Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2013, No. 06
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June 2013
Mayte Santacruz
Mayte Santacruz,
HBA President

President's Message   

By: Mayte Santacruz, 2013 HBA President   


"Costa Rica - I miss you and want to go back!"  That sentiment is echoed by many who joined us in Costa Rica for our annual Memorial Day Weekend MCLE Trip a few weeks ago.  We had such a wonderful time in Costa Rica that many of us want to go back again.  We didn't let the rain or the earthquake (yes, the earthquake!) stop us from zip-lining, water rafting, hiking, surfing, swimming, singing, dancing and enjoying the jungle and the beautiful wildlife.  And let me tell you, the wildlife in Costa Rica is spectacular -- the monkeys, spiders, birds, sloths, turtles, frogs, and even the (scary) large crocodiles were incredible to see.  As you can tell, I'm still excited about the trip!  I want to thank everyone who attended, especially the bench officers, our panel speakers and past HBA and OCBA presidents, who took time away from their busy calendars to join us.  We've posted pictures of the trip on our website.  You can find additional pictures at!i=2570201093&k=5jJ7FWg (password is "HBA").  I would like to give a special thanks to those who shared their pictures with us.        
Refreshed, tanned and ready, the HBA is looking forward to this month's activities, which we kick off next Monday, June 17th, with our Angels game fundraiser, courtesy of Judicate West.  Thank you Judicate West for the generous donation, and many thanks to those who are supporting this fundraiser.  Also on Monday, June 17th, the HBA will be supporting the PLC's Volunteers for Justice Dinner as Bronze Sponsors.  We hope to see many of you there.  And last, but not least, we are having a HBA/PLC Naturalization Clinic on Saturday, June 22nd, at Pentecostal Church of God in Santa Ana.  If you haven't, please sign up to volunteer at this event.  Read below and visit our website for all the details about these and other events we have planned.
Many thanks!


Angels vs Mariners


Judicate West 


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PLC Volunteers for Justice Dinner 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013 5:30pm Reception and Silent Auction; 7:00pm Dinner and Program 

Irvine Hyatt Regency, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine  

Get involved and show your support for access to justice.  PLC staff and volunteers work with some of the most vulnerable low income people in Orange County, including homeless individuals and families, military veterans, cancer and AIDS patients, immigrants and those in fear for their lives due to persecution in their home country or domestic violence, as well as victims trafficked for sex or labor.

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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.  
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: 
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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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Employment Opportunities with the United States District Court, Central District of California

Term law clerk position to a new U.S. Magistrate Judge in Los Angeles, California

Term law clerk position to a new U.S. Magistrate Judge in Santa Ana, California

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