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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

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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.

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​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).


Apply to become an AABA Mentee! If you are a law student or a young attorney (0-7 years experience), then becoming an AABA Mentee is a great opportunity to connect with and learn from more established attorneys. We believe having good mentors is a key to a successful legal career.

This year we will be continuing our exciting program for mentors and mentees.  The AABA mentorship program will consist of small families that include approximately 2 seasoned attorneys, 2 young attorneys, and 2 law students.  Mentees are required to submit an application so that the each family will be an exclusive group that shares the same interests.  The AABA Mentorship Committee will be hosting formal events for the “families”.

More than anything, the mentorship committee strives to foster meaningful and lasting relationships between mentors and mentees in a fun and positive environment.

To be considered, please apply HERE.

Please submit your applications by July 31, 2014.  Thank you!

NAPABA Women’s Leadership Committee Mentorship Program

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Women’s Leadership Committee has launched a Women’s Mentorship Program. They are seeking APA women mentors.

The goal of the NAPABA Women’s Leadership Committee Mentorship Program is to assist young attorneys with experienced attorneys to better define their legal career path through the sharing of an experienced attorney’s wisdom, experiences, and knowledge about the practice of law. Mentees and Mentors will be matched as closely as possible according to their areas of interest and practice. Mentees and Mentors are encouraged to remain in contact with each other on a regular basis throughout the year via NAPABA-organized activities, e-mail and scheduled meetings with each other. Applications for the program can be found here.  Due to overwhelming participation from mentees, the Mentorship Program is still in need of mentors, so please sign up and spread the word.

3rd Annual Social Justice Attorney Reception

July 24, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm

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

AABA seeks to build a stronger community of APA social justice advocates. The AABA Civil Rights Committee invites you to join us for this Reception, which will include remarks by prominent Bay Area social justice attorneys. The speakers will discuss their perspectives on their careers and issues related to social justice lawyering.

This Reception will feature the following distinguished speakers:
- Carol Izumi (Moderator), Professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law;
- Hon. Vince Chhabria, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California;
- Cindy Liou, Staff Attorney at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach; and
- Bill Tamayo, Regional Attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, San Francisco District.

*Registration is now closed.


Free Lunchtime CLE Event

“Winning a Reasonable Royalty Case after Apple v. Motorola: A Case Study, IV v. Xilinx”

1.0 Hour MCLE Credit. Subject to approval.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Jones Day Silicon Valley Office
1755 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto CA 94303

APABA-SV IP Committee invites you to the presentation “Winning a Reasonable Royalty Case after Apple v. Motorola: A Case Study, IV v. Xilinx”.

To effectively present or defend against royalty damages claims, attorneys must understand the recent court decisions and the issues that the decisions raise.  In the last few years, the Federal Circuit has been closely examining the methodology and evidence used to prove reasonable royalty damages.  In response, the district courts have begun looking more carefully and favorably at Daubert challenges to damages experts.  The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Apple v. Motorola has, however, called into question the rigor with which courts have been performing the gatekeeping process

Join APABA-SV and attorneys from Jones Day’s Silicon Valley and Irvine offices as we discuss proven strategies for challenging patentees’ damages expert reports.  Having recently obtained the exclusion of Intellectual Ventures’ damages expert report in IV v. Xilinx, the panelists will share lessons they learned in challenging patentees’ damages claims through Daubert and summary judgment motions.  They will also touch on established royalty, entire market value rule, smallest saleable patent practicing unit, book of wisdom, expert do-overs, presenting a damages case without an expert, and the tactics that secured victory.

This event is sponsored by Jones Day.  Lunch will be provided.

Moderator: Frank Cote, Jones Day

Patrick Michael, Jones Day
Bill Rooklidge, Jones Day
Justin Liu, Xilinx, Inc.
Registration begins at 11:30 AM.  Program starts at noon.

If you are interested in attending the event, please RSVP to ip@apabasv.com before July 21, 2014.

LGBT People of Color in the Legal Profession

July 29, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 07292014_panel flyer

The Orrick Building
405 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-2669

Please join the Asian American Bar Association’s LGBT committee and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP for a discussion of the LGBT people of color in the legal profession. We have a distinguished group of panelists who are all LGBT persons of color, including:

  • Professor Russell Robinson (Distinguished Haas Chair in LGBT Equity Professor of Law, Berkeley Law School);
  • Christine Sun (Staff Attorney for the Immigrants’ Rights Project, ACLU);
  • Felicia Medina (Managing Partner at the San Francisco Office of Sanford Heisler, LLP);
  • Craig Konnoth (Deputy Solicitor General at the Solicitor General’s Office at the Attorney General of California) as moderator.

