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  • 02 Jan 2018 11:46 AM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    Revision #18 to the 2008 Edition of the Local Rules – Superior Court of California, County of Orange will be effective as of January 1, 2018.
    An electronic copy of the rules is available on the Court’s website at or you may view them by clicking here.

  • 19 Dec 2017 10:30 AM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    Comments sought:
    Nine (9) 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, February 9, 2018.
    If you have any questions, please contact Benita Downs, at, or at 415-865-7957.

  • 28 Nov 2017 8:59 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
    ·       Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM): Revise and Draft Jury Instructions
    You are welcome to distribute this within your court and to any other interested parties. The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 29, 2017.
    If you have any questions, please contact Benita Downs, at, or at 415-865-7957.

  • 20 Nov 2017 10:05 AM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    Orange County Residents Needed to Serve on the Grand Jury!
    Santa Ana, CA - The Orange County Superior Court is looking for qualified volunteers to serve on the 2018-2019 Grand Jury. Assistant Presiding Judge Kirk Nakamura, chair of the Grand Jury Recruitment and Selection Committee, said, "I encourage Orange County residents to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to improve our community." The 19-member Grand Jury will take the official oath of office on June 29, 2018 for a one year term.
    The Grand Jury's responsibilities include:
    Ensuring that the performance of county, city, and other local agencies is proper and ethical;
    Providing recommendations to government agencies for improvement;
    Responding to citizen complaints about local government agencies;
    Ensuring that our local tax dollars are wisely spent;
    Evaluating conditions at our county's jails; and
    Issuing indictments for serious crimes.
    Grand jurors receive training and attend tours and briefings to increase their knowledge of the workings of county agencies to help them assess areas in need of improvement. Grand Jury reports from past civil investigations and responses from the appropriate agencies are posted online at
    To qualify to serve on the Grand Jury, you must be a resident of Orange County for at least a year, a United States citizen, at least 18 years old, in possession of sound judgment, and have sufficient knowledge of English. Interested citizens must apply by January 26, 2018. Grand jurors receive a $50 per day stipend, mileage reimbursement, and onsite parking.
    The Grand Jury selection process includes Superior Court judges reviewing applications and interviewing qualified applicants, and Orange County Sheriff's Department officers conducting background investigations of qualified candidates. The final selection of the 19-member panel is achieved by a random drawing of 25 to 30 candidates who are nominated and confirmed by Superior Court judges to proportionally represent each of the five Supervisorial Districts in the County, as required by law. The first 19 names drawn will be grand jurors and the remaining names drawn will be alternates in the order selected. Alternates are trained and ready to serve in place of panelists who cannot complete the one year term for any reason.
    The application form and additional information are available on the Grand Jury website at, by calling the Grand Jury Hotline at 657-622-6747, or in person at the Jury Commissioner's Office, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana, 92701.

  • 17 Nov 2017 11:47 AM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    Legal Training Topics:
    - Trends in ICE Enforcement
    - How to Respond to the Threat of Immediate Deportation
    - Litigating Constitutional Rights Violations
    - Working Effectively With Community Organizers


    • Annie Lai, University of California Irvine School of Law
    • Jennifer Koh, Western State College of Law
    • Monica Eav Glicken, Esq.

    Date: November 28, 2017
    Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Location: Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
    600 Anton Blvd., Suite 1400
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    MCLE: 3 hours

    Fee : $25.00 (free if agree to volunteer with OC Raids Response Network and/or PLC in removal defense in the next year)

    Dinner Included

    RSVP to Grace Landa,

  • 07 Nov 2017 10:23 AM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

     STAFF ATTORNEY Santa Ana, CA 

    The Immigrant Defenders Law Center (“ImmDef”) is a next-generation, social justice law firm that provides high-quality representation and legal services to immigrants in Southern California. Our organization was established by experienced public attorneys and activists from the immigrant rights community who collectively have decades of experience fighting for the rights of immigrants in Southern California and beyond. ImmDef was founded with the belief that no immigrant should be forced to go into court alone, and we see our universal representation programs for children and adults as a first step towards that goal. Learn more about us at 

    ImmDef seeks a full-time Staff Attorney, based in our Santa Ana office, to provide fearless and zealous advocacy to clients in immigration removal proceedings. The Staff Attorney will work under the direct supervision of a Managing Attorney and in collaboration with their fellow attorneys. Our attorneys receive support from paralegals, administrative assistants and case managers. This is a rewarding and exciting position where the successful applicant will be engaged in cutting edge immigration litigation. 

    Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

    • Provide creative representation to immigrants before the Immigration Courts, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and CA state court proceedings related to a client's removal case;
    • Stay up to date on rapidly changing immigration laws and policies;
    • Comply with data and program reporting requirements.


    • Juris Doctorate degree required;
    • Active, California State Bar License, or license from another jurisdiction and (for some positions) commitment to “waiving in” to the CA Bar via the Multi-Jurisdictional Practice Program. We will consider those who sat for the July 2017 bar exam and are awaiting their results.
    • Spanish language proficiency required (will be tested at time of interview);
    • Experience working with detained immigrants or other incarcerated populations is a big plus;
    • Preference for experience working with marginalized populations and survivors of trauma;

    Experience with removal defense, family law, criminal defense, and/or child welfare related matters is a big plus; 

    • Experience working in a high volume, social-justice law firm is a huge plus;
    • Strong case management, legal research, and legal writing skills required
    • Demonstrated ability and willingness to zealously pursue new and untested legal theories;
    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure required;
    • Enthusiasm for working at a progressive, start-up organization;
    • Passion for social justice for immigrants required.


    Competitive public interest between $53,000 - $65,000 DOE + generous benefits package, including health, dental, sick and vacation time, 11 paid holidays/year, and our office is closed between 12/25 and 1/2. 

    As a 501(c)(3) corporation, attorneys are eligible for public service loan forgiveness programs for federal student loans. 

    Application Instructions: 

    E-mail cover letter, resume, 3 references, and brief writing sample (5 pages or less) to: Lindsay Toczylowski, Executive Director, Immigrant Defenders Law Center at Please indicate where you came across our job announcement. In the subject line please write FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_STAFF ATTORNEY APPLICATION. 

    Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. 

    Immigrant Defenders Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

  • 06 Nov 2017 11:00 AM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    Please click on the link below to access the Notice from the Clerk regarding amended local rules effective December 1, 2017.

  • 24 Oct 2017 12:03 PM | OCHBA Administrator (Administrator)

    UCLA LAW Academic Outreach Resource Center ~ Law Fellows Program
    Dear Friends,
    The Thirteenth Annual UCLA Law Firm Diversity Reception will take place Wednesday, February 28, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.  We look forward to your participation in this event.
    We will follow up with the official invitation after the New Year.  Space is limited, so if you could like to confirm your spot now, please let us know. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions in the meantime.

  • 20 Oct 2017 1:52 PM | 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
    ·         SP17-06 Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules: 2018 (adopt revised Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules, 2018 Edition)
    You are welcome to distribute this to any other interested parties. The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 3, 2017.
    If you have any questions, please contact Benita Downs, at, or at 415-865-7957.

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