Pathways to Law Conference

About the Pathways to Law Conference

Hosted by AABA's Community Services Committee

Started in 2010, Pathways to Law (formerly known as "Legally Asian") is AABA's annual Bay Area pre-law conference designed to encourage high school, college, and post-college students, especially those from diverse backgrounds, to consider law school and the legal profession.

Often students from diverse communities may be the first in their families to attend graduate school or law school. We recognize the importance of students meeting and learning from real attorneys with Asian Pacific Islander backgrounds when considering a legal career.

Our FREE, all-day conference typically features several panels of attorneys, judges, and law students and an interactive mock law class. Attendees also will be able to chat with attorneys during lunch.

This year, the Pathways to Law conference hosted by the Asian American Bar Association will be taking place as an online, live panel series. The purpose of this conference is to encourage college and high school students, especially those from diverse backgrounds, to pursue a law degree. We will discuss career options available with a law degree from the perspective of persons from Asian and Pacific Islander backgrounds. The conference features distinguished panelists who have used their law degrees in a variety of ways.

This event is FREE for everyone.   

Registration is required to attend the conference. As long as you are registered for at least one session, you will get access to all four panels. The link to view the event will be provided to you via email.

If you would like to reach out to a panelist to discuss further,
please email and let us know which panelist you would like to contact.

Pathways to Law webinars

Private Law panel

Saturday, May 16, 2020 @ 10 am - 11 am

Moderator - Charles Jung, Principal at Nassiri & Jung LLP

Panelist - Angel Garrett, Director at Trucker Huss, APC

Panelist - Elizabeth T. Castillo, Partner at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP

Panelist - Laurie Lubiano, IP & Product Counsel at The Climate Corporation

Public Law/Public interest panel

Saturday, May 23, 2020 @ 10 am - 11 am

Moderator - Amit Kurlekar, Deputy Attorney General at California Attorney General’s Office, Appeals, Writs & Trials

Panelist - Magistrate Judge Alex G. Tse at U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Panelist - Genevieve Galman Alivia, Deputy District Attorney of Contra Costa County 

Panelist - Jonathan Mehta Stein, Executive Director at California Common Cause


Saturday, May 30, 2020 @ 10 am - 11 am

Moderator - Sean Tamura-Sato, Partner at Minami Tamaki, LLP

Panelist - Kyong Kim, Co-Founder at Seasalt Kids 

Panelist - Elica Vafaie, Director of Pro Bono and Strategic Partnerships at The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area  

Panelist - Allison Wang - Visiting Professor of Law and Director of Externship Program at Golden Gate University School of Law


Saturday, June 6, 2020 @ 10 am - 11 am

Moderator - Stephen Chong, Principal Attorney at Law Office of Stephen T. Chong 

Panelist - Bonifacio C. Sison, Student at University of California, Berkeley School of Law  

Panelist -  Evelynn Bui, Student at University of California Hastings School of Law

Panelist - Kristy Uyen Le, Student at Texas A&M University School of Law 

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