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June 2014 Newsletter

President’s Column
By Ted Ting


Hey True Believers-

As many of you know from the Annual Dinner, I believe that we lawyers have powers and skills that effectively makes us “superheroes.”  To truly harness our collective abilities, we need to band together – that’s where AABA comes into play.  We need more people to join and we need every one of us to become involved.

In terms of membership, since the Dinner, we have added over 100 new members, so we’re off to an excellent start.  But we need to continue that effort – if you know anyone who is not yet a member, especially government, non-profit, and in-house lawyers, please encourage them to join.

As for involvement, AABA offers opportunities galore.  In April, we met with our sensational committee co-chairs to discuss our slate of events for this year.  Thus far, our committees have already scheduled 23 incredible events – which is about one every other week – and they aren’t close to being done yet!  Make sure you look at our regular email blasts (or the website calendar) for additional events that will be constantly added to the slate.

While our co-chairs and their committees are pretty amazing, we can use more help.  Sign up and help and you’ll not only expand your experience and network, but you’ll have a good time to boot.

In the meantime, please take a look at the excellent articles that cover some of the events that we’ve already had!


In This Issue:
- President’s Address at the Installation Dinner
- Don Tamaki’s Introduction of the State Bar of California CEO, Joe Dunn and President of the State Bar, Luis Rodriguez at the Installation Dinner
- The Honorable Tracie L. Brown: A Judicial Profile
- Renew, Be Positive, Stay Healthy: An Interview with Joan Haratani
- Report: AABA Community Services Committee Volunteer Recognition Event
- Janet’s Teahouse – Reflections on AABA’s Annual Retreat
- Legally Asian 2014
- Sustaining Members of 2014

Read More…

AABA’s 27th Annual Summer Law Clerk Reception

Every year, AABA hosts its Annual Summer Law Clerk Reception, enabling law students, recent graduates, and attorneys to reconnect with old acquaintances and build new relationships. The reception has always been one of AABA’s most popular and well-attended events.  This year’s event on June 18, 2014 at Sens Restaurant in San Francisco – the 27th Annual gathering – was no different.

At each reception, AABA’s Community Services Committee also awards AABA Summer Grants to exceptional law students for their achievements and commitment to serving the Asian American community.  This year’s recipient, Dee Nguyen, a rising 3L at Hastings College of the Law, is certainly worthy of the recognition.  As a law clerk with Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus Workers’ Rights Project, Dee is working on her own direct services docket of wage and hour and unemployment insurance benefit appeal cases to aid low income workers.

Summer Grant Pic

​The reception was coordinated by AABA’s hardworking Employment Committee Co-Chairs Elizabeth Loh, Naomi Pilchen, and David Wang and Committee Members Vince Chen, Angel Garrett, Jenny Jin, Gabe Law, and Alston Lew.  Special thanks goes to Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, which sponsored the event through a generous donation, and its partners (especially Miriam Kim) who have made large personal donations.  AABA also thanks the numerous Bay Area Asian American law firm partners and individual attorneys, who gave individual contributions.

If you are interested in making a contribution for next year’s Reception, please contact AABA’s Operations Director, Olma O’Neill (aaba.bayarea@gmail.com).

NAPABA Women’s Leadership Committee Mentorship Program

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Women’s Leadership Committee has launched a Women’s Mentorship Program. They are seeking APA women mentors.

The goal of the NAPABA Women’s Leadership Committee Mentorship Program is to assist young attorneys with experienced attorneys to better define their legal career path through the sharing of an experienced attorney’s wisdom, experiences, and knowledge about the practice of law. Mentees and Mentors will be matched as closely as possible according to their areas of interest and practice. Mentees and Mentors are encouraged to remain in contact with each other on a regular basis throughout the year via NAPABA-organized activities, e-mail and scheduled meetings with each other. Applications for the program can be found here.  Due to overwhelming participation from mentees, the Mentorship Program is still in need of mentors, so please sign up and spread the word.

