Newsletter for June 22 - July 5, 2015
 

News

OCBA Notes the Passing of Two Former OCBA Presidents

The Orange County Bar Association notes with sadness the passing of two Past Presidents: William F. Wenke and Arthur W. Gray, Jr. William F. Wenke, a longtime Orange County resident, passed away at age 86 on May 28, 2015, in Dana Point. Mr. Wenke served as OCBA President in 1977 and was honored with the OCBA's Franklin G. West Award in 1981. Memorial services are planned for Friday, July 31, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Andrews in Newport Beach. Please click here for more information. Arthur W. Gray, Jr., a long-time resident of Anaheim, died at his home on June 15, 2015, at the age of 86. Mr. Gray served as OCBA President in 1976 and was honored with the OCBA's Franklin G. West Award in 1982. He received the OCBA Masters Division Legends of the Law Award in 2012. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 26, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Anaheim. For more information, please click here.


OCBA Proposes the Formation of a
Conservatorship & Guardianship Section

The Orange County Bar Association is considering the formation of a section dedicated to dealing primarily with conservatorship and guardianship issues involving both law and procedure, as well as the possible need for legislative action to address issues with no current resolution. It is contemplated that the section would be open for attorneys practicing in government offices and in private practice. The section would provide a forum to foster open discussions, networking, regular MCLE programming, and professional development. In order to be considered for official OCBA section status, at least 25 members of the OCBA must indicate an interest in joining. To express your interest, please email info@ocbar.org. For more information, please click here.


Invitation to Apply for OCBA Board of Directors &
Office of Secretary
Deadline: Monday, June 29, 2015

Qualified individuals are now being sought to run for open seats on the Orange County Bar Association’s Board of Directors for three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2016. Nominations are being accepted for three (3) seats for Directors At Large, as well as for the Office of Secretary, which is a multi-year commitment. Following their year as Secretary, the elected individual will be expected to continue to serve on the Executive Committee in the following capacities: Treasurer (2017), President-Elect (2018), President (2019), and Immediate Past President (2020). Applications should be submitted to the OCBA Nominating Committee, c/o OCBA, P.O. Box 6130, Newport Beach, CA 92658 or emailed to mocampo@ocbar.org. For more information or to download the application, please click here. The OCBA Nominating Committee, chaired by President-Elect Todd Friedland (Stephens Friedland LLP), will meet in July to select the slate of candidates for the OCBA election in the fall.


OCBA Members Named
2015 Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

The OCBA is pleased to congratulate its 483 members who were recognized by Southern California Super Lawyers in 2015. For more information and to see which of your colleagues made the cut, please click here.


Have Good News of Your Own to Share?
Submit a Story for Awards & Accolades

The OCBA is always on the lookout for positive news regarding its members! Whether you've been recognized with a prestigious award or have attained an honor unique to your field, we want to hear about it. Simply contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Lisa Brown at lbrown@ocbar.org, and we'll be happy to acknowledge your achievement in the "Awards & Accolades" section of the OCBA website.


Coming Soon from Orange County Lawyer

  • Cover Story: Defining the OCBA Young Lawyers Division
    by Jesse Bolling
  • Mediation Advocacy: Negotiation Tips and Perspectives to Help You Up Your Game at Mediation
    by Rebecca Callahan
  • Tech Tip: Five Apps That Help Lawyers Get Things Done
    by S. Ron Alikani
  • Ethically Speaking: The Ethical Perils of Representing Corporate Constituents at Depositions
    by Fred L. Wilks
Get all this and more in the July 2015 issue of Orange County Lawyer.

Have an idea that you’d love to see in print? Review our writer guidelines and submit your article for consideration! We’re always on the look-out for cutting-edge content relevant to the Orange County legal community. Interested in advertising in an upcoming issue? Please contact Publications & Social Media Manager Lisa Brown at 949.440.6700 ext. 123 or lbrown@ocbar.org and take advantage of your 15 percent OCBA member discount!


Refer with Confidence

When a client's situation falls outside of your area of practice, rely on the OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) —the Service your colleagues have trusted for over 55 years. OCBA LRIS attorneys have expertise in over 30 different areas of law. Each call is carefully screened by a trained representative to ensure each client is matched with the right attorney to meet their legal needs. Refer callers to LRIS by phone at 949.440.6747, online at www.lrisoc.org, or by email at info@lrisoc.org.

