Newsletter for July 21, 2014 - August 4, 2014


OCBA Charitable Fund to Recognize Rutan and Tucker, LLP and Local ABA Accredited Law Schools at Upcoming Fall Fundraiser

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach

Mark your calendars for "Raise Your Glass! II" OCBA Charitable Fund's Fall Fundraiser. Plan on a night of wine tasting, culinary delights, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, and more as the Charitable Fund recognizes Rutan and Tucker, LLP as 2014 Law Firm Honoree along with the 2014 Community Partner Honorees Chapman University, Fowler School of Law, University of California Irvine School of Law, Western State University College of Law and Whittier Law School. Click here to learn more about the OCBA Charitable Fund and its mission. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

OCBA Members Mix It Up at Summer Social Event

Good times were had by all at the sold-out OCBA Summer Member Mixer held Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point. The event was held outdoors on the beautiful garden patio. These Member Mixers enable attendees to network with fellow OCBA members from the Bench and Bar as well as enjoy live entertainment, refreshments, multiple door prizes, and more. To see more pictures from the event, click here.

OCBA Lawyer Referral Information Service Launches Social Media Presence

To better serve the needs of the Orange County community, the OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) has launched a Facebook page, through which members of the public can find out about upcoming LRIS appearances at various community events, view photos, and learn more about this invaluable nonprofit service. As part of this new initiative to increase public awareness of LRIS and better serve the Orange County community, the OCBA has produced a short video to provide a brief yet informative overview of the service. For more information, please like the Facebook page or click here to watch the short, introductory video.

Coming Soon from Orange County Lawyer

  • Special Feature on Water Rights
  • The OCBA Remembers Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler
  • Litigation Support: Ruminations From a Commercial Appraiser
  • Ethically Speaking: Lawyers’ Ethics in Informal
  • and Justice Bedsworth grapples with where to seat a pig on a plane!
Get all this and more in the August 2014 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 and take advantage of your 15% OCBA member discount!

OCLBA Honors Justice Kathleen O'Leary at its Fourth Anniversary Party

The Orange County Lavender Bar Association celebrated its fourth anniversary Jul. 16, 2014 at the Sky Garden of The Michelson Building in Irvine. The event featured Justice Kathleen O'Leary being honored with the OCLBA's Community Leadership Award and Nielan Barnes with the M. Katherine B. Darmer Outstanding Community Service Award. For more information, please visit the OCLBA's webpage.

OCBA Mentoring Program Seeks Participants

The 2014-2015 Mentoring Program will connect new lawyers with experienced, active OCBA members who will be available to provide guidance in areas such as ethics and professionalism, practice and law office management, general lawyering skills, and business/client development. 

Interested in participating in the program as a Protégé? Complete the online application by Monday, Jul. 28, 2014. Only OCBA attorney members admitted to practice five years or less are eligible to become Protégés. 

If you would like to be a Mentor, please click here to download the application. Deadline to submit is Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.

For more mentoring resources, please visit the OCBA Mentoring Resources and Opportunities page.

Featured MCLE

Annual Insurance Law Update: Annual Survey of all 2013 and 2014 Insurance Cases

Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014
Registration/Dinner: 5:30 p.m.; Program: 6:00-9:15 p.m.

Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
Speakers: Honorable Rex A. Heeseman, Los Angeles Superior Court, Stephen J. Erigero, Esq., Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley, Edward Susolik, Esq., Callahan & Blaine APLC

Topics: Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith, Punitive Damages, Duty to Defend and Cumis, Advertising Injury, Property Insurance, New Developments and Trends, California Supreme Court Review, New Legislation and Regulation, and Status of Insurance Markets.

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Young Lawyers Division

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Fall Softball

The OCBA Young Lawyers Division invites you to join the Bad News Bearristers for a fun Fall season! The co-ed softball team (a social group where athletic skill is purely optional) will play in Irvine on Wednesday evenings. The 10-game season tentatively runs from late August to October 2014. Sign up early as space is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

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.

Masters Division

Masters Division Hosts Summer Social

This sold out event was a unique opportunity to network and socialize with Orange County's most experienced legal practitioners. The event was held Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014 at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach. Guests enjoyed refreshments and conversation overlooking the bay. A highlight of the event was speaker Hon. William W. Bedsworth, California Court of Appeal, 4th Appellate District, Division Three and his presentation of "Twenty Minutes with the Luckiest Man You Ever Met". For more pictures of the event, click here.

