Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2013,
No. 11

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

President's Message   

By: Mayte Santacruz, 2013 HBA President   


November is here!  The month of Thanksgiving is already here, and we have so much to be thankful for this year.

Our first Thank You goes out to all the candidates that are running for a leadership position in this year's Board of Directors and Officer Elections.  Thank You for wanting to join us in making a difference in our community.  Our second Thank You is for all of the members who have voted already.  If you haven't done so, you still have time.  The election ends TODAY at noon.  Make sure to vote!  We will announce the results at our upcoming Holiday Party on Thursday, December 5, at Avila's El Ranchito in Santa Ana (see below for details).  It will be a fun way to celebrate the holiday season, thank the outgoing members of the Board, and meet the 2014 leadership.  Join us!
And last, but not least, Thank You to the Orange County community for all your support in our endeavors.  Special Thank You to all of our sponsors this year.  The Board is tremendously Thankful for the work we were able to carry out this year with your invaluable support.  
On behalf of the Board and the entire organization, Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Mayte
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The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County Presents Ambergris Caye, Belize, 2014

Xtan-HA Hotel, Ambergris Caye, Belize 2014
An OCBA Continuing Legal Education Travel Seminar
May 22 - 26, 2014 (Flight departs May 21st evening )



5 Days/4 Nights at Xtan-Ha Hotel in Ambergris Caye, Belize
Includes Roundtrip Airfare
All for the incredible HBA member price of
(plus air taxes and fees of $372.15*, subject to change at the time of ticketing)
A $450.00 Nonrefundable deposit must be received by Dec 15, 2013
Space is limited and subject to availability on a first come, first serve basis.

The seminar fees include 8 hours of CLE credit, syllabus materials and light refreshments. Seminar topics/speakers to be announced. (This activity is approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of CA in the amount of 8.0 hours, as appropriate to the content of the activity. OCBA certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing MCLE.)

**Price is per person and based on double occupancy. Single supplement on Standard Garden View room is an additional: $441.00; Child (under 12 yrs. as of date of departure) please call. Payments with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, AX or Discovery only) pay regular rate which is an additional fee of $75.00 per person over standard package price. Travel insurance NOT included. Upgraded airline seats and upgraded rooms are available for an additional price. Please see registration form for this information. Flight from Belize city to Ambergris Caye is approx 20 minutes in commuter flights of Max 12 Passengers per flight.

IMPORTANT: Your $450.00 deposit is Non-Refundable regardless of circumstance. We highly suggest purchasing travel insurance which is not included in your package price. Space is limited and is on a first come first served basis. Upgraded rooms and airfare are available but limited. Prices are listed for upgrades on the registration form.

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Free Citizenship Workshop: Volunteers Welcome!

Thursday, November 14 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Lynwood Unified School District, 11321 Bullis Rd, Lynwood 

Community Lawyers, Inc. welcomes any volunteers that are interested in helping out for at least 2 hours whether they are attorneys or non-attorneys. No prior experience is needed for non-attorneys but please inform the coordinator, whose information is below, so you may be scheduled for a short training. Your commitment to the work that we do will go a long way to making this event a success. Please contact Judith Sandoval of Community Lawyers, Inc. at  

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MALDEF 2013 Los Angeles Awards Gala

Thursday, November 14. Reception at 6:00pm, and Dinner & Award Program at 7:00pm
The Westin Bonaventure, 404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles

Paying Tribute to the Work and Achievements of: Lupe Ontiveros (Posthumous Award), American Film and Television Actress; Josť R. Padilla, Executive Director, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.; Paul Schrade, Union and Community Organizer, RFK-12 Community Task Force. For more Information, please contact Stephanie Lorea at or call (213) 629-2512, Ext 143 

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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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OCAABA's Annual Dim Sum Event

Saturday, December 7 from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Capital Seafood, 85 Fortune Drive #329, Irvine

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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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