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AABA 2015-2016 Mentorship Program

Deadline: Monday, July 20, 2015

Are you interested in becoming part of an incredible program where you will develop lasting and rewarding relationships with those in the AABA community? If the answer is yes, then you should participate in the Mentorship Program as a mentor or a mentee.

Participants will be placed into distinct “families” comprised of at least one law student or junior attorney, mid-level associate and senior associate/partner based on practice areas and other individual factors. By doing so, the Mentorship Committee hopes to facilitate long-lasting relationships that are compatible personally as well as professionally. We will also be designating AABA’s 2016 Mentor of the Year for the first time this year. Mentees may nominate their favorite mentor for this honor and the Mentor of the Year will receive an award during our end of year celebration which will be held in January or February. For more information about the Mentorship Program, click here.

Please complete the following questionnaire in order to help us match you with other mentorship family members. You must be a current AABA member to participate. Past participants may sign up for a new mentor or mentee but we encourage you to maintain your relationships with your previous mentorship families. Mentorship families will be announced in August and will have the opportunity to connect at our Meet and Greet Mixer in early September. Details to follow.

MENTEES (law student, recent law school graduate or attorney who has practiced for four years or less):

MENTORS (attorneys who have practiced for six years or more)

*Individuals who have practiced for five years may elect to complete either questionnaire.

AABA Baseball Night at AT&T Park

Bruce Lee PicJuly 7, 2015

7:15 pm

AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA

Pre-game Tailgate: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Jillian’s @ Metreon, 175 – 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Cost:  $40.00

The Social Committee of the Asian American Bar Association invites you to attend our Annual AABA Baseball Night at AT&T Park! The Three Time World Champion San Francisco Giants will take on the New York Mets on Bruce Lee’s 75th Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 7:15 p.m. Bruce Lee, a San Francisco native, went on to become arguably the most renowned martial artist of all time. Your ticket to this event will include a Collector’s Edition Bruce Lee themed Giant’s item.

Our pre-game tailgate party will be held at Jillian’s @ Metreon from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Please contact Emily Tam at emilymtam@sbcglobal.net with any questions you may have. Tickets are $40.00 each for AABA members and all guests. The tickets can be ordered on the AABA Website. They will be distributed in person at the tailgate party.

AABA thanks Larry Lee from Advanced Discovery for graciously hosting the pre-game festivities.  Advanced Discovery is one of the fastest growing e-discovery companies in the country. They believe it takes more than software to effectively manage and deliver data. They have combined the right technology with the right people to make the process as efficient as possible.

Their service offering includes everything from forensic investigations and data collection to managed attorney review and productions. Their team consists of subject matter experts, experienced licensed attorneys, and workflow design engineers. They work together to provide the perfect balance of technology solutions and human expertise.  Their practical and consultative approach allows them to create solutions that deliver, manage and secure data faster, with fewer hassles and more cost efficiency.

AABA truly appreciates their generosity and support!

We look forward to seeing you all at AT&T Park!  GO GIANTS! Register Now.

Nuts & Bolts of Starting a Law Practice: A Roundtable Discussion with David Sohn

07142015_Starting a Law Practice1 MCLE Credit, Pending Approval

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

455 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Participate in a round table discussion with former AABA president David Sohn. David runs a successful solo practice in San Francisco focusing on business disputes, corporate governance disputes, employment law, and consumer protection claims. Hear about David’s journey and find answers to questions about how to get started, what practice areas to offer, insurance considerations, how to get clients and more.

Lunch will be provided

Space is limited, so register early at http://tiny.cc/aabassf_july2015

AABA Career Workshop

07182015_Career WorkshopSaturday, July 18, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

UC Hastings School of Law
198 McAllister Building, Classroom J, 3rd Floor, San Francisco 94102

The Employment Committee invites junior attorneys and law school students to participate in this year’s Career Workshop.  Participants will have the opportunity to network with mid-to-senior level attorneys, learn interview tips from an experienced career coach and educator, practice their interviewing skills in a close-knit setting, and get personalized coaching from an experienced attorney.  Space is limited. Participants must RSVP by July 8 to Angel Garrett at agarrett@truckerhuss.com.

Please email David Wang or Naomi Pilchen with any questions at david.wang@jacksonlewis.com and npilchen@fenwick.com.

Mentorship Committee Meeting

Monday, July 20, 2015

6:00 p.m.

Munger, Tolles & Olson
560 Mission Street. 27th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

Please join the Mentorship Committee when we meet to coordinate details for our upcoming Mentorship Mixer and to discuss future events.  Bring your ideas and input to help us plan another great mentorship year!

RSVP to Jinah Conroy at jconroy@courtroomsciences.com. If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to be a part of the Mentorship Committee, please email Jinah Conroy.

Save the Date – Annual Social Justice Attorney Mixer

Thursday, July 23, 2015

6:15 p.m.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
275 Battery Street, 29th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111


David Chiu – California Assemblymember

Angelica Jongco – Public Advocates Senior Staff Attorney

The Honorable Cynthia Lie – Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge

Diane Chin (moderator) – Stanford Law School Associate Dean for Public Service and Public Interest Law

Sponsored by AABA’s Civil Rights Committee

Register HERE.

CSC Summer Garden Project

07252015_CSC Garden ProjectCSC Summer Garden Project

Saturday, July 25, 2015

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Florence Fang Asian Community Garden
Diana Street and Williams Avenue, San Francisco 94124

CSC is pleased to partner with AsianWeek for a summer gardening volunteer project! The Florence Fang Asian Community Garden, which broke ground last year, is the city’s first ever Asian community garden. The one-acre green space helps new immigrants lead healthy lifestyles, grow and share fresh produce, and showcase traditional Asian landscaping in a community space open to people of all backgrounds.  Volunteers will perform basic gardening maintenance and building projects. Children of all ages are welcome to join with appropriate parental supervision.

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/asiangarden2015

Questions? Contact CSC Co-Chair Lisa Mak at attnymak@gmail.com.


In-House Summer Mixer

07302015_In-House Summer MixerThursday, July 30, 2015

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Patio
415 Emerson Street, Palo Alto CA 94301

Celebrate the summer with other in-house attorneys at The Patio in Palo Alto.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to reconnect, relax, and meet other in-house attorneys from around the Bay Area.  Through a generous sponsorship by Paragon Legal, the In-House Committee will host

  • Appetizers
  • Wine, Beer, & Cocktails
  • Raffle Prizes

The Patio is conveniently located just 5 minutes from the Palo Alto CalTrain station and garage parking is available. This event is free to attend, and is open to all current in-house attorneys only. RSVP is required.

RSVP by July 23rd.

Women’s Committee Happy Hour and Trivia Night

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Pause Wine Bar
1666 Market Street (near Haight), San Francisco CA 94102

Open to: Women’s Committee members only, but you can join that night

Cost: One drink covered for the first 20 attendees; otherwise, no-host bar

Please join the Women’s Committee for happy hour (6pm start) and trivia night (7:30pm start). We look forward to networking with both new and old members. If you’re not a member of the committee yet, please come by and sign up! The first 20 attendees will have one drink covered; otherwise, it will be a no-host bar.


e-Filing in SF Superior Court: Tips and Training

Save the Date!

1.0 MCLE

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Esquire Deposition Solutions
44 Montgomery Street, Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA  94104

Lunch and dessert to be provided.

Free for members. $30 for non-members. RSVP HERE.

Co-sponsors: File & ServeXpress & Esquire Deposition Solutions

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.

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.