Continuing OCCDL Diversity Stories!

Several member firms and organizations within OCCDL put together short and valuable videos containing a few of their perspectives, experiences, plans, and ideas related to diversity, both in the legal community as a whole, and in Orange County specifically. This content highlights our member organizations, and can serve as a tool for other legal organizations to shape their own diversity ideals and initiatives!

Please enjoy our sixth OCCDL Diversity Story, courtesy of member firm Rutan & Tucker, LLP, featuring Partner and D&I Committee Co-Chair Ajit Thind, Partner Proud Usahacharoenporn, Senior Counsel Ashley Vaccaro (OCCDL’s very own Immediate Past President!), Associate Kelly Galligan, and a celebratory musical intermission by Partner and D&I Committee Co-Chair Alejandro Angulo, all of whom sit in Rutan’s OC office. Recognizing the significant benefits and value of a diverse work force, Rutan & Tucker is committed to increasing the diversity of its law firm in a manner that promotes the firm’s core values of excellence, teamwork, and integrity—supporting each attorney’s individuality and diverse style. As the largest full-service law firm based in Orange County, California, Rutan has played an active role in the County’s maturation into a world-class metropolitan area that reflects the richness of California’s cultural diversity. Rutan’s consistent efforts toward promoting D&I led to it being awarded the Diversity Scorecard from The American Lawyer in 2020 as a top firm for diversity, in addition to the many other honors and certifications it has received. 

November 11 | 11:00 am (CST)
Careers Beyond the Bench and Bar: Arbitration, Mediation, and Special Masters
Presented by the American Bar Association. Lawyers and judges have the ability to shape legal discourse as advocates or fair and neutral arbiters of the law. As litigation costs continue to escalate and trials are vanishing, the mastery of skills to resolve disputes is essential. At this seminar, learn effective ways to join the ranks of arbitrators, mediators, and special masters as you enhance your law practice or embark on a new career in the law. Featured JAMS Speaker, Hon. Charles N. Clevert, Jr. (Ret.) Go HERE for more information.

November 11 | 7:00 pm
Wine Down Wednesdays
Life happens. Wine helps. Hosted by TMBA the second Wednesday of each month. Go HERE for more information.

November 12 | 12:00 noon
Guidelines for Using Technology-Assisted Review - CLE
Presented by KABA. Questions regarding the use of technology-assisted review (TAR) in discovery generally focus on whether TAR will be user-friendly for the responding party and how its use will be perceived by the requesting party. From workflow transparency and seed set disclosure to proportionality and cost shifting, courts are providing guidance on these and other TAR issues. This program will analyze these issues and provide practical insights on a complex discovery practice area. Register HERE.

November 12 | 5:30 pm
OCKABA Virtual Mixer
OCKABA is hosting another virtual speed mixer! We had a blast last time and hope you will join us.
This event is free for members and non-members. Two $25 gift cards will be raffled off. Please register to receive a Zoom registration.

November 12 | 6:30 pm
How to Practice Law (and THRIVE) During COVID-19 - So, You Want To Make Partner (In A Virtual World)?
Presented by Langston Bar Association Law Institute Committee. On the road to make partner you may hear it takes hard work, expertise in a practice area, a commitment to the firm and the ability to generate relationships with current and future clients. But there is more to partnership track than you know. The panelists will discuss The Partnership Track: Everything You Didn't Learn In Law School, and how to navigate the Track in this virtual world. More information and register HERE.

November 13 | 12:00 noon (EST)
Emotional Intelligence: A Lawyer's Key to Success
HNBA's Leadership Conference featuring Mr. Angel Gomez, who has 25 years of diverse professional experiences, making him a trusted partner to some of the world’s leading companies and helping thousands of people and global brands like Facebook, Walmart and Kraft to strategically approach key initiatives through accelerated performance. Notably, Mr. Gomez previously served as the Vice President of Human Resources for the Midwest Division of Walmart Stores, Inc., was a partner at several large law firms in Chicago, and is a Past National President of the HNBA. Register HERE.

November 13 | 12:00 noon
An Inside View To in-house Counsel
OCWLA presents panelists discussing the paths to obtaining an in-house position, bias that they have faced in their careers, how COVID has impacted work-life balance, and tips for attorneys working with in-house counsel. If you are looking into a career in-house or work with in-house attorneys, you don’t want to miss this great event! Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $35 | Students: $20. Go HERE for more information & to register.

November 13 | 12:00 noon
Wellness Strategies in the Legal Community Presented by IABA-OC
IABA OC & LA are thrilled to host the second part of their Wellness Strategies with Dr. Foojan Zeine, a Psychotherapist. Dr. Zeine discusses how to maintain productivity with a clear mind, shift your mindset to develop resiliency, create balance, manage stress, and much more. Register HERE.

November 14 | 11:00 am
November Legal Workshop Patient Rights Regarding Medical Care
TMBA continues its series of legal workshops for NAACP Orange County. This month's presentation: Updates on Privacy and Rights Related to Medical Care. Sign up HERE.

November 16 | 5:00 pm
Latina Judges: Breaking Barriers & Achieving Success
Join the HNBA Northern & Southern California regions for this panel of five distinguished Latina judges:
  • The Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, US District Court for the Northern District of California
  • The Hon. Suzanne R. Bolanos, Superior Court of San Francisco County
  • The Hon. Patricia Garcia, Superior Court of San Diego County
  • The Hon. Elizabeth G. Macias, Superior Court of Orange County
  • The Hon. Connie R. Quinones, Superior Court of Los Angeles County

The judges will talk about overcoming implicit bias, how they were able to create success in their careers, and break barriers to rise to the highest level in the profession. Register HERE.

November 17 | 5:00 pm (EST)
Managing Day-to-Day Finances During the Coronavirus Crisis
HNBA/VIA Su Dinero - Sponsored by Prudential. Take charge of your financial wellness and get tips to balance your financial goals in times of increased uncertainty. Register HERE.

November 18 | 12:00 noon
APAWLA's Trailblazer Speaker Series
You are invited to a conversion with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California. Moderated by Christine J. Gonong, California State Bar Board of Trustees and Nguyen Lawyers, ALC. This event is free. Register HERE.

November 21 | 5:00 pm (PT)
Council of Korean Americans Virtual Gala
​Council of Korean Americans is an organization created by Korean American leaders in various industries to build and empower KA leaders. LimNexus is a platinum sponsor for the CKA Virtual Gala, and would like to invite the first 20 KABA members to respond to be their guests at this year’s Virtual Gala. Click HERE for tickets & more information about the Gala.

November 25 | 6:30 pm
BWL's Annual Thanksgiving Eve Cocktail Sip
Life is a Maskerade - A Virtual Mansion Party
Rooms for Comedy, to Network & Connect, and multiple DJ rooms for your enjoyment. This fabulous evening includes virtual raffle/prizes and other surprises! View ticket and sponsorship options HERE.
November 12 | 12:00 noon
SCCLA Clerkship Panel Series: State Court Externships & Clerkships
Learn how to apply for, benefit from, and succeed during state court externships and clerkships. RSVP HERE.

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.
PLC Domestic Violence Assistance Project
Assist self-represented litigants who are seeking domestic violence restraining orders over the phone or Zoom during Covid 19 social distancing and closures. Go HERE to sign up (password DVAP); training and CLE available.

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.

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.
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