• January 17, 2019

A Beloved Friend and Leader in the Legal Community, the Honorable Steven L. Perk (Ret.)

January 17, 2019 | Blog, OCBF News

Dear Society of Fellows Members:

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the passing of the Honorable Steven L. Perk (Ret.).  Judge Perk was the 2016 recipient of the PYOCBF Society of Fellows Distinguished Judicial Fellow Award, and has left an indelible mark on the Orange County legal landscape.

A former quarterback at the University of South Dakota and college football coach, Judge Perk graduated from Pepperdine School of Law in 1980 and worked as a law clerk for Judge Ronald Kreber’s former firm.  He served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for almost 9 years, after which he worked in private practice with his good friend, Cliff Roberts.  He returned to the OCDA’s Office for another short stint when in 1995, Gov. Pete Wilson appointed him to the bench.  In 2002, Judge Perk was assigned to the General Civil Panel and in 2011, only 9 years later, was appointed Supervising Judge of the General Civil Panel.  As Supervising Judge, he simultaneously tackled both a pending financial crisis and an unprecedented backlog of over 2,000 unassigned cases which, under Judge Perk’s leadership, was whittled down to 500 cases in just 2 years.  During the court-closure crisis, Judge Perk co-founded the Voluntary Settlement Conference Program (which moved cases to resolution on “dark” days) and adopted policies ensuring litigants answering “ready” for trial would be able to find a courtroom. 

Judge Perk served as a judge on the Complex Civil Panel where he stepped down for health reasons in December 2016.  At the time of his death, Judge Perk served as a neutral at Judicate West.  Throughout his career as a jurist, Judge Perk earned a reputation as a no-nonsense trial judge who valued promptness, preparedness and professionalism.  Whether hearing high-profile matters like the 4-month Lloyd Charton trial or the pleas of a pro se litigant, he allowed parties to make their case, delivered clear and fair decisions, and treated all with respect and civility.  He was a fine judge and an exceptional human being who never lost his love for family, friends and sports.  For lawyers and non-lawyers alike, Judge Perk will stand as one of Orange County’s finest models of integrity, hard work, honesty and fairness.  He leaves behind a loving family and a legal community that deeply mourns his passing.

Sincerely, 


Daniel S. Robinson
PYOCBF Past President and Society of Fellows Chair
Robinson Calcagnie, Inc. 

  • October 31, 2018

Project Youth OCBF receives award from Santa Ana Unified School District

Superintendent Dr. Stefanie Phillips welcomed and addressed over 300 business and community leaders during the annual Superintendent's State of the District Breakfast on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Godinez Fundamental High School. Dr. Phillips provided a key note address and was joined by members of the Board of Education to present an award to Project Youth OCBF for embodying the theme that she has identified during her tenure as critical to success in SAUSD: Connectedness.

  • March 28, 2018

Congratulations to Steve Card, recipient of this year’s CREW-OC SPIRE Award for Philanthropy

March 28, 2018 | Blog, OCBF News

On March 14, 2018, the Orange County chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, CREW-OC, hosted its 7th annual SPIRE Awards ceremony at the Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa, honoring local commercial real estate leaders for Superior Performance In Real Estate. Over 300 people turned out to celebrate the industry's achievements and honor the very best and brightest in Orange County. Steve T. Card, Senior Managing Partner at Savills Studley and Project Youth OCBF Board of Directors Member, was honored as Winner for "Superior Performance in Philanthropy." He was nominated by Project Youth for his outstanding philanthropic contributions including his role in securing Project Youth's new building pro bono, and the donation of his full commission in excess of $60,000 to fund the programs of Project Youth, detailed here. A press release regarding this year's SPIRE event can be viewed here.

  • December 15, 2016

A Collaboration with The Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living

December 15, 2016 | Blog, OCBF News

Project Youth 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.