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Newsletter for January 4, 2021 – January 24, 2021

OCBA 2021 Judges' Night & Annual Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021
Complimentary Virtual Event

The Orange County Bar Association has announced the 2021 Judges' Night and Annual Meeting featuring the installation of Larisa M. Dinsmoor, Esq. as 2021 OCBA President, as well as the installation of the OCBA Officers and Directors and the OCBA Charitable Fund Directors.
Register online

Featured Webinar


2021 Last Dash

Saturday January 16, 2021 - Saturday January 23, 2021
*Attorneys in MCLE Compliance Group 2 (H-M) Must Complete 25 Hours of CLE by 1/31/21*
Click here to register for the webinars.


Three OCBA Members Appointed to OCBA Board of Directors for terms beginning January 2021.

Appointed were Mary-Christine (MC ) Sungaila, Buchalter, APC; James Pack of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP; and Jared De Jong, Payne & Fears LLP. They will be installed at the Judges’ Night and Annual Meeting taking place virtually on January 21, 2021. OCBA members are invited to register for this complimentary event at

Worthy Mentions

Have Good News of Your Own to Share? Contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Coordinator Joseph Aguilar at to acknowledge your achievement through the OCBA.

OCBA Events

JANUARY 7, 2021
OCBA Criminal Law Section & COVID-19 Task Force Webinar: COVID-19: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

JANUARY 12, 2021
OCBA Legislative Resolutions Committee Invitation to Join

JANUARY 13, 2021
OCBA & OCBA Young Lawyers Division Webinar: Fireside Chat: “Millennials” and “Boomers” in the Legal Profession

JANUARY 21, 2021
OCBA 2021 Judges' Night & Annual Meeting

JANUARY 28, 2021
OCBA Insurance Law Section Seminar

Volunteer Opportunities

UCI Law's Moot Court Competition Needs Judges
Competition rounds will be held via Zoom, in February and March 2021.
Please email the UCI Law Moot Court Board at to receive a formal invitation with dates and times.

Supported Charities

CRF-OC’s 40th Annual High School Mock Trial Competition
Volunteers are needed for CRF-OC’s 40th Annual High School Mock Trial Competition. This year’s competition will be conducted virtually in February through Zoom. This means you can volunteer from the comfort of your own home or office. Volunteer check-in will begin at 4:45 pm and most trials will finish around 7:30 pm. Attorney volunteers are needed to score student performances. Those awaiting bar exam results are welcome to volunteer. Attorney volunteers should register at: Judicial officers (including retired and temporary judges) are needed to preside over the trials. Judicial volunteers should register at: See flyer for more information.


The OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service is accepting 2021 LRIS Membership Applications. Click here and join now to receive referrals through 2021. Don’t forget to RENEW your 2021 LRIS Membership! All LRIS Renewal Statements and application materials have been sent. If you need another copy, please email

Young Lawyers Division

Learn more about the OCBA Young Lawyers Division or join today! Visit the OCBA calendar to find great opportunities to connect with fellow YLD members.

YLD 2021 Committee Chair Applications
The OCBA Young Lawyers Division is seeking Young Lawyers Division members to serve as 2021 OCBA YLD Committee Chairs. YLD Committee Chairs are appointed by the OCBA Young Lawyers Division Chair and serve for one year. The role of the Committee Chair is to assist the YLD Chair in planning quarterly YLD events and activities for their respective committee. Serving as a YLD Committee Chair is a great way to get more involved with the OCBA and meet other attorneys in practice five years or less.
Click here to apply.

OCBA & OCBA Young Lawyers Division Webinar: Fireside Chat: “Millennials” and “Boomers” in the Legal Profession
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
Click here to register.

YLD Open House & Annual Meeting
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Click here to register.

Masters Division

The OCBA Masters Division is open to practitioners with 25 years or more in the practice of law. Learn more about the OCBA Masters Division or join today and discover unique networking opportunities.

Law School Corner

OCBA Law Student Members:

Launching a successful legal career starts here! Click here to learn more about your membership benefits.

News and Events from Orange County Law Schools

Orange County Lawyer Magazine

The January 2021 issue is now available and focuses on Larisa M. Dinsmoor, the 2021 OCBA President. Click here to start reading the digital edition.

  • COVER STORY Larisa M. Dinsmoor: OCBA’s Superhero: Wanderlust Attorney and Public Defender
    by Nikki Presley Miliband
  • Enduring COVID-19: How Attorneys Can Assist Small Businesses to Stay Open and Thrive During a Global Pandemic
    by Melissa A. Petrofsky
  • Year in Review: Notable Civil Cases From the Fourth Appellate District, Division Three
    by Mary-Christine Sungaila and Lauren Jacobs
  • Alter Ego Piercing, the Mists of Metaphor: Empirical Studies Have Some Surprising Results on Its Frequency in Litigated Cases and Which Factors Predominate When It Does Occur
    by William M. Hensley

Affiliate Bars

OCTLA: What's New in Tort & Trial? 2020 in Review

To submit affiliate bar events or news to the Orange County Lawyer, contact OCBA Publications & Social Media Coordinator Joseph Aguilar.

From the Courts & State Bar

For more information, please visit the Courts and State Bar websites.



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