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  • 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.

  • 4 Jan 2019 10:36 AM | Deleted user

    The Public Health Institute (PHI) is seeking an experienced Chief Legal Counsel (CLC) to provide professional legal services to protect PHI’s interests and maintain its operations within the scope of established law. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, this individual will play a critical role in supporting the implementation of PHI’s business strategy and methods.  Please see the attached job announce for details or visit our career page at https://www.phi.jobs/postings/6324.  

    PHI is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally and internationally. PHI was distinguished as one of the top 50 “Best Non-profit Organizations to Work For” by the Non-Profit Times in a national search. To learn more about our meaningful work and various programs, visit www.phi.org.  

    The Public Health Institute is proud to be an EEO/AA employer. We recognize the value of having a staff that brings a wide range of perspectives to this work based on language, ethnicity, race, gender, socio-economic background, political beliefs and sexual-orientation. We are committed to maintaining a diverse, multicultural working environment and particularly support applications from individuals with lived experience in the communities we seek to serve. 

    Chief Legal Counsel_PHI.pdf

  • 3 Jan 2019 10:35 PM | Deleted user

    The California Coastal Commission continues to search for a new Chief Counsel. 

    Chief Counsel 12 2018.pdf

  • 26 Dec 2018 1:02 PM | Deleted user
    Job ID: 4886

    Location: Santa Ana

    Posted Date: 12/11/2018

    Close Date: 01/04/2019

    Admin. Specialist I/II

    Department Overview

    The State of California, Court of Appeal, Division Three of the Fourth Appellate District located in Santa Ana is accepting applications for the position of Administrative Specialist I/II to perform a variety of administrative support duties under the supervision of the Assistant Clerk/Executive Officer. The position is being recruited at level I or II and will be staffed at a level commensurate with the qualifications of the selected individual.


    • Organizes, directs, and coordinates various judicial administrative support services for an appellate court such as human resources, budget, business services, security, facility, and janitorial functions.
    • Coordinates the preparation and implementation of the court’s budget; monitors the court’s budget; reviews and approves various vouchers for court expenditures, including travel reimbursement for judges and administrative staff; maintains basic accounting records; deposits court fees; processes court-appointed counsel fee claims; works with the JCC to assure compliance with state and JCC budget directives.
    • Analyzes and reviews requests for and procures equipment and supplies; selects products and vendors, as necessary, through a bidding process; manages inventory; performs routine service on certain office equipment.
    • Assists with performing a variety of facilities management, space management, repair and maintenance, and contract oversight; coordinates facility and space planning; coordinates internal moves; performs related work as assigned. Identifies maintenance and repair needs to the facility.
    • Coordinates and prepares special management reports and studies on a variety of topics; may assist in the analysis and implementation of appellate judicial projects having state-wide impact; initiates ideas and develops proposals relating to court administrative policy.
    • Works with other appellate court administrative personnel, including the assistant clerk/executive officer, court systems administrators, building engineer, librarian and principal attorney to assure operational efficiency.
    • Provides ancillary services for court staff.

    Ability to:

    Develop and implement assigned court administrative programs, policies, and procedures.

    Maintain fiscal, legal, and statistical records and prepare necessary summaries and reports.

    Develop and administer the budget for an appellate court.

    Apply effective administration in the areas of purchasing, human resources, budgeting and accounting, information systems, or other business services related to the operation of the court.

    Use initiative and independent judgment within general policy guidelines.

    Plan, oversee and evaluate the work of contractors, subcontractors, and others.

    Communicate effectively in English, orally and in writing.

    Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

    Use tact and discretion in dealing with those contacted in the course of the work.

    Lift and move equipment, boxes, furniture, etc. weighing up to 50 pounds.


    Administrative Specialist I: Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree, preferably with major course work in court, public or business administration, and two years of experience performing administrative work.

    Administrative Specialist II: Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree, preferably with major course work in court, public or business administration, and three years of experience organizing and coordinating administrative programs and/or projects, preferably including one year in the court system.

    Additional directly related experience may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. Additional directly related college-level education may be substituted for the experience on a year-for-year basis.


    Experience within the California Judicial Branch and a focus on Judicial Administration or in Public Administration is preferred.

    How To Apply

    To ensure consideration of your application for the earliest round of interviews, please apply by Jan 4, 2019.   To complete an online application, please click the APPLY NOW button.

    This position requires the submission of our official application.  Please also include a resume and cover letter.


