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Newsletter for May 26 - June 7, 2015


UCI Law Recognizes Community Partners with Pro Bono Awards

UC Irvine School of Law presented Community Pro Bono Awards to the Public Law Center and to Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center attorney Michael Gaitley for their tireless work in helping the underrepresented and for providing UCI Law students with opportunities for pro bono service. PLC received the 2015 Pro Bono Partner Award for its support of the Domestic Violence Declarations Project. Gaitley received the 2015 Pro Bono Advocate Award for initiating and directing the twice-monthly Worker’s Rights Clinic, Orange County’s first employment law clinic for low-income workers. Click here for more details.

Invitation to Apply for OCBA Board of Directors & Office of Secretary
Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Monday, June 29, 2015

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, 2016. Nominations are being accepted for three (3) 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, 2016. 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 (2017), President-Elect (2018), President (2019), and Immediate Past President (2020).

Applications should be submitted to the OCBA Nominating Committee, c/o OCBA, P.O. Box 6130, Newport Beach, CA 92658 or emailed to All nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2015. The application form is available here. The OCBA Nominating Committee, chaired by President-Elect Todd Friedland (Stephens Friedland LLP), will meet in July to select the slate of candidates for the OCBA election in the fall.

OCBA Masters Division to Honor Judge Selna & Don Martens at Summer Reception

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

Honoring 2015 Legends of the Law Award Recipients:

Honorable James V. Selna

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Don W. Martens, Esq.
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear

Please 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.

Coming Soon from Orange County Lawyer

  • Special Feature - The Practice of Law in Orange County
  • President's Page - The Importance of Mentoring
    How to learn how to make friends and influence people.
  • Millar’s JurisDiction - Extra Sensory Perception
    And to think Obamacare doesn't even mention light switches or computers
  • Justice Bedsworth - A Criminal Waste of Space
    Put Down That Fork and Step Away From the Plate

    Do your utensils require a password?

Get all this and more in the June 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 and take advantage of your 15 percent OCBA member discount!

A Proven and Trusted Referral Resource

Did you know the OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) has assisted over 3,000 callers in the first quarter of 2015 by providing either a referral to a qualified Orange County attorney or general legal information? Refer callers you are unable to assist to LRIS—the OCBA’s longest running community service program, proudly serving Orange County for over 55 years. Each call is carefully screened and each client receives a free brief consultation to review their legal needs and discuss fees. Refer callers to LRIS by phone at 949.440.6747, online at or by email at to request a qualified referral.

Post Your Jobs with the OCBA

Is your firm recruiting new talent? As a service to our members, the OCBA is always happy to post attorney job openings on our website. Simply send your job announcement including details on how to apply to OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Lisa Brown at Are you an attorney in transition? Click here to browse the latest listings.

Featured MCLE

How To Handle Complex Custody Cases
Presented by the OCBA Family Law Section

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Registration 4:30 p.m.
Program 6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.,
Grand Catered Events, Orange

Join the OCBA Family Law Section for this seminar focused on navigating high conflict personalities in cases involving alienation and others. This seminar is approved for 3.0 CLE credits and includes dinner.

Hon. Sheila P. Sonenshine (Ret.), JAMS
Hon. Glenn R. Salter
, Family Law Panel, Orange County Superior Court
Hon. Claudia J. Silbar, Family Law Panel, Orange County Superior Court
Dr. Leslie M. Drozd, Ph.D, Psychologist (Clinical and Forensic)
Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., High Conflict Institute (San Diego)
Dr. Russell Johnson, Ph.D, Orange County Clinical Psychiatric
Dr. Philip M. Stahl, Ph.D, Board Certified Forensic Psychologist

Download the flyer for more information or register online today.

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

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Registration 9:00 a.m., Program 9:25 a.m., Networking Reception 3:35 p.m.
Fowler School of Law, Chapman University

Join the OCBA Labor & Employment Section for its annual all day seminar, which is approved for 5.0 CLE credits! Program includes continental breakfast, lunch, and exclusive networking reception.

Featuring Keynote Speakers:
Hon. Ming W. Chin
Associate Justice
California Supreme Court

Hon. Rebecca A. Wiseman
Associate Justice
Court of Appeal, 5th District

Download the flyer for more information or register online today.

