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AABA’s 40th Annual Installation Dinner!


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

Friday, March 18, 2016

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

Thank you for supporting our SOLD OUT 40th Anniversary Celebration! 

Visit our 40th Anniversary Celebration page
to learn more about AABA’s history and mission,
and view our new short film.

$40,000 to celebrate #AABA40: Raymond L. Ocampo, Jr. Donates $20,000 to Double Grant Awarded to the Asian Law Caucus

The AABA Law Foundation is pleased to announce that Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. made a surprise donation of $20,000 at the AABA 40th Anniversary Installation Dinner, allowing us to double the grant awarded to the Asian Law Caucus — the recipient of the Nassiri & Jung/AABA Public Interest Grant.  Through a $10,000 matching grant from the Nassiri & Jung Foundation, AABA had planned to award a $20,000 grant to support the work of law students or recent law school graduates at the ALC.  Mr. Ocampo generously decided to double the $20,000 grant so that $40,000 could be awarded to celebrate 40 years of AABA.

Mr. Ocampo is a longstanding donor to the AABA Law Foundation.  Each year, AABA awards the Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. Family Scholarship, in memory of Mr. Ocampo’s parents and in honor of immigrants like them, for the enormous sacrifices they made and the untold hardships they endured in search of a better life for their families.  Mr. Ocampo’s generous support is an inspiration to the AABA community.

AABA Law Foundation Thanks Donors

Thank you to everyone that donated to the AABA Law Foundation this past year.  Because of your contributions, we awarded $5,000 scholarships to four local law students committed to the Asian Pacific American community, and the Asian Law Caucus received a $40,000 grant to support the work of law students or recent law graduates.  Special thanks go to Raymond L. Ocampo Jr., the Nassiri & Jung Foundation, and the Honorable Delbert Gee for their support and philanthropic leadership.

Without the support of generous donors, the Foundation could not do its work.  The Foundation is currently raising funds for its public interest summer grants.  If you would like to make a donation, click here or email Christine K. Noma.

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 Civil Rights Committee Planning Meeting

Monday, May 2, 2016

6 – 7:30 p.m.


901 Market Street, 4th Floor, GSA Room, San Francisco, CA 94103
BART/MUNI METRO: Powell (Nordstrom Rack on 1st Floor)

Is there a civil rights issue that you think AABA should address this year? Do you have ideas or suggestions for events? Please join us for the kick-off Civil Rights Committee meeting of the year to share your thoughts and influence the direction of this committee. Pizza and refreshments will be served!

Free. Members Only. Register, or send us your feedback at: http://tinyurl.com/civilrightsmeeting

AABA Women’s Committee Planning Meeting

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
275 Battery Street, 29th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

Have ideas for great Women’s Committee events or speakers? Want to voice feedback for improving our programming? Join us for the annual Women’s Committee Planning Meeting, where we’ll brainstorm event ideas and Wednesdays with Women topics for the upcoming year. The meeting will take the place at the Lieff Cabraser offices in San Francisco on May 4. Lunch will be served!

Free. Members Only. Register HERE.

Alameda County 2016 Judicial Forum

gavelWednesday, May 11, 2016

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 2
Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, 94612

FREE. Please RSVP HERE to reserve a seat
OR Call (510) 302-2201.

Please join us for a forum to hear directly from the candidates about why each is suited to sit on the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda Bench. There are three seats open this June, six candidates in the mix, and a record turnout predicted for the June primary! The forum will be moderated by Judge Tara Flanagan and Judge James Cramer. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet the candidates.