AABA Summer Picnic

Coyote-Point-Park-MapAugust 2, 2014
11:00am – 5:00pm

Coyote Point
San Mateo, CA

Save the date! This year’s annual summer picnic will be held at the Magic Mountain Picnic Area of Coyote Point in San Mateo on August 2, 2014 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. This is a great family-friendly alternative for those who are unable to attend AABA’s evening mixers. We have reserved a large picnic site with a large grass playing field, six tables, two grills, and partial shade. The site is also close to the Magic Mountain Playground and perfect for your little ones. Unfortunately, this park does not allow pets.

There is ample parking and we will be grilling up traditional favorites such as hot dogs and hamburgers. We invite attendees to bring anything else they would like to toss on the grill and also a small contribution of food or drink to share at the picnic. Several AABA members have indicated an interest in reviving the traditional softball game at the picnic, and those interested in playing are encouraged to bring their equipment. Bring your friends, families, Frisbees, footballs, sun screen and picnic blankets for a fun day in the sun.

Please RSVP via AABA Calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!


From San Francisco: When coming to Coyote Point from the north (San Francisco), use take 280 South and exit I-380 towards US 101/SF Int’l Airport. Take Highway 101 South. Take the Poplar Avenue exit. Turn right onto Humboldt until Peninsula Avenue. Turn right onto Peninsula Avenue. Go over the freeway, and then circle around and into the Park.

From the East Bay: Take I-580W. Merge onto I-80W. Follow signs for San Francisco/U.S. 101 S/Airport and merge onto Highway 101 South. Take the Poplar Avenue exit. Turn right onto Humboldt until Peninsula Avenue. Turn right onto Peninsula Avenue. Go over the freeway, and then circle around and into the Park.

From the South Bay: When coming to Coyote Point from the south (San Jose), use Highway 101 North. Take the Peninsula Avenue exit. Turn right onto Airport Blvd. Turn left onto Coyote Point Drive to the park.

Preschool Beautification Event

Preschool Beautification Event08162014_AABA Preschool Project 2014
Hosted by the AABA Community Services Committee and FACES SF

August 16, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (partial shifts available)

100 Whitney Young Circle, San Francisco, CA 94124

Join the AABA Community Services Committee for our annual preschool beautification project in collaboration with FACES SF, which provides subsidized child care and enrichment programs for young children. Volunteers will spruce up a school site in the Bayview-Hunters Point area so that kids will be able to learn in a clean, comfortable, and fun environment. Tasks may include painting, cleaning, maintenance, and minor repair work. All interested AABA members, family, and friends are encouraged to volunteer for this great community event!

Please sign up HERE.

For more information, please contact Lisa Mak.

Gifts, Open Meetings, and Public Records Act Brown Bag Luncheon for Public Attorneys and Appointees

08262014_August 26 Brown Bag VFAugust 26, 2014

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

University of California Regents Office of the General Counsel
1111 Franklin St., Oakland
(1½ blocks from the Oakland 12th Street BART)


Bring your brown bag lunch!

Mark Morodomi is a former FPPC Chief of Enforcement and Oakland Supervising Attorney and current UC counsel.  Stella Ngai is a university expert on Gift and Public Records laws.  Join them and other state and local government  attorneys to ask questions and discuss anything you want on the Brown Act, Public Records Act, and Gift laws.  This is ideal for anyone working in the state or local government or someone thinking about joining a local government board.

This event is free, but space is limited to 30!

RSVP required  by August 24, 5 p.m. by clicking HERE.

Email any questions or ideas to Minming Wu

Annual AABA Baseball Night at AT&T Park

August 26, 2014
5:00pm – 7:00 pm – Pre-Game Tailgate (at Pete’s Tavern)
7:15 pm – First Pitch

AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA
Tickets: SOLD OUT

The Social Committee of the Asian American Bar Association invites you to attend our Annual AABA Baseball Night at AT&T Park!  The Bruce Lee FigurineWorld Champion San Francisco Giants will take on the Colorado Rockies on Bruce Lee Tribute Night on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 7:15 p.m.  The Giants will be recognizing Lee, a San Francisco native, who 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 figurine, depicting the Giants take on the famous “Game of Death” pose.

