Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2013, No. 05
In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
May 2013
Mayte Santacruz
Mayte Santacruz,
HBA President

President's Message   

By: Mayte Santacruz, 2013 HBA President   


Happy belated Cinco de Mayo!  Many thanks to all that joined us at our annual 5 de Mayo de Barranda on May 2nd to celebrate Mexico's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors, Advanced Depositions/Discovery, Ogletree Deakins, Gordon Rees, and Rimon PC, for making this a successful event.  We have the event pictures posted on our website, so please feel free to peruse them.

We also want to thank those who attended the HBA/Public Law Center's Naturalization Clinic on April 13th and the Orange County AIDS Walk on May 4th.  Thank you for your continued support of the HBA and the Public Law Center.  Thank you also to HBA board members Guillermo Tello, Ivan Cisneros, Eric Dominguez, and Joaquin Nava for participating at MABA's 5th Annual Softball Tournament last Saturday, May 4th.  For the first time in four years, the HBA's went to the playoffs this year and proudly earned 3rd place.  Congratulations HBA's!
Our next event, the annual travel seminar, is less than two weeks away, and those of us attending couldn't be more excited!  On the 23rd of this month, more than 70 HBA members, including their families and friends, will be boarding a plane to Quepos, Costa Rica for our Memorial Day Weekend MCLE trip.  Not only are we sold out, but have set a record for attendance for Costa Rica!  We look forward to sharing pictures of our travels in next month's Newsletter.

Feliz Dia de las Madres!
2013 Travel Seminar El Parador Hotel, Quepos, Costa Rica, 2013
An HBA/OCBA Continuing Legal Education Travel Seminar
May 23- 27, 2013- sold out!!

5 Days/4 Nights at El Parador Hotel in Quepos
Includes Roundtrip Airfare
All for the incredible HBA member price of
(plus taxes/fuel/security charges, currently $243.31, subject to change at the time of ticketing) 
A $400.00 deposit must be received by January 10, 2013 
Space is limited and subject to availability on a first come, first serve basis.
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HBA mentor mixer
Thursday, May 30 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm 

Irvine Lanes, 3415 Michelson Drive, Irvine  


Come catch up with your mentor/mentee and other members of the OC HBA  

over a game of bowling!   

Lanes, bowling shoes, appetizers and drinks will be provided. 

RSVP to Steffi Gascon Hafen at  

to make sure we have enough lanes reserved.   


OCHBA Participates in the Annual Mexican American Bar Association Softball Tournament 
On Saturday, the OCHBA participated in the annual Mexican American Bar Association Softball Tournament.  The "HBA's" was one of thirteen teams, which included teams from other bar organizations, law firms, the public defender's office, and a team of Los Angeles County Judges.  This was the fourth year the HBA's participated and while the HBA's have always fielded competitive teams, this year's team was the most talented yet.  The HBA's finished their first round undefeated with a record of 3-0 and a run differential of +19, surpassing their 2-1 record in the previous three years.  This propelled the HBA's into the semi-finals game where the HBA's unfortunately ran out of time (literally, the 1 hour limit was called) and the HBA's suffered a heart-breaking one run loss.  However, the HBA's proudly earned 3rd Place and will be receiving a plaque from MABA for this accomplishment.  The HBA's thank all of their supporters, with special thanks to Advance Discovery, the official team sponsor.  Thanks to Advance Discovery's sponsorship, this year the HBA's had special jerseys and caps displaying the HBA's team name.  Although the tournament just passed, the HBA's can't wait to suit up and compete again next year.

Guillermo Tello, Esq. 
Rippetoe Miles, LLP
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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. 
Sunset Reception Honoring The Honorable Senator Joseph L. Dunn (Ret.)
Thursday, June 13 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Whittier Law School, 3333 Harbor Boulevard, Costa Mesa
Register at For information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Anna Lisa Lukes at (714) 409-3438 or Individual tickets: $50.
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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