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  • 05 Aug 2016 3:35 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Comments sought:
    Three new proposals to amend the California Rules of Court and Judicial Council forms have been posted to the California Courts web site, at http://www.courts.ca.gov/policyadmin-invitationstocomment.htm.
    SP16-08: Traffic and Criminal Procedure: Infraction Procedures Regarding Bail, Fines, Fees, and Assessments; Mandatory Courtesy Notices; and Ability to Pay Determinations
    SP16-09: Traffic: Installment Payment of Bail Forfeiture and Traffic Violator School Fees
    SP16-10: Traffic: Online Installment Payment of Bail Forfeiture and Traffic Violator School Fees
    You are welcome to distribute this within your court and to any other interested parties. The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 26, 2016.
    If you have any questions, please contact Camilla Kieliger, at camilla.kieliger@jud.ca.gov, or at 415-865-7681.
    We greatly appreciate your time and dedication to the continued improvement of administration of justice in California.

  • 02 Aug 2016 8:58 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    The Judicial Council of California is honoring Superior Court of Orange County Juvenile Presiding Judge Maria D. Hernandez and Chief Executive Officer Alan Carlson with its 2016 Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Carlson and Robert Oyung, Chief Information Officer of the Superior Court of Santa Clara, are being honored jointly. This is the highest award presented by the Judicial Council of California.

    The Judicial Council of California News Release includes the following information about the selection of Judge Hernandez and Mr. Carlson:

    Judge Maria D. Hernandez has displayed personal dedication and extraordinary commitment to advancing and improving the juvenile justice system. In 2015, she convened the first Orange County Juvenile Justice Summit, bringing together more than 400 court leaders, attorneys, probation officers, law enforcement, and education and treatment professionals to talk about improving outcomes for juveniles. In addition to supervising Orange County’s juvenile court judicial officers, Judge Hernandez is a member of many state and local committees, including the Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Access and Fairness and the Chief Justice’s “Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court” Steering Committee. She has also served as faculty and speaker on issues affecting families and children in the justice system. Judge Hernandez was appointed to the Superior Court of Orange County as a commissioner in 2006 and later a judge by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009.

    Alan Carlson and Robert Oyung have been leaders in using technology to modernize and enhance court operations. Mr. Carlson is a state and national leader in the field of public access to court records and e-filing. His court piloted and adopted mandatory e-filing in civil, probate, and mental health cases in 2013.
    The Distinguished Service Award honors California judicial branch members; federal, state, or local justice partners; or individuals for their extraordinary dedication, outstanding leadership, and significant contributions to advancing the council's strategic goals for the judicial branch:

    • Access, fairness, and diversity;
    • Independence and accountability;
    • Modernization of management and administration;
    • Quality of justice and service to the public;
    • Education for branchwide professional excellence;
    • Branchwide infrastructure for service excellence; and
    • Adequate, stable and predictable funding for a fully functioning branch.

    The awards will be presented by the Judicial Council of California at a special ceremony on August 25 in San Francisco.

  • 28 Jul 2016 8:43 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Dear HBA Member,
    The 2017 Dinner Committee and the Board of Directors are accepting nominations for the following awards which will be presented at the OCHBA's 39th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Installation Dinner on Saturday, March 4, 2017:

    • Attorney of the Year Award
    • Guardián de Justicia Award
    • Corporate Citizen Award
    • Hon. Francisco Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Criteria for The HBA Installation & Scholarship Dinner Awards are as follows: 

    The Hispanic Bar Association Attorney of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding Orange County attorney who has made a significant contribution to the legal community and/or has enhanced the quality of life of the Latino community. This attorney has demonstrated a long-term commitment to and involvement in the community; has used the legal profession to protect the rights of others, or whose contribution has expanded the educational and professional opportunities for Latinos.

    The Hispanic Bar Association Guardián de Justicia Award recognizes an outstanding community member who has dedicated his or her life to protecting the rights of others and encouraging civic responsibility. This individual has worked tirelessly to encourage and empower the Latino community and whose commitment to justice is a model for others to follow.

    The Hispanic Bar Association Hon. Francisco Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a remarkable individual who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to enhancing the quality of life of our community. This individual is a pioneer in his/her own right and has given generously of his/her time and talent to the community. He/she has been a model for others to emulate and without whom the world would be a very different place.

    The Hispanic Bar Association Corporate Citizen Award recognizes a corporation that is leading the way in terms of corporate responsibility. This corporation continues to make significant contributions to the Latino community and is an industry leader in increasing diversity within their industry. This corporation is committed to these values and believes diversity is the catalyst for long-term economic sustainability.