Photo: Masters Division Chair Andra Greene and OCBA Past President Julie McCoy

OCBA to Honor Judge David Carter and Attorney Mark Robinson, Jr. as "Legends of the Law"

Hon. David O. Carter, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and attorney Mark P. Robinson, Jr., Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc., will be honored as "Legends of the Law" at a special reception set for Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

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.

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

OCBA Beach Clean-Up

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014
Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach

The OCBA Community Outreach Committee invites you to help keep our beaches clean at this event held in conjunction with the Surfrider Foundation. Families welcome! Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Harvesting Event

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
The Incredible Edible Farm at the Great Park, Irvine

The OCBA Community Outreach Committee invites you to participate in the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County's Crop Harvesting Event. Harvesting includes planting, picking, and/or weeding the current in-season crop. Space is limited, so sign up early. 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 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


23rd Annual Race for the Cure

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Fashion Island, 700 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach

Join the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange County Women Lawyers Association "Raising the Bar" Team in its sixth 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 click here to register online.


Save the Date: OCBA 2015 Judges' Night & Annual Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Irvine Marriott, Irvine

Mark your calendars for this very special evening, which honors the sitting judges of Orange County. Ashleigh Aitken of Aitken Aitken Cohn will be installed as 2015 OCBA President. The OCBA Officers and Board of Directors and the OCBA Charitable Fund Board of Directors will be installed by Hon. Lon F. Hurwitz, Orange County Superior Court. 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.

Upcoming MCLE Programs

OCBA Family Law Section Presents: Show Me the Money - Child and Spousal Support from A-Z
Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014
Grand Catered Events, Orange

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Annual Insurance Law Update
Presented by the OCBA Insurance Law Section

Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014
Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Register online or download the registration flyer.


OCBA Young Lawyers Division Educational Seminar on Depositions
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Family Law Section Seminar
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
Grand Catered Events, Orange

The Judges' Series: California's Unfair Competition Law
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
Orange County Superior Court, Santa Ana

OCBA Real Estate Section Seminar
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

OCBA Elder Law Section Seminar
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Promenade Event Centre & Gardens, Costa Mesa

OCBA Trusts and Estates Section Seminar
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
Promenade Event Centre & Gardens, Costa Mesa

U.S. Supreme Court Preview & Presentation of the David G. Sills Award for Appellate Excellence Presented by the OCBA Appellate Law Section
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
The Pacific Club, Newport Beach

From the Courts & State Bar

Chief Justice Creates Commission on Future of the Courts

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye announced today the creation of the Commission on the Future of California's Court System to study and make recommendations to improve the state's court operations and accessibility. In the next two years, the commission will examine ways to increase the efficiency of adjudicating cases in civil, criminal, traffic, juvenile, and family law matters, as well as ways to enhance the underfunded court system's fiscal stability. California Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan will chair the commission. For more information, please click here.

Public Comment Sought on Draft Judicial Ethics Advisory Opinion
Deadline: Aug. 8, 2014

Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions invites comment on a draft opinion providing guidance to judges on accepting small gifts. The draft opinion clarifies that these tokens of esteem or appreciation, such as gift cards and baseball caps, are gifts under the Code of Judicial Ethics and subject to the unconditional bans on gifts from parties and gifts that create a perception of influence. Click here for more information.

Public Comment Sought on Draft Judicial Ethics Advisory Opinion
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2014

The California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions invites public comment on a draft advisory opinion discussing how judges may determine whether advocacy or consultation at public hearings on "matters concerning the law, the legal system, or the administration of justice" is or is not permissible under the Code of Judicial Ethics.

Council OKs Options to Help Courts Manage Their Budgets Despite Limited Reserve Funds

Actions taken by the council at its July 27, 2014 meeting in San Francisco will help the state's trial courts stay afloat. Despite a slight increase in funding for the judicial branch in the upcoming fiscal year, courts report that more layoffs and service reductions are coming. Click here for more information.

Administrative Director Steven Jahr Announces Retirement

Judge Steven Jahr, a former trial court judge who came out of his initial retirement to help lead the Administrative Office of the Courts during a time of transition, is set to retire once again after serving two years. He will leave the Judicial Council staff agency on September 30, 2014. Click here for more information.

Judicial Council Begins Search for New Administrative Director

The Judicial Council formed a committee yesterday to begin a national search to replace Administrative Director Steven Jahr, who has announced his intention to retire on September 30. The council directed the committee to report back to the council no later than August 22nd, 2014 on the status of its search.  The job position is listed on the California courts website. Click here for more information.

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