Newsletter for May 23 – June 5, 2016
 

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Featured MCLE

Want to Help a Vet?
View from the Bench with Associate Justice Eileen Moore & Open House
Presented by the OCBA Veterans & Military Committee

Thursday, June 2, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

A combat veteran herself, Associate Justice Eileen Moore has dedicated much of her life to explaining, developing, and strengthening the legal protections that protect the nation's military members during and after service. Her presentation will outline the unique, military-specific laws which span the full spectrum of substantive practice areas, including probate, family law, criminal law, juvenile dependency, and the service member civil relief act. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

News

OCBA Criminal Law Section Off to a Strong Start

The OCBA's recently-launched Criminal Law Section was featured in the Thursday, May 19 edition of the Daily Journal, following its sold-out inaugural meeting. Hon. William Bedsworth provided the keynote address, while Orange County Superior Court Presiding Judge Charles Margines as well as Hon. Glenda Sanders and Hon. Richard King also made remarks. Judge Margines predicted that this "excellent forum" is "destined to become one of the largest if not the largest in [the] OCBA," while Judge Sanders acknowledged the importance of the Section's inclusion of prosecutors as well as the defense bar to ensure judicial participation. The OCBA Criminal Law Section's second meeting is currently scheduled for Wednesday, July 20, 2016. To view additional photos from the event, please click here.


District Court Judges, OCBA Past President to Speak at FBA/OC Annual Civil Practice Semianr

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Ronald Reagan Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, Santa Ana

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Chief Judge George King and Magistrate Judge Jay Gandhi will join OCBA Past President Wayne Gross (Greenberg Gross) for a panel discussion entitled Winning at Mediation: Tactics and Tools for Negotiating a Favorable Settlement. OCBA member Peter Villar (Troutman Sanders) will serve as moderator. For more information or to register online, please click here.


How to Become an Assistant United States Attorney

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Ronald Reagan Federal Building and United States Courthouse, Santa Ana

The United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California invites you to a brown-bag lunch session entitled "How to Become an Assistant United States Attorney." U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker and AUSAs in the Criminal Division will discuss their paths to the U.S. Attorney's Office, what it is like to work at the USAO, and how you can prepare yourself to work at the USAO. RSVP by Friday, May 27, 2016 to usacac.rsvp@usdoj.gov. For more information, please download the flyer.


Section Spotlight:
A Special Luncheon Honoring
Retiring Associate Justice William F. Rylaarsdam
Presented by the OCBA Appellate Law Section

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Grand Catered Events, Orange

Join us for this very special event in honor of Associate Justice William F. Rylaarsdam. Originally appointed to the bench by Governor Deukmejian in 1985, Associate Justice Rylaarsdam was appointed to the California Court of Appeal by Governor Wilson in 1995. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


US District Court, Central District of CA, Seeks Applications for Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives
Deadline: Monday, June 6, 2016

The United States District Court, Central District of California, is seeking applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives. Interested persons should complete the application, which can be found on the Court's website under the Lawyer Representatives section. Additional information about serving as a Lawyer Representative can be found on the Ninth Circuit's website. Please send completed applications no later than June 6, 2016, to LawyerReps_CACD@cacd.uscourts.gov.


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. Nominations are being accepted for four (4) seats for Directors At Large. All active attorney OCBA members are eligible to run for the Director At Large seats on the Board, regardless of the location of their principal office.

Nominations are also being accepted 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.


VLI to Honor OCBA Member Richard Wilner

Monday, Sept. 19, 2016
Center Club, Costa Mesa

Veterans Legal Institute will recognize OCBA member Richard Wilner (Wilner & O'Reilly APLC) at the annual Lawyers for Warriors event for his commitment to providing pro bono legal services to veterans and active service members. The award will be presented by Hon. Gilbert Gembacz, Ret. For more information or to register online, please click here.


Palace Entertainment, OCBA Member Firms
Named 2016 ACC Value Champions

The OCBA is pleased to announce that President-Elect Michael Baroni and his team at Palace Entertainment as well as OCBA member firms Ogletree Deakins and Bryan Cave have been named as 2016 ACC Value Champions. ACC Value Champions take proactive approaches to the hallmark areas of corporate legal work, including discovery, contracting and procurement, employment law and patent protection. Please click here for more information.


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: Who's Who in the OCBA—The Affiliate Bars
  • Warning: Offensive Trademarks Lie Ahead
    by Michael Baroni
  • Estate Planning in a Digital Age: Protecting Your Digital Assets Today and in the Future
    by Kevin Snyder and Jessica Ertel
  • Ethically Speaking: Supreme Court Interprets Legal Malpractice Statute of Limitations: New Exceptions Create Confusion
    by Joel M. Pores

Get all this and more in the June 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 Managing Editor Lisa Brown at 949.440.6700 ext. 123 or lbrown@ocbar.org and take advantage of your 15 percent OCBA member discount!


Young Lawyers Division

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Summer Tiki Cruise

Friday, June 10, 2016
Balboa Fun Zone, Newport Beach

The OCBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Social Committee invites current OCBA YLD members to a fun evening of socializing and networking during a three-hour Tiki Cruise on the Newport Bay. This is a great way to get to know your fellow members and learn about upcoming YLD activities. 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**

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.


#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.

Events

OCBA Summer Member Mixer

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. Download the flyer for more information or register online. Special thanks to door prize sponsor Judicate West.


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 come? 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.

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

10th Annual Super Pet Adoption Event

Sunday, June 5, 2016
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine

The OCBA Community Outreach Committee invites OCBA members to volunteer during the Irvine Animal Care Center's Super Pet Adoption Event. Support the Irvine Animal Care Center's mission to find homes for as many pets as possible, to spread awareness of shelters and homeless animals, and to highlight the importance of spaying and neutering pets. Space is limited! Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Pro Bono Basic Guardianship Training
Presented by the OCBA & Public Law Center

Monday, June 6, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Speakers:
Hon. David L. Belz, Orange County Superior Court; Claudette D. Kunzman, Attorney at Law, Law Office of Claudette Kunzman; Yesenia Melgar, Attorney at Law, Public Law Center

Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Newport Back Bay Restoration

Sunday, June 12, 2016
Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center,
Newport Beach

The OCBA Community Outreach Committee and OCBA Young Lawyers Division invite you and your family to volunteer and assist with the restoration and preservation of Newport Bay. Help to remove invasive vegetation and plant native vegetation to provide increased habitats for wildlife. All ages welcome (adult guardian required if under 16). Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Orangewood Children &
Family Center Visit

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

Want to Help a Vet?
Open House & View from the Bench with Justice Eileen Moore
Presented by the OCBA Veterans & Military Committee

Thursday, June 2, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Pro Bono Basic Guardianship Training
Presented by the OCBA & Public Law Center

Monday, June 6, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Annual Insurance Law Update 2016
Presented by the OCBA Insurance Law Section

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

2016 Labor & Employment Law Symposium
Presented by the OCBA Labor & Employment Law Section

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Orange

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

The Deposition Series
Expert Depositions
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, June 16, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

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 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:

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

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

Call for Applications: CJA Trial Attorney Panel
Deadline: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The United States District Court for the Central District of California seeks applications from private attorneys who are eligible and willing to serve as members of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Trial Attorney Panel, and to be appointed to provide representation under the CJA Guidelines. Please click here for more information or download the application.


Orange County Grand Jury Selected

Nineteen Orange County residents were selected to serve on the Orange County Grand Jury for the term that begins July 1. The new Grand Jury panel is comprised of 13 men and 6 women who range in age from 54 to 78 years old. For more information, please view the press release.


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.