Featured MCLE

OCBA Annual Insurance Law Update
Presented by the OCBA Insurance Law Section

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Speakers:
Hon. Rex A. Hesseman (Ret.)
Phillip E. Smith, Esq., Smith Smith & Feeley, LLP
Stephen E. Smith, Esq., Smith Smith & Feeley, LLP
Edward Susolik, Esq., Callahan & Blaine APLC

Topic:
Annual Survey of all 2014 and 2015 Insurance Cases

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
  • Duty to Defend
  • Independent Counsel
  • Property Insurance
  • Brokers Malpractice
  • Agent Liability
  • Developments and Trends
  • New Legislation and Regulation

Download the flyer for more information or register online today.


Trial of Personal Injury Cases in the 21st Century
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015
Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Speakers:
Hon. Thierry Colaw, Orange County Superior Court
Daniel J. Callahan, Esq., Callahan & Blaine
Adrienne D. Cohen, Esq., Law Offices of Adrienne D. Cohen
Edward R. Leonard, Esq., Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow & Canter

Moderator:
Edward Susolik, Esq., Callahan & Blaine APLC

Topic:
One of Orange County's top judges and four leading trial attorneys provide the plaintiff and defense perspective on trial strategies and techniques.

  • View from the Bench: The Judicial Perspective
  • Trial Preparation Approaches and Strategies
  • Pre-Trial Motions: Secrets and Strategies
  • Settlement: Negotiations on the Courthouse Steps
  • Jury Selection
  • Opening Statement, Including Use of Technology
  • Direct and Cross-Examination
  • Defense Strategies: Make the Record
  • Use of Experts
  • Closing Argument

Download the flyer for more information or register online today.

Young Lawyers Division

Volunteers Needed:
CASA Superhero 5K

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Road Runner Sports, Laguna Hills

The OCBA Young Lawyers Division Community Outreach Committee seeks volunteers to assist at the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County) 2nd Annual Superhero 5K by providing walkers with water, encouragement, and directions on the route. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Angels Game Night 2015

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Angel Stadium, Anaheim

The OCBA Young Lawyers Division Sports Committee invites members to join them for Angels Game Night as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim take on the Texas Rangers. This event is exclusive to OCBA Young Lawyers Division members and their guests. Tickets are limited, so register early! Download the flyer for more information or register now.


A Day at the Races

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015
Del Mar Race Track, Del Mar

Join the OCBA Young Lawyers Division for an afternoon of horse racing. Mingle, network, and have a great time with other YLD members and their guests while enjoying the fabulous atmosphere of the Del Mar Race Track. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Beers & Brats Summer Social
An OCBA Charitable Fund Fundraiser

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015
Aitken Penn Residence, Peralta Hills

OCBA Young Lawyers Division members are invited to attend this exclusive event at the home of OCBA President Ashleigh Aitken! Enjoy good food and refreshing beverages while supporting a good cause. Proceeds will benefit the OCBA Charitable Fund, the charitable giving and philanthropic arm of the OCBA. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Are You an Attorney in Your First 5 Years of Practice?

Created to meet the needs of Orange County Bar Association members in their first five years of practice, the OCBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) brings new attorneys together through educational, community outreach, social, and sporting activities. For just $10 in annual dues, you get access to activities designed to help new lawyers adapt to their demanding profession, encourage early involvement in the legal community, and build camaraderie with fellow lawyers. Click here to learn more about YLD or download an application.

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

OCBA Summer Beach Clean-Up

Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach

The OCBA invites you to help keep our beaches clean at this event held in conjunction with the Surfrider Foundation. Families welcome! Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Race For The Cure

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
Fashion Island, Newport Beach

Join the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange County Women Lawyers Association “Raising the Bar” Team in its seventh year participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. You can run or walk the route, or even sleep in to support the cause! The OCBA/OCWLA Team will participate in the 7:15 a.m. 5k Run/Walk. However, members and their families may register to participate in any of the Run/Walks available. Funds raised support the Komen vision of a world without breast cancer. Download the flyer for more information or register online for team OCBA #1901.


Pro Bono Opportunity: Bankruptcy Clinics

Volunteer your time at the weekly Chapter 7 Clinics held by the OCBA and the Public Law Center (PLC). For more information, please contact OCBA Public Services Coordinator Dana Mullin at 949.440.6700 ext. 110 or by email at dmullin@ocbar.org. Additionally, PLC is collecting donated reference materials for use by pro bono attorneys at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana. To make a donation, please contact Leigh Ferrin at 714.541.1010 ext. 290 or by email at lferrin@publiclawcenter.org.

