Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2014,
No. 07 
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July 2014

President's Message     

By: Diana Lopez, HBA President   


I hope you are all enjoying your summer! Don't miss our End of Summer Mixer at the Historic Yost Theatre in Downtown Santa Ana on August 22, 2014. Please RSVP here!


You won't want to miss this fun event which is hosted by multiple bar organizations including OC Asian American Bar Association, OC Trial Lawyers Association, OC Celtic Bar Association, Lex Romana, Thurgood Marshall Bar Association and the OC Jewish Bar Association.


See you there!


The HBA and Legal Community At Large is Saddened by the Passing of Raymond G. Alvarado

Ray was one of the founders of AlvaradoSmith and a long-standing, respected member of the legal community in Southern California. Ray began practicing law in 1972 when he opened his first law firm that for many years was known as Alvarado, Rus & McClellan. In 1993, Ray realized his dream of establishing a minority owned law firm when he, along with Ruben Smith and two other partners, formed the firm now known as AlvaradoSmith, which remains the largest diversely-owned law firm based in California. Throughout his years with AlvaradoSmith, Ray was passionately committed to the advancement of diverse firms in the legal community, as reflected by his extensive involvement with the California Minority Counsel Program. In addition to his commitment to his profession, Ray gave tirelessly of himself to educational, civic, and youth organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club, youth sports, and high school moot court competitions. Apart from his professional success, Ray was a well-recognized, contemporary artist whose paintings can be found throughout Orange County, including in the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana. Ray and his firm, AlvaradoSmith is a longtime supporter of the HBA. In recognition of his contributions to the community and, in particular, his commitment to higher education for our youth, AlvaradoSmith established the Raymond G. Alvarado Scholarship Fund.

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'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.
US-Mexico Bar Association & Bryan Cave LLP Complimentary CLE Luncheon
Thursday, July 24 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Bryan Cave LLP, 3161 Michelson Drive, Suite 1500, Irvine, CA 92612


Please join the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association and Bryan Cave LLP for a complimentary luncheon and CLE presentation on real estate investments in Mexico. All attendees will qualify for 1.0 hour of California CLE. For more information or to RSVP, please see the invitation or contact Mackie Wood at or (310) 576-2346.
California Minority Counsel Program's Annual OC Reception: Celebrating 25 years!
Monday, July 28 from 5:30 - 8:00pm; Program at 6:00pm
McCormick & Schmick's, 2000 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614

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St. Thomas More Society Attorney & Law Student Beer Tasting Mixer
Thursday, July 31 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Valient Brewery Company, 2294 N. Batavia St., Unit C, Orange, CA 92865


STMSOC and Valiant Brewing Company invite judges, attorneys, and law students to join us for faith, fellowship, and fun as we sample choice brew with Fr. Hugh. Enjoy craft beer and snacks, and get to know other members of the Catholic legal community.

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Bullying Occurs Everyday at Schools in Our Community: What Families Want to Know...
Volunteer Training on Thursday, August 14 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
ADL Office, 1201 Dove Street, Suite 550, Newport Beach, CA 92660

ADL, in partnership with the Orange County Jewish Bar and Orange County Hispanic Bar Associations, is offering a FREE workshop for families to identify and address bullying when it occurs. Become a trained volunteer-help families respond to bullying. Contact Heather Rhein to register for training: or 949-679-3771.
Orange County Annual Red Mass
Monday, October 6 at 6:00pm
Holy Family Cathedral, 566 South Glassell Street, Orange, CA 92866

On behalf of Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, the St. Thomas More Society of Orange County cordially invites all judges, attorneys, law professors, students, other members of the legal profession, and family and friends to gather together to celebrate the Orange County Annual Red Mass. A complimentary dinner and reception will follow Mass. Click here for more information about the history of the Red Mass. To be a Red Mass sponsor or donor, please click on the following link,

For more information about this year's Red Mass, please contact Bill Malecki at
For sponsorship opportunities for this year's Red Mass, please contact Fabio Cabezas at
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Job & Volunteer Opportunities
A veteran with prior combat service and a service-connected disability is in need of help reinstating his drivers' license. Please email if you can help!
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!
View current job opportunities for OC HBA members here >
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