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  • 10 Apr 2018 10:20 AM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    Comments sought:
    Thirty-six (36) new proposals to amend the California Rules of Court, Judicial Council forms and legislation have been posted to the California Courts web site, at
    The attached list provides a summary of the proposals and contains direct links to each individual proposal. You are welcome to distribute this to any other interested parties. The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 8, 2018.

  • 10 Apr 2018 10:20 AM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    Please click on the link below to access the Recruitment Notice for Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Trial Attorney Panel.  Thank you.

  • 02 Apr 2018 10:58 PM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2018) – Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that Orange County and Los Angeles attorney Steffi Gascón Hafen has been elected to the Board of Directors for Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach. Her term began on March 15, 2018.
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach (BGCLB), comprised of 11 distinct facilities across the city, has been helping underprivileged youth reach their full personal and academic potential since 1939. In an effort to ensure that members achieve great futures, the BGCLB provides the Five Core Youth Development Initiative, which focuses on Good Character & Citizenship, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, the Arts and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. The BGCLB has served more than 225,000 youth, ages 6-18 in its 78-year history.
    Hafen is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, California Board of Legal Specialization. At Snell & Wilmer she is a member of the firm's Private Client Services and General Federal Tax practice groups. Hafen's practice is concentrated in tax, trust and estate matters with emphasis in estate planning, trust and probate administration, and estate and gift taxation. She employs advanced estate planning techniques, including grantor retained annuity trusts, family partnerships, limited liability companies, charitable remainder trusts, defective grantor trusts, insurance planning, public charities, and private foundations. She also advises clients regarding succession planning for closely held businesses. In addition, Hafen has experience in state and local taxation, including income taxation, sales and use taxation, and property taxation, as well as issues regarding residency and domicile. Hafen also represents clients in front of the Franchise Tax Board, the State Board of Equalization, and the Internal Revenue Service. She works with clients' certified public accountants, financial planners and other service providers to provide holistic solutions to clients’ needs.
    Hafen received her L.L.M. in Taxation from Loyola Law School, her J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law and her B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association since 2013 and became a Board Member of Orange County Head Start in 2016. Hafen is also an Attorney Member of the Orange County Estate Planning Council.
    About Snell & Wilmer
    Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing in nine locations throughout the western United States and in Mexico, including Los Angeles and Orange County, California; Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Los Cabos, Mexico. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit

  • 02 Apr 2018 10:57 PM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    Please be advised that the California Supreme Court’s Applicant Evaluation and Nomination Committee (AENC) is seeking qualified candidates to serve as judges for the State Bar Court. The AENC is seeking applications for the position of Presiding Judge of the Court (a position that will also serve on the Review Department) and two Hearing Court Judges.
    Applications are due no later than April 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm.
    For more information and a link to the application materials, please click here

  • 26 Mar 2018 5:37 PM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    Discrimination in the Legal Profession

  • 26 Mar 2018 5:30 PM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    The Public Law Center invites you to be part of our naturalization project by volunteering your time as a legal volunteer at our upcoming Citizenship Fair.  Legal volunteers will help clients prepare citizenship applications. Your legal screening will provide clients with a sense of confidence about applying for naturalization.

    Naturalization Training:

    Training is for legal volunteers participating at our naturalization fairs in 2018. You must be an Attorney, Law Student, DOJ Accredited Representative or paralegal to take this training.

    In person training will be provided on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    LOCATION: Western State School of Law

    ADDRESS: 1 Banting, Irvine, CA 92618





    The training topics will include:

    • Basic requirements of naturalization
    • Screening for "red flag" issues
    • Intersection of criminal law
    • Benefits and process of applying
    • What to expect at the fair
    • Completing applications in one day

    Naturalization Clinic Date:
    Saturday, April 7, 2018

    From 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    (Shifts available, 9am-1:30pm, 1pm-5pm, and 9am-5pm)

    Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the duration of the event.

    Clinic Location:
    North Orange County Community College District
    1830 W Romneya Dr, Anaheim, CA 92801

    For questions, please contact Roxana Rosas at

    To begin registration, please click HERE >

  • 26 Mar 2018 5:19 PM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)
    June 29-July 1
    Wyndham Anaheim/Orange County Justice Center

    The California Judicial Competition (CJC) is a statewide YMCA Appellate Court competition program, taking place in Anaheim, CA and is hosted by the California YMCA Youth & Government in partnership with several Southern California Law Firms.  2018 is the inaugural year for the competition.

    This program brings together high school students from around the state to face off in an appellate court competition. Teams of two will compete against their peers in Moot Court trials as well have the chance to show off their understanding of the case and case law as justices.

    In order for this event to offer true court simulation, attorney and law school student volunteers are needed, that’s where you come in! Please see below and indicate when you would be available and interested in volunteering.

    More Information For Students
    More Information for VOLUNTEERS: Attorneys and Law Students
  • 22 Mar 2018 9:26 AM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    The United States District Court, Central District of California, is currently accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives.  Please refer to the link below for more information.

  • 21 Mar 2018 9:25 PM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    Comments sought:

    Seven (7) new proposals to amend the Code of Judicial Ethics have been posted to the California Courts web site, at

    You are welcome to distribute this to any other interested parties. The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2018.

    If you have any questions, please contact Mark Jacobson, at, or at 415-865-7898.

  • 27 Feb 2018 10:13 AM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    March 15-18, 6-8pm

    Hilton San Francisco 
    Join the HNBA at its 9th Annual Corporate Counsel Conference & 23rd Annual Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square on March 15-18, 2018. 
    More Information 

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