Featured News & Information


Victor Hwang Continues Quest for Judgeship after Victory in June Election

By Kathy Aoki, Co-Chair of AABA Newsletter Committee
June 21, 2016

Victor Hwang remains cool, calm and collected after his victory in the June 7, 2016 election to become a San Francisco Superior Court Judge.

Hwang photo_06212016

“I was very relieved initially,” said Hwang. “Although we had worked hard and I felt confident that we would finish strong, as a first-time candidate I had no idea whether or not we would survive the night.  Over the course of the week, as our percentage has continued to climb with late voters and provisional ballots, the fact that we almost took 50% has caused some second-guessing as to whether we could have done something differently to win in June.”

Read More…

AABA Stands With Orlando & LGBTQ Communities Everywhere

Contact: info@aaba-bay.com

June 13, 2016             

San Francisco — The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (“AABA”) grieves with the families and friends of the Orlando shooting victims. Our hearts ache for them and at the hatred and violence that unfolded at Pulse nightclub, which has served as a gathering place for the local LGBTQ community. AABA stands with and affirms the civil rights of all LGBTQ communities, and we reject any effort to exploit this tragedy to justify acts based on fear and intolerance against Muslim Americans.

AABA has a long history of active involvement in civil rights issues and community service, and is dedicated to fostering the exchange of ideas and information among its members and the public. AABA is one of the largest local Asian American bar associations in the country, and counts lawyers, judges, law students, and community leaders among its members, representing the entire spectrum of political, social, and legal concerns in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Jung Foundation Public Interest Scholarships to the 2016 NAPABA Convention

jung foundation logoDeadline: October 7, 2016

Since 2013, the Charles & Melita Jung Foundation (Jung Foundation) has sponsored public interest scholarships to the NAPABA Convention.  This year, the Jung Foundation is sponsoring three public interest attorney scholarships to the 2016 Convention in San Diego.  The scholarships are intended to encourage and make it easier for public interest attorneys to participate in NAPABA.

The award consists of the following: (1) Flight: the Jung Foundation will purchase for the recipient a domestic round trip ticket to San Diego, CA on Southwest Airlines; (2) Registration Fee: conference registration fee reimbursement at the NAPABA member public interest member rate (register by August 26 at midnight ET for the Early Bird Rate, but no later than October 21, 2015); and for one of the three recipients (3) Hotel Stay:  reimbursement for a 3-night stay at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel.

Preference will be given to those who also apply for a NAPABA Convention Scholarship and reimbursements will be net of any other scholarships received.  All U.S.-based public interest attorneys are invited to apply.  The application deadline is October 7, 2016 (but the scholarships will be considered on a rolling basis beginning 8/19/16, so the earlier the better). More information HERE.

AABA Newsletter – June 2016

Pres Message IMG_0070AABA Newsletter June 2016

President’s Message

Hi AABA family,

As we enjoy the warm breeze of California summer (for those of you who aren’t encased in the Bay Area fog anyway), AABA is moving ahead with this year’s exciting programs. As my team implements new programs and tries out new approaches, I want to highlight another equally importance quality to a successful year – resilience. As we take on the smart risks, we are bound to misstep and fall – taking on the new job only to realize that the job will take up more time and resource than you can offer; or negotiating aggressively only to have the deal fell apart because your aggressive style has poisoned the goodwill between the parties. It’s okay to get frustrated, or even angry. However, after you’ve let out the steam, it’s important to regroup and assess the situation. Sometimes, the path may be long or it may seem impossible. However, by taking inventory on why we fall, we can get back up and move forward towards our goal.

This is the same way that the Golden State Warriors come back at the end of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. This is the same way that Asian American civil rights activists have been making strides in the last 50 years. This is how moms are able to pacify their grumpy clients at work while addressing the needs of their toddlers at home (or is it the other way around?) In order for us to take these smart risks, we must necessarily be comfortable with the reality that we can’t always win and we can’t always control the environment or the outcome. The measurement of success in these situations is not the number of mistakes that we make along the way. The measurement of success is how we handle these mistakes.

As we are getting used to the summer breeze, I would suggest to take a more “laid back” approach – it’s okay to fail. Life doesn’t always give us what we wish for, and our goals may take longer than what we had originally anticipated. I am confident that we will prevail so long as we are able to remain resilient and stay true to our course. Enjoy the summer and please come out to support the AABA family as we take on these smart risks!

Hung Chang

In this Issue:

AABA Baseball Night
Profile: Victor Hwang
California API Legislative Caucus Honors David Tsai for Excellence in Civil Rights
Masao Taylor Receives Grant from AABA Law Foundation for Summer Clerkship at Asian Law Caucus
CSC Rebuilding Together San Francisco
AABA Kick-off Open House 2016

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

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!

