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Bay Area Women Attorneys Joint Networking Mixer

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

6:00PM – 8:30PM

Wilson Sonsini
650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA, 94304

Please join your fellow AABA members and meet new friends at this first-ever joint event organized by local bar associations having a special focus on supporting the advancement and inclusion of women in the legal profession. All members are welcome, so please come and enjoy refreshments while you network with colleagues. Participating bar associations include: the South Asian Women Attorney Network (SAWAN), the Black Women Lawyers of Northern California (BWL-NC), the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA-SV), the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California (KABANC), the Women Lawyers of Alameda County (WLAC), Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), the Queen’s Bench, SF La Raza, the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA), and the San Francisco Mother Attorney Mentoring Association (SF MAMA).

Please RSVP to the mixer May 25th. More information HERE.

Nepal Earthquake Relief Fundraiser

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Time: 06:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
1000 Marsh Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Please join us for Nepali appetizers, drinks, and good company, as AABA joins the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC) and other co-sponsoring organizations to raise funds to support relief organizations currently operating in Nepal.

Every dollar of your support is meaningful. While we are asking for $25 donations to attend the event, we encourage you to contribute as much money as you are able to contribute.

The first $6,000 raised will be matched by SABA-NC and the Nassiri & Jung Foundation.

Please buy tickets for the event today at https://www.123signup.com/event?id=pgntq


Law Student Liaison to the Public Law / Public Service Committee

Application Deadline: May 31, 2015

Mandatory Meetings
• All candidates will be contacted for an interview
• Successful candidates will be required to participate on an orientation conference call or meeting in June/July 2015

Position Description
Law Student Liaison to the Public Law/Public Service Committee for the 2015-16 year term. Duties will include assisting the Committee co-chairs plan, coordinate, and publicize the following projects:

• APA Diversity in the Federal Government Roundtable and Reception
• Public Service Appointments in the State Government Panel and Reception
• Roundtable of General & Chief Counsels in the Local/Regional Government Sector

For Eligibility and Application Requirements, click HERE.

AABA 2015-2016 Mentorship Program

Are you interested in becoming part of an incredible program where you will develop lasting and rewarding relationships with those in the AABA community? If the answer is yes, then you should participate in the Mentorship Program as a mentor or a mentee.

Participants will be placed into distinct “families” comprised of at least one law student or junior attorney, mid-level associate and senior associate/partner based on practice areas and other individual factors. By doing so, the Mentorship Committee hopes to facilitate long-lasting relationships that are compatible personally as well as professionally. We will also be designating AABA’s 2016 Mentor of the Year for the first time this year. Mentees may nominate their favorite mentor for this honor and the Mentor of the Year will receive an award during our end of year celebration which will be held in January or February. For more information about the Mentorship Program, click here.

Please complete the following questionnaire in order to help us match you with other mentorship family members. You must be a current AABA member to participate. Past participants may sign up for a new mentor or mentee but we encourage you to maintain your relationships with your previous mentorship families. Mentorship families will be announced in August and will have the opportunity to connect at our Meet and Greet Mixer in early September. Details to follow.

MENTEES (law student, recent law school graduate or attorney who has practiced for four years or less):

MENTORS (attorneys who have practiced for six years or more)

*Individuals who have practiced for five years may elect to complete either questionnaire.

First AABA Monthly Hike: Rodeo Beach to Battery Townsley

Tennessee_20Valley_20TrailSunday, May 31, 2015

10:00 a.m.

Rodeo Beach Parking Lot
11049 Mitchell Road, Mill Valley CA 94941

On Sunday, May 31 at 10:00 am, AABA is organizing its first monthly hike. This will be a free 2-3 hour, moderate intensity hike on the Coastal Trail in Mill Valley.

We will meet at the Rodeo Beach parking lot (set your GPS to 11049 Mitchell Rd., Mill Valley, CA 94941), at 10:00 a.m. From there, we will hike to Battery Townsley, or as far as you wish along the Coastal Trail. Feel free to join afterwards for non-hosted refreshments.  Email Charles Jung at aaba@njfirm.com with questions or for further details.

Leveling the Playing Field: Gender, Bias, and Asian Americans in the Law and Silicon Valley

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Monday, June 1, 2015
*Please note the new event date. This was rescheduled due to a scheduling conflict. 

6:15 p.m., reception to follow

Morrison & Foerster
425 Market Street, San Francisco CA 94105

Presented by the AABA Civil Rights and Women’s Committees, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, and the Association of Corporate Counsel

This exciting panel will address:

  • The recent Pao v. Kleiner Perkins trial
  • Gender and Asian American bias in the workplace in Silicon Valley and the legal field


Professor Joan Williams, UC Hastings

Michelle Lee, Rudy Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe LLP

Winifred Kao (Moderator) (Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus)

Admission is FREE.

Space is limited!  Please RSVP HERE.

Public Law Committee Annual Kick-Off Conference Call

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12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

It’s time for the second annual AABA public law attorneys meet and greet conference call!  On the call, participants will have opportunity to briefly introduce themselves, meet/reconnect with other public law peers, and hear about the events this committee has planned this year.

Please RSVP by June 2nd by clicking on the following link: tinyurl.com/aabapublic

AABA 28th Annual Summer Law Clerk Reception

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6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Hotel Nikko,
222 Mason Street, 25th Floor, San Francisco CA

The AABA Employment Committee would like to invite you to AABA’s 28th Annual Summer Law Clerk Reception, to be held on Thursday, June 11, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Hotel Nikko (25th Floor, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco).

