Past Events

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SPEAKER: Thomas H. Reilly and Michael J. Studenka of Newmeyer & Dillion, LLP

TOPIC: 2016 New Employment Laws and How to Protect Your Practice from Employment Law Claims.

There were more than 30 new employment laws passed in 2015 that went into effect on January 1, 2016. This presentation will highlight: prohibited gender-based wage differentials, prohibited discrimination against employees requesting accommodation, expanded military service protections, time off for school and child care emergencies, paid sick leave amendments, restrictions on use of e-verify, prohibited discrimination against family members of persons engaged in protected conduct, expanded labor commissioner enforcement powers, and wage garnishment restrictions.

1 Hour MCLE Credit

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

SPEAKER: The Honorable Judge John S. Adams

TOPIC: Eliminating Bias in Jury Selection

1 Hour MCLE Credit and Elimination of Bias Credit


Sunday, December 6, 2015

SPECIAL EVENT! - SOCBA's 2015 Holiday Party


Salt Creek Grille
32802 Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point, CA 92629

(949) 661-7799

Time: 5:00 p.m. - Dinner

5:00 p.m. - Dinner

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

SPEAKER: Dr. Karen Schatzle, Deputy District Attorney

TOPIC: California Rules of Professional Conduct: How to Stay Out of Trouble – A Prosecutor’s Perspective


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

SPEAKER: Dr. Janise Nekoranec, PhD, Psychologist & Forensic Evaluator

TOPIC: An Accurate and Fair Approach to Forensic Evaluations

Dr. Nekoranec is a practicing psychologist with twenty years’ experience in the mental health field and is on-staff at St. Joseph Heath Mission Hospital. She recently signed up to serve on the Orange County Superior Court Forensic Evaluator panel (with security clearance to go into the jails). Dr. Nekoranec also teaches a Psychology Tests and Measures Course at the University of Phoenix, and she frequently lectures at California State University Long Beach.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

SPEAKER: Ronald Moore, Attorney & Forensic Toxicologist

TOPIC: What’s New: DUI Technology and DUI Defense


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

SPEAKER: Charles Margine, Assistant Presiding Judge

TOPIC: State of The Orange County Courts

Judge Margine will cover the 2015-2016 budget, and what any changes will mean for attorneys and their clients.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SPEAKER: Hon. Matthew Anderson,
Judge of the Superior Court at Harbor Justice Center

TOPIC: The Benefits of Drug and DUI Courts

Judge Anderson will speak specificaly on the subject of the benefits of Drug Courts and DUI Courts for those fighting addiction. He wil also address current issues, such as the impact of recent legislation on these courts, including Prop. 47.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SPEAKER: Robert F. Saint-Aubin, Attorney at Law

TOPIC: The Role of In-House Counsel

Mr. Saint-Aubin will discuss role of in-house counsel in administering litigation, transactional matters, and company management.

Robert Saint-Aubin, a graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management and the University of Pennsylvania Law School practiced corporate law in the Philadelphia legal department of a Fortune 50 chemical and machinery manufacturer where he honed his skills at solving problems and finding workable solutions in the fields of business, commerce, labor, employments, environment and natural resources. He then relocated to Reno, Nevada to permit gold mines, entered private practice and continued negotiating solutions to complex personal and business problems. After the beginning of the new millennium he decided to shift his focus to ADR and to relocate to Southern California where he arbitrates and mediates in California and Nevada for the courts and NASD Dispute Resolution bringing his abilities, education, expertise and experience together to help the parties solve their problems.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SPEAKER: Speaker: Attorney George Abbes

TOPIC: Immigration Law and Prop 47 - Crossover Issues

Given recent changes in immigration via executive action and changes in our criminal law with Prop. 47, George's insights are more timely than ever.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SPEAKER: Speaker: Judge Thomas Delaney

TOPIC: __________________


Sunday, December 14, 2014

SPECIAL EVENT! - SOCBA's 2014 Holiday Party


17 Monarch Bay Plaza
Dana Point, CA 92629

Dinner: 6:00 pm

Please RSVP and send your $ 70/person by by December 11th!

Enjoy a relaxing Winter dinner at the Coast during South Orange County Bar Association's (SOCBA's) Holiday Party. We have a full-course Italian dinner paired with live sax performance, wine and dessert.

Tuesday, November 14, 2014

Meeting Canceled in Observation of Veteran's Day

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SPEAKERS: Speakers: Attorneys Jason Cohn and Saar Swartzon of Cohn & Swartzon, P.C.

TOPIC: The Business of Law

This presentation will include discussion of the business structure of a small or solo law office, operations, marketing a client management.

Jason Cohn, a founding member of Cohn & Swartzon, P.C., began his legal career practicing business litigation and injury defense for a firm in Newport Beach. Since beginning his own solo practice in 2003, Mr. Cohn has represented hundreds of clients in criminal defense matters and since 2008, exclusively in personal injury matters including catastrophic injury, wrongful death and victims of crime. In so doing, Mr. Cohn has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for his clients. Mr. Cohn prides himself on vigorously representing his clients and providing them with the close, personal attention they deserve.

