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  • 08 May 2018 11:53 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Please click on the link below to access the Notice from the Clerk regarding amended local rules effective June 1, 2018.

    https://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/news/amended-local-rules-effective-june-1-2018

  • 03 May 2018 10:41 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    2018 HNBA LGBT DIVISION
    Inaugural Public Interest Scholarship
    DEADLINE: May 15th, by 5:00 PM EST

    HOW TO APPLY
    1. Fill out the application HERE.
    2. Send application & supporting materials directly to:
    Gabriel Zorogastua at gzorogastua@polsinelli.com
    with copies to Javier Vargas at: jvargas@courts.state.ny.us
    and Marjorie Soto at: marjoriesoto87@gmail.com
    *All applications must be received by May 15th at 5:00 PM EST

    DONATE TO THE FUND
    If you would like to donate to the LGBT Division Scholarship Fund, please click HERE.

    In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the HNBA’s LGBT Section, the HNBA LGBT Division announced the launch of the LGBT Division Public Interest Scholarship Program at the 2018 Corporate Counsel Conference in San Francisco, CA. Applications are now open!

    “The leadership displayed by LGBT Division Chair Raquel Matas in establishing this scholarship exemplifies this year’s theme of ‘Vision in Action’,” stated HNBA National President Erica V. Mason. “In less than 6 months, we were able to take the idea for the scholarship program from concept to fully-funded for the 2018 scholarship year, demonstrating, once again, what we can accomplish when we are all working towards a common goal. Thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to create and fund this program in such a short period of time, and to all that have contributed thus far. This scholarship is a wonderful way to commemorate the LGBT Division’s 10th Anniversary, and represents an important step in the Division’s legacy of promoting the advancement of Latinx LGBTQ lawyers and advocacy on behalf of the Latinx LGBTQ Community. I encourage our members to contribute to this fund!”

    About the Division: The mission of the HNBA LGBT Division is to monitor and ADVOCATE for legal issues affecting the Hispanic LGBT community; EDUCATE the HNBA and others on legal issues facing the Hispanic LGBT community; and PROMOTE the expertise, advancement, and empowerment of Hispanic LGBT legal professionals. In addition to programming and Division meetings through the year, in conjunction with the HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference or Annual Convention each year, the Division hosts its Annual LGBT Division Latinx Legal Professionals Summit. The purpose of the Summit is to: (i) discuss issues of concern within the Latinx LGBT legal professional community and broader community; and (ii) develop advocacy strategies to address them.

    LGBT DIVISION PUBLIC INTEREST SCHOLARSHIP

    This scholarship will provide up to $5000.00 in financial assistance to law students or recent law school graduates who are or will become members of the HNBA, and who will be performing public interest work (advocacy, policy, and/or direct legal services) with a direct impact on Latinx LGBTQ individuals during their 2018 Summer (current law students) or 2018 Summer/Fall (recent law grads). 

    It is the goal of the LGBT Division Scholarship Program that scholarship recipients attend the Annual LGBT Latinx Legal Professionals Summit and contribute substantively by reporting on the work in which they were engaged during the summer and/or fall, respectively.

    One or more scholarships of up to $5000 each will be awarded annually, beginning in 2018, subject to the availability of funds and the recommendation of the Division’s Scholarship Committee. 

    CRITERIA
    To be eligible, the applicant must:

    (i) be either a first, second or third year law student in good standing in an ABA accredited law school, or a recent law graduate (having received the degree within 12 months of the application date);

    (ii) have secured an internship or placement for Summer 2018 (which can extend beyond the Summer) or the fall of 2018 (for a recent law graduate) with a public interest organization engaged in legal, advocacy, or policy work with a direct impact on Latinx LGBTQ individuals.

    DEADLINE TO APPLY: May 15th, by 5:00 PM EST
    Applicants will be evaluated on the strength of their complete application and supporting materials, academic record, and demonstrated commitment to improve the legal and social standing of the Hispanic community, including Latinx LGBTQ individuals. Every effort will be made to award two scholarships and to reflect diversity in the award recipients.
    Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

  • 02 May 2018 10:39 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Comments sought:
     
    This e-mail is to inform you that a new proposal has been posted to the California Courts website, at http://www.courts.ca.gov/policyadmin-invitationstocomment.htm

    • Judicial Administration: Judicial Branch Contracting Manual (JBCM)
    • Invitation to Comment No: SP18-10

    You are welcome to distribute this within your court and to any other interested parties. The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 7, 2017.
     