AABA In-House Committee’s Summer Mixer

07212016_In House Summer MixerThursday, July 21, 2016

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Patio
412 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, CA  94301

Celebrate the summer with other in-house attorneys at The Patio in Palo Alto.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to reconnect, relax, and meet other in-house attorneys from around the Bay Area. Through a generous sponsorship by Robert Half, the In-House Committee will host

  • Appetizers
  • Wine, Beer, & Cocktails

The Patio is conveniently located just 5 minutes from the Palo Alto CalTrain station and garage parking is available. This event is free to attend, and is open to all current in-house attorneys only. Register HERE.

Please direct all questions to Hendson.

AABA In-House Lunch Series

Tuesday, July 26, 20169226058_GoPro_Be_a_HERO_Logo_master

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

3000 Clearview Way, San Mateo CA 94402

AABA in-house members are invited to attend the inaugural In-House Committee Lunch series event hosted by Go Pro. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP. While there is no deadline for RSVPs, please note that attendance at the lunch is limited to 20 people. Priority will be given to current AABA In-House members. If your attendance is confirmed, you will receive an email confirmation stating the same.

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP is the exclusive 2016-2017 In-House Committee Lunch Series Sponsor.

Please save the date for two additional In-House Lunches: October 11, 2016 and February 8, 2017.

Register HERE.

Annual Social Justice Attorney Mixer and Panel Discussion: Riot or Uprising? Finding Common Ground

07262016_Social JusticePresented by: The AABA Civil Rights Committee
Cosponsored by the Charles Houston Bar Association and San Francisco La Raza Lawyers

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Registration: 5:45 p.m.
Program: 6:15 p.m.

Farella Braun + Martel LLP
235 Montgomery Street, 17th Floor, San Francisco CA 94104


Edward T. Chang, Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
Bill O. Hing, Professor, Director of Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic, USF School of Law
Saira Hussain, Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform Program, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Alex Tom, Executive Director, Chinese Progressive Association

On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the LA Riots/Uprising, join AABA, the Charles Houston Bar Association, and San Francisco La Raza Lawyers for an evening of food, drink, and conversation on the causes of what has been described as a “race riot,” the headway that multiracial groups have made in the aftermath, and a path for the future of race and social justice in America.

With a short screening of a clip of the film, Sa-I-Gu, followed by a panel discussion with distinguished guests, we will explore the underlying conditions of economic, social, and political inequality that sparked the uprising, and why the lessons learned from the aftermath of the LA Riots/Uprising is still relevant in today’s struggle for civil rights.

This is a great networking opportunity for public interest attorneys, summer associates, and law clerks interested in public interest/public sector law.

Appetizers & Refreshments Provided. Space is Limited! Please RSVP HERE by July 22.

Wednesdays with Women: Joining a Non-Profit Board

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Office of the Attorney General
455 Golden Gate, 11th Fl
San Francisco, CA 94102

Non-profit boards are a fantastic way to expand your network, pursue non-legal interests, and serve the community. At our next Wednesdays with Women, we’ll discuss what to consider when evaluating an organization, including its financial viability, the benefits of joining a smaller organization versus a more established one, and potential red flags. We particularly encourage those with board experience to come and share their insights.

Wednesdays with Women is an informal brown bag luncheon open to all AABA members. As always, the meetings are confidential to encourage open and candid discussion. We look forward to seeing you!

Register HERE by Tuesday, July 26.

AABA/ABL-SF Monthly Joint Hike: Mori Point, Pacifica

Saturday, July 30, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Mori Point, Pacifica

Please join AABA and the Asian Business League of San Francisco for our joint monthly hike. This month we will be hiking Mori Point in Pacifica on Saturday, July 30th from 10am to noon, exclusively for our members and those invited by our members. Enjoy an easy 3 mile hike with a few short steep sections. Dogs are allowed and required to be leashed.

This hike will be led by AABA’s John B. Lough, Jr. Be sure to bring your own water, sunglasses or hat, and snacks. Hike will begin at 10 a.m. and last til noon. Afterwards, those interested can join for a non-hosted lunch at High Tide Restaurant Cafe and Creperie located at 5500 Coast Hwy in Pacifica.

ABL-SF and AABA’s joint hikes will take place the last weekend of every month and will be a fun and informal way to meet new people, network, and explore the beauty of the Bay Area.

Where to meet:

2410 Beach Blvd, Pacifica, CA 94044

Where to park/directions:

• To the Sharp Park State Beach trailhead: from southbound CA 1 in Pacifica, exit Paloma. Drive west on Paloma, then turn left onto Palmetto. Drive south about 0.2 mile, then turn right onto San Jose. Drive to the end of San Jose, then turn left onto Beach Boulevard. Continue south about 0.3 mile, to the parking area on the right side of the road, just before the street turns sharply left at the golf course.

