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AABA Elections

REMINDER: AABA will be conducting elections for the 2015-2016 Board of Directors. We encourage all qualified members to consider joining the leadership of our bar association.

The following positions will be open and subject to vote by the members of the Association: Vice-President/ President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, and three Director at Large positions. To obtain an application, please click HERE.

Any active AABA member desiring to run for a position as an Officer or Director at Large must complete and submit an application form by Monday, December 15, 2014 and meet the following requirements:


(a) the AABA member is current in his or her membership dues; and

(b) the AABA member served on an AABA committee as a co-chair or member for the immediately preceding AABA fiscal year (2014-15); or has served as an Officer or Director at Large for the immediately preceding year (2014-15); or has obtained the signatures of 25 active attorney AABA members in support of the member’s candidacy.


(a) the AABA member is current in his or her membership dues; and

(b) the AABA member previously served as an Officer or as a Director at Large for the two immediately preceding AABA fiscal years (2013-14 and 2014-15).

After submitting the application, applicants will have until December Friday, December 19, 2014 to withdraw his or her name from the ballot. After that date, candidates will be publicized to the AABA membership through an e-mail announcement and posting on the AABA website.

Active members who have paid their dues as of December 19, 2014 will receive a ballot (To check if your membership is current or to update your contact information, go to the Membership, Profile Management Login page at the AABA website and enter your username and password. If you have forgotten your username and password, enter your e-mail where indicated and your username and password will be e-mailed to you. If paying or renewing membership dues by mail, please allow a minimum of one week for your registration to be processed).

Ballots will be sent to eligible members on or about January 9, 2015. 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.

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, David Tsai, Charles Jung, and Rob Uy. If you have any questions about the election process, please e-mail the Elections Committee at aabaelections@gmail.com.

AABA Congratulates Jon Streeter on His Nomination to the California Court of Appeal

San Francisco, CA (November 14, 2014) — The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) congratulates Jon Streeter on his nomination to the First District Court of Appeal. By tapping Streeter, Governor Jerry Brown has chosen an accomplished trial lawyer with a longstanding commitment to public service and civil rights.

Streeter and his firm Keker Van Nest LLP recently received an award from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus for his pro bono work regarding immigrant rights. That class action suit, in which Streeter served as lead counsel, resulted in a preliminary injunction ruling that took significant steps toward limiting the detention of immigrants awaiting deportation proceedings.

The nomination of Streeter, who grew up in a biracial family in Seattle, is also a welcome step toward diversifying the California’s appellate courts. AABA has long worked to urge greater diversity in the state and federal judiciary, including the California Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court. The California Supreme Court still has no African American sitting justice, and only a handful of African Americans sit on the California Courts of Appeal. Streeter’s nomination is an important step toward addressing the ongoing shortage of judges of color on the California appellate bench.

Streeter has been a partner at Keker Van Nest LLP since 1997, and prior to that, was a partner at Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP. While handling a variety of high-stakes litigation in private practice, he has also distinguished himself through his ongoing public service. In 2011 to 2012, Streeter served as President of the State Bar of California. He was president of the San Francisco Bar Association in 2004, and headed the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California from 2006 to 2007.

AABA Newsletter

President’s Column
By Ted Ting
October 2014


Hey True Believers-

This newsletter captures numerous impressive events that AABA has offered this summer and early fall. Our committees have been very busy putting on one event after another.

But I’m especially proud of the work that AABA did this past quarter on the Reception celebrating the career of California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard. Spearheaded by our extraordinary Vice-President Eumi Lee, the Planning Committee (which also included Miriam Kim, Kimberly Chin, Marina Sarmiento-Feehan, Kristy Young, and Alice Jensen) put on a second-to-none gala that honored Justice Kennard’s retirement after twenty-five years of service.

Justice Kennard’s story has been told so often, yet I was struck by how many students and attorneys were just now learning about her.

To refresh your memory: Justice Kennard was born in the Indonesian province of West Java. Her father passed away in a concentration camp when she was just one. As a mixed-race child, she experienced racism and very poor living conditions, which led her mother to move them to the Netherlands. Justice Kennard had hoped to attend college, but her plans were derailed by a partial amputation of her leg at the age of sixteen. In 1961, despite being a disabled female with considerably less resources than most of us have today, she journeyed here and found a job. She put herself through college and law school, and after several years

Her story would sound like pure fiction if it hadn’t actually happened.

I can understand why more recent Asian American attorneys are not more familiar with her. All that they would know is the California Supreme Court was composed of four Asian Americans. They wouldn’t recall that in 1989, Justice Kennard was only the second female justice ever, never mind the first Asian American.