Deadline Extended
Reserve Your Spot by July 3, 2015


Presented by the OCBA

Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2015
Hilton Moorea, French Polynesia

Seminar topics include Family Law, Employment Law, Substance Abuse, Bankruptcy for Non-Bankruptcy Lawyers, and Ethics.

Join OCBA Moorea Travel Seminar Co-Chairs Joseph L. Chairez and John S. Cowhig this November for 8 hours of MCLE credit in beautiful Moorea, Tahiti. For an article about past OCBA seminars in Moorea, click here, or obtain a flyer with registration information and complete details here. Don’t miss out as this trip is expected to sell out!


OCBA Summer Member Mixer

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Orange County Bar Association invites you to the Summer Member Mixer. Join your OCBA colleagues for an evening of socializing and networking at the Summit House Restaurant in Fullerton. Attendees will enjoy gourmet appetizers, refreshing beverages, door prizes, and more. This popular Mixer sells out, so sign up early! Don’t forget to bring your business cards! Download the flyer for more information or register online.

OCBA Charitable Fund Fall Fundraiser

Raise Your Glass III
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach
The OCBA Charitable Fund is proud to announce Raise Your Glass III. Mark your calendars for 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.

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

at the Irvine Animal Shelter

Sunday, June 7, 2015
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine

Help the Irvine Animal Care Center’s Pet Adoption Event by assisting vendors with unloading their vehicles and delivering items and animals to their booths.

We will be participating in the unloading shift: 7:30 am to 10:00 am. Volunteers must be able to push, pull, lift and carry up to 30 lbs. and must be comfortable handling dogs and cats. Volunteers should wear casual attire (i.e. jeans) and closed toe shoes. Volunteers must be over the age of 15. Space is limited, sign up soon! Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Restoration of Upper Newport Bay Preserve

An OCBA Community Outreach Committee Activity

Sunday, June 14, 2015
Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach
OCBA volunteers are needed to assist with a hands-on habitat restoration in the Newport Back Bay. Volunteers will help to remove invasive vegetation and plant native vegetation to provide increased habitats for wildlife. Prepare to get your hands dirty – all ages welcome (adult guardian required if under 16). Download the flyer for more information, or to register online click here.

OCBA Summer Beach Clean-up

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach

One of the primary perks of Orange County living is enviable proximity to the beach. Why not spend a summer Saturday giving back to the community by helping to keep our local shores clean? The Orange County Bar Association invites OCBA members and their families to participate in a Beach Clean Up, held in conjunction with the Surfrider Foundation.

24th Annual Race for the Cure

The OCBA and OCWLA Invites Members
to Join the "Raising the Bar" Team

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
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 #1901 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. Early bird registration deadline is May 31, 2015. For more information or to register online click here.

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

Law School Corner

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer Receives UCI Law’s 2015 Public Service Award

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer has received the University of California, Irvine School of Law 2015 Public Service Award for exemplifying the school’s commitment to making society and the world a better place. “It is such an honor to receive this Public Service Award from the UC Irvine School of Law – a school that puts public service at the center of everything it does,” Senator Boxer said. UCI Law honored her at the Annual Public Service Award Dinner held May 8 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Event sponsors included Brown Rudnick LLP, Girardi Keese, Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc., Skikos Crawford Skikos & Joseph, Korean American UCI Alumni Association, The Torkzadeh Law Firm, Andrews & Thornton, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Hueston Hennigan LLP, PAAMCO, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C., O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Nossaman LLP, Irell & Manella LLP, Bridgford Gleason & Artinian, and Knobbe Martens. Click here for more details.

UCI Law graduate wins grant from Institute for IP & Information Law

Joseph Roth ’15 of UC Irvine School of Law has been awarded a grant by the Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law (IPIL) at the University of Houston Law Center for his article, Exhaustion Cannot Stifle Innovation: A Limitation on the “First Sale” Doctrine, 5 U.C. IRVINE L. REV. (forthcoming 2015). The IPIL Sponsored Scholarship Grant for Judicial Clerks is designed to facilitate newly-authored scholarship on IP and information law by law clerks in the Federal Appellate Courts. Roth will clerk for the Hon. Harry T. Edwards, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, this fall, and for the Hon. Robert E. Bacharach, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in August 2016. The following September he plans to join the Newport Beach office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he served as a summer associate in 2014. Click here for more details.

