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In Memory of Joseph T. Oliva Arriola

It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death ofJoseph T. Oliva Arriola.

Joe was active in the Community Services Committee of AABA and a regular at all of the events.  He practiced in his own firm in Hayward, and later worked for Asian Law Alliance, a legal services organization in the South Bay.  He was a master in Eskrima, Filipino Martial Arts, and also was an author and motivational speaker.

Memorial Services:

Friday, June 24, 2016,  5-8pm: Viewing/Vigil
Holy Angels Funeral Center, 1051 Harder road (near Mission) Hayward

Monday, June 27, 2016  11am: Funeral Mass
St. Anne Church, Cabello street at Dyer Road, Hayward

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 collective 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 – 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

Data Disaggregation Grant: Deadline: 8/1/2016

Transmittal of Applications NEW DUE DATE: 8/1/2016

The Department of Education is pleased to announce the deadline for submitting applications for the Data Disaggregation Initiative (D2) has been extended to August 1, 2016.

The D2 program will provide grants to State educational agencies in consortia with local educational agencies to obtain and evaluate disaggregated data on English Learners and AAPI subpopulations beyond the existing seven racial and ethnic categories to address achievement and opportunity gaps.

Applications available at:  https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-04/pdf/2016-10345.pdf 

For eligibility requirements see our FAQ’s at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oela/faq.html

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/ABL-SF Monthly Joint Hike: Land’s End in San Francisco

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RSVP: Please RSVP by Friday, June 24th at 5pm

In front of the Lookout Cafe at 9:45 a.m.
680 Point Lobos Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121

AABA is teaming up with the Asian Business League – SF for a joint hike to Land’s End in San Francisco on Saturday, June 25, exclusively for our members and those invited by our members. Enjoy a leisurely hike with stunning views of the coast and Golden Gate Bridge.

This hike will be led by Angela Pang, ABL’s Director of Operations. Be sure to bring your own water, sunglasses or hat, and snacks. Meet in front of the Lookout Cafe located at 680 Point Lobos Ave., San Francisco at 9:45 a.m. Hike will begin at 10 a.m. and last til noon. Afterwards, those interested can join our friends Nakayoshi Young Professionals for their potluck Welcome BBQ at Lindley Meadow inside Golden Gate Park.

The joint AABA-ABL-SF hikes 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.

Merrie Way Parking Lot: This is the lot on Point Lobos Ave, just above the Cliff House. The Coastal Trail starts from here and is wheelchair accessible for a good ways. From this lot, you can walk down steep stairs to the Sutro Baths and the observation deck at Point Lobos.

For any questions, email: info@ablsf.org or John B. Lough, Jr. (AABA) at lough.law@gmail.com.

Race in Trials

1.0 MCLE Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. followed by reception

Hogan Lovells US LLP
3 Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA  94111

Please join us as we engage in a conversation about the role of Race in Trials with San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, Assistant Chief District Attorney Wade Chow, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Wilson Leung moderated by John Hamasaki, Esq.

Refreshments will be provided.

Free for AABA members and non-members

Register HERE.

Increasing Diversity Among Federal Magistrate Judges

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Check-in begins at 3:00 p.m.
A reception will follow immediately in the Courthouse

U. S. Courthouse
450 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA, 94102
Courtroom No. 12 on the 19th Floor

Please join members of FMJA’s Diversity Committee for a conversation with esteemed Federal Judges and colleagues from across the country as we discuss the significance of diversity on the bench, the path to becoming a Magistrate Judge, life as a Magistrate Judge, and more!


The Honorable Edward M. Chen, U.S. District Court Judge (N.D. Cal.)

The Honorable Peggy Kuo, U.S. Magistrate Judge (E.D.N.Y.)

The Honorable Alicia O. Valle, U.S. Magistrate Judge (S.D. Fla.)

The Honorable Linda T. Walker, U.S. Magistrate Judge (N.D. Ga.) – Moderator

The Honorable Kandis A. Westmore, U.S. Magistrate Judge (N.D. Cal.)

Charles F. Robinson, Esq., General Counsel and Vice President of the University of California

Registration: Space is limited. Register early. Deadline is July 8, 2016.

For questions and to register contact Bambo Obaro at Bambo.Obaro@weil.com

Supported by:

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Federal Bar Association, Northern District of California Chapter

Annual Social Justice Attorney Mixer and Panel Discussion: Riot or Uprising? Finding Common Ground

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Cosponsored by the Charles Houston Bar Association and San Francisco La Raza Lawyers

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Registration: 5:45 p.m.
Program: 6:16 p.m.

Farella Braun + Martel LLP
235 Montgomery Street, 17th Floor, San Francisco CA 94104

On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the LA Riots/Uprising, join AABA, the Charles Houston Bar Association, and San Francisco La Raza Lawyers for an evening of food, drink, and conversation on the causes of what has been described as a “race riot,” the headway that multiracial groups have made in the aftermath, and a path for the future of race and social justice in America.

With a short screening of a clip of the film, Sa-I-Gu, followed by a panel discussion with distinguished guests, we will explore the underlying conditions of economic, social, and political inequality that sparked the uprising, and why the lessons learned from the aftermath of the LA Riots/Uprising is still relevant in today’s struggle for civil rights.

This is a great networking opportunity for public interest attorneys, summer associates, and law clerks interested in public interest/public sector law.

Appetizers & Refreshments Provided. Space is Limited! Please RSVP HERE by July 22.

AABA Community Services Food Bank Event

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9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
San Francisco Food Bank
900 Pennsylvania Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94107
Come join the AABA Community Services Committee at the San Francisco Food Bank as they prepare food donation packages to distribute to thousands of families in need of emergency food aid. As a volunteer, you will sort and package food to be distributed at local food pantries, children’s snack programs, soup kitchens and homeless shelters throughout San Francisco. With your help, they can provide thousands of children, seniors, and homeless people with the food they need. All interested
AABA members, family, and friends are encouraged to volunteer. AABA will host a mixer for the volunteers following the event.
Register HERE.
Contact Elisha Yang (elishajyang@gmail.com) and Maxine Choi (jmyyc28@gmail.com) or James Lee (james.june.lee@gmail.com) for more information.

Business Coach Anthem Salgado: Art of Hustle

Thursday, 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.

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.