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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

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).

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.

A Celebration of Justice Joyce L. Kennard: Twenty-Five Years on the California Supreme Court

09192014_Kennard Reception_clip_image002Join AABA at this Special Event!

Friday, September 19, 2014
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Program begins at 5:00 p.m. with reception to follow

California State Building
350 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA

Join us for this special celebration of Justice Kennard’s career and retirement, sponsored by a coalition of Northern California Asian American bar associations.  With an introduction by Justice Martin J. Jenkins of the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, this event will honor the Justice and her judicial legacy. As the first Asian-American justice on the California Supreme Court, Justice Kennard was a trailblazer for a diversified judiciary and continues to be a true leader in the legal community. Come toast Justice Kennard and wish her well in her next endeavors!

Tickets are $25, and are available for purchase at http://tinyurl.com/Kennard2014.
Space is limited. Early ticket purchase encouraged.
For more information contact: aaba.bayarea@gmail.com.

Hosted by:
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area

Sponsoring Bar Associations:
Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association
Asian American Prosecutors Association
Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley
Asian Pacific Bar Association of Solano County
Filipino Bar Association of Northern California
Korean American Bar Association of Northern California
South Asian Bar Association of Northern California
Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California

LGBT Asian/South Asian Lawyers Networking Reception

Thursday, September 25, 2014

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Keker & Van Nest LLP
633 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

Please join the AABA LGBT Committee, the South Asian Bar Association (SABA), and BALIF for the LGBT Asian/South Asian Lawyers Networking Reception!  Attendance is free and the event will feature remarks by Judge Donna Ryu.  Light appetizers and drinks will be provided.  Please RSVP HERE.



KABANC Annual Gala

09262014 KABANC Gala Flyer [Final]Friday, September 26, 2014

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel
4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Please join us for KABANC’s 2014 Annual Gala at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Palo Alto, California on Friday, September 26th from 6 to 9 pm.  This year, KABANC is proud to honor Jan Kang, VP & GC of AOptix Technologies as KABANC’s 2014 Legal Professional of the Year and Ki Hwang,  CEO & GC of Black Letter Discovery as KABANC’s 2014 Alumnus of the Year.

Click on the flyers for more details regarding the event and sponsorship.

Please 09262014 KABANC Gala Sponsorship Options [Final]contact KABANC Social Co-Chair Alice Choy or KABANC Treasurer Fred Choi if you or your firm is interested in attending KABANC’s Annual Gala. We would be honored if you could join us for this event.

2nd annual Speed Networking Event

10092014_AABA Speed Networking Event and Reception_v6October 9, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Fang Restaurant
660 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 777-8568

The AABA Employment Committee is hosting its 2nd annual Speed Networking Event.  This is an opportunity for junior attorneys and law students (2Ls and 3Ls) to brush up on their networking skills, learn networking pointers, and mingle with attorneys from all sectors (i.e., in-house counsel, law firm attorneys, government attorneys, etc.)  The event will take place at Fang Restaurant on October 9, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  After the Speed Networking portion of the program, we are hosting an informal mixer (in the same location) to give attorneys and students an additional opportunity to meet and mingle.  Appetizers and drinks will be provided.

Space is limited to the first 30 people who RSVP.

Please contact Angel Garrett to RSVP and for inquiries: agarrett@truckerhuss.com. (RSVP by October 2, 2014).

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.

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.

On Public Service Appointments – October Brown Bag Luncheon

10212014_October 21 Brown Bag Flyer 090714Tuesday, October 21, 2014

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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


Mona Pasquil, Appointments Secretary, Office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., is responsible for helping the Governor build his administraton by recruitng 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. This marked the first time a woman, Asian Pacific Islander or Filipino-American has served as Lieutenant Governor of California.

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 for 23 years and a Senior Marketing Representative with Xerox Corporation. He and his wife, Rhoda Hing, are actve in the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, Women Lawyers of Alameda County, Charles Houston Bar Association, Centro Legal de la Raza, Alameda County Bar Association & St. Vincent de Paul.

This event is free, but space is limited!

**RSVP required by October 17th by clicking HERE.

Questions? Contact Diana Lin, dlin@post.harvard.edu

Senior Associate Leadership Workshop

10252014_Senior Associate FlyerSaturday, 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

Save the Date: CLE event for Junior Attorneys

1.0 hour of MCLE Credit

October 28, 2014

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: TBD
More information coming soon!

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.