The Orange County Superior Court is offering an online scheduling tool for self-represented litigants to schedule brief, in-person appointments with Self-Help Services at the Lamoreaux Justice Center.
The number of positive COVID cases in Orange County is increasing at an alarming rate, forcing the County to return to the Purple Tier.
The Orange County Women Lawyers Association, an affiliate of the OCBA, announced its 2020-2021 Board.
This month the OCBA Community Outreach Committee is again partnering with OCBA volunteers to bring those who are without homes a meal
Click here for the Implementation Order Re: Juvenile Emergency Relief, executed November 6, 2020 by Acting Presiding Judge Kirk H. Nakamura.
The Orange County Asian American Bar Association, an affiliate of the OCBA, announced its 2020-2021 Board.
OCBA member Elizabeth M. Weldon co-hosted the American Bar Association’s 43rd Annual Forum on Franchising, which was held on October 27-30, 2020.
The Orange County Superior Court will implement a new process for Civil cases, where trial and other court related fees can be paid using the court’s mobile application or online via the Court’s website.
Justice Stephen K. Tamura’s name now will grace Orange County Superior Court’s West Justice Center to honor the late Justice’s legacy of trailblazing successes and to serve as recognition of the contributions of Asian Americans to Orange County and the United States.
The California Attorney General representing the People of the State of California, UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust (on behalf of the Plaintiff Class) (collectively, “Plaintiffs”), and Sutter Health (collectively, “the Parties”), are seeking qualified applicants to serve as the monitor to oversee compliance with the Proposed Final Judgment (“PFJ”) that resolves the claims in the consolidated antitrust actions against Sutter Health
The Federal Bar Association of Orange County (FBA/OC), an affiliate of the OCBA, announced its 2020-2021 Board.
Lunch bags and other items will be distributed around Orange County by non-profit organizations.
The OCBA Charitable Fund is hosting its Virtual Awards Ceremony tonight, October 20, 2020, starting at 5:00 p.m.
Join the OCBA for part two of an interactive Zoom meeting with OCBA Section Leaders
Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
The OCBA announces this year's Appointments Committee and invites all qualified individuals to apply for appointment to the OCBA Board of Directors. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 6, 2020.
The Wallace (Wally) R. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to Orange County Latino students who are presently attending law school and who have demonstrated involvement in the Latino Community.
Court leadership has made the difficult decision to keep the North Justice Center closed until Monday, February 1, 2021.
OCHBA's annual election has now opened for 2021 nominations.
Effective September 1, 2020, the Court implemented a process to select civil cases to commence jury trials.
Governor Gavin Newsom today announced his nomination of Justice Martin Jenkins (Ret.) for Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. Justice Jenkins has held several prominent state and federal judicial positions throughout his career.
OCBA member John W. Holcomb, Orange County partner at Greenberg Gross LLP, has been confirmed as United States District Judge for the Central District of California.
OCWLA has opened their director nominations for 2021.
The North Justice Center will remain closed through Friday, October 9, 2020.
The OCBA's annual Board of Directors Election closed at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. In accordance with the OCBA bylaws, 2020 President-Elect Larisa M. Dinsmoor will succeed to the Presidency in 2021.
The Orange County Superior Court’s North Justice Center (NJC) will remain closed through Friday, September 25, 2020.
The Orange County Superior Court’s North Justice Center (NJC) will be closed on Monday, September 21, 2020 and Tuesday, September 22, 2020, due to building safety concerns.
An OCBA Community Outreach Committee Event
Co-Chairs, John Fujii and Brooke Weitzman
Hon. Erick L. Larsh was elected Presiding Judge, and Hon. Maria D. Hernandez Assistant Presiding Judge in an uncontested election for the two top posts of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange.
A Virtual Event Acknowledging OCBA Volunteers
The OCBA leadership election is now open for online voting.
Pursuant to Government Code section 68106, the Superior Court of California, County of Orange is providing 60 days’ notice of the reduction of hours of operation for the Clerk’s Offices located at each of the branches of the Court.
The Orange County Superior Court announced today that Clerk’s Offices located at all branches will be closed every Friday at noon, starting on October 30, 2020, as a result of budgetary reductions, imposed by California’s fiscal crisis.
Click here to see Presiding Judge Nakamura’s Implementation Order Re: Juvenile Emergency Relief Authorized by Governor Executive Order and by the Judicial Council of California executed August 14, 2020.
Today, the Orange County Bar Association announced the Honorable Kirk Nakamura, Presiding Judge of Orange County Superior Court, as this year’s Harmon G. Scoville Award recipient.
Click here to download the PDF.
The Orange County Superior Court created and is offering a weekly virtual workshop teaching self-represented members of the public the process to clear Probate Notes for Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Decedents’ Estate cases.
Space is limited. Register online or by email to email@example.com. Download application.
The online election will open for voting on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, and close at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Only active attorney members will be eligible to vote (no law students, retired, or honorary members).
Effective July 15, 2020, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect public health, all members of the public entering the court are subject to the following restrictions.
