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Data Disaggregation Grant: Deadline: 8/1/2016

Transmittal of Applications NEW DUE DATE: 8/1/2016

The Department of Education is pleased to announce the deadline for submitting applications for the Data Disaggregation Initiative (D2) has been extended to August 1, 2016.

The D2 program will provide grants to State educational agencies in consortia with local educational agencies to obtain and evaluate disaggregated data on English Learners and AAPI subpopulations beyond the existing seven racial and ethnic categories to address achievement and opportunity gaps.

Applications available at:  https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-04/pdf/2016-10345.pdf 

For eligibility requirements see our FAQ’s at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oela/faq.html

AABA Newsletter – May 2016

#AABA40 is not just a hash tag. In order for us to celebrate the 40th anniversary, we must reflect and appreciate the distance we have traveled and the adversity we have overcome. Our success is built on the perseverance of those who came before us. It’s only when we stop taking for granted the privileges we enjoy that our actions and plans become meaningful. #AABA40 is about embracing the spirit of the past while taking on new challenges of tomorrow.
– Hung Chang, President

In this Issue:

AABA’s 40th Annual Installation Dinner!


Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area’s
40th Annual Installation Dinner

Friday, March 18, 2016

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco CA 94111

Thank you for supporting our SOLD OUT 40th Anniversary Celebration! 

Visit our 40th Anniversary Celebration page
to learn more about AABA’s history and mission,
and view our new short film.

$40,000 to celebrate #AABA40: Raymond L. Ocampo, Jr. Donates $20,000 to Double Grant Awarded to the Asian Law Caucus

The AABA Law Foundation is pleased to announce that Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. made a surprise donation of $20,000 at the AABA 40th Anniversary Installation Dinner, allowing us to double the grant awarded to the Asian Law Caucus — the recipient of the Nassiri & Jung/AABA Public Interest Grant.  Through a $10,000 matching grant from the Nassiri & Jung Foundation, AABA had planned to award a $20,000 grant to support the work of law students or recent law school graduates at the ALC.  Mr. Ocampo generously decided to double the $20,000 grant so that $40,000 could be awarded to celebrate 40 years of AABA.

Mr. Ocampo is a longstanding donor to the AABA Law Foundation.  Each year, AABA awards the Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. Family Scholarship, in memory of Mr. Ocampo’s parents and in honor of immigrants like them, for the enormous sacrifices they made and the untold hardships they endured in search of a better life for their families.  Mr. Ocampo’s generous support is an inspiration to the AABA community.

AABA Law Foundation Thanks Donors

Thank you to everyone that donated to the AABA Law Foundation this past year.  Because of your contributions, we awarded $5,000 scholarships to four local law students committed to the Asian Pacific American community, and the Asian Law Caucus received a $40,000 grant to support the work of law students or recent law graduates.  Special thanks go to Raymond L. Ocampo Jr., the Nassiri & Jung Foundation, and the Honorable Delbert Gee for their support and philanthropic leadership.

Without the support of generous donors, the Foundation could not do its work.  The Foundation is currently raising funds for its public interest summer grants.  If you would like to make a donation, click here or email Christine K. Noma.

AABA Civil Rights Committee Welcomes Applicants for the Law Student Liaison Position (2016-2017 Term)

AABA’s Civil Rights Committee is looking for enthusiastic law students interested in social and criminal justice issues to serve as the committee’s Law Student Liaison for the 2016-2017 term.

The Law Student Liaison will participate in quarterly committee meetings, help publicize committee events and programs to area law schools, and serve key roles in the committee’s events.

This year’s events include:

Summer 2016: our annual Social Justice Mixer, focusing on social and criminal justice Issues on the eve of the 25th Anniversary of the LA Riots.

Fall 2016: Know Your Rights Workshop, focusing on women of color service workers in the tech industry.

Winter 2016/2017: Anti-Discrimination Workshop, to address anti-South Asian discrimination and Islamophobia.

Please direct your questions to co-chair, Valerie Li.

Apply here by May 30, 2016.

Join AABA’s Employment Committee! 

Interested in getting involved with the AABA Employment Committee?  We are actively looking for new members who are dedicated to enhancing the employment opportunities for minority law students and attorneys in the Bay Area. Email AABAEmploymentCommittee@gmail.com and sign-up today!

Quarterly Partner Lunch

please join usWednesday, June 1, 2016

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
555 Mission Street, 30th Floor, San Francisco, CA  94105

Join us on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 for our Quarterly Partner Lunch. This lunch is open to all AABA members who are also law firm partners.

To request disability accommodations, please contact aaba.bayarea@gmail.com.

RSVP HERE by Friday, May 27, 2016.

AABA’s LGBT Committee Kickoff Meeting

06022016_LGBTThursday, June 2, 2016

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Perkins Coie LLP
505 Howard Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco CA 94105

The AABA LGBT Committee will be hosting a kickoff meeting to discuss the exciting events planned for the year. Anyone interested in joining as a Committee member, helping with events, or learning more about the Committee is welcome to attend.

Dinner and drinks will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the LGBT Committee Chairs:

Christopher ChouMandy Hu, or Kimpo Ngoi


AABA Joint Happy Hour with IABA and SABA

Thursday, June 9, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
O3 Bistro and Lounge
524 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco CA 94102
Register HERE.

Summer Diversity Reception

Thursday, June 16, 2016

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Fang Restaurant
660 Howard Street, San Francisco CA 94105

The Employment Committee invites you to AABA’s 29th Annual Summer Diversity Reception. Fang Restaurant 660 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105. 6 – 8:30 pm.  Celebrating summer associates and law clerks in the San Francisco Bay Area and recognizing AABA’s 2016 summer grant recipients for their dedication to community service and client advocacy.

Click HERE to rsvp for the event.

If you would like to SPONSOR the event, click HERE!

AABA & APABA Summer Mixer on the Peninsula

06232016_AABA APABA SSF Summer MixerThursday, June 23, 2016
Sky Lounge
76 E 3rd. Avenue, San Mateo CA 94401
Please join the Solo and Small Firm Committees of Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) and Asian Pacific American Bar Association – Silicon Valley (APABA-SV) for a summer networking mixer. Solo practitioners and small firm attorneys from all practice areas are invited to network, mingle, and share business cards.
For more information, contact Shiho Yamamoto.
This event is co-sponsored by Judicata. Judicata is a small, San Francisco-based company that is developing a legal search engine for lawyers. The company’s goal is to help lawyers conduct cost effective legal research with confidence, with tools that are easier to use, and more precise than Westlaw or LexisNexis. Come learn what Judicata is all about!
RSVP Here: http://tinyurl.com/2016SSFSummerMixer