• January 15, 2017
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2016 Annual Meeting & Society of Fellows Recognition Reception

January 15, 2017 | Blog, Events

OCBF’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Society of Fellows Recognition Reception was held on Thursday, December 8, at First American Financial Corporation. It was a great turnout and a wonderful evening for friends and supporters. Judge David O. Carter represented OCBF with pride as master of ceremonies.

The event offered an opportunity to reflect on 2016 and recognize the donors, agencies, businesses, and volunteers that make our work possible and successful. Below are some award highlights from the event.

A special thanks and congratulations to the 2016 award recipients that were honored and recognized for their dedication and commitment to OCBF: The Legal Eagle Cup for the winning team at our 20th Annual John C. Herklotz SHORTSTOP Golf Classic was accepted by OCBF Board member Don Morrow on behalf of Paul Hastings. OCBF Board member Maria Stearns of Rutan & Tucker was recognized as Top OC Marathon Fundraiser for OCBF. The recipient of our 2016 Sammy Award was Dennis Ghan of Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron LLP. Additionally, all OCBF SHORTSTOP and STOP SHORT of Addiction instructors were honored with OCBF Outstanding Leadership Awards: Mark Case, Orange County Department of Education; Mel Sarabia, Santa Ana Police Department; Juan Villegas, Orange County Sheriff’s Department; Lesley Trejo, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department; Erica Arellano, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department; Tony Sanchez, Orange County District Attorney’s Office; Eddie Nunez, Santa Ana Police Department; Javier Orozco, Orange County Probation Department; and Kevin Stinson, of the 4th District Court of Appeal. The OCBF Community School Partner Award went to Jesse Penunuri of the Santa Ana Unified School District and the OCBF Outstanding Mentor Award went to Taylor Dalton. The 8th Annual Society of Fellows Distinguished Award went to John Hurlbut and the 9th Annual Society of Fellows Distinguished Judicial Fellow Award to Judge Steven L. Perk (Ret.).

  • December 15, 2016
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A Collaboration with The Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living

December 15, 2016 | Blog, OCBF News

OCBF is proud to announce the expansion of its programs to The Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living, Newport Beach. The center has welcomed nonprofits to use their facilities to bring services to the Hoag community and surrounding cities. We currently offer the Madres Unidas women’s health program and the SHORTSTOP and STOP SHORT of Addiction diversion programs on-site at Hoag. Michaell Rose, LCSW, Director of Operations of Community Health, has organized the collaboration; we are extremely grateful for her support and dedication to the Foundation.

  • August 21, 2016
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Update: Catching up with Board Member Maria Stearns

August 21, 2016 | OC Marathon

The following is an update to our February 28 post regarding OCBF board member Maria Stearns' latest fundraising efforts. Notwithstanding a significant injury, Maria successfully completed the Nike Women's Mexico City Half Marathon, yet another achievement in her race to raise funds benefiting the programs of the Orange County Bar Foundation. Thanks again, Maria, for your continued support!

  • July 14, 2016

Project SELF Summer Learning

July 14, 2016 | Blog, Project SELF

In July, this year’s Project SELF interns were invited to UC Irvine School of Law to learn what it takes to be admitted into college and law school. The group toured the campus and heard remarks from Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a panel of young lawyers, and a panel of current UCI law students.

The next Project SELF field trip will give students the opportunity to visit the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana, where they will learn about the justice system and working in the courts from the firsthand experiences of the justices and staff.

