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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.

AABA Newsletter – July/August 2016

AABA Newsletter July/August 2016

President’s Message

Hello AABA family,John Lough - Food Bank

Thank you for checking out the AABA newsletter. This month, our tireless volunteers have given their invaluable time and attention to make sure that this newsletter is as interesting to read as the events themselves. As we are hopefully enjoying the summer lull (as briefly as it may be), I would encourage all of us to take advantage of the down time to think about why we do what we do. In this always-on, client-oriented industry that we operate in, it’s easy to lose sight of why we do what we do in the first place. All of us have our own obligations and our own priorities. As we lose sleep preparing for that important case, or as we begrudgingly go to the office on Saturdays, we should take some time to think about why we make these choices – did I come to the office instead of the soccer practice because I think I am making a difference in the world? Or have I started checking my emails incessantly because I have become bored with the present? Indeed, it’s not uncommon to hear stories of our colleagues who have become so consumed by work to the detriment of their personal lives, their families, or even their own health.

A daily reminder of why we do what we do is also a good way to prioritize the things you do and to diagnose and course-correct for when you have forgotten the reason we do things. As AABA president, I ask my team to think about ways to bring value to the AABA membership. I also ask my team to think hard about what AABA can do for them and why they are volunteering their time organizing events or writing up newsletter articles. I ask these questions because I believe that we all have our reasons for spending the time and being involved with AABA, and everything we do should further those reasons. If our actions no longer further our reasons, then we need to re-evaluate our actions. This applies to easy choices of whether I need six hours or four hours of sleep, to harder choices of whether I should skip that piano recital again. If you are like me, you stay involved because you love the community and you are paying forward to make the community better and stronger than when you first joined. If you are like me, then everything you do should help to improve the community.

May we all have the conviction to stay true to our course and the courage to change directions when we have stray too far. Enjoy the rest of your summer!


In this Issue:

Summer Diversity Reception: Massao Ito Taylor receives 2016 AABA Summer Grant
Triple Joint Mixer with AABA, IABA, and SABA
CLE Event: Race in Trials
CLE Event: What Defend Trade Secrets Act Means for the Future of Trade Secret Law
Solo Small Firms Mixer on the Peninsula
Annual Social Justice Attorney Mixer
GoPro In-House Event
Community Food Bank Service Day

Jung Foundation Public Interest Scholarships to the 2016 NAPABA Convention

jung foundation logoDeadline: October 7, 2016

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.

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!

ABL-SF, AABA, and OACC Monthly Joint Hike in Tilden Regional Park, CA

Saturday, September 24, 2016sept2016hike

9:45 a.m.

Nimitz Trail South Trailhead/Inspiration Point Parking Lot
Wildcat Canyon Rd, Orinda, CA 94563

AABA is teaming up with the Asian Business League of San Francisco (ABL-SF) and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) for a joint hike to Tilden Regional Park – along the Nimitz Way Trail on Saturday, September 24th from 10am to noon.

This easy 3.7 mile hike on paved Nimitz Way hosts walkers from very young to very old, and every age in between. Tilden Regional Park is a recreation paradise in the backyard of East Bay communities Berkeley and Kensington. In addition to miles of trails that connect to adjacent parks, enabling long rambles, Tilden provides exceptional opportunities for family fun, with a merry-go-round, swimming lake, pony rides, steam trains, and picnic areas that can be reserved. This hike will be led by AABA Director at Large, John B. Lough, Jr.

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.

No parking or entrance fees. Forty parking spots in a paved lot, with 2 designated handicapped parking spaces.

For any questions, email: John B. Lough, Jr., at lough.law@gmail.com.

Register HERE

MCLE Seminar on Implicit Bias

Wednesday, September 28, 2016implicit_bias_mcle_2016sept28_flyer_v20160913

6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Presentation

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
405 Howard Street, 11th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

This program has been approved for one hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. This training will address the social science around “Implicit Bias” and provide examples of how implicit biases can affect our day-to-day operations in society, as well as result in disparate negative treatment towards people of color, even when seemingly “race-neutral” policies are applied. This presentation will also address the impact implicit bias can play in the school-to-prison pipeline and our criminal legal system, litigation strategies addressing implicit bias, and efforts individuals can take to counteract bias in their everyday lives.

