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Newsletter for Aug. 3 - Aug. 16, 2015

Hittelman, Kelly
Nominated for OCBA Secretary

The OCBA Nominating Committee has announced the slate of candidates for the upcoming fall election. Terms will begin Jan. 1, 2016. All officer terms are for one year. All Board member terms are for three years. The candidates for the 2016 office of OCBA Secretary are Deirdre Kelly (Whittier Law School) and Steven Hittelman (Hittelman Strunk Law Group LLP), shown here. Please click here to view the full slate of candidates.

Call for OCBA Mentor Applications
Deadline: Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

The Orange County Bar Association is now accepting Mentor applications for its 2015 Mentoring Program. Mentors must be current members of the OCBA, in practice for seven years or more, and able to commit to a one-year program. While there is a need for mentors in all areas of practice, there is a particularly strong interest this year in Family Law, Labor & Employment Law, Wills & Trusts, Personal Injury, and Business & Corporate Law. Please click here to download the application.

OCBA Proposes the Formation of a Criminal Law Section

The Orange County Bar Association is considering the formation of a section dedicated to the practice of criminal law. It is contemplated that the section would be open for both public and private attorneys—prosecutors and defense. OCBA members practicing in State and Federal Courts would be welcome to join. The section would provide a forum for open discussions, networking and regular MCLE programming. In order to be considered for official OCBA section status, at least 25 members of the OCBA must indicate an interest in joining. To express your interest, please email For more information, please click here.

OCBA Announces Specialty Credit Seminar

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Earn credits for three specialties in one night! Featuring talks by Orange County attorney Marjorie Fuller, corporate wellness specialist Jack Kenefick, and a special guest speaker from the California State Bar, this seminar will provide attendees with 1.0 Competence Issues, 1.0 Legal Ethics, and 1.0 Elimination of Bias credits. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Sponsorships Available for
OCBA Charitable Fund Awards Benefit

Support the OCBA Charitable Fund in its mission to enhance the system of justice and promote equal justice for all. Tickets and sponsorships remain available for Raise Your Glass III, a Wine Tasting and Charity Awards Benefit to be held Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach. For more information, please click here.

OCHBA Seeks Honoree Nominations
Deadline: Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

The Orange County Hispanic Bar Association seeks nominees for its Attorney of the Year Award, Guardián de Justicia Award, Corporate Citizen Award, and Hon. Francisco Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented at the OCHBA's 38th Annual Installation and Scholarship Dinner on Saturday, March 5, 2016. For more information or to submit a nomination, please contact

Attorneys Sought to Serve as Administrative Hearing Officers

The Clerk of the Board for the County of Orange Board of Supervisors is soliciting interest from attorneys with five or more years of practice to serve as ad hoc administrative hearing officers for various County agencies. Depending upon the number of hearing officers in the pool, one might be expected to serve a few times per year. The majority of available hearings are barking dog hearings and take place on Fridays. There is a contract to sign, and the present pay level is $150 per hour. Some training is required, and the time for the training is not compensated. Interested individuals may call Jamie Ross at 714.834.2206 or email her at for further details and for a copy of the contract to review.

How to Become an Assistant United States Attorney

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
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." AUSAs in the Criminal Division will discuss their path to the U.S. Attorney's Office, while those involved in the hiring process will give application and interview advice. RSVP to AUSA Vib Mittal at For more information, please download the flyer.

August 2015 Issue of Orange County Lawyer
Now Available

Both in print and on-the-go, the August 2015 issue of Orange County Lawyer is now available for our valued members. We hope you enjoy this month's batch of features and thought-provoking columns. 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!

Refer with Confidence

When a client's situation falls outside of your area of practice, rely on the OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) —the Service your colleagues have trusted for over 55 years. OCBA LRIS attorneys have expertise in over 30 different areas of law. Each call is carefully screened by a trained representative to ensure each client is matched with the right attorney to meet their legal needs. Refer callers to LRIS by phone at 949.440.6747, online at, or by email at

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

OCBA Summer Beach Clean-Up

Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach

The OCBA 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.

OCBA Orangewood Children & Family Center Visit

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015
Orangewood Children &
Family Center, Orange

The OCBA Community Outreach Committee invites OCBA members to volunteer at the Orangewood Children & Family Center. This is an opportunity to participate in a memorable volunteer experience. Volunteers will participate in various activities including games and crafts with children who are victims of neglect and abuse. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

OCBA Race For The Cure

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
Fashion Island, Newport Beach

Join the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange County Women Lawyers Association "Raising the Bar" Team 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. Download the flyer for more information or register online for team OCBA #1901.

