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  • 28 Apr 2020 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    Hello TMBA Family!

    It has been forty-one days since Governor Newsom issued a “stay at home” order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to help flatten the curve of COVID-19. Indeed, these have been challenging and uncertain times. However, in the midst of this pandemic, there are also so many beautiful silver linings! We have seen families strengthened, many of us—consumed by the hustle and bustle of the legal practice—have been forced to “slow down”, we’ve become more efficient and creative with technology and we’ve been more deliberate about checking in on our friends and loved ones!
    Your TMBA board has been busy revamping TMBA’s programming for 2020 and finding creative ways to “virtualize” our programming. To that end, we are rolling out a host of programs for the month of May including but not limited to celebrating “Law Day”, hosting virtual legal workshops, celebrating “Lawyers Well-Being Week”, launching “Wine Down Wednesdays” and “Music time” for the kiddos, and much more! We’ve also dedicated an exclusive section in our newsletter for law students to keep our law student members up to date on resources and information regarding the bar exam. Our Law Student Ambassadors are also busy at work disseminating information to their respective law schools.
    We want to hear from you! How can we help? What programming would be useful to you? Our law students spoke up and indicated that they needed a quiet space, equipped with high-speed internet and free of home distractions, to complete law school exams. We immediately reached out to our Village and in less than twenty-four hours, we were able to partner with LawWorks to provide a quiet space for law students to take law school exams!

    There is power in Community and many resources contained within our Village! Please do not hesitate to speak up and lean on the TMBA Village during this pandemic. Email us at:
    info@thurgoodmarshallbarassociation.org and let us know how your TMBA leadership can best assist you during this time. We are in this together!


    Keshia Dorsey
    Thurgood Marshall Bar Association President

  • 27 Jan 2020 5:27 PM | Anonymous

    I am honored to be entrusted with leading the organization this year and excited about the opportunity to contribute to shaping the culture of our young organization.  TMBA's vision for 2020 is "Igniting the Village."  Some of the key characteristics of a village are (1) the members' ability to recognize the humanity of every member of the community while honoring their unique differences, (2) a shared culture and belief system understood by its members, (3) a joint-family support system and (4) everyone's unique gifts and talents contributing to the collective success of the whole.  We believe that the legacy of Thurgood Marshall and TMBA's founders embody these village characteristics.

    This year's Awards and Installation Gala is representative of the "village."  The honorees, guests and sponsors are a diverse representation of members of our Orange County legal community, attorneys and judges from neighboring countries, OC faith leaders, community leaders, law students, pre-law students, professors, judges, other professionals, and community members.  

    TMBA's programming for 2020 will be "Village Centered."  We want to know who our members are, and we want TMBA members to know one another.  To that end -- TMBA will focus on identifying the needs of the TMBA Village and creating a "joint family support system," in order to meet TMBA's mission of connecting, supporting and increasing the black legal community in Orange County.  To accomplish this, we will leverage monthly newsletters, social media and revamp TMBA's website to improve communication.  We will also seek feedback from members to help shape the resources, events and CLEs' we conduct in the 2020 year.

    Finally, TMBA will launch our very own internship program and membership directory.  We will tap into the unique gifts and talents of each TMBA member to contribute to our collective success and create a safe space for attorneys, law students and judges of color practicing in Orange County.

    Congratulations to Desirae Hutchison for leading TMBA through a successful year and accomplishing your vision of "building bridges" with the community.  It was a pleasure serving as your program chair!  To the incoming board, thank you for volunteering your time, energy and talents to serve TMBA and the OC community this year!  We're off to a great start and I cannot wait to see what this year unfolds!

    Lakeshia Adeniyi Dorsey Esq.

  • 10 Jan 2020 4:20 PM | Anonymous

    When I was first sworn in to be President of TMBA, I set up an intention: to mobilize the Orange County community buy Building Bridges.  The meant forming meaningful partnerships with like minded organizations.  Our first bridges were with Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E Church, UCI School of Law, and the Public Law Center.  We discovered that our community was in need of more free legal services in Orange County, so we created a legal clinic.  we served nearly 100 individuals.  We also partnered with the NAACP to create a monthly legal workshop series.  Together we educated the community on their rights and ways to protect their assets.  With the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, we brought various black organizations together t discuss the needs of the community and the next generations of leaders.  These partnerships had a tremendous impact that will continue to grow in the years to come.

