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Newsletter for August 15 – August 28, 2016

Chapman University Fowler School of Law Welcomes New Law Class

Last week, OCBA President-Elect Michael Baroni spoke to the newest class of Chapman University Fowler School of Law. Looking out across the packed Kennedy Hall Lobby, he encouraged the students to realize that their law careers were beginning on that very day as opposed to when they graduate. For more event photos, visit the OCBA Facebook page.

Special Thanks to Champagne Level Sponsor
Sullivan, Krieger, Truong, Spagnola & Klausner, LLP

Click here for a full list of event sponsors.

Call for Nominations:
2016 Harmon G. Scoville Award

Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2016 Harmon G. Scoville Award. This prestigious award was established in 1990, in honor of the retiring Appellate Court Presiding Justice Harmon G. Scoville. The nominee must be a member of the Orange County legal community whose career exemplifies the highest standards of the legal profession and who has significantly contributed to the Orange County Bar Association and championed our constitutional system of justice. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please download the nomination form.

Featured MCLE

Law & Politics: The Impact On Our Courts
Presented by OCBA Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016
Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa

Come join us for a lively discussion from our Judges on how the current political environment is affecting each of their courts - Appeals, District and Bankruptcy. The political issues discussed will include the effects of a U.S. Supreme Court with only eight Justices and a gridlocked Congress. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Hon. Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Hon. Andrew J. Guilford, U.S. District Judge, Central District; Hon. Scott C. Clarkson, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District

Katherine Porter, Professor of Law, UC Irvine School of Law

Program Chairs:
Richard Marshack, Esq., Marshack Hays LLP; Kelly Zinser, Esq., Zinser Law Group, PC


OCBA Member Appointed ABA Litigation Section Liaison

The American Bar Association appointed OCBA member Darrell White, Weintraub Tobin, to serve as Litigation Section Liaison to the Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities. The commission was created in 2010 to address the challenges and responsibilities facing Hispanics in and within the legal system of the United States. Visit the OCBA website to read more about White's appointment.

n-Action Family Network Honors OCBA Member

The OCBA is pleased to announce that OCBA member Eric J. Dubin of Dubin Law Firm was awarded n-Action Family Network's 2016 Hero of Hope award. Working with n-Action, a non-profit organization that serves underprivileged and homeless youth as well as female offenders who are transitioning back into their communities, Dubin has worked for and represented numerous victims to help them achieve justice.

OCBJ Accepting Nominations for
Seventh Annual General Counsel Awards

Last Call for Nominations!
Nomination Deadline: 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016

The Orange County Business Journal is accepting nominations for its Seventh Annual General Counsel Awards. Nominees must be a general counsel based in Orange County, except nominees for the Rising Star category. Winners will be announced at the awards dinner on Nov. 2, 2016. This is the perfect opportunity to recognize clients or business associates. Self-nominations are also welcome. For more information, visit the OCBJ General Counsel Awards website.

OCBA Past President Joseph Chairez Takes It to New Heights

OCBA Past President Joseph Chairez, BakerHostetler, founder of the OCBA Teenage Legal Survival Skills program, trekked Mount Everest to commemorate the program's 10th anniversary. Chairez created the program to teach students about the laws that govern them once they turn 18 years old. This past year, TLSS presented at 33 schools and reached 1,600 students in Orange County. For more information about this program, contact Michelle O'Campo at or at 949.440.6700, ext. 126.

Section Spotlight:
Husky Int’l Electronics v. Ritz - What You Need To Know About the Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decision
Presented by the OCBA Banking & Lending

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

The panelists Honorable Erithe A. Smith, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, Christopher L. Blank, Esq., Christopher L. Blank, Attorney at Law, PC, and Melissa Davis Lowe, Esq., Shulman Hodges & Bastian LLP will discuss the potential impact of the recent U.S. Supreme Court case of Husky Int’l Electronics v. Ritz, which could drastically change the types of claims that might be determined non-dischargeable. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Section Spotlight:
ImageSoft TrueFiling Training
Presented by the OCBA Appellate Law Section & Court of Appeal

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

*Free Training, Very Limited Seating, Webinar Also Available*
In September 2016, e-filing through ImageSoft’s TrueFiling system will be mandatory for all attorneys in the Court of Appeal, 4th District, Division Three. There will be two training sessions: 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Training will include: Creating an Account; Adding Courts to Favorites; Enabling Email notifications; Adding Firm Contacts and Attorneys; Creating a Payment Account; Searching and Filing in an Existing Case; Case Initiation; and Generating Payment Activity Reports. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Commissioner Richard Vogl Recognized By
Legal Aid Association of California

OCBA member Commissioner Richard Vogl (Ret.) has been awarded the 2016 Family Law Award from the Legal Aid Association of California. This award annually recognizes family law advocates in their commitment and dedication to serving low-income Californians in various categories. For more information, visit the Legal Aid Association of California website.

