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San Francisco Food Bank Volunteer Event

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Time: 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

San Francisco Food Bank
900 Pennsylvania Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94107

Come join the AABA Community Services Committee at the San Francisco Food Bank as we prepare food donation packages to distribute to thousands of families in need of emergency food aid.  As a volunteer, you will sort and package food to be distributed at local food pantries, children’s’ snack programs, soup kitchens and homeless shelters throughout San Francisco.  With your help, we can provide thousands of children, seniors, and homeless people with the food they need, especially as we approach the holiday season.  All interested AABA members, family, and friends are encouraged to volunteer.  Child volunteers must be at least 8 years old and accompany by an adult.  AABA will host a mixer for the volunteers following the event.

Please fill out THIS form to sign up.

Contact Stephen Chong (stephen@stchong-law.com) and Shiho Yamamoto (sy@pritzker-law.com) for more information.

June 2014 Newsletter

President’s Column
By Ted Ting


Hey True Believers-

As many of you know from the Annual Dinner, I believe that we lawyers have powers and skills that effectively makes us “superheroes.”  To truly harness our collective abilities, we need to band together – that’s where AABA comes into play.  We need more people to join and we need every one of us to become involved.

In terms of membership, since the Dinner, we have added over 100 new members, so we’re off to an excellent start.  But we need to continue that effort – if you know anyone who is not yet a member, especially government, non-profit, and in-house lawyers, please encourage them to join.

As for involvement, AABA offers opportunities galore.  In April, we met with our sensational committee co-chairs to discuss our slate of events for this year.  Thus far, our committees have already scheduled 23 incredible events – which is about one every other week – and they aren’t close to being done yet!  Make sure you look at our regular email blasts (or the website calendar) for additional events that will be constantly added to the slate.

While our co-chairs and their committees are pretty amazing, we can use more help.  Sign up and help and you’ll not only expand your experience and network, but you’ll have a good time to boot.

In the meantime, please take a look at the excellent articles that cover some of the events that we’ve already had!


In This Issue:
– President’s Address at the Installation Dinner
– Don Tamaki’s Introduction of the State Bar of California CEO, Joe Dunn and President of the State Bar, Luis Rodriguez at the Installation Dinner
– The Honorable Tracie L. Brown: A Judicial Profile
– Renew, Be Positive, Stay Healthy: An Interview with Joan Haratani
– Report: AABA Community Services Committee Volunteer Recognition Event
– Janet’s Teahouse – Reflections on AABA’s Annual Retreat
– Legally Asian 2014
– Sustaining Members of 2014

Read More…

AABA’s 27th Annual Summer Law Clerk Reception

Every year, AABA hosts its Annual Summer Law Clerk Reception, enabling law students, recent graduates, and attorneys to reconnect with old acquaintances and build new relationships. The reception has always been one of AABA’s most popular and well-attended events.  This year’s event on June 18, 2014 at Sens Restaurant in San Francisco – the 27th Annual gathering – was no different.

At each reception, AABA’s Community Services Committee also awards AABA Summer Grants to exceptional law students for their achievements and commitment to serving the Asian American community.  This year’s recipient, Dee Nguyen, a rising 3L at Hastings College of the Law, is certainly worthy of the recognition.  As a law clerk with Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus Workers’ Rights Project, Dee is working on her own direct services docket of wage and hour and unemployment insurance benefit appeal cases to aid low income workers.

Summer Grant Pic

​The reception was coordinated by AABA’s hardworking Employment Committee Co-Chairs Elizabeth Loh, Naomi Pilchen, and David Wang and Committee Members Vince Chen, Angel Garrett, Jenny Jin, Gabe Law, and Alston Lew.  Special thanks goes to Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, which sponsored the event through a generous donation, and its partners (especially Miriam Kim) who have made large personal donations.  AABA also thanks the numerous Bay Area Asian American law firm partners and individual attorneys, who gave individual contributions.

If you are interested in making a contribution for next year’s Reception, please contact AABA’s Operations Director, Olma O’Neill (aaba.bayarea@gmail.com).

On Public Service Appointments – October Brown Bag Luncheon

10212014_flyer Tuesday, October 21, 2014

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Superior Court of California, Alameda County
1225 Fallon Street, Oakland CA

Have you ever wondered how to secure a state-level appointed position?

Join us for a discussion with the Appointments Secretary to Governor Brown, Mona Pasquil, who recruits, screens, and advises the governor on applicants for top paid staff state positions, state board appointments and hundreds of volunteer boards that advise on state policies.

Come learn about the wide range of state appointment opportunities available to attorneys and how to apply!

Mona Pasquil, Appointments Secretary, Office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., is responsible for helping the Governor build his administration by recruiting top candidates to serve the state. She is the first Filipino-American in California history to serve as the Appointments Secretary. Prior to her appointment, Mona served as Chief of Staff to California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi and as Acting Lieutenant Governor.