Our pre-game tailgate party will be held at Pete’s Tavern at 128 King Street, near AT&T Ballpark from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  Please contact Emily Tam with any questions you may have. Tickets will be distributed in person at the tailgate party.

AABA thanks Gina Tsai of Esquire Deposition Solutions for graciously hosting the pre-game festivities. Esquire Deposition Solutions has the nation’s largest base of court reporters and videographers with depth of experience spanning cases of virtually any type, size and scope. AABA truly appreciates their generosity and support!

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

Starting a Law Firm & Choosing The Right Business Entity

08282014_Business Entity event flyer FINAL1.0 hour of MCLE Credit
August 28, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Thirty33 Legal Suites
170 South Spruce Ave. Suite 110, South San Francisco, CA

The Solo & Small Firms Committee invites you to hear from distinguished panelists about how they started their law firms, why they did, and how they chose the business entity they did for their practice.


Our panelists include:
Charles H. Jung, Partner at Nassir & Jung LLP and current AABA Director
Billy Chan of The Law Offices of Billy Chan and past AABA President
Mark Punzalan, Principal of Punzalan, P.C. and member of AABA’s Judiciary Committee
Angel O’Neil, Tax Director at PwC and Board Member of Asian Business League of San Francisco

This event is FREE for AABA members, and $30 for non-AABA members. Please visit the AABA Calendar to RSVP.

Light refreshments will be served.



Pathways to General Counsel

09042014_141286_AABA Pathways General Counsel 1.0 hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE Credit

September 4, 2014

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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

Are you interested in learning more about making the transition to in-house practice? Have you ever wondered how people got their in-house positions? Are you already in-house and interested in moving up in the organization?

Please join us for “Pathways to General Counsel”, an exciting discussion with an esteemed panel of senior in-house attorneys from around the Bay Area. We’ll be hearing from these panelists on how each of them made the transition to in-house practice and how they’ve each navigated their career paths once in-house to senior management positions.
Our panelists will include:

- Moderator: Joan Haratani, Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and past AABA President

- Marie Oh Huber, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Agilent Technologies

- Hyun Park, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at PG&E

- Ted Ting, Associate General Counsel at Bank of America (current AABA President)

- Salle Yoo, General Counsel at Uber



Panel discussion from 6:30-7:30, followed by networking reception

Cost:  Free for AABA members with advance registration, $30 for non-members

To register, e-mail the Education Committee or sign up on the Calendar page

Space is limited so please register by August 29th.
**This event is being co-hosted by the Education Committee and the In-House Committee**

We hope to see you there!

Public Law Potluck

09142014_AABA Public Law PotluckSunday, September 14, 2014

12:00 pm

Location: Exact location will be emailed upon confirmation

AABA’s Public Law/Public Service Committee invites you to join us for a Public Law Potluck. Rhoda and Judge Stuart Hing have graciously offered their home in Pleasant Hill to host a backyard potluck for AABA’s Public Law attorneys.  Bring a dish or beverage to share and come enjoy this special opportunity to mix and mingle with your fellow Public Law colleagues!

Please RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/AABAPublicLawPotluck.
Sign up early as space is limited to 50!  Spouses/significant others are welcome! Exact address will be emailed upon confirmation closer to the date of the event.

Special thanks go out to Rhoda Hing, whose idea it was to open their home to us to host this event!

Life in the Fast Lane: Working In-house at a Hot, Fast-Growing Company

Sept17_AABA_InviteSeptember 17, 2014

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Fenwick & West LLP
Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

Ever wonder what it’s like to work in-house at a hot, fast-growing company like Tesla Motors or Square, or for household brand names like The North Face and Gap?

