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  • Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:15 AM | Anonymous

    APABA, APAWLA, JABA, KABA, PABA, SABA, and SCCLA are pleased to offer a limited number of travel scholarships to law student members to attend the 2014 NAPABA Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Applicants must be current law students and members of one or more of the sponsoring bar associations as of the application deadline, which is Friday, October 3, 2014, at 8 pm Pacific Time. Applicants must also request funding from their law schools. Please see the Scholarship Application for additional details and requirements.

    Email completed applications with resumes and/or questions to: Ed Lew, 2014 Scholarship Committee Chair, edlew.apaba@gmail.com. Please indicate "2014 NAPABA Travel Scholarship" in the email's subject line.

  • Friday, September 12, 2014 9:24 PM | Anonymous

    APABA is pleased to offer its second Bar Review Course Scholarship, generously sponsored by Kaplan Bar Review. Kaplan's Complete Bar Review course is redeemable in any state and in any modality in which Kaplan offers Bar Review courses. The value of the 2015 California Live Course is $4,285.00.

    The Bar Review Course Scholarship will be awarded to one graduating 3L law student based on need, academic accomplishments, leadership potential, and commitment to making a contribution to the APIA community. Please see the scholarship application for instructions on how to apply.

    All application materials must be submitted via email to apabaprofessionaldevelopment@gmail.com by 5:00 pm on October 5, 2014. The Scholarship award recipient will be announced on October 15, 2014.

  • Sunday, April 20, 2014 10:15 PM | Anonymous
    APABA is pleased to announce its first Bar Review Course Scholarship, generously sponsored by Kaplan Bar Review.  The Kaplan Bar Review Complete Bar Review course is redeemable in any state and in any modality in which Kaplan offers Bar Review courses.  The value of the 2014 California Live Course is $4,285.00. 

    The Bar Review Course Scholarship will be awarded to one graduating 3L law student based on need, academic accomplishments, leadership potential, and commitment to making a contribution to the APIA community.  Please see the scholarship application for instructions on how to apply. 

    All materials must be emailed to apabaprofessionaldevelopment@gmail.com by 5:00 pm on April 30, 2014.  The Scholarship award will be announced on May 5, 2014.
  • Monday, March 03, 2014 7:38 PM | Anonymous
    *** PRESS RELEASE ***

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT: Dennis Wu
     March 3, 2014 E-MAIL: denniswu@maddenjones.com

    Los Angeles, CA, March 3, 2014
    - On February 28, 2014, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County ("APABA") celebrated its sixteenth anniversary installation dinner before a sold-out crowd at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Hosted by Emmy-winning sports anchor, James Koh, approximately 365 attorneys, judicial officers, law students, legal professionals, and community leaders were in attendance as APABA honored retired Justice Kathryn Doi Todd, California Court of Appeal, and Commissioner Cynthia Loo, Mariposa County Superior Court, two pioneers in the Asian Pacific American legal community, with its Public Service Award. Judge Halim Dhanidina, Los Angeles County Superior Court, installed the 2013-2014 officers and board of governors of APABA at the event. APABA Public Interest Fellow, Mike Hyun Lee, also shared how APABA's 2013 Public Interest Fellowship supported his work at the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education.

    "The gala was a great success, sponsored by over thirty local law firms, bar associations, community groups, and local businesses," said Dennis Wu, APABA's President. "APABA is thrilled by this outpouring of support, and we look forward to giving back to our members and our local communities for the new year and beyond."

    Congresswoman Judy Chu introduced the evening's keynote speaker, Frank Wu, Chancellor and Dean of the University of California, Hastings College of Law, whose speech on his experience with racial inequality as a youth in Detroit and the tragedy of Vincent Chin resonated with many of those in the audience. "All of us are different. There are many Asian American experiences, not a single one. Yet we also are bound together by a set of common themes," Chancellor Wu observed. "To claim our own identities, to write the scripts of our lives, not bound by stereotypes, is to realize the best of this diverse democracy. It makes good on the ideals of freedom and liberty that brought our parents and grandparents, 'strangers from a different shore,' to this new world."

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    APABA's events and activities include legal clinics, continuing legal education seminars, community forums, networking receptions, and various programs for law students, including a public interest fellowship award. APABA works closely with APAWLA, JABA, KABA, PABA, SABA, SCCLA, TABA, and other minority bar associations to promote diversity on the bench and in the legal profession and to speak out on issues of importance to minority communities. To join or learn more about APABA, please visit www.apaba.org.