A series of complimentary webinar programs presented by attorneys specializing in Elder Law
A series of four one-hour Webinar programs in July and August to provide law students with practical knowledge in appellate law. Register for Each Program Individually – Certificate Awarded Upon Completion of All 4 Programs!
Scott Kelly, of Fullerton, was selected as the foreperson for the 2020- 2021 Orange County Grand Jury, Orange County Superior Court Presiding Judge Kirk Nakamura announced last week.
The Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law (OCCDL) is organizing a mentorship program for law students from Southern California law schools and is looking for attorneys to participate in the program.
Court employees under pop-up tents line the entrance to the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana most of the day, ready to provide assistance and guidance to members of the public that arrive at the Court with general questions, a scheduled in-person hearing or other approved in-person matters.
Nineteen Orange County residents were selected on June 18, 2020, to serve on the Grand Jury for a one-year term that begins when the jurors take the oath of office on July 1, 2020.
Thank you to the over 200 donors and participants in the OCBA Charitable Fund’s Raise Your Glass at Home virtual fundraiser held on Friday, May 29th.
Given the unprecedented issues impacting the Orange County community caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, local legal aid organizations have had to transition staff to working at home, which has drastically impacted their budgets and needs.
Stephen K. Tamura’s name will grace Orange County Superior Court’s West Justice Center to honor the late Judge’s legacy of groundbreaking successes and to serve as recognition of the contributions of Asian Americans to Orange County and the United States.
Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. PST
The Orange County Bar Association's Mission Statement starts with "To enhance the system of justice." If the events of the last week have taught us anything, it is that our justice system needs enhancing.
OCBA President-Elect Larisa Dinsmoor announces 2020 Nominating Committee.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
Please be aware of email phishing scams and scrutinize any email that contains links or attachments.
The court is suspending case management conference procedures through December 31, 2020.
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of OCBA Past President Robert Gerard and member Thomas J. Lo as California superior court judges in Orange County.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
Local food banks and providers are facing unprecedented challenges with the spread of COVID-19 and its effects on the local economy.
TMBA will award selected applicants with a bar scholarship in the amount of $2,000.00 to assist with the costs associated with preparing for and taking the bar exam.
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
LIVE WEBINAR - Thursday, April 16 at 12:00 PM
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Click here for complete details.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Register here: https://www.ocbar.org/webinar040820
View the Video Replay Here.
Offering 1.0 Legal Ethics Self-Study Credit.
Friday, April 3, 2020
Register Here: http://www.ocbar.org/webinar040320
As we all deal and cope with the COVID-19 situation, it is helpful to hear the acts of kindness and goodwill that abound. The OCBA would like to showcase the good deeds of its members.
With all of the local food banks in South Orange County being closed down due to the COVID-19 crisis, OCBA past president Edmond Connor and his wife, Sue, organized a group of volunteers to make bag lunches for the homeless in San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, and Dana Point.
M.C. Sungaila, OCBA Board member and partner at Haynes & Boone, OCBA Past President Jennifer Keller of Keller/Anderle, and Seymour Everett of Everett Dorey are working together to support Cost Mesa First Responders and essential city employees.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to enhance the authority of California’s Judicial Branch to take emergency action in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Join Here: http://www.ocbar.org/webinar040120
While our office will be closed, we will be working remotely to continue to serve our members and legal community.
The Orange County Superior Court is closed to the public, with minimal exceptions for time sensitive matters, or matters pertaining to the safety and security of the community.
The Orange County Superior Court will remain closed to the public until April 24, 2020, with minimal exceptions for time sensitive matters or matters pertaining to the safety and security of the community.
UCI School of Law will begin conducting all law school class sessions remotely starting Monday, March 16, until further notice.
As you can imagine, the OCBA staff and leadership have been following the COVID-19 situation, which has now been labeled a global pandemic. Over the past couple of weeks, we have been preparing for the possibility that in-person events may be infeasible for some period of time. We believe that time is now. Based on recent recommendations from federal, state, and local health agencies, we have decided that the OCBA will postpone all in-person events scheduled to be held in March.
The OCBA is now accepting applications for mentors and protégés.
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association President Jonathan Dwork proudly presented El Dorado High School Senior Colby Bladow with the Judge Henry Moore Orator of the Year Award.
UCI School of Law will be hosting our 2nd Annual Speed Mentoring event on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Pelican Hill Golf Club, Newport Coast
The Mentoring Committee of the Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OCKABA) is now accepting applications for its inaugural Mentorship Program.
The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, an affiliate bar of the OCBA, honors California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye with the 2020 Hon. Francisco Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award.
The organization also honored exceptional volunteers and the Orange County Superior Court as Community Partner of the Year.
OCAABA has partnered with Elder Law & Disability Rights Center, People's Homeless Task Force Orange County, and LawWorks to create and pass out care packages/backpacks for the homeless that will include critically needed items.
Justice Ming W. Chin today announced he will retire from the Supreme Court of California on August 31, capping a nearly 25-year career on the state high court.
OCBA volunteers helped to pack donations collected during the month of October for the OCBA Necessities Drive.
Western State College of Law has received confirmation of its continued American Bar Association accreditation under new ownership
The OCBA is pleased to announce The Honorable James P. Gray as the next Franklin G. West Award recipient.
The Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County (CRF-OC) celebrated 38 years of service to Orange County students this year.
The Thurgood Marshall Bar Association (TMBA), an affiliate bar of the OCBA, is accepting applications from current law students in the Orange County area to serve as a TMBA Law School Ambassador.
TMBA will award selected applicants (first-time and repeat bar takers) with a bar scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to assist with the costs associated with preparing for and taking the bar exam.
The OCBA is proud to announce four newly appointed Board Members.
On Thursday, October 24, 2019, the Orange County Superior Court hosted 130 young women from throughout the County’s high schools for the first ever Young Women’s Leadership Conference.
Hon. James Ortega Perez, a retired judge of the Orange County Superior Court, recently passed away.
The OCBA Appellate Law Section awarded its 2019 David G. Sills Award for Appellate Excellence to Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. in honor of his distinguished career and achievements.
The OCBA honored its member volunteers for their dedicated service and community voluteerism throughout the year.
Grant Application Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019
The OCBA Charitable Fund is now accepting applications for its 2019 Grant Cycle.
Applications will be reviewed by the HBA Scholarship Committee. All materials must be postmarked by Thursday, October 31, 2019.
The Thurgood Marshall Bar Association (TMBA), an affiliate of the OCBA, is seeking nominations for the TMBA 2020 Board.
The Federal Bar Association of Orange County (FBA/OC), an affiliate of the OCBA, announced its 2019-2020 Board.
The OCBA Board prepared public comment to the State Bar's proposals. Click here to view the OCBA's public comment.
The Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA) Pipeline Committee is accepting applications for its 2019-2020 school year mentorship program.
OCBA members spent an evening getting their geek on by participating in teams comprised of younger lawyers and more experienced lawyers for a fun, two-hour trivia night mixer.
The OCBA presented a sold-out ethical issues seminar on September 19 at Chapman University Fowler School of Law.
On September 18, the State Bar of California’s Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services held a Town Hall Meeting to discuss possible regulatory changes to remove barriers in order to promote innovation in the delivery of legal services by lawyers and others.
If you want to see what OCBA Specialty Sections have to offer, now is the time.
The OCBA's annual Board of Directors Election closed at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. In accordance with the OCBA bylaws, 2019 President-Elect Scott B. Garner will succeed to the Presidency in 2020.
President Donald J. Trump announces his intent to nominate John W. Holcomb and Steve Kim as judges on the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
On September 16, the OCBA invited leaders from Orange County law school student organizations to OCBA Headquarters for a special reception.
Monday, October 7, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach
Last week, the OCBA Corporate Counsel Section hosted another successful Circle of Counsel that brought together Southern California’s in-house leaders and rising stars to connect and engage.
The OCBA Appellate Law Section hosted a candid discussion to hear from a distinguished panel of Ninth Circuit Judges.
Hon. Commissioner Thomas Schulte (Ret.) passed away on August 20, 2019. He was 74 years old. He retired in August 2011, having served the Orange County Superior Court for over 20 years.
The Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund will honor the Orange County Superior Court Collaborative Courts Program as its 2019 Community Partner Honoree of the OCBA Charitable Fund Annual Benefit, Keller/Anderle LLP as the Law Firm Honoree, and The Home Depot as the Corporate Honoree during tomorrow night’s OCBA Charitable Fund Annual Benefit.
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Central Justice Center – Department C1
A few OC lawyer dads have formed a dad’s group committed to being active fathers, partners, lawyers, and members of the community and want to build a group of like-minded dads.
For a limited time, OCBA Section Members can bring a colleague, associate or partner to attend a complimentary CLE section meeting and experience the benefits of membership
Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 2, 2019
The OCBA welcomed State Bar Chair Jason P. Lee and State Bar Executive Director Leah Wilson to Orange County on Wednesday, June 19.
Longtime OCBA member and Past President Don Martens passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the age of 85.
Deadline to Apply: Monday, June 17, 2019
The following people have been appointed by OCBA President-Elect Scott Garner, Umberg/Zipser to serve on the 2019 Nominating Committee. President-Elect Garner will serve as the Chair.
The OCBA supports Second Harvest and community organizations that provide food to those in need.
The OCBA is proud to share that 28 OCBA members were named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers for 2019.
The Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA), an affiliate bar of the OCBA, announced that it will contribute approximately $25,000 in grants to nine charities.
A recent $1 million gift received by the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law establishes a new endowed professorship that will help expand the institution’s innovative bar exam preparation program.
The OCBA is proud to share its members that were listed as Southern California Super Lawyers for 2019.
The Orange County Asian American Bar Association, an affiliate bar of the OCBA, honors OCBA members Hon. Deborah Chuang Servino and attorney Nathan Watanabe.
The Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA), an affiliate bar of the OCBA, is awarding scholarships to local law students.
The Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund has awarded grants to 17 law-related organizations and programs in Orange County. A special reception for grant recipients will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at the OCBA office in Newport Beach, Calif.
The Honorable Maurice Sanchez was enrobed on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Orange County Superior Court.