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Newsletter for November 26 – December 17, 2018

OCBA Announces Justice William Bedsworth

2018 Franklin G. West Award Honoree

The OCBA is pleased to announce Justice William W. Bedsworth, Associate Justice California Court of Appeal, Division Four, District Three, as the next Franklin G. West Award honoree. First established in 1971 in honor of the late Judge Franklin G. West, the Franklin G. West Award represents the highest honor awarded by the OCBA.

The award will be presented at the 2019 Judges’ Night & Annual Meeting on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at the Irvine Marriot. For full event details or to register, visit the event webpage or download the flyer.

OCBA Charitable Fund Recognized at the 33rd Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

The OCBA Charitable Fund was honored as the Outstanding Philanthropic Group at the Association of Fundraising Professional's National Philanthropy Day Luncheon. This event recognizes the philanthropists who through their volunteer service and selfless giving have improved the lives of so many in Orange County. “The OCBA Charitable Fund proudly supports an array of legal-related charities, from shelters for abused women and children, to assisting veterans and under-privileged youth. We are incredibly honored to have this work recognized in such a meaningful way on National Philanthropy Day,” said OCBA Charitable Fund President Michael Baroni.

The OCBA Charitable Fund was nominated by Veterans Legal Institute, and Michael Baroni and OCBA Executive Director / CEO Trudy Levindofske accepted the award on behalf of the Charitable Fund.

Featured MCLE

Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
Wyndham Hotel • 17941 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, CA 92614
Registration/Dinner: 5:30 p.m. • Program: 6:00–9:15 p.m.
*3.0 Specialty CLE Credits*

Download the flyer for more details or register online.


OCBA 2019 Section Leadership Election - Vote Online!

Online voting CLOSES TODAY on Monday, Nov. 26 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.

Online voting OPENS TOMORROW on Tuesday, Nov. 27, for 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.

Please visit to submit a nomination, or view the full nomination and election schedule online 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 Offers Discounted Fingerprint Scanning - Next Live Scan Date - Tomorrow!
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018
Next Date: Monday, Dec. 10, 2018
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Last Dash 2019
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019
Chapman University Fowler School of Law

OCBA Judges' Night & Annual Meeting
Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
Irvine Marriott


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

Volunteer Opportunities

Senior Santa & Friends
Donation Deadline: Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
This program provides holiday gifts and gift certificates to elderly and disabled clients of the Orange County Social Services and Health Care Agencies, who may be forgotten during this special time of year. To participate, email Drop off items at OCBA Headquarters – 4101 Westerly Place, Newport Beach, or at Gordon & Rees – 2211 Michelson Drive, Suite 400, Irvine. Visit or contact the OCBA Events Department at for more information.

Spark of Love Toy Drive
Donation Deadline: Monday, Dec. 17, 2018
Make a child’s holiday special by donating new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment in the Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive! Coordinated by ABC7 and Southern California Firefighters, donations will be distributed to Orange County children of all ages who may otherwise go without. Gift cards are accepted, and toys for teenagers are appreciated. Donations may be dropped off at OCBA Headquarters – 4101 Westerly Place, Newport Beach, between 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit or contact the OCBA Events Department at

Coming Soon from Orange County Lawyer

Learn more about this year's Harmon G. Scoville Honoree Teresa A. McQueen in the December 2018 issue of Orange County Lawyer. 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 Scoville Award Recipient Teresa McQueen: Dancing Through Fifteen Years of Service and Still Smiling
    by Julie M. McCoy
  • Hungry For Change: An Overview of California Food Waste and Donation Legislation
    by Kerry W. Franich
  • The Black Box: Proposition 65 Considerations for the Food & Beverage Industry
    by Alexandra N. Krasovec
  • Courting the Court: Ten Tips for Improving Your Relationship with Justice
    by Samuel P. Nielson
  • A Criminal Waste of Space: Symbols of Authority
    by Justice William W. Bedsworth

Join the OCBA Lawyer Referral
& Information Service

Need to expand your practice or build your client base? Join the OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service now and receive carefully screened referrals through 2019! Click here for the LRIS New Member Application. LRIS is a trusted referral program that has proudly served the Orange County community for over 55 years. Elder Law and Medical Malpractice attorneys are especially needed. For more information, please email us at

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.

Call for Nominations: 2019 OCBA YLD Chair-Elect
Submittal Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
All Young Lawyers Division (YLD) members in practice three years or less are encouraged to submit a nomination to serve as the position of 2019 YLD Chair-Elect. The 2019 YLD Chair-Elect will be chosen by the current YLD membership during an election held from December 5, 2018 to December 19, 2018. Click here for more information.

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Annual Holiday Social
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
Bowlmor Lanes, Tustin

Masters Division

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

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

Law School Corner

State Bar Releases July 2018 Bar Exam Results

The State Bar of California released the results of the July 2018 California Bar Exam, and announced that 3,284 people (40.7 percent of applicants) passed the General Bar Exam. The pass rate for first-time applicants was 55 percent. If those applicants satisfy all other requirements for admission, they will be eligible to be licensed by the State Bar to practice law in California. Click here to read the full story.

UC Irvine Law Prof Clinches US House Seat Nine Days After Election

Katie Porter is headed to Capitol Hill after narrowly winning a hotly contested congressional race that dragged on for more than a week after Election Day. Click here to read the full story.

Upcoming MCLE Programs

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
OCBA Ethics Update 2018

Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 and Monday, Jan. 14, 2019
OCBA New Rules of Professional Conduct Video Replay

Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
OCBA Specialty Credit Night

Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019
OCBA Last Dash 2019

Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019
OCBA Last Dash Specialty Credit Replay

Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
OCBA Bridging the Gap

Presented by the OCBA, OCBA YLD & The Daily Journal

Affiliate Bars

OCHBA Annual Dia de Los Muertos Mixer

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

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



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