**Special Tuesday Edition** Newsletter for Feb. 17 - March 1, 2015
 

OCBA Charitable Fund 31st Annual Judge Kenneth Lae Charity Golf Tournament

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Pelican Hill Golf Club, Newport Coast

Tee up for charity on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Pelican Hill Golf Club, Newport Coast. A skilled forecaddie will accompany each foursome to enhance the golf experience. Players without a foursome will be paired. Golf not your game? Join us for the awards reception to network with colleagues and enjoy a spirited raffle. Proceeds benefit the OCBA Charitable Fund, the philanthropic arm of the OCBA, 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.

Featured MCLE

Homegrown Success Stories:
Thriving Firms in Orange County & How They Got There
Mixer & Seminar
Presented by the OCBA
**New Location & Discounted Pricing**

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Join OCBA President Ashleigh E. Aitken as she welcomes an esteemed panel of speakers from successful firms in Orange County.

Speakers:
Thomas H. Bienert, Jr., Esq.
Bienert, Miller & Katzman, APLC

Daniel J. Callahan, Esq.
Callahan & Blaine, APLC

Marie D. DiSante, Esq.
Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

Moderator:
Thomas W. Tuttle, Esq.
Seastrom & Seastrom

Program Chair: John S. Cowhig, Esq., Stabile & Cowhig, LLP

Download the flyer for more information or register online today.

News

Join the OCBA Legislative
Resolutions Committee

Do you want to help make new laws? Or revise the current law? The OCBA Legislative Resolutions Committee, which works each year to help create and revise California law through the Conference of California Bar Associations, is seeking participation from members of the OCBA. All OCBA members are welcome to join this committee, as the resolutions process involves many different areas of law and there is no requirement for a number of years in practice in order to join. For additional information on the OCBA Legislative Resolutions Committee, please click here.


OCBA Members Running for State Bar Board of Trustees
Voting Deadline:
Monday, March 2, 2015

OCBA members Teresa A. McQueen of Pedersen McQueen APLC and Scott C. Smith of Best Best & Krieger LLP are running for the California State Bar Board of Trustees in District 4, which is comprised of Imperial, Inyo, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. Ballots were mailed on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. State Bar members have until Monday, March 2, 2015 to cast their votes, either electronically or by mail. The new trustees will be sworn in at the State Bar Annual Meeting in October.


OCBA Member M.C. Sungaila Named
OCHBA Attorney of the Year

OCBA member and former Appellate Law Section Chair Mary-Christine "M.C." Sungaila of Snell & Wilmer LLP has been named Attorney of the Year by the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association for her sustained commitment to pro bono appellate work. The award will be presented during the OCHBA's 37th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser and Installation Dinner on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove. For more information or to register online, please click here.


Call for Nominations:
2015 ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards
Deadline: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

The American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Awards are presented each year by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service to honor individual lawyers, law firms, law schools, government attorney offices, corporate law departments and other institutions in the legal profession that have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor. Individual attorneys who do not obtain their income delivering legal services to persons of limited means are eligible. Click here to nominate an individual. Small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments, law schools and other institutions in the legal profession whose members have collectively made an outstanding contribution toward one or more of the criteria are also eligible. To nominate an organization, click here. For additional information, please click here.


Coming Soon from Orange County Lawyer

  • Cover Story: Fore! Watch (Out?) as this President Takes to the Links—Golf for several good causes (and your attire may even win you a prize!)
    by Ashleigh E. Aitken
  • Judge Frederick P. Aguirre: One of the 101 Most Influential Latinos in 2014 With Deep Roots in Orange County—Get to know Orange County’s own Judge Aguirre.
    by Paul Evan Greenwald
  • Ethically Speaking: So Long, Farewell ... Not So Fast: Duties Owed to Former Clients—Breaking up may be hard to do.
    by Scott B. Garner
  • A Criminal Waste of Space: In Dog We Trust—Watch where you walk, readers ... there might be the makings of a column.
    by Justice William W. Bedsworth
Get all this and more in the March 2015 issue of Orange County Lawyer magazine!

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!

Events

OCBA Hockey Night

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Honda Center, Anaheim

Network with colleagues as the Anaheim Ducks take on the Los Angeles Kings! A pre-game social will be held at JT Schmid's, just across the street from the rink. Registration includes food and beverages at the pre-game social as well as a Terrace Center Upper Game Ticket. Space is limited; limit four tickets per OCBA member. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Spring Member Mixer

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Antonello Ristorante, Santa Ana

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.

