Newsletter for April 25 – May 8, 2016
 

News

OCBA Professionalism & Ethics Committee Accepting Applications
Deadline: Monday, May 16, 2016

The OCBA is currently accepting applications for appointment to the Professionalism & Ethics Committee, which serves the OCBA and the legal community by providing education, information, and opinions on attorney professionalism and ethics, consistent with the law, including the requirements of the Business & Professions Code and the Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of California. Please click here for more information or download an application.


Dean, Dean's Counselor,
OCBA President, Chamber of Commerce Chair to Speak at
WSU Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Friday, April 29, 2016
Western State College of Law, Irvine

The Deans and Advisors of Western State University College of Law invite you to attend a ribbon cutting and special awards ceremony celebrating its new Irvine campus. OCBA President Todd Friedland (Stephens Friedland LLP) will deliver remarks, as will Dean and Vice-Chancellor Allen Easley, Dean's Counselor William Shapiro (Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc.), and Irvine Chamber of Commerce Chair Isaiah Leslie (Regal Court Reporting). Please download the flyer for more information or RSVP to calvarez@wsulaw.edu.


Section Spotlight:
OCBA Criminal Law Section Kick-Off Meeting

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Central Justice Center, Santa Ana

Join the OCBA's newest Section at its inaugural meeting! Justice William Bedsworth will give a presentation entitled "The History of the Professional Relationship Between the Defense & Prosecution." Orange County Superior Court Presiding Judge Charles Margines, Judge Glenda Sanders, and Judge Richard King will provide opening remarks and welcome all participants to the new Section. Download the flyer for more information or register online. For more information on the new Section, please click here. To join the OCBA Criminal Law Section, please contact the OCBA Membership Department at 949.440.6700 ext. 384 or download the Section Application.


Seminar Spotlight:
Annual Tribute to a Legal Giant
The Journey & Jurisprudence of
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Presented by the OCBA & University of California, Irvine School of Law
**Registration Now Open**

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Pacific Club, Newport Beach

Join us for a panel discussion of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's impact on American jurisprudence featuring preeminent constitutional scholars Erwin Chemerinsky and John C. Eastman and personal insight into the Justice from one of her former clerks, Laura W. Bril. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


6th Annual Great Wine Festival to
Benefit Legal Aid Society of Orange County

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Orange County Great Park, Irvine

Now in its 6th year, the Great Wine Festival provides wine lovers and foodies alike with an afternoon of relaxation, live entertainment, and all-inclusive tastings from 30+ wineries, breweries, spirits, and restaurants. Proceeds will benefit the Legal Aid Society of Orange, a non-profit organization that provides free civil legal services to those who would otherwise be denied access to justice and to basic necessities in Orange County and southeast Los Angeles. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click here.


OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service to Sponsor PLC's 2016 Volunteers for Justice Dinner

The OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service is proud to announce that it is a Diamond Sponsor of Public Law Center's 2016 Volunteers for Justice Dinner, which will be held Monday, June 20, 2016, at Hotel Irvine. OCBA member firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP will be recognized as Law Firm of the Year, while OCBA member Lindsey E. Martinez (Snell & Wilmer LLP) will be honored as Attorney of the Year. Please click here for more information.


OCBA Members Named 'Top Women Lawyers'

The OCBA is pleased to announce that six of its members have been named to the Daily Journal's 2016 Top Women Lawyers list: Mary Lynn K. Coffee, Nossaman LLP; Andra B. Greene, Irell & Manella LLP; Susan Heller, Greenberg Traurig LLP; Jennifer L. Keller, Keller/Anderle LLP; Maria Z. Stearns, Rutan & Tucker LLP; and Mary-Christine "M.C." Sungaila, Haynes & Boone LLP. Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition!


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

  • Special Feature: Cybersecurity—National Security, Encryption, and More
    Articles by Paul Rosenzweig, Adam Levin and J. Anthony Vittal, and Denis Binder
  • Whose Embryo Is It Anyway? California Finally Takes a Stand
    by Judith Daar
  • Approaching the Bench: Using Your Oral Opportunity Wisely
    by Steven S. Streger
  • Ethically Speaking: How to Ethically End the Attorney-Client Relationship
    by Ashley E. Merlo

Get all this and more in the May 2016 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 Managing Editor Lisa Brown at 949.440.6700 ext. 123 or lbrown@ocbar.org and take advantage of your 15 percent OCBA member discount!


OCBA Member Firm Rebrands as TLD Law

Founded in 1961, the OCBA member firm formerly known as Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle LLP has rebranded itself as TLD Law. For more information, please view the press release.


Featured MCLE

3rd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Law Update
Presented by the OCBA Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Orange

United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California Panel:
Hon. Theodor C. Albert
Hon. Catherine E. Bauer
Hon. Scott C. Clarkson
Hon. Mark D. Houle
Hon. Mark S. Wallace

Moderator: Kathleen J. McCarthy, Esq., The Law Office of Thomas H. Casey, Inc., Chair, OCBA Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section

Program Chairs: Anerio V. Altman, Esq., Lake Forest Bankruptcy; Jay K. Chien, Esq., Office of Amrane Cohen, Ch. 13 Trustee

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

Women Helping Women/Men2Work
Clothing Drive

Deadline: Thursday, May 5, 2016
The OCBA Community Outreach Committee seeks donations to benefit WHW/Men2Work, which provides the unemployed and underemployed with the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job. Since 1993, WHW/Men2Work has served over 70,000 job seekers at no charge. Donations may be dropped off at OCBA Headquarters, 4101 Westerly Place in Newport Beach, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information including a list of items needed, please download the flyer.