Western State College of Law Honors Four OCBA Members

The OCBA is pleased to announce that OCBA members and Western State College of Law alumni Ebrahim Baytieh (Class of 1996), Hon. Maria D. Hernandez (Class of 1992), Vincent D. Howard (Class of 2003), and Pearl Mann (Class of 1985) will be honored at the Fifth Annual Hall of Fame Gala on Sept. 17, 2016. For more information and event details, view the event flyer.

OCBA Member Erica Swensson Joins Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP welcomed OCBA member Erica A. Swensson as a new senior associate. Swensson joins the firm’s Matrimonial and Family Law group from Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP. Swensson earned her J.D. from Chapman University Fowler School of Law, where she also earned a certificate in Advocacy and Client Counseling. She received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.

Coming Soon from Orange County Lawyer

  • Cover Story: OCBA Secretarial Candidates
  • Civic Center: Center of Justice, Center of Homelessness
    by Todd G. Friedland and Mark Pampanin
  • Homeless Outreach Court: Saving People’s Lives and Saving Money
    by Larisa Dinsmoor
  • Minding the Statutory Offer to Compromise: A Review of Basic Mechanics, Recent Developments, and Common Misconceptions
    by Joshua Simon
  • Jurisdictions Compete to Expand Paid Sick Leave
    by Shirin Forootan

Get all this and more in the September 2016 issue of Orange County Lawyer magazine. 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! Or, interested in advertising in an upcoming issue? Contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Jane Kim at 949.440.6700 ext. 123 or and take advantage of your OCBA member discount!

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

We're always on the lookout for positive news about members. Whether you were recognized with a prestigious award or attained an honor unique to your field, we want to hear about it! Simply contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Jane Kim at, and we'll be happy to acknowledge your achievement on the OCBA website and social media.


OCBA Charitable Fund Annual Benefit: "Raise Your Glass"

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach

The OCBA Charitable Fund invites you to attend this popular wine tasting and charity awards benefit. 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, culinary delights, live entertainment, and a live auction. Please download the sponsorship and registration brochure for more information or register online.

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach
1.0 Hour of CLE

Expand your knowledge of the law in a variety of practice areas – Civil Procedure, Real Property, Probate/Estates, Family Law, Business/Corporate, Environmental, Labor Law, Insurance, and Criminal Law – by joining us for a roundtable discussion on proposed additions and modifications to existing law. Participate with other Orange County lawyers who are actively engaged in the process to improve existing law by debating proposed resolutions to modify and create new state laws.Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Young Lawyers Division

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Business Meeting

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Join fellow OCBA Young Lawyers Division members for a complimentary event. This is a great opportunity to network with other newer attorneys while hearing about events and programs relevant to your interests. Space is limited, so register early to reserve your seat!

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
Los Altos High School, Hacienda Heights

Have questions? Contact OCBA Immigration Law Section Chair Sabrina Rivera. For more information, download the flyer.


OCBA Young Lawyers Division 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.

Created to meet the needs of OCBA members in their first five years of practice, the OCBA Young Lawyers Division brings new attorneys together through educational, community outreach, social, and sporting activities. With a $10 annual due, you get access to activities designed for new lawyers to tackle their demanding profession, encourage early involvement in the legal community, and build camaraderie among fellow lawyers. Click here to learn more about YLD or download an application.

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016
Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach

The OCBA and the OC Iranian American Bar Association are hosting a community outreach activity held in conjunction with Surfrider Foundation. Family members are welcome to join the festivities, which will include a lifeguard, ranger and surfrider demonstration along with a raffle and prizes. Event parking is free. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

OCBA Race For The Cure

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016
Pacific Life, Newport Beach

Join the OCBA and the OCWLA “Raising the Bar” Team for its eighth year participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. You can run, walk, 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 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.

Meet & Greet
Mock Trial Attorney Coaches

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016
Troutman Sanders LLP, Irvine

Are you interested in coaching a high school mock trial team? The Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County invites you to attend the Mock Trial Attorney Coach Meet & Greet. You will learn more about this rewarding experience, ask questions, and chat with Mock Trial attorney coaches about what it takes to coach a successful team. Mock Trial judges will also attend to offer guidance. If you are interested in coaching a team, contact Theresa Bernard, CRF-OC Program Manager, at or call 949.679.0730, ext. 101. To RSVP for the event online, click here.

OCBA Fall Member Mixer

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
Mark your calendars and join fellow members of the Bench and Bar for an evening of socializing and networking! Always a popular event, this seasonal mixer features gourmet appetizers, refreshing beverages, door prizes, music, and more.

