LinkedIn  Twitter  Facebook




  • 03 Oct 2016 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
    OCBA Headquarters, 4101 Westerly Place, Newport Beach, CA 92660

    Rebecca Callahan is a highly respected mediator, arbitrator, discovery referee, settlement advisor and arbitration consultant with Callahan Dispute Resolution who regularly speaks and writes on various ADR topics and teaches for the American Arbitration Association.  Rebecca will present on how to get the most of your next mediation, including a discussion on mediator selection, advocacy in the context of mediating the litigated dispute, substantive preparation, advocacy techniques that do and do not work to advance the mediation process and/or promote settlement, and why this matters.  Don't miss what is sure to be an interesting and useful presentation.
    Lunch will be provided courtesy of Callahan Dispute Resolution. RSVP to

  • 19 Sep 2016 8:41 AM | Anonymous

    You and your firm are invited to a complimentary evening of socializing, hors d'oeuvres and drinks at Andrei’s in Irvine on Thursday, October 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    This event is geared to raise awareness and engagement with the Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law (OCCDL), a group of law firms, law schools, and other partners who have joined forces to achieve cultural diversity in the Orange County legal community.  
    The OCCDL puts on diversity-related programs and events, and also supports a number of local bar groups, pipeline events and other related initiatives. Additional information is available at After 20 years of successfully advancing diversity in Orange County, we want to further expand our organization and hope you will join us to learn more about how you can become a member.
    Please click here to RSVP no later than Friday, September 30.
    We look forward to seeing you there!
    Meredith Williams & Michael Preciado
    OCCDL 2016-2017 Co-Chairs

  • 14 Sep 2016 8:03 PM | Anonymous

    On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, the Intake, Records and Fiscal Sections of the Central District of California will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  For emergency filing matters only during this closure, please contact the Intake Section staff as follows:

    Western Division
    Civil and Criminal Call (213) 894-1475

    Eastern Division Call (951) 328-4480

    Southern Division Call (714) 474-6264

    Regular service hours will resume on Thursday, September 29, 2016.  Thank you for your cooperation.

  • 07 Sep 2016 9:39 PM | Anonymous

    Santa Ana, CA – The Orange County Family Violence Council is presenting a family violence conference, “Identifying, Understanding and Breaking the Cycle of Generational Violence,” on November 4, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92627. The conference focuses on the effects of family violence and selecting smart strategies to combat harm, as it occurs through all stages of life, from fetus to elder adult.
    The curriculum highlights best practices and seeks to reinvigorate those who have dedicated their professional and volunteer time to this important field. The conference features renowned speaker Linda Chamberlain, Ph.D., who is an expert on the impact of early trauma throughout the lifespan, and an inspirational keynote message from a family violence survivor. Other topics include:

    • Sorting Out Legal Tools and Resources: Civil, Family, Juvenile, and Criminal
    • Elder and Dependent Adult Issues
    • Veterans and Their Families
    • Effective Treatment of Batterers: Are We Being Successful?

    Originally organized at the behest of the California Judicial Council and supported by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, the Orange County Family Violence Council brings together all justice partners involved in every aspect of family violence and its effects upon Orange County families. This collaboration of judges, law enforcement partners, nonprofit agencies, defenders, council, and treatment providers is dedicated to inspiration, education, and sharing smart solutions.
    The 2016 conference is made possible through the generous support of the YWCA-North Orange County, the Wilson W. Phelps Foundation, and the U.C.I. Initiative to End Family Violence. The cost to attend is $25, which includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and free onsite parking. Continuing education credit for licensed providers and professionals is pending and scholarships are available. Please register online at

  • 18 Aug 2016 8:44 PM | Anonymous

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

  • 12 Aug 2016 11:06 AM | Anonymous

    In published opinion, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reverses judgment of the
    Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and raises concerns over the County's actions

