Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2015,
No. 2 
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February 2015

President's Message     

By: Rafael G. Nendel-Flores, HBA President   


As we head towards the end of February, I am reminded of how fast time goes by.  It feels like just yesterday I was helping my two girls Lorelei and Anneliese open up their Christmas presents.  Now, the OCHBA is in the very final stages of planning its 37th Annual Scholarship and Installation Dinner ("Annual Dinner") which will take place on March 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County and my older daughter Lorelei is having her "Frozen" themed birthday party at an ice staking rink on March 15, 2015.  As the learned philosopher Ferris Bueller once said: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."


Speaking of the OCHBA's Annual Dinner, if you have not already made plans to attend, it's not too late!  You can purchase tickets on this website or you can contact me at and we'll take care of you.  The Annual Dinner is a showcase for how far the Hispanic legal community has come and how unlimited our potential is.
I also continue to be impressed with the success of our OCHBA members.  For example, Javier F. Gutierrez was recently elected partner with his firm Stuart Kane LLP (see more in the In the News section below).  Given that Hispanics constitute less than 4% of the California Bar even though we compromise more than 40% of California's population, being elevated to partner at a prominent Southern California law firm is an impressive feat indeed.  Javier is a shining example of what we are all capable of.  Congratulations Javier!
Finally, in thinking about my two daughters and the wonderful role model that their mother has been for them, I also wanted to say a special "Thank You" to the amazing women in the OCHBA whose contributions to this organization are immeasurable.  A few examples include our immediate past President Diana Lopez, our current Secretary Maria Cobarrubias, the head for our Mentorship Committee Steffi Gascon Hafen, the co-chair for Trip Committee Yolanda Victoria Torres, the chair of our the Bylaws Committee Erica M. Diaz, and our Administrator Amelia Montgomery who does so much work for us behind the scenes.  If one needed to find powerful female role models, they need look no further than the OCHBA.
God Bless and I hope to all of you at our Annual Dinner!
In The News
Congratulations to Javier F. Gutierrez: Partner of Stuart Kane LLP

Javier F. Gutierrez

Stuart Kane LLP is pleased to announce Javier F. Gutierrez has become a partner of the firm. Javier's smart and strategic approach to real estate law provides clients with a competitive advantage in their industry. He helps clients acquire, finance, construct, lease, and dispose of real estate and other corporate assets. Javier's diverse practice includes all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including the drafting and negotiation commercial leases, operating agreements, purchase and sale agreements, reciprocal easement agreements, site development agreements and financing documents.


Javier received his J.D. from the University of Southern California and B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.  





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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.
Top Ten Do's and Dont's for Attorneys When Litigating in Court
Tuesday, March 10 from 10am to 5pm
The Bowers Museum, Fluor Family Gallery, 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana

Judge Franz Miller, Judge Lon Hurwitz and Judge Sherri Honer will discuss the top 10 do's and don'ts for attorneys to know when litigating, including courtroom candor, motion writing, and much more! Don't miss out on this important topic and get real insight from our distinguished panel! The presentation will include a catered lunch. One Hour General MCLE Credit.
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USC Judges and Lawyers Night  
Thursday, March 26 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
USC Town and Gown, 665 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles


Join us for a wonderful evening celebrating members of the Latino legal community.
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Job & Volunteer Opportunities
Job Opportunities for Attorneys - New Opportunities Posted!
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Pro-Bono Opportunities for Attorneys
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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 60% of the children that CASA is currently servicing identify as Hispanic/Latino, but less than 9% 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 120 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

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
2015 Sponsors

Event Sponsor
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Nadia Davis-Lockyer
Union Bank

Brown Rudnick LLP
Judicate West
Myers Berstein
Sedgwick LLP
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Advanced Discovery
Bill Lockyer Committee
Fontes | Figueroa Law Group, APC
Garcia Rainey Blank & Bowerbank LLP
Lopez Law Corporation
Law Offices of Maciel & Ayala, LLP/Law Office
of Juan A. Laguna/Valencia & Associates APC
Malcolm & Cisneros
Ogletree Deakins Diversity and Inclusion
Snell & Wilmer

Special Sponsors
JAMS, Inc.
Jose González
Matles Insurance Agency, Inc.