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Newsletter for October 16 – October 29, 2017

OCBA Announces 2018 Election Results

The OCBA's annual Board of Directors Election closed at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. In accordance with the OCBA bylaws, 2017 President-Elect Nikki P. Miliband will succeed to the Presidency in 2018. The rest of the 2018 Executive Committee will be comprised of President-Elect Deirdre M. Kelly, Treasurer Scott B. Garner, newly-elected Secretary Larisa M. Dinsmoor, and Immediate Past President Michael L. Baroni. Elected to the Board of Directors for three-year terms beginning January 2018 are Michael A. Gregg, Kimberly A. Knill (“Kate”), Autumn D. Spaeth, and Mary-Christine (M.C.) Sungaila. The 2018 Officers and Board members will be installed along with the OCBA Charitable Fund's Board of Directors on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, during the OCBA Judges’ Night & Annual Meeting.

OCBA 2018 Section Leadership Nominations are Underway

Section leadership is of vital importance to continuing education and business networking in particular areas of the law. Nominations OPENED on Tuesday, Oct. 10, for the 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. Please visit to submit a nomination, or view the full nomination and election schedule online at

Featured MCLE

Develop or Not? OC Real Estate Development
- Legal Issues and Outlook
Presented by the OCBA Real Estate Law Section

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
Tustin Ranch Golf Club, Tustin

Speakers: Mayor Don Wagner, City of Irvine; David Upshaw, VP & General Counsel, Irvine Company; John DeFrance, Senior Attorney, Kroger Co.; Javier Gutierrez, Partner, Stuart Kane LLP
Download the flyer for more information or register online.


(L-R) UCI Associate Dean Carrie Hempel accepting on behalf of Founding Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Sheppard Mullin Partner Moe Keshvarzi, OCBA Charitable Fund President Todd Friedland, OCBA Executive Director Trudy Levindofske, and Elder Law and Disability Rights Center Co-Founder William Wise

LASOC Honors Todd Friedland, the OCBA and its Charitable Fund

The OCBA is pleased to share that OCBA Charitable Fund President Todd Friedland, the OCBA and its Charitable Fund received the 2017 Outstanding Community Service Award by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County. The award was presented at the 2017 Voices for Justice Annual Awards Dinner held on Oct. 12, 2017 at the Bowers Museum. Congratulations to all the honorees of the 2017 Voices for Justice Annual Awards Dinner.

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.


OCBA Volunteer Recognition Reception
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
Twenty Eight Restaurant & Bar, Irvine

OCBA Member Volunteers are invited to a celebration honoring their dedicated efforts and community service throughout the year. Let us show our appreciation! A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Harmon G. Scoville Award to attorney John Bergen whose career exemplifies the highest standards of the legal profession and who has contributed to the Orange County Bar Association and championed our constitutional system of justice.

OCBA Trivia Night
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
The Harp Inn, Costa Mesa

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to Speak in Buena Park
Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
Ehlers Event Center, Buena Park

OCBA Fall Member Mixer
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
Hotel Irvine, Irvine

OCBA 2018 Judges' Night & Annual Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Irvine Marriott, Irvine

Volunteer Opportunities

Race for the Cure

The OCBA and the Orange County Women Lawyers Association “Raising the Bar” Team join together for its 9th year participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. For more photos, visit the OCBA Facebook Page.

CRF-OC 2017 Mock Trial Competition
With the arrival of autumn comes a new school year . . . and a new season of high school mock trial! The Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County (CRF-OC) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to providing civic education programs for Orange County youth, including their annual mock trial competition. Approximately 1,000 students from nearly 40 high schools throughout Orange County participate in the competition. Every year, CRF-OC is challenged to recruit the number of volunteer attorneys needed to score the mock trial competition, particularly during the first four rounds of the competition in which all schools have guaranteed participation. This year, CRF-OC anticipates needing approximately 75-100 attorney volunteers in each of the first four rounds. Click here for more info.