    Please click here for a PDF version of this press release.
  • Sunday, February 09, 2014 9:02 PM | Anonymous
    On January 8, 2014, APABA hosted an informative panel discussion on how to apply to and serve on State Bar Committees. The Honorable Holly Fujie moderated a panel of esteemed individuals including:

    • Luis Rodriguez (President, California State Bar Board of Trustees; Los Angeles Office of the Public Defender)
    • Craig Holden (Vice President, California State Bar Board of Trustees; Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP)
    • Cynthia Loo (Chair, California State Bar Council on Access and Fairness; Judicial Officer, Los Angeles Superior Court)
    • Jason P. Lee (Vice Chair, Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation; Attorney, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission)
    • Gretchen Nelson (Former Member, California State Bar Board of Trustees; Partner, Kreindler & Kreindler LLP)

    A reception honoring State Bar President Luis Rodriguez followed the panel discussion. Mr. Rodriguez's achievements as a community leader and an advocate for justice include serving as president of the Mexican American Bar Association of the Los Angeles County, president of the California La Raza Lawyers Association, president of the Latino Public Defenders Association, member of the California State Board of Education, and chairman of the State Bar of California' Council on Access and Fairness. He currently serves as the first Latino president of the State Bar of California. The event was co-sponsored by Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance, John M. Langston Bar Association, Japanese American Bar Association, Korean American Bar Association, Latina Lawyers Bar Association, Philipine American Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association, and Southwestern Law School's Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and Latino Law Student Association.

    For more information on how to apply to serve on State Bar Committees, please click here.
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014 7:14 PM | Anonymous
    APABA is pleased to announce that it will award a Public Interest Fellowship in the amount of $5,000 to one deserving law student during the summer of 2014.

    The APABA Fellowship will be awarded to a law student who demonstrates leadership potential, maturity and responsibility, as well as a commitment to making a contribution to the APIA community. The law student must find a position in a nonprofit or governmental public interest organization that serves the Asian Pacific American community in Los Angeles County for at least a 10-week period during the summer. The law student must be supervised by a licensed attorney. Working for a public defender, district attorney, or a judge does not qualify.

    For more information, please download the APABA Fellowship Application. All materials must be e-mailed by 5:00 pm on April 18, 2014 for consideration. Finalists may be interviewed by one or more members of the APABA Fellowship Committee (if determined to be necessary). The recipient of the Fellowship will be selected by the APABA Fellowship Committee, with the approval of the Board of Governors. The Fellowship award will be announced in late May 2014. Please send all inquiries with the subject line "APABA Fellowship" to apabalawstudentscommittee@gmail.com.
  • Thursday, September 26, 2013 3:09 PM | Anonymous
    APABA, APAWLA, JABA, KABA, SABA, and SCCLA (the "Sponsoring Bar Associations") are pleased to offer a limited number of travel scholarships to law student members to attend the 2013 NAPABA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Applicants must be current law students and members of one or more of the Sponsoring Bar Associations as of the application deadline, which is Sunday, October 6, 2013, at 8 pm Pacific Time. Applicants must also request funding from their law schools. Please see the Scholarship Application for additional details and requirements.

    Email completed applications with resumes and/or questions to: Ed Lew, 2013 Scholarship Committee Chair, edlew.apaba@gmail.com. Please indicate "2013 NAPABA Travel Scholarship" in the email's subject line.
  • Thursday, July 25, 2013 11:57 PM | Anonymous
    PRESS RELEASE

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: Tim Laske
     July 25, 2013
     Email: tlaske@gmail.com

    Los Angeles, CA, July 25, 2013 - The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County (APABA) applauds Judge Rupa Goswami's historic appointment to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. On July 12, 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown appointed Judge Goswami to be the first South Asian woman judge in the State of California.

    Judge Goswami is eminently qualified for the state judiciary. She has both an MBA from the University of Chicago and a JD from the University of California, Los Angeles. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the last 12 years - including separate stints as the Deputy Chief of General Crimes, and of Domestic Security and Immigration - she has prosecuted cases involving cyber-crimes, immigration, terrorism, organized crime, the sexual exploitation of children, environmental crimes, and other criminal matters. "Judge Rupa Goswami has had an exemplary career as a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney's Office, and we are very proud of her," stated André Birotte Jr., the United States Attorney for the Central District of California. "I know that her success will continue forward, and that the people of California will be greatly enriched by her presence and performance on the bench."

