Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2015,
No. 1
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January 2015

President's Message     

By: Rafael G. Nendel-Florez, HBA President   


It is a distinct honor to serve as the OCHBA's president for 2015.  I look forward to being a good steward of this amazing organization that has accomplished so much throughout its history.  My goal as president is to continue and strengthen what I believe to be the OCHBA's core mission.  The first facet of this core mission is, of course, Access to the legal profession.  We need to continue to do more to open the doors of the legal profession.  The second facet of this core mission is Service to the community as attorneys, mentors and community leaders.  The third facet of this core mission is Success.  We need to provide our members with the necessary tools and support that will allow them to provide premier client service whether the client is an individual with limited financial resources or a large Fortune 500 company with vast financial resources.  
In keeping with the OCHBA's core mission of Access, our 37th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser and Installation Dinner will take place on March 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County.  Due to the generous contributions of our supporters, we will be giving $50,000 in scholarships to five inspiring Hispanic law students.  The OCHBA's Dinner Committee and the full OCHBA Board are working very hard to make the this year's dinner a success.   If you have not already made a decision to sponsor or attend this year's dinner, I urge you to do so right away.  Early sponsorship and attendance commitments are critical to our dinner's success.  If you have any questions about this year's dinner, feel free to call me at 714-800-7981 or email me at
Finally, as we make our way into the new year, I am reminded of this year's "Authors of Our Destiny" dinner theme.  The new year gives each of us an opportunity to author a new and improved chapter in our lives whether it be personal or professional.   In our personal lives, we have an opportunity to say "Thank You" to those who support us.  Those of us with children have an opportunity to, despite our hectic professional lives, recommit ourselves to giving our children top priority.   In our professional lives, we have the opportunity to author a new course if we are falling short of our professional goals.  Additionally, the new year gives us an opportunity to find new ways to give back to a nation that has given us so much whether it be through philanthropy or simply donating our time.  As a prior US President once said "We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."
Thank you for your continued support of the OCHBA and I look forward to working with all of you in 2015!  

In The News
Historic Meeting of Latina Judges

Honorable Frances Munoz (Ret.), Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange and Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

By Judge Frederick P. Aguirre


The annual convention of the National Association of Women Judges which was held on October 18, 2014 in San Diego, CA was the site of the historic meeting of two of our nation's most prominent judges of Latino heritage - the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Honorable Frances Munoz (Ret.), Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange.


Justice Sotomayor, the keynote speaker at the event, is our country's first United States Supreme Court Justice of Latino ancestry. In 2009 she was appointed to our highest tribunal by President Obama. The Yale Law School graduate served as a U.S. District Court Judge and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge prior to her confirmation by the U.S. Senate.


Judge Munoz (Ret.) was the first Latina trial court judge in the nation. On January 25, 1978 she was appointed to the Orange County Municipal court bench by Governor Jerry Brown. In 1998 she became a Superior Court judge and served until her retirement in 2001. Judge Munoz (Ret.) continues to serve on assignment in the Orange County Superior Court. Before her judicial service, the Southwestern University School of Law graduate practiced as a deputy public defender in Orange County.


On a historical note, the first Latina trial court judge in the state of New York is the Honorable Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick (Ret.) who was named to the New York City Criminal Court bench by New York City Mayor Ed Koch on May 30, 1978. She later served as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court and as an Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state of New York, retiring in 2012. In New Mexico, the first Latina jurist is the Honorable Patricia A. Madrid (Ret.) who was elected to the district court bench in January, 1979 and later served as the Attorney General of the State of New Mexico until 2007.



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Save the date: 2015 Installation Dinner
The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County Presents Montelimar, Nicaragua, 2015
ALL-INCLUSIVE Barcelo Casino Hotel & Resort, Montelimar, Nicaragua 2015
An OCBA Continuing Legal Education Travel Seminar
May 21- 25, 2015
(Flight departs May 21st at 1am)

5 Days/4 Nights  
at Barcelo All-Inclusive Hotel in Montelimar, Nicaragua 
Includes Roundtrip Airfare

All for the incredible HBA member price of

(plus air taxes and fees of $112.60*, subject to change at the time of ticketing)
A $450.00 Nonrefundable deposit must be received by December 15, 2014
Space and room types are limited and subject to availability on a first come, first serve basis.

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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.
English/Spanish Interpreters Introductory Course
Saturday, February 7 from 9am to 12pm
Fullerton, Steven G. Mihaylo Hall, 1406

Program Orientation is required for both fields of emphasis, Legal and Healthcare. This course provides an overview of the translation and interpretation industry, including insights into employment opportunities. Experts currently employed in the field interact with participants in a lengthy question and answer session. Questions? Contact Veronica Martinez, or (657) 278-3123,
Mardi Gras Night with the OC Women Lawyers Association 
Tuesday, February 17 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, The District, 2550 Park Ave, Tustin


Dinner is included. A no-host bar will be available.

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Job & Volunteer Opportunities
Job Opportunities for Attorneys - New Opportunities Posted!
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California State University University Counsel
California State University's Office of General Counsel seeks an attorney to serve as University Counsel at the Chancellor's Office in Long Beach. University Counsel will have responsibility for various system-wide matters and will be responsible to serve as a subject matter expert in one or more areas of law, provide and coordinate legal services to assigned campuses and give advice, coordinate with others with expertise, and handle administrative hearing and manage litigation. Candidates must be graduates of an ABA-accredited law school, members of California State Bar, have at least five years of legal practice, superior verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to develop and implement effective strategies for handling complex University legal issues. Statewide travel is required.
Candidates must apply on-line at Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed, but priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by January 28, 2015. When applying, be ready to upload your resume. After registering on-line, you must send the following documents by e-mail to (1) cover letter highlighting the depth of your litigation/trial experience or legal experience; (2) salary history; and (3) two recent writing samples, including at least one significant motion or brief.
Salary commensurate with experience and the public nature of employment. The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is an Equal Employment Opportunity/ADA employer. Requisition #1011784.
Pro-Bono Opportunities for Attorneys
View all current pro-bono opportunities here >
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
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
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