Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2016,
No. 03    
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April 2016
President's Message     
By: Lyo Figueroa, HBA President   
Spring has arrived and has brought with it this wonderful weather for all of us to enjoy. Our spring Happy Hour was a great time and we were able to engage and spend a very enjoyable night with our fellow HBA members in the beautiful city of Costa Mesa.

As we enjoy the warmer weather we also get to celebrate great news and become a part of history as Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced that our currency will now include women and civil right leaders. This historic change will depict the first women to ever be on U.S. currency and will add the faces of great historical figures. Our new U.S. currency will now include Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr.   These amazing historical figures who fought tirelessly for freedom, equality and fairness will now be part of our everyday lives. The HBA has always focused on education and raising the next generation of HBA leaders and Latino lawyers and thus we are delighted to see this much deserved recognition.

As the HBA continues to focus on education and giving back to our community we invite you all to join us on April 30, 2016 for a Citizenship Fair. Please come support legal permanent residents who are in search of reaching the American dream by becoming citizens of this great country. Attorney volunteers are needed along with bilingual individuals to serve as interpreters, the more the merrier!

In following with our HBA tradition, we will hold our Annual 5 De Mayo De Barranda on the actual day this year. Join us May 5, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at Who Song & Larry's Cal Mex Cantina in Orange as we celebrate together, meet and network while enjoying drinks and appetizers.

I cannot close this newsletter without mentioning the UC Irvine School of Law 2016 Public Service Award Dinner where Ambassador Carlos R. Moreno, distinguished jurist, advocate and public servant will be honored for his lifelong career in public service. The HBA is immensely proud and looks to individuals like Ambassador Moreno who have paved the way and encourage us all to strive for greatness.

This newsletter is filled with reasons to celebrate and we hope you will join us at our 5 De Mayo De Barranda, buy your tickets now as this is one of our big events of the year and we want you all to be a part of it!


Cinco de Mayo Mixer
Join us for The OC Hispanic Bar Association's  
Cinco de Mayo Mixer
Admission includes appetizers & one drink ticket. 
Thursday, May 5, 2016

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

At Who Song & Larry's Cal Mex Cantina
1535 W. Katella Avenue, Orange, California 92867

If you pay at the door, please add $5.

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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'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.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Invites OCHBA To Its May 3rd "Cinco de Mayo"Meet and Greet    
Tuesday May 3 from 5:30am to 7pm
The Village on 17th Street, 1505 E 17th Street, Santa Ana 92705

The Hispanic Advisory Council In Partnership with COngresswoman Loretta Sanchez's Office Invites you to a Cinco de Mayo Meet & Greet. With a special recognition ceremony to honor Judge Frederick Aguirre.

RSVP to 714-619-5155 or
Western State College of Law Ribbon Cutting Ceremony   
Friday April 29 from 4pm to 7pm
Western State University College of Law, Irvine

Featuring a special presentation by OCBA President Todd Friedland.
Download the flyer for more information or RSVP to
Senator Tony Mendoza Invites you to a Citizenship Fair 
Saturday April 30 from 8am to 11:30pm
Excelsior High School (Girls Gym), 15711 Pioneer Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650

In collaboration with
Norwalk - La Mirada Unified School District * Nal eo Education Fund
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) * Cerritos College
Council of Mexican Federations (COFEM)
 To volunteer, please sign up HERE 
UCI School of Law 2016 Public Service Award Dinner   
Friday May 6 at 6:30pm
Island Hotel, Newport Beach

Award Ceremony * Entertainment * Fine Dining * Black Tie Optional
Honoree: Ambassador Carlos R. Moreno

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Women Helping Women/Men2Work (WHW) Spring Quarterly Sale   
Saturday May 7
WHW Client Service Center, Santa Ana

OCBA volunteers are needed to assist with WHW's quarterly sale where shoppers are able to buy clothing and accessories at $5 and under. The proceeds of the sale benefit WHW's employment programs for the disadvantaged. Volunteers will assist with various aspects of the sale, including cashier, bagging, shoe attendant, jewelry attendant, and fitting rooms. OCBA volunteers are encouraged to bring gently used or new professional clothing and accessories for donation.

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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

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