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2015 Judicial Mentorship Program

The AABA Judiciary Committee is pleased to announce its 2015 Judicial Mentorship Program. The program matches five AABA members who are interested in seeking a judicial appointment with judge mentors.  Mentees are guided through a year-long program, which includes suggestions on navigating the application process, building support, and the JNE interview.

Applicants must: (1) be current AABA members; (2) have practiced for at least seven years; and (3) complete the short application linked hereApplications are due by January 20, 2015, and should be submitted to aaba.bayarea@gmail.com.

For questions about the program, please contact Charles Jung (aaba@njfirm.com) or Peter Chang (peter.chang@outlook.com).

AABA Law Foundation Scholarships

The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) and the AABA Law Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2015 AABA Law Foundation law student scholarships.  Applications are due on January 23, 2015, and scholarships will be awarded at the AABA Annual Dinner on March 12, 2015.

For more information, visit the AABA Law Foundation Scholarships page HERE.

AABA Elections

REMINDER: AABA will be conducting elections for the 2015-2016 Board of Directors. We encourage all qualified members to consider joining the leadership of our bar association. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, December 19, 2014.

The following positions will be open and subject to vote by the members of the Association: Vice-President/ President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, and three Director at Large positions. To obtain an application, please click HERE.

Any active AABA member desiring to run for a position as an Officer or Director at Large must complete and submit an application form by Friday, December 19, 2014 and meet the following requirements:


(a) the AABA member is current in his or her membership dues; and

(b) the AABA member served on an AABA committee as a co-chair or member for the immediately preceding AABA fiscal year (2014-15); or has served as an Officer or Director at Large for the immediately preceding year (2014-15); or has obtained the signatures of 25 active attorney AABA members in support of the member’s candidacy.


(a) the AABA member is current in his or her membership dues; and

(b) the AABA member previously served as an Officer or as a Director at Large for the two immediately preceding AABA fiscal years (2013-14 and 2014-15).

After submitting the application, applicants will have until December Wednesday, December 24, 2014 to withdraw his or her name from the ballot. After that date, candidates will be publicized to the AABA membership through an e-mail announcement and posting on the AABA website.

Please note that applicants for a contested Officer position may indicate if they wish to simultaneously run for a Director-at-Large position. 


Active members who have paid their dues as of December 19, 2014 will receive a ballot (To check if your membership is current or to update your contact information, go to the Membership, Profile Management Login page at the AABA website and enter your username and password. If you have forgotten your username and password, enter your e-mail where indicated and your username and password will be e-mailed to you. If paying or renewing membership dues by mail, please allow a minimum of one week for your registration to be processed).

Ballots will be sent to eligible members on or about January 9, 2015. Ballots must be submitted to AABA by February 6, 2015. Candidates will be informed of the election results, and the election results will be announced to the general membership by posting on the AABA website and by e-mail or newsletter announcement.

An Elections Committee has been created to administer AABA’s election of Officers and Directors at Large for the 2014-2015 year. The Committee members are:  Ted Ting, Charles Jung, and Rob Uy. If you have any questions about the election process, please e-mail the Elections Committee at aabaelections@gmail.com.


AABA Congratulates Jon Streeter on His Nomination to the California Court of Appeal

San Francisco, CA (November 14, 2014) — The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) congratulates Jon Streeter on his nomination to the First District Court of Appeal. By tapping Streeter, Governor Jerry Brown has chosen an accomplished trial lawyer with a longstanding commitment to public service and civil rights.

Streeter and his firm Keker Van Nest LLP recently received an award from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus for his pro bono work regarding immigrant rights. That class action suit, in which Streeter served as lead counsel, resulted in a preliminary injunction ruling that took significant steps toward limiting the detention of immigrants awaiting deportation proceedings.

The nomination of Streeter, who grew up in a biracial family in Seattle, is also a welcome step toward diversifying the California’s appellate courts. AABA has long worked to urge greater diversity in the state and federal judiciary, including the California Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court. The California Supreme Court still has no African American sitting justice, and only a handful of African Americans sit on the California Courts of Appeal. Streeter’s nomination is an important step toward addressing the ongoing shortage of judges of color on the California appellate bench.

Streeter has been a partner at Keker Van Nest LLP since 1997, and prior to that, was a partner at Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP. While handling a variety of high-stakes litigation in private practice, he has also distinguished himself through his ongoing public service. In 2011 to 2012, Streeter served as President of the State Bar of California. He was president of the San Francisco Bar Association in 2004, and headed the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California from 2006 to 2007.

