Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2014,
No. 10
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October 2014

President's Message     

By: Diana Lopez, HBA President   


A lot has happened since our last newsletter! We announced we are going to Nicaragua for our 2015 CLE Memorial Weekend Trip. We honored the accomplished Maria Hernandez at our Annual Judges BBQ, click here for pictures if you missed it!

We also opened nominations for elections to the 2015 Board of Directors. Come meet the candidates at our Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead Mixer. Please be sure to vote! If you are not a member, you cannot vote - so become a member now!


In The News
HBA Proudly Endorses Its Immediate Past President Mayte Santacruz For OCBA Board of Director
HBA's immediate past president Mayte Santacruz is running for one of the four open seats on the OCBA Board Election.  The HBA is proud to endorse her candidacy for the upcoming OCBA election.  The OCBA online election opened on October 1, 2014 and will close on October 21, 2014 at 2:20pm.  Please consider voting for Mayte and help us spread the word!  Click here to learn more information about Mayte Santacruz.  To vote on the election, click on the following link:  For questions about the election, please contact the OCBA at (949) 440-6700 ext. 121.

The HBA Endorses Solange Ritchie for OCBA Secretary

Solange has provided 16 years of dedicated service to the OCBA and has served on OCBA Board of Directors since 2005. She has served as President of OCAABA, OCWLA, and an Inns of Court and continues to actively support and/or have board involvement in the following affiliate bars: HBA, OCWLA, OCAABA, OCTLA, OC Celtic Bar and CWL. Solange also received this year's Meyer J. Sankary Award which is the California State Bar's Solo and Small Firm Section's highest award for dedicated service to the bar. She also has received the endorsement of the OC Asian American Bar Assn., the OC Celtic Bar Assn., the OC Hispanic Bar Association, the OC Korean American Bar Association, the OC Bar Foundation and Newport Harbor Bar Association. Click here to learn more about Solange
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Spanish-Speaking Volunteers Needed For 
Upcoming Citizenship Fair

Training Date 
Monday, October 20, 2014 
Registration at 5:30 pm and Program from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

UC Irvine School of Law
401 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Details will be sent in a separate confirmation email.

Clinic Date
Saturday, October 25, 2014 
9:00 am - 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
North Orange County Community College District
1830 W. Romneya Drive, Anaheim, CA 92801
Details will be sent in a separate confirmation email.

No experience in immigration is needed.
Translators will be available for non-Spanish speaking volunteers.

Any interested volunteer attorneys or law students should contact Yesenia Sandoval from the Public Law Center at

Click Here to Register  


Join or Renew Today To Enjoy Membership Benefits Now Through 2015!
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 and 2015!  With the annual election and the holidays approaching, this is an excellent opportunity to get involved, vote, and participate in our holiday events at our discounted member rate.

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

Renew Now:

Thank you for your support!

Leo Presiado, Board Member & John Migliarini, CFO
Membership Committee Co-Chairs
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.
OC Women Lawyers Association Annual Gala
Thursday, October 23 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660


Celebrating the 2014 Judge of the Year Orange County Superior Court Presiding Judge Glenda Sanders, Attorney of the Year Joan Huckabone Mayer and President's Awardee Steven R. Young.

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Advanced Mediation Skills Practicum (18 MCLE hours - 3 Ethics, 1 Bias)
October 30, November 1 & 3 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1055 West 7th Street, Suite 2700, Los Angeles, CA 90017
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Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund's 21st Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, November 6 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Hilton Anaheim, 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802

The event will honor the Honorable Frances Munoz and Ruben Smith, Esq. with the HEEF Visionary Award.

Black tie optional. RSVP to John Palacio, 949-553-4202, ext. 28 or


HEEF's goal is to enhance educational opportunities and to improve students' educational expectations and opportunities. The Fund is a resource to academically talented Hispanic/Latino youth that need to overcome financial barriers to complete a college degree. As of 2013, HEEF has awarded over 1,690 student scholarships.

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8th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference Diversity Reception
Thursday, November 6 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
JW Marriott L.A. Live, 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

This reception will provide a forum for attorneys to network and share stories and experiences from across the management, employee/plaintiff, union and government bars. 

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CRF-OC 2014 Mock Trial Competition - Volunteer Opportunity
November 13, 18 and 20 or December 2
The Constitutional Rights Foundation Orange County ("CRF-OC") is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to providing civics education programs for Orange County youth, including our annual mock trial competition.  More than 30 high schools typically compete, involving more than 1,000 students.
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US Mexico Sister Cities Association Annual Conference
February 27 and 28
Riverside Convention Center, 3637 5th St, Riverside, CA 92501

The conference will bring together hundreds of business, academic, government and community representatives from both sides of the border.

For more information, please contact Arturo Torres at
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Job & Volunteer Opportunities
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County is a non-profit that trains and supervises community volunteers to mentor and advocate for children in the foster care system. Over 50% of the children that CASA is currently servicing identify as Hispanic/Latino, but less than 10% of our volunteer base identify as Hispanic/Latino. CASA and the CASA Hispanic Advisory Council is looking for more Hispanic/Latino volunteers to donate 10-15 hours a month to help one of the over 160 children on our wait list who are in the foster care system. For more information please visit or contact the Director of Community Relations at 714-619-5155 or
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