2/2019: $222,000 in Grants to 17 Charities!
My final act as President of the O.C. Bar Assoc.'s Charitable Fund. What an honor -- and a whole lot of fun -- to hand out checks. Recipients included Veteran's Legal Institute, Constitutional Rights Foundation, Human Options, Laura's House, Women's Transitional Living Centers, United We Stand, and Calif. Youth Connection, and Children's Hospital.
8/2018: Philanthropy Day! The most inspirational event I've ever attended. 900 attendees at the art deco-styled Anaheim Grove, all of whom share a passionate desire to help others. I was profoundly honored to accept the award for "Outstanding Philanthropic Organization," as President of the Charitable Fund, part of the Orange County Bar Association. And what perfect timing -- we had our best year ever, by far! The Charitable Fund supports worthy entities such as Veteran's Legal Institute, Constitutional Rights Foundation, battered women's / children's shelters such as Human Options, Women's Transitional Living Centers and Laura's House, and diversion programs for at-risk youth. Charlie & Ling Zang, founder/owners of Pick Up Stix restaurants and wildly passionate Chinese-Immigrant Patriots whose lives have been devoted to appreciation for America, led the audience in an impromptu chorus of "God Bless America"! Not a dry eye in the house. Thank you - Association of Fundraising Professionals!
8/2018: Center for Law & Military Policy - Advisory Board
So honored to be a part of the Center for Law & Military Policy. I am devoted to honoring our veterans. From the Revolution through to the modern day, the United States of American truly would not exist except for the bravery, fighting spirit, devotion to country, and sacrifice of our men & women in arms. Thank you to my friend Major Dwight Stirling, for the honor of being included in these vital efforts to support our veterans.
8/2018: Tony Rackauckas - Orange County's District Attorney, met me at Orange County Bar Association offices, with District Attorney Chief of Staff, Susan Kang Schroeder, to personally deliver a check to the Bar which signed up the entire DA's office for Bar membership. This was a momentous milestone for the Bar. I am so honored to have coordinated this major event with these phenomenal and ethical leaders, Susan and Tony. This represents a critical moment in Bar history to integrate our District Attorneys!
And the day before, met with the DA, Under-Sheriff Don Barnes (far right), and the Orange County Board of Supervisors: Chairman Andrew Do, Hon. Michelle Steel (last year's Chair), Hon. Lisa Bartlett.
8/24/2018: O.C. Bar's Charitable Gala - HUGE SUCCESS! As President of the Charitable Fund, I am thrilled to report that we held the most successful Charity Gala in Bar history! Raised nearly $50,000 more than any prior year. Thank you to everyone who played a role--there were many selfless hearts who made this happen! My special friends Tom Zuber of the Zuber Lawyer firm provided Dom Perignon for the "Red Carpet" VIP Reception; Jim and Brandy at Fisher Phillips came in as the Gala's top-line sponsor; Jennifer at Greenberg Traurig came in from Atlanta as a top sponsor; Susan Kang Schroeder provided "Strike Out Slavery" VIP tickets inside the District Attorney's box at Angels stadium for the game + after-concert to benefit human trafficking victims; world-famous author Dean Koontz donated a priceless limited-edition collection; and so many more who so graciously came in big when I asked. God Bless you all for your selfless support! (Picture below with award-winner and friendSheniece Smith, in-house counsel at CHOC - Children's Hospital of Orange County, and with Mei Tsang, Co-Chair of the Gala.
8/5/2018: O.C. Bar's Charitable Gala - August 23rd, Newport Beach Country Club!
This will be the most exciting gala in the Bar's history! And the most meaningful. We are honoring CHOC (Children's Hospital), Human Options, Women's Transitional Living Centers and Chapman's Aitken Family Clinic (battered women and children's shelters, including victims of crime and human trafficking). Sensational auction items, wine tasting and an ocean view! Goal is to raise more money than in any past year, so we can funnel these funds to worthy charities. As Charitable Fund President, I am passionately devoted to this task!
