OCBA YLD Teams Up with Orangewood for ‘Independent City’



On Saturday, April 27, 2013, the OCBA Young Lawyers Division Community Outreach Committee teamed up with Orangewood Children’s Foundation for their Independent City Event at Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine.

“Independent City” is a mock city that serves as a dress rehearsal for foster teens, presenting them with decisions and situations they may face once they age-out of the foster care system at age 18. Local business and volunteers, like OCBA YLD, lend a hand in the event’s activities, which include: how to register to vote; how to appear before a superior court judge; what the potential risks are of committing a traffic violation, misdemeanor, or felony; how to open a checking account and find an apartment; and how to shop for groceries on a budget. Along with these activities, the event presents an opportunity for foster youths to gain self confidence in introducing yourself to a professional (including a judge!) and asking for assistance.  

Our OCBA YLD Community Outreach Committee volunteers were happy that we could be of assistance in promoting Orangewood Foundation’s Independent Living Program for foster youth.  

—Kathryn Yarnal


Keeping It Fresh at Taco Tuesday with the OCBA YLD and the OCWLA

The Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (OCBA YLD) and the Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA) hosted Taco Tuesday on June 18, 2013, at El Torito in Orange, CA. The turnout was fantastic and we hit the maximum capacity of 100 attendees.




Special thanks go out to our sponsors: Regal Court Reporting, HG Litigation, and On Call Legal.



For more pictures, please visit us on Facebook.

See you at the next event!

YLD Spring Social at Yard House March 14, 2013

The Young Lawyers Division of the Orange County Bar Association hosted its first social at the Yard House in Costa Mesa on March 14, 2013. Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day early, the OCBA YLD dressed in green and met with new members of the OCBA YLD.


Many thanks to Regal Court Reporting for sponsoring this event.


The Executive Board of the Young Lawyers Division, from left to right: Michelle Nguyen, Social Chair, Kathryn Yarnal, Community Service Chair, Michelle Tran, Chair, Andrew Slade, Sports Chair, Sarah Nowels, Chair Elect, and Brian Skalsky, Education Chair

For more pictures from this event, please visit the OCBA YLD on Facebook.

If you missed us at this event, make sure to come to the next social, Taco Tuesday, on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, which will be co-hosted with the Orange County Women Lawyers Association at El Torito Grill, located at 3520 The City Way East in Orange. For more information, see here.

Meet the 2013 Young Lawyers Division Leaders!

Michelle L. Tran—2013 Chair

Michelle L. Tran is an associate attorney at Hittelman Law Group in Newport Beach, Calif. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a double major in Political Science and Criminology, Law, and Society and received her JD from Chapman University School of Law. During her law school career, she was selected as a judicial law clerk for Justice William F. Rylaarsdam in the California Court of Appeal, and acted as Senior Editor of Chapman University’s Nexus Journal of Law and Public Policy. Ms. Tran also was a member of the Whittier Law School’s Law Review and Moot Court Honors Board before transferring to Chapman University School of Law.
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YLD’s First Event of the Year—Annual Business Meeting

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAOn Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, YLD held its first event of the year, our annual business meeting with a record-breaking attendance of over 85 members. At the event, YLD Leaders were introduced and members were encouraged to join committees. The committees are led by our fearless leaders: Continue reading

What a Great Start to the Year!

YLD Chair Michelle Tran

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to touch base with everyone and let you know how excited I am about this year. So far, I have been seeing a lot of you out there in the community, and I am thrilled that we have such a great group. I plan to share that enthusiasm throughout the year.

I wanted to share with you all a few items of interest:

  1. YLD’s first social of the year will be held at The Yardhouse in Costa Mesa on Thursday, March 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know your colleagues in a casual atmosphere. Please download the flyer for more information or register online. Continue reading