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Newsletter for January 23, 2023 – February 6, 2023

(L-R): 2023 OCBA President Michael Gregg with the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins; Franklin G. West Award Honoree Mark Minyard with Dean Zipser

OCBA Installed Michael A. Gregg as 2023 OCBA President

The Orange County Bar Association installed Michael A. Gregg as the 2023 OCBA President, along with the OCBA officers and board of directors. Michael was installed during the OCBA’s premier legal event, Judges’ Night, held at the Irvine Marriott. Another special highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Franklin G. West Award to Mark E. Minyard. First established in 1971 in honor of the late Judge Franklin G. West, the Franklin G. West Award represents the highest honor awarded by the OCBA.

For more event photos from Judges' Night, visit the OCBA Facebook Page.

Featured Seminar

UCI Law: Creating a Prison to University Pipeline: Prison Education and the New "Clean Slate" Laws

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
UCI School of Law | EDU 1111, Irvine
Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Worthy Mentions

Have Good News of Your Own to Share? Contact OCBA Communications Manager Erick Palacios at to acknowledge your achievement through the OCBA.

Call for Photos: OCBA Members Submit Photos of Your Cats and Other Pets - Deadline: Monday, February 20

In the spirit of inclusivity, we're asking our members to submit photos of their cats and other pets! Last September, the OC Lawyer magazine included a special photo feature of our members’ canine companions – Click here to view the Dog Days of Summer photos. This year, we’re hoping to expand this opportunity to highlight your cats and other pets. Please submit high resolution photos to OCBA Communications Manager Erick Palacios at by Monday, February 20, 2023 to have them included in a future OC Lawyer magazine issue.


JANUARY 31, 2023
OCBA Mommy Esquire Monthly Meeting: In-Person and Zoom

FEBRUARY 7, 2023
OCBA and UCI Law Seminar: Creating a Prison to University Pipeline: Prison Education and the New "Clean Slate" Laws

FEBRUARY 7, 2023
OCBA & OCWLA: Speed Mentoring Event

FEBRUARY 11, 2023
OCBA Community Outreach Committee: Winter Food Packaging Event

FEBRUARY 14, 2023
OCBA & OCWLA: Galentine's Day Coffee

APRIL 20, 2023
OCBA Charitable Fund Judge Kenneth Lae Charity Golf Scramble


Volunteer Opportunities

Veterans Legal Institute Family Law Clinic - Remote Volunteer Opportunity
If you're a family law attorney, you can advise a veteran on his or her case from the comfort of your own home. VLI seeks volunteers to the monthly Family Law Clinic on the last Friday of the month from 1 PM - 4 PM. Clients receive a free consultation from a family law attorney on his or her Southern California family law case. For more information, please contact Katie Binkley at

Veterans Legal Institute General Legal Clinic - Remote Volunteer Opportunity
Looking for an easy way to volunteer from the comfort of your own home? VLI seeks attorney volunteers each third Tuesday of the month to conduct 20 minute phone interviews with veterans around Southern California. For more information, please contact Katie Binkley at

CLA SoCal: Remote Pro Bono Opportunity: Unlawful Detainer Answer Clinic
Assist low-income tenants facing eviction during the pandemic by helping to prepare answers to Unlawful Detainer complaints in this remote clinic that takes place every Tuesday, shifts at 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Volunteers and clients “meet” via a conference call, and housing staff attorneys are available to provide real-time assistance in a video conference room for the duration of the clinic. Watch the.45-minute prerecorded training video here. To sign up, please email Monica Mar, Associate Director of Pro Bono at

CLA SoCal: Remote Pro Bono Opportunity: Eviction Defense: Trial Co-Counsel
CLA SoCal is seeking attorneys with jury trial experience to co-counsel eviction cases with CLA SoCal staff attorneys. Volunteers will work with CLA SoCal staff to prepare the case for jury trial, conduct discovery, participate in settlement discussions, and represent clients at trial, all with the support of a housing staff attorney. To sign up, please email Monica Mar, Associate Director of Pro Bono at

Join an OCBA Committee – Your involvement is an integral component of the OCBA’s service to its members, the community, and the judiciary.

OCBA HELP-Line – Join the Hotline of Experienced Legal Professionals to provide brief consultations in your area of practice to inquiring OCBA Attorney Members.


The OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service currently accepting 2023 LRIS Membership Applications. CLICK HERE and join now to receive referrals through 2023.

Don’t forget to RENEW LRIS Membership! (All LRIS Renewal Statements and application materials have been sent. If you need another copy, please email

OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service provides referrals online at or by phone at: (877) 257-4762 or (949) 440-6747.

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.

Join an OCBA YLD Committee, Make a Difference
OCBA YLD committees help plan annual events and activities for OCBA YLD members. Take advantage of this opportunity to share your ideas, meet fellow YLD members, plan programs and events, and help the local legal community. Visit the OCBA YLD webpage at for more information, or sign-up online at

OCBA YLD 2023 Open House & Annual Business Meeting
Thursday, February 2, 2023

OCBA Young Lawyers Division: Hockey Night
Friday, March 3, 2023

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.

Law students are invited to participate in one of the 26 OCBA Specialty Sections which focus on professional growth and are a great resource to explore various areas of law. Attend your first section meeting for free, contact to sign up.

Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara Diversity Fellowship for 1L Members
BWB&O are proud to offer a fellowship program to first year law students from diverse circumstances and backgrounds. The fellowship features a $5,000 academic scholarship along with a paid summer associate position in one of their offices (Newport Beach, Woodland Hills, Las Vegas, San Diego, or Oakland), with the goal that the fellowship will forge a path to employment.
The application period is open between January 15 and February 15. The recipients of the scholarship + fellowship will be chosen on March 1 for positions for the following summer’s fellowships.

Orange County Lawyer Magazine

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Interested in advertising?

The OCBA has three main avenues of advertising to OCBA members and the greater legal community. DIGITAL ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES are available year round. For more information, visit the OCBA Advertising webpage or contact

Affiliate Bars

OCBA & OCWLA: Speed Mentoring Event - February 7

To submit affiliate bar events or news to the Orange County Lawyer, contact OCBA Communications Manager Erick Palacios.

From the Courts & State Bar

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



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