Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County



Vol. 2012, No. 05
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Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
May 2012

Jose GonzalezPresident's Message 

By: José González

The HBA 2012 travel seminar is in less than two weeks!  On the 23rd of this month, I'll be joining the other 40 people that will be excitingly boarding a plane to San Juan, Puerto Rico for our annual Memorial Day Weekend MCLE Trip.   For decades, the HBA has prided itself for the quality CLE that it provides to its members and this year's program will certainly not disappoint.
For a second consecutive year, Justice Carlos Moreno (Ret.) will headline our fabulous list of speakers and panelists which also include Hon. José Negrón Fernández, Arecibo (PR) Superior Court, and Hon. Shelly Baron Torrealba, Los Angeles County Superior Court.  Presentation topics will range from Employment and Family Law to LAPD Detective Stephanie Lazarus cold case murder prosecution.
As we ready ourselves for basting in the warm sun in "La Isla del Encanto," I will take this opportunity to wish our HBA "moms" a Happy Mother's Day.  Whether it is celebrated on May 10th, as is tradition in many Latin American countries, or on Sunday May 13th, it is a very special day, and we join in celebrating your devotion to family and dedication to your profession.
Paraphrasing Robin Leach, Mojito wishes, and arroz y habichuelas dreams!
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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.

Complimentary Advanced Concordance Webinar:
Streamlined E-Discovery Productions

Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at 10am to 11am PST
Topics Include: Directly sending scanned paper documents and electronic files from LAW PreDiscovery™ to Concordance, Reviewing data set with retained original source (formatting, metadata, hyperlinks to native documents, relationships between email and attachments), Creating a Production Set from the review documents including anotations, redactions and bates labeling. The webinar is presented by Michael Torres and Douglas Deutermann with the Arcina Risk Group.

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Riverside and San Bernardino County Superior Courts:


Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Riverside Historic Superior Court,  Dept. 1, 4050 Main St. Riverside, CA 92501  

Speakers:  Presiding Judge Sherrill Ellsworth (Riverside), Presiding Judge Ron Christianson (S. Bernardino), Josh Groban (Gov. Jerry Brown's Judicial Appointments Assistant), Lara Krieger (Jenny Commissioner)

Coordinators: Judges John Pacheco (S.Bernardino) and Helios Hernandez (Riverside)

Registration Fee: $25.00

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Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Please join us in celebrating the Hon. Franz Miller's dedication to the Bench, Bar and Legal Community.

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DRI - Young Lawyers Seminar
June 14 and 15, 2012
Miami, Florida
DRI provides seminars, webcasts, publications, and other educational resources for its 21,000 members.This year's DRI Young Lawyer's Seminar topic is "Succeeding in All Stages of Litigation. "The seminar educates young attorneys, those with less than 10 years of experience, by identifying and building the critical skills that outside and in-house counsel need to defend their clients. The seminar creates opportunities for young lawyers to accelerate their legal careers by networking with private practitioners and corporate counsel
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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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Members In The News Article: "Do SoCal Cops Shoot First, Lie Later?"
[Moxley Confidential] In recent police-brutality cases, jurors decided the violent cops are also brazen liars
By R. SCOTT MOXLEY, OC Weekly, Thursday, Apr 5 2012

Ask prominent Santa Ana-based attorney Federico Sayre what ties together two recent, notable police-brutality trials he argued, and the former U.S. Marine officer won't hesitate to answer.


"In both cases, the key question was: 'Were the cops telling the truth?'" says Sayre, the onetime head of the local Hispanic Bar Association. "And in both cases, juries concluded the cops weren't being honest. The officers had been willing to lie under oath."


It wasn't long ago that police in Orange County enjoyed reputations for honesty, as virtuous heroes. However, in the past decade, we've seen cops rape women, molest boys, steal cocaine from evidence lockers, perpetrate domestic violence, falsify official reports, assault handcuffed suspects, lie on the witness stand, knowingly arrest innocent people, party with organized-crime figures, accept bribes and destroy evidence. Last month, a jury convicted an LAPD detective of committing a sadistic murder.

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Job & Volunteer Opportunities
Positions Available for the 2013 Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation
The State Bar of California is accepting applications from California lawyers, former members of the judiciary and members of the public interested in volunteering to serve on the 2013 Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE). Commission members must have the skills, background and experience to assess candidates for California judicial appointments in a thorough, objective and professional manner. Lawyer applicants must be in active practice, and it is preferred that they have been in practice for at least 10 years. The application deadline is Friday, June 1, 2012.

For full details about the commission and the time commitments, please visit online or contact the State Bar's appointments office at (415) 538-2370.
Pro-Bono Opportunities for Attorneys
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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.
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.
Job Opportunities for Attorneys - New Opportunities Posted!
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