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Newsletter for April 13 - April 26, 2015
 

TRAVEL SEMINAR TO MOOREA, TAHITI
Presented by the OCBA

Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2015
Hilton Moorea, French Polynesia

Reserve Your Spot by May 15, 2015

Join OCBA Moorea Travel Seminar Co-Chairs Joseph L. Chairez and John Cowhig this November for 8 hours of MCLE credit in beautiful Moorea, Tahiti. For an article about past OCBA seminars in Moorea, click here, or obtain a flyer with registration information and complete details here. Don’t miss out as this trip is expected to sell out quickly!

News

OCBA Charitable Fund 31st Annual Golf Tournament
Hits Record Attendance

The Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund is pleased to announce that its 31st Annual Judge Kenneth Lae Charity Golf Tournament was entirely sold out! Always a popular event, the OCBA Charitable Fund’s Annual Judge Kenneth Lae Charity Golf Tournament enables the legal community to tee up for charity.

This year’s event once again took place at the picturesque Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast. A skilled forecaddie accompanied each foursome to enhance the golf experience. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to fund donations to various law-related charities in the Orange County community.

A big thanks to all of our golf tournament sponsors for their significant generosity and dedication to the OCBA Charitable Fund. Click here to view photos from this years event!


Complimentary Webinar Session for OCBA Members from LexisNexis

Thursday, April 16, 2015
The life of a medical malpractice litigator is hardly the courtroom theatrics-filled one depicted on screen. In reality, days are filled with research, investigation, poring over medical records and building a strategy and a case. Plaintiff or defense, there’s a great deal to do and to learn along the way. OCBA members are invited to participate in a complimentary webinar session from LexisNexis entitled "A Day in the Life of a Small Firm Attorney: To Mediate or Not?"

Presenters:
Brad M. Micklin, Micklin Law Group: Brad Micklin’s approach and experience has led him to be an award winning attorney having received numerous awards and accolades. Brad was recently published as a “Top Lawyer in New Jersey” in 2014 in the Legal Network for having the highest ethical standards and professional excellence.

Rachel Alexander, Alexander Mediation Group: In 2008 Rachel Alexander, Esq. founded The Alexander Mediation Group to serve couples throughout New Jersey and New York facing separation or divorce. In 2011, Rachel became the director of The Center for Mediation Solutions in Metuchen, New Jersey and began an affiliation with The Center for Mediation & Training of New York, New York.

For more information or to register online, please click here.


Call for Nominations: California State Bar Solo and Small Firm Section Attorney of the Year Award
Deadline: Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Solo and Small Firm Section of the State Bar of California presents its Attorney of the Year Award to honor a solo or small firm attorney, who has shown exemplary leadership and dedication to the legal profession, contributed to the betterment of the practice of law, and has devoted significant service to the public and legal community. The OCBA encourages you to spread the word and nominate a colleague you believe to be truly worthy. Last year’s recipient was the OCBA's own Solange Ritchie. The 2015 award will be presented at the Myer J. Sankary Reception at the Solo and Small Firm Summit, to be held Friday, June 19, 2015, in Newport Beach. For more information, including nomination forms and criteria, please click here.


The 2015 US-Korea Law Day at KIA

The 2015 US-Korea Law Day will take place at KIA Motors in Irvine on July 25, 2015. The topic will be "The Basic Civil Laws of Korea for US Lawyers". There are 5 hours of California or Korea MCLE credits available that are subject to approval. Reception and Lunch included; plus a complimentary copy of “The Laws of Korea, 2015 Edition." For more information, please click here.

April 2015 Issue of Orange County Lawyer Now Available

Both in print and on-the-go, the April 2015 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 lbrown@ocbar.org and take advantage of your 15 percent OCBA member discount!


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 www.lrisoc.org 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 lbrown@ocbar.org. 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!

Young Lawyers Division

OCBA Young Lawyers Division
Wine Tasting Social

Saturday, April 18, 2015
JAMS, Orange

Come join your fellow OCBA Young Lawyers Division members at this fun, networking social and increase your wine knowledge. Wine tasting provided by Jackson Family Wines. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA YLD Sports Committee Invites Members to a Golf Lesson

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Oak Creek Golf Club, Irvine

The Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Sports Committee Invites YLD Members to a Golf Lesson. This is an exclusive event for OCBA YLD members!