Saar Swartzon has acted as lead trial counsel on many successful personal injury verdicts and settlements. Mr. Swartzon has years of experience in personal injury claims involving catastrophic injuries.Mr. Swartzon helped obtain a $36 million jury verdict for an asbestos victim. This personal injury verdict was determined as the 48th largest verdict in the United States according to the National Law Journal, Top 100 Verdicts in 2004. Mr. Swartzon has continued to obtain millions in compensation for his clients each year since starting Cohn & Swartzon.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SPEAKER: Judge Douglas Hatchimonji

TOPIC: State of the Harbor Justice Center

Since January 2014, Hon. Douglas J. Hatchimonji has been the Supervising Judge of Harbor Panel, Superior Court of California, County of Orange.

For a more detailed background of Judge Hatchimonji, please click here: Hon. Douglas J. Hatchimonji


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SPEAKER: Daniel Varon, Orange County Deputy District Attorney

TOPIC: The Orange County District Attorney’s Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Team and PC 236.1

In November of 2012, California passed by 81% of the vote, and by 83% in Orange County, the anti-human exploitation and trafficking initiative Proposition 35, known as the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act. Mr. Varon will discuss the DA’s Heat Unit and its tactical plan, PERP (Prosecution, Education, Resources, and Publicity).


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SPEAKER: Attorney Lloyd Freeberg

TOPIC: Opiate Addiction on the Rise


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SPEAKER: The Honorable Glenda Sanders

TOPIC: The State of the Court

See Judge Sanders Biography by please clicking here:

Hon. Glenda Sanders


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

SPEAKERS: Jeffrey Helmreich, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Law Philosophy University of California, Irvine, School of Humanities (Ph.D., UCLA; J.D., Georgetown)

TOPIC: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: The Ethics of Criminal Procedure and Due Process


Professor Helmreich’s work combines topics in ethics, action and law. Another focus is the investigation of legally important concepts, such as reasonable doubt, proximate cause, warrant, admission, and due care.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SPEAKERS: Attorneys Susy Mancia and Yolanda Torres

TOPIC: Immigration and Family Law Cross-Over for the Criminal Practitioner


Saturday, December 14, 2013

SPECIAL EVENT! - SOCBA's 2013 Holiday Party


17 Monarch Bay Plaza
Dana Point, CA 92629

Networking: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Dinner: 4:00 pm

Please RSVP by December 2nd!
$ 70/pp by December 2nd; $ 80/pp after

Enjoy a relaxing Winter sunset at the Coast during South Orange County Bar Association's (SOCBA's) Holiday Party. We have an hour planned of networking from 3-4 p.m. set to the sounds of Gary King's live sax performance, followed by a full-course Italian dinner paired with wine and dessert prepared by former Antonello Ristorante Chef Giuseppe Cefalu. Wine is also included in the ticket price during our networking hour so don't miss it!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

SPEAKERS: Brian Gurwitz, Esq.

TOPIC: New Criminal Law for 2014


Brian Gurwitz is a private criminal defense attorney and former Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney. He will discuss what is new in 2014 and recent legal developments in criminal law.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

SPEAKERS: Michael Fell, Esq.

TOPIC: All About Marsy's Law


Michael Fell is a former Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney who specializes in representing victims of crimes and Marsy's Law, the California Victims' Bill of Rights Act of 2008. He will discuss what criminal practitioners need to know about Marsy's Law.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

SPEAKERS: Joel Pores, Esq. and Lara Callas, Esq.

TOPIC: Practical Ethics of Engagement Agreements


Come and learn how to avoid pitfalls in beginning your representation of a client by drafting a proper, ethical and enforceable engagement agreement. Specific issues which will be addressed include: conflict disclosures, arbitration clauses, disclosure of liability insurance, third party payments, fee divisions, and other important topics. Joel Pores and Lara Callas are local attorneys with years of experience in the legal malpractice arena.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

SPEAKER: _______________________

TOPIC: ______________________________________



Tuesday, March 12, 2013

SPEAKER: Honorable Greg Pricket

TOPIC: New Policies and Procedures from Department C5


Criminal Division Presiding Judge Greg Prickett will speak about the new policies and procedures from Department C5 and issues impacting the Criminal Defense bar. Judge Prickett will also be available for a question and answer session after his prepared remarks.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

SPEAKER: Mari Frank

TOPIC: “Privacy & Ethics - Protecting Your Clients & Your Firm”


Mari Frank will speak about Privacy and Ethics including Protecting Your Clients and Your Firm. You will we receive a legal ethic MCLE credit for her presentation.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

SPEAKER: The Honorable Ronald Kreber

TOPIC: “The differences in taking children’s testimony in criminal, juvenile, and family law cases”


Saturday, December 8, 2012 - Socba Holiday Party

Enjoy a relaxing Winter sunset at the Coast during South Orange County Bar Association's Holiday Party. We have an hour planned of networking from 3-4 p.m. set to the sounds of Gary King's live sax performance, followed by a full-course Italian dinner paired with wine and dessert. Wine is also included in the ticket price during our networking hour so don't miss it!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

SPEAKER: Diane Bass, Esq.

