Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2013, No. 01
In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
January 2013
Mayte Santacruz
Mayte Santacruz,
HBA President

Meet Mayte Santacruz,
Our New HBA President  

By: Jose Gonzalez, 2012 HBA President   


You know something is extraordinary when you see it.  It's a gut sensation that is impossible to mistake.  That is how I felt when I first met Mayte Santacruz.
Since returning to her native Southern California after graduating from UC Berkley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2008, Mayte has taken the Orange County legal community by storm.  There is no doubt that 2012 was Mayte's year!  In June 2012, she was honored by the Public Law Center as Attorney of the Year for dedicating many pro bono hours to helping immigrant victims of crime who are in dire need of legal representation.  Later in the year, she was also recognized for her pro bono work by the State Bar of California.  At the end the year, she was named one of the "Hottest 25 people in Orange County" by OC Metro Magazine.  Suddenly, everyone has been able to see what we saw in 2005, 2006, and 2007 when we awarded Mayte the Wally Davis Memorial Scholarship each of these years.
A product of public schools in Santa Ana, Mayte attended Santa Ana College before graduating summa cum laude from UC Irvine in 2005.  Her passion to help others was evident by her participation in mentoring programs while at UCI, such as the "Check Out UCI" and "Gear Up" programs.  She has not only co-chaired the HBA's scholarship committee, Mayte also founded the "Mayte Santacruz Pre-Law Scholarship Fund" in 2011, which awards one scholarship every year to a deserving Latino high school senior or community college/university student interested in pursuing a career in law.  
Mayte assumes the reigns of the HBA this month but in reality she has already been very busy for the past few months preparing for her year as President by selling out the annual Memorial Day MCLE Trip to Costa Rica and finalizing preparations for the Scholarship Fundraiser & Installation Dinner in March.  I hope that you will all join me in welcoming our extraordinary 2013 President, Mayte Santacruz.   

The OC Hispanic Bar Association's 35th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Installation Dinner  Planting Seeds  for a Better Tomorrow Saturday, March 2, 2013 Disney Grand Californian Hotel

6:00 Silent Auction & Cocktail Hour
7:00 Dinner Program

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Sunday, January 20 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm

Suede Lounge, 404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles

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Mass & MCLE
Saturday, January 26 from 8:00am to 12:00pm

Jilio-Ryan Court Reporters, 14661 Franklin Ave, Ste 15, Tustin
STMSOC is pleased to offer three hours of MCLE (two hours of Ethics, one hour of Substance Abuse), beginning with Holy Mass. Guest speakers include Ronald Moore, Hon. David A. Belz, and Rev. Luke J. Mata.
Click here for Mass & MCLE event details and to register for this worthwhile event.

Corazon's 35th Annual "Celebration of Community"
Saturday, January 26 at 4:00pm

Corazon Headquarters, 2001 E 1st Street, Santa Ana
Join this amazing nonprofit, working in our border communities of Tecate and Tijuana, Mexico, in celebrating this year's accomplishments and raising money for next year's endeavors.  Suggested $10 donation at the door; appetizers and beverages will be served.  Come check out the many exciting items in our silent auction and raffle! 

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 to 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 or register online at Registration closes Friday, January 18, 2013 Space is limited for this 1.0 hour MCLE Elimination of Bias event.
University of La Verne Law Review Hosts 1983 Civil Rights Symposium
February 7, 2013 through February 8, 2013
Ayres Hotel & Suites at 1945 East Holt Boulevard, Ontario
Attorneys, legal rights professionals, law enforcement officials, governmental representatives, non-profit/public interest employees, students, educators and interested members of the public are invited to take part in this informative and compelling conference. The event offers a total of 11.5 MCLE credits for attendees.
For more information, Click Here.
MABA 53rd Annual Installation of Officers & Awards
Saturday, February 16

Millenium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
For more information, visit or email
Civic Learning California Summit: Making Democracy Work 
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Presented by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. Featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.  

By invitation only. (Invitation with details to follow) 

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Job & Volunteer Opportunities
PLC Naturalization Clinic
Saturday, January 26. Volunteer shifts are from 9:00am to 12:00pm or 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Volunteer with PLC and help immigrants become citizens.  Volunteers are needed to assist at naturalization clinics, whereby immigrants can meet with legal volunteers, amongst others, to assist in the completion of naturalization applications.  Volunteers are needed to staff the legal screening portion of the clinic.
Pre-training is required.  We will have a 2 CLE unit naturalization law training on January 23, 2013 at UC Irvine School of Law from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.  Those interested should contact Maricela Montoya at
PLC Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Clinic
Friday, January 18, 2013 from 12:30pm to 6:00pm At the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana and
Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 10:30am to 5:30pm In San Juan Capistrano
Volunteer with PLC and help DREAMers achieve their dreams.  Volunteers are needed to assist at DACA clinics, whereby immigrants can meet with legal volunteers, amongst others, to assist in the completion of DACA applications.  Volunteers are needed to staff the legal screening portion of the clinic.   For more information on DACA please visit or check out this SF Chronicle article spotlighting a DREAMer.
No prior training is required; volunteers will be trained at the beginning of the clinic. 
Those interested should contact Nickole Miller at
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
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!
Download Application | Download Rules of The College Legal Clinic
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
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 or 626-347-7121.
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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