The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area is composed of 17 different committees. Each committee is in charge of their own events and programming. If you are an active paid member and interested in joining a committee, please contact one of the committee co-chairs below.
The Committee convenes regular meetings, host events and otherwise provides support and leadership for AABA's public interest community. The Committee also assists the AABA Board in making recommendations, formulating strategy, and acting on issues that affect the civil and legal rights of the Asian American community.
The AABA Community Services Committee (CSC) provides opportunities for attorneys and law students to engage the community through pro bono and service activities. A core component of CSC includes our partnership with the non-profit Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach to run monthly pro bono legal clinics in Oakland and San Francisco. CSC also hosts an annual diversity pipeline conference, Legally Asian, which introduces diverse high school and college students to law school and the legal profession. In addition, CSC provides a variety of service opportunities in the Bay Area, including school beautification projects, building restoration, food bank events, environmental clean-ups, and holiday gift-wrapping. We continue to collaborate with local organizations, companies, and bar associations to provide rewarding service experiences for our members and their friends and family.
The Committee provides Asian American in-house attorneys throughout the Bay Area with opportunities for networking, information exchange, career development, and legal education programs for in-house counsel. The Committee also acts as a resource for AABA members interested in becoming in-house counsel and in developing business relationships with in-house counsel.
The Committee works to promote the appointment of Asian Americans to the federal and state judiciary and other governmental positions, evaluates potential candidates, and identifies and encourages Asian Americans to apply for judicial positions. The Judiciary Committee meets once a month to discuss judicial endorsement requests and Committee activities. Members are expected to participate in vetting candidates requesting AABA’s endorsement, which includes a review of materials, an in-person interview of the candidate, contacting references and participating in Committee, Board and other meetings to discuss the endorsement recommendation. We strive to maintain a diverse membership and invite new members based on a holistic assessment that takes into consideration the following factors: 1) length of time in the practice of law; 2) proven commitment to AABA, volunteer work or strong indication of capacity and ability to make the expected time commitment; 3) size of law firm or practice; 4) types of employment and types of specific interests represented by law practice or employment (e.g., in-house counsel, public, private, litigation, plaintiff or defense, etc.); and 5) commitment to diversity. If you are interested in joining the Judiciary Committee, please contact the co-chairs.
Founded in 2013, the AABA LGBTQ Committee provides all AABA members with: (1) opportunities and tools to address specific challenges that Asian-American LGBTQ law students, attorneys, and judges experience in the legal profession; (2) professional and personal development support; (3) a community that allows for meaningful connections; and (4) support to increase representation of Asian-American LGBTQ members in senior and leadership positions in the legal profession.
The Committee matches law students and attorneys each year so that law student mentees can receive advice about coursework, jobs and career decisions from attorney mentors. Students can be matched to either private sector or public interest/government attorneys. The Mentorship Program helps to build a professional AABA network that furthers the career interests of all AABA members. For more information, please contact any of the co-chairs below.
The Committee publishes articles with information of interest to members including features about attorneys and judges, articles about legal issues and events that affect the Asian American community, and reports about developments on the state and national levels. To see past AABA newsletters, please go to our Newsletter page.
The Public Law/Public Service Committee, formed in 2011, promotes the professional development of Asian American attorneys throughout the Bay Area who work in public law or public service by providing a forum for those attorneys to interact and network with each other and with the community at large. The Committee will also act as a resource for AABA members interested in public service and government work and specific legal issues pertinent to this area of practice.
Upcoming Public Law events
PUBLIC LAW LEADERSHIP ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Committee sponsors social events such as the holiday party, receptions for public officials, student-attorney mixers and gatherings with other minority bar organizations to promote friendships and professional ties among AABA members and others. Please visit our Events section to learn about upcoming events.
Assist AABA members with development of their practice by (i) holding mixers with in-house attorneys and seminars on business development and (ii)promoting and highlighting Asian American owned/ minority owned law firms and encouraging companies to recognize, consider and retain these firms when selecting outside counsel.
Merry Jean Chan