    Please send your nomination(s), including the reasons for your nomination(s), to info@ochba.org no later than August 15, 2016.  To learn more about Past Honorees and other Annual Dinner information, please visit our website at www.ochba.org.
    We look forward to hearing from you.
    Eric M. Dominguez
    2016 President-Elect
    Chair, 2017 Dinner Committee
  • 28 Jul 2016 1:53 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    The Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions has approved and posted for public comment its 29th release of proposed revisions and additions to the civil instructions (CACI). This release includes proposed new and revised instructions and verdict forms in response to developments in the law over the last six months. The committee is very interested in your input.
    The proposed changes and additions are available for viewing on the internet at http://www.courts.ca.gov/policyadmin-invitationstocomment.htm. Only these currently proposed changes and additions are being submitted for comment at this time. We will gladly accept other comments, but the committee will not be able to consider them until the next release cycle.
    Our preferred way of receiving your comments is in a Word file attached to an e-mail sent to civiljuryinstructions@jud.ca.gov. However, you may also respond online.  And we have also posted a comment form that you may use to comment on individual instruction or groups of instructions. Please do not comment by Reply All to this e-mail.
    Comments by letter should be sent to:
    Mr. Bruce Greenlee, Attorney
    Judicial Council of California
    Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions
    455 Golden Gate Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    The deadline for receiving comments is Friday, August 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

    All comments will be reviewed by the advisory committee, which will make recommendations to the Judicial Council's Rules and Projects Committee and then to the full council. Comments received will become part of the public record of the council's action.
    When submitting comments, please:
    Indicate whether you agree with the proposal, would agree with the proposal if it is modified, or do not agree with the proposal.
    Clearly identify the specific language in the instruction that you are commenting on.
    Suggest alternative language, if appropriate.
    Provide any applicable authority for your position.
    We encourage your comments and critique because they help us refine both the particular instructions and the more global choices about format and approach.  We appreciate your participation in this effort.
    On behalf of the Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions
    Hon. Martin J. Tangeman, Chair

  • 12 Jul 2016 5:30 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    THURSDAY, JULY, 21, 2016 from 6 to 9pm


    ● Update on DACA + and DAPA
    ● “Notario” Fraud prevention
    ● How to effectively outreach for legal assistance
    ● What to do if you have criminal record
    ● Family petitions,601-Waiver
    ● U-Visa, domestic Violence
    ● Others forms of Relief

    To reserve your spot for a free consultation call and leave a Message. (714) 833-9739.

  • 30 Jun 2016 7:24 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Revision #15 to the 2008 Edition of the Local Rules – Superior Court of California, County of Orange are effective July 1, 2016.  An electronic copy of the rules is available on the Court’s website at www.occourts.org or you may view them by clicking here.  Relevant rule changes are identified in the attached filing instructions.

  • 27 Jun 2016 11:30 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    It saddens me to announce the untimely death of Sebastian Nathan De La Cruz, the nine-year old son of current OC HBA board member Andre De La Cruz.  Sebastian passed away on June 20, 2016.
    Sebastian was an avid Cub Scout, loving to participate in his scouting events such as camping, meetings, building things, and learning about the outdoors.  On Tuesday, June 28th at 6:00 PM a Rosary & Vigil Service will be held for Sebastian at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish located at 51 Marketplace in Irvine.  On Wednesday, June 29th at 1:00 PM a Funeral Mass will be conducted at St. Thomas More.  Burial will be immediately following in Riverside.  http://www.whiteemerson.com/obituaries/Sebastian-De-La-Cruz/#!/Obituary
    In lieu of flowers, his family is asking everyone to consider to a memorial contribution in memory of Sebastian.  Contributions are being collected at Woodbury School, 125 Great Lawn, Irvine, CA 92620.
    Additionally, a memorial fund has been set up for the family.  If you would like to contribute, please visit http://www.plumfund.com/memorial-fund/for-the-family-of-sebastian.
    Our thought and prayers go out to Andre and his family.
    Lyo Figueroa
    President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County

  • 27 Jun 2016 11:28 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    It is with deep personal regret that I have to announce the death of Diane Nordby.   

    Diane passed away this past June 24th after a long hard battle with brain cancer.  Diane was a very accomplished attorney and will forever be remembered as being hugely influential to the OCHBA.  Diane was the first female President for the OCHBA, and served on the Board of Trustees for over twenty-years.  She was instrumental in originally starting and planning the HBA Annual Memorial Day Weekend Travel Seminars.  In 2014, the HBA recognized Diane’s vast contributions and dedication to social justice, when we awarded her with The Honorable Francisco P. Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award.

    The following link is the video tribute from 2014 in honoring Diane with our Lifetime Achievement Award: https://www.facebook.com/peter.yamasaki/videos/10102799645404979/

    A celebration of her life will be planned in the near future.  We can provide additional details as soon as we have them.  
    Our thought and prayers go out to Diane’s family.
    Lyo Figueroa
    President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County

  • 20 Jun 2016 7:23 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

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


  • 08 Jun 2016 11:31 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Santa Ana, CA - June 8, 2016 - The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County was founded nearly 40 years ago to encourage and support Latino participation in the legal profession and judiciary. Many of our members are Latinos. Many are not. All of our members support and encourage outstanding Latino attorneys’ increased representation in the bar and on the bench of our great State and Country.

    Whether from the left, right, or center, any candidate for the highest office in the executive branch of government should refrain from explicit attacks on members of the judiciary based on that jurist’s ethnicity.

    “Donald Trump’s allegation that Judge Curiel is biased and should recuse himself solely on the basis of Judge Curiel’s Mexican heritage is a blatant attack on our judiciary and Latinos throughout this country.  Bigoted statements like this, regardless of the candidate making it, have no place in the election of the highest office in this great country,” said OCHBA President Lyo Figueroa.

    The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County denounces such accusation and statements like this, regardless of the candidate who makes such statement.  Accusations of bias arising solely from a Judge’s ancestry, whether Latino or not, go directly against the mission of the HBA and raise serious concerns in light of the importance of an independent judiciary.

    Lyo Figueroa
    President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County

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