Newsletter for Feb. 1 – Feb. 15, 2016

Photos: Bridging the Gap

Presented by the Orange County Bar Association, the OCBA Young Lawyers Division, and the Daily Journal, this bi-annual event helps recent admittees to the California State Bar "bridge the gap" between law school and law practice through an invaluable introduction to the Orange County Courts and legal community. We wish to express our appreciation to all of the judges and attorneys in for volunteering their time as presenters. Shown here, the Allen E. Broussard Panel on Professionalism & Civility: OCBA Past President Joseph Chairez (Baker & Hostetler LLP), Orange County Superior Court Presiding Judge Charles Margines, and President Todd Friedland (Stephens Friedland LLP). A special thank you is extended to the OCBA Bridging the Gap Co-Chairs Steve Hittelman (Hittelman Strunk Law Group LLP) and Teresa McQueen (Pedersen McQueen APLC). To view additional photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page.

OCBA Family Law Section Presents 'Bailey' Award, Installs 2016 Officers

Orange County Superior Court Family Law Panel Supervising Judge Lon Hurwitz installed OCBA Family Law Section Chair Thomas Tuttle (Seastrom Seastrom & Tuttle), Chair-Elect J. Ben Phillips (Phillips, Whisnant, Gazin, Gorczyca & Curtin), and Secretary/Treasurer Joan Loos (Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP) on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at Grand Catered Events in Orange. A highlight of the event was the presentation of the George Bailey Award to Deputy Sheriff and Court Bailiff Adolfo Navarro, shown here with outgoing Section Chair Ryan Patrick Murphy (Seastrom Seastrom & Tuttle). Please click here for more information or visit our Facebook page to view additional photos from the event.

OCBA President Todd Friedland
Addresses ADR Section

OCBA President Todd Friedland (shown here with with Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Section Chair Michael Balmages of Balmages Law Office) addressed the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Section at its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, , while Hon. David Chaffee (Central Justice Center), Thomas Cummings (Wesierski & Zurek, LLP), and Thomas Weaver (Weaver Mediation) presented an MCLE program entitled "'Both Sides Now' of MSCs—A Judge & Pro Tems/Attorneys Look at MSC." Please visit our Facebook page to view additional photos.

OCBA Member Shane Criqui Joins Stuart Kane

Stuart Kane LLP is pleased to announce OCBA member Shane P. Criqui has joined the firm as a partner. Focusing his litigation practice on business and employment matters, Criqui represents clients in state and federal court, arbitration, and mediation. Prior to becoming a partner at Stuart Kane LLP, Criqui was a litigation attorney at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth for seven years. Founding partner and employment law veteran Bob Kane stated, "We are delighted Shane chose to join our team and believe he is a perfect addition to our quickly expanding business and employment litigation practice." For more information, please click here.

Call for Nominations: OCWLA Attorney, Judge of The Year
Deadline: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

The Board of Directors for the Orange County Women Lawyers Association invites nominations for its 2016 Outstanding Judge of the Year Award and Attorney of the Year Award. The Outstanding Judge of the Year Award is based upon the nominee's contributions and commitment to bench, bar and community. Please click here to download an application. The Attorney of the Year should be an outstanding member of the legal community as well as the community at large, with a proven commitment to advancing women in the legal profession as well as women's issues generally. To download the application, 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, and we'll be happy to acknowledge your achievement in the "Awards & Accolades" section of the OCBA website.

Grow Your Practice in 2016
Join the OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service

Need to broaden your practice or build your client base? Join LRIS! Membership in the Lawyer Referral & Information Service is a prominent and profitable form of advertising. Labor & Employment, Medical Malpractice, and Fiduciary Elder Abuse attorneys are particularly encouraged to join. LRIS membership renews annually so take advantage now! Please click here for more information or email us at

February 2016 Issue of Orange County Lawyer
Now Available

Both in print and on-the-go, the February issue of Orange County Lawyer is now available for our valued members. We hope you enjoy this month's batch of features and thought-provoking columns. 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 and take advantage of your 15 percent OCBA member discount!


OCBA Presiding Judge Reception

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
The Pacific Club, Newport Beach

The OCBA cordially invites you to a reception for Orange County Superior Court Presiding Judge Charles Margines and Assistant Presiding Judge Kirk Nakamura. Download the flyer for more information or register online today!

Sponsoring Affiliates:

OCBA Spring Member Mixer

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Irvine

Join members of the Bench and Bar for an evening of socializing and networking. (Don't forget to bring your business cards!) Attendees will enjoy gourmet appetizers, refreshing beverages, door prizes, and more. This popular Mixer sells out, so sign up early! Download the flyer for more information or register online.

OCBA Charitable Fund 32nd Annual
Judge Kenneth Lae Charity Golf Scramble

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Pelican Hill Golf Club, Newport Coast

Tee up for charity at this popular event! Golf not your game? Skip the links and join us for the Awards Reception. Proceeds benefit the OCBA Charitable Fund, which provides funding and resources to organizations and programs that enhance the system of justice and promote equal justice for all. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Young Lawyers Division

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Social

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
Bistango, Irvine

The OCBA Young Lawyers Division Social Committee invites you to a fun evening of socializing and networking. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Photos: OCBA Young Lawyers Division Open House & Annual Business Meeting

OCBA 2016 Young Lawyers Division gathered at this exclusive, complimentary event which featured the installation of Chair Michelle Philo (Adtile Technologies Inc.), shown here with Immediate Past Chair Jesse Bolling (Miller Barondess LLP). Please visit our Facebook page to view additional photos from the event.


OCBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) 2016 Chair Michelle Philo (Adtile Technologies Inc.) challenges her fellow YLD members to use the hashtag #OCBAYLDGives whenever you volunteer in the community, whether through pro bono work or other volunteer projects, as well as when you participate in OCBA YLD events and activities. Your publicly posted Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook posts using the hashtag will demonstrate the myriad ways in which OCBA YLD gives back to the community, as well as the depth and breadth of opportunities it provides for new attorneys and the legal community at large.

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.

Masters Division

OCBA Masters Division Social

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
The Hacienda, Santa Ana

Join your colleagues from the bench and bar for an evening of socializing and camaraderie. Price includes heavy appetizers, beverages, and whiskey presentation with tasting. 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.

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

OCBA & Second Harvest Food Bank Harvesting Event

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016
Incredible Edible Farm at the Great Park, Irvine

There are nearly 350,000 Orange County residents, many of them children, who are at risk of hunger every month and are in need of basic provisions. You can help make a difference by volunteering to harvest food for the Food Bank. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

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

Law School Corner

Chapman University Announces New Dean

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, Chapman University announced that Matthew Parlow will serve as the next Dean of its Fowler School of Law, effective July 1. Parlow succeeds Tom Campbell, who has served as Dean since February 2011. "We are delighted to welcome Matt Parlow back to Chapman University and the Fowler School of Law," said Chapman President Jim Doti. "His expertise in legal affairs, coupled with teaching skills that earned him awards at both Chapman and Marquette, only begin to hint at the strengths he'll bring to the law school." For more information, please click here.

Hit the Ground Running:
Practical Advice for Novice Attorneys
Presented by Western State College of Law

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016
Western State College of Law, Fullerton

Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen, Senior Principal, Pedersen McQueen APLC

Law students, graduates, alumni, and attorneys are all invited to attend this unique seminar packed with tips, tricks, and advice for newer lawyers along with "how to" ideas to make you a profitable asset to any firm—even your own! Download the flyer for more information or RSVP to

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 or visit and click on Career Resources. We look forward to helping you find your next great hire!

Upcoming MCLE Programs


Deposition Seminar Series
**4-Part Program**
Part 1: Develop & Sharpen Your Deposition Skills
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Trademark Bootcamp: Applying for & Enforcing a Trademark
Presented by the OCBA Intellectual Property & Technology Law Section

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

2015 in Review: Key Employment Law Developments
Presented by the OCBA Labor & Employment Law Section

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

Veterans & Criminal Issues
Presented by the OCBA Veterans & Military Issues Committee

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Human Trafficking in Our Backyard & Beyond
Presented by the OCBA & the OCBA International Law Section

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Deposition Seminar Series: Part 2 of a 4-Part Program
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, April 21, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Annual Tribute to a Legal Giant Seminar
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

From the Courts & State Bar

Judges Elect Hon. Kirk Nakamura as Assistant Presiding Judge

The judges of the Orange County Superior Court have elected Hon. Kirk Nakamura as Assistant Presiding Judge, announced the Court's Presiding Judge, Hon.Charles Margines. Judge Nakamura began serving immediately as he is filling a vacant position for the term that ends Dec. 31, 2017. For more information, please click here.

New, Revised, Repealed Forms for Judicial Council, San Diego Superior Court

Orange County Superior Court has released a list of new, revised, and repealed forms now available for use. For more information, please click here.

Request for Public Comment:
Filing Requirements for Reinstatement Proceedings
Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

The California State Bar seeks public comment on the proposed amendment to rule 5.44l(A), which adds language requiring a reinstatement petitioner to complete an authorization and release form. For more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.

Futures Commission Seeks Comment on Proposed
Concepts for Court System

The Commission on the Future of California's Court System has posted concepts it will explore during its public comment session on Monday, Feb. 8 and Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 in San Francisco. Please click here for the complete list and additional detail on the proposed concepts. Members of the public can request to speak at the comment session or submit written comments either before or after the session. A link to the live audiocast of the public comment session—posted approximately 15 minutes before the session?will be available online. For more information, view the comment procedures or see the press release.

Commission to Consider Two Appointments to Courts of Appeal

Two thirty-minute public hearings have been scheduled by the Commission on Judicial Appointments for Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, beginning at 11:15 a.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom, Ronald Reagan State Office Building in Los Angeles to consider the appointments of Judge Martin J. Tangeman, as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Six (Ventura) and Judge Marsha G. Slough, as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two (Riverside) by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. For more information, please view the press release.

Request for Public Comment: State Bar of California's Conflict of Interest Code for Designated Employees, Proposed Revisions to List of Designated Employees
Deadline: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

The Political Reform Act (PRA) requires state and local government agencies, such as the State Bar, to adopt and promulgate conflict of interest codes. The PRA requires agencies to identify areas where persons who act on the agency's behalf must disqualify themselves from making decisions because of a financial conflict of interest. The PRA requires that agencies designate employees who must report particular financial interests because they make or participate in making decisions that are likely to have an impact on those financial interests. The California State Bar seeks public comment on its Conflict of Interest Code and List of Designated Employees. FOr more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.

Request for Public Comment: Proposed Amendments to Rules of Professional Conduct
Deadline: Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

At the request of the Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct, the California State Bar Board of Trustees has authorized an immediate 90 day public comment period on proposed amended Rules 5-110 and 5-220 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The Commission recommended, and the Board agreed, that the processing of these proposed amendments should be prioritized and handled on a separate track from the Commission's comprehensive proposed amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct that are anticipated to be submitted to the Board in June of 2016. For more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.

Call for Applications:
2016 Supreme Court Appointment to State Bar Board of Trustees
Application Deadline: Friday, March 18, 2016

The California Supreme Court's State Bar Trustees Nominating Committee is seeking qualified candidates to serve as Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California. In 2016, two Board of Trustees positions will be filled during this process. For more information and details on how to apply, please click here.

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