Newsletter for Nov. 10 - Nov. 23, 2014

OCBA Masters Division
3rd Annual Technology Seminar

Using Technology in Trials Today—
What Is a Must and What Is a Bust
Perspectives from the Bench, Bar, and Jury Consultants

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Irvine Marriott, Irvine

Hon. Kim G. Dunning
Orange County Superior Court

Paul R. Kiesel, Esq.
Kiesel Law LLP

Mark T. Gerard
Jury Consultant
The Litigation Group

Program Chair: John B. Sganga, Jr., Partner, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear


  • The Latest Technologies for Your Practice
  • Juror Perceptions About Courtroom Technology (What Works and What Doesn't)
  • Technology and Jury Research

You won't want to miss this opportunity to network with the best of Orange County's Bench and Bar while exploring new technological advances and their potential impact on your practice alongside industry experts. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA to Honor Judge Di Cesare with
Prestigious 'West' Award

The Orange County Bar Association is pleased to announce that Hon. James J. Di Cesare of the Orange County Superior Court has been selected as the 2014 Franklin G. West Award recipient. Established in 1971 in memory of the late Judge Franklin G. West, a highly respected jurist who served on the bench from January 1939 to March 1965, the West Award is bestowed upon an outstanding attorney or judge who has made significant contributions to advance and elevate justice and law. Judge West’s 26 years and two months on the bench constituted the longest term ever served by a judge in California. The West Award will be presented to Judge Di Cesare during the OCBA's Judges' Night & Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

OCBA Releases New
Mentor On Demand Videos

Two new resources are now available on the OCBA Mentor On Demand website. OCBA members may now access a Judicial Profile of Hon. Cheri Pham, as well as a Judicial Profile of Hon. Sherri Honer. The OCBA Mentor On Demand (MOD) Program is an innovative web-based mentoring program that provides insights and practical information from leading OCBA members of the Bench and Bar. Each video presentation is around 10 minutes or less. For more information, please visit

OCBA Section Spotlight: Breakfast Meeting with
California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

The OCBA Appellate Law, Construction Law, and Corporate Counsel Sections invite you to join us for a very special discussion with Justice Liu about his experiences on the Supreme Court and his perspective on oral advocacy, brief writing, and judicial opinion writing. Space is limited, so sign-up early! Download the flyer for more information or register online.

OCBA Sections Annual Leadership Elections:
Voting Now Open for Immigration Law, Intellectual Property & Technology Law, Labor & Employment Law; Opens Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 for Real Estate Law, Tort & Trial, Trusts & Estates

This fall, all OCBA Sections will conduct online elections for open leadership positions. Voting is open from now through Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, for the Immigration Law, Intellectual Property & Technology Law, and Labor & Employment Law Sections. Online voting for the Banking & Lending, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy, and Elder Law Sections closes TODAY, Nov. 10, 2014, as do nominations for the Family Law and Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Sections. Voting for the Real Estate Law, Tort & Trial, and Trusts & Estates Sections will open on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. For additional information on the 2014 election process for OCBA Sections, including a complete schedule of nomination and election dates, please click here.

Presiding Judge Sanders Named
OCWLA Judge of the Year

The Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA) recently honored Orange County Superior Court Presiding Judge Glenda Sanders as the organization's 2014 Judge of the Year during its Annual Gala, which was held Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. Also recognized were Attorney of the Year Joan Huckabone Mayer and President’s Awardee Steven R. Young. Shown here, OCWLA President Laura Hess and 2014 Judge of the Year Hon. Glenda Sanders. To view additional photos from the event, please click here.

CRF-OC Seeks Volunteer Attorney Scorekeepers

Here’s a way to have great fun and serve a great cause in the process! The Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County (CRF-OC) is looking for attorneys (working, retired, or just out of law school—anyone with a J.D. is qualified) to help score the Orange County High School Mock Trial Competition. All rounds of the Competition will take place at 4:45 p.m. at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. CRF-OC is particularly in need of Attorney Scorers on the following dates: Thursday, Nov. 13, Tuesday, Nov. 18, Thursday, Nov. 20, Tuesday, Dec. 2, and Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. If you would like to volunteer, please contact CRF-OC’s Program Manager, Jennifer Gerstner, at 949.679.0730 ext. 101 or

Make an Informed Client Referral with LRIS

When a client’s legal need falls outside of your area of practice, refer them with confidence to the OCBA’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS)—Orange County’s finest Referral Network and Non-Profit Community Service for over 55 years. LRIS attorneys have expertise in 35 areas of law. Each call is carefully screened, with each client receiving a free brief consultation to review their legal needs and discuss fees. You can refer your clients to LRIS by phone at 949.440.6747 or for a qualified referral.

