.
Download informational flyer & timeline
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.
Job Opportunities for Attorneys - New Opportunities Posted!
View current job opportunities for OC HBA members here >

Current Department of Justice Attorney Vacancies
Experienced Trial Attorney, GS-905-13/14/15 U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division Appellate Section Washington, D.C. 12-CRM-APP-028 All applications must be received by February 9, 2012.
Date posted: 01-09-2012
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