Newsletter for Aug. 17 - Aug. 30, 2015
 

OCBA Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section Announces Seminar:
Small Firm Secrets for
Big Time Success

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

Speakers:
Wylie Aitken. Esq., Founding Partner, Aitken*Aitken*Cohn; Thomas Girardi, Esq., Founding Partner, Girardi Keese; Amy Fisch Solomon, Esq., Partner, Girardi Keese; Nathan Fransen, Esq., Partner, Fransen Molinaro LLP

Come and meet these dynamic attorneys as they share their keys to success. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Karen L. Stevenson Appointed as
United States Magistrate Judge

The United States District Court for the Central District of California recently announced the appointment of Karen L. Stevenson as a United States Magistrate Judge. Judge Stevenson, who was sworn in on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, will sit in Los Angeles in the Court's Western Division. She succeeds retired Magistrate Judge Margaret A. Nagle. Before her selection as a Magistrate Judge, Judge Stevenson was Of Counsel with Buchalter Nemer, where she concentrated her practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on securities litigation and defense of financial services institutions. She was nominated as one of the Top 100 Women Litigators by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and in March 2015 was named by Savoy Magazine as one of the nation's Most Influential Black Lawyers. For more information, please click here.


Sponsorships Available for
OCBA Charitable Fund Awards Benefit

Support the OCBA Charitable Fund in its mission to enhance the system of justice and promote equal justice for all. Tickets and sponsorships remain available for Raise Your Glass III, a Wine Tasting and Charity Awards Benefit to be held Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach. For more information, please click here.


OCBA Co-Sponsors End of Summer Mixer

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana

The OCBA has joined with the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, the Orange County Women Lawyers Association, the Orange County Jewish Bar Association, and the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association to present the annual End of Summer Mixer. Please click here for more information or to register online.


State Bar to Honor Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

The California State Bar has named the Orange County office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as a recipient of its President's Pro Bono Service Award, which recognizes California attorneys who provided or enabled the direct provision of legal services to poor persons or to organizations whose primary purpose is to provide legal services to the poor, free of charge, without expectation of compensation from the client. The awards reception will take place Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 during the California State Bar Annual Meeting in Anaheim. For more information, please click here.


OCBA Member M.C. Sungaila
Named Haynes and Boone Partner

Haynes and Boone, LLP is pleased to announce that OCBA member Mary-Christine "M.C." Sungaila has joined the firm as Partner in the Appellate Practice Group in the Orange County office. Sungaila received a 2015 California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) award from California Lawyer magazine for the precedent-setting franchisor vicarious liability case she argued before the California Supreme Court, Patterson v. Domino's Pizza. For more information, please click here.


OCBA Member Bonnie Lutz Named
Animal Law Committee Chair

OCBA member Bonnie Lutz (Klinedinst) has been appointed Chair of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section's Animal Law Committee. Lutz has become a national authority in the area of Animal Law through her practice representing veterinarians, animal shelters, and other organizations, as well as her involvement and leadership role in the American Bar Association. Through her hard work with the Animal Law Committee, she guides policy and promotes best practices for thousands of animal law practitioners all across the country. For more information, 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 Publications & Social Media Manager Lisa Brown at lbrown@ocbar.org, and we'll be happy to acknowledge your achievement in the "Awards & Accolades" section of the OCBA website.


Call for Nominations: Harmon G. Scoville Award
Deadline: Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2015 Harmon G. Scoville Award. This prestigious award was established in 1990, in honor of then retiring Appellate Court Presiding Justice Harmon G. Scoville. The Scoville award will be presented at the OCBA Volunteer Recognition Reception on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Please click here to download the nomination form.


OCHBA Seeks Honoree Nominations
Deadline: Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

The Orange County Hispanic Bar Association seeks nominees for its Attorney of the Year Award, Guardián de Justicia Award, Corporate Citizen Award, and Hon. Francisco Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented at the OCHBA's 38th Annual Installation and Scholarship Dinner on Saturday, March 5, 2016. For more information or to submit a nomination, please contact info@ochba.org.


