Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2014,
No. 02

In this issue...
Community Calendar & News
Job/Volunteer Opportunities
February 2014

President's Message   

By: Diana Lopez, HBA President   


I'd like to start by thanking everyone who has helped kick off my first month as HBA president.  As an HBA member since law school, I am excited for the opportunity to give back a portion of what the organization has given to me over the years.

As many of you know, the principal way the HBA is able to provide the programs and scholarships that we do is from the funds raised during our annual scholarship dinner. This year's dinner is less than 3 weeks away and I'd like to personally invite you to RSVP here: 36th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser and Installation Dinner.

The dinner has so much to offer, from a fabulous silent auction to tequila toasting with friends and colleagues. Come meet the Wally Davis Scholars and be inspired by our honorees and Keynote Speaker.  As if that weren't reason enough to join us, we will be ending the night with live music and dancing!  Don't miss out on the fun!

I'd like to personally thank the members of this year's Dinner Committee:

Ivan U. Cisneros, The Cisneros Law Firm
Maria Cobarrubias, Valencia & Associates APC
Carlos X. Colorado, Eagan Avenatti, LLP
Erica M. Diaz, AlvaradoSmith
Eric Dominguez, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP
Albert Durazo, Matles Insurance Agency, Inc.
Peter Espinoza, Advanced Discovery
Lyo Figueroa, Fontes|Figueroa Law Group, APC
Aaron Flores, Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah
Norma Garcia Guillen, Garcia Sullivan & Lopez
Steffi Gascón Hafen, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
Diana Gonzalez, Fontes|Figueroa Law Group, APC
Jose González, Berman More Gonzalez
Karin Khan, Myers Lin LLP
Connie Louis
Monica E. Lukoschek, U.S. Immigration Law Group, LLP
Thomas Miller, Advanced Depositions
Rafael G. Nendel-Flores, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Darrell P. White, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

A very special thank you to all of our amazing sponsors this year, listed at the bottom of this email, but the most important contributors to the HBA Scholarship Fund.  Because of your tremendous generosity, we are able to award $40,000 in scholarships to our Wally Davis Scholars this year.  It's not too late to join this year's effort to award an even bigger number next year! If you are interested in attending, contributing, or donating a silent auction item, please visit or write to for additional information.

I'd also like to give a special shout out to our friends at Advanced Discovery for sending out the membership renewals you will be receiving soon.  It is in large part due to wonderful members like yourself, that the OCHBA can to do all the great work we do, and have the impact we have. For those of you who don't want to wait for the snail mail, you can do so today by clicking here RENEW NOW!



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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 )
Registration Deadline Extended to February 15!



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 February 15, 2014.
Space is limited and subject to availability on a first come, first serve basis.


Subject to final Senate confirmation, Justice Moreno will be hosting us at the Embassy and Historic Ambassador's Home for breakfast and a CLE the morning of our arrival.

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.

Join Now!
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

Renew Now:
Pay Now

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.
Lex Romana Installation Dinner
Tuesday, February 11 at 6:00pm Networking/Social Hour and 7:00pm Dinner
Antonello Ristorante, 3800 South Plaza Drive, Santa Ana
Payment and advance RSVP is required for Dinner. $45 members/$50 non-members and pay at door. Please RSVP to by February 7.
Celebration of The Life of Grace E. Emery
Saturday, February 22 from 2:00pm to 4:00 pm
The Home of Catherine Holland, 1635 Reef View Circle, Corona del Mar
RSVP by February 15.
UCLA School Of Law Ninth Annual Law Firm Diversity Reception
Wednesday, February 26 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
UCLA Faculty Center
Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Attendance is complimentary. RSVP to Elizabeth Franco at (310) 825-0699 or
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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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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
Job Opportunities for Attorneys - New Opportunities Posted!
View current job opportunities for OC HBA members here >

United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Appellate Section
Deputy Chief, GS-15
Announcement Number: 14-ATT-001

Assistant Lead Attorney, Children Special Investigation Unit (CSIU)
Filling period: February 4, 2014 - Until the needs are met

U.S. Department of Justice Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney's Office Northern District of California (Criminal Division) Salary: $60,854 to $157,00 Opening and Closing date: February 5, 2014 to February 14, 2014 Announcement Number 14-NDCA-02-E (Criminal) Resumes must be postmarked by February 14, 2014.

U.S. Department of Justice Assistant
United States Attorney United States Attorney's Office Northern District of California (Civil Division) Salary: $60,854 to $157,00 Opening and Closing date: February 5, 2014 to February 14, 2014 Announcement Number 14-NDCA-01-E (Civil) Resumes must be postmarked by February 14, 2014.
2014 Sponsors

Duarte & Associates

Advanced Discovery / Advanced Depositions
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Sayre & Levitt, LLP
So Cal Edison
Union Bank
US Bank

Aitken Aitken Cohn
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Berman More Gonzalez
Judicate West
Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi
Malcolm & Cisneros
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
Valencia & Associates APC
weintraub | tobin
Western State College of Law

Best Best & Krieger LLP
Fisher & Phillips
Fontes | Figueroa Law Group, APC
Garcia Sullivan & Lopez LLP
Lopez Law Corporation
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Snell & Wilmer
Whittier Law School

Special Sponsors
Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc.

JAMS, Inc.
Jose González
Matles Insurance Agency, Inc.
Regal Court Reporting