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  • 05 Oct 2018 9:40 AM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    1 Hour Ethics MCLE | Hosted by FLOC Sponsored by Judicate West

    • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    • 5:30 PM 6:30 PM
    1851 E First St #1600 Santa Ana, CA 92705

  • 03 Oct 2018 9:38 AM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    The Orange County Bar Association Presents


    Legal Aid Society of Orange County • OC Collaborative Courts • Public Law Center
    1.0 General CLE Credit

    Reception: 5:30 pm • CLE Event: 6:00 pm
    Orange County Bar Association • 4101 Westerly Place, Newport Beach, CA 92660 (Free Parking)

    Register Here


    Come hear from some of Orange County’s leaders in pro bono work!
    Topics will include:

    • Why doing pro bono is important
    • What you and your firm can get out of pro bono work
    • Current trends in pro bono work
    • Types of pro bono opportunities available
    • What to expect in doing pro bono work and how to get started

    $10* for OCBA Members
    $20* for Non-OCBA Members
    (Price Includes Dinner and 1.0 General CLE Credit)


    Hon. Mary Kreber Varipapa
    Orange County Superior Court

    Kenneth W. Babcock
    Executive Director & General Counsel
    Public Law Center

    John B. Hurlbut, Jr.
    Partner, Rutan & Tucker, LLP

    Kate Marr
    Executive Director
    Legal Aid Society of Orange County

    Pro Bono Committee Program Co-Chairs:

    • Larisa M. Dinsmoor (OC Public Defender’s Office)
    • Daniel S. Robinson (Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.)

    Register online at

    For more information about CLE seminars, visit or call the OCBA Education Dept. at 949-440-6700, ext. 125.

  • 01 Oct 2018 6:57 PM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    Comments sought:
    This e-mail is to inform you that new proposals have been posted to the California Courts web site, at
    Legislative Proposals-Item Number: SP18-17
    Judicial Council –Sponsored Legislation: Civil Discovery Tiers
    Summary: This legislative proposal from the Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee would provide for new discovery provisions for general civil cases, setting up three civil case tiers based on the complexity of the     case, with each tier having different discovery requirements and limitations. The goal of the proposal is to make discovery more proportional to the value and nature of claims in a case. The proposal is based on the recommendations of the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System.
    Deadline to Submit comments: Friday, October 19 at 5:00 pm.
    Judicial Administration-Item Number: SP18-18
    Telephonic Appearances: Change in the Fee Amount
    Summary: The Judicial Branch Budget Committee proposes amending rule 3.670(k)(1) of the California Rules of Court to increase the fee to appear by telephone in civil cases from $86 to $94, effective January 1, 2019. The new fee will apply to the balance of the four-year term of the master agreement for telephone appearance services that was recently entered into with CourtCall LLC. The fee increase reflects the estimated increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for the term of the agreement.
    Deadline to Submit comments: Monday, October 15 at 5:00 pm.
    You are welcome to distribute this to any other interested parties.
    If you have any questions, please contact Benita Downs, at, or at 415-865-7957.

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

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

    September 14, 2018

    The Waterfront Hilton Beach Resort Hotel

    Huntington Beach

    Honoring Judge James Perez

    RSVP to 714-841-3131 or

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