Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2014,
No. 03

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

Thank You For Standing With The HBA    

By: Diana Lopez, HBA President   


On the 1st of this month we celebrated, really celebrated the HBA, its past, present and future. We announced the creation of the Past President's Council and I want to thank all of the past presidents for participating and continuing their support of the HBA -  long past their presidencies; and for marking the creation of the Council with an $8,500 contribution to the Wally Davis Scholarship Fund! If any of you would like to join them, please donate here.

We also awarded an unprecedented $40,000 in scholarships to four outstanding local Latino law students. Thanks to each of the over 400 in attendance, I was able to reach my goal to increase that amount to $50,000 next year! I want to thank the members of the bar, judges, and friends of the HBA for standing with us and with me, helping me reach my goal, and helping me carry this great organization to another level.

Each of our awardees and our keynote speaker inspired us and connected us - our humanity and our legal minds. Thank you to all our sponsors for your continued support and we hope to continue to do great things in the legal profession and in advancement of the HBA's Mission.

ˇMuchas Gracias!


View photos from the 2014 Installation Dinner

Three members of the OCHBA Board of Directors were named  

2014 "Rising Stars" by Super Lawyers    


Past President, Jose Gonzalez of Berman More Gonzalez, president-elect Rafael Nendel-Flores of Ogletree Deakins and current president Diana Lopez of Law Offices of Diana Lopez were named to this highly-selective list, which is reserved for attorneys who display excellence in the practice of law. This recognition, which takes into account professional achievements and peer recognition, is granted to no more than 2.5% of all nominees. Jose, Rafael and Diana's selection is a testament to the high level of contributions they have had in the legal profession. The OC HBA commends these exceptional legal professionals for serving as shining representatives of our organization.
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OC HBA Mentor Program
Golf Event
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!



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.
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

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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.
Chapman University Fowler School of Law's Public Interest Law Foundation 2014 Silent Auction and Gala
Thursday, March 27 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Celebrations by Turnip Rose, 1901 Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa
Join us for the Chapman University Fowler School of Law's Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) 2014 Silent Auction and Gala honoring the dedicated work of our students and community leaders in public interest law. Proceeds from the dinner and auction will support PILF's public interest summer jobs grant program.
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Latino Law Student Association's Annual Judges and Lawyers Night
Thursday, March 27 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm

TGF - Town & Gown, 665 Exposition Blvd (University of Southern California), Los Angeles

Judges and Lawyers Night is an annual event where students, professionals, and members of the community network and socialize in the collegial atmosphere of Town & Gown. It is also a night where we, the members of USC's Latino Law Students Association, recognize esteemed members of our alumni network and community.
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Public Law Section, The State Bar of California Reception For
New Lawyers And Students On Pursuing Public Service Careers

Wednesday, April 2 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm

UC Irvine School of Law, Room MPAA 420, 401 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine 

The Public Law Section's Executive Committee is hosting a reception in Irvine for new lawyers and students, which will include complimentary refreshments. The panel will be discussing their careers dedicated to public service and the qualities they look for when hiring. RSVP to  with the subject "RSVP for Public Law Reception" by March 26, 2014 (include your address and phone number). Seating is Limited.

HNBA Tennis & Golf Classic
Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13
Pacific Palms Resort, One Industry Hills Parkway, City of Industry
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Erika Lopez-Tello, HNBA Events Director, at
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Job & Volunteer Opportunities
Pro-Bono Opportunities for Attorneys
View all current pro-bono opportunities here >
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

View the current PLC case list
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!
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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
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