Newsletter for April 11, 2014 - April 24, 2014

Annual Salute to a Legal Giant: Chief Justice Earl Warren
Presented by OCBA and University of California, Irvine School of Law

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Registration 1:30 p.m., Program 2:00 p.m., Reception 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Pacific Club, Newport Beach

  • Hon. James L. Warren (Ret.), JAMS
  • Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean & Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Chief Justice Earl Warren's tenure on the United States Supreme Court produced some of the most significant decisions in American legal history. The Southern California-born jurist authored opinions such as Brown v. Board of Education and Miranda v. Arizona. Join us to learn more about his impact on American law from Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a preeminent constitutional scholar, and gain insight into the Chief Justice's life and legacy from his nephew, the Honorable James L. Warren.

Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Releases Ethics Opinion Regarding
Ghostwriting By Contract, Out-of-State Lawyers

The OCBA has released Formal Opinion 2014-1, which addresses the issue of Ghostwriting By Contract Lawyers and Out-of-State Lawyers. Please click here to view the opinion in its entirety. For a complete list of formal opinions issued by the OCBA Professionalism & Ethics Committee from 1993 to present, please click here.

OCBA Charitable Fund 30th Annual Golf Tournament
Hits Record Attendance

The Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund is pleased to announce that its 30th Annual Judge Kenneth Lae Charity Golf Tournament sold out with record-breaking attendance! 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. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to fund grants to various law-related charities in the Orange County community. Visit the OCBA Charitable Fund Facebook Page to view photos from the tournament and reception. For complete tournament results, please click here.

Legal Aid Society of Orange County Invites You to Attend The Notice Kickoff Reception

Monday, April 28, 2014
Noguchi Sculpture Garden, Costa Mesa

Join leaders of the Bench and Bar to celebrate the kickoff of The Notice, the Legal Aid Society of Orange County's newly redesigned weekly publication. Speakers include OCBA President Thomas Bienert, Jr., University of California, Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, California State Bar Executive Director Joseph Dunn, and Legal Aid Society of Orange County Executive Director Robert Cohen. Live music and refreshments will be provided. To register online, click here and use password celebrate428.

Ahern Practice Tip:
How & Why to Conduct a Client Survey

Talking with and listening to your clients is important as many malpractice claims result from poor client communication. Client surveys are a great way to get feedback about your services and address problems or concerns that clients may have. Click here to learn how this valuable tool can work for you.

Call for Nominations: Joan Dempsey Klein
Distinguished Jurist Award
Deadline: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

California Women Lawyers is now accepting nominations for the Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award, which is presented to an exemplary jurist from Southern California each year. The candidate should be from the Southern California area and will be evaluated on excellence as a jurist with longstanding or groundbreaking public service and inspiration to women lawyers in California. For more information, please visit

April Issue of Orange County Lawyer Now Available!

Both in print and on-the-go, the April 2014 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 Heather Wallace at 949.440.6700 ext. 123 or and take advantage of your 15% 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 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 Heather Wallace at Are you an attorney in transition? Click here to browse the latest listings.

Disputing Fees with Your Client?

As a reminder, Business & Professions Code §6201 requires that you serve the client with the Notice of Client's Right to Fee Arbitration prior to, or at the time of, initiating a court action or other proceeding. The Notice must be served by First Class Mail or process server and must be the form currently approved by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California (see Bus. & Prof. Code §6201(a)). The State Bar-approved Notice can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here.

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 2013. Click here to get started!


OCBA Spring Member Mixer

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Bayside Restaurant, Newport Beach

Get to know your fellow OCBA members while enjoying gourmet appetizers, beverages, door prizes, music, and more. Network with your colleagues from the bench and bar. Discuss recent bar events and how you might best increase your own involvement. Don't forget to bring your business cards! Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Featured MCLE

Consumer Bankruptcy Law Update:
Recent Developments in Chapter 7 & 13 Bankruptcy Case Law, Court Procedures, & Best Practices
Presented by the OCBA Commercial Law &
Bankruptcy Section

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Registration/Dinner 5:00 p.m., Program 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Orange

  • Hon. Theodor C. Albert, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California
  • Hon. Catherine E. Bauer, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California
  • Hon. Scott C. Clarkson, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California
  • Hon. Mark D. Houle, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California
  • Thomas H. Casey, Esq., Chapter 7 Trustee, Central District of California, Law Office of Thomas H. Casey
  • Amrane Cohen, Chapter 13 Trustee, Orange
Michael Hauser, Esq., Assistant United States Trustee, Santa Ana

This panel discussion will include the latest developments in bankruptcy case law and court procedures. Find out how your bankruptcy practice is impacted.
  • Learn about 2013-2014 case law developments in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 practices
  • Discover best practices for creditor claim, student loan, and dischargeability issues
  • We will also introduce the newly revised Official Forms and Court Manual Section 2.9 Guidelines for attorney fees

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Young Lawyers Division

YLD Summer Softball

Heat things up this summer with the Bad News Bearristers! The OCBA YLD co-ed softball team (social fun mandatory, athletic skill purely optional) will play on Wednesday evenings in Irvine. The City of Irvine's 10-game Summer Softball season tentatively runs from April 28 to July 3, 2014. Sign up early as space is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

YLD Quarterly Business Meeting

Thursday, May 8, 2014
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Members are invited to attend the second quarter business meeting. This meeting provides YLD members with a great opportunity to socialize with your YLD friends and meet new ones. Come also learn practical information and hear about YLD business updates.

