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Newsletter for June 20 – July 4, 2016
 

OCBA Charitable Fund Announces
2016 Law Firm, Community Partner Honorees

The OCBA Charitable Fund is pleased to announce that Minyard Morris LLP and Veterans Legal Institute have been named the 2016 Law Firm Honoree and Community Partner Honoree, respectively. The awards will be presented during the OCBA Charitable Fund Annual Benefit: Raise Your Glass, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach. Please click here for more information.

Special Thanks to Champagne Level Sponsor
Sullivan, Krieger, Truong, Spagnola & Klausner, LLP

Featured MCLE

Human Trafficking in Our Backyard and Beyond—
Why It Matters to You and What You Can do About It
Presented by the OCBA Masters Division & the
International Law Section

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
UCI University Club, Irvine

Speakers:
Hon. Maria D. Hernandez, Presiding Judge, Juvenile Court, Orange County Superior Court; Susan Kang Schroeder, Esq., Chief of Staff, Office of the District Attorney, Orange County; Anne C. Gannon, Esq., Assistant U.S. Attorney, National Coordinator for Child Exploitation Prevention & Interdiction; Lita Mercado, Program Director of Community Service Programs, Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force

Moderators/Program Chairs:
Michael Baroni, Esq., General Counsel, Palace Entertainment, President-Elect, OCBA; Larisa Dinsmoor, Esq., Orange County Public Defender's Office, Board member, OCBA, Chair, OCBA International Law Section

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

News

Last Call for Nominations: OCBA Board of Directors & Office of Secretary
Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Monday, June 27, 2016

Qualified individuals are now being sought to run for open seats on the Orange County Bar Association's Board of Directors for three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2017, as well as for the Office of Secretary. The individual elected as Secretary will serve a one-year term in that office beginning Jan. 1, 2017. However, it is important to note that this is a multi-year commitment. Following their year as Secretary, the individual will be expected to continue to serve on the Executive Committee in the following capacities: Treasurer (2018), President-Elect (2019), President (2020), and Immediate Past President (2021).

Applications should be submitted to the OCBA Nominating Committee, c/o OCBA, P.O. Box 6130, Newport Beach, CA 92658 or emailed to mocampo@ocbar.org. All nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016. The OCBA Nominating Committee, chaired by President-Elect Michael Baroni (Palace Entertainment), will meet in July to select the slate of candidates for the OCBA election in the fall. For more information and details on how to submit a nomination, please download the nomination form.


Section Spotlight:
Inside the World of Amusement Parks—A Look at the Law
Presented by the OCBA Entertainment, Sports, & Marketing Law Section

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Speakers:
Kathy Banuelos, Esq., Vice President, Government Affairs, NBCUniversal, Inc.; Corrine A. Brindley, Vice President, State Affairs, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment; Carrie Nocella, Esq., Director, Government Relations, Disneyland Resort

Download the flyer for more information or register online.


2016 OCBA Labor & Employment Law Symposium Meets with Success

This unique all-day program held on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law covered such topics as the Fair Employment and Housing Council, workplace violence, misclassification issues, employee psychology, discrimination, and more. Hon. Ming W. Chin, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court and Hon. Rebecca A. Wiseman (Ret.), Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 5th District delivered the keynote address, Case Law Updates in Labor & Employment Law. Thank you to our generous sponsors, Chapman University Fowler School of Law, The Rutter Group, Welch Consulting, Phoenix Settlement Administrators, and JAMS. To view additional photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page.


OCBA Member Neil Pedersen Named State Bar
Solo & Small Firm Section Attorney of the Year

OCBA member and Pedersen McQueen, APLC Partner Neil Pedersen has been named the California State Bar Solo & Small Firm Section's 2016 Attorney of the Year. The award will be presented at the Myer J. Sankary Reception during the California Solo & Small Firm Summit on Friday, June 17, 2016, at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Congratulations on this unique accomplishment!


OCBA Member Kevin Gramling Inducted into ABOTA

OCBA member and Klinedinst PC Managing Shareholder Kevin Gramling has been elected as a member to the American Board of Trial Advocates. ABOTA selects members on an invitation-only basis among elite trial lawyers who demonstrate the highest levels of integrity and skill. ABOTA seeks attorneys who display skill, civility, and integrity, to help younger attorneys achieve a higher level of trial advocacy and to educate the public about the vital importance of the Seventh Amendment. For more information, please view the press release.


