Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County



Vol. 2012, No. 03
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Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
March 2012

Jose GonzalezPresident's Message 

By: José González

Saturday night's 34th Annual Installation Dinner & Scholarship Fundraiser felt like Christmas morning all over again.  I had the sense of preparing for the dinner for so long and then it happened all in a blink of an eye.  I have to say though, it was a memorable blink.
We were privileged to hear inspirational speeches by our honorees that evening.  Equally so, our scholar Danila Toscano shared memorable remarks underscoring the importance of the bond created through mentorship.  Our other scholar, Stephanie Delgado, could not attend due to her demanding school schedule, but her father proudly recited the remarks written by his daughter thousands of miles away at Cornell Law School.
The legal community came out in full force to support the HBA and generously contributed to our fundraising efforts.  For a moment during the dinner, I paused to see the donation messages on the big screen and saw a donation texted in from "Rick Santorum" - it was surely a sign that our guests enjoyed themselves.
So now days after our Tributo Tequila toast, an exquisite meal, and nonstop dancing, the rest of the year is being planned by the HBA, and every step of the way, we will carry out the promise to re-energize our presence in the Latino community.
We invite our members and friends to take part in the many events and activities that we have planned for this exciting year.  In the next couple of weeks, we will begin by marking the path for attorneys interested in becoming judges by holding a judge workshop at the Orange County Superior Court designed to demystify the judicial appointments process.  In April, we will hold a reception to reconnect and learn more about Human Options, the Guardian de Justicia honoree.  Just about the time that our other honoree, Arte Moreno, settles into the new season at Angels Stadium, the HBA will be traveling North to join our colleagues and friends from the Mexican American Bar Association in an annual softball tournament.  The month of May will be kicked off with our famed Cinco de Mayo De Barranda mixer.  The pina coladas will continue to be the drink of choice at the Memorial Day Weekend MCLE Trip to Puerto Rico where Justice Carlos Moreno (ret.) will headline the panel of speakers.  Also, soon we will send out a call to our members and friends to volunteer at local Latino middle schools and high schools in Orange County in an effort to provide tangible examples of opportunity to the youth in our community.  
I'm confident that this year will be as successful and memorable as the Installation Dinner and with your help the HBA will continue to mark the path to success.
Thank you.

Photos from the 2012 Installation Dinner View Photos of the 2012 Installation Dinner & Scholarship Fundraiser 


Cinco de Mayo Mixer
Celebrating Human Options
Adorno Yoss Alvarado & Smith

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.
Application for State Bar Court Judges 
The California Supreme Court's Applicant Evaluation and Nomination Committee is seeking qualified candidates to serve as State Bar Court Judges, effective November 1, 2012. Please see the attached Fact Sheet for further information and share this information with your membership. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2012. Application forms are also available on the State Bar's website at www.calbar.ca.gov.
To request an application packet by mail, please write or call:
The State Bar of California
Office of the State Bar Court - JUDGE
180 Howard Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
(415) 538-2030 
DRI's Law Student Diversity Scholarship Accepting Applicants
DRI is now accepting applicants for its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship open to incoming second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American students. 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

DRI strongly encourages you to recommend law students you believe are deserving of this great honor by having them complete our scholarship application. Applications must be received by DRI no later than Friday, April 27, 2012. For complete scholarship details and how to apply, visit the DRI website. Scholarship winners will be notified in advance and will be officially announced at the 2012 DRI Diversity for Success Seminar, June 7-8, in Chicago.  

JABA 2012 Installation & Awards Gala
March 9, 2012
Omni Hotel, 251 South Olive Street in Los Angeles
UCI Mock Trial National Tournament - Volunteer Judges Needed!
Saturday and Sunday, March 10 & 11, 2012
Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach (4601 Jamboree Road)
There are four rounds of competition-Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon-and you can judge as many (or as few) as you like. Each trial is less than 3 hours. A JD in Law is required but litigation experience is not required.  A short orientation before each trial will tell you everything you need to know. Parking, food and drinks, along with a great round of student-driven applause and enthusiasm, are provided! Register Here
UCI School of Law Career Development Office's 1ST Annual Small/Mid-Size Law Firm Reception
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
University of California, Irvine School of Law, 401 East Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA 92697
Opening remarks and constitutional law update by Dean Chemerinsky in the Law Library. Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP by March 9th to Director, Charles Song csong@law.uci.edu OR (949) 824-1887.
"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.
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The Latina Lawyers Bar Association Presents Celebrating Latinas in the Legal Community
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Los Angeles City Hall Rotunda, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles 90012
Guest of Honor: Sylvia Torres-Guillén, General Counsel, California Agricultural Labor Relations Board
Event is FREE, Appetizers & Drinks Provided. RSVP to office@llbalaw.org.
ALPFA OC Chapter and Disneyland Resort Presents the 1st Annual Hispanic Leadership Mixer
Thursday, Match 22, 2012 from 6:30 - 8:30pm
Complimentary appetizers and soft drinks, Free admission, Approximately $750 worth of raffle items and 3 hours free parking at the Downtown Disney parking lot. Register Here
Lex Romana Presents Its Inaugural Travel Program: CLE in Sicily
April 9-15, 2012
Taormina, Italy
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OCAABA 19th Annual Installation Dinner
April 26, 2012 at 6:00pm
Tahe Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport Hotel
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Parking Lot Justice Event
Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 6:00pm
Saddleback Church, 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, Tent 3
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to provide free legal information to community members.  Join us on April 28, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Saddleback Church (1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest CA, tent 3).  Attorneys are needed with experience in all backgrounds.  Please RSVP to Christopher Bauer (christopherlouisbauer@cox.net).
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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.
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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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Applications Requested to Serve as a Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representative
The United States District Court, Central District of California, is seeking applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives. The application form and additional information about being a Lawyer Representative can be found on the Court's website, which is located at www.cacd.uscourts.gov.

Please mail, fax, or e-mail your completed applications no later than March 30, 2012 to:
Jeffrey Rutherford, Chair
Nomination Committee, Lawyer Representatives
Crowell & Moring LLP, 515 South Flower Street, 40th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90071
213-622-4750 (telephone), 213-622-2690 (fax)

Professional Woman Volunteers Sought for Mary's Shelter in Tustin, CA

Mary's Shelter is a home for pregnant moms and moms who have children. The moms are all under the age of 18. Duties could include anything from caring for babies to mentoring teen moms. Hispanic professional women are strongly encouraged to volunteer. For more information, please visit www.teenshelter.org
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!
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