    Santa Ana, CA - The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded on August 10, 2016 that a mother's debt to Orange County arising from her son's involuntary juvenile detention is not a "domestic support obligation" and thus excepted from discharge in bankruptcy. Brett H. Ramsaur and Todd E. Lundell of Snell & Wilmer briefed and argued on Ms. Rivera's behalf in front of the Court of Appeals after Caroline Djang of Rutan & Tucker briefed the trial court case. PLC's Leigh Ferrin and EmmaElizabeth Gonzalez served as co-counsel throughout the case, including briefing and arguing before the trial court and the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.
    "This is huge win for not only our client but countless 'honest but unfortunate' debtors in Orange County and throughout the Ninth Circuit," said Ferrin, Directing Attorney of PLC's Consumer Law Unit.
    In the published opinion, the panel reversed the judgment of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, which had affirmed the bankruptcy court's denial of Ms. Rivera's motion to sanction Orange County for persisting post-discharge in its efforts to collect the debt. Upon her son's release from detention, the County sent Ms. Rivera a bill for $16,372. Ms. Rivera sold her house to pay for $9,508 of the bill, and her ex-husband paid the bill down further.
    Ms. Rivera, who had to quit her job to take care of her ill son, filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy case and received her discharge. Nevertheless, the County continued to hound Ms. Rivera with collection-agent type tactics. The panel noted that "in relentlessly pursuing [Ms. Rivera's] collection and opposing its discharge, the County raises yet another obstacle to [Ms.] Rivera's efforts to provide her son with the support about which the County claims to be so deeply concerned."

    While Brett Ramsaur of Snell & Wilmer is ecstatic with the outcome, he is particularly proud of the relief it will provide Maria, saying "we are grateful for the opportunity to fight for Maria in front of the Ninth Circuit and couldn't be happier with the result."
    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that the Bankruptcy Code Amendments of 2005 did not "change the fundamental requirement that Domestic Support Obligations be for the purposes of child or family support." The panel further explained that Ms. Rivera "incurred her debt through no fault of her own. It was her son's actions, not hers, that led to his detention in juvenile hall, and thus his actions, not hers, that enabled the County to burden her with this debt. Nevertheless, in the wake of her child's incarceration, Ms. Rivera made a good faith effort to pay her bill [and] paid over half of it at great personal sacrifice. Rivera's debt thus arises in precisely the circumstance in which the Bankruptcy Code seeks to provide a fresh start."
    Caroline Djang of Rutan & Tucker summed it up when she said "Rutan could not have asked for a better result for Ms. Rivera. Not only does the opinion vindicate our argument, i.e. that the debt to the County did not fit within the spirit of the law excepting 'domestic support obligations' from discharge, but it also states in no uncertain terms that the County acted in a manner contrary to the objectives of the Bankruptcy Code. Every now and then in this profession, we encounter a truly "feel-good" win. This is one of those wins."  

    # # #

    Public Law Center
    601 Civic Center Drive West,
    Santa Ana, CA 92701
    (714) 541-1010

  • 12 Aug 2016 11:04 AM | Anonymous

    The 2016 Academy is on six consecutive Wednesday afternoons/evenings in September/October, as explained in the attached letter.  The application deadline has been extended to August 18.

    Application Form

  • 10 Aug 2016 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    Help immigrants achieve the American dream!

    Join PLC and earn 1.0 CLE credit at our upcoming training on naturalization law.  The training is complementary in exchange for volunteering at our Saturday, August 27 Naturalization Clinic.

    Training Date

    Tuesday, August 23, 2016
    Registration: 5:30 pm; Training: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Chapman University
    Dale E. Fowler School of Law
    One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866
    (Details will be sent in a separate confirmation email)   

    Clinic Date

    Saturday, August 27, 2016
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    (morning and afternoon shifts available)
    Sycamore Jr High School
    1801 E Sycamore St
    Anaheim, CA 92805
    (Details will be sent in a separate confirmation email)


    • Basic requirements of naturalization
    • Screening for "red flag" issues
    • Intersection of criminal law
    • Benefits and process of applying
    • What to expect at the Clinic
    • Completing applications in one day


    • Jacquelyn Santos, Esq., Staff Attorney, Public Law Center
    • Roxana Rosas, Project Coordinator, Public Law Center

    >> Register NOW! <<

    For questions, please contact Grace Landa.

  • 09 Aug 2016 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    The Salvation Army is offering 5 free CLE credits at a symposium to be held 9/21 at it's Western Territorial Headquarters in Long Beach.

    The Salvation Army Southern California Division
    180 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 500, Long Beach, CA 90802
    C: 805.769.4274  O: 800.275.3197  F: 562.264.3804

    Download Flyer

  • 05 Aug 2016 3:35 PM | Anonymous

    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
    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, or at 415-865-7681.
    We greatly appreciate your time and dedication to the continued improvement of administration of justice in California.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software