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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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Networking Mixer with AABA, BASF, JBASF, La Raza, and SABA

Thursday, October 20, 2016oct-20-happy-hour

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna St.
San Francisco, CA 94105

Come to a joint networking mixer with The Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers, the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California, and the Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco.


Annual Membership Mixer

Tuesday, October 25, 2016aaba-annual-membership-mixer-flyer

6:00 – 8:30 pm

Press Club
20 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103

We invite you to join the Solo & Small Firm Committee and the Newsletter Committee at its Annual Membership Mixer at the Press Club in San Francisco. This is a great opportunity to meet and greet with fellow AABA members in different practice areas. Drinks and light appetizers will be provided. Admission is FREE! We encourage all AABA members to attend and participate at this networking event.

Please RSVP HERE by Oct. 18th so we have a headcount of how many people. We look forward to seeing you there!

Protect Every Immigrant’s Right to Vote on Election Day: Legal Poll Monitor Trainings


This election day, the Asian American Bar Association and Asian Law Caucus need your help protecting the right to vote!

Option 1:
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Girard Gibbs LLP
600 California Street, 14th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
See it on our calendar

Option 2:
Time: Noon-1:30 PM
Location: Friday, October 28, 2016
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
275 Battery Street, 29th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
See it on our calendar

We need attorneys and law students to monitor polling places across 18 counties in Northern California to ensure immigrants and limited-English proficient voters receive the language assistance they are guaranteed under state and federal law.

Volunteers, in teams of two, will visit five polling places over the course of four hours on Election Day (Nov. 8, 2016). Poll monitors will fill out a checklist for each election site visited and report any problems.

*Please identify your preferred poll monitoring region, but your preference is not guaranteed. Travel time is on top of the four-hour poll monitoring estimate.*

Learn more about poll monitors in this Huffington Post article authored by the director of the voting rights program at Asian Law Caucus.

Please help us protect the vote on Election Day!

1.5 Hours MCLE credit pending

RSVP by filling out this Google form

AABA Halloween Social

Thursday, October 27, 2016halloween-themed-party-flyer-v2

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Wendel, Rosen, Black and Dean LLP
1111 Broadway, #2400
Oakland, CA  94607

Join us if you dare
For a Halloween scare…
We’re calling all goblins,
Ghosts and creatures of the night!
So creep, float, or crawl on over
To our Halloween social!
The undertaking will begin
Promptly at 6 p.m.
On Thursday, October 27th
At the final resting place of
Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean
1111 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
You’d be ghoulish
To miss this!

Members are allowed 1 guest, please provide guest’s name during registration.

Register HERE

LGBT Asian American/South Asian Attorney Networking Reception

Thursday, October 27, 2016fly-lgbt-aapi-attorneys-2016-850px1200

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
405 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Celebrate the great diversity within our profession and supporting LGBT Asian American and South Asian attorneys in corporate, commercial, government, and public interest practice through networking receptions in three cities. This reception is free and open to all, but all proceeds will support NQAPIA legal referral program for LGBT AAPI undocumented immigrants, young people, and organizations. All donations are fully tax-deductible. AABA is a co-sponsor of this annual reception.

Register HERE

AABA/ABL-SF/OACC Monthly Joint Hike: Tennessee Valley in Marin Headlands

Saturday, October 29, 2016

10:00 – 12:00 p.m. (Meet at trailhead parking lot at 9:45 a.m.)oct2016hike

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) is teaming with our friends at the Asian Business League of San Francisco (ABL-SF) and Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) for a joint hike to Tennessee Valley in the Marin Headlands.

Tennessee Valley contains a bevy of wildlife; from mighty raptors to common swallows, the birds of the valley will keep your eyes on the skies. The hike will be led by former ABL-SF Board Member Stephen Jeong of Waypoint People Solutions.

AABA, ABL-SF, and OACC’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.

Tennessee Valley from San Francisco
Go north on highway 101
Take the Mill Valley / Stinson Beach / Hwy. 1 exit
Follow Shoreline Hwy. until you see the Tennessee Valley Rd. sign, the turn off and parking lot will be on the left

Trailhead Parking Lot at 9:45 a.m.

For any questions, please email ABL-SF at info@ablsf.org or call (415) 691-7264, or email John B. Lough, Jr., the AABA point person, at lough.law@gmail.com.

Register HERE

Junior Attorney’s Workshop

1.5 HR General CLE credit

Tuesday, November 7, 2016

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

O’Melveny & Myers
Two Embarcadero Center, 28th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

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 seasoned pros.  Learn, ask questions, and network with attorneys from around the Bay Area! Our workshop will include the following programs:

Working with Expert Witnesses:
Presented by David Tsai of Vinson & Elkins LLP

Federal Civil Procedure and Discovery
Presented by Chris Mammen of Hogan Lovells US LLP

Negotiations and Settlements
Presented by Hon. Ken Kawaichi of JAMS

Please join co-sponsors O’Melveny & Meyers and AABA as David, Chris, and Ken present on these fundamental skills and share their tips, tricks, and stories along the way.

This event is free to AABA members,  $30 for non-members.

Register HERE

Real GCs of SF: Navigating to the Top Spot

Thursday, November 10, 2016aaba-realgcs-flyer-v3-email-c1

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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


5:30pm    Registration
6:00pm    Program
7:00pm    Reception


Jack Bair, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, San Francisco Giants
Cary Chen, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Recology
Andrew Kim, General Counsel and Senior Vice President – Corporate Development, NETGEAR
Irene Liu, General Counsel, Checkr

Interested in being a General Counsel? Do you want to know what it takes to get to the top spot? Please join us for an interactive panel discussion with leading General Counsel and hear from them on what it takes to get there, and the unique challenges faced by diverse attorneys.

Co-sponsored by The California Minority Counsel Program

Register HERE

AABA’s Biennial Judges Reception

Thursday, November 17, 2016

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
405 Howard St, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

The reception will feature a panel discussion with judges and provide an opportunity for informal interaction between judges and AABA members.

Light food and refreshments will be provided.

Register HERE

Holiday Cards for Meals on Wheels Clients and Potluck Breakfast

Sunday, November 20, 2016

9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Morrison & Foerster
425 Market St, 33rd Floor
San Francisco, CA  94105

Please join the Asian American Bar Association’s Community Services Committee as we make Thanksgiving and Christmas cards for clients of Meals on Wheels in time for the holidays!

Meals on Wheels will serve over 4,500 senior clients this holiday season.  With each meal, seniors will receive a holiday card that volunteers like you have made.  In many cases, the card you make will be the only card they receive during the Holidays.  Tap in to your inner artist and share the love with this special part of our community!

Though this event is a natural for the creatively-gifted, no experience is needed.  Volunteers of all ages are welcome to glue, cut and paste.  Children are more than welcome at this fun and creative event.  All craft supplies will be provided.

We will provide breakfast food and refreshments for everyone.  In the holiday spirit, we encourage you to bring in home-made treats for all to share.

A big thank you goes out to Morrison Foerster for providing the venue!

Register HERE

Note: When signing up, please provide the names of every participant as a guest, including children, so they can clear building security.