Young Lawyers Division

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Social

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2014
Andrei's Restaurant, Irvine

The OCBA Young Lawyers Division Social Committee invites you to attend a fun evening of socializing and networking. This event is exclusive for OCBA Young Lawyers Division members and their guests only. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Bridging the Gap
Presented by the OCBA, the OCBA Young Lawyers Division, and The Daily Journal
**Exclusive Seminar for Newly Admitted Attorneys**

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Orange

Bridge the gap between law school and law practice at this one-day program offering 7.0 CLE credits, including 1.0 Legal Ethics. This valuable introduction to the Orange County Courts and legal community is available exclusively to those admitted to the bar after November 2014. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Everything Your Client Needs to Know About Estate Planning (And Why You Need It Too!)
Presented by the OCBA Young Lawyers Division
**Exclusive Seminar for OCBA Young Lawyers Division Members**

Friday, March 20, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach


Come learn the basic reasons why your clients need to do estate planning, and at a minimum, what most of them need to do to accomplish this task. Also learn what special actions and precautions attorneys must take in order to protect their clients, their estates, and their practices.

Speaker:
Bradley S. Erdosi, Esq.
Law Offices of Bradley S. Erdosi

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

OCBA Donations Drive for
Survivors of Human Trafficking
Donations Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2015

The OCBA is collecting emergency supplies for survivors of human trafficking. The donations drive will benefit the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), a collaboration of agencies working together to protect victims, prosecute offenders, prevent further perpetration of the crime, educate the public, and build partnerships. Online donations can be made through Amazon by clicking here. Please note shipping charges may apply for orders less than $35. Donated items can be dropped off during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at OCBA Headquarters, 4101 Westerly Place, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Download the flyer for more information.


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

Broadcom and UC Irvine Announce
Technology and Entrepreneurship Achievement Competition

Broadcom Corporation and University of California, Irvine recently announced the launch of an inaugural Technology and Entrepreneurship Achievement competition. Through this new program, UC Irvine graduate students will learn how to structure and negotiate a business deal involving a new and exciting technology and compete as part of interdisciplinary teams. The Technology and Entrepreneurship Achievement competition will bring together UC Irvine students from the School of Law, Paul Merage School of Business, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences to develop practical transactional skills, gain exposure to corporate issues and learn best practices from a distinguished panel of Orange County professionals. The teams will be judged and awarded based upon the effectiveness of their business strategy, understanding of the issues, overall professional demeanor and the terms of the final agreement. The all-day event will take place Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at the Paul Merage School of Business, followed by an Awards Dinner at the University Club. For more information, please click here.


UCI Law Student Christyn Richardson Elected NBLSA Western Regional Chair

OCBA member Christyn Richardson, a second-year student at UC Irvine School of Law, recently was voted to the leadership role of Western Regional Chair of the National Black Law Students Association, effective April 1. She will coordinate the business and activities of more than 35 chapters across eight states and will present ideas and propose directions for the region. Until then, she will complete her term as Sub-Regional Director and continue her work as current co-chair of BLSA at UC Irvine. She also is active in pro bono work with the Clean Slate and A New Way of Life Expungement Clinics, OC Stand Down, the Orange County ACLU Gang Injunction Project, and the Orange County Public Defender’s Office. Richardson is the reigning Miss Black California USA and will represent the state in the Miss Black USA competition in Washington, D.C., in August. For more information, please click here.


3L Aaron Benmark Wins UCI Law’s Experian/Jones Day Moot Court Competition

OCBA member and UC Irvine School of Law third-year student Aaron Benmark took top honors in the 2014-2015 Experian/Jones Day Moot Court Competition, held Feb. 2 at UCI. Benmark and fellow finalist Jacqueline Shepherd argued whether the U.S. government’s bulk collection of telephone records violates the First and Fourth Amendments. Hon. Allyson K. Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Hon. Susan Graber of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Hon. Carlos F. Lucero of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit served as presiding judges. Benmark won Best Oral Argument, and Best Brief went to second-year students Yashina Burns and David Rutan. Two teams were recognized as Best Brief runner-ups: Shepherd and Ronald Park, and Coral Lopez and Christine Robles. The competition kicked off in October 2014 with 58 competitors. More than 60 legal professionals served as judges over 18 days of arguments. Photos from the event are available on Flickr.


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. To speak with someone at the Career Development Office, please email Assistant Dean of Career Development and Employer Outreach Randy Reliford at rreliford@law.whittier.edu.


Hire from Western State!

If you or an attorney you know have an opening for new law clerks or new associates, look no further than Western State. Our current students bring practice-ready skills, possess a great work ethic, and are available for spring and summer law clerk positions. With Bar results right around the corner, this is the perfect time to start interviewing for new associates. Contact Pam Davidson in Career Services to post your job opening for free or arrange for convenient on-campus interviews: pdavidson@wsulaw.edu or 714.459.1106. We look forward to finding your next great hire!

Masters Division

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.

Upcoming MCLE Programs

Homegrown Success Stories:
Thriving Firms in Orange County and How They Got There
Presented by the OCBA

**New Location & Discounted Pricing**
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

The Judges’ Series: Trade Secret Litigation in California
Presented by the OCBA and the Orange County Superior Court

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Orange County Superior Court, Santa Ana

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
Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Orange

Register online or download the registration flyer.

