Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County



Vol. 2012, No. 12
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Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
December 2012

Jose GonzalezPresident's Message 


All good things must come to an end ...


I am having a tough time with the realization that my presidency of the HBA will come to the end this month.  In fact, at the last board meeting, I was tempted to finagle a motion to have the board appoint me "president for life," but I remembered what happened to Julius Caesar and abandoned my sinister plot.  In all seriousness, I will forever keep fond memories of my time as President of the HBA and always be indebted to its officers and directors for their unwavering support throughout this year.
I will leave my Presidency knowing that the HBA is in great hands with our incoming President Mayte Santacruz.  This year, she received recognitions from the Public Law Center and State Bar, and she was even recognized by OC Metro as one of the "Hottest 25" in Orange County.  Her hard work and dedication to helping pro-bono clients, primarily victims of domestic violence and other crimes, has earned Mayte the highest respect among both her peers and the HBA.  She is already off to a great start finalizing plans for the Installation Dinner on March 2, 2013 and the Memorial Day MCLE Trip to Costa Rica, selling out six months ahead of schedule.
This Thursday, December 6th, we will unveil the results of our recent election and have an opportunity to meet the 2013 elected Officers and Directors at the Annual Meeting and Holiday Party at the Green Parrot Villa in Santa Ana.  Please join us to enjoy the holiday season with wonderful "Noche Mexicana" food favorites and Latin jazz music to warm our hearts.
The HBA enjoyed another successful year, having grown the Wally Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund to record levels.  We moved forward with our Mentoring Program and expanded it to include over 40 law school students, representing all Orange County law schools, including Western State College of Law, Whittier Law School, UCI School of Law, Chapman University School of Law, and my own alma mater, Trinity Law School.
I am forever thankful to the HBA for giving me the opportunity to head an organization such as this, one of the most respected minority bar associations in Southern California.  The friendships forged throughout my time with the HBA have been marvelous.  I will forever be indebted to this organization for the priceless memories that I will take with me.
Muchisimas Gracias,
Jose Gonzalez, President
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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.
The Annual Joint Holiday Orange County Inns of Court Dinner
Wednesday, December 5 from 5:30pm
to 6:30pm Social Reception and Guided Tours; 6:45pm to 8:45pm Dinner and Panel Discussion
Lyon Air Museum/Martin Aviation, 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana
Panel: "Policing the Police: The Aftermath of Officer Involved Shootings". RSVP with payment of $65. for Ferguson Inn Members, $90. for guests with a check made payable to the Warren J. Ferguson Inn Court and send to: Donna Anderson, PO Box 32, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678.
OCWLA Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, December 5 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Anaheim White House Restaurant, 887 South Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim
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OCAABA 8th Annual Holiday Dim Sum Party 
Saturday, December 8 at 12:00pm

King Lobster Palace, 2045 North Tustin Street, Orange
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The Latina Lawyers Bar Association is proud to
announce the first segment of its new series: Latinas in the Legal Profession: Our Story

Wednesday, January 30 from 6:00pm to 6:30pm Registration; 6:30pm - 7:30pm Program   

Buddha's Belly, 7475 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles

Please join us as we launch our new series showcasing the legal careers of two trailblazers: The Honorable Judge Patricia Nieto, Class of 77, USC Gould School of Law and Mediator Carla D. Barboza, Class of '82, UCLA School of Law. Fee: $50, dinner included. Pre-registration required by sending message to office@llbalaw.org or register online at www.llbalaw.org. Registration closes Friday, January 18, 2013 Space is limited for this 1.0 hour MCLE Elimination of Bias event.
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Job & Volunteer Opportunities
Latino/a Roundtable of the San Gabriel Valley and Pomona Valley Seeks Volunteers
The Latino/a Roundtable (LRT) of the San Gabriel Valley and Pomona Valley supports local families with applying for Defferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and in doing so are in need of collaborating with immigration lawyers who are interested in volunteering their time and expertise to assist us in a series of workshops to help families fill out their DACA applications, review their packets before mailing, and provide legal advice/consultation/referrals. If you are interested, visit their facebook or contact Amy Tam at reyestam@gmail.com or 626-347-7121.
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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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!
View current job opportunities for OC HBA members here >

Orange County Superior Court Seeks Grand Jury Applicants
Santa Ana, CA
- Orange County residents who want to make a difference in their community are encouraged to submit an application to serve on the 2013/14 Orange County Grand Jury, announced Assistant Presiding Judge Glenda Sanders, Chair of Grand Jury Recruitment/Selection Committee. The one-year term begins July 1, 2013.
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