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Newsletter for October 24 – November 6, 2016

OCBA Honors Harmon G. Scoville Honoree Roy L. Comer and Volunteers

Last week, the OCBA honored its member volunteers for their dedicated service and community voluteerism throughout the year. A special highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Harmon G. Scoville Award to Roy L. Comer. This award annually recognizes a member of the Orange County legal community who has exemplified the highest standards of the legal profession throughout their career, as well as and contributed to and championed the mission of the OCBA. View a full list of past honorees here. To see more photos from the event, visit the OCBA Facebook page.

Featured MCLE Events

Evidence in Action Returns
Presented by OCBA Family Law Section

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016
Grand Catered Events, Orange

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Fair Housing Laws and Policies
Presented by OCBA & Thurgood Marshall Bar Association

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016
UCI University Club, Irvine

Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Stands Up For The Homeless

This past Saturday, OCBA Homeless Task Force Co-Chairs Todd Friedland and Larisa Dinsmoor headed up a group of more than 50 OCBA volunteers in conjunction with Veterans Legal Institute, Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Public Law Center, and others at the recently opened Santa Ana Courtyard to assist the homeless community with their legal needs. Find more event information here.

Update: OCBA 2017 Section Leadership Nominations

Nominations for the open leadership position of 2017 Secretary/Treasurer close TODAY, Oct. 24, 2016 for the Banking & Lending, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy, Elder Law, Immigration Law, Intellectual Property & Technology Law, Labor & Employment Law, Real Estate Law, Tort & Trial, and Trusts & Estates sections.

Nominations will open TOMORROW, Oct. 25, for the Business Litigation, Construction Law, Conservatorship, Guardianship, & Protective Proceedings, Entertainment, Sports, & Marketing Law, Family Law, Health Care Law, Insurance Law, Social Security, and Solo Practitioner/Small Firm sections.

Visit to submit a nomination, or view schedule at

Worthy Mentions

Have Good News of Your Own to Share? Contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Jane Kim at, and we'll be happy to acknowledge your achievement through the OCBA.

OCBA 2017 Membership Renewals

It's that time of year again! Renewal statements for 2017 have been distributed. Members receive special pricing on seminars and events and discounts on advertising in Orange County Lawyer. As a reminder, membership is on a calendar basis, so renew early to avoid any interruption in benefits. Renew online or contact the OCBA Membership Department at 949.440.6700, ext. 384.

Coming Soon from Orange County Lawyer

Get all this and more in the November 2016 issue of Orange County Lawyer magazine. Have an idea that you'd love to see in print? We're always on the lookout for cutting-edge content relevant to the Orange County legal community. Review our writer guidelines and submit your article for consideration!
  • Cover Story: Who's Who in the ABA-Accredited Orange County Law Schools
  • Appellate Courts Battle Over Military Diversion
    by Kelly M. Knight and Kevin R. Snyder
  • UCI School of Law Stands Up For Veterans
    by Antoinette N. Balta, Samuel Hyams, and Sean Karol
  • After Brexit: The Butterfly Wings of Economic and Political Globalization
    by William Lockyer
  • Law Firm Survey Reveals Future Trends
    by Sherry Cushman


OCBA Trivia Night

Today, Oct. 24, 2016
The Harp Inn, Costa Mesa

Tour of the Superior Court

*Limited Space Available*
Friday, Oct. 28, 2016
Orange County Superior Court, Santa Ana

OCBA Fall Member Mixer

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016
Morton’s The Steakhouse, Santa Ana

Volunteer Opportunities

CRF-OC Seeks Mock Trial Attorney Volunteers

Presented by Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County
Tuesday, Nov. 15 - Dec. 13, 2016
Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen

Presented by the OCBA
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, Costa Mesa

OCBA 1L Kickstart Program

Presented by Presidential 1L Kickstart Task Force

Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinics

Presented by the OCBA and Public Law Center
Contact OCBA Public Services Coordinator Dana Mullin at 949.440.6700, ext. 110 or by email at, or Leigh Ferrin at 714.541.1010, ext. 290 or by email at

Young Lawyers Division

Learn more about the OCBA Young Lawyers Division or join today! Also, OCBA Young Lawyers Division 2016 Chair Michelle Philo encourages her fellow YLD members to hashtag #OCBAYLDGives whether you are volunteering in the community or participating in an OCBA event - We want to hear from you!

OCBA Trivia Night

Today, Oct. 24, 2016
The Harp Inn, Costa Mesa

OCBA YLD Hockey Night

Thank you to Underwriter Sponsor Bail Bond Professionals Chris Kiperman & Jason Meyerson!
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016
Honda Center, Anaheim

Masters Division

Learn more about the OCBA Masters Division and discover unique networking opportunities.

OCBA Trivia Night

Today, Oct. 24, 2016
The Harp Inn, Costa Mesa

Law School Corner

OC Legal Community Welcomes Dean Matt Parlow

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016
Offices of Minyard Morris, Newport Beach

Kindly RSVP by Oct. 26, 2016 on Eventbrite.

Need Another Hand on Deck?

Contact Joan Mountain, Chapman University Fowler School of Law Assistant Director of Career Services, Third-Year Students and Alumni, at or 714.628.2626 if you would like to receive applications from our graduates.

Ready to Hire?

Contact Pam Davidson, Western State College of Law Assistant Dean of Career Resources, at or visit and click on Career Resources.

Hire Whittier!

Whittier Law School is proud to introduce Susie Dickman as the new Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development (CPD). CPD is here to help you with your recruitment needs. Click here to post a position for our students, 2016 graduates and alumni. Contact Susie at 714-444-4141 x291 or

Upcoming MCLE Programs

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016
Evidence in Action Returns

Presented by the OCBA Family Law Section

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016
Fair Housing Laws and Policies

Presented by the OCBA and Thurgood Marshall Bar Association

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
4-Part Civil Trial Advocacy Series - Part 4: Closing Arguments

Presented by the OCBA Education Committee


12/1 OCBA Seminar: Habits of the Mind – Implicit Bias in the Workplace
Presented by the OCBA Diversity Committee

12/3 OCBA Ethics Update 2016
Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

12/13 OCBA Specialty Credit Night: Earn Credits For Three Specialties In One Night!
Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

From the Courts & State Bar

For more information, please visit the Courts and State Bar websites.



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