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  • 20 Sep 2018 10:21 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

  • 16 Sep 2018 10:02 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Dear HBA Member,
    The 2019 Dinner Committee and the Board of Directors are accepting nominations for the following awards which will be presented at the OCHBA's 41st Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Installation Dinner on Saturday, March 9, 2019:

    • 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 or entity that is leading the way in terms of corporate responsibility. This corporation or entity continues to make significant contributions to the Latino community and is an industry leader in increasing diversity within their industry. This corporation or entity 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 no later than October 5, 2018.  To learn more about Past Honorees and other Annual Dinner information, please visit our website at
    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Yolanda V. Torres
    2018 President-Elect
    Chair, 2019 Dinner Committee

  • 15 Sep 2018 9:01 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    This e-mail is to inform you that a new proposal has been posted to the California Courts web site, at
    ·         SP18-16- Judicial Administration
               Judicial Council: Judicial Branch Budget Committee
    (adopt rule 10.15; amend rules 10.10, 10.11, 10.13, and 10.16)
    You are welcome to distribute this to any other interested parties. The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

  • 04 Sep 2018 1:20 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)
    You are invited to apply to be a TMBA Law School Ambassador ("LSA"). At least one TMBA LSA will be selected from Chapman University, Fowler School of Law, Western State College of Law, and University of California, Irvine School of Law.

    Deadline to apply is September 30, 2018.

    Find out more here:

  • 27 Aug 2018 10:32 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    The American Bar Association (ABA) is conducting a focus group study for women of color (WOC) who have JDs and who have been out of law school for at least 15 years to assess the unique career dynamics facing women lawyers of color and to help identify key personal and structural factors that fostered or impeded their success in the legal profession. This study is part of a larger ABA Presidential Initiative, "Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law," that is approaching the topic of women's career trajectories in law from multiple angles.

    As part of this project, focus groups will be conducted in Chicago, Atlanta, New York/New Jersey, and Los Angeles in the fall of 2018. For more information about the general scope of the ABA's research efforts, please click here.

    Women of Color Focus Group Study Details

    We are recruiting participants who self-identify as Women of Color and who are practicing or have practiced law and who graduated law school at least 15 years ago (Class of 2003 or earlier) to participate in 2 hour focus groups about their experience in the legal profession to be conducted in Chicago, Atlanta, New York/New Jersey, and Los Angeles in the fall of 2018. We are looking for women who are still practicing law, as well as women who were practicing law but have left the legal profession. Participants will have an opportunity to win a $100 Amazon gift card for their participation – one gift card will be awarded for each focus group and will be determined by a random drawing of session participants after each session.

    City and Dates for Focus Groups
    Chicago: September - mid October
    Atlanta: August 30 - 31, 2018
    NYC/NJ: September 24 - 26, 2018
    Los Angeles: October 25 - 27, 2018

    If you are interested in participating and/or would like to receive more information about the study, including times and locations of the focus groups, please contact the researchers, Destiny Peery, JD/PhD, and Ivory Mills, candidate for JD/PhD, at You are not agreeing to participate by emailing, so please don't hesitate to reach out with any interest or questions. Also, feel free to pass this information on to any individuals who fit the participation criteria and who may be interested in participating.…/office_o…/advisorycouncil.html

  • 27 Aug 2018 10:27 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    September 14, 2018

    The Waterfront Hilton Beach Resort Hotel

    Huntington Beach

    Honoring Judge James Perez

    RSVP to 714-841-3131 or

  • 17 Aug 2018 11:06 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    The Rules and Forms Committee of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, has proposed revisions to the Local Rules of Court.  Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 10.613, the Court invites you to comment on the following proposed changes to the local rules.  If approved, the proposed changes will be effective January 1, 2019.
    Revised Local Rule 180Photographing, Recording and Broadcasting in Court.  The proposed revisions will allow the public to use their own cameras or other photographic equipment (e.g. cell phones) to photograph publicly available documents in the clerk’s office or at a court kiosk and only permit public access to view and/or photograph trial exhibits if there is a signed court order.
    New Local Rule 185Civil Appellate Brief Electronic Service Pilot Project.  The proposed rule will allow the court to conduct a one-year pilot project consenting to accept electronic mail service of civil case appeal briefs filed in the appellate court.
    New Local Rule 603.07
    Request for Bond Waiver.  The proposed rule will enable the court to make better informed decisions when determining whether a request for waiver of bond for an appointed personal representative should be granted.
    Attached please find copies of the proposed revised and new rules, which are also posted on the Superior Court’s website at Invitation to Comment. A comment form is attached to download and submit comments by paper format, it is also available online.  All comments concerning a proposed rule must be submitted no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2018.

    Comments submitted by U.S. mail should be directed to:
    Honorable Ronald Bauer
    Chair, Rules and Forms Committee
    Superior Court, County of Orange
    P. O. Box 1994
    Santa Ana, CA 92702-1994
    A hard copy of any proposed rule is available upon request.
    Please contact me if you require additional information.
    Best Regards,
    Sheri A. Bull
    Lead Staff, Rules and Forms Committee
    Judicial Assistance Group (JAG)
    P: 657-622-7872

  • 03 Aug 2018 11:03 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    New proposals have been posted to the California Courts web site, at
    Item Number: SP18-12
    Criminal: Rules and Forms: Qualification of Counsel for Appointment in Death Penalty Appeals and Habeas Corpus Proceedings (adopt rules 8.601 and 8.652, amend rule 8.605; amend rule 8.600 and renumber as 8.603)
    Summary: The Proposition 66 Rules Working Group is proposing amendments to the rule relating to the qualifications of counsel in death penalty appeals and habeas corpus proceedings, including moving to a new rule the provisions regarding the qualifications of counsel in death penalty–related habeas corpus proceedings. These proposed rule changes are intended to fulfill the Judicial Council’s obligation under Proposition 66 to reevaluate the competency standards for the appointment of counsel in death penalty direct appeals and habeas corpus proceedings.
    Item Number: SP18-13
    Criminal: Criminal and Appellate Procedure: Superior Court Appointment of Counsel in Death Penalty–Related Habeas Corpus Proceedings (adopt rules 8.654 and 8.655; and adopt forms HC-100 and HC-101)
    Summary: The Proposition 66 Rules Working Group is proposing the adoption of two new rules and two new forms relating to the superior court appointment of counsel in death penalty–related habeas
    corpus proceedings. These proposed rules and forms are intended to partially fulfill the Judicial Council’s rule-making obligations under Proposition 66 by providing procedures for superior courts to determine if an attorney meets the minimum qualifications for counsel in death penalty–related habeas corpus proceedings and to appoint such counsel for indigent persons subject to a judgment of death.
    You are welcome to distribute this to any other interested parties. The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 24, 2018.
    If you have any questions, please contact Benita Downs, at, or at 415-865-7957.

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