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Newsletter for January 9 – January 22, 2017

Join Fellow Bar Members for Judges' Night in Huntington Beach

This year's Judges' Night & Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach. This time-honored event recognizing Orange County judiciary will feature the installation of Michael L. Baroni, Esq. as 2017 OCBA President, as well as the installation of the OCBA Officers and Directors and the OCBA Charitable Fund Directors. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Franklin G. West Award, the highest honor bestowed by the OCBA, to OCBA Past President Dean J. Zipser.

For full event details or to register, visit the event webpage or download the flyer. For more information about the Franklin G. West Award, read the official OCBA press release.

Featured MCLE

All lawyers in MCLE Compliance Group 3 (N–Z)
must complete 25 hours of CLE by January 31, 2017.

Last Dash - A One-Day Continuing Legal Education Marathon
Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017
Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Last Dash Reloaded
Specialty Credit Video Replay Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Gov. Brown Appoints Three Members to Orange County Superior Court

Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced the appointment of OCBA Board Member Bradley S. Erdosi, and members Richard E. Pacheco and Michael J. Strickroth to judgeships in the Orange County Superior Court.

Erdosi, Law Offices of Bradley S. Erdosi, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William M. Monroe. Pacheco, who currently serves as Commissioner of the Orange County Superior Court, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge David T. McEachen. Strickroth, Kutak Rock LLP, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James A. Stotler.

For more information about these recent appointments, read the official press release.

Worthy Mentions

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

Now Available from Orange County Lawyer

Both in print and on-the-go, this new year's January issue is now available for our members. We hope you enjoy the features and thought-provoking columns. We're always on the look-out for cutting-edge content relevant to the Orange County legal community. If you have an idea that you'd love to see in print, review our writer guidelines and submit your article for consideration.

Want to advertise with us? Contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Jane Kim at 949.440.6700 ext. 123, or to take advantage of a special OCBA member discount.


Legislative Resolutions Committee: Winter Caucus
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

A Dinner Honoring Former LASOC Executive Director Bob Cohen
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
The Hacienda, Santa Ana

Enhancing Your Online Professional Profile Through LinkedIn
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Formal Enrobing Ceremony of the Honorable Layne H. Melzer
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Central Justice Center, Department C-1, Santa Ana

Judges' Night & Annual Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach

Spring Member Mixer
Thursday, March 9, 2017
TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Irvine

OCBA Charitable Fund Annual Judge Kenneth Lae Charity Golf Tournament
Monday, April 24, 2017
Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club, Coto de Caza

Volunteer Opportunities

API Bone Marrow Drive: Save A Life!
Co-Sponsored by APALSA at UCI, OCKABA, OCAABA and JABA
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
UCI Pacific Ballroom C, Irvine

Come for a free banh mi lunch and learn about the Be the Match national bone marrow registry. Each year, over 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with life-threatening blood diseases like leukemia. One patient is Judge Arthur Nakazato, OCAABA's Founding President and retired U.S. Magistrate Judge. Unfortunately, Asian patients like Judge Nakazato have a low chance of finding an unrelated donor due to few Asian donors in the registry. Give hope. Register this month. Download the flyer.

Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinics
Presented by the OCBA and Public Law Center
Contact OCBA Public Services Coordinator Dana Mullin at 949.440.6700, ext. 110 or by email at, or Leigh Ferrin at 714.541.1010, ext. 290 or by email at

Join or Renew OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service Membership

Join LRIS or renew for membership to continue accessing this prominent and profitable form of advertising. Labor & Employment, Medical Malpractice, and Fiduciary Elder Abuse attorneys are especially encouraged to join. Not part of LRIS? Membership renews annually, so take advantage today! Click here for more information or contact Teresa Vuki.

Young Lawyers Division

Learn more about the OCBA Young Lawyers Division or join today! Here are some great opportunities to connect with fellow YLD members.

YLD Chair Colin Hendricks Selects New Committee Chairs

The OCBA YLD is pleased to announce this year's committee chairs who will serve with OCBA YLD Chair Colin Hendricks, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, and Chair-Elect Kelly Galligan, Rutan & Tucker LLP.
  • Sports & Fitness Co-Chair: Kristin Garcia, Jackson Tidus, A Law Corporation
  • Sports & Fitness Co-Chair: Timothy Schneider, Myers, Berstein LLP
  • Community Outreach Chair: Jennifer Bergh, The Law Offices of Michelle Ghidotti
  • Diversity & Inclusion Chair: Eemaan Jalili
  • Education Chair: Michelle Reynolds, THE Legal Advocate
  • Social Chair: Alexander Avery, Bentley & More LLP

Join a YLD Committee!
YLD committees help plan annual events and activities for OCBA Young Lawyers Division members. You will have the opportunity to share your ideas, meet new YLD friends, plan programs and events, and help the community. Download the flyer.

YLD Open House and Annual Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Bridging the Gap
Presented by the OCBA, OCBA Young Lawyers Division & The Daily Journal
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017
Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Orange

YLD 2017 Spring Softball
The City of Irvine’s Spring Softball season tentatively runs from February to April 2017. Players are asked to attend at least seven games during the ten-game season. Click here for details.

YLD Spring Social
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Masters Division

Learn more about the OCBA Masters Division and discover unique networking opportunities.

Reception In Honor of Retiring Judge Gail A. Andler
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
Andrei's Restaurant, Irvine

Law School Corner

Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy Colloquium

Monday, Jan. 30, 2017
This colloquium differentiates itself from similar workshops by strongly emphasizing tax issues of current relevance. Hear from Philip Hackney, law associate professor, Louisiana State University. Click here for event details.

Spring On-Campus Interview Program

Feb. 6 - 24, 2017
Chapman University Fowler School of Law offers two options: On-Campus Interviews (OCI) and Resume Collection. If you are unable to participate in OCI, Resume Collection allows you to receive applications on a designated date. To register for OCI, click here. Questions? Contact Michelle Nguyen.

Ready to Hire?

Contact Pam Davidson, Western State College of Law Assistant Dean of Career Resources, at or visit and click on Career Resources.

Hire Whittier!

Contact Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development Susie Dickman at or 714.444.4141, ext. 291. Click here to directly post a position for our students, 2016 graduates and alumni.

Upcoming MCLE Programs

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017
Last Dash

Presented by the OCBA

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
Last Dash Reloaded

Presented by the OCBA

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017
Bridging the Gap

Presented by the OCBA, OCBA Young Lawyers Division & The Daily Journal

An OCBA/HBA Continuing Legal Education Travel Seminar

Presented by the OCBA & OCHBA
May 25-29, 2017

From the Courts & State Bar

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



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