Luncheon Topic Hosted by:
Judge Stuart Hing, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda was appointed to the bench in 2008 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Before his appointment, he was a Deputy District Attorney in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

This event is free, but space is limited!

**RSVP required by October 20th, 5 p.m. by clicking HERE.

Questions? Contact Diana Lin, dlin@post.harvard.edu (510) 467-0058

AABA Community Services 2nd Strategic Kickoff Meeting

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

FANG Restaurant
660 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

The AABA Community Services Committee will be hosting their 2nd strategic kickoff meeting to discuss the exciting events planned for the remainder of the year, including Legally Asian 2015. Anyone interested in joining the Committee, helping out with the events, or learning more about the Committee is welcome to attend. Drinks and appetizers will be provided.

If you are unable to attend but would like to learn more about the Committee and ways to get involved, please contact one of the co-chairs John B. Lough, Jr (lough.law@gmail.com), Lisa Mak (attnymak@gmail.com) or Claire Choo (claire.y.choo@gmail.com).

FBANC’s First Annual Gabi ng Parangal – Magsayawan Tayo! (Night of Awards: Shall We Dance)

GABI-NG-PARANGAL1Thursday, October 23, 2014

5:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Fort Mckinley Restaurant
101 Brentwood Drive, South San Francisco, CA 94080

The Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (“FBANC”) invites you to come and join us for a night of awards and ballroom dancing! On Thursday, October 23, 2014, FBANC will proudly host its first “Gabi ng Parangal: Magsawayan Tayo” (Night of Awards: Shall We Dance?) at Fort Mckinley Restaurant at 101 Brentwood Drive, South San Francisco, CA 94080 from 5:30 PM-10:00 PM.

Over the past three decades, FBANC has become one of the largest Filipino-American Bar Associations in the country. Through its current involvement in the National Filipino American Lawyer’s Association, it has now taken center stage as one of the leaders in the national Filipino-American Community.  Each year, FBANC has served hundreds of members of the Filipino legal community in the bay area, and touches hundreds of community members through its legal clinics. Last year alone FBANC raised $25,000 for Typhoon Haiyan relief, gathered several tons of relief goods and gave out over $16,000 in scholarships.

FBANC could not do it all without it’s community partners. This event will honor FBANC’s outstanding community partners and allies.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour starting at 6:00 p.m.  The short dinner program will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. We will have a ballroom dance instructor at the event and we will have ballroom dancing after the dinner.


  • Attorneys/FBANC Members – $70
  • Attorneys/Non-Members – $100 (includes free membership)
  • Government/Non-Profit Attorneys who are Non-Attorneys –$75 (includes free membership)
  • Law Students – $45 (includes free membership for law students)
  • Non-Attorneys– $45

Tickets can be bought via eventbrite.


  • Lifetime membership + dinner ticket – $400 (reg. $570)

For Sponsorship opportunities and more information, visit the FBANC website.

Rebuilding Together SF!

10252014_RebuildingTogether-BravaSaturday, October 25, 2014

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (partial shifts available)

Brava Theater
2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Come join Union Bank and the AABA Community Services Committee as we renovate the historic Brava Theater in the Mission District! The Brava Theater is one of the many sites for the Rebuilding Together San Francisco fall build-out this year (www.rebuildingtogethersf.org). Volunteers will assist with prep work, painting, and clean-up. No heavy lifting, carpentry, or outdoor work needed.

All volunteers over 16 years of age are welcome. Union Bank will be providing light breakfast and boxed lunches for volunteers. The Theater is easily accessible by BART and MUNI. Off-street metered parking is also available.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Lisa Mak or John B. Lough, Jr.

Senior Associate Leadership Workshop

10252014_Senior Associate Flyer UPDATEDSaturday, October 25, 2014

10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Morgan Lewis
One Market, Spear Street Tower, San Francisco 94104

Are you an associate with at least six years of practice?  Are you thinking about what skills you need to develop to become a leader in your organization?  Come join AABA on Saturday, October 25 to learn essential leadership skills that will prepare you for the next stages of your career!

AABA is proud to present Carol Isozaki of Strategic Brand Intelligence, who will take you through a half-day seminar to help you develop important leadership skills and enhance your personal brand.  Carol is an experienced leader in this field, having presented workshops to major companies around the country.

WHO: Associate attorneys with at least six years of experience
WHEN: Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Morgan Lewis, One Market, Spear Street Tower, San Francisco, CA 94104
HOW: Registration required via AABA Calendar by October 15
COST: $250 for current AABA members/$350 for non-members

Contact Michelle Park Chiu
AABA Education Committee Co-Chair

Start Your Career Off Right: Panel CLE Event for Junior Attorneys

1.0 hour of MCLE Credit

October 28, 2014

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Please join us for a panel event to hear from experienced attorneys who will provide tips and advice to new attorneys on how to start their careers on the right track!  The panelists will share their experiences on what worked and what didn’t as young attorneys.  The event will also include time for Q and A.

