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Newsletter for August 3, 2020 – August 16, 2020

2021 OCBA Secretary Nominees: Shirin Forootan and Christina Zabat-Fran

The OCBA Nominating Committee has announced the slate of candidates for the upcoming election. Terms will begin Jan. 1, 2021. All officer terms are for one year, and Board member terms are for three years. The candidates for the 2021 office of OCBA Secretary areShirin Forootan (Workplace Justice Advocates, PLC) and Christina Zabat-Fran (St. John Knits, Inc.), shown here.

Click here to view the full slate of candidates.

Featured Webinars

OCBA Evidence for Advocates Series
Part 1: Relevance and Foundation

Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Click here to register for the webinar.

OCBA Evidence for Advocates Series
Part 2: Hearsay and Character Evidence

Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Click here to register for the webinar.

Speakers: Hon. Terri K. Flynn-Peister, Orange County Superior Court; Hon. Francisco F. Firmat, Ret., ADR Services, Inc.; Roy L. Comer, Attorney and Counselor at Law

Schedule for Upcoming OCBA COVID-19 Task Force Webinars

New webinars presented by the OCBA COVID-19 Task Force are being created each week to provide insights, support, and tips, for OCBA members during this time. These special webinars are available at no extra charge.

The OCBA COVID-19 Task Force is sharing all the webinar replays online. Click here to view previous webinars.


OCBA COVID-19 Office Supplies Drive for Legal Aid Providers

Given the unprecedented issues impacting the Orange County community caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, local legal aid organizations have had to transition staff to working at home, which has drastically impacted their budgets and needs. These local legal aid organizations still continue to provide much needed legal aid and services to their clientele. Read more about how you can help!

Worthy Mentions

Have Good News of Your Own to Share? Contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Jane Tang at to acknowledge your achievement through the OCBA.

OCBA Events

AUGUST 7, 2020
OCBA Law Student Summer Appellate Academy - Jobs in Appellate Law

AUGUST 13, 2020
OCBA Live Webinar: Evidence for Advocates Series
Part 1: Relevance and Foundation

AUGUST 18, 2020
OCBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee Presents: Mock Interview Program

AUGUST 20, 2020
OCBA Live Webinar Evidence for Advocates Series
Part 2: Hearsay and Character Evidence

AUGUST 21, 2020
OCBA Mommy Esquire and OCBA Lawyer Well-Being Committee Present
Dealing with Perfectionism as A Lawyer and A Mom

SEPTEMBER 18, 2020
OCBA Labor & Employment Law Section Symposium

OCTOBER 19, 2020
OCBA Charitable Fund Judge Kenneth Lae Charity Golf Scramble

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Check the OCBA's online resource for the latest COVID-19 updates and resources. This compilation of helpful links and announcements will keep you up-to-date with local and federal agencies, the courts, and legal community. See below for a short list of recent updates to the webpage. Visit the OCBA COVID-19 Updates & Resources webpage for the full list.

Masters Division

The OCBA Masters Division is open to practitioners with 25 years or more in the practice of law. Learn more about the OCBA Masters Division or join today and discover unique networking opportunities.

LIVE WEBINAR: Tips From the Masters
Practicing Law During a Pandemic

Presented by the OCBA COVID-19 Task Force & OCBA Masters Division
Monday, August 24, 2020

OCBA Trivia Night - Virtual Event
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Young Lawyers Division

Learn more about the OCBA Young Lawyers Division or join today! Visit the OCBA calendar to find great opportunities to connect with fellow YLD members.

Law School Corner

News and Events from Orange County Law Schools

Orange County Lawyer Magazine

The August 2020 issue of Orange County Lawyer "features the myriad organizations supported by the OCBA Charitable Fund," writes Editor-in-Chief Gialisa Gaffaney. Here's a complete list of our features this month.
  • COVER STORY Charitable Fund’s Raise Your Glass at Home: Celebrating Local Law-Related Charities
  • The Nineteenth Amendment: An Annotated History of the Journey for Women’s Suffrage
    by Michelle A. Philo
  • The Long Journey: Perspectives of Black Attorneys in Orange County
    by Mei Tsang, Eemaan Jalili, and Richard J. McNeil
  • The OCBA’s Racial Justice Task Force
    by Dimetria A. Jackson and Larisa M. Dinsmoor
  • The Honorable Cynthia M. Herrera: Hometown Hero With a Heart for Her Community
    by Anna M. Chinowth
  • COVID-19 Gives Rise to the Birth of the Remote Voluntary Settlement Conference Program
    by Daniel P. Monarch and Daniel J. Boehm
  • Furthering Career Growth and Exploring Opportunities in the Current Legal Market
    by Lizzie DeVries and Pamela Davidson

Interested in advertising?

The OCBA has three main avenues of advertising to OCBA members and the greater legal community, and this year we've added NEW DIGITAL ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES to the mix. For more information, visit the OCBA Advertising webpage or contact

Affiliate Bars

OCWLA Board of Directors Meet Virtually

To submit affiliate bar events or news to the Orange County Lawyer, contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Jane Tang.



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