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  • 21 Mar 2017 9:10 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Please click on the link below to access the Recruitment Notice for Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Trial Attorney Panel.

    http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/news/recruitment-notice-criminal-justice-act-cja-trial-attorney-panel

  • 21 Mar 2017 9:10 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    The United States District Court, Central District of California, is currently accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives.  Please refer to the link below for more information. 

    https://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/news/seeking-applications-ninth-circuit-judicial-conference-lawyer-representatives-1


  • 21 Mar 2017 8:32 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    A new proposal has been posted to the California Courts web site, at http://www.courts.ca.gov/policyadmin-invitationstocomment.htm.

    SPR17-27 Criminal Procedure: Use of Risk/Needs Assessments at Sentencing (approve Cal. Standards of Judicial Administration, standard 4.35)

    The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2017.

    If you have any questions, please contact Benita Downs, at benita.downs@jud.ca.gov, or at 415-865-7957.


  • 12 Mar 2017 9:06 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    From left, Consul of Mexico Mario Cuevas Zamora and Eric Dominguez, president of the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, sign a Memorandum of Understanding in Santa Ana on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The MOU establishes a collaboration to protect the legal rights of the Mexican community in Orange County. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    From left, Consul of Mexico Mario Cuevas Zamora and Eric Dominguez, president of the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, sign a Memorandum of Understanding in Santa Ana on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The MOU establishes a collaboration to protect the legal rights of the Mexican community in Orange County. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    By JESSICA KWONG / STAFF WRITER, OC Register

    SANTA ANA – As President Donald Trump rolls out his immigration policies, the Consulate of Mexico in Santa Ana has responded by bolstering its services to Mexicans, the latest step of which is a formal alliance with a large network of Latino attorneys.

    Consul of Mexico Mario Cuevas Zamora and Eric Dominguez, president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding strengthening the relationship between the institutions and their capacity to provide free or low-cost counseling and legal representation.

    “Things are not easy for our community right now,” Cuevas said in Spanish during a press conference announcing the signing. “These are trying times that should not be wished on anyone, but we need to confront it and what better way than to form alliances.”

    The consulate and the bar association already had partnered on monthly immigration clinics and other services, but the memorandum will ensure Mexicans “regularly have access to attorneys as opposed to ad hoc,” whether on-site or over the phone, Dominguez said.

    In particular, the bar association is looking to provide legal consultation and representation to people who don’t qualify to be assigned to an attorney pro bono, but who also cannot afford to hire one, Dominguez said.

    Of the 360,000 Mexicans living in Orange County, about 200,000 are undocumented, according to the Migration Policy Institute, with immigration statuses that limit their access to quality legal services.

    Over the past two years, the consulate has provided 1,851 free legal consults and covered the costs of 307 cases, in collaboration with 12 local organizations. The memorandum will amplify programs the consulate has already developed with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Catholic Charities of Orange County, among others.

    On March 3, the consulate, in conjunction with the 49 other Mexican consulates in the U.S., under order by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto launched drop-in immigration information booths and became “centers for legal defense.” The program encourages Mexicans who qualify for U.S. citizenship to pursue it for their protection. The consulate is at 2100 E. Fourth St.

    “These are extraordinary times,” Jazmin Castellanos, consul of protection, said. “We know that with lawyers, it’s best to have them at our side than against us.”

    While immigration services are in the highest demand, bar association lawyers also will be available to assist in civil and family cases.

    The agreement signed Thursday was months in the making.

    “This is just the beginning,” Cuevas said. “We’re ready to sit down and work on a map of how we can achieve our goals.”

    Contact the writer: 714-796-7762 or jkwong@ocregister.com or on Twitter: @JessicaGKwong

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/consulate-746146-legal-association.html


  • 08 Mar 2017 8:44 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    What: The Consulate of Mexico, Orange County will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association which seeks to lay a foundation for collaboration between the two institutions in order to protect the legal rights of Mexican nationals living in Orange County.

    When: Thursday, March 9, 2017; 12:00 pm.

    Where: The Consulate of Mexico, Orange County (2100 E. 4th St., Santa Ana, CA, 92705).

    Who: The Consulate of Mexico, Orange County and the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association

    Data from the Migration Policy Institute states that approximately 200,000 immigrants face a barrier to access to free legal services due to their immigration status.  

    With this agreement, the Consulate and the OCHBA hope to strengthen their relationships with strategic partners and strengthen the capacity to deliver pro- and low-bono legal services in all areas of law, thus facilitating greater access to justice for the communities they represent.

    For Immediate Release

    Contact:  Media Liaison, Bao Nguyen, bao@baonguyen.us, 714-251-6885.

    OCHBA President, Eric Dominguez: edominguez@hirson.com, 949 383-5568


  • 02 Mar 2017 11:18 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Comments sought:

    Thirty-two (32) new proposals to amend the California Rules of Court, Judicial Council forms and legislation have been posted to the California Courts web site, at http://www.courts.ca.gov/policyadmin-invitationstocomment.htm.

