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AABA Community Services Committee San Francisco Food Bank Volunteer Event

Saturday, October 10, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

San Francisco Food Bank
900 Pennsylvania Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94107 – www.sffoodbank.org

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 accompanied by an adult.  AABA will host a mixer for the volunteers following the event.

Register HERE.

Contact James Lee (james.june.lee@gmail.com) for more information.

Junior Attorney Workshop

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Are you a new lawyer in your first to third year of practice? Attend AABA’s workshop for a great opportunity to learn practical skills and hear advice from senior associates who were in your shoes not too long ago! Learn, ask questions, and network with attorneys from around the Bay Area! Our workshop will include the following programs:

Getting the 411: Navigating Civil Discovery
Presented by Lisa Mak of Minami Tamaki LLP and Angel Garrett of Trucker Huss

Privilege Log 101
Presented by Michelle Park Chiu of Morgan Lewis

The Writing Process
Presented by Achyut Phadke of Munger, Tolles & Olson

Up to 3.0 hours of General MCLE. FREE for AABA Members; $30 for non-members

Register HERE.

Women’s Committee Leadership Event

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5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Program

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
One Market Street, Spear Tower, 28th Floor, San Francisco CA 94105

The Women’s Committee is thrilled to announce that this year’s Leadership Event will feature Nicole Wong, the former United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer.  Ms. Wong has had a prominent career in both the public and private sectors.  In June 2013, President Obama appointed Ms. Wong as the first “Chief Privacy Officer,” focusing on Internet privacy and technology issues.  Ms. Wong served until August 2014, during which she was one of the principal authors of the report Big Data: A Technological Perspective.  Prior to serving in the White House, Ms. Wong was the legal director of products at Twitter, a vice president and deputy general counsel at Google, a partner at Perkins Coie, and an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and USF School of Law.  We are excited to have Ms. Wong share her insights and personal experiences regarding leadership.

Due to high demand, we’ve added a few more spaces at the Leadership Event. Register now to reserve your spot!

Register HERE.

AABA Quarterly Partner Lunch

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12:00 – 1:30 pm

Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
One Montgomery Street, Suite 3000
San Francisco CA 94104

AABA is holding its next quarterly Partner Lunch on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, from 12:00  – 1:30 pm at the San Francisco office of Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP.

Come join us!  All paid members who are law firm partners are welcome. Please RSVP HERE by Thursday, October 15, 2015.


Speed Networking

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5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

DLA Piper
555 Mission Street, 24th Floor, San Francisco

The AABA Employment Committee is hosting its 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 DLA Piper (555 Mission Street, 24th Floor, SF) on October 22, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 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. Food and drinks will be provided. Space is limited to the first 30 people who RSVP. Please contact Angel Garrett for inquiries.

Register HERE.

The Art of Invoicing & Billing Clients

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

12:00 p.m.

580 California Street, San Francisco CA 94104

The Art of Invoicing & Billing Clients for solo and small firm attorneys, a Solo and Small Firms Committee Brown Bag event.

Learning how to strike a balance between generating income and nurturing an ongoing business relationship is a vital skill in any law office. Hear from experienced attorneys who know all about what practices annoy and discourage a client from being a repeat customer, and how to invoice and bill to keep clients happy and coming back for more.

Alison L. Tsao, Managing Partner of the SF Office, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
Lawrence Chew, Senior Attorney, Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Marie J. Ma, Corporate Counsel & Director, The Gap, Inc.

Register HERE.

API Bars Solo & Small Firm Autumn Networking Mixer

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5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

305 California Dr., Burlingame, CA 94010

Please join the Solo and Small Firm Committees of AABA and APABA-SV for an autumn networking mixer. Solo practitioners and small firm attorneys from all practice areas are invited to network, mingle, and share business cards. The first 25 attendees will also receive a complimentary drink ticket.

Register HERE.

For more information, contact Mark Punzalan (mark@punzalanlaw.com).


AABA Billiards Night

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6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The Social Committee of the Asian American Bar Association will be hosting AABA Billiards Night on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 6-9 p.m. at Jillian’s Billiards located at 175 Fourth Street in San Francisco.  AABA has reserved our own section of pool tables so please come by and join us for a game of pool, for a cocktail, or to mingle with other AABA members and guests.  Complimentary appetizers will be served throughout the night.  Please email Emily Tam at emilymtam@sbcglobal.net with any questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you at Jillian’s!

Register HERE.

How Public Service Appointments Can Catapult Your Legal Career – A Panel Discussion and Mixer

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

6-6:30pm Registration and Networking Reception
6:30-8pm Panel

Gibson Dunn
555 Mission Street, Suite 3000, San Francisco

Join the Public Law/Public Service and Judiciary Committees for a panel discussion with experienced leaders about legal skills that are useful for public appointments, how lawyers with public appointments can better represent their clients, and how to apply for appointments.


