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AABA 2015-2016 Mentorship Program

Deadline Extended: Monday, August 10, 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 at the Mentorship Kickoff Mixer on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

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.

Women’s Committee Happy Hour and Trivia Night

stacks_image_601Tuesday, 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.


AABA Quarterly Partner Lunch

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

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

AABA is holding its next quarterly Partner Lunch from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in San Francisco. All paid members who are law firm partners are welcome. Please RSVP by Thursday, August 6, 2015.

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

Annual Summer Picnic

image009Saturday, August 22, 2015

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Golden Gate Park – Pioner Log Cabin Picnic Area
2 Stow Lake Drive East, San Francisco, CA  94117

This year’s annual summer picnic will be held at Pioneer Log Cabin Picnic Area of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Saturday August 22, 2015 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. This is a great family-friendly alternative for those who are unable to attend AABA’s evening mixers. We have reserved a large picnic site with a large grass playing field, four large tables, two grills, and partial shade. The expansive field of Pioneer Log Cabin Picnic Area is framed at the back by tall trees, making it one of the prettiest gathering spots in all of Golden Gate Park. This park does allow dogs, but must be on a leash.

Street parking is available, but limited. We will be grilling up traditional favorites such as hot dogs and hamburgers. We invite attendees to bring anything else they would like to toss on the grill and also a small contribution of food or drink to share at the picnic. Bring your friends, families, Frisbees, footballs, sun screen and picnic blankets for a fun day in the sun.


If you have any further questions, you may reach Gina S. Tsai at GTsai@EsquireSolutions.com

We look forward to seeing you there!


Pioneer Log Cabin picnic area is on the south side of Stow Lake Drive, just after it splits off from JFK Drive. There is no sign marking the Pioneer Log Cabin, though the neighboring building is marked and visible from the street. On Saturdays and Sundays, no cars are allowed on JFK Drive.

Mentorship Kick-off Mixer

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

6:00 p.m.

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

Mentors and Mentees participating in this year’s Mentorship Program are invited to attend the Mentorship Kickoff Mixer.  Mentorship families will be announced and attendees will engage in some competitive, yet friendly, activities throughout the evening.  Connect with your new families and have fun mingling with others!

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

All 2015 – 2016 Mentorship Program participants are strongly encouraged to attend the Mentorship Kickoff Mixer. This event is free to attend and open to AABA members only.


It’s not too late to become part of the Mentorship Program.  Please complete the appropriate questionnaire:

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. Please contact Jinah Conroy with any questions at jconroy@courtroomsciences.com

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.

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

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 – 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.