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

Featured MCLE

Want to Help a Vet?
Navigating VA Benefits: Military Cultural Competency
Presented by the OCBA Military & Veterans Issues Task Force

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

*Includes 2.0 Hours of CLE and Dinner*

Antoinette Balta, Esq.
Veterans Legal Institute

Amanda K. Pertusati, Esq.
Public Law Center

Program Chair:
Major Dwight Stirling, Esq., M.Ed., Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Veterans Legal Institute, California National Guard

Download the flyer for more information or register online today.

Masters Division

OCBA Masters Division
Summer Reception

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

This summer, join your fellow members of the OCBA Masters Division for a Summer Reception Honoring 2015 Legends of the Law Award Recipients Hon. James V. Selna, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and Don W. Martens, Esq., Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear. You won't want to miss this unique opportunity to network and socialize with Orange County's most experienced legal practitioners! Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Woman In Gold: A Dinner & CLE Presentation
Featuring Attorney E. Randol [Randy] Schoenberg

Wednesday. Oct. 21, 2015
The Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
The movie WOMAN IN GOLD depicted the remarkable true story of Maria Altmann and her attorney E. Randol (Randy) Schoenberg's journey to reclaim five Gustav Klimt paintings including the famous painting, The Lady in Gold, from Austria sixty years after Maria fled Vienna during World War II. Attorney Randy Schoenberg will discuss his experience representing Ms. Altmann before the United States Supreme Court in Republic of Austria v. Altmann-the result of which permitted plaintiff to proceed with a civil action against Austria in a U.S. Federal District Court for recovery of five paintings stolen by the Nazis from her relatives. Download the flyer for more information or register online. 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.

Young Lawyers Division

OCBA Young Lawyers Division Launches YLD Connections

The newly-minted OCBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Connections program kicked off with a splash in July 2015. Dennise Willett, Chief of the US Attorney's Office in Santa Ana, and AUSA Vibhav Mittal happily agreed to meet with a group of stellar young attorneys at the Robbins Nest Wine Bar & Bistro in Santa Ana. Through an abundance of lively conversation and mentorship, the event was an incredible success. Thanks to all of the participants! Shown here: OCBA Young Lawyers Division Chair Jesse Bolling (Greenberg Gross LLP), Eli Alcaraz (U.S. District Court), Dennise Willett (U.S. Attorney's Office), Emily Johnson (Chapman University Fowler School of Law Student), Kelcie Wiemann (Orange County District Attorney's Office), and Vibhav Mittal (U.S. Attorney's Office).

Beers & Brats Summer Social
An OCBA Charitable Fund Fundraiser

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015
Aitken Penn Residence, Peralta Hills

OCBA Young Lawyers Division members are invited to attend this exclusive event at the home of OCBA President Ashleigh Aitken! Enjoy good food and refreshing beverages while supporting a good cause. Proceeds will benefit the OCBA Charitable Fund, the charitable giving and philanthropic arm of the OCBA. 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.


OCBA Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
The Promenade Event Centre & Gardens, Costa Mesa

OCBA Member Volunteers are invited to a celebration honoring their dedicated efforts and community service throughout the year. Let us show our appreciation! This exclusive event is complimentary for OCBA member volunteers and Orange County's sitting judges. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Harmon G. Scoville Award. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

OCBA Charitable Fund

Fall Fundraiser:
Raise Your Glass III

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Big Canyon Country Club,
Newport Beach

The OCBA Charitable Fund invites you to attend this popular wine tasting and charity awards benefit, which will return to Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach. 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. Download the flyer for more information or register online.

For more information about the OCBA Charitable Fund or for detailed sponsorship information, call 949.440.6700, ext. 127, or visit

Save the Date: OCBA Fall Member Mixer

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
Morton's Steakhouse, Santa Ana

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. Additional details to follow at

Save the Date:
OCBA Judges' Night & Annual Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
Irvine Marriott, Irvine

Mark your calendars for this time-honored event recognizing the Orange County Judiciary, featuring the installation of OCBA Officers and Directors and OCBA Charitable Fund Directors, as well as the installation of Todd G. Friedland, Stephens Friedland LLP, as 2016 OCBA President. 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 or contact

Law School Corner

Need Another Hand on Deck?

Chapman’s Fowler School of Law is in the midst of Fall 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 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. To speak with someone at the Career Development Office, 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!