Mona Pasquil, Senior Appointments Secretary for Governor Brown

Rachelle Chong, Law Offices and Strategic Consulting of Rachelle Chong; Former FCC Commissioner; Former CPUC Commissioner

Judge Angela Bradstreet, San Francisco Superior Court; Former California Labor Commissioner

David Chiu (as moderator), California State Assemblymember; Assistant Speaker pro Tempore

Featured Guests: TBD


AABA and IABA Joint Happy Hour

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6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Osha Lounge
4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco CA

The Social Committee of the Asian American Bar Association and the Northern California Chapter of the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) will be hosting a joint Happy Hour on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Osha Lounge at 4 Embarcadero Center in San Francisco. Please come by and enjoy complimentary appetizers throughout the night along with Happy Hour drink specials. It will be a great opportunity to mingle and network with other attorneys and guests. For more information, please contact Social Committee Co-Chair Emily Tam at emilymtam@sbcglobal.net.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Register HERE.

AABA Newsletter – June 2015

Excerpts from the Induction Speech by AABA President, Eumi K. Lee
June 2015

I am truly humbled to take the helm of AABA, as the fifteenth female – and the first Korean American female – president.

In preparing my remarks for tonight, I reflected upon the theme of transition.

As many of you know, I am pregnant. Our son will be Michael’s and my first child. Having this life-changing event happen less than three months into my term as AABA President has made me think a lot about change and new beginnings. I have thought about my past experiences, what I want to impart upon our child and what I hope for him in the future. It has been a time to look back and reflect, all while looking expectantly forward.

Similarly with AABA, as we enter our 39th year, it is a time to reflect upon the lessons from the past and begin planning for the future – including our 40th Anniversary next year and the next 40 years to come.

Thus, I want to focus my remarks tonight on looking back, understanding the lessons from the past – as well as moving forward and bringing our strengths to bear now and in the future…

Read more here…


In This Issue:

    • AABA’s 38th Annual Installation Dinner
    • Farewell Speech: Ted Ting
    • AABA Presidents #28 and #34: What Are They Up to?
    • Alternative Careers Event for Lawyers
    • Legally Asian 2015
    • 8th Annual AABA In-House Mixer at INDO Restaurant and Lounge
    • Sustaining Members of 2015

AABA Celebrates Posthumous Admission of Hong Yen Chang to the California State Bar

The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) celebrates the California Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to grant Hong Yen Chang posthumous admission as an attorney in all courts of the State of California.  In a nine-page decision issued on Monday, the California Supreme Court reversed its 1890 decision denying Chang admission to the state bar because of his race.  In a “candid reckoning with a sordid chapter of our state and national history,” the Court declared, “it is past time to acknowledge that the discriminatory exclusion of Chang from the State Bar of California was a grievous wrong.”

“Through its decision, the California Supreme Court has repaired a grave injustice,” stated Eumi K. Lee, the President of AABA. “Hong Yen Chang earned the right to practice law in California 125 years ago and has long deserved to have that right recognized by this state.”

Chang was the first lawyer of Chinese descent licensed to practice law in the United States.  He emigrated from China in 1872, and attended Yale University and Columbia Law School.  He first applied for a law license in New York, but his application was rejected because he was not a citizen.  A New York judge later issued Chang a certification of naturalization, and the New York Legislature passed legislation allowing him to reapply.  While he was admitted to the New York bar in 1888, he was denied admission to the California bar on the ground that he was “a person of Mongolian nativity.”  While the California Supreme Court observed in its 1890 decision that Chang’s motion for admission to the bar was “made in due form” and “his moral character duly vouched for,” it found that his certificate of naturalization was void because the Chinese Exclusion Act prohibited naturalization to any native of China.  In its ruling on Monday, the California Supreme Court acknowledged that the exclusion of Chang from the state bar denied him equal protection of the laws and “was a loss to our communities and to society as a whole, which denied itself the full talents of its people and the important benefits of a diverse legal profession.”

Last year, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) at the University of California, Davis School of Law, with the support of Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin, the UC Davis School of Law Supreme Court Clinic, and the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson, petitioned the State Bar of California and the California Supreme Court on Chang’s behalf.  AABA, which submitted a letter to the California State Bar in support of Chang’s application for posthumous admission, congratulates Chang’s descendants and the UC Davis APALSA on this momentous occasion.

The California Supreme Court’s decision can be found here.

AABA is one of the largest Asian American bar associations in the nation and one of the largest minority bar associations in the State of California.  From its inception in 1976, AABA and its attorneys have been actively involved in civil rights issues, community service, and efforts to advocate for diversity in the legal profession.