OCAABA Events/Opportunities

A reminder all 2018 memberships will expire on December 31st.
Current and new members can visit the membership sign-up page to renew or sign up online. The online system allows you to pay by credit card or you can print an invoice to pay by check.
You can also download the application.
IMPORTANT: When renewing your membership with the Orange County Bar Association, please remember that you may designate $10 of your OCBA membership fee to OCAABA.
The Public Law Center's South East Asian Legal Outreach Program (SEALOP) provides free civil legal assistance at the BPSOS Center for Community Advancement, Inc., 13950 Milton Ave. Suite 301, Westminster, CA 92683.    
Clinics take place on the second Saturday of every month from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. 
 If you are interested in volunteering, use the links below or contact Nathan Watanabe at
Attorney volunteer link  |  Non-attorney volunteer link

The State Bar's Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) helps lawyers, State Bar applicants, and law students who are grappling with stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse or concerns about their career.

Lita Abella, Senior Program Analyst with the L.A.P., will speak on the issues that attorneys face, and discuss prevention and the variety of resources available for attorneys through the L.A.P.
$10 OCAABA members/$25 non-members  | 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Space is limited. | Please register by January 11.

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Affiliate Events/Activities

JANUARY 4 DEADLINE Nominations Open for the ABA 2019 Margaret Brent Awards   
The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is now accepting nominations for the 29th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. The award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers. Each year, the Commission honors up to five outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers.
The 2019 awards will be presented at Margaret Brent Awards Luncheon at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Sunday, August 11, 2019.  To learn more about the award and to nominate, please visit
The nomination deadline is January 4, 2019 at 5pm CST.

January 7 Deadline: 2019 MTO Fellows Program
Applications are now open for the 2019 MTO (Munger Tolles & Olson LLP) Fellows Program. This program is an important initiative designed to encourage, promote and support a community of individuals who contribute to the diversity of the legal profession. The program is intended for individuals seeking to start law school in Fall 2020 (college juniors or seniors as of Spring 2019, or individuals who have already graduated).  

January 11 - OCWLA "Ethics 2.0: California's New Rules of Professional Conduct" 
The Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA) will be hosting a Specialty MCLE (Ethics) program on California's New Rules of Professional Conduct on January 11 from 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM at Andrei's Conscious Cuisine, 2607 Main Street, Irvine, 92614.

The presentation will cover California's new Rules of Professional Conduct, which went into effect November 1, 2018. It will focus on the more significant and interesting new rules and changes to existing rules, including duties to prospective clients, ethical screening, conflicts of interest, discrimination and harassment, and, of course, sex with clients. The presentation includes a catered lunch.


January 12-13 - Volunteer Judges Needed for UCI Mock Trial  
UC Irvine Mock Trial is one of the most prestigious programs in the country, ranked third in the nation. The program is in desperate need of judges for the tournament.

Mock Trial is a competition with diversity, and having a diverse set of judges come to our tournament enables the competitors to be exposed to different legal perspectives and experiences. Judges would be playing a presiding judge: ruling on objections and directing the trial.

The tournament will take place Saturday, January 12th through Sunday, January 13th. There are two rounds each day, one in the morning (around 8:30 A.M.) and one in the afternoon (around 1:30 P.M.). There are four rounds total that need judges. Judges can feel free to judge as many or as little as they want.

You can volunteer using the link below or contact Alexander (Sasha) Yusuf, UC Irvine Mock Trial Tournament Director | (714) 603-5119

January 18 Deadline - Orange County Grand Juror Applications Now Being Accepted 
The Court is accepting applications for the Orange County Grand Jury. A new 19-member Grand Jury will be empaneled for a one-year term that begins June 28, 2019. 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 18, 2019. 

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.