I feel quite fortunate to have met and talked with her in 1996 when I was a law student. She was an inspiration to me and I know she inspired many others too. If we make sure we continue to share her story, she can inspire new generations of future attorneys. This is why we felt it was incredibly important to host such an event. Indeed, as we might not see four Asian American justices again in the near future, we must memorialize the road paved by the very first one.


In This Issue:

  • Emotional Send-Off Caps Justice Kennard’s 25 Years on the California Supreme Court
  • AABA Law Foundation Board Members Help Raise Money for Scholarships to Aid API Law Students
  • Beating the Heat at AABA’s Public Law Potluck
  • Justin Nishioka’s Optimism Helps Him Succeed in His Evolving Legal Career
  • Pathways to General Counsel
  • Starting a Law Firm and Choosing the Right Business Entity
  • Preschool Beautification Event
  • Recent Law Grads Find Jobs Through Perseverance and Networking
  • Sustaining Members of 2014

Read More…

AABA’s Annual Holiday Party!

red_ornaments___ballsAABA’s Annual Holiday Party!

Friday, December 5, 2014

6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Fang Restaurant
660 Howard Street, San Francisco 94105

The Social Committee hosts its Annual AABA Holiday Party on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 6 pm to 10 pm at Fang Restaurant, located at 660 Howard Street in downtown San Francisco.

A large variety of delicious appetizers will be served throughout the night, along with an Open Bar for half of the night. We have reserved two floors of the restaurant for the event.  One level will have a DJ spinning the latest tunes, along with a photo booth for AABA Members and their guests to take pictures that night.

Please remember to register early on the AABA calendar.  The cost is $30.00 for AABA members and $35.00 for guests who register early online, and $40.00 for all AABA members and all guests at the door.

Online registrations will end on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. AABA members and all guests can purchase tickets at the door for $40.00.

Register NOW!

For more information, please email Emily Tam at emilymtam@sbcglobal.net.  We look forward to seeing you all at our Holiday Party!

December’s Wednesdays with Women

“How to Work Effectively with Support Staff”

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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

Join the AABA Women’s Committee for our December Wednesday with Women brownbag lunch. We’ll be discussing “How to Work Effectively with Support Staff”. We invite women attorneys of all levels to share their tips and experiences for developing effective relationships with support staff in order to work efficiently. Attendees are reminded to bring their own lunch. Open to AABA members only. Space is limited.

Please RSVP HERE by Monday, December 8.

The AABA Women’s Committee has launched a series of informal gatherings on the second Wednesday of each month. Each of the gatherings, which will be a brown-bag lunch or no-host dinner, will provide a forum for interested attorneys to get together for substantive legal discussion, mentorship and camaraderie.

The Women’s Committee is generously supported by the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (“AABA”). We encourage all attendees at our events to have an active AABA membership. If you are not a member of AABA, please register as a member or renew your membership today at http://www.aaba-bay.com/membership/join-aaba/.

To be added to the mailing list for announcements on these gatherings, please e-mail your request to aabawomen@gmail.com.

Holiday Happy Hour!

Screen_Shot_2014-11-15_at_1.04.42_AMCome celebrate the holidays with AABA’s Solo and Small Firm Committee and enjoy appetizers on us (while they last!) Catch up with old friends, make new ones, and find out what the Committee has in store for 2015!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

O3 Bistro & Lounge
524 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102
(near Civic Center)


If you have any questions, please contact Tiffany Yee, SSF Committee Co-Chair.

AABA Public Law / Public Service Committe Brown Bag Series: Working for the USAO

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Co-Sponsored by: National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association

Friday, December 12th

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

Hosted by: Rodney Villazor – Special Prosecutions and National Security Unit, Criminal Division, San Francisco



Merry Jean Chan – Appellate Division, San Francisco

Hanley Chew — Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Unit (CHIP), Criminal Division, San Jose

Jeff Shih – Narcotics Unit, Criminal Division, San Francisco

Jennifer Wang – Civil Division, San Francisco

This event is free but space is limited. RSVP required by December 8, 2014. Click HERE to register. Questions? Contact Rodney Villazor.

AABA’s MCLE “Mini-Marathon”

Up to 4.0 Hours of MCLE

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SAVE THE DATE!  The California MCLE Reporting Deadline is February 2, 2015!  Are you chasing those last few hard-to-get credits?  Or are you a planner and want to get these taken care of early?  Then come to AABA’s MCLE “Mini-Marathon” on Wednesday, January 14, where we will provide up to 4.0 hours of MCLE credit in those hard-to-get subjects.  We will offer 1.0 hour of Elimination of Bias, 1.0 hour of Substance Abuse/Competence Issues, and 2.0 hours of Ethics.  Program details and location TBA.

Transitions: Alternative Careers for Lawyers

Thursday, February 5, 2015

6:00 – 8:00 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.  A social mixer will follow, location TBD.

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

This event will be FREE for AABA members, and $30 for non-members.  Please RSVP HERE.