TOPIC: “Traps & Pitfalls for Attorneys to Avoid When Using Social Media”

Diane Bass is a former president of SOCBA. She is a criminal defense lawyer who specializes in Federal Criminal Defense. She has been practicing law for 20 years. Diane would like to speak to us about how social media can be used against our clients and the ethical traps and pitfalls of using social media for attorneys. Lawyers can inadvertently disclose confidential information using social media. Additionally, Rules of professional misconduct can come into play if a lawyer engages in any false or misleading statements via social media, ie: websites. This can occur if someone uses facebook to obtain information or conduct investigation about someone while using a site like facebook. Attorneys are also responsible for the conduct of non attorney assistants such as paralegals or investigators. Therefore, we have to be mindful of these potential pitfalls. We are also governed by rules about statements about judges. There are rules about trial publicity. All of these things are impacted by social media outlets like facebook, twitter, email and linkedin etc. This is a common sense talk however, it is critically important information.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

SPEAKER: Judge Kim Hubbard

TOPIC: Elder Abuse Awareness

Judge Hubbard is currently assigned to Family Law, Department L67 and will discuss the rising elder population in Orange County and how Elder Abuse impacts the legal system. Her Honor will also discuss issues in representing elder clients, and the remedies available to victims of Elder Abuse and how they differ from those under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

SPEAKER: Robert Sammartino and Rock Kendall

TOPIC: DMV law and hearings

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

TOPIC: Summer Party.

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

SPEAKER: Wilson Brown

TOPIC: Aspects of Criminal Defense Investigation.

Wilson will provide us with his input from 35 years of criminal investigation experience on issues of police report and evidence analysis, interview techniques, crime scene reconstruction and specialized investigation techniques.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

SPEAKER: Judge Scott Steiner

TOPIC: Process and perspectives from a new bench officer

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

SPEAKER: Judge Randall Sherman

TOPIC: Guardianships and Conservatorships

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

SPEAKER: John Baker, Esq.

TOPIC: Public Solicitation of Securities. What is a security and how do you know when you are offering one? Subtopics to include desist and refrain procedures and why it is imperative to fight them to avoid res judicata.



Wednesday, February 15th, 2012




Tuesday, January 10, 2012

SPEAKER: Annette Fadness, CPA

TOPIC: Trust Account management and Quickbooks tips



Tuesday, December 3, 2011

Join us for a special holiday party at the newly rebuilt Mission Viejo Country Club for live music, drinks, dinner, and dancing. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks start promptly at 6:00PM and dinner follows at 6:30PM.



Tuesday, November 8, 2011

SPEAKERS: Judge Claudia Silbar




Tuesday, October 11, 2011

SPEAKERS: Orange County Interim Public Defender Frank Ospino and Chief Deputy Public Defender Jean Wilkinson

TOPIC: “AB 109”

The South Orange County Bar Association (SOCBA)'s October speakers will be Orange County Interim Public Defender Frank Ospino and Chief Deputy Public Defender Jean Wilkinson. They will be discussing the changes brought by AB 109. This is an important discussion for criminal defense practitioners.



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

We will be inaugurating new officers and dues for 2011-2012 will be collected at the meeting. Speaker to be announced. More information to follow.



Saturday, July 30, 2011

Join the South Orange County Bar Association members and their families for their summer party sponsored exclusively by Chad Conley at Don's Bail Bonds.

This completely free event features live music, catered and home cooked BBQ, hosted bar, outdoor billiards, putting green, children’s playroom, and heated salt water pool. Please feel free to bring children, as this event has something for every member of the family!

RSVP's are both appreciated and necessary. Please RSVP no later than July 20th.



Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

SPEAKER:Attorney Rich Pfeiffer

TOPIC:Rich Pfeiffer is a former Navy SEAL, professional skydiver, retired armed robber, and current attorney specializing in parole cases. His passion and dedication to the hard cases and unpopular clients has earned him a national "Unsung Heroes" award by the San Francisco based Youth Law Center. Rich's remarkable story and presentation will provide a Substance Abuse MCLE credit.

Feel free to circulate this among your non-member colleagues to take advantage of the networking hour. You may pay at the door but RSVPs are encouraged. The cost is $40.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

SPEAKER: Honorable Judge Michael J. Naughton

TOPIC: Professionalism and observations from the bench.

This is an important discussion for criminal, family law, and solo-practitioners.

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