Need Another Hand on Deck?

Chapman’s Fowler School of Law is in the midst of Spring 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 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 or at 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. For inquiries, please email Assistant Dean of Career Development and Employer Outreach Randy Reliford at

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!

Young Lawyers Division


YLD Seminar - Opening Statements - 1.0 CLE Credit

Presented by the OCBA Young Lawyers Division

Friday, June 12, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Orange County Superior Court
Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Learn techniques on making effective opening statements from a veteran Orange County prosecutor.

Larry Yellin, Esq.
Senior Deputy District Attorney, Central Justice Center
Orange County District Attorney’s Office

*Open to OCBA YLD Members Only*

Download the flyer for more information or register online today.

OCBA YLD Sports Committee Invites
Members to a Golf Lesson

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Oak Creek Golf Club, Irvine

The Young Lawyers Division Sports Committee invites YLD Members to a Golf Lesson at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine. This is an exclusive event for OCBA YLD members! Attendees are invited to a no-host lunch at Oak Creek Cafe after the lesson. Golf fundamentals such as grip, posture, rotation, balance and rhythm will be taught by a professional instructor. This is a basic training geared towards beginners, however all skill levels are welcome. Clubs will be provided if you do not have your own. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Member Volunteers Needed for CASA
2nd Annual 5k Walk/Run

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Road Runner Sports, Laguna Hills

OCBA Young Lawyers Division members are needed to volunteer for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County) 2nd Annual 5k Walk/Run. Volunteers will assist with providing walkers with water, encouragement, and directions on the route. Shift begins at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. Event details and directions will be sent to volunteers prior to event. Download the registration flyer or for further information, please call 949.440.6700, ext. 111.

OCBA YLD Angels Game Night

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Angels Stadium, Anaheim

The Young Lawyers Division Sports Committee invites you to join your fellow YLD members for a day at the ball park as the Los Angeles Anaheim Angels take on the Texas Rangers. This is a YLD exclusive event and space is limited. For more information download the flyer or to register click here. Limited tickets are available so sign up early!

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.

Upcoming MCLE Programs

Family Law Seminar - How To Handle Complex Custody Cases
Presented by the OCBA Family Law Section

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Grand Catered Events, Orange

Register online or download the registration flyer.

YLD Seminar - Opening Statements
Presented by the OCBA Young Lawyers Division

Friday, June 12, 2015
Orange County Superior Court
Central Justice Center , Santa Ana

*Open to OCBA YLD Members Only*
Register online or download the registration flyer.

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

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Fowler School of Law, Chapman University

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Trial of Personal Injury Cases in the 21st Century
The Orange County Bar Association Presents

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Register online or download the registration flyer.

OCBA in Moorea, Tahiti
OCBA Annual Travel Seminar

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

Reserve Your Spot by July 3, 2015. Click here for more information.

From the Courts & State Bar

Request for Public Comment: Proposal to Increase the Required MCLE Hours and Require that a Specified Number Be Relevant to the Attorney’s Practice Area - Deadline: Friday, June 26, 2015

This proposal suggests increasing the number of required MCLE hours from 25 to 36, and requiring that 12 of the required hours be relevant to a member’s practice area. For more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.

Request for Public Comment: Revision to State Bar Rules Title 6 re Access to State Bar Records
Deadline: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The California Public Records Act generally requires state and local agencies to disclose records to the public, upon request, except for those specifically exempted. As a judicial branch agency, the State Bar is exempt from the California Public Records Act. In addition, the State Bar is not subject to the provisions of California Rule of Court 10.500, which governs public access to judicial administrative records. However, requests for State Bar records can be subject to the common law right of access, which requires a balancing test to be applied for each record requested to weigh the public’s interest in disclosure versus any interest in nondisclosure, including confidentiality of the document being sought. Although the State Bar routinely receives requests for records, the bar does not have a comprehensive rule governing access to records, which sets forth procedures to govern requests for records and a list of which records are exempt from disclosure. At its March 12, 2015 meeting, the California State Bar Board of Trustees Executive Committee authorized a 90-day public comment period for the proposed rules governing access to State Bar records. 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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