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  • 07 Dec 2016 10:50 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Comments sought:
    Two proposals have been published for comment at http://www.courts.ca.gov/policyadmin-invitationstocomment.htm.
    CALCRIM 2016-02: Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) - Revisions

    The Advisory Committee on Criminal Jury Instructions is seeking comment on new and revised instructions reflecting developments in the law. The deadline for comment is Friday, January 6, 2017.
    SP16-13: Appellate Procedure: Expedited Review of Certain Orders Denying Motions to Compel Arbitration
    Recent legislation requires the Court of Appeal to issue its decision in cases involving the review of certain orders denying motions to compel arbitration no later than 100 days after the notice of appeal is filed. The legislation also requires the Judicial Council to adopt rules to implement this requirement and to establish a shortened notice of appeal period in these cases. These proposed rules are intended to fulfill this legislative obligation. The deadline for comment is Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
    If you have any questions, please contact Camilla Kieliger, at camilla.kieliger@jud.ca.gov, or at 415-865-7681.

  • 21 Nov 2016 7:31 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Earn Your Legal Interpretation & Translation Certificate
    Our Legal Interpretation & Translation (English/Spanish) program returns in spring and registration is now open.
    If you are fluent in Spanish and English and have a desire to help others; legal interpretation and translation could be the career for you.
    Many Spanish speakers live in California, but many are without interpreters to help in their legal transactions. It is estimated that by 2020, the need for interpreters and translators will increase by 42%.
    This comprehensive program cycles through discussions, role-plays and hands-on practice. You will have access to our state-of-the-art language laboratory and will receive instruction from industry renowned interpreters and translators. The program also helps you better prepare for the California Court Interpreter Certification Exam.
    If you're ready to start in this exciting field, you'll need to take the Bilingual Proficiency Test first just to be sure your Spanish and English skills are up to speed. Once you pass the test, you will be invited to a special orientation where you will have the chance to meet other interpreters and get a firsthand look at the job.
    Please view our Program Guide for a closer look at this program and course details.
    Registration is Now Open.
    Register Online
    Have Questions?
    We would love to hear from you. Please contact our program coordinator; Veronica Martinez at (657) 278-3123 or vmartinez@fullerton.edu.

  • 21 Nov 2016 7:22 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)


    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (November 21, 2016) – The Orange County Bar Association will present attorney Dean J. Zipser with the Franklin G. West Award at its 2017 Judges’ Night & Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach, Calif.
    First established in 1971 in honor of the late Judge Franklin G. West, the Franklin G. West Award represents the highest honor awarded by the OCBA.

    Widely regarded as a leader in the Orange County legal community, Mr. Zipser is a founding partner of Umberg/Zipser LLP, headquartered in Irvine, Calif. He has been practicing law for more than 36 years, and continues to serve the Orange County bench and bar as well as the greater legal community through his work, mentoring, and community service.

    “The Orange County legal community is fortunate to have attorneys of Dean’s caliber,” said OCBA President Todd Friedland. “His selfless efforts have made a positive impact on countless OCBA members.”

    In 2005, Mr. Zipser served as President of the OCBA, for which he founded and currently co-chairs the association’s Mentoring Committee. In years past, he served as a President of the OCBA Charitable Fund, and Chair of the OCBA Masters Division that includes members who have practiced law for 25 years or longer. Additionally, he is a founding member and Secretary of the Federal Bar Association, Orange County, and was a former President of the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Both at and beyond the OCBA, his service to the legal community has and continues to be a humbling example of service and leadership.
    “Dean has always been a quiet leader, one who so clearly puts the interests of the legal community before his own,” shares U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton about her experience working with Mr. Zipser. “He is both reflective and inclusive in his decision making process. Because he puts others before himself, the members of the organizations he leads know they are in capable hands.”

    He is currently one of two vice chairs for the California State Bar’s Second Commission on the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct, and previously served as a member of the Pro Bono Panel for the Central District of California as well as a lawyer representative for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.

    Just as dedicated to the underserved and underrepresented communities in Orange County, Mr. Zipser is Vice President of the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County, and works extensively with Orange County Bar Foundation and Public Law Center. In 2003, he received the Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League, which annually recognizes an individual who exemplifies the highest ideals of the legal profession and demonstrates committed service to the community.
    Earlier this year, Mr. Zipser was named “Lawyer of the Year” for Orange County Intellectual Property Litigation by Best Lawyers, which recognized him as “Lawyer of the Year” in the category of Orange County Bet-the-Company Litigation in 2014.

    Moreover, he has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers for the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation since 2008, and as a “Super Lawyer” for the Southern California region since 2005.

    Prior to establishing Umberg/Zipser LLP, Mr. Zipser was managing partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP until joining Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, where he was a partner since May 2008.