Upcoming MCLE Programs

Specialty Credit Night:
Earn Credits for Three Specialties in One Night!
Presented by the OCBA

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Want to Help a Vet?
Navigating VA Benefits: Military Cultural Competency
Presented by the OCBA Military & Veterans Issues Task Force

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Trial of Personal Injury Cases in the 21st Century
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015
Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Anti-SLAPP Litigation in the Real Estate Arena:
Sometimes the Best Defense is a Strong Offense
Presented by the OCBA Real Estate Law Section

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

A Dinner & CLE Presentation Featuring Attorney E. Randol (Randy) Schoenberg
Presented by the OCBA Masters Division

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana

Register online or download the registration flyer.

OCBA in Moorea, Tahiti
OCBA Annual Travel Seminar

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


OCBA Trusts & Estates Evening Seminar: Estate Law - Family Law Crossover
Presented by the OCBA Trusts & Estates Section

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Grand Catered Events, Orange

U.S. Supreme Court Preview &
Presentation of the David G. Sills Award for Appellate Excellence
Presented by the OCBA Appellate Law Section

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015
The Pacific Club, Newport Beach

From the Courts & State Bar

Council Approves Funding Proposals for Trial Courts

At its public meeting via teleconference on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, the Judicial Council approved a recommendation from its Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee to make an allocation to the trial courts from the Trial Court Trust Fund (TCTF) and General Fund for general court operations and specific costs for fiscal year 2015–16. For more information, please click here.

Supreme Court Seeks Comment on
Possible Changes to Publication Practice
Deadline: Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

The California Supreme Court seeks public comment on a possible amendment to the California Rules of Court concerning publication of appellate opinions (rule 8.1105(e)(1)) and the citation of opinions (rule 8.1115), to provide that a published opinion of a Court of Appeal will no longer be automatically depublished after the Supreme Court grants review of the case. For more information, please click here.

New Recruitment for Temporary Judges
Application Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

The Orange County Superior Court is pleased to announce the opening of the recruitment and application process for Temporary Judges. If you are interested in becoming a Temporary Judge, please read the Application Letter and complete the Temporary Judge Application. For more information, please click here.

Los Angeles Superior Court Expands Online Reservation System

Effective Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, the Los Angeles Superior Court's online Court Reservation System will expand to include Department 19 and Department 77 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. For more information, please view the Notice to Attorneys.

Los Angeles Attorney Elected State Bar President

On Friday, July 24, 2015, Los Angeles attorney David J. Pasternak was elected as president of the State Bar of California for 2015-2016. He will be sworn in at the State Bar's Annual Meeting in October in Anaheim. "I am deeply honored by the support of my colleagues on the Board of Trustees and I look forward to continuing to help the State Bar continue its mission of public protection, following in the footsteps of outgoing President Craig Holden," Pasternak said. For more information, please visit the State Bar website.

State Bar Names New Executive Director

The Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California has named Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, dean emerita of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, as its next executive director/chief executive officer. She will assume her responsibilities on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Please click here for more information.

Request for Public Comment: Distance-Education Credit
Deadline: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

The California State Bar seeks public comment on proposed amendments to Guideline 7.11 (Distance-Education Credit) of the Guidelines for Accredited Law School Rules, which would eliminate the prohibition of the use of distance-learning technology in first-year classes. For more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.

Request for Public Comment: State Bar of California Mentoring Task Force Preliminary Report and Recommendations
Deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

The State Bar of California seeks public comment on its Mentoring Task Force Preliminary Report and Recommendations, including proposed Mentoring Program mission statement and program goals. Please click here for more information and instructions on how to submit comments.

Call for Nominations: 2016 Harry B. Sondheim
California Professional Responsibility Award
Deadline: Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

The California State Bar is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Harry B. Sondheim California Professional Responsibility Award. Created in 2010, this award was established to recognize a member’s outstanding long-term contribution to the advancement of attorney professional responsibility standards in California. For more information and instructions on how to submit a nomination, please click here.

Request for Public Comment: Publicly Available Confidential Information
Deadline: Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

The California State Bar seeks public comment on Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 13-0005, which considers the duties a lawyer owes to current and former clients to refrain from disclosing potentially embarrassing or detrimental information about the client, including publicly available information the lawyer learned during the course of his representation or relating to the representation. For more information and instructions on how to submit comments, please click here.

Request for Public Comment: Puffing in Negotiations
Deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No.12-0007, which considers whether there are ethical limitations on the statements an attorney may make to third parties when engaged in negotiations on behalf of a client, including statements that may be considered "puffing" or posturing. 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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