• To the Sharp Park State Beach trailhead: from northbound CA 1 in Pacifica, exit Clarendon. Drive west on Clarendon, then turn right onto Palmetto. Drive north on Palmetto, then turn left onto Montecito. Drive west to the end of the road, then turn left onto Beach Boulevard. Continue south to the parking area on the right side of the road, just before the street turns sharply left at the golf course.

Info: For any questions, email John B. Lough, Jr., at lough.law@gmail.com.

Register HERE.

AABA Community Services Food Bank Event

Sunday, July 31, 2016sffoodbanklogogreen

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.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 they 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, they can provide thousands of children, seniors, and homeless people with the food they need. All interested AABA members, family, and friends are encouraged to volunteer. AABA will host a mixer for the volunteers following the event.www.sffoodbank.org

Register HERE.

Contact Elisha Yang (elishajyang@gmail.com) and Maxine Choi (jmyyc28@gmail.com) or James Lee (james.june.lee@gmail.com) for more information.

What the Defend Trade Secrets Act Means for the Future of Trade Secret Law

1 HR General MCLE

Thursday, August 18, 2016

6:00 – 7:00 P.M.

Arnold & Porter
3 Embarcadero Center, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Join our distinguished panel for an exciting discussion about Congress’ recent enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). While trade secret actions were traditionally governed by state law, the DTSA creates a new federal private right of action for trade secrets misappropriations. The panel will discuss the key provisions of the DTSA and the DTSA’s likely impact on technology, employment, and trade secret litigation. Intellectual property attorneys, employment attorneys, and litigators are especially encouraged to attend.


Miriam Kim, Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson
Michael Ng, Partner, Kobre & Kim
David Almeling, Partner, O’Melveny & Meyers
Moderator: Helen Y. Trac, Hogan Lovells

Refreshments will be provided.

Free for Members. $30 for non-members

Register HERE.

Joint Picnic/BBQ with AABA, FBANC and KABANC

Saturday, August 20, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Crissy Fields
Tables near Warming Huts *look for the AABA Banner/49ers Flag, San Francisco CA 94129

Please join KABANC, Asian American Bar Association, and the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California for a family-friendly picnic and BBQ. There will be great company, games, foods, drinks, and hopefully the radiant sun under the Golden Gate Bridge. While the sponsoring organizations will bring the big food and drink items such as hot dogs, hamburgers, and beers, we ask all attendees to bring a side dish or appetizer to share with the group.

Parking is available but public transportation is encouraged.

Contact Elvin Vu if you have questions about location. Contact Gina Tsai if you have any questions about food. Contact Yunah Rha if you have any questions about membership and the other Bar Associations.

Register HERE.

AABA Moms-for-Moms

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 5:15 p.m.

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

AABA’s Women’s Committee is hosting an intimate gathering to support AABA moms and soon-to-be moms. We will share maternal advice, friendship, sparkling beverages, and hors d’oeurves, as well as kick-off AABA’s maternity closet, a shareable wardrobe of professional maternity clothes available to AABA members.

Register HERE.

Business Coach Anthem Salgado: Art of Hustle

09082016_Art of HustleThursday, September 8, 2016

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

BASF Conference Center
301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

Presented by:

The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) (Solo and Small Firm Committee) & The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) (Solo and Small Firm Section)

Anthem provides valuable guidance through one-to-one coaching as well as workshop facilitation. He has helped people successfully change careers, launch businesses, promote their work, and generate new revenue. He has a particular knack for marketing strategy, helping maximize on audience development, referral building, and income generation opportunities. His experience spans 20 years across industries that include arts, education, nonprofit, micro-enterprise, cultural and community work, and more.

Light Refreshments will be served, including wine and soft drinks.

Register HERE.

AABA Quarterly Law Firm Partners Lunch

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
555 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

General Counsel Panel featuring:

  • Hoyt Zia, Former SVP, General Counsel, Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., and AABA President (1986)
  • Jennifer Liu, SVP, General Counsel, Sony Interactive Entertainment, and AABA President (2000)
  • Hung Chang (Moderator), Director of Product Development and Open Source Counsel, Harman International, and current AABA President

Free for AABA members. RSVP by Friday, September 9 HERE.

SAVE THE DATE – Mentorship Kick-Off Mixer

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Nossaman LLP
50 California Street, San Francisco CA 94111

Check back for more information HERE.

AABA In-House Lunch Series

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Gap Inc.
2 Folsom Street, San Francisco CA 94105

Save the Date – More information coming soon. AABA Members who are In-House attorneys are invited. Attendance is limited to 20 people. Register HERE.

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP is the exclusive 2016-2017 In-House Committee Lunch Series Sponsor.