·         Lin Chan, Associate at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein and AABA Civil Rights Committee Co-Chair
·         Joshua Chang, Associate at Kwan & Olynick LLP and AABA Mentorship Committee Co-Chair
·         Veronica Guinto, Law Office of Veronica B. Guinto and AABA Solo & Small Firm Committee Co-Chair
·         Moderator: Michelle Park Chiu, Associate at Morgan Lewis and AABA Education Committee Co-Chair

Lunch will be provided.  Space is limited, so please RSVP through the AABA Calendar no later than October 24.

AABA and SF La Raza Joint Networking Mixer

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

AABA of the greater Bay Area and the SF La Raza Lawyer’s Association invite you to their jointly hosted Networking Mixer on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at 111 Minna Gallery in downtown San Francisco. This mixer is a great opportunity to meet new faces and expand your business referral network. Complimentary appetizers will be served, but only while they last! The venue features stunning 16 feet high walls and a fully stocked bar. Bring extra business cards and enjoy meeting new colleagues and reuniting with familiar faces over drinks and small bites.

Please RSVP on the AABA Calendar so we can have a headcount of who is coming. Members of AABA and SF La Raza get in free! Non-members will be charged a $5 entry fee, but sign up for membership before or at the event and get into this and more events like this for free. For any inquiries regarding the event, please contact Jill Lin.

On behalf of SFLRLA and AABA, we hope to see you there!

Halloween Eve LYRIC Extravaganza

10302014_LYRIC-halloween-eve-flyerSponsored by AABA and BALIF

Thursday, October 30, 2014

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The Drake Lounge
508 4th Street, San Francisco CA 94107

Come as a lawyer, a banker, or a candlestick maker!

Join BALIF and AABA to Benefit LGBTQ Youth at our Halloween Eve LYRIC party!

What: Halloween Eve LYRICS Extravaganza with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and party favors
Donations: Minimum $25 in advance / $35 at the door

Purchase Tickets / Donate here: www.balif.org/LYRICparty

For sponsorship opportunities, contact: edward@edwardjoylaw.com

Federal and State Whistleblower Laws: What You Need To Know

11042014_SF-WhistleBlowerLaws-WhatYouNeedtoKnow-Chan-0914 Monday, November 3, 2014

1.0 Hour of MCLE Credit

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

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

Numerous federal and state laws and regulations govern the interaction between employers, government agencies, and potential whistleblowers – affecting almost every organization across a wide variety of practice areas.  Learn how these laws impact your employees and/or legal practice.

Our speakers will include:
• Lin Chan, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
• Winston Y. Chan, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
• Alice Liu Jensen, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
• Jeffrey E. Tsai, California Attorney General’s Office
• Christine Wong, Fujitsu

Registration opens at 5:30pm with drinks and appetizers. Program starts at 6:00pm.
Approved for 1.0 hour of general CLE credit.
Space is limited so please register early. Registration will close when the room is at capacity.
Free for AABA members with advance registration, $30 for non-members.

Public Law / Public Service Career Panel

11052014Wednesday, November 5, 2014

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

UC Hastings Alumni Reception Center
200 McAllister Street, San Francisco CA 94102

AABA’s Public Law/Public Service Committee and UC Hastings APALSA are hosting a Public Law/Public Service Career Panel for students and attorneys who are interested in pursuing a career in the public sector. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about the vast field of public sector jobs and meet public law practitioners who have dedicated their careers to public service. Panelists from various non-profit, government, and public service organizations will discuss their experiences in public law and their career pathways. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

Judge Andrew Cheng (SF Superior Court)
Angelica Jongco (Public Advocates)
Bill Tamayo (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
Margaret Fujioka (Mayor of Piedmont & Administrative Hearing Officer)
Richard Pio Roda (Meyers Nave & San Leandro City Attorney)
Moderator: Professor Eumi Lee (UC Hastings)



AABA Bowling Night

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
*The event was previously scheduled for November 5 and has been rescheduled to November 18.

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Yerba Buena Bowling Center
750 Folsom Street, San Francisco CA 94107

The Social Committee of the Asian American Bar Association will be hosting a night of bowling on Tuesday, November 18 at the Yerba Buena Bowling Center. So if you have some time to spare and you’re in the right frame of mind, put an X on your calendar and roll on over. Bowling and shoe rental will be free for members but $5 for non-members. So if you or your friends are not members yet, sign up now!

Space is limited so please RSVP via the AABA Calendar so we know how many people to expect. Contact Steven Hong with any questions.

SAVE THE DATE – AABA’s Annual Holiday Party!

SAVE THE DATE – AABA’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 is hosting our 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 website.  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.

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

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.