Newsletter for Oct. 27- Nov. 9, 2014

Putting the ‘Civil’ Back in Civil Litigation
Presented by the OCBA

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Hon. Theodore R. Howard
Orange County Superior Court

Shannon C. Lamb, Esq.
Shannon C. Lamb, APC

Richard J. McNeil, Esq.
Snell & Wilmer LLP

Program Chair: Jame Mascaro, Esq., The Mascaro Law Firm, PC

How to foster and maintain civil relationships with opposing counsel
despite animosity amongst your clients.

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

OCBA Announces Election Results

The OCBA's annual Board of Directors Election closed at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. In accordance with the OCBA bylaws, 2014 President-Elect Ashleigh E. Aitken will succeed to the Presidency in 2015. The rest of the 2015 Executive Committee will be comprised of President-Elect Todd G. Friedland, Treasurer Michael L. Baroni, newly-elected Secretary Nikki P. Milliband (shown here), and Immediate Past President Thomas H. Bienert, Jr. Elected to the Board of Directors for three-year terms beginning January 2015 are Larisa M. Dinsmoor, Michael A. Gregg, Kirsten M. Kreymann, and Mayte Santacruz. The 2015 Officers and Board members will be installed along with the OCBA Charitable Fund's Board of Directors by Judge Lon F. Hurwitz on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, during the OCBA Judges’ Night and Annual Meeting at the Irvine Marriott. For more information, please click here.


OCBA Section Spotlight: Breakfast Meeting with
California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

The OCBA Appellate Law, Construction Law, and Corporate Counsel Sections invite you to join us for a very special discussion with Justice Liu about his experiences on the Supreme Court and his perspective on oral advocacy, brief writing, and judicial opinion writing. Space is limited, so sign-up early! Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Appointments Committee Announced

OCBA President-Elect Ashleigh E. Aitken has selected the following OCBA members to serve on the 2014 Appointments Committee:

Ashleigh E. Aitken (Chair)
Aitken Aitken Cohn
Todd G. Friedland
Stephens Friedland LLP
James P. Lam
Lam Law Group

Michael L. Baroni
Palace Entertainment
Laura C. Hess
Kring & Chung LLP
Lisa D. Ramirez
U.S. Immigration Law Group

Thomas H. Bienert, Jr.
Bienert, Miller & Katzman
Casey R. Johnson
Aitken Aitken Cohn
Michael D. Sargent
Graves & King LLP

Joseph L. Chairez
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Deirdre M. Kelly
Whittier Law School
Dean J. Zipser
Umberg Zipser LLP

In accordance with the bylaws, the Committee will be making recommendations to appoint OCBA members to fill three open seats on the OCBA Board of Directors for terms beginning in January 2015. For more information, please click here.

OCBA Sections Annual Leadership Elections
Voting Open for Business & Corporate Law, Corporate Counsel, Environmental Law, International Law, Tax Law, Workers’ Compensation
Nominations Now Open for Health Care Law, Insurance Law, Social Security Sections

This fall, all OCBA Sections will conduct online elections for open leadership positions. Voting is open from now through Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 for the International Law, Tax Law, and Workers’ Compensation Sections. Online voting for the Business & Corporate Law, Corporate Counsel, and Environmental Law Sections closes TODAY, Oct. 27, 2014. Nominations are now open for the Health Care Law, Insurance Law, and Social Security Sections, while nominations for the Business Litigation, Construction Law, and Entertainment, Sports, & Marketing Law Sections' respective elections will close TODAY, Oct. 27, 2014. For additional information on the 2014 election process for OCBA Sections, including a complete schedule of nomination and election dates, please click here.

Call for Nominations: 2014 Franklin G. West Award
Deadline: Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Franklin G. West Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA). This annual OCBA recognition was established in memory of Judge Franklin G. West and is considered the OCBA’s lifetime achievement award. Judge West epitomized the best of the legal profession, both as an attorney and a judge. The Award, which annually recognizes an outstanding attorney or judge whose lifetime achievements have advanced justice and the law, will be presented at the OCBA Judges’ Night & Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. For more information and details on how to submit a nomination, please download the nomination form.

Judges Needed for National Moot Court Competition

The Orange County Bar Association is working this year with local law schools, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Bar of the City of New York to stage the National Moot Court Competition. The Southern California Regional is being held locally, at the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University. Members are encouraged to sign up to judge a session. The competition will be held on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7 and 8, 2014. Fourteen teams from Southern California law schools are expected to compete. Professor Nancy Schultz is in need of judges for the preliminary rounds, to be held on Friday, Nov. 7 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.; for the quarterfinal round to be held on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.; and for the semifinal round to be held on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Only minimal preparation is necessary. The case problem and a bench brief will be circulated well in advance of the session, and Professor Schultz will conduct a half-hour orientation for judges before each round of arguments. For more information, contact Professor Nancy Schultz via email at

Coming Soon from Orange County Lawyer

  • Special Feature: The Orange County Bar Association Salutes Our Veterans
  • Lawful Barbarism: German Law and Jewish Lawyers in Nazi Germany—When highly educated lawyers crafted and enforced inhumane doctrines.
    by Michael J. Bazyler
  • Ethically Speaking: You Can't Take It with You, or Can You?—The bright line rule that prohibited taking clients with you when you left a firm is fading.
    by Mary A. Dannelley
  • A Criminal Waste of Space: Internet (In)Security— Beds is making new international friends via the Internet.
    by Justice William W. Bedsworth
Get all this and more in the November 2014 issue of Orange County Lawyer magazine!