4/23/2018: Lawyers Raising $Money for Worthy Causes! Serving as this year's President of the Charitable Fund, I am thrilled to announce that the O.C. Bar Assoc.'s annual, charitable golf event grossed more money than ever before! All funds raised go to very worthy charities -- including battered women's shelters, which also help victims of human trafficking. In fact, at our annual charitable gala on August 23rd, we will be honoring four such charities as our "Community Partners" of the year: Human Options, Laura's House, Chapman U.'s Aitken Family Protection Clinic, and the Women's Transitional Living Center.
3/2018: March has been marvelous! (1) Irvine Police Gala with Chief Mike Hamel. (2) Human Trafficking Conference at Vanguard U. (3) Chaired & MC'd the Academic WorldQuest (competition for high school teams on world events and geo-politics issues; winning team Marina H.S. gets sent to D.C. for the national competition!). (4) Judged & spoke to students at the Samueli Academy's "Go Global - World Peace" competition (where students give comparative presentations on European countries versus the U.S., and how we address problems such as prisons, electric power, obesity, infant mortality, and gun violence). (5) attended a town hall meeting with Costa Mesa Police Chief Sharpnack and O.C.'s District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, on the "sober living" scam where out-of-state drug addicts are brought to luxury homes and soaked for their insurance.
2/2018: Chaired a general counsel panel in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Thailand is an extraordinary country with warm, friendly people. Exquisite dances and colorful clothing, stunning temples, and delectable food!
1/18/2018: Deeply honored to receive recognition from the Orange County Board of Supervisors, for my term as O.C. Bar President.
Excerpts: "... Your reputation and record for instilling ethics and professionalism, bounded by your standards of civility and communications... your support of Law Enforcement, stopping Human Trafficking and advancing inclusion for the entire spectrum of viewpoints, disabilities, homeless advocacy, political perspectives, religious diversity and ethnic backgrounds in keeping with the highest traditions of the legal profession and mission of the OC Bar Association."
1/2018: Visited with several legislators at the Capitol in Sacramento, including our State's esteemed Treasurer.
1/10/2018: 2018 begins with my term as President of the O.C. Bar's Charitable Fund! Thrilled to be overseeing the Golf Tournament and the Wine Tasting gala, where we raise funds for numerous worthy charities.
12/2017: Excited to be Chairing Academic WorldQuest for the World Affairs Council, where teams of high school students compete in their knowledge of world affairs and history.
11/16/2017: Special "VIP" guests at my final meeting as OC Bar President - District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and DA's Chief of Staff, Susan Kang Schroeder. They spoke humbly and passionately about their fight against childhood gang prevention ("GRIP" program), human trafficking (funding the H.E.A.T. initiative at the DA's office), and domestic violence, and advocating for victim's right across the nation. In fact, Susan has been instrumental in getting several State Constitutions amended to provide for basic victim's rights. What a powerful and meaningful way to end my term as President!
11/7/2017: Honored by the Republican Club of Orange County. Thank you Fred Whitaker - Chair, and Dick Ackerman (former State Senate). Certificate reads: "In recognition of his deduction in combatting Human Trafficking, advocating awareness for Mental & Physical Health issues, and dedication to defending the Constitution."
10/18/2017: Hugely successful Human Trafficking seminar produced by the OC. Bar's Human Trafficking Task Force (which I founded). Speakers included a survivor, a Deputy District Attorney and Dr. Anne Light who made brilliant observations about childhood trauma's devastating impact on brain function and behavior. Phenomenal job by Chairs Jessica Springer and Jennifer Tennant.
Later met with Congressman Ed Royce and District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.
10/17/2017: OC Talk Radio with Ric Franzi's Critical Mass show, speaking about human trafficking, attorney wellness.
Podcast link at http://podcast.criticalmassforbusiness.com/e/episode-1041-critical-mass-radio-show-october-17-2017-michael-baroni/
Michael L. Baroni