Attendees are invited to a no-host lunch at Oak Creek Golf Club after lesson. Golf fundamentals such as grip, posture, rotation, balance and rhythm will be taught by a professional instructor. This is a basic training geared towards beginners, however all skill levels are welcome. Clubs will be provided if you do not have your own. . 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.

Featured MCLE

SECOND ANNUAL CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY LAW UPDATE SEMINAR
Presented by the OCBA COMMERCIAL LAW & BANKRUPTCY SECTION

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Fowler School of Law at Chapman University

Panel:
From the U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Hon. Theodor C. Albert Hon. Catherine E. Bauer
Hon. Mark D. Houle Hon. Erithe A. Smith
Hon. Mark S. Wallace  
David M. Goodrich, Esq.
Chapter 7 Trustee, Central District of California, Goodrich Law Corporation
Amrane Cohen
Chapter 13 Trustee, Orange
Michael J. Hauser, Esq.
United States Trustee, Santa Ana
 
Moderators:
Michael D. Franco, Esq.
Law Office of Michael D. Franco

Richard A. Marschack, Esq.

Marshack Hays LLP

This panel discussion will include the latest developments in bankruptcy case law and court procedures. Learn about 2014-2015 case law developments in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 practices, and find out how your bankruptcy practice is impacted.

Download the flyer for more information or register online today.


Annual Tribute to a Legal Giant: The Journey & Jurisprudence of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
Presented by the OCBA and University of California, Irvine School of Law


Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Pacific Club, Newport Beach



Panel:
Erwin Chemerinsky
Dean & Distinguished Professor of Law
University of California, Irvine School of Law

Eric C. Tung, Esq.
(Former Law Clerk for Justice Scalia)
Litigation Associate
Munger, Tolles & Olson (Los Angeles)

Download the flyer for more information or register online today.

Events

Gracefully & Seamlessly Navigating Maternity Leave:
Tips from the Trenches
Presented by the
OCBA Mommy Esquire Committee and OCWLA

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Come join us for a roundtable-style talk about the nuts and bolts of maintaining your practice while taking maternity leave and raising children. We will discuss the impact of this major life change at small, mid-sized, and large firms and provide you with a checklist designed to ensure a smooth transition, no matter your situation. The discussion will be led by McDermott Will & Emery LLP Partner Lynne Boisineau, who has 20 years of experience in the legal field as well as children (one of whom was born during law school)! Lunch will be provided. Download the flyer for more information or to register to attend.


*SAVE THE DATE*
OCBA Charitable Fund Fall Fundraiser

Raise Your Glass III
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Big Canyon Country Club, Irvine
The OCBA Charitable Fund is proud to announce Raise Your Glass III. Mark your calendars for 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. To learn more about the OCBA Charitable Fund and its mission please visit www.ocbacf.org.

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

OCBA Community Outreach Event: Women Helping Women/Men2Work (WHW) Spring Quarterly Sale

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Women Helping Women/Men2Work (WHW), Santa Ana

OCBA volunteers are needed to assist with WHW's quarterly sale where shoppers are able to buy clothing and accessories at $5 and under. The proceeds of the sale benefit WHW's employment programs for the disadvantaged. Volunteers will assist with various aspects of the sale, including cashier, bagging, shoe attendant, jewelry attendant, and fitting rooms. OCBA volunteers are encouraged to bring gently used or new professional clothing and accessories for donation. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Sponsor an Intern Through Project SELF

Project SELF is an eight-week paid internship program that gives high school juniors from low to moderate income families from Orange County exposure to the legal community. This year's internship will run from Monday, June 22 through Friday, August 14th. If you are interested in sposoring an intern or contributing in any manner, please contact Nancy Garcia by Friday, April 17, 2015 at ngarcia@ocbarfoundation.org or at (714) 480-1925 ext. 108.

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 dmullin@ocbar.org. 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 lferrin@publiclawcenter.org.

Law School Corner

OCWLA Now Accepting Bar Stipend Applications
Application Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2015

The Orange County Women Lawyers is pleased to provide the Bar Stipend Award to worthy law students about to take the bar exam. Offered twice a year, the award is given to the student(s) demonstrating financial need who best exemplifies the mission of OCWLA, and a commitment to scholarship, community service, advancement of women or women's issues, and Orange County. Please click here to access the application. Additionally, OCWLA awards a $1,000 Diversity Stipend 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. For more information and details on how to apply, please click here.