Interested in advertising in an upcoming issue? Please contact Publications & Social Media Manager Lisa Brown at 949.440.6700 ext. 123 or and take advantage of your 15 percent OCBA member discount!

CRF-OC Seeks Volunteer Attorney Scorekeepers

Here’s a way to have great fun and serve a great cause in the process! The Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County (CRF-OC) is looking for attorneys (working, retired, or just out of law school—anyone with a J.D. is qualified) to help score the Orange County High School Mock Trial Competition. All rounds of the Competition will take place at 4:45 p.m. at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. CRF-OC is particularly in need of Attorney Scorers on the following dates: Thursday, Nov. 13, Tuesday, Nov. 18, Thursday, Nov. 20, Tuesday, Dec. 2, and Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. If you would like to volunteer, please contact CRF-OC’s Program Manager, Jennifer Gerstner, at 949.679.0730 ext. 101 or

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 Lisa Brown at 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!

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

A Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Intersection of Beach Blvd & PCH, Huntington Beach

The Orange County Bar Association and OCBA Young Lawyers Division Community Outreach Committees invite you to join the fight against Alzheimer’s at the world’s largest nationwide event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Participants of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend. It’s easy to join our OCBA team. It takes just a few minutes to register online at Pull up the team by searching for “Orange County Bar Association.” The team name does not appear in the team name scroll since we are not a national team, so you must enter it in the search field. For more information please download the flyer.

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen Community Outreach Event

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, Costa Mesa

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, a non-profit hunger relief program, needs volunteers to prepare and serve meals to those in need during this Thanksgiving season. Volunteers will also assist with clean up afterwards. Please join the OCBA in its efforts to make a difference by feeding the disadvantaged in Orange County. Sign up early, as space is limited! 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 Public Services Coordinator Dana Mullin at 949.440.6700 ext. 110 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

Featured MCLE

How to Be an Appellate Rock Star!
Presented by the OCBA Masters Division

Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Court of Appeal, Santa Ana

Presiding Justice Kathleen E. O’Leary
California Court of Appeal (4th Appellate District, Division 3)

Associate Justice Raymond J. lkola
California Court of Appeal (4th Appellate District, Division 3)

Julie M. McCoy, Esq.
Law Offices of Julie M. McCoy

Philip D. Kohn, Esq.
Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Program Chair:
John B. Hurlbut, Jr., Esq.,
Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Gain invaluable insights into appellate practice directly from Court of Appeal justices and practitioners experienced in appellate matters. This will be an interactive meeting with time devoted to Q&A.

Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Fall Member Mixer

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Mastro's Steakhouse, Costa Mesa

Join your fellow members of the Bench and Bar for an evening of socializing and networking (don't forget to bring your business cards)! Always a popular event, this annual mixer features appetizers, refreshing beverages, door prizes, music, and more. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Save the Date:
2015 OCBA Judges' Night &
Annual Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Irvine Marriott, Irvine

Mark your calendars for this very special evening, which honors the sitting judges of Orange County. Ashleigh Aitken of Aitken Aitken Cohn will be installed as 2015 OCBA President. The OCBA Officers and Board of Directors will be installed by Hon. Lon F. Hurwitz, Orange County Superior Court, as will the OCBA Charitable Fund Board of Directors. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Franklin G. West Award—the highest honor bestowed by the OCBA. Download the flyer for more information.

Masters Division

OCBA Masters Division
3rd Annual Technology Seminar

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Irvine Marriott, Irvine

Paul R. Kiesel, Esq.
Kiesel Law LLP

Mark T. Gerard
Jury Consultant
The Litigation Group

Program Chair: John B. Sganga, Jr., Partner, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear


  • The Latest Technologies for Your Practice
  • Technology at Trial from the Jury Consultants' Perspective

You won't want to miss this opportunity to network with the best of Orange County's Bench and Bar while exploring new technological advances and their potential impact on your practice alongside industry experts. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

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.

Young Lawyers Division

Call for Nominations: OCBA Young Lawyers Division Chair-Elect
Deadline: Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

The OCBA is currently accepting nominations of Young Lawyers Division members who have been in practice for three years or less for the position of 2015 Chair-Elect. In accordance with the OCBA YLD Bylaws, the 2015 Chair-Elect will also serve as YLD Chair in 2016. All current OCBA Young Lawyers Division members are eligible to vote for 2015 Chair-Elect. Completed nomination forms should be submitted electronically along with a headshot to no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. For more information and details on submitting your nomination, please download the nomination packet.

