Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County



Vol. 2012, No. 07
In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
July 2012

Jose GonzalezPresident's Message 

By: José González

I hope that you enjoyed the 4th of July, awkward as it was on a Wednesday this year.  Nonetheless, it's a time to reflect on our liberty and be thankful to the people who have courageously strived, often giving the last full measure, to defend it.  The HBA thanks all of those in our community who work to protect our rights and liberty.
Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down key provisions of Arizona's SB 1070 legislation.  We welcomed the Supreme Court's decision which bolsters the rights and liberties of our community.  As one of the largest minority professional organizations in Southern California, it is our duty to give a voice to the voiceless and strength to the weak.
My daughters have recently reminded me that they have been out of school and idle for the past few weeks and that we need to start making plans for summer!  Those plans are being made.  On August 23, we will celebrate our annual End of Summer Mixer with many of Orange County's affiliate and minority bar organizations at the newly renovated downtown Santa Ana hot spot-the Yost Theater.  Please plan on joining us.
Lastly, the HBA will be holding a special election in order to ask our members to ratify changes to the organization's bylaws.  The special election ballot will be available online as of July 15 and voting will end on September 15.  I encourage all of our members' participation in this special election.  If you are not a member, please consider becoming a member or renewing your membership so that you can cast your vote.  You can log on to www.ochba.org to get further details on membership and the special election.
Enjoy your summer!!!
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.
July 12 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm
The Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 West 7th Street Los Angeles, CA 90014
Presented by The National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys and The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County. Co-sponsored by Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Association, South Asian Bar Association, Japanese American Bar Association, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, Korean American Bar Association, Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California, Philippine American Bar Association, Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California.
$10 for Member of Co-Sponsoring Organizations; $20 for Non-Members; Judicial Officers are Complimentary.
Space is limited. RSVP required by July 9, 2012. RSVP to rsvp@ncvaa.org; Questions to Tita Nguyen at 213.897.2060. 
OCLBA Second Anniversary Party
July 18 at 6:30pm
The Sky Garden at The Michelson Building, 3161 Michelson Drive, Irvine
RSVP: oclba.org (Suggested donation of $35). Sponsorships available. Email info@oclba.org for more information.
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OCWLA & YLD Summer Luau Mixer
July 19 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm
2112 Windward Lane, Newport Beach

Please join the Orange County Women Lawyers and the Young Lawyers Division of the OCBA for a luau-style beach party with island-style food, drinks and attire: wear your Hawaiian shirts and sun dresses. Casual dress. Sitting Judges, YLD/OCWLA Members $20. Non-Members $25. 

Register Online | Email RSVP
OCAABA & APALC Pro Bono Clinic
July 28 at 10:00am to 1:00pm
Nguoi Viet Daily News, 14771 Moran Street, Westminster

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact Nathan Watanabe at nathan.watanabe@wsllplaw.com

OCWLA/OCAABA/OCLBA General Credit MCLE: Lunch and Technology with Martin Dean
August 7 at 11:45am to 1:30pm
Grand Catered Events, 300 South Flower St., Orange

Martin has educated and entertained California lawyers about technology for nearly 30 years. Come join us for a catered lunch and learn about the latest Social Media and Cloud tips tricks and traps. Special dessert treat: EFile in Orange County!  

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OCAABA & OCKABA 2012 NAPABA Western Regional Conference
August 25 at 8:00am to 10:30pm
The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, 21100 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach

Keynote Speaker: Rani Hong, Special Advisor to the U.N. Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking and Founder of The Tronie Foundation. 

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CRF-OC Annual Benefit
October 4 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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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
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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