  • June 20, 2016

2016 Higher Education Mentoring Program Graduation

On Wednesday, May 18, the Orange County Bar Foundation held a very special evening honoring the 2016 graduates of its Higher Education Mentoring Program at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa. Higher Education Mentoring Program Chair and OCBF board member Carolyn McKitterick served as the mistress of ceremonies, and OCBF President Kyle […]

  • February 28, 2016

Catching up with Board Member Maria Stearns

February 28, 2016 | Blog, OC Marathon

The Surf City Half Marathon is an award-winning course, considered one of the best half marathon courses in the country. It is well known for being scenic and flat. Runners come from all over to experience this exhilarating run. It starts along Pacific Coast Highway and passes by the famous Huntington Beach pier. Runners enjoy […]

  • January 26, 2016

Third Annual Game Day Fundraiser

January 26, 2016 | Blog, Game Day

OCBF’s Associate Board hosted its 3rd Annual Game Day Fundraiser on Saturday, January 9, 2016. The event was held at Advanced Depositions’ swanky “Settlement Lounge.” In addition to hosting, Advanced Depositions was the official Quarterback Sponsor, providing fabulous Game Day food and beverages and a photo booth for lasting memories. The event featured the showing […]

  • December 13, 2015

2015 Annual Meeting & Society of Fellows Recognition Reception

December 13, 2015 | Events

On Tuesday, the 8th of December, OCBF held its Annual Meeting and Society of Fellows Recognition Reception at the lovely First American Corporation location, which featured a beautiful holiday setting and amazing food. Masters of Ceremonies Justice David Thompson, along with OCBF’s 2015 President Christopher P. Wesierski, recognized OCBF volunteers and supporters. Several awards were presented, in gratitude for the commitment […]

  • November 9, 2015
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Celebrating 20 Years

November 9, 2015 | Blog

This fall of 2015, I celebrate 20 years of employment with the Orange County Bar Foundation as Associate Director of diversion, health, and higher education services. I am proud to work for an organization that provides nationally recognized, culturally sound programs that are considered best practice. Over the years, I have been pleased to witness […]

  • November 9, 2015
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Stanford Admissions Counselor Motivates Higher Education Mentoring Program Participants

On September 23, 2015, Yancie M. Davis, an admissions counselor at Stanford University, visited the Orange County Bar Foundation to present an overview of Stanford to the high school student participants of the Higher Education Mentoring Program. This informational workshop was very beneficial to the attendees, as they not only received information about the university, […]

  • November 9, 2015
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CBO Counselor Connection at the University of Pennsylvania Celebrates Diversity

This past August, I represented OCBF’s Higher Education Mentoring Program at CBO Counselor Connection at the University of Pennsylvania. Many nonprofit organizations, dedicated to helping historically underrepresented, socioeconomically disadvantaged, or first-generation college students participated. Penn faculty and staff held several student/faculty panels and interactive workshops for participants. They shared with us the student profile characteristics […]

  • October 9, 2015

2nd Annual Game Day Fiesta

October 9, 2015 | Game Day

On January 10, 2015, the OCBF Associate Board hosted the second annual Game Day Fiesta Fundraiser to benefit the Foundation’s Higher Education Mentoring Program, supporting students’ pursuit of higher education. The event raised over $3,200 and the funds were used to host a special event for our Higher Education Mentoring Program participants.

  • August 7, 2015
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Project SELF Celebrates 20 Years!

August 7, 2015 | Project SELF

On Wednesday, August 5th, Project SELF held its annual recognition dinner honoring Project SELF summer interns from the class of 2015. The event was held at the Chuck Jones Center in Costa Mesa, with over 275 guests in attendance. The Orange County Bar Foundation and the Orange County Chapter Association of Legal Administrators hosted the […]

  • July 21, 2015
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What the Food & Wine Society Means to Us

July 21, 2015 | Food and Wine Society

We have been enthusiastic members of the Food & Wine Society for well over ten years.  We always look forward to the dinners – they are a wonderful way to experience the old and new in fine dining in Orange County.  But the best part is learning about and supporting OCBF programs in the company […]

  • July 19, 2015

How STOP SHORT of Addiction Works

STOP SHORT of Addiction works with youth to stop patterns of behavior from escalating into drug addiction and chronic criminal behavior. An example of this can be seen by a current statement made by a 15 year old male after completing the program. He was referred by the Santa Ana Police Department for being under […]

