Committees

The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area is composed of 15 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.

CIVIL RIGHTS

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.


Katherine Chu
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
 katherinec@advancingjustice-alc.org


Christy Kwon
National Labor Relations Board
901 Market St Ste 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
christy.kwon@nlrb.gov


Valerie Li
Girard Gibbs LLP
601 California Street, 14th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 981-4800
vhl@girardgibbs.com


COMMUNITY SERVICES

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
1001 Marina Village Parkway Suite 400
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 995-0389
stephen@stchong-law.com


Claire Choo
Danko Meredith
333 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 145
Redwood Shores, CA 94065
650-453-3600
cchoo@dankolaw.com


Pamela Chung
Law Offices of Nancy E. Hudgins
(925) 233-6222
pamela.chung.law@gmail.com


EDUCATION

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.



Roland Chang
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
(415) 773-5692
rdchang@orrick.com


Helen Trac
Hogan Lovells
helen.trac@hoganlovells.com

EMPLOYMENT
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.



Kevin Benedicto
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
kevin.benedicto@morganlewis.com


Angel L. Garrett
Trucker Huss, APC
One Embarcadero Center, 12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 788-3111
agarrett@truckerhuss.com


Andrea Loh
Loh Legal, P.C.
100 Pine St., Suite 2150

San Francisco, CA 94111
andrea@lohlegal.com

 IN-HOUSE COUNSEL

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.
lbugawan@gmail.com


Nathalie Le Ngoc
Salesforce.org
(408) 772-0386
nlengoc@salesforce.com



Laurie Rose Lubiano

The Climate Corporation

laurie.lubiano@climate.com


JUDICIARY

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.


Peter Chang
Department of Justice
Peter.Chang@doj.ca.gov


Rita Lin
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Northern District of California


Catherine Lui
Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP
(415) 773-5571
clui@orrick.com

LGBTQ

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.

Co-Chairs:


Mario Choi
Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP
mchoi@kaplanfox.com


Elizabeth Kim
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
elizabeth.kim@mto.com


Kimpo Ngoi
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
kngoi@orrick.com

Vice Chairs:

Membership

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.


Jin Im
Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow & Canter, LLP
415-288-6600
jim@hfdclaw.com


Jason Yee
Law Office of Jason K. Yee
1123 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 205-3863
jason@jasonyeelaw.com

MENTORSHIP

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.



Wade Chow
Office of the District Attorney
850 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 553-1752
wade.k.chow@sfgov.org


Jessica Moy
Berman DeValerio
JMoy@bermandevalerio.com


Catherine Ngo
Nossaman LLP
cngo@nossaman.com

NEWSLETTER

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
kathyaok@aol.com


Candice Shih
Hanson Bridgett LLP
cshih@hansonbridgett.com

PUBLIC LAW/PUBLIC SERVICE

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.



Jorgio Castro
Bay Area Legal Aid
castjor@uchastings.edu


Keith Fong
U.S. District Court, N.D. Cal.
1300 Clay St., 2nd Fl.
Oakland, CA 94612
510-879-3551
keith_fong@cand.uscourts.gov


Amit Kurlekar

POST-PRACTICE


Hoyt Zia
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. (Ret.)
HoytZia@yahoo.com

SOCIAL

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
1300 Clay St Ste 600
Oakland, CA 94612
(415) 234-3194
jchang@kwanip.com


Gina Tsai
First Legal | Deposition Services
gtsai@firstlegaldeposition.com


Elvin Vu
elvin.vu@gmail.com

SOLO & SMALL FIRMS

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
atsao@cdflaborlaw.com


Shiho Yamamoto
Product Compliance Analyst
Workday, Inc. 
6230 Stoneridge Mall Road
Pleasanton, CA 94588
shiho.yamamoto@workday.com

WOMEN'S

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.



Liz Loh
Trucker Huss
eloh@truckerhuss.com


Jessica Ourk
UC Hastings College of the Law
ourkjessica@uchastings.edu

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