The discussion will focus on how the panelists’ gender, sexual orientation, and race have affected their careers as attorneys. The panel will discuss how stereotypes about their multiple identities and their personal backgrounds have shaped their experiences as attorneys and affected their view of the legal profession. The panel will also discuss legal issues at the intersection of LGBT identities and race.

The panel will be followed by a reception with drinks, light appetizers, and opportunities for networking.


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AABA Expert Series with Kevin Fong

AABA Expert Series July 30 2014July 30, 2014
6:00pm – 7:30pm
1.0 Hour MCLE Credit

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Four Embarcadero Center, 22nd Floor, San Francisco, CA

In the AABA Expert Series, some of our preeminent members will be sharing their expertise with AABA members interested in their area of practice.  In the inaugural program of the AABA Expert Series, Kevin M. Fong will be giving a lively and interactive presentation on Oral Advocacy.  Mr. Fong will be sharing his best tips on presenting an oral argument to a trial judge, appellate panel, or arbitrator.

Using audio excerpts from one of his recent Ninth Circuit arguments, Mr. Fong will illustrate some of his insights into common challenges in Oral Advocacy—framing the key issues, handling tough questions, controlling the flow of the argument, and wrapping things up, for example.  He will also talk about the broader task of developing your own comfortable personal style of Oral Advocacy.

Mr. Fong leads Pillsbury’s appellate practice and has appeared in 110 published decisions, including arguments in six cases before the California Supreme Court (winning five of the six).  He is a past president of AABA and received a Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association at its 20th annual convention.

If you have any questions, e‐mail Jennifer Shih, Education Committee Co‐Chair.

Free for AABA members with advance registration, $30 for non‐members. Please visit the AABA Calendar to RSVP by July 28.

AABA 2014-2015 Brown Bag Series: Pathways to Public Law Careers

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Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Oakland City Hall
One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612

Grab your brown bag lunch!
Bring your summer externs and law clerks!

AABA invites public law practitioners to come and share their public law career paths with law students and other interested folks. The brown bag will be hosted by Andy Huang (U.S. Attorney’s Office), Sue Ra (Alameda County Public Defender) and Pelayo Llamas (Oakland City Attorney’s Office).  Come mix, mingle, mentor, and share stories.

This event is free, but space is limited to 30! RSVP by July 29, 5:00 p.m.

Email any questions or ideas to Minming Wu or Jennifer Kishimizu


Summer Mixer for In-House Counsel (only)

07312014_patioJuly 31
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Patio at Rudy’s
412 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, CA  94301

Join us in celebrating the start of Summer! Catch up with old friends, get to know some new faces, and relax with your fellow colleagues at The Patio @ Rudy’s in Palo Alto. The Patio is conveniently located 5 minutes from the Palo Alto CalTrain Station and there is plenty of street and garage parking. Drinks and appetizers will be provided.

All In-House Counsel are invited to attend. Please RSVP by July 25th so that we can order enough food for everyone.

We hope to see you there!

AABA Summer Picnic

Coyote-Point-Park-MapAugust 2, 2014
11:00am – 5:00pm

Coyote Point
San Mateo, CA

Save the date! This year’s annual summer picnic will be held at the Magic Mountain Picnic Area of Coyote Point in San Mateo on August 2, 2014 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, six tables, two grills, and partial shade. The site is also close to the Magic Mountain Playground and perfect for your little ones. Unfortunately, this park does not allow pets.

There is ample parking and 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. Several AABA members have indicated an interest in reviving the traditional softball game at the picnic, and those interested in playing are encouraged to bring their equipment. Bring your friends, families, Frisbees, footballs, sun screen and picnic blankets for a fun day in the sun.

Please RSVP via AABA Calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!


From San Francisco: When coming to Coyote Point from the north (San Francisco), use take 280 South and exit I-380 towards US 101/SF Int’l Airport. Take Highway 101 South. Take the Poplar Avenue exit. Turn right onto Humboldt until Peninsula Avenue. Turn right onto Peninsula Avenue. Go over the freeway, and then circle around and into the Park.

From the East Bay: Take I-580W. Merge onto I-80W. Follow signs for San Francisco/U.S. 101 S/Airport and merge onto Highway 101 South. Take the Poplar Avenue exit. Turn right onto Humboldt until Peninsula Avenue. Turn right onto Peninsula Avenue. Go over the freeway, and then circle around and into the Park.

From the South Bay: When coming to Coyote Point from the south (San Jose), use Highway 101 North. Take the Peninsula Avenue exit. Turn right onto Airport Blvd. Turn left onto Coyote Point Drive to the park.