The Reception is one of AABA’s most popular events.  It provides an ideal setting for Bay Area attorneys, summer associates, and law clerks to mingle and connect with API partners.  During the Reception, AABA will recognize this year’s summer grant recipients for their edication to community service and client advocacy.

For more information please contact Elizabeth Loh (eloh@truckerhuss.com) or Naomi Pilchen (npilchen@fenwick.com).

We look forward to seeing you there! RSVP HERE

Since its inception, the Reception has been funded by the generosity of Bay Area API partners. The Reception would not be possible without your financial support. We would be grateful for a contribution from you in the amount of $95.  To sponsor this event, please click HERE.


Take Charge of Your Personal Brand with Susan Chritton

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6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Workshop
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Refreshments and Networking

Sedgwick LLP
333 Bush Street, 30th Floor, San Francisco CA 94104-2834

Susan Chritton will discuss personal branding and why it is important. The workshop will provide an overview of the practical steps you need to take to build a strong personal brand profile, best practices to build your network and common mistakes. 

Learn how to stand out from the crowd by being proactive and consistent! 

Hosted by the AABA Solo and Small Firms Committee. Co-sponsored by Sedgwick LLP and Sedgwick’s API Lawyers Forum. Open to the public.

Free for AABA and ABL members. $30 for Non-members. RSVP Here.

AABA Baseball Night at AT&T Park

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7:15 pm

AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA

Pre-game Tailgate: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Nova Bar & Restaurant, 555-2nd Street, SF CA 94107
(between Bryant/Brannan Streets)

Cost:  $40.00

The Social Committee of the Asian American Bar Association invites you to attend our Annual AABA Baseball Night at AT&T Park! The Three Time World Champion San Francisco Giants will take on the New York Mets on Bruce Lee’s 75th Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 7:15 p.m. 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 Nova Bar & Restaurant from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Please contact Emily Tam at emilymtam@sbcglobal.net with any questions you may have. Tickets are $40.00 each for AABA members and all guests. The tickets can be ordered on the AABA Website. They 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. They believe it takes more than software to effectively manage and deliver data. They have combined the right technology with the right people to make the process as efficient as possible.

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. They work together to provide the perfect balance of technology solutions and human expertise.  Their practical and consultative approach allows them to create solutions that deliver, manage and secure data faster, with fewer hassles and more cost efficiency.

AABA truly appreciates their generosity and support!

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

AABA Celebrates Posthumous Admission of Hong Yen Chang to the California State Bar

The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) celebrates the California Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to grant Hong Yen Chang posthumous admission as an attorney in all courts of the State of California.  In a nine-page decision issued on Monday, the California Supreme Court reversed its 1890 decision denying Chang admission to the state bar because of his race.  In a “candid reckoning with a sordid chapter of our state and national history,” the Court declared, “it is past time to acknowledge that the discriminatory exclusion of Chang from the State Bar of California was a grievous wrong.”

“Through its decision, the California Supreme Court has repaired a grave injustice,” stated Eumi K. Lee, the President of AABA. “Hong Yen Chang earned the right to practice law in California 125 years ago and has long deserved to have that right recognized by this state.”

Chang was the first lawyer of Chinese descent licensed to practice law in the United States.  He emigrated from China in 1872, and attended Yale University and Columbia Law School.  He first applied for a law license in New York, but his application was rejected because he was not a citizen.  A New York judge later issued Chang a certification of naturalization, and the New York Legislature passed legislation allowing him to reapply.  While he was admitted to the New York bar in 1888, he was denied admission to the California bar on the ground that he was “a person of Mongolian nativity.”  While the California Supreme Court observed in its 1890 decision that Chang’s motion for admission to the bar was “made in due form” and “his moral character duly vouched for,” it found that his certificate of naturalization was void because the Chinese Exclusion Act prohibited naturalization to any native of China.  In its ruling on Monday, the California Supreme Court acknowledged that the exclusion of Chang from the state bar denied him equal protection of the laws and “was a loss to our communities and to society as a whole, which denied itself the full talents of its people and the important benefits of a diverse legal profession.”

Last year, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) at the University of California, Davis School of Law, with the support of Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin, the UC Davis School of Law Supreme Court Clinic, and the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson, petitioned the State Bar of California and the California Supreme Court on Chang’s behalf.  AABA, which submitted a letter to the California State Bar in support of Chang’s application for posthumous admission, congratulates Chang’s descendants and the UC Davis APALSA on this momentous occasion.

The California Supreme Court’s decision can be found here.

AABA is one of the largest Asian American bar associations in the nation and one of the largest minority bar associations in the State of California.  From its inception in 1976, AABA and its attorneys have been actively involved in civil rights issues, community service, and efforts to advocate for diversity in the legal profession.

AABA’s 38th Annual Installation Dinner

IMG_5595On March 12, 2015  AABA hosted its 38th Annual Installation Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in San Francisco.

Award recipients included:

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach – Nassiri & Jung / AABA Public Interest Grant

Ray Buenaventura, Mayor of Daly City – Joe Morozumi Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy

AABA celebrated the contributions of the award recipients and welcomed the new AABA Board. Incoming President Eumi K. Lee closed the evening’s program by honoring her 14 female predecessors.

Meet the 2015-2016 AABA Board Officers and Directors.

For more information about our Annual Installation Dinner and Sponsors, and to view our online photo gallery, click HERE.