OCAABA Events/Opportunities

Please join us at the Courthouse for a celebration of Judge Nakazato's life and career. Reception to follow. 

Advance reservations are requested to ensure adequate seating. Space is limited. If you are unable to register because the event is full, please email info@FBAOC.com to be placed on the wait list.

Photo_AN Hosted by: U.S. District Court
Co-hosted by:
Federal Bar Association, Orange County
Japanese American Bar Association
Orange County Asian American Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association

Come meet and mingle with peers and members of OCBA affiliate bar associations. This is an exclusive event for OCBA YLD & Law Student members, OCAABA members and OCBA Affiliate Bar Members.
Location: Mesa, 725 Baker Street, Costa Mesa.
Complimentary valet, gourmet appetizers and photo booth!

OCBA members can register for this event online. OCAABA and affiliate bar members who are not OCBA members may sign up
by telephone, fax, or mail. 

Please join us on March 1st for the OCAABA general meeting and annual membership mixer from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mizu Sushi Bar & Grill, The Market Place, 2881 El Camino Real in Tustin.
Come meet and vote for the candidates for the OCAABA board.


The Public Law Center's South East Asian Legal Outreach Program (SEALOP) provides free civil legal assistance at the BPSOS Center for Community Advancement, Inc., 13950 Milton Ave. Suite 301, Westminster, CA 92683.    
Clinics take place on the second Saturday of every month from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. 

Volunteer attorneys and Vietnamese-English translators are needed.
If you are interested in volunteering, use the links below or  
contact Nathan Watana be at nathan.watanabe@wsllplaw.com .

A list of cases will be e-mailed the week of the clinic to those interested in volunteering.  

A reminder all memberships expired on December 31st.
Current and new members can vis it the membership sign-up page to renew or sign up online. The online system allows you to pay by credit card or you can print an invoice to pay by check.
You can also download the application .
IMPORTANT: When renewing your membership with the Orange County Bar Association, please remember that you may designate $10 of your OCBA membership fee to OCAABA.

Have News to Share?  
If you have news to share to our membership, please email contactus@ocaaba.org to include the news in our next newsletter.
Affiliate Events

February 22nd - U Visa and VAWA Immigration Training - Beginner/ Intermediate Level  
The Public Law Center ("PLC") and Chapman Law School will present a 3 hour CLE training on effectively representing immigrant victims of crime in U Nonimmigrant Visa applications and VAWA petitions. This training will be useful to practitioners and pro bono attorneys with beginning to intermediate-level experience with U Visa and VAWA cases, as well as pro bono attorneys who are interested in taking their first case. February 22nd from 5:30-8:30 pm at Chapman Law School. Cost is free for practitioners with commitment to help in at least 1 PLC pro bono case within the next year.

RSVP to Grace Landa glanda@publiclawcenter.org | FLYER

February 23rd  - IMPACT LA: Volunteers Needed to Assist Domestic Violence Survivors with Immigration Issues (NO PRIOR IMMIGRATION EXPERIENCE REQUIRED)
IMPACT LA supports survivors of domestic violence in Southern California by providing wrap-around legal services in a clinic setting. At this clinic, we will be partnering with WTLC, the oldest domestic violence program in Orange County, and assisting with immigration issues. While domestic violence affects all sectors of the population, immigration status can place an additional barrier to escaping abuse. Concurrently, there are specific forms of relief that are available to survivors of domestic violence. No prior immigration experience is required. Volunteers will receive training and be supported with day-of supervision from experienced immigration attorneys. Up to 8 volunteers needed. All languages welcome, with an urgent need for Vietnamese speakers.
Date/time: Friday, February 23, 2018; 9:30am-2:30pm. Location: Fullerton (address to be provided) 

FOR QUESTIONS/TO VOLUNTEER: Contact Michael Palzes at mpalzes@one-justice.org or 213-372-5610.

February 23rd - APABA's 20th Annual Installation Dinner
The Asian Pacific American Bar Association ("APABA") will hold its 20th Annual Installation of the Officers & Board of Governors on Friday, February 23rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel, 251 S. Olive Street in Los Angeles. Cocktails at 6:00 p.m. with dinner & program at 7:00 p.m.

A Conversation With Associate Justice Leondra R. Kruger, California Supreme Court, moderated by Hon. Elwood Lui, California Court of Appeal, 2nd Appellate District.

Public Service Award
Douglas S. Chin | Attorney General, Hawaii
Neal Katyal | Hogan Lovells

Volunteer of the Year Award
Jason Lee |Law Offices of Lee W. Salisbury,APC

February 24th  - APAWLA and SCCLA MCLE Program "Phoenix Rising"
The Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance ("APAWLA") and the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association ("SCCLA") are presenting "Phoenix Rising: A Program to Empower and Advance Women Lawyers" on Saturday, February 24th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Come and hear great women speakers discuss topics on How to Advance to the Next Level of Your Career, Do's and Don'ts for Court Appearances, Sexual Harassment, and Discrimination. Hailyn Chen, Litigation Partner at Munger, Tolles & Olsen; LASC Judge Holly Fujie; LASC Judge Fumiko Wasserman; Jana Send, Alternate Public Defender; and Kern County Commissioner Cynthia Loo. MCLE 2.5 hours including Elimination of Bias. $25 for APAWLA and SCCLA members. $30 for non-members.