OCBA Members Named to 2016 Rising Stars Top Lists

The OCBA is pleased to announce that several of its members have been named to Southern California Super Lawyers' 2016 Rising Stars Top Lists, including Up-and-Coming 100: 2016 Southern California Rising Stars, Up-and-Coming 25: 2016 Orange County Rising Stars, and Up-and-Coming 50: 2016 Women Southern California Rising Stars. To see which of your colleagues made the cut, please click here.


Have Good News of Your Own to Share?
Submit a Story for Awards & Accolades

The OCBA is always on the lookout for positive news regarding its members! Whether you've been recognized with a prestigious award or have attained an honor unique to your field, we want to hear about it. Simply contact OCBA Director of Communications & Membership Lisa Brown at lbrown@ocbar.org, and we'll be happy to acknowledge your achievement in the "Awards & Accolades" section of the OCBA website.


Coming Soon from Orange County Lawyer

  • Cover Story: #OCBAYLDGives
    by Michelle A. Philo
  • Copyright's Relevance in the Internet Age: Some Lessons from Aereo, Alice, and Authors Guild
    by Owen Prell
  • Tech Tip: Adopt New Tech Tools, But Stay a Little Old School
    by Anne Marie Cox
  • Ethically Speaking: Interview With Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee Co-Chairs
    with Eric S. Blum and David J. Hesseltine

Get all this and more in the July 2016 issue of Orange County Lawyer magazine. Have an idea that you'd love to see in print? Review our writer guidelines and submit your article for consideration! We're always on the look-out for cutting-edge content relevant to the Orange County legal community. Interested in advertising in an upcoming issue? Please contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Jane Kim at 949.440.6700 ext. 123 or jkim@ocbar.org and take advantage of your 15 percent OCBA member discount!


Events

OCBA Summer Member Mixer
**SOLD OUT**

Thursday, June 23, 2016
True Food Kitchen, Newport Beach

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 gourmet appetizers, refreshing beverages, door prizes, music, and more. Special thanks to door prize sponsor Judicate West and wine sponsor Alexander Polsky, Mediator/Arbitrator, JAMS.


SAVE THE DATE: OCBA Legislative Resolutions Committee Summer Caucus

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

The OCBA Legislative Resolutions Committee works each year to help create and revise California law through the Conference of California Bar Associations. Join us at the next Caucus and share your proposal to create new or revise existing California law. Have an idea but can't attend? Then please send us your proposal to discuss. For more information and to join the OCBA Legislative Resolutions Committee, please click here. Submit your completed interest form by email to events@ocbar.org.


OCBA Charitable Fund
Annual Benefit:
"Raise Your Glass"

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach

The OCBA Charitable Fund invites you to attend this popular wine tasting and charity awards benefit. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund donations to various law-related charities in the Orange County community. Guests will enjoy great wines, culinary delights, live entertainment, and a live auction. Please download the sponsorship and registration brochure for more information or register online.

Young Lawyers Division

Bridging the Gap
Presented by the OCBA, the
OCBA Young Lawyers Division, & the
Daily Journal

Saturday, July 16, 2016
Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa
**NEWLY ADMITTED ATTORNEYS ONLY**

Bridge the gap between law school and law practice with this valuable introduction to the Orange County Courts and legal community. Due to space limitations, Bridging the Gap is only offered to attorneys admitted after November 2015. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Young Lawyers Division:
A Day at the Races

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Del Mar Race Track, Del Mar

Mingle, network, and have a great time with other OCBA Young Lawyers Division members and their guests while enjoying the fabulous atmosphere of the Del Mar Race Track. Attendees at this exclusive event will receive reserved seating and have access to delicious food and beverages through the day including gourmet food trucks and a beer garden. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 28, 2016

Join the Bad News Bearristers for a fun Fall season! 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. The City of Irvine's 10-game season tentatively runs from Wednesday, Aug. 24 to Wednesday, Nov. 2. Players are asked to attend a minimum of seven games. Sign up early as space is limited to to 10 men and 10 women and filled on a first come, first served basis. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


SAVE THE DATE:
OCBA Young Lawyers Division Educational Seminar: Is It Bias?

