Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County



Vol. 2012, No. 09
In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
September 2012

Jose GonzalezPresident's Message 

By: José González

And just like that... summer is almost over.
The HBA said 'Adios' to summer on August 23rd at the annual End of Summer Mixer, hosted at the Yost Theater in Downtown Santa Ana.  Thank you to all of you who attended, and thanks to the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Orange County Korean American Bar Association, Lex Romana, Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association, and Orange County Jewish Bar Association for joining in this successful event.  Special thanks to our event sponsors Union Bank and First Image Scanning & Copy Service.
I hope that you will also join us on Sunday, September 23rd, at the Annual Judges BBQ to honor Associate Justice David A. Thompson with the Jurist of the Year Award.  The Judges BBQ will take place at the lovely home of Councilman Vincent & Eva Sarmiento in Santa Ana.  I hope to see many of you there to celebrate together with Justice Thompson.
On other news, the HBA is now accepting nominations for directors and officers for 2013.  Please submit your nominations to info@ochba.org.
Lastly, the special election regarding the amendments to the HBA's bylaws will conclude this Saturday, September 15th.  If you are a member and haven't voted, please remember to vote as soon as possible.
Judges BBQ September 23

Pre-paid HBA Members, Judges & their guests:
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Pre-paid Non-Members:
Call for Nominations for HBA Board and Executive Officers

Dear HBA Members,

Do you or someone you know have leadership skills and is concerned about legal issues affecting the Latino community in Orange County?  Now is your chance to submit nominations for the HBA Board of Directors for the 2013-2015 Term.

Please also send nominations for the following Executive Officer positions for the 2013 Board:


Vice President

Chief Financial Officer (Treasurer)


You may self-nominate or nominate a current non-member, so long as that person joins the HBA and is an attorney in good standing with a state bar association by the beginning of 2013.  Please visit www.ochba.org to learn more about the duties of the HBA Board of Trustees.  Nominations are due by close of business on Friday, October 5, 2012.  Please submit all nominations to info@ochba.org.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely yours,

Mayte Santacruz Benavidez
Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County

2012-2013 Wally Davis Scholarship Application Available!

Did you know that Latinos constitute almost 50% of California's population, yet less than 4% of California's attorneys are Latino? To bridge this gap, the HBA Annual Scholarship Fundraiser and Installation Dinner raises funds for the Wallace (Wally) R. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund.


The Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to Orange County Latino students who are presently attending law school and who have demonstrated involvement in the Latino Community. The Scholarship Fund was named in honor of Wallace (Wally) R. Davis, one of the first Hispanic attorneys in Orange County. He rose to the highest ranks in the legal profession, co-founding the HBA and championing the struggles of the Latino community. By assisting young Latino law students, this scholarship is awarded to those who would follow in his footsteps.   



Applications will be reviewed by the HBA Scholarship Committee. Please note the following dates:
October 31, 2012: Application deadline. All materials must be postmarked by this date.
November 30, 2012: Notification of scholarship awards will be mailed by this date.

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.
Upcoming OCBA MCLE Opportunities 

September 12, 2012 
Trusts & Estates Section Seminar: Technology Tools and Tips for Attorneys
To attend, please register online or download registration form

September 20, 2012 
Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Seminar: Building a Successful Solo or Small Firm
To attend, please register online or download registration form.

September 27, 2012 
OCBA Master Division Seminar: Reel Justice
To attend, please register online or download registration form. 
Third Annual Speed Mentoring with The Bench and Bar at Chapman University 
September 20 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Chapman University, 1 University Drive, Orange
OCWLA is calling for attorneys to participate at the 2012 third annual Speed Mentoring with the Orange County Bench and Bar, tentatively set for September 20, 2012 at Chapman University. This informal evening of mentoring provides law students and recent graduates opportunities to learn more about various types of state and federal legal practice areas from judicial officers and attorneys. The Honorable Jamoa Moberly (Orange County Superior Court, member of the National Association of Women Judges and member of OCWLA) implemented this successful Orange County program in 2010. If you are interested in participating, please contact OCWLA at info@ocwla.org.
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OCAABA & APALC Present A Pro Bono Legal Clinic For Low- and Medium-Income Asian American and Pacific Islanders 
September 22 from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Nguoi Viet Daily News, 14771 Moran Street, Westminster
Volunteers should arrive by 9:30 am. Lunch, snacks, and drinks will be provided. To help automate the process for OCAABA/APALC, we ask that volunteers please sign up via the online sign up forms (providing name, firm or company name, address, phone, email, field of law and any languages spoken).
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Raymond G. Alvarado Scholarship Reception 
September 27 at 6:00pm

Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach
Special remarks by the Honorable Carlos R. Moreno (Ret.). An evening celebrating the tremendous generosity of Raymond G. Alvarado to the community and to raise contributions for the AlvaradoSmith Raymond G. Alvarado Scholarship Fund. The AlvaradoSmith Raymond G. Alvarado Scholarship Fund, a subfund of the Hispanic Education Endowment Fund, was created to provide financial assistance to Latino students who are presently attending law school and who have demonstrated involvement in the Latino community. The Scholarship Fund was named in honor of Raymond G. Alvarado, one of the first Hispanic attorneys in Orange County. He rose to the highest ranks in the legal profession as founder of AlvaradoSmith, the largest Hispanic-owned law firm in the country. This scholarship is given to Latino law students to enable them to follow in his footsteps. Parking is free of charge. RSVP with Mayra Jimenez at (714) 852-6840 or at mjimenez@alvaradosmith.com.
"Red Mass" For Orange County's Legal Community 
October 1 at 6:00pm
Holy Family Cathedral, 566 South Glassell Street, Orange
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and the St. Thomas More Society will host the Red Mass at Holy Family Cathedral in Orange Monday, October 1st at 6:00pm. The Red Mass is celebrated annually at the opening of the judicial year. Orange County judges and lawyers will attend as a group, joined by public officials and law faculty members. The custom originated in Europe in the 13th century and received its distinguished name from the brilliant scarlet vestments worn by the Mass celebrant and Lord High Justices in England.
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CRF-OC Annual Benefit
October 4 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, 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. 
2012 Annual MABA Trip: Mayan Mystical Tour 
October 6 to 13
3 nights in Colonial Merida and 4 nights in Riviera Maya
For more information, contact the MABA Office at 213-749-2889 or via email at mabalaco@sbcglobal.net
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Job & Volunteer Opportunities
Temporary Judge Applications Available Online
The Superior Court of Orange County is seeking a limited number of highly qualified attorneys to serve as temporary judges. All attorneys who are interested in applying to serve as a temporary judge for the next three-year term, July 2013 to June 2016, must complete and submit the application no later than December 31, 2012. If you have any questions about the Temporary Judge Program, contact Gina Ory at (657) 622-7143 or TemporaryJudgeProgram@occourts.org.

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Pro-Bono Opportunities for Attorneys
View all current pro-bono opportunities here >
Public Law Center Volunteer Opportunities
PLC is here to support you in your pro bono representation.

Did you know that the PLC staff can:

  • Answer any questions you may have related to your case;
  • Locate a mentor to help you;
  • Supply you with samples and manuals (some case types excluded);
  • Provide translation support in Spanish and Vietnamese; and
  • Arrange for office space for you to meet with your client here at PLC?

 For questions contact: Kirsten Kreymann @ 714.541.1010, extension 283

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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
Job Opportunities for Attorneys - New Opportunities Posted!
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