    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.

    Pay and Benefits

    Level I          $5,662-$6,880

    Level II         $6,228-$7,569

    Highlights of our benefits package include:

    Health/Dental/Vision benefits program

    13 paid holidays per calendar year

    Choice of Annual Leave or Sick/Vacation Leave

    1 personal holiday per year

    $130 transit pass subsidy per month

    CalPERS Retirement Plan

    401(k) and 457 deferred compensation plans

    Employee Assistance Program

    Basic Life and AD&D Insurance

    FlexElect Program

    Long Term Disability Program (employee paid/optional)

    Group Legal Plan (employee paid/optional)

    Equal Employment Opportunity

  • 13 Nov 2018 11:13 AM | Deleted user

    The Forum is coming to Los Angeles on January 31 – February 1, 2019 for its Midwinter Meeting and CLE program entitled “Public Construction Projects: Not Always a Hollywood Ending” and is pleased to announce the availability of six (6) Diversity Scholarships for the cost of registration for this program to women and minority construction lawyers, construction lawyers with disabilities, and construction lawyers from the LGBT community.  The attached letter describes the scholarships, and the attached brochure describes the program. 

    The deadline for applications is December 14. 

    2019 Midwinter Meeting Brochure.pdf

  • 13 Nov 2018 11:12 AM | Deleted user

    Job Description also posted on our website http://www.justiceinaging.org/staff-attorney-or-senior-staff-attorney-oakland-or-los-angeles-office/
    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.
    Justice in Aging uses the power of law and our expertise in safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and SSI to fight senior poverty. Founded as a legal services back-up center in 1972, we have a rich tradition of successful, high-impact, strategic advocacy on behalf of the more than 7 million seniors living in poverty in America. The National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) is a national resource center for the legal services and aging and disability networks, focused on the legal rights of older adults with the greatest social and economic needs. Providing webinars, trainings, written materials, and case consultations, NCLER is a one-stop resource for professionals serving older adults.
    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, kcohens@justiceinaging.org.
    ·         Work with our health, economic security, and NCLER teams to enhance our work on elder justice, including prevention of and remedies for elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.
    ·         Develop written materials for both educational and advocacy purposes, including alerts, issue briefs, and training materials.
    ·         Develop training for the legal services, aging and disability networks and respond to technical assistance requests.
    ·         Establish and maintain relationships with members of the legal services, aging and disability networks, including legal services providers, social services providers, state units on aging, area agencies on aging, and others involved in protecting the legal rights of older adults and promoting elder justice.
    ·         Lead or participate in a range of advocacy efforts to promote elder justice.
    ·         Work with other Justice in Aging team members to advance organizational objectives.
    ·         As needed, supervise other attorneys, pro bono attorneys, fellows and law clerks.
    ·         Limited travel will be required.
    ·         A J.D.
    ·         Experience providing direct legal services to low-income older adults.
    ·         Capacity to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
    ·         Effective speaking, presentation, and written communication skills.
    ·         Experience advocating on or representing clients with elder justice issues, including elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.
    ·         Familiarity with health and economic security programs for older adults, such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and SSI.
    ·         Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, build internal and external relationships, and work with partners.
    ·         Experience with or interest in partnering with organizations serving diverse populations, such as communities of color.
    ·         Collegial, collaborative approach.
    ·         Diversity of personal and professional experience.
    ·         Passion for social justice for low-income older adults.
    Salary for this position will range from $64,000 to $94,000, based on a fixed salary scale. Justice in Aging also offers a competitive benefits package, including health, dental and life insurance; flexible reimbursement plan; 403(b) retirement savings plan; paid parental leave, and generous vacation policy.
    To Apply:
    Please submit the following to Katrina Cohens, kcohens@justiceinaging.org:
    ·         cover letter that describes your interest in this particular position and how your skill set would be a good fit,
    ·         résumé,
    ·         one writing sample,
    ·         and three professional references.
    In your cover letter, please address the following in order for your application to be considered:
    ·         At Justice in Aging we advocate for older adults, particularly those in populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection, such as women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with limited English proficiency. To promote social justice and best achieve our mission, Justice in Aging is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and creating an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How do you think your personal and/or professional experience or background has prepared you to contribute to a work environment with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences to your response.
    Justice in Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to maintaining a diverse staff and we particularly encourage applications from members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, the LGBTQ community, and others whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.



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