Masters Division

OCBA Masters Division
Summer Reception

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach

This summer, join your fellow members of the OCBA Masters Division for a Summer Reception Honoring 2015 Legends of the Law Award Recipients Hon. James V. Selna, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and Don W. Martens, Esq., Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear. You won't want to miss this unique opportunity to network and socialize with Orange County's most experienced legal practitioners! Download the flyer for more information or register online.


The OCBA Masters Division was founded in 2011 to serve the unique abilities, needs, and agenda of practitioners with 25 years or more tenure in the practice of law. The purposes of the Masters Division are to uphold the honor and dignity of the legal profession, apply the knowledge and experience of its members to promote the public good, and cultivate social intercourse among its members. For more information, please click here.

Events

OCBA Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
The Promenade Event Centre & Gardens, Costa Mesa

OCBA Member Volunteers are invited to a celebration honoring their dedicated efforts and community service throughout the year. Let us show our appreciation! This exclusive event is complimentary for OCBA member volunteers and Orange County's sitting judges. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Harmon G. Scoville Award, which annually recognizes a member of the Orange County legal community whose career exemplifies the highest standards of the legal profession and who has contributed to the Orange County Bar Association and championed our constitutional system of justice. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Charitable Fund

Fall Fundraiser:
Raise Your Glass III

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Big Canyon Country Club,
Newport Beach

The OCBA Charitable Fund is proud to announce its annual Fall Fundraiser, Raise Your Glass III! Mark your calendars for this popular wine tasting and charity awards benefit, which will return to Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund donations to various law-related charities in the Orange County community. Guests will enjoy great wines and culinary delights, live entertainment, and a live auction. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

For more information about the OCBA Charitable Fund or for detailed sponsorship information, call 949.440.6700, ext. 127, or visit www.ocbacf.org.


Save the Date:
OCBA Judges' Night & Annual Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
Irvine Marriott, Irvine

Mark your calendars for this time-honored event recognizing the Orange County Judiciary, featuring the installation of OCBA Officers and Directors and OCBA Charitable Fund Directors, as well as the installation of Todd G. Friedland, Stephens Friedland LLP, as 2016 OCBA President. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Franklin G. West Award, the highest honor bestowed by the OCBA. Download the flyer for more information or contact events@ocbar.org.

Law School Corner

ABA Selects Two UCI Law Students as Law Student Division Liaisons

UCI Law students and OCBA members Matthew Bradbury '16 and Eric Vera '16 have been appointed to the American Bar Association's 2015-2016 student leadership team. Vera will serve a second term as the ABA Law Student Division Liaison to the Commission on Hispanic Rights and Responsibilities, which seeks to address the challenges and responsibilities facing Hispanics in the U.S. legal system. Bradbury was named ABA Law Student Division Liaison to the Criminal Justice Section, which includes more than 20,000 members, from judges to private criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, public defenders, academics, and other professionals. Vera is spending his summer in Washington, D.C., as a law clerk with the trial division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Bradbury this summer is a law clerk with the Ventura County District Attorney's Office. For more information, please click here.


UCI Law's Shaffer Appointed Shimizu Visiting Professor at LSE

Gregory Shaffer, Chancellor's Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Globalization, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, has been selected for a prestigious Shimizu Visiting Professorship at the London School of Economics for October 2015. The Shimizu professorship is awarded each year to three prominent individuals from around the world who stay at LSE for a two-week period. The objective is to enrich the intellectual life of LSE's Law Department and to expose its graduate students to the work of leading scholars. As a Shimizu Professor, Shaffer will give public lectures and meet with faculty and graduate students regarding their work. Shaffer's publications include six books and more than 80 articles and book chapters on international trade law, global governance, and globalization's impact on domestic regulation. He is vice president of the American Society of International Law. Please click here for more information.


Need Another Hand on Deck?

Chapman’s Fowler School of Law is in the midst of Spring Recruitment and can collect applications and arrange on-campus interviews for you for summer associates, law clerks, externs, and interns. For more information, please contact Michelle Nguyen, Recruiting Program Manager, at minguyen@chapman.edu or 714.628.2648. For lateral positions, whether for full-time, part-time, temp, or contract work, please contact Joan Seguin Mountain, our Assistant Director of Career Services, Third-Year Students and Alumni, at seguin@chapman.edu or 714.628.2626.


