Since 1974, the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County (OCHBA) has advocated for a legal community that reflects the true diversity of Orange County. The OCHBA’s core mission is to increase opportunities for Latinos to:
· Access the legal profession both as lawyers and as clients
· Succeed as attorneys by utilizing their talents to provide premier client service, whether the client is an individual of limited financial means or a large corporation with vast financial resources
· Serve the community as lawyers, mentors, and community leaders
The OCHBA encourages law school enrollment with its Wally Davis Scholarships, awarded to deserving law students every year since 1995. Wally Davis scholars have gone on to work at large and small firms, in both public and private service, and several have joined the leadership ranks of the OCHBA as presidents.
Every year, the OCHBA’s Scholarship Fundraiser and Installation Dinner draws hundreds of leaders of the local legal community. This year, we honored Thomas Saenz as Attorney of the Year and Robert Cohen with the Hon. Francisco P. Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award. Further, we gave our Guardián de Justicia Award to the Nicholas Academic Centers and our Corporate Citizen Award to Farmers Insurance, in addition to awarding $20,000 in scholarships to deserving Latino law students with strong ties to Orange County.
The OCHBA also provides professional enrichment and networking for its members, including the 2017 OCBA/HBA MCLE travel seminar to Cabo San Lucas. Further, the OCHBA’s annual mixers throughout the year have become a staple in the Orange County legal community including our Judges BBQ and our End of Summer Mixer, which is done in partnership with other affiliate bars in Orange County.
This year, the OCHBA has formed a partnership with the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana to provide quality legal services to underserved community members; established a relationship to aid the Santa Ana High School Legal Skills Academy; and partnered with local law schools, community groups, and members of the private bar to establish a Justice Fund to represent detained community members.
If you are interested in becoming a member or learning more about the OCHBA, its Committees, its scholarships, or how to get involved, please visit www.ochba.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about upcoming events, visit www.ochba.org.