Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2014,
No. 04

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April 2014

President's Message     

By: Diana Lopez, HBA President   


Our first De Barranda / Bar Review of the year is almost here! Come celebrate 5 de Mayo  with us at Proof Bar in fun and picturesque downtown Santa Ana on May 1st. I know that I may owe one or two of you a shot of tequila from my text-to-donate announcement at the March 1st installation dinner - if so, come on by and I will pay my dues!

If you can't make it to that, join us on Saturday, April 26 as the HBA battles it out with other bar organizations at the Annual MABA Softball tournament - come help us make first place! (Or at least have some tacos and some fun with us).

Another option for you to come hang with us is at the May 3rd Naturalization Clinic. We still need volunteer attorneys!

Or if it tickles your fancy and you are in need of a last minute getaway - come with us to Belize for Memorial Weekend!! But you must hurry!

Hope to see you soon, at one of these upcoming events.


(or should I say - !Salud! - but you actually have to come visit us for that :) )

Congratulations to Immediate Past-President Mayte Santacruz    


The OCHBA congratulates Immediate Past-President Mayte Santacruz on accepting an Associate position with AlvaradoSmith. Mayte will utilize her significant experience in complex business litigation matters with the firm's commercial litigation, intellectual property and real property practice areas in addition to continuing her well-documented history of pro bono legal representation.
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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!



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

Renew Now:
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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.
Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development Citizenship Fair
Saturday, May 3 from 8:00am - 2:00pm
North Orange County Community College District, 1830 West Romneya Drive, Anaheim
Event Details and Registration Information
California Women Lawyers Annual Conference
Friday, May 16 from 8:30am - 7:30pm
DoubleTree Los Angeles Downtown, 120 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles
Event Details and Registration Information
Event Commemorating The 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
Saturday, May 17 at Registration 5:00pm; Dinner 5:30pm; Program 6:30pm
Chapman University, One University Drive, Beckman Hall, 4th Floor, Orange
Event Details and Registration Information
Business Seminar to Help Latinos Build their American Dreams
Wednesday, May 21 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

101 East Orangethorpe Avenue, West Auditorium, Anaheim 

Hosted by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff; Senator Mimi Walters; and, Board of Equalization Vice-Chair Michelle Steel. A legislative update will be provided on California's business environment. Spanish speaking representatives will be available for questions. For more questions please contact Arturo Garcia at 714-671-9474 or To RSVP please visit

Godinez Fundamental High School Senior Exit Interviews
Wednesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 22 from 7:30am to 10:00am

101 East Orangethorpe Avenue, West Auditorium, Anaheim 

Over 500 seniors have gathered a sample of work evidencing their completion of the California State Standards, along with a reflection on their high school years in portfolio form, and will present these to an interview panel. Panels will consist of Godinez staff members and community members which will evaluate our students' academic and personal achievements.

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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!
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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