Coming Soon from Orange County Lawyer

  • The OCBA's 2016 Secretarial Candidates:
    Steven G. Hittelman and Deirdre M. Kelly
  • The Path Less Travelled:
    Judge Apkarian's Journey to the Bench

    by Larisa Dinsmoor
  • Supreme Court Heads Back
    Into the Political Thicket

    by Richard L. Hasen
  • Paperless Trials Are the
    New Litigation Reality

    by Leonard Polyakov
Get all this and more in the September 2015 issue of Orange County Lawyer!

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 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!


OCBA Veterans Legal Resources Website

Life after military service presents unique challenges. In order to help assist with the legal obstacles, we have compiled a list of resources to help veterans find the resources they need. Our thanks to OCBA Veterans & Military Task Force Chair Ashleigh Aitken (Aitken Aitken Cohn), Vice Chair Dwight Stirling (Veterans Legal Institute), and all of the Task Force members for their dedication and hard work to make this project a reality. For information on how you can get involved and help veterans in our community, please click here.


Refer with Confidence

When a client's situation falls outside of your area of practice, rely on the OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) —the Service your colleagues have trusted for over 55 years. OCBA LRIS attorneys have expertise in over 30 different areas of law. Each call is carefully screened by a trained representative to ensure each client is matched with the right attorney to meet their legal needs. Refer callers to LRIS by phone at 949.440.6747, online at www.lrisoc.org, or by email at info@lrisoc.org.

Featured MCLE

Want to Help a Vet?
NAVIGATING VA BENEFITS: Military Cultural Competency
Presented by the OCBA Military & Veterans Issues Task Force

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

*Includes 2.0 Hours of CLE and Dinner*

Speakers:
Antoinette Balta, Esq.
President
Veterans Legal Institute

Amanda K. Pertusati, Esq.
Public Law Center

Program Chair:
Major Dwight Stirling, Esq., M.Ed., Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Veterans Legal Institute, California National Guard

Download the flyer for more information or register online today.

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

OCBA Orangewood Children & Family Center Visit

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015
Orangewood Children &
Family Center, Orange

The OCBA Community Outreach Committee invites OCBA members to volunteer at the Orangewood Children & Family Center. This is an opportunity to participate in a memorable volunteer experience. Volunteers will participate in various activities including games and crafts with children who are victims of neglect and abuse. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Race For The Cure

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
Fashion Island, Newport Beach

Join the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange County Women Lawyers Association "Raising the Bar" Team in its seventh year participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. You can run or walk the route, 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 register to 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 for team OCBA #1901.


OCBA Fall Food Packaging Event

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
The Community Action Partnership of Orange County Food Bank, Garden Grove

The OCBA Community Outreach Committee invites you to assist the Community Action Partnership of Orange County Food Bank to help provide relief to those in need. Over 450,000 Orange County residents are at risk of hunger every month. Of these individuals, 42 percent are children. 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.


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

OCBA Masters Division
Summer Reception

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach

This summer, join your fellow members of the OCBA Masters Division for a Summer Reception Honoring 2015 Legends of the Law Award Recipients Hon. James V. Selna, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and Don W. Martens, Esq., Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear. You won't want to miss this unique opportunity to network and socialize with Orange County's most experienced legal practitioners! Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Woman In Gold: A Dinner & CLE Presentation
Featuring Attorney E. Randol [Randy] Schoenberg

Wednesday. Oct. 21, 2015
The Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
The movie WOMAN IN GOLD depicted the remarkable true story of Maria Altmann and her attorney E. Randol (Randy) Schoenberg's journey to reclaim five Gustav Klimt paintings including the famous painting, The Lady in Gold, from Austria sixty years after Maria fled Vienna during World War II. Attorney Randy Schoenberg will discuss his experience representing Ms. Altmann before the United States Supreme Court in Republic of Austria v. Altmann-the result of which permitted plaintiff to proceed with a civil action against Austria in a U.S. Federal District Court for recovery of five paintings stolen by the Nazis from her relatives. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


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

Beers & Brats Summer Social
An OCBA Charitable Fund Fundraiser

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015
Aitken Penn Residence, Peralta Hills

OCBA Young Lawyers Division members are invited to attend this exclusive event at the home of OCBA President Ashleigh Aitken! Enjoy good food and refreshing beverages while supporting a good cause. Proceeds will benefit the OCBA Charitable Fund, the charitable giving and philanthropic arm of the OCBA. Download the flyer for more information
or register online.


