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Registration Now Open for AABA’s 40th Annual Installation Dinner!


Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area’s
40th Annual Installation Dinner

Friday, March 18th, 2016

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco CA 94111

Join us for an evening celebrating the contributions of our colleagues and welcoming the new 2016 AABA Board of Directors.

General Admission: $140 Members, $160 Non-Members – REGISTER HERE
Government/Non-profit/Academic Attorneys: $95 – REGISTER HERE
Law Students: $75 – REGISTER HERE



AABA Holiday Party Photos!

Thank you for joining us at AABA’s Annual Holiday Party on December 4th at Butterfly. Revisit that festive and fun evening HERE.

Asian American Bar Association Condemns Anti-Muslim Speech and Violence

The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) condemns the increased xenophobic and anti-Muslim discourse and violence that has taken place in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino tragedies.  These messages and acts of fear fly in the face of the principles and values of this nation of immigrants and harken back to other historical injustices, such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the Japanese Internment.  The Chinese Exclusion Act, which prevented Chinese laborers from entering the United States under penalty of imprisonment and deportation, is a dark chapter in our nation’s immigration policies.  Similarly, the Japanese Internment during World War II, which resulted in the mass incarceration of Japanese American and other Asian American families, reminds us that we must be vigilant in protecting civil liberties against unjust threats in times of crisis.  Such intolerance has no place in today’s world, especially here in the United States.

As one of the largest Asian American Pacific Islander bar associations in the United States and one of the largest minority bar associations in California, we believe it is our duty to stand up against xenophobia.  We reject efforts to exploit the tragedies in Paris and San Bernardino to justify acts based on fear and intolerance.  Through the lens of our unique historical perspective, we have learned that such actions serve to betray our American values and ideals.
Religious freedom is a fundamental human right.  The principle of religious freedom was written into our nation’s founding documents in part to prevent the persecution of religious minorities.  We urge our nation’s leaders to reject anti-Muslim speech and Islamophobia, and to ensure that Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian (AMEMSA) Americans are respected as part of our nation.

AABA further calls on its members to speak out against instances of scapegoating and intimidation against AMEMSA community members.  In partnership with the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California, we ask you to report instances of hate crimes or Islamophobic attacks to civilrights@southasianbar.org so that they can be connected to the appropriate service providers.

For more information, contact AABA at info@aaba-bay.com.

AABA has a long history of active involvement in civil rights issues and community service. AABA is dedicated to fostering the exchange of ideas and information among its members and the public.

AABA Elections 2016-2017

Thank you to those of you who participated in AABA’s 2016-2017 elections! Voting has closed and the results will be announced soon.

AABA Scholarship Applications Open

AABA and the AABA Law Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2016 AABA Law Foundation scholarshipsApplications are due on January 15, 2016, and scholarships will be awarded at the AABA 40th Anniversary Dinner on March 18, 2016.  Applications are available here.

AABA Newsletter – Fall 2015

Check out the newest AABA Quarterly Newsletter on the AABA website HERE.

In This Issue:

President’s Column

The Solo Life: Roundtable with David Sohn

Employment Update:  San Francisco and Oakland Increases in Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave

Competing Views of Airbnb – Introduction to Airbnb Debate
– Think Before You Act: What Every Host Should Know Before Engaging in Short-Term Rentals
– The Risks of the Sharing Economy in Housing

LGBT Committee’s A Conversation with Judge Pamela Chen (United States District Court, Eastern District of New York) with Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu (United States District Court, Northern District of California)

General AABA Event Photos

AABA Law Foundation Newsletter – Fall 2015

Check out the newest AABA Law Foundation Newsletter on the AABA website HERE.

In This Issue:

Donate Now

AABA Scholarship Applications Open

AABA/California Bar Foundation 3L Diversity Scholarship

AABA Public Interest Fellow Chriselle Raguro

Spotlight on Foundation Board Member Celia Lee

MCLE Mini-Marathon 

Screen Shot 2015-12-29 at 7.57.38 PMThursday, January 21, 2016

1:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Morgan Lewis
One Market, Spear Street Tower, San Francisco

Need MCLE credits for the upcoming reporting period?  Please join AABA at its second annual MCLE Mini-Marathon, where you can receive up to 4 hours of specialty credits in one afternoon.  We will provide 2.0 hours of Ethics, 1.0 hour of Elimination of Bias, and 1.0 hour of Competence Issues.  The Mini-Marathon will take place on Thursday, January 21 from 1:30 to 6:15 PM, with a network reception afterwards.  Specific schedule and topics to be released soon, but confirmed speakers include AABA Vice President Hung Chang, Past AABA President Ted Ting, Committee Co-Chair Marie Ma, and Committee Co-Chair Michelle Park Chiu.

FREE for AABA members (registration required), and $50 for non-AABA members.



Save the Date – AABA’s Annual In-House Mixer

Join us on Thursday, February 18, 2016 for our Annual In-House Mixer. Details to come!

On the Precipice: Workers in the New Tech Economy

MCLE credit approved for Feb 25, pending for Feb 24 and 26.

Wednesday, February 24 – Friday, February 26, 2016
UC Hastings School of Law, San Francisco, CA (Feb. 24)
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 95 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA (Feb. 25)
Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA (Feb. 26)

A Three-Day Series, presented by the Civil Rights Committee and the State Bar of California

Is the new tech economy, through popular platforms like Uber and Taskrabbit, disrupting traditional employment relationships and worker protection laws? Come join the conversation by attending these events: Plenary Panel and Diversity Reception at UC Hastings (Feb 24, 5-8pm), Pemberton Lecture at the 9th Circuit Courthouse (Feb 25, 6:30-8:30pm), and a full day symposium at Berkeley Law School (Feb 26, 9am-7pm).

Speakers will include:
Jenny Yang, Chair, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Veena Dubal, Professor, Hastings School of Law
Bhairavi Desai, Co-founder, New York Taxi Workers Alliance
Joseph Frankl, Regional Director, National Labor Relations Board
Derecka Mehrens, Executive Director, Working Partnerships USA
And more!

Early Registration at: http://tinyurl.com/Tech-Workers-Event-RSVP
For more information, please contact: christy.kwon@nlrb.gov