Raising the OC Bar

Raising the OC Bar

From its agrarian beginnings to status as a major economic power, lawyers and judges played a key role in the development of Orange County, California. Raising the OC Bar spotlights the rich and unique history of the Orange County legal community including stories about landmark cases, impactful institutions, and legal trailblazers.


February 13, 2024 76 mins

This episode spotlights the history of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, going back to the 1970s. Shirin Forootan interviews esteemed guests: Judge Aguirre, Justice Sanchez, and Jeanette Garcia. Personal stories about Wally Davis, Justice Cruz Reynoso, and more remind us that we do in fact stand on the shoulders of giants. Tune in to learn how far this great organization has come over the past 50 years, and where it is...

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An in-depth discussion with Justice William Bedsworth about his personal and professional background including his first legal job with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, path to the Orange County Superior Court bench and appointment to the California Court of Appeal, groundbreaking decisions, and much more. 

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October 16, 2023 125 mins

Former Presidents of the Orange County Bar Association and its current CEO/Executive Director discuss the growth of the Orange County legal community, the role the OCBA has played in the development of legal institutions in Orange County, and the impact the OCBA has had on the larger Orange County community.  

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September 26, 2023 80 mins

Current and former leaders of The Public Law Center discuss the genesis of the organization, its growth over the years, and its impact in providing free legal services to low-income residents in Orange County since 1981.

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September 26, 2023 115 mins

Current and former leaders of Community Legal Aid SoCal and other key players discuss the genesis of the organization and its work in serving the legal needs of low-income people in Orange County and beyond from the 1958 to the present. 

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