Help OCHBA Dress The Saints of Santa Ana High School for Mock Trial Competition
The OCHBA, in collaboration with Santa Ana High School, is holding its Saints' Closet collection to dress students for mock trial competitions, job interviews, and school dances! Please drop off donations of gently used suits, professional attire, or event dresses and suits to: Law Offices of Carolina C. Gomez at 2112 E 4th Street, Suite 102, Santa Ana, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. M-F. For more info, visit the OCHBA webpage.

Veterans Legal Institute - Case List & Family Law Clinic
Contact VLI Co-Founder and OCBA Board Member Antoinette Balta for more information.

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

Coming Soon from Orange County Lawyer

Get all this and more in the November 2017 issue of Orange County Lawyer magazine. Have an idea that you'd love to see in print? We're always on the lookout for cutting-edge content relevant to the Orange County legal community. Review our writer guidelines and submit your article for consideration!

  • COVER STORY A Fine Man: John A. Bergen
    by Richard W. Millar, Jr.
  • Depression, Drugs, and Suicide: Occupational Hazard for Legal Professionals
    by Pamela J.P. Donison
  • Honoring Veterans in Orange County
    by Briana Richmond
  • Michele Johnson: Small-Town Girl Makes a Big Impact in Orange County
    by Gloria Lee
  • 2016-2017 Term in Review: Notable Civil Cases from the California Supreme Court
    by Mary-Christine Sungaila and Allan Gustin
  • Ethically Speaking: Navigating Privilege in the Emerging World of Litigation Funding
    by Cathy Tran Moses

Ahern Update: Recognize the Danger of Representing Both Sides to a Transaction

It is common for parties to a transaction to want to save money by involving only one attorney. This could arise in the sale and purchase of real estate or a business. Click here to read more about this month's tip.

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.

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Ronald McDonald House Meal of Love
Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
Ronald McDonald House, Orange

OCBA Trivia Night
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
The Harp Inn, Costa Mesa

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Hockey Night
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
Honda Center, Anaheim

Bad News Bearristers Winter Softball Season
From November 2017 to January 2018


Civil Procedures: How to Make the Case for Civility, and Transform Your Workplace
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Masters Division

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

Check out photos from the most recent events on the OCBA Masters Division webpage.

OCBA Trivia Night
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
The Harp Inn, Costa Mesa

Law School Corner

OCBA Open House & Section Specialty Day

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
Western State College of Law, Irvine

Come Meet Practicing Lawyers from OCBA Sections! OCBA Specialty Sections meet regularly to provide sources of networking, information and education to OCBA members. Learn more about the different areas of law and the value of becoming a Section member. Click here for event details.

OCWLA Law School Student Stipends

The Orange County Women Lawyers Association will offer stipend awards to two law school students who are preparing to take the bar exam. Learn more about the Bar Stipend Award Application and Diversity Bar Stipend Award Application by checking out the online applications.

Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law Seeks 1L Mentors!

Attorneys from all practice areas and legal employers are encouraged to volunteer to mentor a current 1L student. For more information on the program, click here. To volunteer, please complete a brief Mentor Application.

Upcoming MCLE Programs

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
Develop or Not? OC Real Estate Development - Legal Issues and Outlook

Presented by the OCBA Real Estate Law Section

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
Closing the Courthouse Door to Service Members: Understanding the Feres Doctrine

Presented by the OCBA Veterans & Military Committee

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
Family Law Trial Skills - Evidence in Action Returns

Presented by the OCBA Real Estate Law Section

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
California Insurance Law Annual Update 2017

Presented by the OCBA Insurance Law Section

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2017
OCBA eDiscovery Seminar: What Every Attorney Needs to Know About eDiscovery

Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
OCBA Specialty Credit Night

Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

Jan. 26 – Feb. 4, 2018
OCBA Travel Seminar to Bangkok & Chiang Mai, Thailand

*Limited Space Still Available*
Presented by the OCBA Education Committee


1/13 OCBA Last Dash One-Day MCLE Seminar
Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

Photos from IALOC Tribute to Hon. James J. DiCesare

For more event photos, visit the OCBA Facebook Page. To submit affiliate bar events or news to the Orange County Lawyer, contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Jane Kim.

From the Courts & State Bar

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



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