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Newsletter for January 8 – January 21, 2018

Join Fellow Bar Members for Judges' Night at Irvine Marriott

This year's Judges' Night & Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at the Irvine Marriott. This time-honored event recognizing Orange County judiciary will feature the installation of Nikki Presley Miliband as 2018 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 attorney Julie M. McCoy.

For full event details or to register, visit the event webpage or download the flyer.

Featured MCLE

All lawyers in MCLE Compliance Group 2 (H-M)
must complete 25 hours of CLE by January 31, 2018.

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

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Orange

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

A One-Day Specialty Credit Video Replay
Presented by the OCBA

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Gov. Brown Appoints Judge Goethals to Fourth District Court of Appeal

Goethals has been appointed associate justice, Division Three of the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Goethals has served as a judge at the Orange County Superior Court since 2003. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice William F. Rylaarsdam. 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.


2018 Legislative Resolutions Committee Caucus
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

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

OCBA Charitable Fund Grant Reception
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Charitable Fund Annual Judge Kenneth Lae Charity Golf Scramble
Monday, April 23, 2018
Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach

Tee up for charity at the ever-popular Judge Kenneth Lae Charity Golf Tournament! Proceeds benefit the OCBA Charitable Fund, the philanthropic arm of the OCBA, which provides funding and resources to organizations and programs that enhance the system of justice and promote equal justice for all.


OCBA Spring Member Mixer
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Now Available from Orange County Lawyer

Both in print and on-the-go, this year's January issue featuring the 2018 OCBA President Nikki Presley Miliband is now available for our members.

Have an idea that you'd love to see in print? Review our writer guidelines and submit your article for consideration.

Or 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.

Join the OCBA Lawyer Referral
& Information Service

Build your client base and expand your practice. The OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service is accepting 2018 membership applications. Join or renew now and receive referrals through 2018! Elder Law, Medical Malpractice and Workers’ Compensation attorneys are especially needed. Applications are available at or email

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 Chair Selects New Committee Chairs

The OCBA YLD announces the 2018 committee chairs who will serve with OCBA YLD Chair Kelly Galligan, Rutan & Tucker LLP, and Chair-Elect Kristin Garcia, Nossaman LLP.
  • Sports & Fitness Co-Chair: Sean Lynch, Lynch LLP
  • Sports & Fitness Co-Chair: Johanna Rodriguez, Walsworth WFBM, LLP
  • Community Outreach Chair: Michelle Miu, The Myers Law Group
  • Diversity & Inclusion Chair: Joseph Ursic, La Follette Johnson De Haas Fesler & Ames
  • Education Chair: Nicholas George, Robinson Calcagnie Inc.
  • Social Chair: Alexander Avery, Brown Wegner 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.

OCBA YLD 2018 Open House & Annual Business Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Bridging the Gap
*For Newly Admitted Attorneys Only*
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Orange

Spring Softball
Deadline to Register: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018
The City of Irvine’s Spring Softball season tentatively runs from February to April 2018. Players are asked to attend at least seven games during the ten-game season. Click here to download the flyer.


OCBA YLD Spring Social
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

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.

Tribute to a Legal Giant: CA Supreme Court Justice Stanley Mosk
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Turnip Rose Promenade & Gardens, Costa Mesa

Law School Corner

UCI Law 2nd Martin Luther King Jr. Teach-In & Training

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
This half-day event features UCI Law's new dean, several faculty, and local attorneys discussing. It also includes training in cybersecurity, criminal justice, education law, immigration law, housing, and more. Click here for details.

Internships & Student Positions

The Department of Justice is now accepting applications for 2018 Summer Internships across California. For more information on student opportunities or to apply, click here.

Ready to Hire?

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

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

Upcoming MCLE Programs

Track Your CLE Online

One very useful benefit of OCBA membership is the ability to track and verify CLE compliance from participation in OCBA programs. Members who must comply by Jan. 31, 2018 have received an emailed statement of credits earned. Members also have immediate access to their CLE compliance history on anytime. Simply login and click on “My Account” at the top of the webpage.

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
OCBA 2018 Last Dash

Presented by the OCBA

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
OCBA 2018 Last Dash Reloaded

Presented by the OCBA

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
It's Time to Close Up Your Legal Practice for Good

Presented by the OCBA

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

Presented by the OCBA Education Committee

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
Bridging the Gap

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

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Tribute to a Legal Giant: CA Supreme Court Justice Stanley Mosk

Presented by the OCBA Masters Division

OCWLA Holiday Party & Installation

TMBA Inaugural Scholarship Awards & Installation Dinner

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
Last day to buy tickets! Celebrate excellence in the legal community as TMBA presents its inaugural Legal Excellence Award to Orange County's first African American female judge, the Hon. Karen L. Robinson. The award, named after Judge Robinson, will be presented during the event. Click here for event details.

From the Courts & State Bar

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



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