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AABA and ABL-SF Joint Hike – Land’s End, San Francisco Coastal Trail

photogrid1438627423751-1Sunday, August 30, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Asian Business League – SF is teaming up with our friends at the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area for a joint hike to Land’s End in San Francisco on Sunday, August 30th, exclusively for our members and those invited by our members. Enjoy a leisurely hike with stunning views of the coast and Golden Gate Bridge.

This hike will be led by Angela Pang, ABL’s Director of Operations. Be sure to bring your own water, sunglasses or hat, and snacks. Meet in front of the Lookout Cafe located at 680 Point Lobos Ave., San Francisco at 9:45 a.m. Hike will begin at 10 a.m. and last til noon. Afterwards, those interested can join for a non-hosted lunch at:

Vanida Thai Kitchen
3050 Taraval Street, San Francisco, CA 94116

Monthly hikes will take place the last weekend of every month and will be a fun and informal way to meet new people, network, and explore the beauty of the Bay Area.


Merrie Way Parking Lot: This is the lot on Point Lobos Ave, just above the Cliff House. The Coastal Trail starts from here and is wheelchair accessible for a good ways. From this lot, you can walk down steep stairs to the Sutro Baths and the observation deck at Point Lobos.


In front of the Lookout Cafe at 9:45 a.m.
680 Point Lobos Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121

RSVP HERE by Thursday, August 27, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact Charles Jung.

Wednesdays with Women – September

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

12:00 p.m.

Securities and Exchange Commission
44 Montgomery, San Francisco CA 94105 (corner of Montgomery and Market)

Our discussion will focus on uncomfortable situations in professional settings – be they in the workplace or at bar-related events. Many of our members have had to address overly personal questions, field awkward advances from colleagues, or counsel friends who have found themselves in these difficult situations. We’ll talk about the types of situations we’ve encountered and tactics for handling them with grace and professionalism. As a reminder, Wednesdays with Women is intended to be a comfortable, safe space for informal sharing. To encourage everyone to speak frankly at the event, we ask that attendees keep all discussions private.

Register HERE.

Mentorship Kick-off Mixer

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Mentorship Kick-off Mixer

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Hanson Bridgett
425 Market Street, 26th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

The AABA Mentorship Committee warmly invites all 2015-2016 Mentorship Program participants to attend the Mentorship Kickoff Mixer.

At the Mixer, you will meet your new families and engage in some competitive, yet friendly, activities throughout the evening.

Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments generously sponsored by Hanson Bridgett LLP.

All Mentors and Mentees are expected to attend the Mentorship Kickoff Mixer and attendance at this event is one of the Mentorship Program requirements. If you cannot attend, contact Jinah Conroy at jconroy@courtroomsciences.com so that your family can be notified.

This event is free to attend and open to AABA members who signed up for the Mentorship Program.


If you have any additional questions, please contact Jinah Conroy at jconroy@courtroomsciences.com.


A conversation with Judge Pamela Chen

09102015_Judge ConversationThursday, September 10, 2015

Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP
405 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

A conversation with Judge Pamela Chen, United States District Court Judge of the Eastern District of New York.

A discussion about issues facing LGBT people of color and their representation in the judiciary with the first openly LGBT Asian-Pacific American to be confirmed as a federal judge, moderated by Judge Donna Ryu, Magistrate Judge of the Northern District of California.

Reception to follow. Register HERE before September 10.

Powerful Storytelling for Leaders with Charles Vogl

09172015_Storytelling for Leaders2.0 Hours of General CLE

Thursday, September 17, 2015

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Morgan Lewis
One Market, San Francisco CA 94111

Lawyers use storytelling in several areas of their practice, whether as a litigator in court, or with clients and prospective clients.  Please join AABA for an evening seminar to learn about how to use storytelling skills to inspire emotion and connect powerfully when success depends on it.

Registration is required. Free for members; $50 for non-members. RSVP HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact the Education Committee Chair, Michelle Park Chiu.