Confirmed Participants:

Scott Jackson, Law Professor (Superior Court Judge, Office #1)
David Lim, Prosecutor / City Councilmember (Superior Court Judge, Office #1)
Jennifer Madden, Human Trafficking Prosecutor (Superior Court Judge, Office #2)
Jonathan Van Ee, Public Interest Attorney  (Superior Court Judge, Office #2)
(Margaret Fujioka, Administrative Hearing Officer, Superior Court Judge,
Office #14, will send a representative)

Co-sponsored by:

  • Alameda Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Charles Houston Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association – Northern California
  • East Bay La Raza
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Korean American Bar Association

AABA Solo & Small Firm Committee Planning Meeting

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Minami Tamaki LLP
360 Post Street, 8th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108

Please join us for the kick-off Solo & Small Firm Committee Planning Meeting to discuss our events for the year.  Refreshments will be served!

The Solo and Small Firm Committee provides support for the unique needs of solo and small firm practitioners through CLE programs, the sharing of management and marketing ideas, a referral network, social events, and an active online listserv.  The Committee also promotes and highlights Asian American / minority owned law firms to support their establishment and growth.

Free. Members Only.  Register HERE.

AABA Mentorship Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 12, 2016

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Hanson Bridgett
425 Market Street, 26th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

The Mentorship Committee will be holding its first meeting Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 6pm, at the law offices of Hanson Bridgett located at 425 Market Street, 26th Floor, San Francisco CA 94105. All AABA members are invited to participate in the committee. Committee duties involve planning, publicizing, and hosting Mentorship Committee events. If you are unable to attend in person but would nonetheless like to be on the committee, please email Jinah Conroy.

Please RSVP HERE by May 9.

AABA’s 2016 Kick Off Open House

Infusion LoungeThursday, May 19th, 2016

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Infusion Lounge, North Lounge
124 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Please join us to Kick Off AABA’s 2016-2017 year. We invite you to join us for an informal Social Open House to meet AABA, its leaders, and the committees. If you haven’t signed up to be a member of AABA, this is a great opportunity to learn more about what we can do for you and how you can get involved with AABA. Free beer or well drinks until our supply is exhausted. For any questions, please contact Elvin Vu.

Register HERE.

So You Want to be a Judge

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Friday, May 20, 2016

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration and Refreshments
12:00 – 4:30 p.m. Program and Late Lunch

Milton Marks Conference Center
455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

Presented by California Women Lawyers.

Featuring Josh Groban, Senior Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown on Judicial Appointments.

AABA Members can receive CWL member prices (a $25 discount) to the event by using discount code 16SYWTBAJ.

For more information and online registration, click here: http://www.cwl.org/events/So-You-Want-To-Be-a-Judge-85/details

AABA Baseball Night

05242016_Bruce Lee PhotoTuesday, May 24, 2016

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tailgate Party

7:15 p.m. Game starts

The Social Committee invites you to attend our Annual AABA Baseball Night at AT&T Park!  The San Francisco Giants will take on the San Diego Padres on Bruce Lee Tribute Night. Bruce Lee, a San Francisco native, went on to become arguably the most renowned martial artist of all time.  Your ticket to this event will include a Collector’s Edition Bruce Lee themed Giant’s item.

Our pre-game tailgate party will be held at Momo’s Restaurant located at 760 2nd Street, across from AT&T Ballpark from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $40.00 each for AABA members and all guests.  We are now SOLD OUT!  Tickets purchased will be distributed in person at the tailgate party.

AABA thanks Larry Lee from Advanced Discovery for graciously hosting the pre-game festivities.  Advanced Discovery is one of the fastest growing e-discovery companies in the country.  Their service offering includes everything from forensic investigations and data collection to managed attorney review and productions. Their team consists of subject matter experts, experienced licensed attorneys, and workflow design engineers who work together to provide the perfect balance of technology solutions and human expertise.  AABA truly appreciates their generosity and support!

We look forward to seeing you all at AT&T Park!  GO GIANTS!


Quarterly Partner Lunch

please join usWednesday, June 1, 2016

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
555 Mission Street, 30th Floor, San Francisco, CA  94105

Join us on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 for our Quarterly Partner Lunch. This lunch is open to all AABA members who are also law firm partners.

To request disability accommodations, please contact aaba.bayarea@gmail.com.

RSVP HERE by Friday, May 27, 2016.