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2014 Law Student Summer Grant

The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (“AABA”) is offering one or more grants to help fund qualified summer law clerk(s) to work on legal projects that provide free legal services to the Asian American community. Applicants must be sponsored by a non-profit legal organization that has agreed to supervise the applicant for the summer of 2014. The grant will be funded by the AABA Law Foundation through the Community Services Committee of AABA.

Click to download the AABA Summer Grant 2014 application and e-mail to AABASummerGrant@gmail.com by April 25, 2014. Feel free to share with any students or other interested parties.

Click here for more information.

Inaugural Women Leadership Series

May 15, 2014
Winston & Strawn
101 California Street, Suite 3500
Conference Room 35D
San Francisco, CA

The Women’s Committee will be hosting its Inaugural Women Leadership Series Event on May 15, 2014. Please check back for more information and visit the AABA Calendar to RSVP.


May 20, 2014: The Civil Rights and LGBT Committees will be hosting a “Conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas.”

May 29, 2014: LGBT Committee Kick-off Meeting will be held at Farella Braun + Martell. This event begins at 6:30pm.

27th Annual Summer Law Clerk Reception

Sum_Assc_Flyer (2014)June 18, 2014
6:00pm – 8:30pm
Sens Restaurant
4 Embarcadero Center – Promenade Level
San Francisco, CA

The AABA Employment Committee would like to invite you to AABA’s 27th Annual Summer Law Clerk Reception, to be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Sens Restaurant.

The Reception is one of AABA’s most popular events.  It provides an ideal setting for Bay Area attorneys, summer associates, and law clerks to mingle and connect.  During the Reception, AABA will recognize this year’s summer grant recipients for their dedication to community service and client advocacy. Click here to RSVP.

Since its inception, the Reception has been funded by the generosity of Bay Area APA partners. The Reception would not be possible without your financial support.  We would be grateful for a contribution from you in the amount of $95.  Contributions can be made by either:

(1) Mailing a check payable to the Asian American Bar Association to David Wang at Jackson Lewis, 50 California Street, 9th Floor, San Francisco, California 94111; or

(2) Submitting your contribution online by clicking the link “AABA Summer Law Clerk Reception (SPONSOR PAGE)” on June 18, 2014 on the Calendar page on AABA’s calendar.  You may submit your contribution as part of the online registration process for the Reception.

People Principle: The Art of Conversation

June 26, 2014
Location and time TBD

The Solo and Small Firm Committee will be hosting an event “People Principle: The Art of Conversation (How to Network Even If You’re Introverted)” on Thursday, June 26, 2014.

Many law school graduates and young professionals are entering a saturated market and finding it very difficult to land full-time firm or corporate jobs. Many take the plunge and hang out their own shingle, and quickly learn that a majority of the time spent in establishing one’s practice is in client development. Get tips on the art of starting up a conversation and carrying it on for professional success. To reinforce the skills learned at the seminar, a social mixer will immediately follow.

Please visit the AABA Calendar to RSVP.

Message from the Community Services Committee: 

Thank you for your volunteerism and support during the 2013–2014 AABA Board Year! As you know, pro bono and volunteer work are not mere marketing words, but rather these words embody who we are as professionals.The AABA Community Services Committee (CSC) provides opportunities for attorneys and law students to engage the community through pro bono and community service activities. Two regular components of CSC’s programming include our partnership with the non-profit Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO) to run monthly pro bono clinics in Oakland and San Francisco, and our annual pipeline diversity conference Legally AsianSM, where 2014 marked Legally Asian’s fifth anniversary. In addition, this past year, CSC participated in community activities that included a preschool beautification project (partnering with Jumpstart Northern California), the San Francisco Food Bank, and tree plantings in the Inner Richmond neighborhood (partnering with Friends of the Urban Forest).

As you browse the Community Services Committee 2013–2014 Annual Report, you will read what 182 volunteers achieved at CSC events. We also want to note that of these 182 volunteers, 50 of them participated in multiple CSC events. While the 2013–2014 Board Year was a productive one for CSC, we will not rest on our laurels. CSC intends to continue the record of excellence and build from those experiences into the 2014–2015 Board Year.

Click here to read the AABA’s Community Services Committee 2013–2014 Annual Report.

Click here to read about the 37th Annual AABA Installation Dinner.