February 25th - VABASC Tet Mixer
The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California ("VABASC") are having a Tet Mixer on February 25, 2018 in the afternoon in Irvine. There will be food, drinks, and lots of fun and great company. Families and significant others are welcome. More details to come!
March 3rd - The OCHBA 40th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Installation Dinner
The OC Hispanic Bar Association ("OCHBA") will hold its 40th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser & Installation Dinner on March 3rd from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM at the Irvine Marriott Hotel, 18000 Von Karman Ave in Irvine. Attire is Black Tie.

Hon. Francisco Briseño Lifetime Achievement Award
Joseph L. Chairez, BakerHostetler
Attorney of the Year
Norma García Guillén, Garcia Rainey Blank & Bowerbank, LLP
Guardián de Justicia
Goodwill of Orange County
Corporate Citizen
Microsoft Corporation

March 9th - Ms. JD 10th Annual Conference on Women in Law: HerStory! 
Ms. JD is hosting their 10th Annual Conference on Women in Law on March 9, 2018 at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. The Conference will feature a variety of great speakers and provide time for women in the law to connect.
The Ms. JD Honors Reception Keynote speaker will be Lily Y. Hughes, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary of Public Storage.

The Conference Keynote will feature Michelle Banks, Senior Advisor & Executive Coach, BarkerGilmore LLC; Former Executive Vice President Sustainability, Global General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Gap Inc.; Board CoChair and CoFounder, UCLA Law Women LEAD.
The conference will also have panelists to speak on a variety of topics relevant to women in law throughout the day. 


March 13th  - Cal-APABA Lobby Day
The California Asian Pacific American Bar Association ("Cal-APABA"), a statewide advocacy organization representing the interests of California's APA attorneys, will hold its first annual Lobby Day in Sacramento on March 13th. Cal-APABA will meet with state assemblymembers, senators, and the governor's office to advocate for issues of interest to California's APA attorneys. To participate, register at calapaba.org.
March 14th - PABA 32nd Installation and Awards Gala
The Philippine American Bar Association ("PABA") invites you to join in celebrating their 32nd Installation and Awards Gala on March 14th. This year's Gala will feature keynote speaker California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, a menu of Filipino flavors, and special performances.
March 15th - IABA OC 13th Annual Nowruz Gala
The Iranian American Bar Association, Orange County ("IABA OC") will hold their 13th Annual Nowruz Gala on Thursday, March 15th from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Location: Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles. Sponsorships are available.   
March 29th - SABA 15th Annual Public Interest Dinner and Installation
The South Asian Bar Association of Southern California Public Interest Foundation and South Asian Bar Association of Southern California will host their 15th Annual Public Interest Dinner and Installation on March 29th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 120 S. Los Angeles Street in Los Angeles. They are proud to celebrate the following leaders of the legal profession and a shared commitment to public interest:
THE HONORABLE UPINDER S. KALRA, Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County - Judicial Appreciation Award
PAUL GREWAL, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Facebook - Trailblazer Award
MUNMEETH SONI, Directing Attorney, Immigrant Defenders Law - Public Interest Award 

April 27th - AAAJ-OC Inaugural Gala for Justice
Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Orange County("AAAJ-OC") will hold their Inaugural Gala for Justice on April 27th, recognizing excellence and service in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities. Location: The Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. 
May 3rd - APALIE Installation Dinner
Asian Pacific American Lawyers of the Inland Empire (APALIE) will be holding its annual dinner on Thursday May 3, 2018 at the California Citrus State Historic Park, featuring U.S. Congressman Mark Takano of California's 41st District.


June 14th - PLC Volunteers for Justice
On Thursday, June 14, 2018, nearly 1,000 leaders from the Orange County legal, business and civic communities will gather for the Public Law Center's annual Volunteers for Justice Dinner. Please join PLC for an inspiring event that also provides an opportunity to support the over 1,400 volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students who work with us to provide free legal services to low income residents. Details TBA.




State of California OAG Opportunities 
The Office of the Attorney General is seeking to fill attorney positions throughout the State of California. Click the link below for a PDF listing of the most current Deputy Attorney General series vacancies. If you are interested in applying, postmark your application on or before the deadline. You can review the job announcements for each vacancy by clicking on the hyperlinks under the "Link" column. Click here for PDF listing. (Posted 2/9/18)

Inner City Law Center Has Multiple Opportunities
Inner City Law Center is doubling in size! They are looking for extraordinary people to help end homelessness in Los Angeles. The priority application deadline for these positions is February 19, but ICLC will continue to accept applications until the positions are filled:
Lawyers Preventing and Ending Homelessness Supervising Attorney
Lawyers Preventing and Ending Homelessness Staff Attorney
Homeless Veterans Project Staff Attorney
Homeless Veterans Project Administrative Clerk
Disability Benefits Hearing Program Staff Attorney
Disability Benefits Staff Attorney
Tenant Organizer
Slum Housing Litigation Staff Attorney
Directing Attorney
Director of Finance
Contracts Compliance Officer
Grants Manager
ICLC is also looking for bright and dedicated law student externs.
(Posted 2/7/18)


Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Seeks Junior-to Mid-Level Media Associate (LA)

The Los Angeles office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP seeks to hire a junior to mid-level associate to join its nationally recognized Media & Entertainment practice. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years' litigation experience in a large law firm with an interest in media and entertainment law, including copyright, trademark, right of publicity, defamation, or privacy.  Former law clerks and candidates with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.  We'd also welcome enthusiasm and a sense of humor.  Candidates must be active members of the California Bar in good standing and possess excellent academic credentials and strong writing skills.  Experience working with content creators of all stripes is a plus, but is not required. To apply, please go to DWT Career Site and upload a cover letter addressed to Bahareh Samanian, Director of Lawyer Recruiting; resume; a brief writing sample and law school transcript. We would appreciate you specifying how you heard about this position.
(Posted 1/31/18)

UCLA Seeks Employee & Labor Relations Advocate
Our Campus Human Resources Employee & Labor Relations group has an outstanding opportunity for an experienced advocate (litigator) who represents the University in adversarial labor arbitrations, administrative hearings under the Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM), and proceedings before the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). Application date closes February 26th. More info
(Posted 1/30/18)

  Oakland City Attorney's Office Seeks Special Counsel Real Estate & Land Use
The City Attorney's Office seeks a well-qualified, highly motivated attorney to serve as Special Counsel supervising attorneys who handle real estate and economic development and land use matters. The ideal candidate will have substantial and significant real estate, housing, economic development, redevelopment and land use expertise. Experience in supervising attorneys, handling general administrative matters and managing outside counsel also is desirable. Open until filled. For more information and the full application, go to: http://www.oaklandcityattorney.org/AboutUs/job_ops.html
(Posted 1/25/18)

Fisher Phillips Seeks Employment Litigation Associate (Irvine)
Fisher Phillips, a national management-side labor and employment law firm, is seeking a mid-level employment litigation associate with 3-5 years of labor and employment litigation experience to join its Irvine office.  The ideal candidate will be comfortable drafting and responding to discovery and initial pleadings, drafting and arguing motions, as well as taking and defending depositions.  Significant employment litigation experience is preferred, but candidates with strong litigation backgrounds and a demonstrated interest in labor and employment law will be considered.  Candidates must have excellent academic credentials, strong writing and analytical skills, and ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment. Must be admitted in California. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume online at https://apply.fisherphillips.com/virecruitex/virecruitselfapply/ReDefault.aspx?FilterREID=2&FilterJobCategoryID=3&FilterJobID=83.
(Posted 1/19/18)

Deputy City Attorney III or IV Real Estate - Oakland City Attorney's Office
The City Attorney's Office seeks a seasoned real estate attorney with significant expertise in development and/or transactional aspects of real estate to fill the position of Deputy City Attorney III or Deputy City Attorney IV, depending on experience.  The ideal candidate will fill a position in the City Attorney's Real Estate Unit and will advise the City's Real Estate Department on varied transactional work related to the sale, acquisition and lease of property; the City's Economic Workforce Development Department on varied work related to the development and other disposition of City property; or a combination of both, depending on qualifications.  The City Attorney may assign the selected attorney to new, additional or different duties or practice areas in either litigation or transactional work in the future. Open until filled. For more information and the full application, go to: http://www.oaklandcityattorney.org/AboutUs/job_ops.html
(Posted 1/17/18)

  Senior Counsel Position available at University of California, Office of the President
Reporting to the Deputy General Counsel, Employment, Labor and Benefits, the Senior Counsel provides advice to clients regarding risk assessment and liability, independently handling a full range of legal matters and projects in the employee benefits area. Quick link for more information: jobs.ucop.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=60163
(Posted 1/10/18)

PLC Pro Bono Case List
The Public Law Center (PLC) has an ongoing (as of February 8, 2018) case list for individuals in need of pro bono representation. The PLC staff can answer any questions you may have related to your case to support you in your pro bono representation; locate a mentor to help you; supply you with samples and manuals (some case types excluded); provide translation support in Spanish and Vietnamese; and arrange for office space for you to meet with your client at PLC. For questions contact: Leigh Ferrin 714.541.1010, extension 290. Visit the PLC website Volunteer page.

Department of Justice Attorney Vacancies
 Click the link below for an updated list of current attorney vacancies at the United States Department of Justice. All interested applicants are encouraged to apply; however, please note that due to temporary funding restrictions the DOJ may not be able to fill all of the currently advertised positions.
To learn more about Justice and legal careers available, please visit the DOJ website at www.justice.gov/careers/legal/.
In addition, every year over 1,800 volunteer legal interns serve in DOJ components and U.S. Attorneys' Offices throughout the country. If you are a law student or know any law students who may be interested in a DOJ volunteer internship, please review the many opportunities featured at  

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