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Newsletter for February 25 – March 10, 2019

J.E.T. Rutter Award recipient Commissioner Barry Michaelson with his court staff, which includes the George Bailey Award recipient courtroom bailiff Dale Mattson

OCBA Family Law Section Presents Annual Awards

Judge Lon Hurwitz addressed the OCBA Family Law Section on the "State of the Union" and presided over the swearing in of the new 2019 Family Law Section Officers and Executive Committee. The meeting also featured special presentations of the J.E.T. Rutter Award to the Commissioner Barry Michaelson, which was presented by Hon. Dennis Keough. The George Bailey Award was given to courtroom bailiff Dale Mattson. For more photos, visit the OCBA Facebook Page.

Featured MCLE

OCBA College of Trial Advocacy (Civil)
Presented by the OCBA
20 MCLE Credits - Unique Workshop & Program Approach

March 28 – April 27, 2019
Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Orange

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

  • Learn the fundamentals of Civil Trial Advocacy
  • Get hands-on training at the workshops in an actual courtroom setting
  • Experienced litigators and distinguished judges provide guidance from Voir Dire to Closing Argument
  • Benefit from personal evaluations of your performance
  • Completion of this program is accepted as one of the alternative experience requirements of the Personal Injury Panel of the OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service



*All 2019 LRIS Renewal Statements and application materials have been sent*

The LRIS PORTAL gives members real-time access to better manage their referrals. JOIN NOW! If you have any questions, please contact the LRIS Membership Department at (949) 440-6700 x 128 or email

Project SELF - Summer Employment in Law Firms
Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019
Interested? Fill out and return this form to Nancy Garcia by Friday, March 15, 2019 at For further information, contact Nancy at (714) 480-1925 ext. 108 or Mike Shuff at (949) 644-4007;

  • What is Project SELF? an eight-week paid internship program that gives high school juniors from low-income families in Orange County, California an opportunity to gain exposure to the legal community
  • WHAT IS ITS GOAL? to provide professional mentorship and exposure to various legal administrative support positions
  • WHEN? This year’s internship will run from Monday, June 10 through Friday, August 02, 2019

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 Reception Honoring OC Superior Court Presiding Judge-Elect Hon. Kirk Nakamura and Associate Presiding Judge-Elect Erick Larsh
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana

Join fellow members for this special reception co-sponsored by OCBA Affiliate Bars: Federal Bar, OC Chapter, Iranian American Bar, OC Chapter, Italian American Lawyers of Orange County – Lex Romana, OC Korean American Bar, OC Lavender Bar, OC Trial Lawyers, and OC Women Lawyers.

OCBA Charitable Fund Grant Reception
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Offers Discounted Fingerprint Scanning
Monday, Feb. 25, 2019
OCBA Headquarters: 4101 Westerly Place, Newport Beach

OCBA YLD & Affiliate Bars Social
Thursday, March 21, 2019
MESA, Costa Mesa

OCBA Charitable Fund Annual Judge Kenneth Lae
Charity Golf Scramble

Monday, April 1, 2019
Santa Ana Country Club

Tee up for charity at the ever-popular Judge Kenneth Lae Charity Golf Tournament! Proceeds benefit the OCBA Charitable Fund, the philanthropic arm of the OCBA, which provides funding and resources to organizations and programs that enhance the system of justice and promote equal justice for all.

Volunteer Opportunities

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 February issue featuring the Franklin G. West Award Honoree Associate Justice William Bedsworth is now available for our 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.

Ahern Update: Be Cautious When Your Client Gives You Possibly Stolen Evidence

The ethics rules of most states do not specifically address the propriety of an attorney’s review and use of materials which may have been stolen or otherwise acquired without permission from their rightful owners. Click here to read more about this month's tip.

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 Community Outreach Tustin Hangar Half & 5K Volunteer Event
Sunday, March 3, 2019
The District, Tustin

State of the Law: Cannabis
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Advanced Depositions, Irvine

Sports Night at Honda Center
Friday, March 8, 2019
Honda Center, Anaheim

OCBA YLD & Affiliate Bars Social
Thursday, March 21, 2019
MESA, Costa Mesa

Masters Division

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

Check out photos from the most recent events on the OCBA Masters Division webpage.

OCBA Masters Division CLE Presentation & Social
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Andrei's Restaurant, Irvine

Law School Corner

The Implications of WAYFAIR on Interstate Taxation

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Kennedy Hall, Room 237, Orange

Join the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law for a seminar exploring the implications of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. Click here for full details or to RSVP online.

OCBA Open House Section Specialty Day

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Orange

OCBA and Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law invite Chapman law students to the OCBA OPEN HOUSE & SECTION SPECIALTY DAY. Meet practicing lawyers from OCBA sections! Click here for full details or to RSVP online.

Internships & Student Positions

The Department of Justice is now accepting applications for 2019 Summer Internships across California. For more information on student opportunities or to apply, click here.

News from UC Irvine School of Law

Upcoming MCLE Programs

Track Your CLE Online

One very useful benefit of OCBA membership is the ability to track and verify CLE compliance from participation in OCBA programs. Members who must comply by Jan. 31, 2019 have received an emailed statement of credits earned. Members also have immediate access to their CLE compliance history on anytime. Simply login and click on “My Account” at the top of the webpage.

Thursday, March 21, 2019
The Judges' Series

Presented by the OCBA and OC Superior Court

March 28 – April 27, 2019
2019 OCBA College of Trial Advocacy (Civil)

*Certificate Awarded Upon Completion of Program* - must attend all sessions
Presented by the OCBA

  • Thursday, March 28: Introduction, Ethics & Professionalism, Preparation for Trial, Courtroom Communication Skills
  • Thursday, April 4: Law & Motion & Voir Dire
  • Saturday, April 6: Voir Dire Workshop
  • Thursday, April 11: Opening Statement
  • Saturday, April 13: Opening Statement Workshop
  • Thursday, April 18: Direct & Cross Examination
  • Saturday, April 20: Direct & Cross Examination Workshop
  • Thursday, April 25: Closing Argument
  • Saturday, April 27: Closing Argument Workshop

Thursday, May 23, 2019
OCBA Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Law Update

Presented by the OCBA Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section

Affiliate Bars

FBA/OC Supreme Court Perspectives

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

Overview of 2019-2020 Opportunities to Serve on the Board of Trustees or a State Bar Advisory Committee
Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019
Every year the State Bar of California offers opportunities to serve on the Board of Trustees of the State Bar, State Bar advisory committees, and external entities. Download the application.

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



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