    "Governor Brown is making important and necessary strides to appoint well-qualified minority applicants that reflect California's rich diversity," proclaimed Michelle Sugihara, APABA President. "Judge Goswami has been a steady leader and strong presence within the Asian Pacific American community, especially for the underrepresented South Asian community." Judge Goswami was Co-President of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (SABA-SC) at the time of her appointment, and she had been a board member of SABA-SC and is a current member of APABA.

    Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Judge Goswami clerked for the Honorable Nora Manella in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and the late Honorable Terence T. Evans in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. "Through APABA's vetting process, we came to know Judge Goswami as an intelligent, hard-working and well-respected figure in the legal community," stated Christina Yang, Co-Chair of APABA's Public Appointments and Judicial Endorsements Committee. "Her legal acumen, public service, mentoring and community involvement are just some of the reasons why APABA enthusiastically endorsed her for appointment to the bench." A former civil litigator at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom, Judge Goswami has served as a commissioner with the Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission, Superior Court Judge Pro Tem, teen court moderator, and adjunct professor at Loyola Law School.

    Judge Halim Dhanidina, the first Muslim American judge appointed in California and a former APABA board member, applauded the appointment: "Judge Goswami is a dedicated public servant who possesses the acute intellect and calm demeanor that make her an ideal fit for the bench. As a South Asian woman, her appointment reflects the diversity of the community she serves as a bench officer, making her a role model to many - including my own daughter. The Los Angeles County Superior Court is lucky to have her."

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  • Friday, March 15, 2013 11:25 PM | Anonymous
    PRESS RELEASE

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT: William Sung
     March 14, 2013 Email: wsung@lbbslaw.com

    Los Angeles, CA, March 14, 2013 - On March 8, 2013, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County ("APABA") celebrated its fifteenth anniversary installation dinner at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Hosted by celebrity Aaron Takahashi, approximately 315 attorneys, judicial officers, law students, and legal professionals attended the installation dinner and applauded as Judge Howard Halm, Los Angeles County Superior Court, installed the 2012-2013 Officers & Board. The evening was highlighted by a special video presentation entitled "APABA - The First 15 Years," produced by APABA's current President, Michelle Sugihara.

    "It is a great honor to produce 'APABA - The First 15 Years' and share with our guests the history and achievements of APABA through the voices of its founders and past presidents," said Ms. Sugihara. "We look forward to the next fifteen years as APABA continues to foster the foundational goals of community service and legal diversity that led to the creation of this wonderful pan-Asian bar association."

    This year, APABA awarded its annual Public Service Award jointly to the Asian Pacific American Legal Center ("APALC") and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") for their representation of 69 Filipino American hospital workers in a landmark workplace discrimination lawsuit. The Filipino American nurses and other hospital workers were singled out by the hospital for enforcement of its unlawful English Only policy. The lawsuit settled for $1 million, the largest settlement for a workplace language discrimination case in the West Coast, as well as the largest for a workplace language discrimination case in the healthcare industry in the United States. The Public Service Award was presented by Congresswoman Judy Chu.

    "APALC's Impact Litigation team is proud to have had the opportunity to represent such a brave group of Filipino American workers who not only successfully challenged a discriminatory English Only policy, but also stood up for their right to be treated with dignity at the workplace," stated Laboni Hoq, APALC's Litigation Director. "We hope this landmark case positively influences other employees to assert their workplace rights, and encourages employers to protect against language discrimination in their increasingly diverse workforces."

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    APABA's events and activities include legal clinics, continuing legal education seminars, community forums, networking receptions, and various programs for law students, including a public interest fellowship award. APABA works closely with APAWLA, JABA, KABA, PABA, SABA, SCCLA and other minority bar associations to promote diversity on the bench and in the legal profession and to speak out on issues of importance to minority communities. To join or learn learn more about APABA, please visit www.apaba.org.
  • Monday, February 11, 2013 10:24 PM | Anonymous
    The APABA Public Interest Fellowship, in the amount of $5000, is awarded to a law student who demonstrates leadership potential, maturity and responsibility, as well as a commitment to making a contribution to the APIA community. The law student must find a position in a nonprofit or governmental public interest organization and work substantially in a unit that serves the Asian Pacific American community in Los Angeles County for at least a 10-week period during the summer; working for a public defender, district attorney, or a judge does not qualify

    To be eligible for the APABA Fellowship, potential applicants must be enrolled and in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school during the 2012-2013 academic year. Applicants must secure a position at a Los Angeles area nonprofit public interest organization with an emphasis on assisting the APIA community. All materials must be emailed by April 15, 2013 for consideration. 

    For more information, please download the application or email APABAlawstudentscommittee@gmail.com (subject line “APABA Fellowship”).

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