The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County (OCHBA) promotes education, unity, and excellence in the Hispanic legal community by expanding the business and professional opportunities available to its members, enhancing the members’ business and professional stature in the Hispanic community, increasing the participation of Hispanic leaders in civic affairs, and enhancing the quality of life for the members and the community.
Since 1995, the OCHBA has been awarding deserving law students with its Wally Davis Scholarships. Many of these scholars have gone on to work for large and small firms, in both the public and private sectors. Many have also joined the leadership of the OCHBA as Board Members and Presidents.
On March 9, 2019, we promoted our mission by hosting our 41st Annual Installation and Scholarship Dinner at the Irvine Marriott. At our Installation and Scholarship Dinner, we awarded 5 scholarships, totaling $25,000.00, to deserving law students. This year, we honored Bettina Yanez as Attorney of the Year, Wylie Aitken with the Hon. Francisco P. Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award, Golden Boy with our Corporate Citizen Award, and Dannie Ceseña with the Courage Award.
The theme of the Dinner this year was “United We Stand.” We selected this theme as we look forward to continuing to build and strengthen our relationships with our affiliate bar organizations to promote access to the legal profession, to promote diversity within the legal profession, and to serve our community as lawyers, mentors, and community leaders. This year, our Immediate Past President, Darrell White, was appointed as an OCBA board member.
We will serve our community by continuing to support the Santa Ana High School Legal Skills Academy, volunteering with the Public Law Center naturalization workshops, mentoring Westminster High School Students through the Puente Pen Pals Program, and volunteering for El Central Cultural De Mexico in Santa Ana.
Our annual MCLE travel seminar this year will take place from May 23, 2019, through May 27, 2019, in Costa Rica. We will host our mixers throughout the year such as Cinco de Mayo, Judges Barbecue, End of Summer Mixer, and Toy Drive Holiday Party.
If you are interested in becoming a member, getting involved with our organization on a committee, or learning about our scholarship opportunities, please visit www.ochba.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about upcoming events, visit www.ochba.org.