Looking for Talent?

Consider utilizing the Whittier Law School Career Development Office to help you obtain talented law clerks and attorneys. We are here to help you with your hiring needs. Become a part of the Whittier Law School family today. To speak with someone at the Career Development Office, please email Assistant Dean of Career Development and Employer Outreach Randy Reliford at rreliford@law.whittier.edu.


Ready to Hire?

Western State’s law students and graduates are well-prepared and practice-ready to bring value to your law firm or organization from the start. Employers are invited to post free job listings or participate in our interview programs. Please contact Pam Davidson, Assistant Dean of Career Resources, at pdavidson@wsulaw.edu or visit www.wsulaw.edu and click on Career Resources. We look forward to helping you find your next great hire!

Upcoming MCLE Programs

OCBA Annual Insurance Law Update
Presented by the OCBA Insurance Law Section

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Trial of Personal Injury Cases in the 21st Century
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015
Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Register online or download the registration flyer.

OCBA in Moorea, Tahiti
OCBA Annual Travel Seminar

Deadline Extended—Reserve Your Spot by July 3, 2015
Sunday, Nov. 8 – Saturday Nov. 14, 2015
Hilton Moorea, French Polynesia

Reserve Your Spot by July 3, 2015. For more information, download the registration flyer.

**SAVE THE DATE**

OCBA Real Estate Law Section Seminar
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

From the Courts & State Bar

Online Court Reservation System Expansion

The Los Angeles Superior Court has announced an expansion of its online Court Reservation System (CRS), effective July 1, 2015 at Pomona Courthouse and Stanley Mosk Courthouse, and Aug. 3, 2015 at Compton Courthouse, Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse, and Torrance Courthouse. For more information, please click here.


Request for Public Comment: Proposed Rule Revisions
Deadline: Thursday, July 16, 2015

The San Diego Superior Court is currently seek public comment on proposed revisions to Local Rules. The proposed revisions would go into effect Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. For more information, please click here. The deadline to submit comments on the proposed revisions is Thursday, July 16, 2015.


Council Focuses on Efficiency Measures at Next Meeting

At its public meeting Thursday, June 25, through Friday, June 26, 2015, the Judicial Council will review and consider a number of judicial branch efficiency measures, including courtroom layouts, a water conservation policy, the Judicial Council staff agency's restructuring, and steps to further refine and implement the Workload-Based Allocation and Funding Methodology in 2015-2016, as well as trial court budget proposals for 2016–2017 for court-appointed dependency counsel, expanded language access to the courts, and court facilities maintenance. For more information, please click here.


Settle Your Case Quickly, Cost Effectively with
Orange County Superior Court's Civil Mediation Program

The Orange County Superior Court and others offer a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes to help people resolve disputes without going to trial. ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial. Through the Orange County Superior Court's Civil Mediation Program, each side in the dispute will pay only $150 to the mediator, which covers the costs of the mediator’s preparation and up to the first two hours of the mediation session. For more information, please download the flyer or visit the Court website.


Call for Nominations: 2016 Harry B. Sondheim
California Professional Responsibility Award
Deadline: Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

The California State Bar is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Harry B. Sondheim California Professional Responsibility Award. Created in 2010, this award was established to recognize a member’s outstanding long-term contribution to the advancement of attorney professional responsibility standards in California. For more information and instructions on how to submit a nomination, please click here.


Request for Public Comment: Required MCLE Hours and
Relevance to Attorney’s Practice Area
Deadline: Friday, June 26, 2015

The California State Bar seeks public comment on a proposal that suggests increasing the number of required MCLE hours from 25 to 36, and requiring that 12 of the required hours be relevant to a member’s practice area. For more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.


Request for Public Comment: Legal Specialist Certification Denials
Deadline: Monday, July 6, 2015

The proposed amendments to the California State Bar Rules and the Rules of Procedure, if adopted, would clarify appeal procedures for legal specialist certification denials not currently present in the Rules and the Rules of Procedure. FOr more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.


Request for Public Comment: Publicly Available Confidential Information
Deadline: Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

The California State Bar seeks public comment on Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 13-0005, which considers the duties a lawyer owes to current and former clients to refrain from disclosing potentially embarrassing or detrimental information about the client, including publicly available information the lawyer learned during the course of his representation or relating to the representation. For more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.


For more details and information, please visit the Court's website and the State Bar website.