    The attached list provides a summary of the proposals and contains direct links to each individual proposal. You are welcome to distribute this to any other interested parties. The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2017.

    If you have any questions, please contact Benita Downs, at benita.downs@jud.ca.gov, or at 415-865-7957.



  • 21 Feb 2017 8:44 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)



    You're Invited to help Santa Ana high school students attend prom with self-confidence and in style!

    What: Donate your Dress

    When: On or Before April 3, 2017

    Where: Drop off your dress to 

    The Law Office of Carolina C. Gomez

    2112 East 4th Street, Suite 102

    Santa Ana, CA 92705 

    Contact: promdress@ochba.org


  • 02 Feb 2017 8:23 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Westminster, CA – The Superior Court of Orange County has opened a new call center to assist the public with services and information regarding criminal and traffic cases. Assistance is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese by calling 657-622-8459. An automated phone system is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and customer service representatives are available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Court holidays. Since the center’s “soft launch” on January 11, representatives have assisted an average of 145 customers per day. 

    Due to severe budget cuts, the Court closed its prior call center in 2013 to redeploy staff to fill vacancies in more critical areas. Although the Court is still in a precarious financial situation, it was able to allocate funds to open a smaller center by maintaining a high employee vacancy rate and automating services. 

    The call center provides resources such as general criminal and traffic information, processing extensions on fines or traffic school enrollment, and reserving a date to appear in front of a judicial officer to enter a plea in response to charges. Also, callers may request to have automated reminders sent to their home or mobile phone with payment due dates and/or court hearing information. 

    Information and additional resources are also available online at www.occourts.org. For expedited service and information regarding individual criminal and traffic cases, the Court uses an “OC Pay Number” which is printed on the front of the violation information notice to the right of the citation number and on other Court-generated forms and notices. The “OC Pay Number” is used to access information specific to a particular case or citation online or via the automated phone system. 


  • 02 Feb 2017 8:16 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Contact: Laura Ernde             

    415-538-2283         

    barcomm@calbar.ca.gov


    SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 1, 2017
     – In response to a recent increase in attorneys seeking to do pro bono work, State Bar President James Fox and Executive Director Elizabeth Parker said today:

    “We applaud the recent wave of attorneys throughout California looking to provide pro bono legal services around immigration and other legal concerns. The State Bar of California strongly supports access to legal services as a core part of our public protection mission. We support the promise of justice for all, including for low-income people who too often have no choice but to navigate the legal system alone. 

    We encourage attorneys licensed in California to provide pro bono support to help bridge the gap in access to justice. While upholding ethical standards for attorneys and regulating the legal profession is a core focus of the State Bar’s work, it’s equally critical to ensure that all of California’s residents have access to high-quality attorneys when the need arises.

    In addition to the donation of time, a donation of financial assistance can make a huge positive impact, especially with a shifting political landscape. Please consider making a donation to the State Bar’s Justice Gap Fund or directly to your local legal aid provider to help make sure individuals and families who need legal assistance can get help when they need it.”

    Information about providing pro bono legal services in California

    Attorneys who wish to provide pro bono legal service in California must have active State Bar status. Status can be switched from inactive to active via the State Bar website.

    The fee for active status is waived for attorneys who participate in the State Bar of California’s Pro Bono Practice Program.

    The Pro Bono Practice Program allows California attorneys who are currently inactive or retired to have active status for the sole purpose of doing pro bono work. Attorneys who are accepted to the Pro Bono Practice Program must work with a qualified legal services provider, certified lawyer referral service, or court-based self-help center. In addition to a waiver of the active status fee, attorneys who qualify for this program have access to free MCLE.

    More information about pro bono opportunities is available on the State Bar website. One Justice also houses a pro bono rapid response network for attorneys.

    In addition to promoting pro bono service, the State Bar also provides approximately $30 million in grants annually to legal aid organizations throughout California. These grants support groups that address immigration needs, prevent homelessness, keep kids in school, protect elders from fraud and abuse and connect veterans to services, among other critical legal assistance. 

    Legal aid organizations provide direct services throughout the state. (The statewide list of legal aid providers is available.).

    Attorneys who would like to provide additional support for access to justice can donate to the Justice Gap Fund when they pay their annual State Bar of California fees.

    Resources for Californians on finding an attorney

    The State Bar also provides resources for Californians who need help finding an attorney as well as ways to avoid fraud.

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Find Legal Help

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Finding the Right Lawyer / Como Encontrar el Abogado Apropiado

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Avoiding Fraud by Immigration Consultants

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Información Legal en Español

    People who think they have been a victim of misconduct by an attorney or someone posing as an attorney should file a complaint with the State Bar.

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Filing a complaint against an attorney about misconduct

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Filing a complaint against a notario or someone posing as an attorney

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Client Security Fund application, to recover money lost due to attorney misconduct

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    The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, protecting the public and seeking to improve the justice system since 1927. All lawyers practicing law in California must be admitted to the State Bar.


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