Metropolitan Water District Has Multiple Openings for  Senior Deputy General Counsel 
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is seeking to fill multiple Senior Deputy General Counsel positions with expertise in one of more of the following areas: litigation/environmental resource law, real estate law including transactions, leasing and litigation, labor/employment law, and public finance law. For each of these positions, knowledge of public agency laws such as the Brown Act and the California Public Records Act and experience working for or representing public agencies, providing legal advice, working with boards, committees or legislative bodies, including serving as counsel during public meetings and hearings, is preferred.
More info:
(Posted 12/20/18)
University of California Professional Medical and Hospital Liability Program Seeks Applications from Qualified Law Firms for UC Los Angeles Medical Center Panel of Approved Defense Counsel
The Regents of the University of California Office of General Counsel and Office of Risk Services are conducting a review of the panel of law firms providing services for UC Los Angeles Medical Center under the University's Professional Medical and Hospital Liability Program. Click here for a memorandum announcing the panel review and seeking applications from qualified firms. Application materials are available online at All applications and supporting material must be submitted via email to Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2019. For questions or assistance regarding the process or application materials, please contact Shari Guzman, Legal Support Specialist Coordinator/Office of the General Counsel at or (510) 987-9441.
(Posted 12/14/18)  
State of California OAG Opportunities  
The Office of the Attorney General is seeking to fill attorney positions throughout the State of California. Click the link below for a PDF listing of the most current Deputy Attorney General series vacancies. If you are interested in applying, postmark your application on or before the deadline. You can review the job announcements for each vacancy by clicking on the hyperlinks under the "Link" column. Click here
(Posted 12/14/18)      
Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law Seeks Assistant or Associate Director of Law Career Services
Chapman University is seeking an Assistant or Associate Director of Law Career Services. This position entails career and professional development coaching and counseling; developing relationships with employers; communicating comprehensive career information to students and alumni through multiple platforms; fostering partnerships with faculty, alumni, students, and employers; creating job search and networking strategies; and managing career-related programs. A Juris Doctor degree and bar license from any state is required. More details 
(Posted 11/29/18)  
United States Attorney's Office Opportunities 
The United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California seeks to hire exceptionally talented attorneys from diverse backgrounds who wish to serve the public and the cause of justice by becoming Assistant United States Attorneys. Active California bar membership is required to serve as an AUSA in this Office. The following positions are open:
- Santa Ana Branch
- Asset Forfeiture Section
- Civil Division
- Criminal and National Security
- Criminal Appeals
- Riverside Branch
- Uncompensated Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA)
Click here for details.  
(Posted 11/20/18)
 Justice in Aging Seeks Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney
Justice in Aging seeks an attorney with a strong commitment to elder justice and legal services for older adults to join our organization. The successful candidate will strengthen Justice in Aging's elder justice initiatives to protect the health and economic security of older Americans, with particular focus on older adults of color, women, those with limited English proficiency, and LGBTQ older adults. The attorney will also play a key role in supporting legal services attorneys and the aging and disability network through the National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER), which Justice in Aging administers under a contract with the Administration for Community Living. The location for this position is Oakland or Los Angeles, CA.  
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidate review will begin on November 15, 2018. Questions about the position can be directed to Katrina Cohens,  
(Posted 11/7/18)
Open Positions at Inner City Law Center 
Inner City Law Center (ICLC) is a nonprofit law firm on Skid Row looking for extraordinary people to help end homelessness in Los Angeles. Founded on the fundamental principle that every person should always be treated with dignity and respect, ICLC fights for justice for low-income tenants, working-poor families, people who are disabled or homeless, people living with HIV/AIDS, and homeless veterans. The following attorney positions are available (applications will be accepted until the positions are filled):
-Benefits Advocacy Hearings Program Staff Attorney
-Benefits Advocacy Project Staff Attorney
-Managing Attorney
-Preventing and Ending Homelessness Project Staff Attorney
-Slum Housing Litigation Staff Attorney
-Tenant Defense Staff Attorney
(Posted 11/6/18 - updated 12/20/18)
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Seeks Mid-Level Communications Associate
The San Francisco office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is seeking a mid-level regulatory associate to join its Communications Practice Group. Candidates must have strong writing and research skills, excellent academic credentials, and at least two years of law firm experience. California bar admission is required. The candidate will have experience in appearing before the CPUC. To apply, please go to DWT Career site and submit your cover letter, addressed to Shumi Brody, Lawyer Recruiting Manager, California, resume, transcript, and writing sample. Please advise how you learned about this opportunity in your cover letter.    
(Posted 10/31/18 - open as of 12/20/18)      
Temporary Judges' Recruitment New Three-year Cycle Opens 
The Orange County Superior Court announces a recruitment process for Temporary Judges, covering the next three-year cycle to begin fiscal year 2019-2020. If you are interested in becoming a Temporary Judge, please read the Application Letter and complete the Temporary Judge Application. The Application Letter describes the minimum qualifications and selection criteria, which will be used in this application process. Attorneys who are not currently active in the Orange County Superior Court Temporary Judge Program and who would like to be considered must complete the full application process. Those in the program currently must complete a renewal application.The Court will require those who successfully pass the application process to attend two mandatory three-hour training sessions in late spring/early summer 2019. Additional training will be required for specialty areas. Applications must be received by December 31, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. News Release   |  More Info
(Posted 9/6/18)


PLC Pro Bono Case List
The Public Law Center (PLC) has an ongoing (as of December 13, 2018) case list for individuals in need of pro bono representation. The PLC staff can answer any questions you may have related to your case to support you in your pro bono representation; locate a mentor to help you; supply you with samples and manuals (some case types excluded); provide translation support in Spanish and Vietnamese; and arrange for office space for you to meet with your client at PLC. For questions contact: Carlos Mojica at 714.541.1010. Visit the PLC website Volunteer page.

Department of Justice Attorney Vacancies
 Click the link below for an updated list of current attorney vacancies at the United States Department of Justice. All interested applicants are encouraged to apply; however, please note that due to temporary funding restrictions the DOJ may not be able to fill all of the currently advertised positions.
To learn more about Justice and legal careers available, please visit the DOJ website at
In addition, every year over 1,800 volunteer legal interns serve in DOJ components and U.S. Attorneys' Offices throughout the country. If you are a law student or know any law students who may be interested in a DOJ volunteer internship, please review the many opportunities featured at      

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