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AABA and IABA Joint Happy Hour

Osha Thai Embarcadero 1Thursday, November 19, 2015

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Osha Lounge
4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco CA

The Social Committee of the Asian American Bar Association and the Northern California Chapter of the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) will be hosting a joint Happy Hour on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Osha Lounge at 4 Embarcadero Center in San Francisco. Please come by and enjoy complimentary appetizers throughout the night along with Happy Hour drink specials. It will be a great opportunity to mingle and network with other attorneys and guests. For more information, please contact Social Committee Co-Chair Emily Tam at emilymtam@sbcglobal.net.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Register HERE.

Public Service Happy Hour Mixer

12232753_10153755493056613_5891854052323113468_oMonday, November 23, 2015

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Osha Thai Restaurant and Lounge
4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA  94111

The Civil Rights Committee will be co-hosting a happy hour for a cause onMonday, November 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Osha Thai Restaurant (4 Embarcadero Center, SF).

This event is a Book Drive for the Prisoners Literature Project and the Asian Prisoner Support Committee and will feature remarks by community and prisoner rights advocate Eddy Zheng.

Entry to the happy hour is $5 – or FREE with a Book Donation.

Please bring your lightly used books to the event!  Donations of law books and books on API history/social justice are particularly encouraged.

There is also a raffle (1 ticket per book donated) and appetizers will be provided.

We hope that you can join us for this pre-holiday get-together with the AABA Public Law / Public Service, Judiciary, Community Services, and Social Committees!


AABA Holiday Party

zeller-butterfly-53Thursday, December 3, 2015

Butterfly Restaurant
Pier 33, The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94133

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The Social Committee is hosting our Annual AABA Holiday Party on Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 6 pm to 9 pm at Butterfly Restaurant, located at Pier 33, on The Embarcadero at Bay Street in San Francisco.  A large variety of delicious appetizers will be served throughout the night, along with an Open Bar for at least half of the night.  There will also be a photo booth for guests to take pictures throughout the night.

Please remember to register early on the AABA website.  The price for online registration is $20.00 for AABA Members, and $35.00 for Guests.  The price at the door will be $30.00 for AABA members, and $40.00 for guests. Online registration will end on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:00 pm.

All judges are invited to attend our annual Holiday Party and will receive complimentary admission.

The Honorable Stuart L. Hing, a judge for the Superior Court of Alameda County, will be conducting a swearing-in ceremony for all bar passers at the holiday party.  If you are a recent bar passer that is interested in participating, please contact the Social Committee.

The parking lots closest to Butterfly Restaurant are located directly across the street from the restaurant on Bay Street at Embarcadero, and they are also located at Pier 31 and Pier 27.  There is also metered parking on the street and a two hour parking zone as well.

The closest muni line, Line F, is located one block away from the restaurant. RSVP HERE.

For more information, please email Social Committee Co-Chair Emily Tam at emilymtam@sbcglobal.net.  We look forward to seeing you all at our Holiday Party!


Community Services Committee Holiday Volunteer Event

_project glimmerSaturday, Dec. 5, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Project Glimmer Warehouse
560 Forbes Blvd. Room A. South San Francisco, CA 94080

AABA CSC have teamed up with Project Glimmer again this year to do a volunteer project in December – the season of giving!

Project Glimmer is a nonprofit that gives holiday gifts to at-risk teenage girls and women across the U.S.  At this event, we will be participating in their Boxing Joy Weekend, where volunteers get together to sort, clean, wrap, and prepare gifts that were donated throughout the year.

There is limited space, so please RSVP sooner than later or you may miss out.  If you have any questions, email Stephen Chong (stephen@stchong-law.com), Ly Ly (ly_n_ly@yahoo.com), or Claire Choo (claire.y.choo@gmail.com).



AABA Newsletter – June 2015

Excerpts from the Induction Speech by AABA President, Eumi K. Lee
June 2015

I am truly humbled to take the helm of AABA, as the fifteenth female – and the first Korean American female – president.

In preparing my remarks for tonight, I reflected upon the theme of transition.

As many of you know, I am pregnant. Our son will be Michael’s and my first child. Having this life-changing event happen less than three months into my term as AABA President has made me think a lot about change and new beginnings. I have thought about my past experiences, what I want to impart upon our child and what I hope for him in the future. It has been a time to look back and reflect, all while looking expectantly forward.

Similarly with AABA, as we enter our 39th year, it is a time to reflect upon the lessons from the past and begin planning for the future – including our 40th Anniversary next year and the next 40 years to come.

Thus, I want to focus my remarks tonight on looking back, understanding the lessons from the past – as well as moving forward and bringing our strengths to bear now and in the future…

Read more here…


In This Issue:

    • AABA’s 38th Annual Installation Dinner
    • Farewell Speech: Ted Ting
    • AABA Presidents #28 and #34: What Are They Up to?
    • Alternative Careers Event for Lawyers
    • Legally Asian 2015
    • 8th Annual AABA In-House Mixer at INDO Restaurant and Lounge
    • Sustaining Members of 2015

AABA Celebrates Posthumous Admission of Hong Yen Chang to the California State Bar

The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) celebrates the California Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to grant Hong Yen Chang posthumous admission as an attorney in all courts of the State of California.  In a nine-page decision issued on Monday, the California Supreme Court reversed its 1890 decision denying Chang admission to the state bar because of his race.  In a “candid reckoning with a sordid chapter of our state and national history,” the Court declared, “it is past time to acknowledge that the discriminatory exclusion of Chang from the State Bar of California was a grievous wrong.”

“Through its decision, the California Supreme Court has repaired a grave injustice,” stated Eumi K. Lee, the President of AABA. “Hong Yen Chang earned the right to practice law in California 125 years ago and has long deserved to have that right recognized by this state.”

Chang was the first lawyer of Chinese descent licensed to practice law in the United States.  He emigrated from China in 1872, and attended Yale University and Columbia Law School.  He first applied for a law license in New York, but his application was rejected because he was not a citizen.  A New York judge later issued Chang a certification of naturalization, and the New York Legislature passed legislation allowing him to reapply.  While he was admitted to the New York bar in 1888, he was denied admission to the California bar on the ground that he was “a person of Mongolian nativity.”  While the California Supreme Court observed in its 1890 decision that Chang’s motion for admission to the bar was “made in due form” and “his moral character duly vouched for,” it found that his certificate of naturalization was void because the Chinese Exclusion Act prohibited naturalization to any native of China.  In its ruling on Monday, the California Supreme Court acknowledged that the exclusion of Chang from the state bar denied him equal protection of the laws and “was a loss to our communities and to society as a whole, which denied itself the full talents of its people and the important benefits of a diverse legal profession.”

Last year, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) at the University of California, Davis School of Law, with the support of Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin, the UC Davis School of Law Supreme Court Clinic, and the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson, petitioned the State Bar of California and the California Supreme Court on Chang’s behalf.  AABA, which submitted a letter to the California State Bar in support of Chang’s application for posthumous admission, congratulates Chang’s descendants and the UC Davis APALSA on this momentous occasion.

The California Supreme Court’s decision can be found here.

AABA is one of the largest Asian American bar associations in the nation and one of the largest minority bar associations in the State of California.  From its inception in 1976, AABA and its attorneys have been actively involved in civil rights issues, community service, and efforts to advocate for diversity in the legal profession.