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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.

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“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.”

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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

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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

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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

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!

Apply to Serve as Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative

Deadline: September 9, 2015

The Northern District of California is seeking federal practitioners interested in bench and bar activities to apply to serve as Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives. Six Lawyer Representatives will be appointed in the Northern District this year, each to serve three-year terms.

Lawyer Representatives help plan the annual Northern District Judicial Conference and attend the annual Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Serving as a Lawyer Representative provides a unique opportunity to meet and interact on an informal basis with judges and lawyers at the district and circuit levels. It also allows Lawyer Representatives to draw on their experience as federal practitioners to assist in improving the administration of justice. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2016.

More information HERE.

ABL-SF and AABA Joint Hike to Crystal Springs

Saturday, August 27, 2016

9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Crystal Springs
b/t Skyline Blvd & Crystal Springs Rd
San Mateo, CA 94401

Please join AABA and the Asian Business League of San Francisco for this month’s joint hike at Crystal Springs, San Mateo.

Enjoy an easy 7 mile out and back walk on paved path along Crystal Springs ABL-AABA-August2016Hike
Reservoir. The Sawyer Camp Trail is paved and marked for two-way traffic, is well utilized by bicyclists, hikers, joggers, and equestrians. It is wheelchair accessible. Please note: there are no drinking fountains along this trail. Bring drinking water. This hike will be led by ABL-SF President Lilian Chau.

AABA and ABL-SF’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.

Meet at 9:45am at Sawyer Camp Trail

Parking: Roadside parking. No entrance or parking fees.

Register HERE

INFO: For any questions, email: info@ablsf.org or call (415) 691-7264, or John B. Lough, Jr. (lough.law@gmail.com)

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.

Career Workshop: Building Your Brand and Creating Organic Relationships

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

5:00pm – 7:30pm

Golden Gate University School of Law (6209-11)Career Workshop Poster
536 Mission Street, Suite 2333
San Francisco, CA 94105

The AABA Employment Committee is hosting its annual Career Workshop Event. This is an opportunity for junior attorneys and law students to learn about developing their personal brand and how to form organic relationships with other professionals. The event will take place at Golden Gate University School of Law (6209-11) on September 13, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. After the career workshop, we are hosting an informal reception (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 50 people who RSVP. Please contact Andrea Loh for inquiries: aloh@ggu.edu.

Register HERE.

Wednesdays with Women: Joining a Non-Profit Board

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 pm

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

Mentorship Kick-Off Mixer

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Nossaman LLP
50 California Street, San Francisco CA 94111

Register HERE. Deadline to register is Friday, September 2nd.AABA Mentorship Mixer Flyer

Light hors d’oeuvres generously sponsored by Nossaman LLP. Refreshments hosted by Berman DeValerio.

The AABA Mentorship Committee warmly invites all 2016-2017 Mentorship Program participants to attend the Mentorship Kick-off Mixer. This year’s participating Mentors and Mentees are expected to attend this mixer and attendance is one of the Mentorship Program requirements. If you cannot attend, contact Jinah Conroy at jinahconroy@gmail.com.

At the Mixer, mentorship family assignments will be announced and you will be able to engage in some competitive, yet friendly, activities with your new family members throughout the evening. Due to space considerations, this event is limited to 2016 – 2017 Mentorship Program participants.

If you have any questions, please contact Jinah Conroy at jinahconroy@gmail.com.

About the Mentorship Program:

The 2016-2017 AABA Mentorship Program is currently recruiting attorneys and law students to participate in this year’s Mentorship Program. The Mentorship Program provides a unique opportunity to invest in and to share your knowledge and experience with the next generation of our AABA community.  We hope that you will be able to join us this year!

Mentorship Program Structure:

Participants will be assigned to families, which will include at least one law student or junior attorney, mid-level associate, and senior associate/partner based on practice areas and other factors. The Mentorship Committee expects that incorporating this range of criteria will facilitate long-lasting relationships that are both personally and professionally rewarding. Mentorship families will be announced at the Mentorship Kickoff Mixer on September 14th @ 6:00pm at Nossaman (50 California St., San Francisco). To RSVP for the Kickoff Mixer, please click here Deadline to register for the mixer is Friday, September 2nd.

It is mandatory for families to meet the following three times:
1) Fall Mentorship Kick off Mixer (September 14)
2) Individual family gathering
3) End of the Year Celebration (February)

AABA’s Mentorship Program will also honor a Mentor of the Year at the End of the Year Celebration. Mentees may nominate their favorite mentor for this honor. For more information about the Mentorship Program, click here.

If you are interested in joining the Mentorship Program as a mentor or mentee, please complete the relevant questionnaire by August 30th in order to help us match you with other mentorship family members. You must be a current AABA member and also complete the appropriate questionnaire to participate:

  • MENTEES (law student, recent law school graduate or attorney who has practiced for 6 years or less): Click here
  • MENTORS (attorneys who have practiced for 6 years or more): Click here
  • Individuals who have practiced for 5 years may elect to complete either questionnaire.

To see full program description, click here. For questions, please do not hesitate to contact the committee co-chairs, Jinah Conroy, jinahconroy@gmail.com, Yuki Ku, yku@hansonbridgett.com, or Wade Chow, wade.k.chow@sfgov.org.

Going In-House: Different Paths

Thursday, September 15, 2016

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.0001

Fenwick & West LLP
801 California St.
Mountain View, CA 94041

Attorneys with government, litigation, and corporate law experience will share how practicing in these different areas helped them move in-house, tips for interviewing with corporate law departments, and strategies for succeeding in those roles.

Speakers include:

Jae Kim, SVP & General Counsel, Rambus
David Le, Senior Counsel, Lyft
Suzette Torres, VP & Underwriting Counsel, Fidelity National Title Group

Panel discussion followed by light refreshments.

Register HERE by September 12.

Immigration Clinic Training

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

University of San Francisco School of Law
Kendrick Hall, Room 101
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

The AABA Community Services Committee, API Legal Outreach, and USF School of Law have teamed up to host the Immigration Clinic Training – a guide on how to volunteer at our monthly APILO/AABA Pro Bono Clinics.

Attorneys and students are invited to join us as we explain the ins and outs of volunteering in a clinical setting.  Come learn effective client interview techniques, how to spot common immigration issues, and practical skills through a mock client intake.  Whether you are a first-time or experienced volunteer, this training will help you learn and refine the skills you need to be an effective advocate in the pro bono setting. Food and refreshments generously provided by USF School of Law.

For inquiries, please contact Stephen Chong at stephen@stchong-law.com.

Register HERE

*Save the Date* How To Be A Better Negotiator: Insider Tips from Mediators

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94111

Sponsored by AABA Solo/Small Firm Committee and JAMS

More information TBA

*Save the Date* AABA Women’s Committee Leadership Event featuring Supervisor Jane Kim

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

5:30 – 7:15 p.m.

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

More information TBA

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.