Administration Of Justice
A “blue ribbon” committee appointed by the President, to review and comment on rules of court and other subject provided for public comment by the Judicial Council, Superior Court and the California State Bar, upon approval by the Executive Committee. Committee may consider and draft comments relating to developments, trends, or problems that affect the administration of justice.
Presents recommendations for appointment to the Board of Directors sufficient to fill any vacancies in the eight (8) appointed directorships with a view to ensuring that the composition of the Board fairly represents, to the extent reasonable, the diverse composition of the Association, including minorities, women, lawyers in firms of various sizes and sole practitioners, public lawyers, lawyers with various specialties, and lawyers in various geographic areas.
Recommends and works directly with the independent auditors hired by the Board of Directors to perform the annual audit of the Association, as required by the Association’s Bylaws.
Makes recommendations to the Executive Committee for the annual honorees of the Franklin G. West Award, presented at the Judges’ Night and Annual meeting, and the Harmon G. Scoville Award, presented each year at the Volunteer Recognition Reception.
Bridging The Gap
Plans and coordinates the biannual program introducing new bar admittees to various areas of law via panels composed of judges, commissioners and attorneys.
Investigates complaints of ethical violations by attorneys and in certain cases refers the complaints to the California State Bar for further investigation and potential disciplinary action.
Selects, plans, organizes and implements community service activities for OCBA members.
Oversees the publication of Orange County Lawyer, the official magazine of the OCBA, and provides guidance to the Editor-in-Chief.
Plans and coordinates, in conjunction with the OCBA staff, an annual curriculum of Continuing Legal Education.
Assists the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities regarding the Association’s finances and investments.
Evaluates candidates who have applied to the Governor’s Office for judicial appointment in Orange County. In contested judicial elections, conducts a survey of the members concerning judicial qualifications.
Lawyer Referral & Information Service
With the goal of having legal representation more readily accessible to the general public the Lawyer Referral & Information Service Committee develops policies and procedures for operation of the Lawyer Referral & Information Service in accordance with California State Bar rules.
Represents the OCBA at the Annual Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations which is held the same weekend and at the same location as the State Bar Annual Meeting.
Mandatory Fee Arbitration
Facilitates the resolution of disputes between clients and their attorneys concerning fees, costs, or both charge for professional services by providing a forum for a speedy, low cost, impartial hearing and determination of those disputes.
Mentor on Demand
Oversees the online Mentor on Demand program and arranges for interviews of prominent members of the legal community to be videotaped and made available in 10-minute segments on the OCBA website.
A Blue Ribbon Committee appointed by the President that develops criteria for the OCBA Mentoring Program that matches protege attorneys in practice four years or less with experienced attorneys to develop practice and general lawyering skills, and evaluates and screens proteges and mentors.
Mommy Esquire plans social and other events for lawyers with school-aged children with the goal of promoting fellowship, education and networking.
Presents one or more nominees for each open office and for each open directorship to be filled by election, fairly representing, to the extent reasonable, the diverse composition of the Association, including minorities, women, lawyers in firms of various sizes and sole practitioners, public lawyers, lawyers with various specialties, and lawyers in various geographic areas.
Assesses needs in the community and coordinates training programs for attorney members with the Public Law Center to provide access to justice through clinical programs. The current programs include Bankruptcy Chapter 7, Reaffirmation Hearings, Domestic Violence, Guardianships, and Immigration News For Orange County (INFO) Project.
Professionalism And Ethics
Strives to advance professionalism and ethics within the Orange County legal community by issuing non-binding opinions on ethics issues and providing ethics training to practitioners.
You must be a member in good standing of the OCBA to be a member of any committee.
To join a committee, please download the Committee Application.