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Newsletter for September 12 – September 25, 2016

OCBA Leadership Election Now Open

The OCBA leadership election is now open for online voting. Terms begin Jan. 1, 2017. All officer terms are for one year; all Board member terms are for three years. The person elected 2017 Secretary will be expected to continue to serve in the following capacities: 2018 Treasurer, 2019 President-Elect, 2020 President, and 2021 Immediate Past President. In accordance with OCBA Bylaws, 2016 President-Elect Michael Baroni will serve as the 2017 OCBA President. Voting closes at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. Only active attorney members are eligible to vote.

In alphabetical order, allow us to introduce your two candidates for OCBA Secretary: Bradley S. Erdosi and Scott B. Garner, shown here. To view the statements of all candidates, please click here. Cast your ballot now at

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Featured MCLE

Special Needs Issues
Presented by OCBA Elder Law Section

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

This seminar will tackle navigating the ethical issues of special needs planning, avoiding bias towards special needs clients, and addressing the competency of practicing attorneys with dementia and alzheimer’s. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Stuart D. Zimring, Esq., Certified Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law Specialist by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California, Law Offices of Stuart D. Zimring, Esq.; Melinda Hunsaker, Esq., Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, McGonigle & Hunsaker, LLP

Program Chairs:
Gisselle Amini, Esq., Michelle Lepich, Esq., and Brooke Weitzman, Esq.

Practical Lawyering
Presented by the OCBA Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

Learn better ways of using technology and marketing to improve and grow your practice. This seminar will provide insights and tips that will encourage you to re-examine your current approach to capitalize on new innovations. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Todd A. Green, Esq., Green LLP; Kevin W. Brown, M.B.A., Kevin Brown Marketing & Consulting

Program Chairs:
Roy L. Comer, Esq.


Appellate Law Section & Court of Appeal e-Filing Trainings

A big thank you to our Appellate Law Section and Court of Appeal for the August 30th trainings on the ImageSoft TrueFiling system, which is now mandatory for all attorneys in the Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Three. The training covered: Creating an Account; Adding Courts to Favorites; Enabling Email notifications; Adding Firm Contacts and Attorneys; Creating a Payment Account; Searching and Filing in an Existing Case; Case Initiation; and Generating Payment Activity Reports.

OCBA Member Firms Named Top 50 Firms of 2016 by Law360

The OCBA is pleased to announce that 13 of its member firms were named as the Top 50 Firms of 2016 by Law360. These law firms were recognized based on the size of the firm's litigation teams in addition to the legal victories earned between March 1, 2015, and March 1, 2016.

Congrats to all of our OCBA members and the litigation teams at Kirkland & Ellis, Gibson Dunn, Latham & Watkins, Morgan Lewis, Sheppard Mullin, Greenberg Traurig, O'Melveny & Myers, Dechert, DLA Piper, Perkins Coie, Shook Hardy, K&L Gates, and Dentons. For more information or to view the full list, visit the official website.

OCBA Member MC Sungaila Appointed ABA Commissioner

The OCBA is pleased to announce that OCBA member Mary-Christine “M.C.” Sungaila, Haynes and Boone, LLP, was appointed Commissioner of the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity (Diversity Center) by the ABA President. The Diversity Center is one of the core entities charged with advancing ABA’s goal to eliminate bias and enhance diversity in the Association, legal profession, and justice system. To read more about this story, click here.

Veterans Legal Institute Honors OCBA Member

Veterans Legal Institute will honor OCBA member and immigration attorney Richard Wilner, Esq., Wilner & O'Reilly APLC, at its annual Lawyers for Warriors benefit event on Sept. 19, 2016 at The Center Club in Costa Mesa, CA. Wilner is being recognized for his commitment to providing pro bono legal services to veterans and active service members. For more event details or to register online, visit the Lawyers for Warriors webpage.

Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange
County Honors OCBA Charitable Fund

The Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County (CRF-OC) named the OCBA Charitable Fund as its 2016 Community Partner of the Year. The award will be presented at the CRF-OC 2016 Annual Benefit on Nov. 7, 2016 at The Center Club in Costa Mesa, CA. The event will also honor OCBA member Hon. Craig E. Arthur, Superior Court of California, County of Orange, as the 2016 Hon. James P. Gray Judge of the Year recipient, as well as Latham & Watkins LLP as 2016 Law Firm of the Year. For more event details, visit the event webpage.

Section Spotlight:
Courtrooms, Advocates & Patents
Presented by the OCBA Intellectual Property/Technology Law Section

Monday, Sept. 19, 2016
U.S. District Court, Santa Ana

A special presentation by the Hon. Andrew J. Guilford in his courtroom, where he will discuss patent litigation in federal district courts. Download the flyer for details or register online.

Call for Nominations:
Americas M&A Atlas Awards

Deadline to Nominate: Today, Sept. 12, 2016
The Americas M&A Awards 8th Annual Gala will be held on Nov. 15, 2016 in New York, New York. The Americas M&A Awards exclusively honors the best value-generating deals, outstanding firms, influential leaders and top dealmakers from the North and South Americas. The winners are selected based on deal-performance metrics. For more details about nominations and the event, click here.

