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Newsletter for June 5, 2023 – June 19, 2023

OCBA Announced 2023 Nominating Committee

The following members have been appointed by OCBA President-Elect Christina Zabat-Fran, Lanvin Group, to serve on the 2023 Nominating Committee: Joseph L. Chairez, Baker & Hostetler LLP; Shirin Forootan, Forootan Law; Scott B. Garner, Umberg/Zipser LLP; Michael A. Gregg, Littler Mendelson P.C.; Dimetria A. Jackson, Law Office of Dimetria A. Jackson; Josh Ji, Latham & Watkins LLP; Casey R. Johnson, Aitken Aitken Cohn LLP; Deirdre M. Kelly, Western State College of Law; Nikki P. Miliband, Good Wildman; Daniel S. Robinson, Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.; Cherrie I. Tsai, Kaiser Aluminum; Mei Tsang, Umberg/Zipser LLP; Darrell P. White, Kimura London & White LLP; Dean J. Zipser, Umberg/Zipser LLP. President-Elect Christina will serve as the Committee Chair.


OCBA Summer Social: Celebrating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Lasr Chance to Register!
Summer is almost here! The OCBA is gathering at The Boardwalk again this year to celebrate diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Join fellow members to share and connect over hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The evening’s events will also include great networking opportunities, door prizes, and the presentation of the Lei Lei Wang Ekvall Award to The Honorable Maria D. Hernandez, Presiding Judge, Orange County Superior Court.
Click here to register.

Featured Seminar

OCBA YLD Seminar: Demystifying Depositions

Presented by the OCBA Young Lawyers Division Education Committee
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Click here to register online.


Apply for OCBA Board of Directors or Office of Secretary

Application Deadline: Monday, June 26, 2023

Nominations are being accepted for four seats for Directors At Large and the Office of Secretary. Applications should be submitted to the OCBA Nominating Committee, c/o OCBA, P.O. Box 6130, Newport Beach, CA 92658 or e-mailed to All nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 26, 2023. Click here to download the application. The Nominating Committee, chaired by President-Elect Christina Zabat-Fran, will meet in July to select the slate of candidates for the OCBA election in the fall.

Worthy Mentions

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


JUNE 6, 2023
OCBA Summer Social: Celebrating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

JUNE 13, 2023
OCBA Mommy Esquire Monthly Meeting: In-Person and Zoom

JUNE 21, 2023
OCBA MFA New Arbitrator Orientation & Training

JUNE 24, 2023
OCBA Veterans & Military Committee Hike and Help A Vet In Need
Join the OCBA Veterans and Military Committee, OCBA Community Outreach Committee, OCBA Mommy Esquire Committee, OCBA Young Lawyers Division, and Orange County Women Lawyers Association for a HIKE on the Santiago Creek Trail and support a good cause. Participants are encouraged to bring at least one NEW item to be donated to a low income veteran, click here to register.

JUNE 29, 2023
OCBA Probate Judges' Retirement Reception

JULY 8, 2023
OCBA Lawyer Well-Being Committee: Yoga In The Park

JULY 12, 2023
OCBA Mommy Esquire Committee Dinner and a Show

JULY 20, 2023
OCBA Seminar: Racial Justice Act: What Is It?

AUGUST 17, 2023
OCBA Charitable Fund Annual Benefit

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 Seminar: Demystifying Depositions: The Law, Tips, and Strategies You Need To Know
Wednesday, June 14, 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.

JUNE 7, 2023
OCAAJO/OCBA Masters Division: A Virtual Town Hall

JUNE 20, 2023
OCBA Masters Division Angels Game Night 2023

Grab your peanuts and join the OCBA Masters Division members for a fun evening at Angel Stadium and see the Los Angeles Angels take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Freeway Series.
Click here to register.


SEPTEMBER 14, 2023
OCBA Masters Division Legends of the Law Fall Reception

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.

Orange County Lawyer Magazine

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    by Allen K. Easley
  • California’s New Pay Transparency Law: Practical Implications for Employers
    by Tiffanny M. Brosnan
  • California’s New Pay Transparency Law: An Important Step Toward Eliminating Pay Disparity
    by Jibit Cinar
  • Forgotten Folly: Seeking Justice for Survivors of Project 100,000
    by Caitlin R. Emmons
  • Retirement Exemption Planning for California Residents Using the Private Retirement Trust
    by Dustin I. Nichols


Contact the Orange County Lawyer magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Gialisa W. Gaffaney, and you could be featured in a future issue of the award-winning Orange County Lawyer magazine.

Don't have a Law-Related or Legal Podcast, but want to contribute to the OC Lawyer magazine? Contact Gialisa W. Gaffaney with interesting legal topics affecting your area of law.

Affiliate Bars

OCWLA: Summer Member Only Mixer - June 8

OCKABA: Becoming a Judge in California: An Overview - June 13

TMBA: Juneteenth Celebration & Scholarship Brunch - June 17

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

From the Courts & State Bar

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