**SAVE THE DATE**

A Salute to a Legal Giant
Presented by the OCBA

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Pacific Club, Newport Beach

“Reel Justice” Featuring Keynote Speaker Paul Bergman
Presented by the OCBA Masters Division

Thursday, April 30, 2015

OCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Seminar
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Personal Injury Seminar
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

From the Courts & State Bar

Public Notice of Intent to Transfer Court Personal Property

Pursuant to California Rule of Court 10.830, the Orange County Superior Court announced on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, that it was providing at least one week notice of its intention to transfer court personal property. The Court intends to transfer the items below to surplus after one week of this posted notice:
  • (2) Pelco DX 8100 16 channel expansion units
  • (12) Pelco DVR 8100 Series Digital Video Recorder
Public comments regarding this intent to transfer court personal property can be directed to publicnoticecomment@occourts.org.


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.


Judicial Council to Hear Progress Report on Response to State Auditor

At its public meeting in Sacramento on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, the Judicial Council will get a progress report on a working group charged with reviewing recommendations made by the California State Auditor on council operations and spending. Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye created the working group the same day of the audit’s release in January and asked the group to report on its progress to the Judicial Council at its February business meeting. Justice Douglas P. Miller, chair of the working group, and Administrative Director Martin Hoshino will deliver the report. For more information, please click here.


Apply to Serve on the Council on Access and Fairness
Deadline Extended to Monday, March 16, 2015

The State Bar Council on Access and Fairness is seeking applications for the 2015-2016 committee year. The Council on Access and Fairness advises the Board of Trustees on advancing State Bar diversity strategies and goals. The diversity pipeline includes the early education pipeline K to 12; college, law school and bar exam prep; recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion in the profession; and judicial diversity. For more information and details on how to apply, please click here.


Call for Nominations: Loren Miller Legal Services Award
Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2015

The California State Bar seeks nominations for the 2015 Loren Miller Legal Services Award, which is considered a lifetime achievement award and is given annually to a lawyer admitted to practice in California who has demonstrated long-term commitment to legal services and who has personally done significant work in extending legal services to the poor. For more information including details on how to submit a nomination, please click here.


Call for Nominations: President's Pro Bono Service Awards
Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2015

The California State Bar currently seeks nominations for 2015 President's Pro Bono Service Awards, which recognize California attorneys, law firms, and associations of California lawyers who have provided or enabled the direct provision of legal services to poor persons or organizations whose primary purpose is to provide legal services to the poor, free of charge, without expectation of compensation from the client, in the preceding calendar year. For more information including details on how to submit a nomination, please click here.


Call for Applications: Supreme Court Appointment to the State Bar Board of Trustees
Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2015

The California Supreme Court is charged with appointing five members of the State Bar of California’s Board of Trustees. Pursuant to Rule 9.90 of the California Rules of Court, the Supreme Court has created the State Bar Trustees Nominating Committee to solicit, receive, screen and evaluate all applications for appointment or reappointment to the State Bar Board of Trustees and to make recommendations to the Supreme Court. 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 2015, one Board of Trustees position will be filled during this process. The Board meets approximately eight times a year to consider organizational, policy and professional issues. For more information including details on how to apply, please click here.


Call for Nominations: Aranda Access to Justice Award
Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Presented for the first time in 1999, the Aranda Award honors a judge who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to improving access to our courts, and who has significantly improved access for low- and moderate-income Californians. The Judicial Council, the State Bar, and the California Judges Association, in association with the California Commission on Access to Justice, co-sponsor the award. The Aranda Award is named in honor of the late Judge Benjamin Aranda III, who was known for his tireless efforts to promote fairness and access in the courts. For more information including details on how to submit a nomination, please click here.


Call for Nominations: State Bar of California Diversity Awards
Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The State Bar of California Diversity Awards were established by the Board of Trustees to recognize outstanding efforts made by a bar association, law firm, organization or attorney to promote diversity in the legal profession, in their organization or among their peers. The awards are given each year at a reception held during the State Bar's Annual Meeting. For more information including details on how to submit a nomination, 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: Attorney Blogging
Deadline: Monday, March 23, 2015

The California State Bar seeks public comment on Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 12-0006, which considers: Under what circumstances is “blogging” by an attorney subject to the requirements and restrictions of the Rules of Professional Conduct and related provisions of the State Bar Act regulating attorney advertising? For more information and details on how to submit comments, please click here.


Request for Public Comment: ESI and Discovery Requests
Deadline: Thursday, April 9, 2015

The California State Bar seeks public comment on Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 11-0004, which considers: What are an attorney’s ethical duties in the handling of discovery of electronically stored information? Please click here for more information and details on how to submit comments.


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