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Newsletter for July 18 – July 31, 2016

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

OCBA Board Members & Past Presidents Summer Social

OCBA Charitable Fund President Ashleigh Aitken hosted a summer social for OCBA Board Members and Past Presidents to thank them for their dedication and hard work. Guests donated bottles of wine for the upcoming OCBA Charitable Fund Annual Benefit, Raise Your Glass, giving more than 65 bottles to the OCBA Charitable Fund. To see more photos from the event, visit our Facebook page.

Featured MCLE

The Civil Trial Advocacy Series
Presented by OCBA Education Committee

Part 1: Thursday, July 21, 2016
Part 2: Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016
Part 3: Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
Part 4: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Featured Speakers for Part 1:
Adrienne D. Cohen, Esq., Law Offices of Adrienne D. Cohen; Robert B. Gibson, Esq., Partner, Gibson & Hughes

Program Chairs:
Richard A. Cohn, Esq., Aitken * Aitken * Cohn LLP; Roy L. Comer, Esq., Law Office of Roy L. Comer

Earn 8.0 hours of CLE credit from this series of four seminars designed for the practicing litigator. Seminar topics will cover jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross-examination, and closing arguments. Each seminar is worth 2.0 hours of CLE, and can be attended individually. OCBA members who sign up for the entire series will receive special pricing. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Section Spotlight:
Family Law Ethical Issues – What Would Charlie Do?
Presented by the OCBA Family Law Section

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Grand Catered Events, Orange

This panel of Charles Garrity Award recipients will discuss how to handle hypothetical family law scenarios involving difficult ethical issues. OCBA Professionalism & Ethics Committee Co-Chair and Board member Scott Garner will also weigh in on the Rules of Professional Conduct and other authorities that govern how the State Bar might perceive the panel and their decision-making.

Marc S. Tovstein, Esq., Tovstein & Kraetzer; Steven E. Briggs, Esq., Law Offices of Steven E. Briggs; Gerald J. Phillips, Esq., Phillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin, LLP; Eleanor A. Stegmeier, Esq., Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP; Scott B. Garner, Esq., Umberg Zipser LLP

Ben Phillips, Esq., Phillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin, LLP

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Three OCBA Member Firms Named Yale Law Women Top Ten

The OCBA is pleased to announce that OCBA member firms Foley & Lardner, K&L Gates, and O'Melveny & Myers LLP were named as Yale Law Women Top Ten. This is an annual list that identifies the top family friendly firms, by monitoring trends in family friendliness among law firms, drawing attention to gender disparities within the legal profession, highlighting progress being made in the industry, and identifying areas for improvement. To view the complete list, please click here.

Grow Your Practice in 2016
Join the OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service

Need to broaden your practice or build your client base? Join LRIS! Membership in the Lawyer Referral & Information Service is a prominent and profitable form of advertising. Labor & Employment, Medical Malpractice, and Fiduciary Elder Abuse attorneys are particularly encouraged to join. LRIS membership renews annually so take advantage now! Please click here for more information or email us at

OCBJ Accepting Nominations for
Seventh Annual General Counsel Awards

Nomination Deadline: 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016
The Orange County Business Journal is accepting nominations for its Seventh Annual General Counsel Awards. Nominees must be a general counsel based in Orange County, except nominees for the Rising Star category. Winners will be announced at the awards dinner on Nov. 2, 2016 at Hotel Irvine. This is the perfect opportunity to recognize clients or business associates. Self-nominations are also welcome. For more information, visit the OCBJ General Counsel Awards website.

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 at, 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: OCBA Charitable Fund Annual Benefit
  • Sweeping Six-Case Win for Water District Helps Secure Orange County's Water Supply
    by Michelle Ouellette
  • Family Law Corner: The Character of Transmutations
    by Denise Trevino
  • Ethically Speaking: Judicial Recusal Due to the Litigation Views of a Judge's Future Employer
    by Joseph R. Wilbert

Get all this and more in the August 2016 issue of Orange County Lawyer magazine. Have an idea that you'd love to see in print? We're always on the lookout for cutting-edge content relevant to the Orange County legal community. Review our writer guidelines and submit your article for consideration! Or, interested in advertising in an upcoming issue? Contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Jane Kim at 949.440.6700 ext. 123 or and take advantage of your OCBA member discount!


Raising Girls To Be Strong, Smart, & Bold
Presented by the OCBA Mommy Esquire Committee

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Join us for a lunchtime talk by Lucy Santana-Ornelas, CEO, and Orleda Azevedo, Director of Volunteer Services, of Girls Incorporated of Orange County. Event speakers will share practical tips and valuable insights on how to equip children to grow into healthy, educated and independent adults, navigating a host of barriers and challenges that may come their way. There is no charge to attend, and lunch will be provided by Snell & Wilmer. For more information, click here. To reserve your spot, please RSVP to Lindsay Aragon at

OCBA Mommy Esquire Committee Annual Family Playdate

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016
Private Residence, Orange County

Join the OCBA Mommy Esquire Committee for its Annual Family Playdate graciously hosted by the Morgan Law Group. Bring yourself, your children, and significant others to meet, mix, and mingle with the local bar in a family-friendly setting. Space is limited! For more information, click here. To save your spot and receive location information, please RSVP early to Lindsay Aragon at with the number of adults and children in your party.