    Mr. Zipser holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his J.D. from Stanford University Law School in 1980, and served as a member of the Stanford Law Review.

    About the Orange County Bar Association
    Established in 1901, the Orange County Bar Association, with over 8,000 members, is one of the largest voluntary bars in California. The mission of the Orange County Bar Association is to enhance the system of justice, to support the lawyers who serve it and to assist the community served by it.

    About the Franklin G. West Award
    Established in 1971 in memory of the late Judge Franklin G. West, a highly respected jurist who served on the bench from January 1939 to March 1965, the West Award is bestowed upon an outstanding attorney or judge who has made significant contributions to advance and elevate justice and law. Judge West’s 26 years and two months on the bench constituted the longest term ever served by a judge in California.

    Jane Kim, (949) 440-6700, ext. 123

  • 16 Nov 2016 9:43 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Please click on the link below to access the Notice from the Clerk re Changes to the District Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule Effective December 1, 2016.


  • 15 Nov 2016 9:22 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Effective January 3, 2017, the Superior Court of Orange County will implement the following change to traffic calendar scheduling:

    • Traffic Court Trials will be heard daily starting at 1:30 p.m.
      • Unless otherwise specified below, only the time of the hearing is changing; the existing court trial setting guidelines designating law enforcement agencies for specific days of the week will remain.
      • Court trials that have already been set for 8:30 a.m. will remain as set.
    • Traffic Arraignments and Hearings will be heard at 8:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday, every week of the month.
    • There will be no changes made to the current Night Court or Collections Court Calendar Model.
    • As part of this new traffic calendar model, the following agencies calendar schedule will be modified as follows:
      • Garden Grove Police Department: Photo Enforcement Court Trials will remain on Tuesdays, but will expand to every week of the month.  All other Court Trials will also be heard on Tuesdays.
      • Los Alamitos Police Department: Photo Enforcement Court Trials will be changed to Thursdays, every week of the month.  All other Court Trials will continue to be heard on Fridays.

    The Court Notice is posted online here:

  • 10 Nov 2016 9:29 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    The Orange County Bar Association’s 2017 Judges Night & Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa.  Please go to www.ocbar.org to register.

  • 10 Nov 2016 9:25 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Please click on the link below to access the Notice from the Clerk re Amended Local Rules Effective December 1, 2016.


  • 27 Oct 2016 10:04 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    We need your generosity this Christmas to help bring joy to at-risk children in central Santa Ana. Through your participation in KidWorks’ 14th Annual Christmas Store event, you will ensure that over 400 children from low-income families have a very merry Christmas.
    As many of you know, the Christmas Store was born out of the realization of supporters like you that for the families living in the at-risk neighborhoods of Santa Ana, Christmas can often be a painful season.  Many families are in a desperate financial struggle – and have had to rely on free handouts, which can be embarrassing for parents. To help restore dignity, donors like you make it possible for KidWorks to host a toy-store where parents can shop for their child’s gifts at a very affordable price, just 10-20% of the actual retail value. The small proceeds from the store go into a benevolence fund that helps meet some of the emergency needs of families we serve during the Christmas season and beyond.
    Will you consider hosting a toy drive to stock the KidWorks Christmas Store with gifts for the children in central Santa Ana?
    If you want to be involved, simply place a box at work, your local church, or with your community group to collect new, unwrapped toys between now and December 9th.  You can promote your toy drive using the enclosed flier. We will arrange to pick-up toys on December 7th-9th between 10am – 3pm, or they can be dropped off at KidWorks anytime before the morning of December 13th.
    Please contact Melissa at (714) 834-9400 ext. 115 or melissa.peralta@kidworksoc.org to get more information or to let us know that you are hosting a toy drive.  Thank you for your support of the children of Santa Ana, and Merry Christmas!

  • 24 Oct 2016 10:18 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    On November 1, 2016, the Orange County Bar Association and Thurgood Marshall Bar Association will present a very important program entitled Fair Housing Laws and Policies: The Historical Seeds of Segregation and How They Continue to Impact Us Today.
    This program presents a rare opportunity to hear from the nation’s leading experts on critically important issues that impact us all.
    Richard Rothstein has worked as an education policy analyst and written a number of books on the interplay between race and class in education policy.  One of his recent works, The Making of Ferguson, received critical coverage by The Washington Post, The New York Times and other publications. He was also featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. 
    As I am sure you know, Erwin Chemerinsky is a leading constitutional scholar and the Founding Dean of the University of California, Irvine, School of Law, and needs no introduction.
    This program will include a historical review of the causes of segregation, the inequality that persists today as a result of the historical seeds of segregation in residential housing, why and how segregation in residential housing still affects us today in all facets of society and what we can do to address these issues.

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