Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2013, No. 04
In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
April 2013
Mayte Santacruz
Mayte Santacruz,
HBA President

President's Message   

By: Mayte Santacruz, 2013 HBA President   


Spring has arrived, and we are very excited about the many events the HBA is sponsoring and participating in the next coming weeks.  On April 13th, the HBA and PLC will be sponsoring a Naturalization Clinic at the North Orange County Community College District in Anaheim.  We invite all of our members, including law students, to volunteer at this great event.  We also invite our members to attend our Cinco de Mayo de Barranda on Thursday, May 2nd, and join the HBA's and PLC's "Public Law Center's Legal Eagles" team at the Orange County AIDS walk on Saturday, May 4th.  
In addition to planning and attending these events, our Board will be busy supporting other organizations and causes in and out of Orange County.  On April 13th, the Board will attend the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Annual Estrella Awards Fundraiser at the Disneyland Hotel, and on May 4th, our softball team will participate in the Mexican American Bar Association 5th Annual Softball Tournament at Whittier Narrows Park in South El Monte.

Last but not least, some of the Board members will join the 65 HBA members and friends who are attending this year's sold out CLE Trip to Costa Rica on May 23-27.
We hope you will join us at some of these events!
Cinco de Mayo Mixer 2013

Aids Walk OC

Saturday, May 4
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim

Join the HBA and the PLC's "Public Law Center's Legal Eagles" Team
at the Orange County AIDS walk.

Interested in donating? You can either:
  1. Donate to our general team
  2. Sponsor a particular walker in our team
  3. Join our team and walk on the day of the event
  4. Join our team and be a virtual walker
 You can even sleep-in to support this worthy cause!

Following is a tentative schedule based on last year's event and is subject to change:

  • 5:00 am - Mickey & Friends Parking Structure Open to Walkers
  • 5:00 am - Limited Event Check-In Begins at Pinocchio Lot
  • 6:15 am - Arrive no later than 6:15 am to give yourself time to walk the tram route to Main Street in Disneyland
  • 6:30 am - Opening Ceremony at Disneyland Main Street Hub
  • 6:45 am - Walk Begins (Rain or Shine)
  • 7:30 am - Disneyland Gates Close; Late arrivals join Walk midway through at Disney California Adventure Park
  • 8:00 am - Sponsor and Recipient Agency Booths Open
  • 9:30 am - Walk Ends
  • 11:00 am - Event
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Join or Renew Today To Enjoy Membership Benefits Throughout 2013!

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We invite you to join today by completing the membership application available at

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Thank you for your support!

Jasmine Velazquez
Membership Committee Chair
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The St. Thomas More Society of Orange County Attorney Beer Tasting Mixer 
Thursday, April 11 From 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Valient Brewing Company, 2294 N. Batavia Street, Unit C, Orange 

Judges, attorneys and law students are invited to attend.

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Latinas in the Legal Profession: Our Story
Thursday, April 25 at Registration: 6:00pm to 6:30pm; Program: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Taix French Restaurant 1911 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles

Please join us as we continue our new series showcasing the legal careers of two trailblazers: Rachel F. Moran, Dean of UCLA Law School and Irma Rodriguez Moisa, Atkinson Andelson. Advance payment required to secure a seat. Space is limited for this 1.0 hour MCLE Elimination of Bias event. Registration closes Thursday, April 11, 2013.

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The Orange County Bar Association Foundation Associate Board's Beer Tasting Fundraiser 
Friday, April 26 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Roof Top, 3161 Michelson Drive, Irvine 

The event will benefit the programs of the Orange County Bar Foundation, a private non-profit organization. $40 per person before April 15. $50 per person after. RSVP by April 22. Pre-payment required. No tickets will be sold at the door.

 For more information, please contact Nancy Garcia at or 714-480-1925x108. 

Saddleback's Parking Lot Justice (PLJ) Event
Saturday, May 11 from 8:30am to 12:30pm
Saddleback's Lake Forest Campus, 1 Saddleback Pkwy, Lake Forest
Since 2010, the Parking Lot Justice (PLJ) events have helped over 1,500 people with legal issues and questions of all kinds. Attorney volunteers are needed from all areas of practice: bankruptcy, family law, criminal law, immigration, general civil matters, real estate, wills/trusts/estates, employment, workers' compensation, and landlord/tenant issues. 
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.  
Snell & Wilmer Pre-Law Program & FAR
In 2009, Snell & Wilmer established the "Snell & Wilmer Pre-Law Program" to serve self-identified diverse undergraduate students. The hallmark of the Program was the LSAT Scholarship, which provided selected candidates with a monetary stipend covering the costs of taking and preparing for the law school admission test.  Since its introduction, the firm has awarded more than a dozen LSAT Scholarships to aspiring lawyers of diverse backgrounds across the country.
Understanding the subtle complexities of the challenges faced by diverse candidates, Snell & Wilmer recently expanded the Pre-Law Program and LSAT Scholarship to the Fellowship for Advancement and Resources ("FAR").  FAR provides selected fellows with all of the resources provided under the LSAT Scholarship, plus (1) an audio course to prepare the student for law school; (2) a monetary stipend; (3) reimbursement for books; and (4) a Snell & Wilmer attorney to mentor the fellow.  We are looking forward to naming our first FAR Fellows later this summer.
The deadline for applications is July 1, 2013.  For the application and more information about FAR, please visit: 
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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Pro-Bono Opportunities for Attorneys
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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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