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  • 06 Jul 2018 2:28 PM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    OCBA members receive reduced pricing on Live Scan fingerprinting services on Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at OCBA Headquarters in Newport Beach. No appointments necessary. Members will need to bring a driver's license or government issued ID and their prepopulated Live Scan form which can be downloaded from the CA State Bar's website. The OCBA is providing this service to its members in light of the new fingerprinting rule requirements adopted by the California Supreme Court.
    Fingerprint Scanning + DOJ/FBI Background Check: $64
    Accepted forms of payment: cash, check, or debit/credit card ($3 processing fee for debit/credit)

  • 03 Jul 2018 10:03 AM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    Comments sought:
    This e-mail is to inform you that a new proposal has been posted to the California Courts web site, at
    ·         SP18-11 Criminal and Appellate Procedure: Record Preparation in Death Penalty Cases (amend rules 8.610, 8.613, 8.616, 8.619, and 8.622; adopt rules 4.119, 4.230, 8.608, and 8.611; repeal rule 8.625; adopt forms CR 600 and CR-605; and approve forms CR-601, CR-602, CR-603, and CR-604)
    The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 23, 2018.
    If you have any questions, please contact Benita Downs, at, or at 415-865-7957.

  • 02 Jul 2018 11:13 AM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)
    Oscar Figueroa is an associate in the Orange County office of Troutman Sanders LLP. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and general business litigation matters. He has experience litigating in the California Superior Courts and in Federal District Courts throughout the country. Oscar graduated from UCLA in 2011 and from UCLA School of Law in 2016. Having grown up in less than ideal circumstances, Oscar understands the difficulties children from underrepresented communities face. As a result, he has a keen interest in working with youth in his community. To that end, Oscar works and volunteers with organizations focused on helping students from underrepresented communities overcome the obstacles many of them face in education. Oscar was a recipient of the OCHBA Wallace (Wally) R. Davis Memorial Scholarship in 2015.
  • 01 Jul 2018 10:54 AM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    Revision #19 to the 2008 Edition of the Local Rules – Superior Court of California, County of Orange will be effective as of July 1, 2018.
    An electronic copy of the rules is available on the Court’s website at or you may view them by clicking here.

  • 25 Jun 2018 10:28 PM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    On May 24, the council acted on 88 forms for a September 1, 2018, effective date. For meeting materials, please visit the council’s meeting page at
    Due to the size of the file, we have to transfer them via FTP:
    To access the SFTP site using Internet Explorer, open your internet browser and then proceed with the following steps:
    Go to
    The login box for the SFTP site will appear.
    Type in the user name: publishers.
    Type in the password: jcforms.
    Click on files to be downloaded, select “Save Target As.”
    Select location for file and click OK.
    If the page does not appear or does not appear correctly, you may need to refresh the page, depending on your browser and/or network settings, as well as check your firewall settings.
    To access the SFTP site using Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge, open your internet browser and then proceed with the following steps:
    Go to OR
    The login box for the SFTP site will appear.
    Type in the user name: publishers.
    Type in the password: jcforms.
    Click on the files to be downloaded.
    Open files from pop-up box on the screen.
    If the page does not appear, you may need to refresh the page, depending on your browser and/or network settings, as well as check your firewall settings.

  • 22 Jun 2018 10:07 PM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    We have received feedback about the issues raised in the following public comment item, and are sensitive to the fact that it may have a different impact on diverse constituencies, including those that you serve. Public comment on this item is open until July 31.
    All current State Bar public comment items:
    Please also note that the State Bar holds monthly calls for Executive Directors and Board Presidents of bar associations in the state and we encourage you to join these. The next call is Thursday, June 28, at 9am.

  • 22 Jun 2018 3:33 PM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    Newport Beach, CA - The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County (HBA) joins the many bar organizations around the Country who were outraged at the recent separation of children from their families at the United States border. Thankfully, thousands across the nation acted. They spoke out. They shared posts on social media at "viral" speed to raise awareness. They phoned and wrote their legislators. Amid that outcry, President Trump signed an Executive Order meant to end the separation of families at the border. However small, it was a victory for those who acted.
    Regrettably, there is much more work to be done. The new Order simply replaces one bad policy with another. Instead of separating immigrant children from their parents, government agencies will indefinitely "detain" them with their family. Removal proceedings in these matters can take months or even years. The net result: minors will be imprisoned as the wheels of justice slowly turn. This is contrary to the basic core values of a nation built upon freedom and due process.
    This Order also fails to provide a plan or solution for the more than 2,000 children who have been and continue to be separated from their families. These children are housed in temporary shelters, often traumatized by their separation from their family in a foreign country. Worse, it is incompatible with the 1997 Flores Agreement (generally required the release of children from detention without unnecessary delay to parents or other family, and placement in the least restrictive setting appropriate to age and need while detained).
    This misguided "zero tolerance" policy has created a human rights crisis in our country. With full knowledge of the consequences, this Administration reportedly believes that family separation should be used as an immigration deterrent. That is unacceptable.
    Yet, the detention-center practice and its many related problems did not originate with this Administration. To be blunt, legislators and past administrations have utterly failed to adequately address these issues, for years.
    Now is the time for action.
    The HBA urges this President and leaders in this Senate and Congress, to act immediately. We join the call for the appropriate agencies to immediately:

    1. end detention for families who have not been deemed a flight or security risk;
    2. establish clear visitation guidelines that afford family, friends, and independent observers to visit and monitor conditions in detention facilities; and
    3. provide the right to free legal counsel for all immigration detainees (who are being treated essentially the same as criminal defendants who would be constitutionally entitled to an attorney).

    The HBA will act as well. Our members are urgently exploring avenues to assist detained minors at the southern border in whatever ways possible. For more information and to see how you can help, contact:
    -Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County

    About The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County: The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County promotes education, unity, and excellence in the Hispanic legal community by expanding the business and professional opportunities available to its members, enhancing the members' business and professional stature in the Hispanic community, increasing the participation of Hispanic leaders in civic affairs and enhancing the quality of life for the members and the community.

    For more information please visit

  • 08 Jun 2018 10:20 AM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

  • 05 Jun 2018 10:17 PM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    Guillermo M. Tello has joined LeClairRyan as a partner of the firm’s labor and employment team. He is resident in the national law firm’s Los Angeles office.

    Tello is experienced in representing clients in both litigation and in providing advice and counsel. His litigation experience ranges from single plaintiff actions to multi-party complex actions, as well as class and representative actions.

    Matters handled by Tello include employment claims of wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, wage and hour and prevailing wage disputes. He also counsels clients on day to day California employment law issues, provides training and legal support to human resources, and also assists clients in implementing new policies and procedure including alternative workweek schedules. Additionally, Tello has substantial experience handling business and commercial litigation, construction disputes, and matters in defense of public entities.

    Tello is actively involved in the local legal and business community. He has served as the CFO and Vice President of the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association and continues to serve on the Judicial Evaluations and Scholarships committees. He is also actively involved in the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

    A graduate of the University of La Verne (B.A.) and Western State College of Law (J.D.), Tello is admitted in California.

    About LeClairRyan
    As a trusted advisor, LeClairRyan provides business counsel and client representation in corporate law and litigation. In this role, the firm applies its knowledge, insight and skill to help clients achieve their business objectives while managing and minimizing their legal risks, difficulties and expenses. With offices from coast to coast, the firm represents a wide variety of clients nationwide. For more information about LeClairRyan, visit

    Guillermo M. Tello
    725 S. Figueroa Street
    Suite 350
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
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