Co-sponsored by: Equal Justice Society, Charles Houston Bar Association, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, California Association of Black Lawyers, Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California, and Orrick, Herrington & ­Sutcliffe LLP.

$30 – Member of sponsoring organization
$25 – Nonprofit or Public Sector Attorney
$40 – General
Free – Law students

RSVP by Sept. 26 to Christopher Bridges
cbridges@equaljusticesociety.org or 415-288-8700.

PL/Membership Committee’s Member Appreciation & New Member Mixer

Thursday, September 29, 2016 aaba-mixer-092916

5:30 – 7:30 p.m

SomaR Bar & Lounge
1727 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 95612

Join us for cocktails to thank our committee members for their service and to introduce prospective members to AABA.

Presented by AABA Public Law Committee in association with AABA Membership Committee

Register HERE

How To Be A Better Negotiator: Insider Tips from Mediators

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94111

Negotiation is a part of every attorney’s life.  Whether you are negotiating an extension for a filing deadline, getting the discovery that you want or settling your case for the best possible value, being a good negotiator is an important part of being a lawyer.  Learn valuable tips and dos and don’ts of negotiation from Mediators that observe and work with good and bad attorney-negotiators in mediation.  Bring your questions and/or stories from your own experience at this interactive panel discussion.


  • Randall Choy, Neutral, JAMS
  • Shrish Gupta, Neutral, JAMS; Adjunct Professor on Negotiation, UC Hastings
  • Kay Suk, Neutral, Forward Mediation and American Arbitration Association

Sponsored by AABA Solo/Small Firm Committee and JAMS

Register HERE

AABA In-House Lunch Series

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Gap Inc.
2 Folsom Street, San Francisco CA 94105

This event is open to AABA Members who are In-House attorneys. Only those who receive an email confirmation are confirmed and registered for this event.  This event is now full.

To add yourself to the waitlist, please click on “Member-Registration” here. If a space becomes available, you will be contacted directly confirming your registration for this event.

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP is the exclusive 2016-2017 In-House Committee Lunch Series Sponsor.


Environmental Cleanup Day

Saturday, October 15, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Golden Gate Park – Camellia Garden
Willard and Fulton Streets
San Francisco, CA 94117

Come join the AABA Community Services Committee and the SF Recreation & Parks Department as we improve and beautify Camellia Garden, a hidden glade in Golden Gate Park. Volunteer activities will include habitat restoration, litter abatement, and occasional planting. There is always something blooming, growing, or changing color in Golden Gate Park, so this should be a rewarding and invigorating event.

All interested AABA members, family, and friends are encouraged to volunteer. AABA will host a lunch-party for the volunteers following this free event. Tools, supplies and gloves are provided.

For inquiries, please contact Pamela Chung (pamela.chung.law@gmail.com).

Register HERE

Women of Color Service Workers Dialogue and Workers Rights Clinic

Saturday, October 15, 2016Women Service Workers and Workers' Rights Clinic Flyer - Update

10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

UC Hastings School of Law
198 McAllister Building
LBM Lounge
San Francisco, CA 94102

AABA’s Civil Rights Committee along with community based organizations and government agencies have collaborated on a Know Your Rights event targeting women of color service workers in the SF Bay Area. The event will provide information about their workplace rights (such as parental leave) as well as information about their children’s educational rights such as disability rights, English Learner rights, and information on how to help their kids enter science and technology jobs. This is one small step toward diversifying the tech industry while providing children of service workers a pathway to a living wage job in the Bay Area.

We are looking for volunteers who can act as Cantonese, Arabic, and Spanish interpreters, provide pro bono advice or consultation to these workers under the supervision of the Employment Law Center’s Workers Rights Clinic, as well as other duties.

Contact CRC co-chair, Christy Kwon (christy.kwon@nlrb.gov) for more information.

Register as a volunteer here.

Representing Pro Bono Clients in U-Visa Cases

1 HR General CLE credit pending

Monday, October 17, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Fenwick & West LLP
555 California St., 12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94014

The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is set aside for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity.

Please join co-sponsors Fenwick & West and AABA as Christine Hoang of Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach presents the how-to’s of representing these victims in the underserved community. Pro bono opportunities will be discussed.

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

Register HERE

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