Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2015,
No. 5 
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May 2015

President's Message     

By: Rafael G. Nendel-Flores, HBA President   


Happy May to everyone!  Summer is just right around the corner.  I am happy to report that our annual Cinco De Mayo Event was a big success.  We had great attendance and a number of distinguished judges attended.  Fortunately, the weather cooperated with our rooftop event.
I am also looking forward to our MCLE Seminar which will take the OCHBA to Nicaragua from May 21 through May 25.  I will be personally presenting a three hour MCLE on California employment law.  I'll do my best not to put folks to sleep :)
I also wanted to take a moment to commend American Apparel for its recent initiative to raise money for immigrants eligible for DACA and DAPA.  American Apparel recently unveiled a limited edition Immigration Integration t-shirt and has committed 20% of the proceeds from sales to local non-profits serving immigrants eligible for DACA and DAPA.  Not only is this the "right" thing to do, but it also demonstrates that supporting immigrants' rights makes good business and economic sense.  This is one of the few issues where folks, regardless of their political persuasion, should be able to come together in support of immigrants who want nothing more than the opportunity to work hard and achieve the American dream.
Finally, although the President election is still 17 months away, it is already clear that Hispanics will play a critical role in the presidential campaign.  On the Republican side, there are two declared Hispanic Candidates (Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio).  On the Democratic side, Amanda Renteria, a California native, is National Political Director for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and Emmy Ruiz will be in charge of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in Nevada.  Of course, Hispanic voters will play a critical role in swing states like Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Florida.

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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.
LACBA Advanced Mediation Skills Practicum (18 CLE hours)   
May 28, 30, & June 4th from 9am to 4pm daily in Downtown Los Angeles


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2015 Rooftop Brewfest Fundraiser
Friday, June 5 at 3161 Michelson Drive, Irvine
$35 per ticket


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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
weintraub | tobin

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.