Seeking Nominations:
OCWLA Everyday Heroes

The OCWLA will recognize one "Everyday Hero" at each of its monthly luncheons. Each Hero receives free entry to that month's luncheon and a certificate of recognition. To nominate an "Everyday Hero" for next month's luncheon, email the name of the nominee, nominee's firm, nominee's phone number or email, and accomplishments to Executive Director Amelia Montgomery at For more information, visit the OCWLA website.

September 2016 Issue of Orange County Lawyer
Now Available

Both in print and on-the-go, the September issue is now available for our members. We hope you enjoy this month's features and thought-provoking columns. We're always on the look-out for cutting-edge content relevant to the Orange County legal community. If you have an idea that you'd love to see in print, review our writer guidelines and submit your article for consideration.

Want to advertise with us? Contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Jane Kim at 949.440.6700 ext. 123, or to take advantage of your 15% OCBA member discount.

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

We're always on the lookout for positive news about our members. Whether you were recognized with a prestigious award or attained an honor unique to your field, we want to hear about it! Simply contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Jane Kim at, and we'll be happy to acknowledge your achievement on the OCBA website and social media.


OCBA Volunteer Recognition Reception

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
Twenty Eight Restaurant & Lounge, 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, which 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.

OCBA Fall Member Mixer

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016
Mark your calendars and join fellow members of the Bench and Bar for an evening of socializing and networking! Always a popular event, this seasonal mixer features gourmet appetizers, refreshing beverages, door prizes, music, and more.

Young Lawyers Division

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Business Meeting

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

This quarter the OCBA YLD members will discuss the topic: What’s Next After YLD? Tips for Planning Your Future to Get the Most Out of Bar Membership. YLD members are invited to attend the quarterly business meeting to socialize with YLD friends, meet new ones, and learn about opportunities for young lawyers to get the most out of their Bar membership. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
Los Altos High School, Hacienda Heights

Have questions? Contact OCBA Immigration Law Section Chair Sabrina Rivera. For more information, download the flyer.

Circle of Counsel
Presented by the OCBA Young Lawyers Division & Corporate Counsel Section

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016
Hueston Hennigan LLP, Newport Beach

OCBA YLD members and Corporate Counsel section members are invited to circle up and meet, mix, and mingle with the world of in-house at this exclusive event. There will be an hour of speed networking. After which, everyone will have an opportunity to connect and engage with some of Orange County’s legal in-house leaders and, most importantly, have fun! For more information, download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Young Lawyers Division 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.

Created to meet the needs of OCBA members in their first five years of practice, the OCBA Young Lawyers Division brings new attorneys together through educational, community outreach, social, and sporting activities. With a $10 annual due, you get access to activities designed for new lawyers to tackle their demanding profession, encourage early involvement in the legal community, and build camaraderie among fellow lawyers. Click here to learn more about YLD or download an application.

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

OCBA Race For The Cure

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016
Pacific Life, Newport Beach

Join the OCBA and the OCWLA “Raising the Bar” Team for its eighth year participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. You can run, walk, or even sleep in to support the cause! The OCBA/OCWLA Team will participate in the 7:15 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. However, members and their families may participate in any of the Run/Walks available. Funds raised support the Komen vision of a world without breast cancer. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Under the Big Top:
A Night of Giving Hope

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016
Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin

OCBA President Todd Friedland will emcee a special event hosted by the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators. Under the Big Top is a special event created to bring awareness and raise funds for the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias. For more event details, click here to visit the organization's website.

Stand Up For Homeless: Volunteers Needed!

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016
Santa Ana Civic Center, Santa Ana

The Santa Ana Civic Center is the epicenter of justice in Orange County, but is also a makeshift home for nearly 500 men, women and children living under difficult conditions. Many Civic Center homeless are eligible for benefits or have family elsewhere but lack the knowledge and resources to act. It is time for the OCBA to bring its legal expertise and compassion to the Civic Center. It’s time the OCBA stands up for the homeless. Join us in making a difference. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

The 1L Kickstart Mentor program offers every 1L at participating law schools an opportunity to meet a practicing lawyer in Orange County. The mentor’s commitment is for one meeting. Attorney volunteers may host a 1L law student member for breakfast, coffee, lunch or an hour at attorney’s place of business; whatever works best for volunteer. Volunteers will receive law student match by end of October. Download the flyer for more information.