  • July 16, 2015

SHORTSTOP Instructors

July 16, 2015 | Juvenile Diversion, SHORTSTOP

It is no secret that our youth struggle to associate potential consequences with their actions. Luckily, our team of highly qualified SHORTSTOP instructors do an outstanding job of working with troubled/at-risk youth to turn their lives around. With 25 years as a SHORTSTOP instructor, Kevin Stinson, Administrator at the California Court of Appeal, strongly emphasizes […]

  • July 16, 2015

¡Cuídate! Receives a 3-Year Grant

July 16, 2015 | Health Education, ¡Cuídate!

The Orange County Bar Foundation received a three-year grant from the California Department of Public Health – Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division. Funding began July 1, 2015 and implements California’s Personal Responsibility and Education Program (CA PREP). CA PREP is intended to educate youth on preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. A […]

  • July 14, 2015
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Thank you to previous Golf Committee Chair Don Morrow

July 14, 2015 | Golf Tournament

A special thank you to Don Morrow, who has dedicated his time to chairing the Golf Tournament Committee for the past 18 years. We greatly appreciate all of the work he has put into making this event possible year after year. Don now hands over the reins to co-chairs Brian Daucher and Jon Skorheim.

  • July 14, 2015
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Thank you for attending the 2015 Rooftop Brewfest Fundraiser

July 14, 2015 | Events, Rooftop Brewfest

On Friday, June 5, the Orange County Bar Foundation Associate Board hosted the 2015 Brewfest Fundraiser on the Rooftop Sky Garden at 3161 Michelson Drive, Irvine. It was another successful event, raising over $6,000 for the programs of the Foundation. Over 200 guests enjoyed good company, beer, and a great view while supporting a wonderful […]

  • July 1, 2015
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2015 Rooftop Brewfest Fundraiser in Irvine, CA

July 1, 2015 | Events, Rooftop Brewfest

The Orange County Bar Foundation hosts various casual events around town for the purpose of raising awareness and funds for the programs of the Foundation. On Friday, June 5, the OCBF Associate Board will host the 2015 Rooftop Brewfest Fundraiser in Irvine, CA. This event benefits the programs of the Orange County Bar Foundation.

  • July 1, 2015
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23 Santa Ana High School Students Graduate and Receive Scholarships

The Higher Education Mentoring Program graduated 23 of its participants, all Santa Ana high school seniors, on May 20; sending them all off to colleges across the state with scholarships in hand! It was a wonderful send-off with family, OCBF board members, and Presiding Judge Margines and his wife, and assistant Presiding Judge Saunders and her husband […]

  • July 1, 2015
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Madres Unidas Receives $25,000 Grant

Orange County Bar Foundation is pleased to announce that a grant in the amount of $25,000 has been approved by Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Community Benefit Program for its program Madres Unidas. Madres Unidas gives women and the families they love the knowledge, skills and pride to actively protect them from becoming infected with HIV/AIDS. […]

  • June 3, 2015
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UCI Pre-Med Graduate Talks About the Higher Education Mentoring Program

Higher Education Mentoring Program Graduate, Class of 2015, shares her UCI Premed experience – Fall of 2015 she attends UCLA to begin her journey to be a doctor I was awarded a scholarship to participate in the 2014 University of California, Irvine Summer Premed Program. This program was a life changing experience. Before starting the program, I was interested in medicine […]

  • May 18, 2015

Project SELF Introduces Students to Professional Career Fields

We have found that the program helps our target population by reducing their risk of juvenile delinquency and providing positive life and career options. The Project SELF opportunity is so important because it exposes youth to professional career fields that they would not otherwise be exposed to. Because of their socioeconomic conditions and cultural limitations, […]

  • May 15, 2015
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Maria Stearns of Rutan & Tucker Finishes Marathon

May 15, 2015 | Events, OC Marathon

Your Support Helped Get Me Past The Finish Line & Raise over $7,000! Thank you!!