Volunteers Needed: WHW Spring Quarterly Sale

Saturday, May 7, 2016
WHW Client Service Center, Santa Ana

OCBA volunteers are needed to assist with WHW's quarterly sale where shoppers are able to buy clothing and accessories at $5 and under. The proceeds of the sale benefit WHW's employment programs for the disadvantaged. Volunteers will assist with various aspects of the sale, including cashier, bagging, shoe attendant, jewelry attendant, and fitting rooms. OCBA volunteers are encouraged to bring gently used or new professional clothing and accessories for donation. 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.

Young Lawyers Division

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Indoor Soccer

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
TOCA Training Center, Costa Mesa

RSVP to kgarcia@jacksontidus.law no later than May 3 to register—space is limited!


SAVE THE DATE: 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. Additional details and registration to follow at ocbar.org.


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

SAVE THE DATE:
OCBA Appellate Law Section Presents:
A Special Luncheon Honoring
Retiring Justice William F. Rylaarsdam

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Grand Catered Events, Orange

Mark your calendars for this very special event in honor of Justice William F. Rylaarsdam. Originally appointed to the bench by Governor Deukmejian in 1985, Justice Rylaarsdam was appointed to the California Court of Appeal by Governor Wilson in 1995. Additional details and registration information to follow at ocbar.org.


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
4th Annual Raise Your Glass Benefit

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.

Masters Division

SAVE THE DATE: Masters Division Social—Legends of the Law

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016
Balboa Bay Club, Newport Beach

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 Business Law Center Presents
Both Sides of the Deal:
Discussions Between Clients & Their Attorneys

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Western State University College of Law, Irvine

Speakers:
Carolyn Dillinger, Esq., Passion Law Firm, P.C.
Scott Feig, Esq., FEIG Law Firm
Tracie R. Porter, Esq., Western State College of Law
Kendall Schorr, Esq., Wells Fargo Dealer Services
Stacey Sobel, Esq., Western State College of Law
Dennis Stubblefield, Esq., Shutak, Reynolds & Partners, PC
Khansa Jones-Muhammad, Freedman, Broder & Company

Please download the flyer for more information.


UC Irvine School of Law Public Service Award Dinner

Friday, May 6, 2016
Island Hotel, Newport Beach

You are cordially invited to a black tie-optional award ceremony and dinner honoring Ambassador Carlos Moreno. Appointed as Ambassador to Belize by President Obama in 2014, Moreno has served as an Associate Justice on the California Supreme Court; a United States District Judge; a Superior Court Judge and a Municipal Court Judge. For more information or to register online, please click here.


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

3rd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Law Update
Presented by the OCBA Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Orange

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Annual Tribute to a Legal Giant
The Journey & Jurisprudence of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Presented by the OCBA & University of California, Irvine School of Law

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Pacific Club, Newport Beach

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:

4-Part Trial Advocacy Series
Program 1: Jury Selection
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, May 19, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

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

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

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

Human Trafficking in Our Backyard & Beyond
Presented by the OCBA & the OCBA International Law Section

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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

Thursday, July 21, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

4-Part Trial Advocacy Series
Program 3: Direct & Cross Examination
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, Sept. 15, 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

4-Part Trial Advocacy Series
Program 4: Closing Arguments
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

From the Courts & State Bar

Court of Appeal Announces Destruction of Old Court Records

The Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, has announced its intention to destroy criminal, civil, and juvenile records pursuant to Rule 10.1028(d) of the California Rules of Court. Please click here for more information.


Los Angeles Probate Division to Implement
New Case Management System

Effective Monday, May 2, 2016, the Probate Division will be the first litigation area in the Los Angeles Superior Court to implement a new case management system. For more information, please click here.


Request for Public Comment: Proposed Revisions to Local Court Rules
Deadline: Monday, May 2, 2016

The Los Angeles Superior Court seeks comments regarding proposed revisions to its Local Rules of Court pursuant to rule 10.613, California Rules of Court. The areas affected are Filing and Transfer of Actions (Rule 2.3) and Facsimile Filing in Civil, Family Law, and Probate Cases (Rule 2.22). For more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.


Call for Applications: 2017 Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation
Deadline: Friday, May 6, 2016

Active members of the State Bar, former members of the judiciary and members of the public who are interested in volunteering to serve on the 2017 Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) may apply for an appointment. Applications are sought from California lawyers, former judges and members of the public who have the skills and experience to assess candidates for judicial appointment in a thorough, objective and professional manner and to provide timely and well-written reports while maintaining a strict code of confidentiality. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please click here.


Request for Public Comment: 'Second Look' Reviews in Closed Disciplinary Complaints
Deadline: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The California State Bar Board of Trustees seeks public comment on a proposed amendment to rule 2603, which adds language that expresses the Board's delegation of authority to the Office of General Counsel (OGC) to review closed complaints upon the request of complainants and further provides that the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel (OCTC) may reopen an investigation at the recommendation of OGC. For more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.


Request for Public Comment: Attorney Blogging
Deadline: Thursday, May 12, 2016

The State Bar Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct seeks public comment on Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 12-0006 which considers under what circumstances "blogging" by an attorney constitutes a "communication" subject to the requirements and restrictions of the Rules of Professional Conduct and related provisions of the State Bar Act regulating attorney advertising. For more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.


Request for Public Comment: Publicly Available Confidential Information
Deadline: Monday, May 16, 2016

The State Bar Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct seeks public comment on Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 13-0005, which considers the duty of a lawyer to current and former clients not to disclose potentially embarrassing or detrimental information, including publicly available information the lawyer learned during the course of representation. Please click here for more information and instructions on how to submit comments.


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.


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