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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.

Click HERE for Sponsorship Registration.
The Sponsorship deadline is February 6, 2015.

More information HERE.

AABA Elections

REMINDER: 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.

Active members who have paid their dues as of December 19, 2014 were sent a ballot.

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.

Visit the Elections Page for more information.



AABA Quarterly Partner Lunch

Thursday, January 29, 2015

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
One Ferry Building, Suite 200, San Francisco CA 94111

AABA is holding its next quarterly Partner Lunch on Thursday, January 29, 2014, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm at the San Francisco office of Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP (One Ferry Building, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94111).

All paid members who are law firm partners are welcome.  Please RSVP by Monday, January 26, 2015.

Asian Americans and Implicit Bias in the Courtroom 

012920151 hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE credit

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.

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


AABA Volunteering at East Beach

01312015_ggnpcSaturday, January 31, 2015

12:00 – 3:00 pm

East Beach, Golden Gate National Parks
(North edge of Crissy Field)

The AABA Community Services Committee is teaming up with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to restore the unique coastal native habitat at East Beach in San Francisco.  This is a great opportunity to make a vital contribution in the efforts to protect sensitive natural habitat, sustain and improve our trail systems, and preserve important cultural resources while enjoying the company of your fellow attorneys and law students!

Details about the project are below. Please contact Jeffrey Shun at jeffsbruin@gmail.com if you would like to participate or if you have any questions. Friends and family are welcome.

Meeting Location: Nearest intersection is East Beach Rd. & Javowitz St. accessible from Mason St. in the Presidio. Volunteers meet near the orange windsock by the bathrooms at East Beach.
Agency: Golden Gate National Parks. The Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program is a cooperative parkwide effort of The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the Presidio Trust.

Type of Service: Help keep the San Francisco Shoreline beautiful. Volunteers are needed to help keep these popular public destinations well maintained for both local and worldwide visitors to use and enjoy. Projects include litter removal, weeding invasive plants, vegetation pruning, sand removal, painting, site improvements, and trail maintenance.

What to Bring:

  • Bring a reusable water bottle. We’ll have water stations for refills.
  • All necessary tools, supplies, gloves and training will be provided. If you have a pair of favorite gloves, feel free to bring those.

What to Wear:

  • Wear comfortable work clothes, long pants, and sturdy shoes or boots (no shorts or sandals).
  • Dress in layers for changing weather, bring a hat, and wear sunscreen.
  • Be prepared to get dirty. We’ll be working rain or shine.

Directions to East Beach: Google Map Link to East Beach 

Transitions: Alternative Careers for Lawyers

02052015_AABA TransitionsThursday, February 5, 2015

6:00 – 7:30 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.

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

After the panel, please join us for Happy Hour at Osha Thai Restaurant & Lounge, co-hosted by the AABA Solo & Small Firm Committee and Social Committee.  Enjoy complimentary appetizers and Happy Hour drink specials, while networking with fellow lawyers and professionals.

This event will be FREE for AABA and BASF 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!


Legally Asian 2015

02052015_Legally Asian FlyerSaturday, February 7, 2015

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

UC Hastings College of the Law
200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area’s Community Services Committee and other bar associations and student groups will be hosting the 6th Annual Legally Asian Conference to encourage college and high school students to pursue a law degree.  Legally Asian 2015 will be held at UC Hastings College of the Law, located at 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.  Registration and breakfast will be from 8:00 a.m. to 9 a.m., and the conference will be from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with breaks and a lunch hour.  This event is FREE for all attendees.  All food and beverages will be provided.

Legally Asian 2015 aims to expose college and high school students, as well as recent young graduates, to law school and the legal profession; to explain career options available with a law degree; and to discuss current issues that impact Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  The conference will feature distinguished panelists who have used their law degrees in a variety of ways.  The panels will cover legal careers in the public and private sectors – including firm attorneys, public interest attorneys, government attorneys, judges, and in-house counsel – as well as career paths outside the “traditional” practice of law.  Also, a panel of Bay Area law students will share their experiences from admission through graduation, and attendees will get a taste of law school through an interactive mock class.

In addition to the panels, attendees will have the opportunity to meet and network with attorneys and law students during the lunch hour.  All attendees will be provided with a packet that will include tips on the admissions process and legal education.

We are pleased to confirm the following panelists for the 6th Annual Legally Asian Pre-law Conference 2015!

Honorable Judge Stuart Hing – Alameda Superior Court

Honorable Judge Steven Owyang – Administrative Law Judge (Ret.)

Ray Buenaventura – Mayor of Daly City

Lin Chan – Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Hung Chang – Adobe Systems

Nikki Dinh – Blue Shield Foundation

Cindy Liou – Cindy Liou Consulting

Vid Prabhakran – Davis Wright Tremaine

Abigail Rivamonte Mesa – SF Public Defender’s Office

Kay Suk – Forward Mediation

Shalini Swaroop – Marin Clean Energy

All interested students, parents, teachers, and others are welcome.  Please register HERE.  Walk-ins are welcome.  If you have any questions, please email legallyasian1@gmail.com.

Social Committee East Bay Reception

default-tribe_eventsWednesday, February 11, 2015

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Wendel Rosen Black & Dean
1111 Broadway, 19th Floor, Oakland CA

*Please note: the reception will be held on the 19th Floor (not the 24th Floor as initially posted)

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 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 In-House Mixer

02122015_AABA In-House MixerThursday, February 12th, 2015

5:30  – 8:30 pm

INDO Restaurant & Lounge
3295 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

We invite you to join the In-House Committee at its Annual In-House/Private Law Firm Mixer at the Indo Restaurant in Palo Alto. This is a great opportunity to meet and greet with in-house counsel and fellow AABA members. Drinks and light appetizers will be provided. Admission is FREE! We encourage all AABA members to attend and participate at this networking event.

Please RSVP HERE by February 2, 2015.  We look forward to seeing you there!


AABA Public Law / Public Service Committee Brown Bag Series

02132015_Brown BagNon-Judicial Careers in the Courthouse

Friday, February 13, 2015

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

California Supreme Court
350 McAllister Street, San Francisco 94102

Hear our distinguished panelists speak about different courthouse careers available to attorneys: pathways, promises, pitfalls, and progression opportunities.

Distinguished Panelists are:

Carin Fujisaki, Incoming Principal Attorney to the Chief Justice, California Supreme Court. Prior to her promotion, Ms. Fujisaki was judicial staff attorney to the Honorable Marvin R. Baxter of the same court. Her work spans civil and criminal cases, including death penalty appeals. Appointed by Governor Gray Davis for a 12-year term, Ms. Fujisaki also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of UC Hastings College of the Law.  She earned a JD in 1985 from UC Hastings and a BA in 1981 from UCLA.

Keith Fong, Career Law Clerk for Senior District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong in the Northern District of California for whom he has clerked several times since 1992. Before returning to the district court in 2009, Mr. Fong was a litigation associate at Gordon & Rees, General Counsel at Discovery Foods, and Senior Counsel at Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP. He received his BA from UC Berkeley and his JD from the UC Davis School of Law.

Greg Tanaka, Supervising Attorney of the Family Law Facilitator’s Office and Self-Help Center in San Mateo County. He assists self-represented litigants with legal issues related to divorce, separation, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, domestic violence, and rental housing. Previously, he was a Supervising Attorney for eight years at Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legal Outreach in San Francisco/Oakland. A San Francisco native, Mr. Tanaka has three children. He received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and his J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law.

Space is limited for this free event.  RSVP by February 4th at www.tinyurl.com/LunchFeb13.

For questions, email minmingw@hotmail.com