Editor’s Note – Correction: An earlier version stated that only one Asian American judge sat on the First District Court of Appeal. Two Asian American judges have previously held this seat.

AABA Newsletter

President’s Column
By Ted Ting
October 2014


Hey True Believers-

This newsletter captures numerous impressive events that AABA has offered this summer and early fall. Our committees have been very busy putting on one event after another.

But I’m especially proud of the work that AABA did this past quarter on the Reception celebrating the career of California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard. Spearheaded by our extraordinary Vice-President Eumi Lee, the Planning Committee (which also included Miriam Kim, Kimberly Chin, Marina Sarmiento-Feehan, Kristy Young, and Alice Jensen) put on a second-to-none gala that honored Justice Kennard’s retirement after twenty-five years of service.

Justice Kennard’s story has been told so often, yet I was struck by how many students and attorneys were just now learning about her.

To refresh your memory: Justice Kennard was born in the Indonesian province of West Java. Her father passed away in a concentration camp when she was just one. As a mixed-race child, she experienced racism and very poor living conditions, which led her mother to move them to the Netherlands. Justice Kennard had hoped to attend college, but her plans were derailed by a partial amputation of her leg at the age of sixteen. In 1961, despite being a disabled female with considerably less resources than most of us have today, she journeyed here and found a job. She put herself through college and law school, and after several years

Her story would sound like pure fiction if it hadn’t actually happened.

I can understand why more recent Asian American attorneys are not more familiar with her. All that they would know is the California Supreme Court was composed of four Asian Americans. They wouldn’t recall that in 1989, Justice Kennard was only the second female justice ever, never mind the first Asian American.

I feel quite fortunate to have met and talked with her in 1996 when I was a law student. She was an inspiration to me and I know she inspired many others too. If we make sure we continue to share her story, she can inspire new generations of future attorneys. This is why we felt it was incredibly important to host such an event. Indeed, as we might not see four Asian American justices again in the near future, we must memorialize the road paved by the very first one.


In This Issue:

  • Emotional Send-Off Caps Justice Kennard’s 25 Years on the California Supreme Court
  • AABA Law Foundation Board Members Help Raise Money for Scholarships to Aid API Law Students
  • Beating the Heat at AABA’s Public Law Potluck
  • Justin Nishioka’s Optimism Helps Him Succeed in His Evolving Legal Career
  • Pathways to General Counsel
  • Starting a Law Firm and Choosing the Right Business Entity
  • Preschool Beautification Event
  • Recent Law Grads Find Jobs Through Perseverance and Networking
  • Sustaining Members of 2014

Read More…

AABA’s MCLE “Mini-Marathon”

Up to 4.0 Hours of MCLE

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Sidley Austin
555 California Street, 20th Floor, San Francisco CA 94111

The California MCLE Reporting Deadline is February 2, 2015!  Are you chasing those last few hard-to-get credits?  Or are you a planner and want to get these taken care of early?  Then come to AABA’s MCLE “Mini-Marathon” on Wednesday, January 14, where we will provide up to 4.0 hours of MCLE credit in those hard-to-get subjects.  We will offer 1.0 hour of Elimination of Bias, 1.0 hour of Substance Abuse/Competence Issues, and 2.0 hours of Ethics.  Program details coming soon.


1:00 – 2:00 pm: Ethics – TBD

2:00 – 3:00 pm: Competence Issues – John Hamasaki, Law Office of John Hamasaki

3:00 – 4:00 pm: Ethics Hour – Charles Jung, Nassiri & Jung LLP

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Elimination of Bias Panel Miriam Kim, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and Marisa Chun, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

FREE for Members. Member Registration required through the AABA calendar.

Non-Members: $30/hour or $100 for 4 hours.

A Fireside Chat and Reception

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Thursday, January 15, 2014

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Perkins Coie LLP
Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 2400, San Francisco, CA 94111

Perkins Coie LLP, BALIF, and the AABA LGBT Committee proudly present:  Fireside Chat and Reception with Out Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director John Cabeca.

Please join us at an evening networking reception and fireside chat with John Cabeca, the Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). John will talk openly about his life and experiences over his 25 year career at the USPTO. He will also provide an overview of the community-focused services and educational programs that will be offered through the Silicon Valley regional office.

Questions?  Please contact: David Tsai

Free, but RSVP requested.  Register HERE.