OCBA Young Lawyers Division Quarterly Business Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Keys to a Successful Legal Career:
The Important Role of Professionalism and Networking

Speakers:
Ashleigh Aitken, OCBA President, Aitken*Aitken*Cohn; Todd Friedland, OCBA President-Elect, Stephens Friedland LLP; Jesse Bolling, OCBA Young Lawyers Division Chair, Greenberg Gross LLP

After the presentation, attendees will mingle and network with speakers, OCBA Young Lawyers Division leaders, and other OCBA Young Lawyers Division members. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Save the Date:
OCBA Young Lawyers Division Depositions Seminar

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Mark your calendars for this exclusive OCBA Young Lawyers Division seminar. Attendees will receive 1.0 hours of CLE credit. Lunch will be provided. Additional details to follow at www.ocbar.org.


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.

Events

OCBA Legislative Resolutions Committee Summer Caucus

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Expand your knowledge of the law in a variety of practice areas—Civil Procedure, Real Property, Probate/Estates, Family Law, Business/Corporate, Environmental, Labor Law, Insurance, and Criminal Law—by joining us for a roundtable discussion on proposed additions and modifications to existing law. Participate with other Orange County lawyers actively engaged in the process to improve existing law by debating proposed resolutions to modify and create new state laws. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
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! This exclusive event is complimentary for OCBA member volunteers and Orange County's sitting judges. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Harmon G. Scoville Award. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Charitable Fund

Fall Fundraiser:
Raise Your Glass III

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Big Canyon Country Club,
Newport Beach

The OCBA Charitable Fund invites you to attend this popular wine tasting and charity awards benefit, which will return to Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach. 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. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

For more information about the OCBA Charitable Fund or for detailed sponsorship information, call 949.440.6700, ext. 127, or visit www.ocbacf.org.


OCBA Fall Member Mixer

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
Morton's The Steakhouse, Santa Ana

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. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Save the Date:
OCBA Judges' Night & Annual Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
Irvine Marriott, Irvine

Mark your calendars for this time-honored event recognizing the Orange County Judiciary, featuring the installation of OCBA Officers and Directors and OCBA Charitable Fund Directors, as well as the installation of Todd G. Friedland, Stephens Friedland LLP, as 2016 OCBA President. 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 or contact events@ocbar.org.

Law School Corner

University of California, Irvine School of Law Faculty Ranks 6th Nationally in New Study of Scholarly Impact

A new study measuring the scholarly impact of law faculties ranked the University of California, Irvine School of Law sixth in the nation, behind Yale, Harvard, Chicago, New York University and Stanford. Columbia, Duke, Vanderbilt and UC Berkeley rounded out the top 10. "This is a wonderful reflection of our terrific faculty," said UCI Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. "It again shows that we are creating one of the top law schools in the country." For more information, please click here.


Need Another Hand on Deck?

Chapman’s Fowler School of Law is in the midst of Fall Recruitment and can collect applications and arrange on-campus interviews for you for summer associates, law clerks, externs, and interns. For more information, please contact Michelle Nguyen, Recruiting Program Manager, at minguyen@chapman.edu or 714.628.2648. For lateral positions, whether for full-time, part-time, temp, or contract work, please contact Joan Seguin Mountain, our Assistant Director of Career Services, Third-Year Students and Alumni, at seguin@chapman.edu or 714.628.2626.


Looking for Talent?

Consider utilizing the Whittier Law School Career Development Office to help you obtain talented law clerks and attorneys. We are here to help you with your hiring needs. Become a part of the Whittier Law School family today. To speak with someone at the Career Development Office, please email Assistant Dean of Career Development and Employer Outreach Randy Reliford at rreliford@law.whittier.edu.