Friday, Aug. 12, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Registration 12:00 p.m.; Program 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Light Lunch Included)
1.0 Hour of Elimination of Bias CLE Credit


#OCBAYLDGives

OCBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) 2016 Chair Michelle Philo (Adtile Technologies Inc.) challenges her fellow YLD members to use the hashtag #OCBAYLDGives whenever you volunteer in the community, whether through pro bono work or other volunteer projects, as well as when you participate in OCBA YLD events and activities. Your publicly posted Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook posts using the hashtag will demonstrate the myriad ways in which OCBA YLD gives back to the community, as well as the depth and breadth of opportunities it provides for new attorneys and the legal community at large.


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.

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday, July 30, 2016
Orangewood Children & Family Center, Orange

Don't miss this unique opportunity to participate in a memorable volunteer experience working with children who are victims of neglect and abuse. Activities include playing games and doing crafts with children. The children have said the best part of their stay is when volunteers come to play with them. 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 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.

Masters Division

SAVE THE DATE: Masters Division Social—Legends of the Law

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016

Join fellow members of the OCBA Masters Division for a Summer Reception Honoring 2016 Legends of the Law Award Recipients.


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.

Law School Corner

Western State University College of Law 5th Annual Hall of Fame Gala

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach

Please visit wsulaw.edu for more information.


Ready to Hire?

Western State’s law students and graduates are well-prepared and practice-ready to bring value to your law firm or organization from the start. Employers are invited to post free job listings or participate in our interview programs. Please contact Pam Davidson, Assistant Dean of Career Resources, at pdavidson@wsulaw.edu or visit www.wsulaw.edu and click on Career Resources. We look forward to helping you find your next great hire!

Upcoming MCLE Programs

Human Trafficking in Our Backyard:
Why It Matters to You & What You Can Do About It
Presented by the OCBA Masters Division & the OCBA International Law Section

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
UCI University Club, Irvine

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Bridging the Gap
Presented by the OCBA, the OCBA Young Lawyers Division, & the Daily Journal

Saturday, July 16, 2016
Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa
**NEWLY ADMITTED ATTORNEYS ONLY**

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

The Judges' Series: Corporate Governance Litigation in the State Courts
Presented by the OCBA & the Orange County Superior Court

Friday, July 22, 2016
Orange County Superior Court, Santa Ana

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

The Deposition Series
Advanced Skills
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

SAVE THE DATE:

4-Part Trial Advocacy Series
Program 1: Jury Selection
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, July 21, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Specialty Credit Night
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Elimination of Bias Lunch Seminar
Friday, Aug. 12, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Real Estate Law Section Evening Seminar
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

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

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016
Pacific Club, Newport Beach

OCBA & Thurgood Marshall Bar Association Joint Seminar
Featuring University of California, Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky & Economic Policy Institute Research Associate Richard Rothstein

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016
UCI University Club, Irvine

From the Courts & State Bar

Orange County Superior Court's Salvador Reynoso Honored by Legal Aid Association of California

The Legal Aid Association of California recently presented Salvador "Sal" Reynoso with a Family Law Award for his work as lead attorney with the Orange County Superior Court's Self-Help Centers. Please click here for more information.


Legal Aid Grants
Application Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2016

The Legal Services Trust Fund Program of The State Bar of California makes grants to nonprofit organizations that provide free civil legal services to low-income Californians. For more information, please click here.


Request for Public Comment: Disclosure of Exculpatory Information
Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2016

The California State Bar seeks public comment on proposed amendments to rules 5-110 and 5-220 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, which state that it is the responsibility of a criminal prosecutor to make timely disclosure to the defense of exculpatory information. For more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.


Request for Public Comment: Appointment and Authority of Special Deputy Trial Counsel
Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2016

The California State Bar seeks public comment on proposed amendments to Rule 2201 of the Rules of Procedure, which, if adopted, will largely eliminate permissive recusals and require the Chief Trial Counsel to remove himself from consideration of inquiries or complaints that presently he "may" review and consider. The purpose of expanding the mandatory recusal criteria is to enhance public confidence in how the State Bar addresses possible conflict cases. Please click here for more information and details on how to submit comments.


Request for Public Comment: Local Court Rules
Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2016

Los Angeles Superior Court seeks public comment on proposed amendments to the Local Rules governing photography, recording, and broadcasting in court and statement of the case to prospective jurors. Please click here for more information and instructions on how to submit comments. The Court also seeks public comment on proposed amendments to Local Rules regarding recordings of proceedings and probate rules. For more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.


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

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