Anne M. Brafford, Esq.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Remodeling the Unhappiest Job in America: Skills and Strategies to Thrive as a Practicing Lawyer

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.

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

Family Law Adoption Calendar Stuffed Animal Drive

Donate a new stuffed animal to a child appearing in court for their adoption. The Orange County Superior Court gives a new stuffed animal to every child on the day s/he is adopted, and the court has already run out of their supply for 2014. To contribute to this worthy cause, please bring your donation of a new stuffed animal to the OCBA Family Law & Alternative Dispute Resolution Joint Section Meeting, which will be held Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Grand Catered Events in Orange. To register to attend the meeting, please click here.

OCBA Spring Beach Clean-Up

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach

Give back to the community by helping to keep our local shores clean. The OCBA invites you to volunteer at this event held in conjunction with the Surfrider Foundation. Families welcome! 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 LRIS Coordinator Olivia Torres at 949.440.6700 ext. 109 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

Upcoming MCLE Programs

Salute to a Legal Giant: Chief Justice Earl Warren
Presented by OCBA and University of California, Irvine School of Law

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Pacific Club, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Consumer Bankruptcy Law Update
Presented by the OCBA Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Orange

Register online or download the registration flyer.

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

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Perfecting & Pursuing the Elder Abuse Claim
Presented by OCBA

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

The Care & Feeding of CEOs (& GCs Too)
Presented by OCBA and the OCBA Solo Practitioner/Small Firm, Business & Corporate Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Litigation, Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property & Technology Law, and Tax Law Sections

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Orange

Register online or download the registration flyer.

A Special Luncheon Program Featuring Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California
Presented by the OCBA Appellate Law Section

Monday, June 2, 2014
Pacific Club, Newport Beach

Download the flyer for more information.

From the Courts & State Bar

REVISED: Supervising Judge Order Re:
Photo Red Light Traffic Citation Trials

Effective Monday, April 7, 2014, all Photo Red Light Traffic Citations set for trial by the defendant will be assigned for all purposes to Commissioner Jane Shade. The trials will be heard at Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, Department C46, at 8:30 a.m. on the date set for trial by the court, clerk, or clerk's representative. Such trials may be reassigned to all available courtrooms at the direction of Supervising Judge Gerald Johnston. Effective Wednesday, April 2, 2014, all Photo Red Light cases in which the defendent is represented by counsel will be heard at the Central Justice Center for arraignment and trial. Telephone arraignment and trial setting will be accepted by the clerk in Department C46. No attorney may set more than 20 photo red light cases for trial on any given day. Please click here for more information.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California Annual Report

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California is pleased to release an electronic version of the Court's 2013 Annual Report which may be accessed by clicking here. This is the fourth consecutive year the Court has produced an easy-to-navigate electronic version in addition to a limited release of printed copies, reducing printing and distribution costs. If you have questions about the Annual Report, please contact Clerk of Court Kathleen J. Campbell by phone at 213.894.6244 or by email at

Request for Proposals:
Juvenile Court Delinquency Conflict-Level Representation

The County of San Bernardino anticipates releasing during April 2014 a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Juvenile Court delinquency conflict-level appointed representation services. The RFP will be posted on the San Bernardino County Purchasing Department website, under the heading "Request for Proposals." Information about the status of release of the RFP may be obtained by calling 909.708.8779.

Public Comment Sought on Proposed Changes to
Code of Judicial Ethics
Deadline: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics invites public comment on proposed amendments to canon 2C of the code, which prohibits judges from holding membership in any organization that practices invidious discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. There are currently exceptions in the canon for membership in religious, military, and nonprofit youth organizations. For more information, please click here.

Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) Commission
Deadline: Monday, June 2, 2014

The California State Bar currently seeks applicants for positions on the Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) Committee. For more information and details on how to apply, please click here.

Discipline Standards Task Force to Meet May 12

State Bar Board of Trustees President Luis J. Rodriguez has appointed a 14-person task force to review discipline standards for attorneys. The first meeting is set for Monday, May 12, 2014 in San Francisco. The Discipline Standards Task Force will review the Standards for Attorney Sanctions for Professional Misconduct to determine whether a comprehensive overhaul is needed. For more information, please see the press release.

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