Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2013, No. 03
In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
March 2013
Mayte Santacruz
Mayte Santacruz,
HBA President

President's Message   

By: Mayte Santacruz, 2013 HBA President   


The HBA celebrated its 35th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Installation Dinner on March 2nd at Disney's Grand California Hotel.  Thanks to the generous contributions of numerous sponsors, including Event Sponsor Latham & Watkins LLP, Platinum Sponsors Union Bank and The Disneyland Resort/The Walt Disney Company, and Gold Sponsor Ogletree Deakins, the Dinner was a great fundraising success.   


The 500 guests who attended the Annual Dinner this year had the opportunity to hear inspirational remarks from our four exceptional honorees, including Attorney of the Year Frank Ospino and Hon. Francisco Briseņo Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Amin David, and from this year's Wally Davis scholarship recipients, Hugo Salazar of Chapman School of Law and Samantha Morales of Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  Many of our guests ended the night by dancing to the famous cumbia songs of La Sonora Dinamita Show.  Without a doubt, this was a memorable celebration, and we hope you will join us again next year!  

Now that the Annual Dinner is over, we invite our members and friends to take part in the many events and activities we have planned for this year, including the HBA/PLC Naturalization Clinic on April 13th, the Cinco de Mayo de Barranda on May 2nd, the MABA Softball Tournament and the AIDS Walk on May 4th, and the sold out CLE Trip to Costa Rica on May 23-27.

Thank you again for your support.


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Jasmine Velazquez
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Interpreting 101
Monday, March 18 from 12:15pm to 1:15pm in the Lamoreaux Justice Center room L21
Friday, April 19 from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
in the North Justice Center Jury Assembly Room
You are invited to join Judge Lance Jensen and several Superior Court Interpreters for an informative lunch and learn MCLE, CIMCE & Court staff training opportunity about working with interpreters. Court interpreters are appointed on 10% of all criminal matters in Orange County. Knowing the proper role of the court interpreter and the rules of court that apply are essential to knowing how to work most effectively through an interpreter. Feel Free to bring your lunch.
Any questions contact: Sean E. Lillywhite, Court Interpreter Manager at (657) 622-7267.  
Pro Bono Training: U Visas Immigration Status for Victims of Serious Crimes 
Wednesday, March 13 at Registration: 5:30pm; Program: 6:00pm to 9:15pm
UC Irvine School of Law, 401 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine
This 3 unit MCLE training is free in exchange for taking an immigration case pro bono from PLC. 
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Community Trivia Quest: UC Irvine School of Law's PILF (Public Interest Law Fund) Fundraising Event 
Saturday, March 16 at 6:00pm
The Hilton Orange County, 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa
Community Trivia Quest is UC Irvine School of Law's PILF (Public Interest Law Fund) fundraising event to enable current and future UCI Law students to commit to summer positions at organizations focused on providing services for traditionally under-represented communities. Proceeds from this event will provide stipends to students who accept non-paying, full-time public interest jobs this summer.
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Medical Marijuana Symposium
Saturday, March 23
from 8:15am to 3:00pm
Western State College of Law Campus, 1111 North State College Boulevard, Fullerton
The Western State University Law Review focuses on covering recent and controversial California State legal issues, as well as any Federal Law directly impacting California. Keynote Speaker: Judge James P. Gray (Ret.). A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.
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Installation Of HBA Member Elizabeth G. Macias As A Judge Of The Superior Court
Friday, March 29 at 4:00pm

Central Justice Center - Dept. C1, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana

Reception Immediately Following at Crave Restaurant & Cafe, 410 W 4Th Street, Santa Ana
Please R.S.V.P. for Reception by March 25 to Macias_Elizabeth@Aol.Com 

OCBA 29th College of Trial Advocacy (CIVIL)
Friday, April 5 through May 4 at Weekday Sessions: 6:00pm to 9:30pm; Weekend Sessions 8:30am to 12:00pm

Chapman Law School, 370 North Glassell, Orange

19.25 MCLE Credits (0.5 Legal Ethics). COTA will not be offered again until 2015! Do not miss out on this opportunity!
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Southern California NAELA UnProgram 4th Annual Program For Elder Law, Estate, Trust, Special Needs Attorneys
Friday, April 5 through April 6

Holiday Inn, Long Beach Airport, 2640 N. Lakewood Boulevard, Long Beach
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Aranda III Access to Justice Award
Nominations are now open for the Benjamin Aranda III Access to Justice Award. The nominations materials are attached and may also be found on the State Bar website at Aranda Award Nomination Information. The deadline for nominations is May 31. For further information, please contact Frank Monti at or 415-538-2141.  
2013 Diversity and Education Pipeline Awards
Attorneys, Law Firms, Bar Associations and other organizations that engage in exemplary activities promoting and increasing diversity can be nominated for the State Bar Diversity Award. 
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Also, the Education Pipeline Award recognizes outstanding efforts of law-related education programs that train and support students to become interested in the judicial system and careers in the law.
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The Awards will be presented at the Diversity Awards Reception which will be held from October 10 thru October 13, 2013 in San Jose during the State Bar Annual Meeting. March 31, 2013 is the deadline to submit nominations.
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Job & Volunteer Opportunities
Pro-Bono Opportunities for Attorneys
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Public Law Center Citizenship Clinic for Past PLC Naturalization Volunteers
Saturday, March 16 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
El Sol Science and Arts Academy, 1010 N. Broadway Street, Santa Ana
PLC is looking for 8 legal volunteers for this great event. Attorneys and law students may sign up for a 3-hour volunteer shift from 9am to 12pm, 11am to 2pm, or all day. Interested? Email Maricela Montoya at
Community Lawyers, Inc. 2013 Law Student Summer Internship
Community Lawyers, Inc. seeks law students for its 8-10 week summer internship program that focuses on providing legal assistance to low-income and moderate-income clients. the internship is structured to strengthen the relationships between the private bar and legal aid organizations in Southern California to increase options available to legal service consumers.
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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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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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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.
Civil Rights Division Volunteer Internship Opportunities U.S. Department of Justice
The Civil Rights Division is a key component of the Department of Justice and fulfills a critical mission in upholding the ciivil and constitutional rights of all individuals, including having primary responsibility for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit unlawful discrimination in voting, education, employment, housing, police services, public accommodations and facilities, and federally funded and conducted programs. The Division also actively works on civil rights legislation, regulations, and a full range of policy activities and initiatives. Information about the work of the Division and the specific work of each of these offices is available at For more information about each section's volunteer intern program and the number of positions available, see the Division's Volunteer Internship Opportunities page.
Job Opportunities for Attorneys - New Opportunities Posted!
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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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Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLPOrange County Public DefenderThe Law Offices of Steven R. YoungSedgwick LLP
Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLPOrange County Public DefenderWestern State College of Law
Valencia & Associates APCPanish Shea & Boyle LLPWestern State College of LawWaldron & Bragg, LLP
BakerHostetlerCrowell & MoringFisher & Phillips LLPJudicate West
Fontes Figueroa Law GroupEddie Quillares Jr - State FarmU.S. BankLaw Offices of Maciel & Ayala
Garcia Sullivan & Lopez LLPSanta Ana CollegeLos Amigos of Orange CountyUROP UCI
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