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.

Michael Chang
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights

Katherine Chu
East Bay Family Defenders

Theresa Zhen
East Bay Community Law Center

Upcoming Civil Rights events

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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.

Stephen Chong
Law Office of Stephen T. Chong

Pamela Chung
Law Offices of Nancy E. Hudgins

Rebecca Tseng
Silicon Legal Strategy

Darryl Woo
Goodwin Proctor LLP  


The Committee develops and coordinates seminars on topics of general interest to the AABA membership. AABA has been approved by the State Bar of California as a provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education.

Anna Chang
Sideman & Bancroft LLP

Mary Nguyen
Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc.

Michael Nguyen
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Patricia Tsai
Weaver, Austin, Villeneuve & Sampson LLP

Upcoming events

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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.

Lauriebeth Bugawan
Flipboard, Inc.

Gabriel Lau

Sandy Liu

Upcoming In-House events

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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.

Alice Liu Jensen
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Catherine Lui
Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP

Mark Punzalan
Chan + Punzalan


Erin Park
UC Hastings College of the Law

Philip Tacason
UC Hastings College of the Law

Tar Rakhra
UC Berkeley School of Law


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.


Elizabeth Kim
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Francis Yang
Vinson & Elkins

Vice Chair
Michael Nguyen
Wong & Rees LLP

Vice Chair
Raymond Rollan

Hayward City Attorney's Office

Upcoming LGBTQ events

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The Membership Committee is dedicated to expanding AABA's membership base. This includes reaching out to new members at events, planning marketing strategies to recruit new members, and working with other committees to address the needs of AABA members.

Jennifer Choi
Dannis Woliver Kelley

Jin Im
Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow & Canter, LLP


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.

Elizabeth Castillo
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP

Lenny Huang
Alston & Bird LLP

Catherine Ngo
Nossaman LLP

Upcoming Mentorship events


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.

Kathy Aoki

Candice Shih
Hanson Bridgett LLP


Michael Ng
Kobre & Kim

The Committee publicizes job openings, sponsors an annual jobs panel and workshop to help law students with resume writing and interviewing skills, hosts a summer reception for law clerks and employers, and cooperates with community groups and local bar associations to improve employment opportunities for minority lawyers. To see a list of job opportunities, please visit our Jobs page.

Kelly Craven

Aseem Gupta

Irene Yang
Sidley Austin LLP

Upcoming Professional Development events

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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.

Kimberly Chin
Allen, Glaessner, Hazelwood & Werth

Keith Fong
U.S. District Court, N.D. Cal.

Amit Kurlekar

Upcoming Public Law events

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Founded in 2016, the Council brings together senior API leaders in public service law. The Council advises AABA Board and Committee leadership on public service initiatives, serves our senior API public leader community, and is a resource on presidential, gubernatorial, or local leadership appointments.

Carin Fujisaki
Principal Attorney to the Chief Justice of California

Minming Wu
Federal Transit Administration


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.

Josh Chang
Kwan & Olynick LLP

Gina Tsai
Fountainhead Law Group P.C.

Elvin Vu

Adonica Wada
Varian Medical Systems

Upcoming Social 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.

Alison Tsao
Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP

Upcoming Solo/Small Firm events

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Seeks to provide structured support and networking opportunities for AABA's female members and also promotes efforts within the legal profession to increase the representation of women in senior and leadership positions.

Mandy Chan
DLA Piper

Merry Jean Chan
Assistant United States Attorney

Jessica Moy
Berman DeValerio

Vice Chair
Christine Start
Solano County Alternate Public Defender

Upcoming events

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Upcoming events

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