Need Another Hand on Deck?

Chapman’s Fowler School of Law is in the midst of Spring Recruitment and can collect applications and arrange on-campus interviews for you for summer associates, law clerks, externs, and interns. For more information, please contact Michelle Nguyen, Recruiting Program Manager, at minguyen@chapman.edu or 714.628.2648. For lateral positions, whether for full-time, part-time, temp, or contract work, please contact Joan Seguin Mountain, our Assistant Director of Career Services, Third-Year Students and Alumni, at seguin@chapman.edu or 714.628.2626.


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. For inquiries, please email Assistant Dean of Career Development and Employer Outreach Randy Reliford at rreliford@law.whittier.edu.


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

Masters Division

“Reel Justice” the Sequel
Presented by the
OCBA Masters Division

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Promenade Event Center & Gardens,
Costa Mesa

Featuring Keynote Speaker:
Paul Bergman
UCLA Professor of Law Emeritus
Co-Author of Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies

Filmmakers have always loved courtroom stories. Who can forget the brilliantly funny cross-examinations in My Cousin Vinny, the ethical gaffes that accompany a lawyer’s redemptive journey in The Verdict, or Atticus Finch’s heroic pursuit of justice in To Kill a Mockingbird? The presentation will use film clips from wonderful films such as these as springboards for a discussion of such topics as popular perceptions of law and lawyers, the legitimacy and wisdom of courtroom demonstrations, techniques for examining expert witnesses, and cross-examination strategies. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Upcoming MCLE Programs

Pro Bono Basic Guardianship Training
Presented by the OCBA and Public Law Center

Monday, April 13, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

31st College of Trial Advocacy (Civil)
Presented by the OCBA

A Series of Weekday & Saturday Sessions, April 15 – May 16, 2015
Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, Orange

2nd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Law Update
Presented by the OCBA Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, Orange

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Annual Tribute to a Legal Giant:
The Journey & Jurisprudence of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
Presented by the OCBA and University of California, Irvine School of Law
Featured Speaker: University of California, Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Pacific Club, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

“Reel Justice” the Sequel
Presented by the OCBA Masters Division

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Promenade Event Center & Gardens, Costa Mesa

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Recent Developments in Arbitration & Mediation Law
Presented by the OCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Military Cultural Competency
Presented by the OCBA Veterans & Military Task Force

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

OCBA in Moorea, Tahiti
OCBA Annual Travel Seminar

Nov. 8 – Nov. 14, 2015
Hilton Moorea, French Polynesia

Click here for more information.
*Reserve your spot by May 15th*

**SAVE THE DATE**

Pro Bono Bankruptcy Training
Presented by the OCBA and Public Law Center

Monday, May 11, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Trial of Personal Injury Cases
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

From the Courts & State Bar

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 Launches Nationwide Search for Executive Director
Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2015

The State Bar of California, which oversees admissions, discipline and regulation of California’s 253,000 lawyers, has kicked off a nationwide search for a new executive director. The executive director reports to the bar’s 19-member Board of Trustees, the governing body for the agency, which is the largest unified state bar in the country. The board’s search committee is headed by Trustees Gwen Moore and Hernan Vera and includes Janet Brewer, Miriam Krinsky, Heather Rosing, David Torres and Terrance Flanigan. For more information, please click here. For more information and details on how to apply, please click here.


State Bar Urges Attorneys to Join Campaign for Justice

As leaders at the forefront of your profession and your community, you know that the issues confronting the legally needy touch us all. Help the State Bar close the Justice Gap. Join the Campaign for Justice by visiting www.caforjustice.org, where you can make a donation online. Alternatively, you can include a contribution to the campaign with your dues bill. Make a gift; tell a colleague. The justice gap is a problem for every lawyer and for every Californian. California looks to you for leadership. Your gift is the first step. Please contact Dan Passamaneck with any questions. He may be reached at daniel.passamaneck@calbar.ca.gov.


Request for Public Comment:
Revisions to Sample Fee Agreement Forms
Deadline: Thursday, April 30, 2015

The State Bar’s Committee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration (“CMFA”) has developed Sample Fee Agreement (“SFA”) forms to aid attorneys in the development of their own agreements. At its December 2014 meeting, the committee finalized the proposed changes. The modifications proposed to the Sample Free Agreement forms compared to the existing forms are extensive, so they are presented as clean versions of the document. For more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.


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

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