Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County



Vol. 2012, No. 06
In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
June 2012

Jose GonzalezPresident's Message 

By: José González

The Puerto Rican sun beamed beautifully for the five days that the HBA was in San Juan for the annual Memorial Day Weekend MCLE Trip.  I was dismayed to hear the weather reports called for thunderstorm showers in the days leading to the trip.  But the sunshine that greeted us on the tarmac of the San Juan International Airport set the mood for the fabulous weekend to follow.
The HBA's trip is renowned for its exemplary CLE programs, and this year's coalition of speakers did not disappoint.  We brushed up on topics such as fiduciary duties between spouses in Family Law to Statute of Limitations in Criminal Law.  Our attendees' imaginations flirted with what could be an episode of "San Juan CSI," with Judge Shelly Torrealba's captivating expose on the LAPD detective Stephanie Lazarus cold case murder conviction.  Of course, Justice Carlos Moreno (Ret.) and Nate Scott (research attorney, Court of Appeal, 4th District, Div. 3) provided great insight into the appeal writ process.  Thank you to all of our speakers and trip attendees for making this trip such a wonderful experience.
I would also be remiss if I did not thank the law firm of McConnell & Valdés in San Juan, Puerto Rico for their warm hospitality and hosting of our MCLE seminar.
On another no less important note, I would like to express my congratulations to our President-Elect Mayte Santacruz Benavidez who will be honored as the Attorney of the Year at the Public Law Center's Volunteers for Justice 2012 Annual Dinner on June 18th.  Mayte is being honored for her incredible commitment of more than 1,000 hours of pro bono legal services provided through PLC (with the support of her firm Latham & Watkins LLP) assisting victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes.
Congratulations Mayte!  Your services as an attorney to your clients have made an imaginable difference in their lives and in the lives of their children.  Please join the HBA on June 18th to celebrate along with Mayte.
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.

30-Hour Basic Mediation Training

June 5 - 8 & 12, 2012 from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily
Long Beach Police Academy, 7290 Carson Street Long Beach, CA 90808

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Advanced Mediation Skills Practicum
July 20, 21 & 28, 2012 from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily
Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1055 West 7th Street, Suite 2700 Los Angeles, CA 90017

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Combine the 30-Hour Basic Mediation Training with the Advanced Mediation Skills Practicum to fulfill the training requirements of most court mediation panels. Register for both trainings together to receive a $100 discount off the combined price. (Register by phone to receive this or other available discounts) Questions? Contact Andrew Culberson at (213) 896-6536 or aculberson@centerforcivicmediation.org.  

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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CRF-OC Annual Benefit
Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Center Club, Costa Mesa  

Honoring Community Partner of the Year Snell & Wilmer LLP, Hon. James P. Gray Judge of the Year Hon. Thomas James Borris, and Volunteer of the Year Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. For more information contact Lori Berg at Lberg@crfoc.org or 714.259.1521 x102. 
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Job & Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Immigration Attorneys Needed
Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 9:00am to 4:00pm
Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) 80 North Ross St., Santa Ana, CA  92701
The following organizations are sponsoring a free legal clinic to assist individuals with employment and immigration related questions/issues: ACLU, CLUE, El Centro, OCCORD, OCCCO, OC Labor, OCEA, Orange County Dream Team, Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, UFCW324.
Immigration and Employment Attorneys are needed to provide free consultations to people who have signed up and completed an intake form. People will be screened by intake counselors to see if their situation warrants a private meeting with an attorney. Appointments will be scheduled in 20 minute intervals. Shifts are being scheduled from 9:30-1 with appointments starting at 10am and from 12:30-4pm with appointments starting at 1pm. Attorneys may specify what time they are available. If you are available to volunteer ANY time (even if it is not a complete shift) please contact Susan Kadota at sbkadota@hotmail.com or 714-844.3371.
Pro-Bono Opportunities for Attorneys
View all current pro-bono opportunities here >

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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