Vol. 2016, No. 04      May 2016
President's Message
Lyo Figueroa
By: Lyo Figueroa, HBA President

Happy month of May everyone! This month is full of celebrations, thank you all for joining the HBA in celebrating our Annual 5 De Mayo De Barranda, we had a great time and hope you all did too. This month also gave us the time to celebrate the important female role models in our lives, our mothers, so we hope you all spent a wonderful mother's day this year. The celebrations will continue as graduations are coming up, hope all of our members celebrate the educational achievements of family and friends. The HBA has always been focused on education, so big congratulations to all graduates!

I also want to say thank you to all the attorneys and volunteers who joined us for the Citizenship Fair held last month which helped our community members apply for naturalization and hopefully achieve the American dream of becoming U.S. citizens.

As the HBA continues to focus on education, we are happy to announce we will be holding an MCLE class for our members. Honorable Judge Gray (Ret.) will present our FREE MCLE class on Competency Issues (formerly Detection and Prevention of Substance Abuse) June 28, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Centext Legal Services located in the city of Irvine. This will be a great opportunity for all of us to learn and of course add up our hours for MCLE compliance. Lunch will be provided, so please be on the lookout for our e-blast with details on how to RSVP for this event.

As we enter the summer months and agendas get filled with summer time activities, please make sure you renew your membership  and save the dates for our following events:
  • June 28, 2016: MCLE class
  • July 2016: Angels Baseball Game
  • August 2016: End of Summer Mixer
  • September 2016: Judge's BBQ
We will send details of each event in the following weeks, we hope you can all join us, it will be a great summer and we want all of you to be a part of it! 

Last but certainly not least, next week a group of HBA members, myself included, will be headed to the  Panamanian Jungle at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort in Panama, safe travels to all of our members. Our trip to Panama is sold out! For those who will not travel with us this year, we hope all of you can join our trip next year as it always proves to be a great trip to relax, venture into fun activities and of course rack up MCLE hours. We look forward to sharing pictures of our Panamanian adventure in next month's newsletter.

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Questions? Please contact us at info@ochba.org.

Thank you for your continued support!
In The News
New to Orange County? Changed firms? Other Announcements?
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The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County Presents: ADVENTURE MCLE SEMINAR IN THE PANAMANIAN JUNGLE

Gamboa Rainforest Resort, Panama 2016 An OCBA/HBA Continuing Legal Education Travel Seminar May 26th to May 30th

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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.
Western State to Host CLE on Criminal Bars to Deferred Action in Immigration

May 25, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm
Western State College of Law, Room 212, 1 Banting, Irvine, 92618

Co-sponsored by Public Law Center, Western State College of Law, Ready CA - Orange County, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay area

In this interactive training we will spend the first hour briefly reviewing the basics of DACA, as well as DACA+ and DAPA. We will look at an overview of criminal convictions that may bar people from eligibility.

After a break, we will go deeper into the crimes bars and how they have been treated in DACA. We also will learn about California laws that will eliminate convictions, or reduce felonies to misdemeanors, in order to make the person eligible for administrative relief. These laws include Prop 47, Penal Code 17(b)(3), and expungements.

We will have exercises and address questions throughout the training. There is no such thing as a dumb question!

Speakers will include Kathy Brady, Senior Staff Attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Rose Cahn, Senior Soros Justice Fellow, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.

To Register: Please RSVP with your name, organization, title, and number of attendees from your organization that will attend to - Joyce Noche at jnoche@publiclawcenter.org.

MCLE credit will be provided. All are welcome, but please note that the training is geared for attorneys, BIA accredited representatives, and paralegals. 
2016 Volunteers for Justice Dinner

June 20, 2016
The Hotel Irvine

Each year the Public Law Center's Volunteers for Justice Dinner raises critically important operating funds to provide access to justice for Orange County's low-income residents.  This year, the Volunteers for Justice Dinner and Silent Auction will be held on Monday, June 22, 2015 at Hotel Irvine.  Last year we raised more than $715,000 with nearly 1,000 attendees including attorneys, judges, business and community leaders.

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OCBA Summer Member Mixer 

June 23, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
True Food Kitchen, 451 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

Join your fellow members of the Bench and Bar for an evening of socializing and networking (don't forget to bring your business cards)! Always a popular event, this annual mixer features gourmet appetizers, refreshing beverages, door prizes, music, and more.

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Bridging The Gap

July 16, 2016 from 7:30am to 5pm
Whittier Law School, 3333 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, 92626

Continental breakfast and lunch provided.
Featuring: The Allen E. Broussard Panel on Professionalism & Civility

Bridge the gap between law school and law practice with this valuable introduction to the Orange County Courts and legal community.

This program is approved for 7.0 hours of CLE credit (includes 1.0 hour of Legal Ethics credit.)
Also, representatives from many local law-related organizations will be available to answer questions during the lunch break.

OCBA Members - Free  Non-OCBA Members - $40
Due to space limitations, Bridging the Gap is only offered to attorneys admitted after November 2015.

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Job & Volunteer Opportunities
Job Opportunities for Attorneys - New Opportunities Posted!
Pro-Bono Opportunities for Attorneys
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 www.casaoc.org or contact the Director of Community Relations at 714-619-5155 or volunteers@casaoc.org.
Professional Woman Volunteers Sought for Mary's Shelter
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 www.teenshelter.org.

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