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Holiday Kick-Off Party

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
The Auld Dubliner at The District, Tustin

Come kick-off the Holiday Season with fellow OCBA Young Lawyers Division Members at this exclusive YLD event! Enjoy appetizers, beverages (special extended happy hour for YLD), door prizes, and an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater or create your own to compete with your peers! 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.

Law School Corner

OCBA Invites Law Student Members to Attend Section Specialty Days

Come meet practicing lawyers from OCBA Sections! OCBA Specialty Sections focus on specific areas of law and professional growth. Each Section meets regularly to provide sources of networking, information, and education to OCBA members. Learn more about the different areas of law and the value of OCBA Sections.

Upcoming OCBA Section Specialty Days

  • OCBA Section Specialty Day at Western State College of Law
    Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
    Western State College of Law, Room 405, Fullerton
  • OCBA Section Specialty Day at University of California, Irvine School of Law
    Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
    University of California, Irvine School of Law, Courtyard, Irvine

Both events run from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Interested students should RSVP directly with their Career Services Center. View photos from the recent OCBA Section Specialty Days at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law and Whittier Law School on the OCBA Facebook page. For information on the current Sections offered by the OCBA, please click here.

Branding for Law Students

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Western State College of Law, Fullerton

Legal recruiter Eve Senuty of Robert Half Legal comes to campus on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 to share her experience and expertise on the importance of developing a professional identify, both during law school and after. Eve will be instructing students on how to create the type of brand identity on- and off-line that appeals to prospective employers and clients. Contact Pam Davidson in Career Services at for more information.

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

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: or 714.459.1106. We look forward to finding your next great hire!

Chapman's Fowler Law Welcomes
New Assistant Dean of Career Services

Chapman University Fowler School of Law is pleased to announce that Melissa Berry has joined the Career Services Office as the new Assistant Dean of Career Services. Dean Berry was previously a faculty member at Chapman and at the University of Washington School of Law and was an associate attorney at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. and Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle.

Upcoming MCLE Programs

How to Be an Appellate Rock Star!
Presented by the OCBA Masters Division

Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
Court of Appeal, Santa Ana

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Putting the ‘Civil’ Back in Civil Litigation
Presented by the OCBA

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

OCBA Mediator Disclosure Seminar
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

OCBA Masters Division 3rd Annual Technology Seminar
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Irvine Marriott, Irvine

Register online or download the registration flyer.


OCBA Specialty Credit Night
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

OCBA Ethics Update Seminar
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Wyndham Irvine – Orange County Airport, Irvine

OCBA 23rd Annual MCLE Last Dash & Trade Show
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa

OCBA Last Dash Reloaded (Specialty Credit Video Replay)
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

From the Courts & State Bar

Serve Your Community as an Orange County Grand Juror
Deadline: Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

TThe Orange County Superior Court is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Orange County Grand Jury. A new 19-member Grand Jury will be empaneled for a one-year term that begins July 1. Superior Court judges interview qualified applicants, and Orange County Sheriff’s Department officers conduct background investigations on these candidates. Selection of the 19-member Grand Jury is achieved by a random drawing of the top 25 to 30 candidates nominated for service, to equally represent each of the five Orange County Supervisorial Districts, as required by law. For more information and details on how to apply, please click here.

Request for Public Comment: Proposed Revisions to Local Court Rules
Deadline: Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014

The Los Angeles Superior Court seeks public comment on proposed revisions to Local Rule 5.20 regarding Private Child Custody Evaluations. For more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.

Superior Court Civil Court Reporter Pooling Pilot Project

Departments C6, C10, C12, C13, C14, C15, C17, C18, C21, C23, C25, C26, C31, and C32 of the Orange County Superior Court are participating in a Court Reporter Pooling Pilot Project. Official court reporters (i.e. court reporters employed by the Court) in those departments will be provided only for trials and other matters in which oral evidence will be presented. Official court reporters will continue to be provided for all hearings in the remaining unlimited civil departments, including civil complex departments. For additional information regarding court reporter availability, please click here.

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.

Request for Public Comment: Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform Phase II Implementing Recommendations
Deadline: Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

The Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California is seeking public comment on a draft plan to implement new competency skills training requirements aimed at better preparing lawyers for the profession. The proposal calls for 15 units of practice-based experiential training during law school/apprenticeship option, 50 hours of pro bono/reduced fee legal services, and 10 hours of additional competency training MCLE (minimum continuing legal education) in the first year of admission. The plan was developed by the Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform Phase II, a 30-member panel chaired by former State Bar President Jon B. Streeter and comprised of attorneys, judges, academics and pro bono directors. Since December, the group has held eight public hearings and sought input from interested parties. For more information and details on how to submit comments, please click here.

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