Post Your Jobs with the OCBA

Is your firm recruiting new talent? As a service to our members, the OCBA is always happy to post attorney job openings on our website. Simply send your job announcement including details on how to apply to OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Lisa Brown at Are you an attorney in transition? Click here to browse the latest listings.

Renew &/or Add Areas of Practice to
Your OCBA Membership Directory Listing

Want to increase your visibility within the OCBA online membership directory? Consider adding your areas of practice and/or languages spoken to your profile! Adding a listing enables your fellow OCBA members to search for you by practice area, rather than by name alone—which could lead to increased referrals. Purchase your first listing for $25, and only $10 for each subsequent listing. Remember: Practice Area listings are on a calendar basis, so if you want to keep your membership directory profile up to date, you’ll need to renew any listings purchased in previous years. Click here to get started!


OCBA Fall Member Mixer

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Mastro's Steakhouse, Costa Mesa

Join your fellow members of the Bench and Bar for an evening of socializing and networking (don't forget to bring your business cards)! Always a popular event, this annual mixer features appetizers, refreshing beverages, door prizes, music, and more. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

2015 OCBA Judges' Night &
Annual Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Irvine Marriott, Irvine

Don't miss this very special evening, which honors the sitting judges of Orange County. Ashleigh Aitken of Aitken Aitken Cohn will be installed as 2015 OCBA President. The OCBA Officers and Board of Directors will be installed by Hon. Lon F. Hurwitz, Orange County Superior Court, as will the OCBA Charitable Fund Board of Directors. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Franklin G. West Award—the highest honor bestowed by the OCBA—to Hon. James J. Di Cesare. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Young Lawyers Division

Call for Nominations: OCBA Young Lawyers Division Chair-Elect
Deadline: Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

The OCBA is currently accepting nominations of Young Lawyers Division members who have been in practice for three years or less for the position of 2015 Chair-Elect. In accordance with the OCBA YLD Bylaws, the 2015 Chair-Elect will also serve as YLD Chair in 2016. All current OCBA Young Lawyers Division members are eligible to vote for 2015 Chair-Elect. Completed nomination forms should be submitted electronically along with a headshot to no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. For more information and details on submitting your nomination, please download the nomination packet.

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Holiday Kick-Off Party

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
The Auld Dubliner at The District, Tustin

Come kick-off the Holiday Season with fellow OCBA Young Lawyers Division Members at this exclusive YLD event! Enjoy appetizers, beverages, door prizes, and an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater or create your own to compete with your peers! 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.

Law School Corner

OCBA Thanks Section Specialty Day Volunteers

The Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) would like to give a special "Thank You" to the OCBA Attorney Members who participated in the 2014 OCBA Section Specialty Days as well as the law schools for inviting the OCBA to host this event on their campus. OCBA Section Chairs, Co-Chairs, and/or representatives went out to the law schools and met with the OCBA law student members to provide them with insight about the OCBA and its sections. View photos from the events at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Whittier Law School, and Western State College of Law on the OCBA Facebook page.

Chapman Dale E. Fowler School of Law Welcomes the
California Court of Appeal, 4th Appellate District, Division Three

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, 1:30 p.m.
Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Orange

The California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Three, will hear oral arguments in Fowler School of Law’s Appellate Courtroom on several criminal law matters currently before the court. The panel will be comprised of Presiding Justice Kathleen E. O'Leary, Justice Richard D. Fybel, and Justice Richard M. Aronson. Please contact Events Coordinator Ashley Kemp at 714.628.2653 or with any questions.

Hot Legal Practice Areas, Hiring Trends, & Branding for Law Students

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Western State College of Law, Fullerton

Legal recruiter Eve Senuty of Robert Half Legal comes to Western State on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 to discuss the hot legal practice areas and hiring trends for 2015. Additionally, she will share her experience and expertise on the importance of developing a professional identify, both during law school and after, to appeal to prospective employers and clients. Contact Pam Davidson in Career Services at for more information.

OCWLA Now Accepting February Bar Stipend Applications
Deadline: Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014

The Orange County Women Lawyers Association is now accepting applications for its biannual Bar Stipend Award, which recognizes students with financial need who best exemplify the mission of OCWLA as well as a commitment to scholarship, community service, advancement of women or women's issues, and Orange County. To download an application, please click here. Applications are also being accepted for the OCWLA Diversity Bar Stipend Award, which awards $1,000 to a recent law school graduate with a minority ethnic background and achievements and contributions in scholarship, community service, advancement of diversity or diversity issues. Financial need and connection to Orange County are also considered. Please click here to download the application.

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

Hire from Western State!

