Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2013,
No. 10

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

President's Message   

By: Mayte Santacruz, 2013 HBA President   


Last month's Annual Judges BBQ was a blast! Thank you to everyone who attended this event. Special thanks to Bette and Wylie Aiken for hosting the BBQ at their home this year and to our event sponsors Union Bank and Crowell & Moring for their continued support. Congratulations again to our Jurist of the Year, Orange County Superior Court Presiding Judge Thomas J. Borris, on this well-deserving honor. Pictures of this event are posted on our website.
Now that the Judges BBQ and our summer events are over, our focus will turn to the election of next year's Executive Officers and Board of Directors. The election will be at the end of this month. Nominations for the leadership positions have been submitted, and the candidates have been invited to attend our Dia de los Muertos Bar Review on October 29 (see details below) to introduce themselves to our members and announce their candidacy for office. The Orange County Bar Association is also holding elections this month. The HBA has endorsed HBA member Tirzah A. Lowe for OCBA Secretary and former HBA President Monica Lukoschek and former HBA Board Member Javier Rivera-Carbone for OCBA Board of Directors. Let your voice be heard by voting in the HBA and OCBA elections!

~ Mayte
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Center for Civic Mediation Advanced Mediation Skills Training
October 18, 19 & 25, 2013 from 9am to 4pm daily  

Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1055 west 7th Street, Suite 2700, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Combine this training with our 30-Hour Basic Mediation Training to fulfill the classroom training requirements of SCMA's Select-a-Mediator Service. Registration fee: $515 (Call for available discounts). 18 Hrs MCLE credit (3 Ethics & 1 Bias) Contact Andrew Culberson at 213 896-6536 or
Register Online here or call Member Services at 213 896-6550.
La Verne Bar Association Mixer

Wednesday, October 16 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
University of La Verne College of Law, 320 E D Street, Ontario

The purpose of this event is to introduce Southern California bar associations to La Verne Law's talented student body.
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Whittier Weekend

Saturday, October 19 at 12:30pm
Whittier College, 13406 Philadelphia St, Whittier

Please join Whittier Law School and Alumni for a homecoming tailgate party, football game and "weekend jam party".
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1st Annual Halloween Bash to Benefit The Public Law Center 
Thursday, October 24 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm 

Mesa, 725 Baker Street, Costa Mesa  

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1st Annual Halloween Bash Fundraiser
LLBA and the California Latino Judges Association invite you to join us for a reception to honor the newly appointed Latino Superior Court Judges

Saturday, November 2 from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Event will be held at a private residence in Orange County. Details will be provided to those who RSVP.  

Space is limited. For tickets visit Entry for all Judges is free. Please RSVP directly to
Border Angels' "Love Our Children" Annual Awards Dinner

Saturday, November 9 at 6:00pm
Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Avenue, San Diego   

Founded by Enrique Morones in 1986, Border Angels is a non-profit organization supporting humanity. The organization consists of extraordinary volunteers who want to stop unnecessary deaths of individuals traveling through the Imperial Valley desert areas and the mountain areas surrounding San Diego County, as well as the areas located around the United States and Mexican border. To purchase tickets, please contact Attorney Victor Torres at or (619) 232-8776.   

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Farewell Retirement Dinner for Judge John Nho Trong Nguyen 
Monday, November 18 at 5:30pm 

Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa  

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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.
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