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Newsletter for December 5 – December 18, 2016

Join your fellow bar members and colleagues for 2017 Judges' Night and Annual Meeting, an OCBA premier legal event, on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach. This event 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

Bad Faith Trials and Other Trends In Insurance Litigation
Presented by the OCBA Insurance Law Section

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016
Hilton Hotel Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa

Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Welcomes New Admittees At State Bar Admissions Ceremony

This past Thursday, the OCBA welcomed new admittees to the Orange County legal community at the State Bar of California Admission Ceremony. Family and friends gathered at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., and watched as OCBA honorary member and Presiding Justice Kathleen O'Leary led new admittees through the necessary oath to begin their legal careers. OCBA President Todd Friedland, Past President Richard Millar and member Pearl Mann encouraged the new young lawyers to stay involved and invested in the local legal community, and challenged them to actively give back through pro bono work or charitable outreach. To see more photos from the event, visit the OCBA Facebook page.

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.

Update: OCBA 2017 Section Leadership Nominations

Online Elections will close Monday, Dec. 12, for the Business Litigation, Construction Law, Conservatorship, Guardianship, & Protective Proceedings, Entertainment, Sports, & Marketing Law, Family Law, Health Care Law, Insurance Law, Social Security, and Solo Practitioner/Small Firm sections.

Online Elections are now CLOSED, for the Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Law, Business & Corporate Law, Corporate Counsel, Environmental Law, International Law, Tax Law, Workers' Compensation, Banking & Lending, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy, Elder Law, Immigration Law, Intellectual Property & Technology Law, Labor & Employment Law, Real Estate Law, Tort & Trial, and Trusts & Estates sections.

To cast your ballot, go to to vote now, or view the complete election schedule at

December 2016 Orange County Lawyer
Now Available

Both in print and on-the-go, the December issue is now available for OCBA members. Enjoy this month's features and thought-provoking columns.

The Orange County Lawyer is always on the look-out for cutting-edge content relevant to the Orange County legal community. Review the writer guidelines online and submit an article for consideration. Or, looking to advertise? Contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Jane Kim at 949.440.6700 ext. 123, or to take advantage of the 15% OCBA member discount.


OCBA Legislative Resolutions Committee
Year-End Wrap Up & 2017 Planning Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Year-End Section Chair Meeting
Monday, Dec. 19, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

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

Holiday Giving & Volunteer Opportunities

OCBA & Senior Santa and Friends Program
Presented by the OCBA Outreach Committee
Deadline to Participate: Friday, Dec. 16, 2016

OCBA & Spark of Love Toy Drive
Presented by the OCBA Outreach Committee
Deadline to Participate: Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

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

Young Lawyers Division

Learn more about the OCBA Young Lawyers Division or join today! Also, OCBA Young Lawyers Division 2016 Chair Michelle Philo encourages her fellow YLD members to hashtag #OCBAYLDGives whether you are volunteering in the community or participating in an OCBA event - We want to hear from you!

Vote Now: 2017 YLD Chair-Elect
Voting Closes: 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016
Here are your 2017 YLD Chair-Elect Candidates. Only active YLD members will be eligible to vote. To cast your vote, please visit For more information about the role and responsibilities, download the flyer

Call for Applications: 2017 YLD Committee Chairs
Applications Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016
Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply for committee chair of the OCBA YLD. YLD Committee Chairs are appointed by the OCBA YLD Chair and serve for one year. Email for more information, or visit

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

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

Need Another Hand on Deck?

Contact Joan Mountain, Chapman University Fowler School of Law Assistant Director of Career Services, Third-Year Students and Alumni, at or 714.628.2626.

Ready to Hire?

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

Upcoming MCLE Programs

Monday, Dec. 12, 2016
OCBA Specialty Credit Night

Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016
Bad Faith Trials and Other Trends In Insurance Litigation

Presented by the OCBA Insurance Law Section


1/14 & 1/21 OCBA Last Dash & Last Dash Reloaded
Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

From the Courts & State Bar

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



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