If you or an attorney you know have an opening for new law clerks or new associates, look no further than Western State. Our current students bring practice-ready skills, possess a great work ethic, and are available for spring and summer law clerk positions. With Bar results right around the corner, this is the perfect time to start interviewing for new associates. Contact Pam Davidson in Career Services to post your job opening for free or arrange for convenient on-campus interviews: or 714.459.1106. We look forward to finding your next great hire!

Featured MCLE

Mediator Disclosures in Private and in Court-Connected Civil Case Mediation: Is the Neutral Neutral?
Presented by the OCBA

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

This program satisfies an important component of the continuing education required of mediators serving on the Orange County Superior Court Mediation Panel.

Suzanne Viau Chamberlain
Attorney at Law and Mediator
Chamberlain and Viau, a professional law corporation


  • Practical highly-interactive discussion for both litigators and mediators of disclosure and disqualification considerations
  • Update on court rules, standards, and ethical responsibilities bearing on the determination of impartiality at case acceptance and during the course of mediation
  • New thought-provoking hypothetical

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

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 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

Masters Division

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.

Upcoming MCLE Programs

OCBA Mediator Disclosure Seminar
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Using Technology in Trials Today—What Is a Must and What Is a Bust
Perspectives from the Bench, Bar, and Jury Consultants
OCBA Masters Division 3rd Annual Technology Seminar

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Irvine Marriott, Irvine

Register online or download the registration flyer.


OCBA Specialty Credit Night
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Law & Technology Seminar
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Ethics Update Seminar
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Wyndham Irvine – Orange County Airport, Irvine

OCBA 23rd Annual MCLE Last Dash & Trade Show
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa

OCBA Last Dash Reloaded (Specialty Credit Video Replay)
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

From the Courts & State Bar

Court Launches Appeals Webpage

The Orange County Superior Court has launched a new webpage that provides information about the appeals process for each type of court case. The process is not the same for all case types. In addition, the process for appealing the decision in a case can be complicated, especially for individuals who do not have attorney representation. The appeals webpage provides a centralized location with information about which court will hear an appeal and what steps are needed to file an appeal. For more information, please click here.

New Postcard Jury Summons

On Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, the Orange County Superior Court began using a new method of summoning residents to serve as jurors. Instead of an envelope containing a summons and directions, prospective jurors will now receive a postcard which indicates when and where they are to appear for jury service. The postcard directs the prospective juror to respond to their summons using eJuror, an online application which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at The change from a summons in an envelope to a postcard jury summons was done to reduce printing and postage costs. The change will save an estimated 30 percent of costs—approximately $100,000 per year. This is another example of the Superior Court’s efforts to reduce costs and become more efficient in response to cuts in court funding since the recession began. For more information, please click here.

Attorneys Required to File New Civil Actions Electronically

Effective Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, attorneys filing new civil actions with the United States District Court, Central District of California will be required by amended Local Rule 3-2 to file their case-initiating document(s) electronically, using the Court's Case Management/Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF), unless exempted from electronic filing by amended local rule 5-4.2. For more information, please see the Notice from the Clerk.

Serve Your Community as an Orange County Grand Juror
Deadline: Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

TThe Orange County Superior Court is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Orange County Grand Jury. A new 19-member Grand Jury will be empaneled for a one-year term that begins July 1. Superior Court judges interview qualified applicants, and Orange County Sheriff’s Department officers conduct background investigations on these candidates. Selection of the 19-member Grand Jury is achieved by a random drawing of the top 25 to 30 candidates nominated for service, to equally represent each of the five Orange County Supervisorial Districts, as required by law. For more information and details on how to apply, please click here.

Superior Court Civil Court Reporter Pooling Pilot Project

Departments C6, C10, C12, C13, C14, C15, C17, C18, C21, C23, C25, C26, C31, and C32 of the Orange County Superior Court are participating in a Court Reporter Pooling Pilot Project. Official court reporters (i.e. court reporters employed by the Court) in those departments will be provided only for trials and other matters in which oral evidence will be presented. Official court reporters will continue to be provided for all hearings in the remaining unlimited civil departments, including civil complex departments. For additional information regarding court reporter availability, 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.

State Bar Board of Trustees Election
Nomination Deadline: Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

In 2015, two seats on the State Bar's Board of Trustees will be up for election, including one in District 4, which is comprised of Orange, Imperial, Inyo, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. Any active member of the State Bar who maintains his or her principal office for the practice of law within the State Bar district in which there is a vacancy is eligible to run for a seat on the board. Lawyer members are elected for three-year terms and will assume their offices at the conclusion of the 2015 Annual Meeting. For more information and details on how to submit a nomination, please click here.

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