    My next commitment was to provide a pillar of support to our local law students.  To that end, we awarded over $10,000 in scholarships.  We also created a new scholarship for bar takers and repeat bar takers.  Moreover, we raised funds for pre-law students who were in the foster care system.

    Because mentorship is a core value near and dear to my heart, we provided opportunities for law students to receive mentorship through networking events.  Torklaw, our gold sponsor for the 2020 Awards and Installation Gala, funded and participated in an informal mentorship session at a luxurious suite during a Laker game.  Moreover, we sponsored events held by their BLSAs and our board members attended their graduations.  The lasting benefits from these relationships cannot be quantified.  we hope that these opportunities will contribute to more students staying in Orange County after graduation. 

    We also created opportunities for attorneys in Orange County.  We hosted an MCLE discussion on closing the racial wealth gap.  We also held an intimate panel with two sitting judges discussing their pathway to the bench.

    Finally, my last commitment was to bring people together in a way that they cold develop intimate relationships.  We created our first Juneteenth Celebration and Scholarship Brunch where artists from the local community performed spoken word, Neo-soul, and dance.  Our Keynote speaker provided s short history on the oft-forgotten celebration.  The afternoon ended with an impromptu shout and dance jam session that left everyone with joy.

    Through building these strategic partnerships, we built strong bridges that will have long lasting effects.

    I am grateful to have had a strong team who was committed to these goals in the form of the 2019 Board of Directors.  I am thankful to all sponsors that funded our visions.

    I am confident that the incoming President Lakeshia Dorsey will take TMBA's mission even further.  Congratulations to TMBA's 2020 Board of Directors.

    Desirae Hutchison Esq.

  • 4 Feb 2019 10:01 AM | Deleted user

    Assistant General Counsel – Litigation

    SoCalGas is seeking an experienced litigation attorney to lead the Litigation Section of the Company’s Law Department and to represent the Company and manage outside counsel in litigation matters.  The position is based in Downtown Los Angeles.  Must apply at www.socalgas.com/careers, #18-40261. Any inquiries, please email SoCalGas Legal Department Office Manager, Marivel Munoz, at MMunoz@semprautilities.com . Thank you.

  • 1 Feb 2019 11:06 AM | Deleted user

    Company: Full-service Plaintiffs’ litigation firm with offices in New York, Texas, and California that practices in the areas of asbestos litigation and other toxic exposures, products liability, general pharmaceutical, and catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases.  This is for a position in California. 

    Job Duties and Required Qualifications: The qualified applicant will be responsible for significant nationwide state and federal court motion practice in varied practice areas including asbestos litigation, products liability, and catastrophic injury. Duties and qualifications are as follows:

    • 8+ years of substantial briefing experience in state and/or federal court (personal injury and/or asbestos litigation preferred);
    • Desire and ability to collaborate with trial attorneys in a litigation-driven practice;
    • Capable of managing and mentoring less-experienced briefing attorneys;
    • Strong organizational, communication, and analytical skills;
    • Ability to learn quickly and function in a fast-paced environment;
    • Creative problem-solver, who takes the initiative, and can accomplish tasks with minimal supervision;
    • A team player with a great attitude;
    • Experience with a variety of computer applications and internet programs: Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, LexisXpress File & Serve, LexisAdvance or Lexis.com (research), ECF/Pacer, Amicus or Needles (client database).

    Compensation: Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. Competitive benefit package, including 401K, medical/dental and paid vacation offered.

    Interested applicants should contact Fey Odusoga at fey@godwinjames.com.  

