Newsletter for Oct. 13- Oct. 26, 2014
 

U.S. Supreme Court Preview
Presented by the OCBA Appellate Law Section

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
Pacific Club, Newport Beach

Speakers:
Erwin Chemerinsky
Founding Dean & Distinguished Professor of Law
University of California, Irvine School of Law

John Eastman
Professor & former Dean, Chapman University School of Law
Founding Director, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Event Emcee:
Hon. Nathan R. Scott
Orange County Superior Court

**Featuring the Presentation of the David G. Sills Award for Appellate Excellence to Marjorie G. Fuller**

Program Chairs: Mary-Christine "M.C." Sungaila, Esq., Snell & Wilmer LLP; Kristin F. Godeke, Esq., Prenovost, Normandin, Berge & Dawe, APC

Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
The Promenade Event Centre & Gardens, Costa Mesa

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 Suzanne Viau Chamberlain. The Scoville Award annually recognizes a member of the Orange County legal community 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. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

News

OCBA Online Election Now Open

Cast your vote to influence the OCBA's leadership! Voting has opened for the OCBA's annual election. The online election is open for voting until 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Only active attorney members will be eligible to vote (no law students, retired, or honorary members). To cast your vote, please visit www.ocbar.org/vote.

To view the list of candidates as well as their candidate statements, please click here.


OCBA Sections Annual Leadership Elections
Voting Open for ADR, Appellate Law
Nominations Now Open for Real Estate, Tort & Trial, Trusts & Estates Sections

This fall, all OCBA Sections will conduct online elections for open leadership positions. Voting is open from now through Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 for the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Appellate Law Sections. Nominations are now open for the Real Estate, Tort & Trial, and Trusts & Estates Sections, while nominations for the Immigration Law, Intellectual Property & Technology Law, and Labor & Employment Law Sections' respective elections will close TODAY, Oct. 13, 2014. For additional information on the 2014 election process for OCBA Sections, including a complete schedule of nomination and election dates, please click here.


OCBA Releases New
Mentor On Demand Videos

The OCBA is pleased to announce that three new resources are now available on the OCBA Mentor On Demand website. OCBA members may now access a Judicial Profile of Hon. Deborah Servino, gain practical advice from OCBA Past President Michael Gazin on the topic of "Billing: How to Collect Fees," and hear from OCBA Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee Co-Chair and Court of Appeal Senior Research Attorney David Hesseltine on "Research Tips and Tricks" that will take you "Beyond Westlaw." The OCBA Mentor On Demand (MOD) Program is an innovative web-based mentoring program, provides insights and practical information from leading OCBA members of the Bench and Bar. Each video presentation is around 10 minutes or less. For more information, please visit www.mentorondemand.org.


OCBA Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section Event Featuring Dean Chemerinsky, Judges Albert and Wallace


The OCBA Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section recently hosted a discussion of what to expect when practicing in the bankruptcy courts now and in the future in light of the recent Supreme Court decisions in In re Bellingham Ins. Agency, Inc. (2014) and Stern v. Marshall (2011). University of California, Irvine School of Law Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law Erwin Chemerinsky spoke and was joined by Hon. Theodor Albert and Hon. Mark Wallace, both of whom provided commentary and questions to add to the spirited dialogue. The event was a considerable success, with over 140 people in attendance, including several judges. Shown here: Hon. Scott Yun, Hon. Erithe Smith, Hon. Mark Wallace, Hon. Scott Clarkson, University of California, Irvine School of Law Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law Erwin Chemerinsky, Hon. Neil Bason, Hon. Theodor Albert, and Hon. Catherine Bauer. To view additional photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page.


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.

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 Wate 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 lbrown@ocbar.org 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 volunteer as Mock Trial Attorney Scorekeepers through December 2014. To download the volunteer registration form, please click here, or you may register online. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact CRF-OC’s executive director, Lori Berg, at 949.679.0730 ext. 102 or Lberg@crfoc.org.


California Lawyer Seeks Nominations for 18th Annual CLAY Awards
Deadline: Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

California Lawyer magazine is now accepting nomiations for the 18th Annual CLAY (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year) Awards. To be eligible, the attorney must be an active member of the State Bar of California whose work was completed or resolved between Nov. 2, 2013 and Nov. 2, 2014. The lawyer’s achievements during this time period should have had a significant impact on the law, the profession, a particular industry, or the general good of the public. For more information, please click here. Should you have any questions about the CLAY Awards, please feel free to contact California Lawyer Managing Editor Karmah Elmusa at karmah_elmusa@dailyjournal.com.


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 www.lrisoc.org 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 lbrown@ocbar.org. 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 2013. Click here to get started!

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

OCBA & OCAABA Fall Food Packaging Event

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
The Community Action Partnership of Orange County Food Bank, Garden Grove

Over 400,000 Orange County residents are at risk of hunger every month, of whom 42 percent are children. The OCBA Community Outreach Committee and the Orange County Asian American Bar Association invite you to assist the Community Action Partnership of Orange County Food Bank to help provide relief to those in need. Spend a morning packing and assembling food items into boxes for delivery to hungry families in our communities. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


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 www.alz.org. 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.


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 dmullin@ocbar.org. 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 lferrin@publiclawcenter.org.

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 Whittier Law School
    Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
    Whittier Law School, Room 1, Costa Mesa
  • 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

All three events run from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Interested students should RSVP directly with their Career Services Center. To view photos from Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law's recent OCBA Section Specialty Day, please visit our Facebook page. For information on the current Sections offered by the OCBA, please click here.

Featured MCLE

Putting the ‘Civil’ Back in Civil Litigation
Presented by the OCBA
**NEW DATE**

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

Speakers:
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

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

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Events

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

Speakers:
Paul R. Kiesel, Esq.
Partner
Kiesel Law LLP

Mark T. Gerard
Jury Consultant
The Litigation Group

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

Topics:

  • 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, and mark your calendars now!


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

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Winter Softball

Join the Bad News Bearristers for another season of fun! The OCBA Young Lawyers Division co-ed softball team (a social group where athletic skill is purely optional) will play in Irvine on Wednesday evenings. Possible game times are 6:30 p.m., 7:40 p.m. and 8:50 p.m. The City of Irvine’s eight-game Winter Softball season tentatively runs from late November 2014 to January 2015. Players are asked to attend at least five (5) games. 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.

Upcoming MCLE Programs

Probate Litigation: How to Build & Present Your Case
Presented by the OCBA Trusts & Estates Section

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
Promenade Event Centre & Gardens, Costa Mesa

Register online or download the registration flyer.

U.S. Supreme Court Preview & Presentation of the
David G. Sills Award for Appellate Excellence
Presented by the OCBA Appellate Law Section

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
The Pacific Club, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Basic Guardianship Training
Presented by the OCBA and the Public Law Center

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Putting the ‘Civil’ Back in Civil Litigation
Presented by the OCBA
**NEW DATE**

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.

**SAVE THE DATE**

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

From the Courts & State Bar

Orange County Community Court Selected as a National Mentor Site

The Orange County Community Court is one of four sites selected by the Center for Court Innovation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, to serve as a mentor for other courts around the nation. As a mentor court, the Orange County Community Court will encourage other jurisdictions to engage with local residents and create meaningful alternatives to incarceration for criminal offenders. “The mentor courts will encourage courts around the country to rethink the standard approach to crime,” says Kim Ball, senior policy advisor at the Bureau of Justice Assistance in Washington, D.C. For more information, please view the press release.


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.