Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County



Vol. 2012, No. 11
In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
November 2012

Jose GonzalezPresident's Message 

By: José González

November is here, and it reminds me that I'm in the homestretch of my presidency.  As the saying goes, "Out with the old, in with the new."  The candidates running for an HBA position as an officer or director in 2013 worked hard at the HBA's annual Dia De Los Muertos mixer to campaign for votes from the attendees.  Thank you to all of you who attended the mixer, and a special thanks to our event sponsor Union Bank.
I encourage those of you who have not become a member of the HBA to do so now to take advantage of receiving membership privileges of voting for the next slate of officers and directors of the HBA in this year's election that ends next Tuesday, November 13th.  With your new or renewed membership you will not only be able to help shape the future of the HBA but you will also enjoy member discounts for our remaining events this year and our future events for all of 2013.
The HBA election results will be announced at the Annual Member Meeting and Holiday Party on December 6th at the Green Parrot Villa in Santa Ana.  Please mark this on your calendar and plan on joining us as we celebrate another successful year for the HBA and usher in the next generation of HBA leaders.
Open House Mentoring Program
November 8th at 6:00pm
Avilas El Ranchito, 2201 E. 1st Street, Santa Ana
The OCHBA is expanding its mentoring program to allow all its members to participate in this great program to mentor current law students from all the law school in Orange County.  Please join us for Happy Hour and to learn about our mentoring program.  Applications will be available at our event; however, if you are interested in participating or would like more information and are not able to attend, please let Lyo Figueroa know.  There is no cost to attend.
Please RSVP directly with Lyo Figueroa of Fontes Figueroa Law Group at lyo@mfonteslaw.com or (714) 644-9784 for this event.
2012-2013 Wally Davis Scholarship Application Deadline Extended to November 16!

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:
November 16, 2012: Application deadline. All materials must be postmarked by this date.
December 17, 2012: Notification of scholarship awards will be mailed by this date.

Join or Renew Today To Enjoy Membership Benefits Now Through 2013!

We would like to extend a special opportunity to become a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County.  New and renewing members will enjoy the benefits of membership throughout 2012 and 2013!  With elections currently underway and the holidays approaching, this is an excellent opportunity to get involved, vote, and participate in our holiday events at our discounted member rate.

We invite you to join today by completing the membership application available at www.ochba.org.

Renew Now:
Pay Now

Thank you for your support!

Jasmine Velazquez
Membership Committee Chair
President-Elect Mayte Santacruz Named One of the "Hottest 25 in Orange County" in 2012 by the OC Metro Magazine

Mayte SantacruzOC Metro has named HBA President-Elect Mayte Santacruz one of the "Hottest 25 in Orange County" for her commitment to helping others in her community.    


"Though only 30, Mayte Santacruz has had her share of accolades this year; in October, she was honored by the California State Bar with the 2012 President's Pro Bono Services Award; in June, she was named Attorney of the Year by the Public Law Center, Orange County's pro bono law firm; and in April, she received the Spirit of Volunteerism Award by OneOC and the Orange County Register." 


"Santacruz, an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP in Costa Mesa, shares her diverse legal talents by being a business litigator by day and a compassionate crusader during her off hours. Since graduating law school in 2008, she has provided more than 1,000 hours of pro bono services for the Public Law Center and Human Options, handling cases such as immigrant victims of domestic violence, rape and aggravated assault."


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Announcing the Fontes Figueroa Law Group 

Fontes Figueroa Law GroupCurrent Board member Lyo Figueroa from the Figueroa Law Firm and former Board Member Martin Fontes from Law Office of Martin Fontes, APC, have recently merged their respective firms to form Fontes Figueroa Law Group, proud to be a minority-owned and operated law firm. The firm of four attorneys is focused in representing clients in: 1) Employment & Family-Based Immigration; 2) Workers Compensation; 3) Personal Injury; 4) Business Litigation; 5) Employment Law; and 6) Business Transactions. For more information contact their office at (714) 571-0738 or visit their website at www.fflawgroup.com.

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.
Federal Pro Se Clinic Grand Opening Celebration
November 7 at 4:00pm

Ronald Reagan Federal Building & United States Courthouse, 411 W. 4th Street, Santa Ana in the 1st Floor Jury Assembly Room
Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by November 1, 2012 here.
Hope Alive! Benefit Concert
November 11 at 5:00pm

Santa Ana High School Auditorium, 520 W. Walnut Street, Santa Ana
The mission of New Hope Presbyterian Church to support music arts continues to touch the lives of young musicians. Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and world famous percussionist Sheila E. will perform with the orchestra. For more information visit MyNewHopePres.org
Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. Presents Its Annual Thanksgiving Eve Cocktail Sip Fundraiser 
November 21 from 7:00pm to 1:00am

The rooftop and third floor of The Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 W. 7th Street, Los Angeles
General admission tickets include Dinner and Dancing to a Live Band and DJ. 
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Job & Volunteer Opportunities
Call for Volunteers To Help Coach High School Mock Trial  
The Constitutional Rights Foundation - Orange County is a non-profit organization that organizes high school mock trial.  Every year, about 40 OC high schools compete, most aided by both a teacher coach and an attorney coach.  This year, 4 schools have registered to participate that still do not have an attorney coach:
1.       Segerstrom HS in Santa Ana
2.       Esperanza HS in Anaheim/Yorba Linda area
3.       Marina HS in Huntington Beach and
4.       Mission Viejo High School
The schools already have the case materials, and the competition starts the week before Thanksgiving. Please contact Karen E. Walter of Rutan & Tucker, LLP at 714-662-4647 or by email at kwalter@rutan.com for more information. 
Invitation To Panel of The College Legal Clinic, Inc.
The College Legal Clinic, Inc. ("CLC"), is in the process of recruiting new attorneys to join its panel of attorneys who provide legal services to students and members of the community.  The CLC is a State-Bar certified lawyer referral service that operates in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties and seeks to provide students and low-income members of the public with quality legal services at a reduced cost.  Membership on the panel is free, but we do ask that you donate a couple of hours of your time every few months to meet with individuals seeking legal advice.  In exchange, we will place you on our referral list, which has generated new clients for a number of our panel members in the past.  If you have any questions, contact Andrew Ampil at (657) 278-5850 or  (714) 870-5757.  We hope to hear from you in the near future!
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Judge & Attorney Volunteers Needed for CRF-OC Mock Trial Competition
November 13 through December 11 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
. Check-in at 4:30pm.
Central Justice Center, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana
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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

View the current PLC case list
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!
View current job opportunities for OC HBA members here >

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