  • 14 Jan 2019 11:00 AM | Deleted user

    Denisha McKenzie

    At the 2018 Installation Dinner, the Board and I made a commitment.  Our goal was to promote Legal Excellence in all aspects of TMBA.  We did just that! As a collective whole, TMBA awarded law student scholarships, gave back to local families and children facing poverty and homelessness, hosted the first panel presentation by a local bar association on issues of race and policing right here in Orange County, connected various California African American bar associations for the first ever joint networking mixer, and worked with allies such as the John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles, Hispanic Bar Association, Filipino-American Lawyers of Orange County, Orange County Women Lawyers Association, and the OCBA Diversity Committee. Internally, TMBA was able to revamp its entire website and administrative processes to increase membership, fundraising opportunities, and membership communication. The growth of TMBA this year would not have been possible without the help of the Board, our members, volunteers, sponsors, affiliate bar associations, our local law schools and students.   

    As my tenure comes to an end, I would like to extend a final heart-felt Thank You for entrusting me with the responsibility to lead this organization.  As the first African-American graduate of the University of California Irvine, School of Law, I am an ardent supporter of TMBA’s Mission to “connect, support, and increase the Black legal community in Orange County.”  I hope that we have made at least a small impact in supporting this Mission, and that TMBA continues to effectuate these goals for many, many years to come.  With that, congratulations to TMBA’s 2019 – 2020 Board of Directors! Under the leadership of incoming President Desirae Hutchison, Esq., I know that TMBA will go to heights unimaginable.

    All the Best,

    Denisha P. McKenzie, Esq.

  • 10 Jan 2019 11:01 AM | Deleted user


    Central Staff Positions:

    The Fourth Appellate District, Division Three located in Santa Ana is now accepting applications for two Central Staff Attorneys to work under the general supervision of the Presiding Justice and the direct supervision of the Managing Attorney. The positions are being recruited at levels D to Senior and will be staffed at a level commensurate with the qualifications of the selected individuals.

    The duties of these Central Staff attorneys will include reviewing appellate briefs and trial records, researching and analyzing the law, assisting with the preparation of draft opinions, reviewing and proofreading opinions by the Justices, and performing other tasks as assigned by the Justices and Managing Attorney. These Central Staff attorneys will work directly with the authoring Justice on opinions. The ability to discuss issues thoroughly and work independently while welcoming supervision and editing of one’s work is required.  Excellent analytical, writing, and research skills are mandatory. The attorneys in this position will review both criminal and civil cases.


    Salary is based on qualifications and experience.


    Level D                  $8,661-$11,558

    Senior                    $9,803-$13,084


    Level D: Active membership in the State Bar of California and the equivalent of four years of post-bar legal experience in a legal setting such as a private law practice, corporation, government agency, law school, court, or legal publishing company; OR One year of experience as an appellate attorney, Level C, with the judicial branch.

    Senior Level: Active membership in the State Bar of California and the equivalent of six years of post-bar legal experience, including substantial appellate experience, in a legal setting such as a private law practice, corporation, government agency, law school, court, or legal publishing company; OR Two years of experience as an appellate attorney, Level D, with the judicial branch.


    Additional experience in excess of the minimum qualifications is desirable. Experience within the California Judicial Branch is preferred.

    How To Apply

    To ensure consideration of your application for the earliest round of interviews, please apply by Jan 21, 2019.   

    This position requires the submission of our official application, resume, cover letter, answer to supplemental questions, and a writing sample.


    The Fourth District Court of Appeal provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities who request such accommodation.  Reasonable accommodation needs should be requested through Fourth District Court of Appeal Human Resources at (619) 744-0760. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf 415-865-4272.

    Supplemental Questions

    To better assess the qualifications of each applicant, the Court asks that you respond to the following questions.  Your response should be no more than two pages in length.

    The position of Appellate Court Attorney involves drafting legal memoranda and assisting the Court in researching and drafting appellate opinions on a wide variety of matters. Extensive independent research, analysis, and writing on complex legal issues are required. Please describe, in some detail, the relevant experience you have in performing comparable work and indicate why you believe your experience and skills qualify you for the position. Also, please explain why you are interested in this position.

    Please provide your date of admission to the State Bar of California.

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