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

Specialty Credit Night:
Earn Credits for Three Specialties in One Night!
Presented by the OCBA

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Want to Help a Vet?
NAVIGATING VA BENEFITS: Military Cultural Competency
Presented by the OCBA Military & Veterans Issues Task Force

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Small Firm Secrets for Big Time Success:
Hear From Those Who Have Made It to the Top
Presented by the OCBA Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Trial of Personal Injury Cases in the 21st Century
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015
Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Anti-SLAPP Litigation in the Real Estate Arena:
Sometimes the Best Defense is a Strong Offense
Presented by the OCBA Real Estate Law Section

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

WOMAN IN GOLD:
A Dinner & CLE Presentation Featuring Attorney E. Randol (Randy) Schoenberg
Presented by the OCBA Masters Division

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana

Register online or download the registration flyer.

OCBA in Moorea, Tahiti
OCBA Annual Travel Seminar

Sunday, Nov. 8 – Saturday Nov. 14, 2015
Hilton Moorea, French Polynesia

**SAVE THE DATE**

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Depositions Seminar
**OCBA Young Lawyers Division Members Only**

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Trusts & Estates Evening Seminar: Estate Law—Family Law Crossover
Presented by the OCBA Trusts & Estates Section

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Grand Catered Events, Orange

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

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
The Pacific Club, Newport Beach

Want to Help a Vet? Seminar Series
DISCHARGE UPGRADES
Presented by the OCBA Military & Veterans Issues Task Force

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Elder Law Section Seminar
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

From the Courts & State Bar

New Recruitment for Temporary Judges
Application Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

The Orange County Superior Court is pleased to announce the opening of the recruitment and application process for Temporary Judges. If you are interested in becoming a Temporary Judge, please read the Application Letter and complete the Temporary Judge Application. For more information, please click here or view the press release.


Judicial Council to Consider Guidelines for
Statewide Traffic Amnesty Program

At its public meeting on Friday, Aug. 20 – Saturday, Aug. 21, 2015, the Judicial Council will consider guidelines that would provide the courts and counties direction on how to carry out an 18-month traffic amnesty program for unpaid traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets. The amnesty program—called for in the FY 2015-2016 state budget and which starts on Oct. 1—will help qualifying individuals by reducing their outstanding court-ordered debt by 50 or 80 percent and making it easier for drivers to have their suspended licenses reinstated. The proposed guidelines have instructions for courts and counties on eligibility, costs, payment plans, third-party collections, and other steps necessary to carry out the program. For more information, please click here.


Supreme Court Seeks Comment on
Possible Changes to Publication Practice
Deadline: Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

The California Supreme Court seeks public comment on a possible amendment to the California Rules of Court concerning publication of appellate opinions (rule 8.1105(e)(1)) and the citation of opinions (rule 8.1115), to provide that a published opinion of a Court of Appeal will no longer be automatically depublished after the Supreme Court grants review of the case. For more information, please click here.


Request for Public Comment: Distance-Education Credit
Deadline: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

The California State Bar seeks public comment on proposed amendments to Guideline 7.11 (Distance-Education Credit) of the Guidelines for Accredited Law School Rules, which would eliminate the prohibition of the use of distance-learning technology in first-year classes. For more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.


Request for Public Comment: State Bar of California Mentoring Task Force Preliminary Report and Recommendations
Deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

The State Bar of California seeks public comment on its Mentoring Task Force Preliminary Report and Recommendations, including proposed Mentoring Program mission statement and program goals. Please click here for more information and instructions on how to submit comments.


Call for Nominations: 2016 Harry B. Sondheim
California Professional Responsibility Award
Deadline: Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

The California State Bar is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Harry B. Sondheim California Professional Responsibility Award. Created in 2010, this award was established to recognize a member’s outstanding long-term contribution to the advancement of attorney professional responsibility standards in California. For more information and instructions on how to submit a nomination, please click here.


Request for Public Comment: Publicly Available Confidential Information
Deadline: Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

The California State Bar seeks public comment on Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 13-0005, which considers the duties a lawyer owes to current and former clients to refrain from disclosing potentially embarrassing or detrimental information about the client, including publicly available information the lawyer learned during the course of his representation or relating to the representation. For more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.


Request for Public Comment: Puffing in Negotiations
Deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No.12-0007, which considers whether there are ethical limitations on the statements an attorney may make to third parties when engaged in negotiations on behalf of a client, including statements that may be considered "puffing" or posturing. 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.