Korematsu v. United States: The World War II Incarceration of Japanese Americans and One Man’s Quest for Justice

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5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Phillip Burton Federal Building & United States Courthouse
450 Golden Gate Avenue, Ceremonial Courtroom, 19th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

After the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, rumors spread of a plot by Japanese Americans to sabotage the war effort. In early 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, forcing all persons of Japanese ancestry—regardless of loyalty or citizenship—to evacuate the West Coast. In one of the most flagrant violations of civil liberties in American history, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were banished to “internment camps” in seven states. Before departure, many were forced to abandon their property or sell it at a severe loss.

In December 1944, the Supreme Court, in Fred Korematsu v. United States, upheld the legality of the relocation order, although Korematsu’s conviction for evading internment was voided in 1983 on a coram nobis petition heard in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Some of the major players from the 1983 case form the panel for this program: the professor who uncovered government documents that led to the reopening of Mr. Korematsu’s case; the lead counsel for Mr. Korematsu; the judge who heard and ruled on the writ of coram nobis; and Mr. Korematsu’s daughter, who co‑founded a civil rights institute in her father’s memory.


  • Hon. Marilyn Hall Patel
    U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California (Ret.)
  • Dale Minami, Esq.
    Minami Tamaki LLP, San Francisco
  • Peter Irons, Ph.D.
    Emeritus Professor of Political Science, U.C. San Diego
  • Karen Korematsu
    Co-Founder and Executive Director, Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education

Leonard Weiss, Esq.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, San Francisco

Free to the general public
$15 for Historical Society members seeking MCLE credit
$40 for non-members seeking MCLE credit

Click HERE to register and for more information.

Save the Date – The Public Law and Civil Rights Committees present: Justice and Diversity in the Federal Government A Panel Discussion & Mixer

09222015_Panel and MixerTuesday, September 22, 2015

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Location TBD, San Francisco

Come join us for a panel discussion and a hosted reception. Mix and mingle with our featured honored guests from an array of federal agencies and social justice organizations.


For more information, please contact: Christy Kwon, Public Law Committee co-chair

Save the Date – Preparing a Successful ADR Case, Insights from ADR Professionals

1.5 MCLE credit, pending approval

Thursday, October 1, 2015

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco CA 94111

Light refreshments provided. Free for members. $30 for non-members.

Co-Sponsor: JAMS

Register HERE.

Wine and Canvas Night

Van Gogh Starry NightThursday, September 24, 2015

5:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Thirsty Bear Restaurant & Brewery
661 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

The Social Committee of the Asian American Bar Association will be hosting our first Wine & Canvas Night on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Thirsty Bear Restaurant located at 661 Howard Street in San Francisco from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Appetizers will be served starting at 5:00 pm, and local professional artists will instruct the process of painting Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm.

The cost of this event is $25.00 per person, which includes appetizers, wine, and your painted canvas for you to take home. Space is limited to the first 20 guests that register for this event. For further questions, please contact Gina S. Tsai. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register HERE.

Save the Date – Junior Attorney Lawyer Skills CLE

3.0 General CLE

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The program is intended for lawyers with 1-3 years of practice. There will be 3.0 hours of general MCLE, and the event is free for AABA members, $45 for non-AABA members.  Location and specific program details TBD.

Register HERE.

Save the Date! Women’s Committee Leadership Event

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Location and Time: TBD

The Women’s Committee is thrilled to announce that this year’s Leadership Event will feature Nicole Wong, the former White House deputy chief technology officer of the United States. Ms. Wong’s illustrious legal career spans the private and public sectors: before serving as White House CTO, she was the legal director of products at Twitter, a vice president and deputy general counsel at Google, a partner at Perkins Coie, and an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and USF School of Law. We are excited to have Ms. Wong share her insights and personal experiences regarding women’s leadership. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!

AABA Quarterly Partner Lunch

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12:00 – 1:30 pm

Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
One Montgomery Street, Suite 3000
San Francisco CA 94104

AABA is holding its next quarterly Partner Lunch on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, from 12:00  – 1:30 pm at the San Francisco office of Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP.

Come join us!  All paid members who are law firm partners are welcome. Please RSVP HERE by Thursday, October 15, 2015.


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.