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, 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, contact Leigh Ferrin at 714.541.1010 ext. 290 or by email at

Masters Division

(L-R) Hon. Kathleen O'Leary (Court of Appeal), Hon. Carol Corrigan (Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court); John Hurlbut, Jr. (Rutan & Tucker LLP), Ira Rivin (Rutan & Tucker LLP)

Masters Division Summer Reception Honors Two Legends of the Law

The OCBA Masters Division Summer Reception honored Legends of the Law Award recipients Hon. Kathleen O'Leary, Court of Appeal, and John B. Hurlbut, Jr., Esq., Rutan & Tucker LLP for more than 25 years of dedication to advancing the legal field. For more event photos, visit the OCBA Facebook page.

Founded in 2011, the OCBA Masters Division aims to serve the unique abilities, needs, and agenda of practitioners with 25 years or more tenure in the practice of law. Its purposes 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 discourse among its members. For more information, visit the Masters Division webpage.

Law School Corner

UCI Law Professor Named National Reporter for Congress

The University of California, Irvine School of Law Tax Professor Omri Marian has been appointed the United States national reporter for next year's Congress of the European Association of Tax Law Professors (EATLP), a professional organization of professors teaching tax law at universities in Europe. The annual Congress will be held June 2017 in Lodz, Poland. Read the official press release.

Second Annual Las Vegas Mixer

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016
The Capital Grille, Fashion Show Mall, Las Vegas

Please see the event flyer for more information.

Western State University College of Law 5th Annual Hall of Fame Gala

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach

Please visit for more information.

Chapman Law Review Annual Symposium

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
Chapman University, Orange

Keynote Speaker: Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
Please visit Chapman University's blog for more information.

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!

Do You Need Interns, Externs, Law Clerks or Summer Associates ?

Chapman’s Fowler School of Law will commence its annual Fall Recruitment soon, and can collect applications and arrange on-campus interviews for summer associates, law clerks, externs, and interns. Additionally, career services can also help with recruitments for new attorney or lateral positions, including contract work. For more information, contact Joan Mountain, Assistant Director of Career Services, Third-Year Students and Alumni, at or 714.628.2626.

Upcoming MCLE Programs

4-Part Civil Trial Advocacy Series
Part 2: Opening Statements
Presented by the OCBA

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Law and Politics: The Impact on Our Courts
Presented by the OCBA Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016
Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

4-Part Civil Trial Advocacy Series
Part 3: Direct & Cross-Examination
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

4-Part Civil Trial Advocacy Series
Part 4: Closing Arguments
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Elder Law Evening Seminar
Presented by the OCBA Elder Law Section

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

Real Estate Investing: Tactics, Tips and Taxes
Presented by the OCBA Real Estate Law Section

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

OCBA Appellate Law Seminar
Presented by the OCBA Appellate Law Section

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016
The Pacific Club, Newport Beach

Fair Housing Laws and Policies Seminar
Presented by the OCBA and Thurgood Marshall Bar Association

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016
UCI University Club, Irvine

From the Courts & State Bar

Call for Applications: Assistant United States Attorney

Deadline: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016
Central District of California, Santa Ana
This office is interviewing for one AUSA in the Santa Ana Branch Office, Criminal Division. AUSAs in the Criminal Division advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, and try criminal cases before the United States District Court. For more information on how to apply, click here.

Trial Court Funding Allocations Approved

Council emphasizes the need for more funding to provide court-appointed counsel for children in juvenile dependency cases. For more information, read official news release

New Fax Numbers for Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse

Effective Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016
The Governor George Deukmejian (Long Beach) Courthouse, located at 275 Magnolia, Long Beach, CA 90802, will begin using new fax numbers as of September 1, 2016. The existing fax numbers will no longer be available, and the new fax number(s) is/are:
  • Civil - 562-753-0921 (may be used for fax filing)
  • Family Law - 562-753-0921 (may be used for fax filing)
  • Criminal - 562-753-0699 (not for fax filing)
  • Traffic - 562-753-0698 (not for fax filing)

  • To read the official notice, click here.

    New Fax Numbers for Catalina Courthouse

    Effective Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016
    The Catalina Courthouse, located at 215 Sumner Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704, will begin using new fax numbers as of September 1, 2016. The existing fax numbers will no longer be available, and the new fax number is:
  • Criminal, Civil, Family Law and Traffic - 562-637-0720 (not for fax filing)

  • To read the official notice, click here.

    Request for Public Comment: Civil Jury Instructions (CACI16-02)

    Deadline: Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
    Visit the Courts' webpage for more details or to submit comments.

    Request for Public Comment: Proposed Amendment to Rule 2302 of the Rules of Procedure of the State Bar of California

    Deadline: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016
    Visit the State Bar webpage for more details or submit comments directly to Veronica Li, Office of General Counsel.

    Proposed Amendments to Admissions Rules re Processing of Moral Character Determination Applications

    Deadline: Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
    Visit the State Bar webpage for more details or submit comments directly to Deanna Chinn, The State Bar of California.

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



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