Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2016,
No. 02   
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April 2016
President's Message     
By: Lyo Figueroa, HBA President   
Thank you! Myself, past presidents, the board and our members cannot thank you enough for having made our 38th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Installation Dinner a complete success. Our sponsors truly showed their support and helped our Dinner become one of the top fundraising HBA Dinners of all time, we cannot thank you enough. The Dinner was sold out and more than 500 judges, attorneys and community leaders enjoyed a Monte Carlo style night and danced the night away with La Sonora Dinamita. This event was a complete success, but it would not have been without your support, I invite you to enjoy the event pictures. For those of you who missed our Dinner this year, we hope you can join us at next year.

As we are in the subject of success, I would like to whole heartedly congratulate attorney M.C. Sungaila. M.C. was not only the recipient of the HBA Attorney of the Year Award last year, but has recently received her second consecutive California Lawyer of the Year Award (CLAY) for her work on a Ninth Circuit case. M.C. is truly an inspiration for our Hispanic attorneys and we are proud to have her as a part of our organization, congratulations and many more successes to come!

As our HBA Dinner is now passed us, our next big event is our Adventure MCLE Seminar in the Panamanian Jungle. There are still spots available, if you are up for a fun trip in beautiful Panama, please join us. For more information and details, please visit our website or email us at: .

2016 has started as a great year for our organization and it has been due to the commitment and support of all of our members. Our board, past presidents and I look forward to meet and engage with many of you at our upcoming events. Please remember to renew your membership if you have not done so, as many more exciting events are upcoming for the HBA.

Our board, past presidents and I look forward to meet and engage with you at our upcoming Spring Happy Hour on Tuesday April 12, 2016 at Karl Strauss in Costa Mesa. Join us for a fun evening of drinks, appetizers and networking.

Thank you for your continued support, hope to see all of you at our Spring Happy Hour. 


Join us for The OC Hispanic Bar Association's  
Spring Happy Hour

Admission includes appetizers & one drink ticket.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

At Karl Strauss
901 South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa

Go to to PAY IN ADVANCE! If you pay at the door, please add $5.

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Please contact us at with questions.

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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PLC Training + Volunteer Opportunity for Attorneys & Law Students: Naturalization - April 6   
Training Date
Wednesday, April 6
Registration: 5:30 pm; Program: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
UC Irvine School of Law, Room MPAA 430, 401 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine
Details will be sent in a separate confirmation email.
Clinic Date
Saturday, April 9
9:00 am - 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Southwest Senior Center, 2201 W McFadden Avenue, Santa Ana
Details will be sent in a separate confirmation email
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City of Santa Ana & OCCORD Citizenship Fair  
Saturday April 9th from 9am to 12pm
Southwest Senior Center, 2201 W McFadden Ave, Santa Ana

In partnership with the City of Santa Ana, the Orange County Labor Federation, the Public Law Center, and NALEO, OCCORD is proud to present a FREE Citizenship Fair. The Citizenship Fair will provide direct one-on-one assistance and is free of charge. Services include:
* Citizenship Application Assistance N-400
* Legal advice on the Naturalization Process
* Citizenship Courses
* Citizenship Educational Materials
* Photos for Citizenship Application
* Additional Information about DACA & DAP
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OCWLA Women Judges Reception   
Monday, April 11 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Whittier Law School, 3333 Harbor Boulevard, Costa Mesa
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OCBA Stop Hunger Now Meal-Packaging Event 
Saturday, April 16 from 10:30am to 12:3pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church, 13922 Prospect Ave, Santa Ana

The organization Stop Hunger Now will be holding a meal packing event. Their goal is to pack enough meals to fill a shipping container. This is the first time a "shipping container meal pack" event is being held in Southern California.
Volunteers will set up and take down packaging stations and equipment, fill bins with raw ingredients, scoop ingredients into meal bags, weigh and seal the bags, box and stack them on pallets, and load the pallets and equipment onto a truck.
The event is family-friendly. Children welcome. (Ages 6 and up.)

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Job & Volunteer Opportunities
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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