Join us for a fun event that mixes socializing with substance by bringing together experienced in-house counsel from these “hot” companies.  Learn how they got there, the unique challenges and opportunities they face, how best to succeed in these dynamic environments, and what attributes these companies look for when they hire.

Our speakers will include:
•  Rew Ikazaki, Chief Counsel at Tesla Motors
• Jennifer Sim, VP & GC at VF Outdoor and Action Sports America
• Timothy Yip, Product Counsel at Square
• Moderator: Marie Ma, Corporate Counsel & Director Global Equity Administration at Gap, Inc.
(current co-chair of AABA’s In-house Committee)

Registration opens at 6:30pm with drinks and appetizers. Program starts at 7:00pm followed by a networking reception.

Space is limited so please register early. Registration will close when the room is at capacity.

**This event is co-hosted by AABA’s In-House Committee and FLEX by Fenwick, which helps great attorneys find in-house opportunities. Learn more at http://flexbyfenwick.com/hiring/in-house/.**

We hope you can make it!

A Celebration of Justice Joyce L. Kennard: Twenty-Five Years on the California Supreme Court

09192014_Kennard Reception_clip_image002Join AABA at this Special Event!

Friday, September 19, 2014
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Program begins at 5:00 p.m. with reception to follow

California State Building
350 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA

Join us for this special celebration of Justice Kennard’s career and retirement, sponsored by a coalition of Northern California Asian American bar associations.  With an introduction by Justice Martin J. Jenkins of the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, this event will honor the Justice and her judicial legacy. As the first Asian-American justice on the California Supreme Court, Justice Kennard was a trailblazer for a diversified judiciary and continues to be a true leader in the legal community. Come toast Justice Kennard and wish her well in her next endeavors!

Tickets are $25, and are available for purchase at http://tinyurl.com/Kennard2014.
Space is limited. Early ticket purchase encouraged.
For more information contact: aaba.bayarea@gmail.com.

Hosted by:
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area

Sponsoring Bar Associations:
Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association
Asian American Prosecutors Association
Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley
Asian Pacific Bar Association of Solano County
Filipino Bar Association of Northern California
Korean American Bar Association of Northern California
South Asian Bar Association of Northern California
Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California

KABANC Annual Gala

09262014 KABANC Gala Flyer [Final]Friday, September 26, 2014

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel
4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Please join us for KABANC’s 2014 Annual Gala at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Palo Alto, California on Friday, September 26th from 6 to 9 pm.  This year, KABANC is proud to honor Jan Kang, VP & GC of AOptix Technologies as KABANC’s 2014 Legal Professional of the Year and Ki Hwang,  CEO & GC of Black Letter Discovery as KABANC’s 2014 Alumnus of the Year.

Click on the flyers for more details regarding the event and sponsorship.

Please 09262014 KABANC Gala Sponsorship Options [Final]contact KABANC Social Co-Chair Alice Choy or KABANC Treasurer Fred Choi if you or your firm is interested in attending KABANC’s Annual Gala. We would be honored if you could join us for this event.

Cloud Computing, Social Media, and Privacy: Ethics and IP issues for the Solo/Small Firm Practitioner

October 16, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Golden Gate University School of Law
536 Mission Street, Room 2202, San Francisco, CA

AABA Education and Solo & Small Firm Committees present a CLE focused on “Cloud Computing, Social Media, and Privacy: Ethics and IP issues for the Solo/Small Firm Practitioner.”

Social media and use of the cloud has become pervasive in the practice of law. This program will explore how social media (LinkedIn, Avvo, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) presents new legal and ethical challenges to the practice of law. It will also discuss ethical considerations of putting confidential information in the cloud; what to look for in a cloud computing vendor; advertising and the use of attorney rating sites; social media as a source of evidence; ethically communicating with parties and witnesses; maintaining confidentiality and competence; avoiding conflicts caused by inadvertent formation of an attorney-client relationship; recent case law; and provide effective risk management suggestions.