UPCOMING OCCDL EVENTS
All times are Pacific time unless otherwise noted
February 24| 5:00pm
OCCDL’s Professional Development Skill Practice Series: Motion Practice & Oral Argument Skills: Motion Practice and Oral Argument Skills

Attendees will be given time to review a brief sample motion. They will then be divided into breakout rooms and will practice arguing the motion before our evaluating partners/judges while being given constructive feedback. ** MCLE Credit Pending ** For more information to RSVP go HERE.
OCCDL is now accepting nominations for its 2021 award programs: the "Top 40 Young Diverse Lawyers of OC" and "Top 10 Legal Organizations for Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion in OC"!

These award programs are designed to provide recognition to young diverse attorneys and legal organizations who provide excellent legal services and work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the OC community. Read more about the awards and submit your nominations HERE by April 30, 2021.
UPCOMING DIVERSITY EVENTS
All times are Pacific time unless otherwise noted
February 11 -25
KABA: Minari Screening February 11 – 25
The nationwide premiere of Oscar contender and New York Times Film Critics’ online Best Picture winner. Minari “the movie we need right now” is the story of a Korean American family moving to Arkansas in the 1980’s pursuing the American Dream in 1980’s. Go HERE to purchase tickets and get the code for free popcorn. 20% of the proceeds will go to KABA Foundation.

February 16 | 9:00 am
JAMS: Smart Contracts Rules: Blockchain, Bitcoin, and Dispute Resolution
Join JAMS Sr. VP and Chief Legal and Operating Officer, Kimberly Taylor, JAMS Mediator/Arbitrator and Founder/Managing Director of Law and Forensics, Daniel B. Garrie, and David Cass, VP of Cyber & IT Risk at Federal Reserve Bank of New York, for a discussion on the JAMS rules governing disputes arising out of smart contracts. During this webinar, panelists introduce the concept of smart contracts, relating technology and associated legal concerns. * Approved for 1 Hour of CA MCLE Credit. Go HERE for more information.

February 16 | 12:00 noon
LACBA: Diverse Perspectives on Careers in Privacy and Cybersecurity
Panelists speaking about their paths to careers in data privacy and cybersecurity with an eye toward increasing diversity in these cutting-edge areas of the law. Go HERE for more information and to RSVP.

February 16 | 1:00 pm
OCBA & OCWLA: Trailblazing with Rebekah Bastian - CEO of OwnTrail and author of Blaze Your Own Trail
Rebekah Bastian is an entrepreneur, writer, artist, tech executive, mentor, wife, mother and aerial acrobat. She is the CEO & Co-founder of OwnTrail and was previously vice president of product and vice president of community and culture at Zillow. Rebekah is the author of Blaze Your Own Trail, a contributor to Forbes and serves as a startup advisor and nonprofit board member. Join Rebekah as she shares insights into her nonlinear path and provides frameworks and inspiration for navigating your own. RSVP HERE.

February 17 | 5:00 pm
WLALA: Networking in a Pandemic: Business Development in the COVID-19 Era
Panelists will share how they have successfully incorporated remote networking tools into their long-term networking and business development strategies for the COVID-19 era and beyond. In March, the Business Development Committee will present Part 2: Speed Networking. Go HERE for the information and to RSVP.

February 17 | 5:00 pm
OCAABA: Virtual Group Swearing-in with Hon. Nathan Vu
Go HERE for more information.

February 18 | 10:00 am
KABA: Understanding and Preventing Anti-Asian Bias
The second of a two-part webinar series presented by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and Stop AAPI Hate. This webinar is for Employees, Tenants, Consumers, Community Members, and Social Service Organizations. Topics: Know Your Rights, Strategies for Bias Prevention and Conflict Resolution, and Recent Data on Increased Anti-Asian Bias in California. Go HERE to RSVP. *1 Hour MCLE Credit (Elimination of Bias) pending.

February 18 | 12:30 pm
HNBA: Lawyers as Agents for Social Change
A virtual discussion where we will explore the role lawyers play in changing public policy while providing attendees with real-world tools to begin implementing social change within their communities. Go HERE for more information.

February 18 | 5:00 pm
Tea & Truffle Tasting with SCCLA APABA APAWLA OCCDL & VABASC
You needed to be registered by 2/3/21 to ensure delivery of your tea & truffles sampler. Go HERE to read more about the event.

February 22 | 12:00 noon
FBANC's Judicial Panel: The Firsts: A Conversation Highlighting the Legacy of Fil-Am Trailblazers on the Bench
Go HERE for more information and to register.

February 22 | 6:30 pm
BWL: A View from the Bench: Overcoming and Eliminating Bias
LA Law Library presents a distinguished panel that discusses the bias, discrimination, and other challenges they faced on their journeys to becoming justices on the California Supreme Court. 1.5 Hrs. California Elimination of Bias MCLE credit. Go HERE for more information.

February 23 | 12:15 pm
Multicultural Bar Alliance of Southern California (MCBA-SoCal) and the Association of African American California Judicial Officers (AAACJO): A Lunchtime Interactive Celebration Of Black History Inspiring Conversation Of Black History With Our Judicial Leaders
With panelists: Hon. Laura Walton, Hon. Kevin Brazile, Hon. Allen Webster, Hon. Bobbi Tillmon, and
Hon. John C. Weller. Go HERE for more information and to register.