AABA Billiards Night

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(please note the new date)

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Jillian’s Billiards
175 Fourth Street, San Francisco CA 94103

The Social Committee of the Asian American Bar Association will be hosting AABA Billiards Night on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 6-9 p.m. at Jillian’s Billiards located at 175 Fourth Street in San Francisco. AABA has reserved our own section of pool tables so please come by and join us for a game of pool, for a cocktail, or to mingle with other AABA members. Complimentary appetizers will be served throughout the night.

RSVP HERE. Please email Emily Tam with any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you at Jillian’s!

Asian Americans and Implicit Bias in the Courtroom 

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

6:00 pm

Farella Braun + Martel LLP
235 Montgomery Street, 17th Floor, San Francisco CA 94104


  • Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender
  • Laura Ho, Partner, Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho
  • Karen Jo Koonan, Senior Litigation Consultant, National Jury Project

Angela Chan (Moderator), Staff Attorney, Asian Law Caucus


Hosted by the AABA Civil Rights Committee. More information coming soon.

Free for AABA members, $20 for non-members.


Transitions: Alternative Careers for Lawyers

Thursday, February 5, 2015

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF)
301 Battery Street, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

The AABA Solo & Small Firms Committee, AABA Social Committee, and Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) jointly present: “Transitions: Alternative Careers for Lawyers,” a panel and mixer.

Are you a lawyer who doesn’t want to practice? Are you exploring or pursuing a possible career change? Have you already made a change? Do you want to connect with others in the same boat?

We invite you to join a discussion on alternative careers for lawyers, featuring a diverse panel of lawyers who have successfully chosen non-traditional paths. Our panelists will share their personal experiences, including how they got to where they are, the rewards and challenges, and tips and advice. Please join us for a night of conversation and Q&A.  A social mixer will follow, location TBD.

Our panel will feature:
Jinah Conroy, Business Development – Northwest Region, at Courtroom Sciences, Inc. (CSI)
- Marina Sarmiento Feehan, Executive Coach, Career Consultant, Personal Branding Strategist, and Founder and President of Positive Counsel
Kelly Kang, San Francisco Real Estate Agent at Paragon Real Estate Group
Kyungah “Kay” Suk, Mediator and the Founder of Forward Mediation
Manuel Tumaneng, Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

This event will be FREE for AABA members, and $30 for non-members.  Please RSVP HERE.

AABA Social Committee and Solo & Small Firms Committee Joint Happy Hour

Thursday, February 5, 2015

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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

The Social Committee and Solo & Small Firms Committee of the Asian American Bar Association will be hosting a joint Happy Hour on Thursday, February 5, 2014, from 6pm-9pm at the Osha Lounge at Osha Thai Restaurant located at 4 Embarcadero Center in San Francisco.

Please come join us for complimentary appetizers and Happy Hour drink specials throughout the night! It will be a great opportunity to meet and network with other attorneys.

Don’t miss Transitions: Alternative Careers for Lawyers, which is a panel discussion on alternative careers for lawyers, featuring a diverse panel of lawyers who have chosen to take non-traditional career paths. This panel is hosted by the Solo & Small Firms Committee and it is a free event for all AABA members. It will be held at the Bar Association of San Francisco and it starts at 6:00 pm on the same day.

For more information, please contact Emily Tam at emilymtam@sbcglobal.net. We look forward to seeing you there!


AABA Public Law / Public Service Committee Brown Bag Series

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Friday, February 13, 2015

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

California Supreme Court
350 McAllister Street, San Francisco 94102


Hosted by:

Keith Fong, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Carin Fujisaki, California Supreme Court

Greg Tanaka, San Mateo County Superior Court

More information coming soon!

Social Committee East Bay Reception

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5:30 – 7:30 pm

Wendel Rosen Black & Dean
1111 Broadway, 24th Floor, Oakland CA

On Wednesday, February 11, 2014, the Social Committee will host a joint mixer with Wendel, Rosen, Black and & Dean LLP. Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be served, so please mark your calendars for this exciting evening of networking in the East Bay.

We will have a few guest speakers from the legal community – more information coming soon

Wendel Rosen is easily accessible by BART and is located right next to the 12th Street BART exit.

Please RSVP on the AABA Calendar.  We look forward to seeing you there!

AABA 38th Annual Installation Dinner


AABA’s 38th Annual Installation Dinner.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco 94111

AABA is one of the oldest and largest Asian American and Pacific Islander bar associations in the nation – and one of the largest minority bar associations in the State of California.  Join us for an evening celebrating the contributions of our colleagues and welcoming the new 2015 AABA Board of Directors.

Individual Registration is now open. Click HERE to register.

For Sponsorship Registration, please contact us at 415-764-4822 OR aabadinner@gmail.com.

More information HERE.