    If you have any questions, please contact Benita Downs, at benita.downs@jud.ca.gov, or at 415-865-7957.

  • 28 Apr 2018 8:32 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Comments sought:
     
    Three (3) 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, June 8, 2018.
     
    If you have any questions, please contact Benita Downs, at benita.downs@jud.ca.gov, or at 415-865-7957.

  • 26 Apr 2018 8:33 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Comments sought:
     
    The Judicial Council’s Rules and Projects Committee has approved the circulation for comment of a proposal entitled “Judicial Administration: Public Disclosure of Settlement Agreements.” This proposal would amend California Rules of Court, rule 10.500 on public administrative records to clarify that settlement agreements must be disclosed in response to public records requests and that the names of judicial officers may not be redacted from settlement agreements produced in response to these requests.
     
    The proposal to amend rule 10.500 is available for viewing on the internet at:  http://www.courts.ca.gov/policyadmin-invitationstocomment.htm. The proposal is being circulated on a special expedited cycle so that it can be presented to the Judicial Council at its May 24, 2018 meeting.
     
    The deadline for receiving comments is Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
     
    All comments will be reviewed by the Rule 10.500 Working Group, 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.
     
    We encourage your comments and appreciate your participation in this effort.
     
    On behalf of the Rule 10.500 Working Group
    Hon. Marsha G. Slough, Chair

  • 10 Apr 2018 10:20 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Comments sought:
     
    Thirty-six (36) 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, June 8, 2018.

  • 10 Apr 2018 10:20 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

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

    http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/news/recruitment-notice-criminal-justice-act-cja-trial-attorney-panel-0

  • 02 Apr 2018 10:58 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF LONG BEACH WELCOMES SNELL & WILMER ATTORNEY STEFFI GASCÓN HAFEN TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
     
    LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2018) – Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Orange County and Los Angeles attorney Steffi Gascón Hafen has been elected to the Board of Directors for Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach. Her term began on March 15, 2018.
     
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach (BGCLB), comprised of 11 distinct facilities across the city, has been helping underprivileged youth reach their full personal and academic potential since 1939. In an effort to ensure that members achieve great futures, the BGCLB provides the Five Core Youth Development Initiative, which focuses on Good Character & Citizenship, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, the Arts and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. The BGCLB has served more than 225,000 youth, ages 6-18 in its 78-year history.
     
    Hafen is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, California Board of Legal Specialization. At Snell & Wilmer she is a member of the firm's Private Client Services and General Federal Tax practice groups. Hafen's practice is concentrated in tax, trust and estate matters with emphasis in estate planning, trust and probate administration, and estate and gift taxation. She employs advanced estate planning techniques, including grantor retained annuity trusts, family partnerships, limited liability companies, charitable remainder trusts, defective grantor trusts, insurance planning, public charities, and private foundations. She also advises clients regarding succession planning for closely held businesses. In addition, Hafen has experience in state and local taxation, including income taxation, sales and use taxation, and property taxation, as well as issues regarding residency and domicile. Hafen also represents clients in front of the Franchise Tax Board, the State Board of Equalization, and the Internal Revenue Service. She works with clients' certified public accountants, financial planners and other service providers to provide holistic solutions to clients’ needs.
     
    Hafen received her L.L.M. in Taxation from Loyola Law School, her J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law and her B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association since 2013 and became a Board Member of Orange County Head Start in 2016. Hafen is also an Attorney Member of the Orange County Estate Planning Council.
     
    About Snell & Wilmer
    Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing in nine locations throughout the western United States and in Mexico, including Los Angeles and Orange County, California; Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Los Cabos, Mexico. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.swlaw.com.
     
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  • 02 Apr 2018 10:57 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Please be advised that the California Supreme Court’s Applicant Evaluation and Nomination Committee (AENC) is seeking qualified candidates to serve as judges for the State Bar Court. The AENC is seeking applications for the position of Presiding Judge of the Court (a position that will also serve on the Review Department) and two Hearing Court Judges.
     
    Applications are due no later than April 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm.
     
    For more information and a link to the application materials, please click here

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