Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2016,
No. 01  
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February 2016
President's Message     
By: Lyo Figueroa, HBA President   
As new HBA president, I would first like to thank you, the undying supporter of the HBA. As incoming president I look forward to the invaluable guidance of past presidents and the support of our board to keep the HBA focused on our goals and especially that of providing scholarships to our new generation of attorneys. I am eager to lead our organization and continue our efforts to make a difference in the Orange County community. I am especially excited about our upcoming Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Installation Dinner on March 5, 2016 as this year marks the 38th anniversary of the HBA's Annual Dinner.

For 38 years, the HBA has been committed to promoting access to education and raising the next generation of HBA leaders and Latino lawyers in Orange County.  This year's dinner is only one week away and I invite you to join us, it is not too late, you can purchase your tickets here: if you have any questions or need more information, feel free to write to us at This year's dinner will be a little different from previous years as this year it will be a Monte Carlo Night, including two-hours of Monte Carlo style gambling, followed by our dinner and program including entertainment by La Sonora Dinamita. We hope you join the more than 500 judges, attorneys, community leaders and supporters who we expect in attendance. The annual Wally Davis Scholarships the HBA provides would not be possible without your support and for that we thank you!

2016 will be a great year for the HBA, please visit to renew your membership and participate in the many events we have planned for this year.

Thank you for allowing me the honor of leading our organization this year, I look forward to seeing all of you at next week's dinner and all the upcoming events of the year.


  The HBA Annual Dinner is only two weeks away...
Do not forget to RSVP!
  You are cordially invited to attend the OC HBA's
38th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Installation Dinner

Saturday, March 5, 2016
5:00 Casino Fundraising & VIP Reception
7:00 Dinner Program
9:00 Dancing with La Internacional Sonora Dinamita

Irvine Marriott Hotel
18000 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612

The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County Presents:   
Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Panama 2016
An OCBA/HBA Continuing Legal Education Travel Seminar
May 26th to May 30th
5 Days/4 Nights at Gamboa Rainforest Resort in Panama
Includes Roundtrip Nonstop Airfare LAX-Panama City-LAX
All for the incredible HBA member price of $1298.00**
(Plus air taxes and fees of $256.00*, subject to change at the time of ticketing)
A $500.00 Nonrefundable deposit must be received
by February 15, 2016

Space and room types are limited and subject to availability on a first come, first serve basis.

Cash discounted price of $1298.00, plus air taxes/fuel/security charges and fees (currently $256.00, subject to change) per person includes: Roundtrip airfare on
Copa Airlines for non-stop direct flight from LAX-Panama City-LAX, transfers for Panama City Airport to Gamboa Resort (Approx. 1 hour ), 4 nights at  Gamboa Rainforest Resort in a Standard, Daily Breakfast and some HBA events.

IMPORTANT: Your $500.00 deposit is Non-Refundable regardless of circumstance. We highly suggest purchasing travel insurance which is not included in your package price. Space is limited and is on a first come first  served basis. Upgraded rooms and airfare are available but limited. Prices are listed for upgrades on the registration form.

The seminar fees include 8 hours of CLE credit, syllabus materials and light refreshments. Seminar topics/speakers to be announced, (This activity is approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of CA in the amount of 8.0 hours, as appropriate to the content of the activity. OCBA certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing MCLE.)

For complete itinerary and registration details, please contact:
Robert White at Festival Travel & Tours
120 S. Chaparral Court, Suite # 160 Anaheim Hills, CA 92808
(714) 221-6381 e-mail:
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Volunteer Opportunity for Attorneys & Law Students: Naturalization 
Clinic Date - Saturday, February 27, 2016
9:00 am - 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
North Orange County Community College District, 1830 West Romneya Drive, Anaheim
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UCLA School Of Law 11th Annual Law Firm Diversity Reception    
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095 
Social Justice Symposium  
Thursday, March 3, 2016
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chapman University School of Law, 1 University Dr, Orange, CA 92866
Room 237

Blinded Justice: A Discussion About Whether the Legal System Values and Protects Diverse Communities
Lunch and dinner will be provided
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OCBA Spring Member Mixer   
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
TAPS Fish House & Brewery, 13390 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA

Join members of the Bench and Bar for an evening of socializing and networking. (Don't forget to bring your business cards!) Attendees will enjoy gourmet appetizers, refreshing beverages, door prizes, and more. This popular Mixer sells out, so sign up early! 
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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