February 23 | 5:00 pm
OCHBA: Breaking Barriers on the Bench
How to stand out & get appointed to the Superior Court. Go HERE for more information and to register.

February 23 | 3:00 pm (CST)
HNBA: The Biden Administration & The Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations
Please register in advance for this webinar HERE.

February 24 | 4:00 pm
HNBA: Virtual Mentors Coffee Connections
Connect with virtual attorney mentors discussing their practice areas and career journeys.
Go HERE for more information and to register.

February 24 | 6:00 pm
BWL: History Made - A Conversation With Hon. Samantha P. Jessner
Go HERE for more information and to register.

February 25 | 4:30 pm
Langston Bar Association: Information Session on Judicial Mentor Program
Presented by Judge Bobbi Tillmon, Judge Kelvin D. Filer & Langston Bar Association. Go HERE for more information and to register.

February 25 | 4:30 pm
OCTLA: Trial Tips from the Bench
Go HERE for more information and to register.

February 25 | 6:00 pm
SCCLA & APABA Trivia Night
Free for members and law students. $10 for non-members. Go HERE for more information.

February 26 | 6:00 pm
APABA and its Co-Sponsors: New Admittee Virtual Reception
A special event recognizing and celebrating the newest members of the CA Bar. Go HERE for more information.

February 27 | 10:00 am
OCWLA: Professional Headshot Event benefitting the OCWLA Foundation
Go HERE for more information.

February 28 | 6:00 pm
TMBA: Annual Awards & Installation Fundraiser
Go HERE for more information.

March 3 | 6:30 pm
APABA and its Co-Sponsors: Flying Solo: Tips for new and aspiring solo/small firm attorneys from experienced practitioners
for more information and to RSVP, go HERE.

March 5 | 12:00 noon
JRCLS: Orange County Religion & the Law Symposium
"Pandemic, Presidential Change & Reconstituted Supreme Court – What does 2021 Portend for Religious Liberty?" ** 1 Hr. MCLE Credit ** Free admission. Go HERE for more information.

March 6 | 9:00 am (EST)
HNBA: Regional Latina Leadership Academy Grit & Growth Mindset Webinar
Grit & Growth Mindset Webinar followed by a fireside chat on how to tackle Imposter Syndrome. Go HERE for more information.

March 6
OCHBA: 43rd Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Installation Dinner
Two Sessions: Part I: March 6, 2021, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PST) Drive-through Experience at Christ Cathedral and Part II: March 6, 2021, 6:00 PM (PST) Virtual Program & Fundraiser. Go HERE for more information.

March 10 | 12:00 noon
CAPAJA: Appointment to the California Superior Court: Nuts and Bolts
Register HERE for the first opportunity to learn about the judicial appointment process featuring Luis Cespedes, Governor Newsom’s new Judicial Appointments Secretary. 

March 11 | 7:00 pm
UCI Law APALSA Alumni Mixer - Trivia Night
Join APALSA for trivia night with UCI Law alumni! The winning group will be receiving a gift card. Please RSVP HERE.
AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SOCIETY
 ORANGE COUNTY LAWYER CHAPTER
The American Constitution Society is forming an Orange County ACS Lawyer chapter. ACS is the nation's largest progressive legal organization, and works to promote constitutional rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy, and the rule of law. A nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that believes the law should be a force to improve the lives of all people, through lawyer and student chapters across the country, ACS engages its members and policymakers to push for a progressive judiciary and build a pipeline of progressive attorneys to shape the future of law and democracy. In addition to an LA lawyers chapter, UCI Law, Chapman, UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, Loyola have student chapters. Please email csarosy22@gmail.com or pli@acslaw.org if you are interested in learning more about a new OC lawyers chapter.
SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS
OCLBA offers the M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship
Go HERE for more information.

Office of the Federal Public Defender in the Central District of California
The Office of the Federal Public Defender in the Central District of California is currently offering Post-Bar Fellowships. Go HERE for detailed information and to apply.
VIRTUAL PRO BONO/VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Applications are now open to volunteer on the California State Bar committees and they are seeking to fill positions on:

  •    California Board of Legal Specialization
  •    Client Security Fund Commission
  •    Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation
  •    Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct
  •    Council on Access and Fairness

Detailed descriptions of these committees with vacancies can be found HERE.

Laura's House
Laura’s House, a domestic violence shelter, also accepts a variety of items for their clients, families, and their upscale resale store. Get more information about Laura's House HERE.

SCCLA Cares
Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association is partnering with Duidough Cafe & Cookie Lab to feed residents at Los Angeles LGBT Center's Triangle Square, the nations largest affordable housing development for LGBTQ seniors. Just $9 provides a meal! Go to SCCLA.org for details and to donate.

Working Wardrobes
For anyone doing some belated spring cleaning, Working Wardrobes is still rebuilding after their fire in the spring. Information about clothing and accessories needed for their clients is available HERE.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES
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Check out the new positions we've just updated to our website's job corner.
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