Preschool Beautification Event

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Hosted by the AABA Community Services Committee and FACES SF

August 16, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (partial shifts available)

100 Whitney Young Circle, San Francisco, CA 94124

Join the AABA Community Services Committee for our annual preschool beautification project in collaboration with FACES SF, which provides subsidized child care and enrichment programs for young children. Volunteers will spruce up a school site in the Bayview-Hunters Point area so that kids will be able to learn in a clean, comfortable, and fun environment. Tasks may include painting, cleaning, maintenance, and minor repair work. All interested AABA members, family, and friends are encouraged to volunteer for this great community event!

Please sign up HERE.

For more information, please contact Lisa Mak.

Gifts, Open Meetings, and Public Records Act Brown Bag Luncheon for Public Attorneys and Appointees

brown bagAugust 26, 2014

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

University of California General Counsel’s Office
1111 Franklin St., Oakland
(1½ blocks from the Oakland 12th Street BART)


Bring your brown bag lunch!

Mark Morodomi is a former FPPC Chief of Enforcement and Oakland Supervising Attorney and current UC counsel.  Stella Ngai is a university expert on Gift and Public Records laws.  Join them and other state and local government  attorneys to ask questions and discuss anything you want on the Brown Act, Public Records Act, and Gift laws.  This is ideal for anyone working in the state or local government or someone thinking about joining a local government board.

This event is free, but space is limited to 30!

RSVP required  by August 24, 5 p.m. by clicking HERE.

Email any questions or ideas to Minming Wu

Annual AABA Baseball Night at AT&T Park

August 26, 2014
5:00pm – 7:00 pm – Pre-Game Tailgate (at Pete’s Tavern)
7:15 pm – First Pitch

AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA
Ticket Cost:  $35.00

The Social Committee of the Asian American Bar Association invites you to attend our Annual AABA Baseball Night at AT&T Park!  The Bruce Lee FigurineWorld Champion San Francisco Giants will take on the Colorado Rockies on Bruce Lee Tribute Night on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 7:15 p.m.  The Giants will be recognizing Lee, a San Francisco native, who 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 figurine, depicting the Giants take on the famous “Game of Death” pose.

Our pre-game tailgate party will be held at Pete’s Tavern at 128 King Street, near AT&T Ballpark from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Please contact Emily Tam with any questions you may have. Tickets are $35.00 each and can be ordered on the AABA Website.  They will be distributed in person at the tailgate party.

AABA thanks Gina Tsai of Esquire Deposition Solutions for graciously hosting the pre-game festivities. Esquire Deposition Solutions has the nation’s largest base of court reporters and videographers with depth of experience spanning cases of virtually any type, size and scope. AABA truly appreciates their generosity and support!

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

Click here to register for the event.

Starting Your Own Firm & Choosing The Right Business Entity

08282014_Business Entity event flyer FINALAugust 28, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Thirty33 Legal Suites
170 South Spruce Ave. Suite 110, South San Francisco, CA

The AABA Solo & Small Firms Committee invites you to come get tips and useful information to decide which business entity is the right one for you. The panelists will share their personal experiences and discuss why they chose the business entity they did when establishing their respective practices. They will also cover the benefits and pitfalls of the various business entities for solo and small firms and look at the tax consequences of each entity.

The venue is BART accessible and a free pickup service from BART will be available for those attending.

This event is FREE for AABA members, and $30 for non-AABA members. Please visit the AABA Calendar to RSVP.



KABANC Annual Gala – Save the Date!

On Friday, September 26, KABANC will hold2014 KABANC Save the Date its annual gala at the Crowne Plaza in Palo Alto, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306, to celebrate its 31st anniversary. Please save the date! Details are forthcoming, and we very much look forward to seeing you there!

As in years past, we will be awarding a scholarship to a law student for bar related studies. If you would like to support our Foundation and its efforts to provide scholarships to law students, please reach out to Liz Kim.

Cloud Computing, Social Media, and Privacy: Ethics and IP issues for the Solo/Small Firm Practitioner

October 16, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Golden Gate University School of Law
536 Mission Street, Room 2202, San Francisco, CA

AABA Education and Solo & Small Firm Committees present a CLE focused on “Cloud Computing, Social Media, and Privacy: Ethics and IP issues for the Solo/Small Firm Practitioner.”

Social media and use of the cloud has become pervasive in the practice of law. This program will explore how social media (LinkedIn, Avvo, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) presents new legal and ethical challenges to the practice of law. It will also discuss ethical considerations of putting confidential information in the cloud; what to look for in a cloud computing vendor; advertising and the use of attorney rating sites; social media as a source of evidence; ethically communicating with parties and witnesses; maintaining confidentiality and competence; avoiding conflicts caused by inadvertent formation of an attorney-client relationship; recent case law; and provide effective risk management suggestions.