Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2013,
No. 08

In this issue...
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
August 2013
Mayte Santacruz
Mayte Santacruz,
HBA President

President's Message   

By: Mayte Santacruz, 2013 HBA President   


Hope your summer is going well, and that you've taken a break to attend our networking events.  Two of our events already happened, and we couldn't be happier with their success and turnout.  On July 22nd, HBA members had the opportunity to socialize with members of the OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and ALPFA OC.  We had an incredible turnout of nearly 150 people.  Thanks to all of those attended, and special thanks to our event sponsors Ernst & Young and New York Life Insurance.  Our joint mixer with the OC Jewish Bar Association and the Anti-Defamation League on August 6th was equally fun and successful.  The over 100 attendees that joined us had a wonderful time.  Thanks again to the OC Jewish Bar Association for inviting us!


Our next event, the Annual End of the Summer Mixer, is going to be on Friday, August 23rd, at the Yost Theater in Downtown Santa Ana.  This year, we have an unprecedented number of bar organizations co-hosting this event with us, including the OC Asian American Bar Association, OC Celtic Bar Association, OC Criminal Defense Bar Association, OC Korean American Bar Association, OC Jewish Bar Association, OC Lavender Bar Association, OC Trial Lawyers Bar Association, OC Women Lawyers Association, Lex Romana, and the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association.  It is one of our most popular events of the year.  You don't want to miss it!
Enjoy the rest of the summer, and we hope to see you on August 23rd!


End of Summer Mixer
Judges BBQ
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Jasmine Velazquez
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30-Hour Basic Mediation Training

August 6, 7, 8 & 10, and 12, 13, 15 & 17 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Weekdays and 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturdays

Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth Street, Santa Monica

The Center for Civic Mediation (a non-profit division of the LA County Bar Association) will be conducting a mediation training. The course, which begins August 6th, is a 30-Hour Basic Mediation Training, worth 26.75 hours of CLE (including 2.75 Ethics, and 1 Bias credits). It is fully DRPA compliant and provides a solid foundation in mediation for attorneys and laypersons wishing to enter the field. 

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Legal Interpretation & Translation Orientation Class

Saturday, September 7, at 9:00am  

Cal State Fullerton, 800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton  

Hear more about the Spanish/English Interpretation & Translation programs and have an opportunity to speak with experts currently employed in the field. Register online or call Student Services at 657-278-2611.
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Orange County Annual Red Mass

Monday, October 7 at 6:00pm
Holy Family Cathedral, 566 South Glassell Street, Orange 

On behalf of Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, the St. Thomas More Society of Orange County cordially invites all judges, attorneys, law professors, students, other members of the legal profession, and family and friends to gather together to celebrate the Orange County Annual Red Mass. Beautiful choral music will be performed by de Angelis Vocal Ensemble.
A complimentary dinner and reception will follow Mass. At the dinner reception, we will be honoring Ken Babcock of the Public Law Center.
Click here for more information about the history of the Red Mass and past sponsors.
For more information about this year's Red Mass, please contact Bill Malecki at
For sponsorship opportunities for this year's Red Mass, please contact Fabio Cabezas at

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Job & Volunteer Opportunities
Pro-Bono Opportunities for Attorneys
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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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Organization Description
The Public Law Center (PLC), Orange County's non-profit pro bono law firm, is committed to providing access to justice for low-income residents. Through volunteers and staff, PLC provides free civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices. Now in its 32nd year of service, PLC works with more than 1,300 volunteer lawyers, paralegals and law students from throughout the county who volunteer their time and expertise.



  • Active membership in the California State Bar; Minimum five (5) years' experience in the practice of law
  • Experience litigating cases in state or federal court, including legal research, writing, negotiation, law and motion, discovery, trial, and appellate work
  • Demonstrated ability in the development of strategies to resolve complex problems with a broad impact on the community
  • Experience supervising lawyers and/or law students
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with volunteer lawyers and law students;
  • Ability to take initiative and work under pressure with limited supervision
  • Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Vietnamese a strong plus
  • Must have own transportation, valid CA Driver's license, and good driving record

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement the vision and goals of PLC's Housing Unit
  • Organizational leadership to ensure the continued growth and success of PLC
  • Supervise attorney, administrative assistant and law student staff members
  • In coordination with the Director of Litigation develop and execute strategies, including policy advocacy and impact
  • Work collaboratively with other legal services providers, community groups, and government officials
  • Develop local and state policies addressing housing issues
  • Oversee case referrals and provide support to volunteer attorneys and law students
  • Staff, coordinate and supervise legal clinics and trainings
  • Represent PLC at legal networking and community outreach events
  • Occasional evening and weekend work required
  • Other duties as assigned

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary dependent on experience
  • Excellent benefits provided

Please submit Resume, Cover Letter and Writing Sample (10 pages or less) to:
Christian Abasto, PLC, 601 W Civic Center Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92701 or

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