Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2014,
No. 01

In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
January 2014
Diana Lopez,
2014 HBA President

President's Message   

By: Mayte Santacruz, 2013 HBA President   


Diana Lopez is the HBA's third Wally Davis Scholar to become the organization's President. A testament to the HBA's founders and leaders' vision, Diana represents everything our Wally Davis Scholarship was meant to celebrate: perseverance, talent and an unparalleled sense of justice in her practice of law.
Born and raised in Santa Ana, the first of four to immigrant parents, Diana has demonstrated that with resilience and determination, dreams do come true. Diana's dream of becoming a lawyer goes back years from participating in the Valley High School Mock Trial Team to making this dream a reality in 2009 upon graduating from Chapman University School of Law. Diana received the Wally Davis Scholarship in 2008, during her third year. Today, Diana manages her own firm, Lopez Law Corporation, working tirelessly to represent the interests of her under-served clients.
A trailblazer herself, Diana embodies this year's Installation and Fundraiser Dinner theme Honoring Our Trailblazers by Advancing Our Dreamers. Like Diana, who became the first member of her family to graduate from college and become an attorney, this year's honorees have pioneered their own path. The list of honorees includes Luis Rodriguez, first Latino State Bar President (Attorney of the Year) and Diane Nordby, first female HBA President (Francisco Briseņo Lifetime Achievement Award). This year Dinner's Keynote Speaker, Sergio Garcia, has become the first undocumented immigrant to be licensed to practice law in California. Diana is proud to share the stage with these extraordinary honorees who have fought long and hard, at times against extraordinary circumstances, to achieve their dreams.
Diana is excited about the year ahead. "I am excited to work alongside our longtime friends and the Orange County legal and civic community to make 2014 another great year for the HBA, and one where I hope the HBA is more visible on important social issues that affect our Latino community in Orange County," she said. "Please join us on March 1st at our Installation Dinner where we will honor four outstanding leaders and members of our community and award an unprecedented $40,000 in scholarships to four deserving Latino law students-who I hope continue the lineage of Wally Davis Scholars that become leaders of the HBA and our local community at large."

Please join me in welcoming our new President, Diana Lopez. We look forward to seeing the HBA continue to grow and be the vibrant organization it is today with Diana at the helm.

~ Mayte
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 )
Registration Deadline Extended to January 10!



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 January 10, 2014.
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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Join or Renew Today To Enjoy Membership Benefits Throughout 2014!

We would like to extend a special opportunity to become a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County.  New and renewing members will enjoy the benefits of membership throughout 2014!

We invite you to join today by completing the membership application available at

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Thank you for your support!

Jasmine Velazquez
Membership Committee Chair
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Community Calendar & News
'Community Calendar & News' is a courtesy bulletin board service provided by the HBA to its community partners.  The posters of these bulletins, not the HBA, are solely responsible for their content.  Unless otherwise noted, by publishing these billboard posts, the HBA does not endorse the views, services, products, causes, or candidates referenced therein.
An Event With Judge Macias and Judge Scott event at Chapman Law School
Tuesday, January 21 at 7:00 pm
Chapman University School of Law, 1 University Dr, Orange
A Latina/o Judge's Perspective. Guest Speakers Judge Elizabeth Macias and Judge Nathan Scott. Opening Remarks By Diana Lopez and Jose Gonzalez, current and former OCHBA Presidents, respectively. The event is free to the public and hors d'oeuvres and light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Hugo Ivan Salazar at 619-254-1261 or email:
"Chief: The Quest for Justice in California"
The Hon. Ronald M. George, Retired Chief Justice, Supreme Court of California In Conversation with Justice Richard M. Mosk, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division 5

Thursday, January 23 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
As Los Angeles' largest and oldest public forum, Town Hall Los Angeles provides a distinct voice that helps the greater Los Angeles community become better informed on timely issues, breakthrough developments and innovative trends. We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting public discussion of issues of regional, national and international significance. To learn more, visit us online at
Register online at: or call 213.628.8141.
Help OCAABA raise funds to support the vital medical mission of Doctors Without Borders in the Philippines
On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines destroying cities and towns, and killing thousands. TODAY, countless numbers are STILL homeless, without basic sanitation, and/or seeking medical care. Make a donation online at OCAABA's fundraising page:
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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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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
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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