CRF-OC Seeks Mock Trial Attorney Volunteers

The Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County (CRF-OC) invites Orange County attorneys to participate in its 35th Annual Orange County High School Mock Trial Competition as a Volunteer Attorney Scorekeeper. From Nov. 15, 2016 through Dec. 13, 2016, over 40 teams from high schools throughout Orange County will gather at the Central Justice Center to compete. Your participation is critical to the success of the program. For more details, visit the CRF-OC website 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, contact OCBA Public Services Coordinator Dana Mullin at 949.440.6700 ext. 110 or by email at 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, contact Leigh Ferrin at 714.541.1010 ext. 290 or by email at

Masters Division

Founded in 2011, the OCBA Masters Division aims to serve the unique abilities, needs, and agenda of practitioners with 25 years or more tenure in the practice of law. Its purposes 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 discourse among its members. For more information, visit the Masters Division webpage.

Law School Corner

UCI School of Law Welcomes New Faculty and Largest First-Year Class

Applications up 31 percent for new incoming class at UCI Law
University of California, Irvine School of Law has hired four new full-time faculty members, bringing the total number of full-time professors to 48. Moreover, this academic year, applications for the incoming first-year class rose 31 percent and UCI Law welcomed 140 new first-year students, the largest incoming class in the school's history since opening to students in 2009. See the official press release for more information.

UCI Law Alums Secure Most Gideon’s Promise Fellowships

OCBA members Aaron Adams, Leigh Dickey, and Elizabeth Tissot from the UC Irvine School of Law Class of 2016 alums are participating in the Gideon’s Promise Law School Partnership Program (LSPP) this year, the most of any law school in the nation. Gideon’s Promise is a nonprofit that seeks to inspire and train legal professionals to provide the highest quality defense representation to the indigent. See the official press release for more information.

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

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

The OCBA is pleased to announce that OCBA members and Western State College of Law alumni Ebrahim Baytieh (Class of 1996), Hon. Maria D. Hernandez (Class of 1992), Vincent D. Howard (Class of 2003), and Pearl Mann (Class of 1985) will be honored at the Fifth Annual Hall of Fame Gala on Sept. 17, 2016 at Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, CA. Please visit for more information.

Chapman Law Review Annual Symposium

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
Chapman University, Orange

Keynote Speaker: Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
Please visit Chapman University's blog for more information.

Need Another Hand on Deck?

Chapman’s Fowler School of Law’s recent graduates have taken the bar exam and are looking for full-time and part-time opportunities, as well as contract work. Please contact Joan Mountain, our Assistant Director of Career Services, Third-Year Students and Alumni, at or 714.628.2626 if you would like to receive applications from our graduates.

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 or visit and click on Career Resources. We look forward to helping you find your next great hire!

Upcoming MCLE Programs

4-Part Civil Trial Advocacy Series
Part 3: Direct & Cross-Examination
Presented by the OCBA

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

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Special Needs Issues
Presented by the OCBA Elder Law Section

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Practical Lawyering
Presented by the OCBA Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Real Estate Investing: Tactics, Tips and Taxes
Presented by the OCBA Real Estate Law Section

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

How to Become VA Accredited and Represent Veterans
Presented by the OCBA Veterans & Military Committee

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

4-Part Civil Trial Advocacy Series
Part 4: Closing Arguments
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Protecting and Serving the Client in a Digital World
Presented by the OCBA Trusts & Estates Section

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016
Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Orange

Supreme Court Preview & Presentation of the David Sills Award
Presented by the OCBA Appellate Law Section

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

OCBA Family Law Evening Seminar: Evidence
Presented by the OCBA Family Law Section

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016
Grand Catered Events, Orange

Fair Housing Laws and Policies
Presented by the OCBA and Thurgood Marshall Bar Association

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

From the Courts & State Bar

Court of Appeal Announces Destruction of Old Court Records

The Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, has announced its intention to destroy Civil records pursuant to Rule 10.1028(d) of the California Rules of Court. To read the official news release, click here.

Orange County Family Violence Council Presents 2016 Conference

The Orange County Family Violence Council is presenting a family violence conference, “Identifying, Understanding and Breaking the Cycle of Generational Violence,” on Nov. 4, 2016 at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center. The conference focuses on the effects of family violence and selecting smart strategies to combat harm, as it occurs through all stages of life, from fetus to elder adult. To read the official news release, click here.

Former Court Employee Faces Federal Charges

A former Orange County Superior Court employee faces federal criminal charges for altering case records, as announced today by the United States Attorney’s Office. This matter was discovered on March 20, 2015 by an Orange County Superior Court employee who noticed irregular entries while she was reviewing the court minutes in preparation for an upcoming hearing in a criminal case. To read the official news release, click here.

Appellate Division 2017 Hearing Dates Set

To see a full list of dates and times, read the Los Angeles Superior Court's official notice.

Proposed Amendments to Admissions Rules re Processing of Moral Character Determination Applications

Deadline: Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
Visit the State Bar webpage for more details or submit comments directly to Deanna Chinn, The State Bar of California.

LASC Announces Reassignment of Cases in Southeast District

Effective Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
The Los Angeles Superior Court will redistribute caseloads between the Central Criminal District and the Southeast District. To read the official notice, click here.

Changes to Local Rules Proposed

Proposed Effective Date: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
The Central District Court of California has preliminarily approved amendments to the local rules. To read the official notice, click here.

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



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