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Newsletter for August 12 – August 25, 2019

OCBA Board Election Begins September 3rd

The OCBA board election will be open for online voting on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. and will close at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Only active attorney members are eligible to vote. Beginning September 3rd, cast your ballot at

In alphabetical order, allow us to introduce your two candidates for OCBA Secretary: Michael Gregg (Littler Mendelson P.C.) and Christina Zabat-Fran (St. John Knits, Inc.), shown here. Click here to view the full slate of candidates.

Featured MCLE

OCBA Seminar: Mediation Advocacy for Litigators –
Advanced Tips and Insights
Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019
The Promenade & Gardens by Turnip Rose, Costa Mesa

Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Dads Group for Lawyers

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. The group is now exploring the possibility of expanding to a committee through the OCBA to help facilitate volunteer activities, networking events, joint events with other OCBA committees, and anything else to support and benefit the members. To join the committee interest list, visit or send an email to To share comments or suggestions you may have, send an email to Mohammed Elayan at

Worthy Mentions

Have Good News of Your Own to Share? Contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Jane Tang at to acknowledge your achievement through the OCBA.


OCBA Charitable Fund Annual Benefit
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach

Register online today. Or interested in being an event sponsor? Follow the link for sponsorships that are still available. If you're interested in donating an auction item, contact the OCBA Events Department at

Annual End of Summer Mixer
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019
Green Parrot Villa, Santa Ana

OCBA Mommy Esquire Meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA New Attorney Academy: Wrap-Up Reception & Final Program
What’s New in Specialty Practice Areas

Monday, Aug. 26, 2019
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Bar Waiters Reception
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Affiliate Bar Day at Chapman University
Monday, Sept. 9, 2019
Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Orange

OCBA Mentoring Program Network Reception
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019
Il Fornaio, Irvine

OCBA Trivia Night
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019
Muldoon's Irish Pub, Newport Beach


OCBA Volunteer Recognition Reception
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019
The Promenade by Turnip Rose, Costa Mesa

Volunteer Opportunities

Beach Clean-Up
Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach

Veterans Legal Institute - Case List & Family Law Clinic
Contact VLI Co-Founder and OCBA Board Member Antoinette Balta for more information.

Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinics
Contact OCBA Public Services Coordinator Dana Mullin at 949.440.6700, ext. 110, or by email, or Leigh Ferrin, Public Law Center, at 714.541.1010, ext. 290, or by email.

Now Available from Orange County Lawyer

Both in print and on-the-go, this year's August issue featuring the 2019 OCBA Charitable Fund Honorees is now available for OCBA members.

Have an idea that you'd love to see in print? Review our writer guidelines and submit your article for consideration.

Or want to advertise with us? Contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Jane Tang at 949.440.6700 ext. 123, or to take advantage of a special OCBA member discount.


Does a client's legal need fall outside of your area of practice? Refer clients with confidence to the OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service toll free at (877) 257-4762. A non-profit legal referral service serving Orange County for over 55 years.

LRIS refers to attorneys in over 30 different areas of law. Each call is carefully screened and each client receives a free brief consultation.

JOIN NOW - Accepting new LRIS panel member applicants. If you have any questions, please call (949) 440-6700 x 128 or email

Young Lawyers Division

Learn more about the OCBA Young Lawyers Division or join today! Here are some great opportunities to connect with fellow YLD members.

OCBA YLD Lawyer Well-Being Education Seminar
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA YLD Summer Networking Mixer
*Complimentary Networking Event*
Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019
Chieffo Residence, Laguna Beach

OCBA YLD & Corporate Counsel Section: Circle of Counsel
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019
Greenberg Gross LLP, Costa Mesa

Masters Division

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

OCBA Trivia Night
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019
Muldoon's Irish Pub, Newport Beach


11/5 OCBA Masters Division Seminar & Dinner: Artificial Intelligence and the Law

12/4 OCBA Masters Division Luncheon Recognizing OCBA Members in Practice 50+ Years

Law School Corner

Approval—Acquisition of Western State College of Law
A federal court in Ohio has approved acquisition of Western State College of Law by Westcliff University. Dr. Anthony Lee, President and CEO of Westcliff, said in response to the court’s approval, “We are delighted to welcome Western State into our family. We knew it would take a lot of work by many dedicated people, and today is the culmination of those efforts and a reason for celebration.” Read more.

PLUS Program introduces undergraduates to the law school experience
“The PLUS students learn about important law topics including immigration law, criminal law, and legal research and writing,” said Fowler School of Law Dean Matt Parlow. “The skills gained in this program help students build confidence and a develop sense of what it takes not only to get into law school, but also to be successful in life.” Read more.

Upcoming Events

OCBA Bar Waiters Reception
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Law Student Leadership Reception
Monday, Sept. 16, 2019
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Upcoming MCLE Programs

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019
OCBA Seminar: Advanced Tips and Insights - Mediation Advocacy for Litigators

Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019
OCBA Seminar: Owning Your Mental Well-Being and Finding Joy in the Legal Profession

Presented by the OCBA Young Lawyers Division Education Committee

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019
The Judges' Series
How to Prepare for a Minor’s Compromise Hearing

Presented by the OCBA and Orange County Superior Court

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019
OCBA Seminar: Ethical Issues
A Historical Perspective from The Bench

Presented by the OCBA Education Committee


9/12 OCBA Criminal Law and OCAA Joint Seminar

9/25 OCBA Trusts & Estates Annual Seminar

10/2 OCBA Family Law Seminar

10/24 OCBA Conservatorship, Guardianship & Prot. Proceedings Seminar

10/30 OCBA Insurance Law Annual Update

Affiliate Bars

FBA/OC Annual Pro Bono Lunch

OCBA Affiliate Bar Day at Chapman University
Monday, Sept. 9, 2019
Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Orange

To submit affiliate bar events or news to the Orange County Lawyer, contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Jane Tang.

From the Courts & State Bar

Sign Up for the State Bar's California Attorney Practice Analysis in August!
The State Bar is preparing to launch its groundbreaking survey of all active attorneys in California, and you can sign up in August to participate. The CAPA survey, available in August, will collect detailed data on what California attorneys know and do. Results will inform a relook at the California Bar Exam, to ensure that the test remains relevant to those joining the profession in the 21st Century. Here's a fact sheet about the project. Participants who complete the survey are eligible for an hour of free MCLE credit - details about receiving the credit and other aspects of the survey can be found on this FAQ. For questions, e-mail:

State Bar seeks public comment on proposals for regulatory reforms developed by the Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services
The State Bar is governed by a Board of Trustees. In 2018, the Board received a Legal Market Landscape Report suggesting that some of the rules and laws governing the legal profession may be hindering innovations that could expand the availability of legal services. The Board appointed a Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services (ATILS) and assigned it to identify possible regulatory changes to remove barriers to innovation in the delivery of legal services by lawyers and others. ATILS was charged with balancing dual goals: consumer protection and increased access to legal services. Read more.

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



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