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 Hosted 60 Newly Admitted Attorneys!

Presented by the OCBA, OCBA Young Lawyers Division, and the Daily Journal, this biannual event helped recent admittees to the California State Bar “bridge the gap” between law school and law practice through an invaluable introduction to the Orange County Courts and legal community. The program, graciously hosted by Whittier Law School, had approximately 60 new lawyers in attendance, who met with exhibitors during a complimentary lunch sponsored by CourtCall, LLC. We wish to express our appreciation to the Hon. Kirk Nakamura and Former OCBA Presidents Ashleigh E. Aitken and Joseph L. Chairez for being a part of the Allen E. Broussard Panel on Professionalism & Civility, and to all of the judges and attorneys for volunteering their time as presenters. A special thank you is extended to OCBA Bridging the Gap Committee Chairs Steven G. Hittelman and Teresa A. McQueen, and to all the program chairs who worked so hard to coordinate the speakers: Roy L. Comer, James Harman, Leslie Keith Kaufman, Damon D. Mircheff, Bill Tanner, and Kayleene Writer. Stay tuned for event photos on the OCBA Facebook page.

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Educational Seminar: Is It Bias?

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

*Exclusive Event for YLD Members*
1.0 Hour of Elimination of Bias CLE Credit
Participants will learn to recognize patterns of bias in themselves and in others — an important step in promoting an inclusive environment. To join this event, download the flyer or register online.

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Business Meeting

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

Join your fellow OCBA Young Lawyers Division members for this complimentary event. This is a great opportunity to network with other newer attorneys while hearing about upcoming events and programs relevant to your interests. Space is limited, so register early to reserve your seat.


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

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

Don't miss this unique volunteer opportunity to work with children who are victims of neglect and abuse. The children at Orangewood often share that the best part of their stay is when volunteers come to play with them. Activities include playing games and crafts with the children. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016
Bolsa Chica State Beach - South Jetty, Huntington Beach

The OCBA and the OC Iranian American Bar Association are hosting a community outreach activity held in conjunction with Surfrider Foundation. Family members are welcome to join the festivities, which will include a lifeguard, ranger and surfrider demonstration along with a fun raffle and prizes. Event parking is free. 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, 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

Masters Division Summer Reception: Legends of the Law

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016
This year's Masters Division Summer Reception honors Legend of the Law Award recipients Hon. Kathleen O'Leary, Court of Appeal, and John B. Hurlbut, Jr., Esq., Rutan & Tucker LLP. To join fellow OCBA Masters Division members, download the flyer or register online.

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

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

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

Please visit 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 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 1: Jury Selection
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, July 21, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

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.

OCBA Summertime Specialty Credit Night
Presented by the OCBA

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Western State College of Law, *New Irvine Location
Download the flyer for more information or register online.

The Deposition Series
Advanced Deposition Skills
Presented by the OCBA

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

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Is It Bias?
Presented by the OCBA Young Lawyers Division

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

*Exclusive Event for YLD Members*
Download the flyer for more information or register online.


4-Part Civil Trial Advocacy Series
Part 2: Opening Statements
Presented by the OCBA

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Law and Politics
Presented by the OCBA Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016
Hilton Orange County, Costa Mesa

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.

OCBA Real Estate Law Section Evening Seminar
Presented by the OCBA Real Estate Law Section

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

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.

From the Courts & State Bar

New and Revised Judicial Forms

As a reminder, the Judicial Council have made new and updated forms available online. These forms are effective as of July 1, 2016. To view the complete list of new and revised forms, please click here.

State Bar Announces MCLE Compliance Audit

The State Bar of California announced that audit letters will be sent this week to approximately 6,500 attorneys to ensure compliance with MCLE requirements. These attorneys represent about 10 percent of attorneys in MCLE group 1. Please click here for more information.

Call for Applications: Ninth Circuit District Court Lawyer Representatives
Application Deadline: Friday, July 29, 2016

The United States District Court, Central District of California, is now accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives. Please click here for more information.

Request for Public Comment: State Bar Professional Conduct Rules
Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

The California State Bar seeks public comment on 68 proposed new and amended rules of professional conduct, including a recommendation for reorganization and renumbering of rules. In addition, an alternate version of rule 8.4.1 regarding prohibited discrimination, harassment and retaliation is authorized for public comment. 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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