Hispanic Bar Association

Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County Adopts Resolution Supporting the DREAM Act

The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County (“HBA”) advocates for a legal community that reflects the true diversity of Orange County and ensures access to justice for all.

This year, the HBA celebrates 40 years working to increase: 1) the number of Latinos pursuing a law school education; 2) the number of Latino attorneys practicing in Orange County, and 3) the number of Latinos serving on the bench. 

The HBA 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 places such as Latham Watkins, and Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton.  Five Wally Davis scholars have gone on to become public defenders; three others work for public agencies.  Five scholars have gone on to serve on the HBA Board, including one who became HBA president.  Every year, the HBA’s scholarship and installation dinner draws hundreds of leaders of the local legal community.  This year, the keynote speaker was Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

In addition to its student and new lawyer mentoring program, the HBA provides professional formation opportunities, such as the 2010 Memorial Day MCLE travel seminar to Huatulco, Mexico and a series of spotlight volunteer opportunities in conjunction with the St. Thomas More Society and the PLC.  The HBA’s “de barranda” mixers throughout the year have become a staple of the social life of the local legal community.

Seeking the HBA’s endorsement has become de rigueur for local aspirants to judicial office, which serves the HBA’s pursuit of a judiciary that serves its constituents and all other sectors of the community.  The work of the social issues committee is helping to establish the HBA as a serious voice for social justice.

In short, the HBA is a great place to give back to the community, empower the next generation of Latino lawyers and leaders, meet new friends, see old faces and share some good memories. If you are interested in becoming a member or in learning more about the HBA, its Committees, its scholarships, or how to get involved, please visit our website at www.ochba.org or e-mail info@ochba.org