Administration Of Justice
A “blue ribbon” committee appointed by the President, to review and comment on rules of court and other subject provided for public comment by the Judicial Council, Superior Court and the California State Bar, upon approval by the Executive Committee. Committee may consider and draft comments relating to developments, trends, or problems that affect the administration of justice.
Bridging The Gap
Plans and coordinates the biannual program introducing new bar admittees to various areas of law via panels composed of judges, commissioners and attorneys.
Investigates complaints of ethical violations by attorneys and in certain cases refers the complaints to the California State Bar for further investigation and potential disciplinary action.
College Of Trial Advocacy
A five week program offered biennially to teach attorneys the nuts and bolts of trial practice from pre-trial motions to closing argument. Participants work to develop their advocacy skills and are evaluated.
Selects, plans, organizes and implements community service activities for OCBA members.
Diversity & Equal Justice
Develops and implements strategic initiatives to increase diversity and provide access to justice in the Orange County legal community.
Plans and coordinates, in conjunction with the OCBA staff, an annual curriculum of Continuing Legal Education.
Evaluates candidates who have applied to the Governor’s Office for judicial appointment in Orange County. In contested judicial elections, conducts a survey of the members concerning judicial qualifications.
Lawyer Referral & Information Service
With the goal of having legal representation more readily accessible to the general public the Lawyer Referral & Information Service Committee develops policies and procedures for operation of the Lawyer Referral & Information Service in accordance with California State Bar rules.
Represents the OCBA at the Annual Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations which is held the same weekend and at the same location as the State Bar Annual Meeting.
Mandatory Fee Arbitration
Facilitates the resolution of disputes between clients and their attorneys concerning fees, costs, or both charge for professional services by providing a forum for a speedy, low cost, impartial hearing and determination of those disputes.
A Blue Ribbon Committee appointed by the President that develops criteria for the OCBA Mentoring Program that matches protege attorneys in practice four years or less with experienced attorneys to develop practice and general lawyering skills, and evaluates and screens proteges and mentors.
Mommy Esquire plans social and other events for lawyers with school-aged children with the goal of promoting fellowship, education and networking.
Assesses needs in the community and coordinates training programs for attorney members with the Public Law Center to provide access to justice through clinical programs. The current programs include Bankruptcy Chapter 7, Reaffirmation Hearings, Domestic Violence, Guardianships, and Immigration News For Orange County (INFO) Project.
Professionalism And Ethics
Strives to advance professionalism and ethics within the Orange County legal community by issuing non-binding opinions on ethics issues and providing ethics training to practitioners.
A public service to foster a better understanding of our legal system. Volunteers speak on various legal topics to community groups, free of charge.