The OCCDBA is the unified voice of the criminal defense bar for Orange County. The founding Board members, Paul Meyer (President), Kate Corrigan (Past President), Jennifer Keller, Gary Pohlson , John Barnett, Mike McDonnell, Al Stokke, Jack Earley, and Ed Muñoz, started the association to promote the interests of the private criminal defense bar in Orange County. Ed Flores, Tom Bienert, and Ed Welbourn joined the Board and are currently serving as active members.
The OCCDBA Board members have been actively participating in courthouse meetings and providing a voice for the private criminal defense bar. In its first year, the Board was able to achieve several of its goals, including growing its membership, providing great MCLE opportunities to its membership, achieving the expansion of access to VISION to private defense counsel, and a high level of camaraderie amongst its members. Our meetings have included panel discussions with presiding and trial judges, a night at the jail, town hall style exchanges with the bench, candidates for the bench, rehabilitation services providers, the Orange County District Attorneys’ Office, private pay to stay jail providers, and, of course, great panels of seasoned attorneys, both from Orange County and beyond. In November, we will again co-host a criminal panel with the Federal Bar Association—Orange County Chapter. The OCCDBA members range in age and experience. More experienced and seasoned attorneys offer their time to younger members in the way of informal mentoring.
We meet on the last Thursday of the month at Original Mike’s in Santa Ana. Our dues are $150 per year, and we offer a discount to law students and investigators. Membership is now open. For further information, please contact OCCDBA President Paul Meyer or visit our website at www.occdba.com.