OCAABA Events/Opportunities

OCAABA's Small Firm Committee invites you
to join us for our first Hackathon.

What does this mean?
We are borrowing the concept of collaborative problem solving over a short period of time from the tech field and apply it to that pesky marketing project you've had on your "To Do" list for a year.  

We'll have time for introductions, food, and drinks, and 1.5 hours dedicated to working on your project.

What you'll need: (1) Your laptop (2) A project, idea, or problem

Hosted by the Law Office of Andrea Paris
22 Corporate Plaza, Suite 150, Newport Beach
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free. Pizza and Red Bull provided. Space is limited.

RSVP requested by March 30th to
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 .

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

You are invited to an API Candidate Forum on May 3rd from 6-8pm at the Delhi Community Center in Santa Ana.
Hosted by OCAABA and AAAJ-OC

Panel of speakers include:
David Min, candidate for Congress, 45th District
Omar Siddiqui, candidate for Congress, 48th District
Joe Pak, candidate for Buena Park School Board
Thu-Ha Nguyen, incumbent candidate for Garden Grove City Council
Moderated by: Jay Chen  

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If you have news to share to our membership, please email to include the news in our next newsletter.
Affiliate Events

March 29th  - Advancing Justice-LA DVRO Clinics and Trainings
AAAJ-LA's SAFE (Survivor and Family Empowerment) Project is seeking volunteer interpreters to support its Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) Clinic, focusing on Asian and Pacific Islander clients. Many clients will be limited English proficient and will need interpretation. SAFE will be providing training to volunteer interpreters in partnership with the Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF), a nonprofit organization focused on assisting API survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their families. Among various services, CPAF operates a domestic violence emergency shelter for API individuals, and also staffs a multilingual 24-hour hotline. 
The new volunteer interpreter training will be on Thursday, March 29 from 9-11 am, at the offices of Advancing Justice.
Interpreter training will cover:  
(1) Working with domestic violence survivors  
(2) Cultural competency issues in interpreting for API survivors  
(3) Interpreting 101.  
For those who participate in the training, it is asked that you commit to attending at least four clinics during 2018.  
Volunteer Sign-Up Procedures: Because client needs are not finalized until 2-3 days before each clinic, interested volunteers will be asked to indicate their anticipated availability, and volunteers will be contacted approximately 2 days in advance to confirm assignments. In other words, if you are NOT contacted a few days before a workshop by our staff, please assume you do NOT need to volunteer for that workshop. Thank you!  

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 2nd - Advancing Justice-LA DVRO Clinic Needs Attorney and Bilingual Non-Attorney Volunteers
Advancing Justice-LA'S SAFE (Survivor and Family Empowerment) Project is seeking volunteers for its new Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) Clinic, focusing on Asian and Pacific Islander clients!

Both attorney volunteers and non-attorney volunteer interpreters are needed, and there are separate mandatory trainings available.

Pro Bono Attorney Volunteers: Pro bono work associated with the clinic may include DVRO paperwork assistance in the clinic setting; paperwork assistance outside of the clinic setting; and/or court representation -- depending on interest and client needs. Pro bono attorneys will work closely with and under the supervision of SAFE staff attorneys. No prior experience needed, though training is mandatory. While we do anticipate that many clients will be limited English proficient and will need interpretation, we welcome attorneys who are not bilingual to get involved! 
Next new pro bono attorney training at our offices - Monday, April 2, from 12-3 pm at Advancing Justice-LA.
Topics to be covered include:  
*    Introduction to Domestic Violence, particularly in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities  
*    Types of Restraining Orders and applicable law  
*    Working with Domestic Violence Survivors  
*    Completing required forms and drafting declarations  
Lunch and 2.5 hours of general MCLE will be provided. 

April 4th  -JABA 42nd Installation & Awards Gala
Japanese American Bar Association (JABA) invites you to attend their 42nd Installation & Awards Gala on April 4th at 6:00 PM at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel of California Plaza. Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Eric Garcetti, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles
April 6th-7th  - APAICS Orange County Regional Leadership Academy
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) invites you to participate in a Regional Leadership Academy in Orange County, CA.

The Regional Leadership Academy is a two-day training program to further develop leadership skills, promote public service, and support effective, impactful leaders in AAPI communities across the country. The program also allows APAICS to partner with local community leaders to discuss current issues affecting the AAPI community in the region and to develop the growing network of past APAICS program participants.

Both current AAPI leaders and those looking to run for public office will benefit from this practical training. The program will emphasize vital skills regarding the development of a social media strategy, campaign fundraising, and locally-significant policy issues.

Questions? | (202) 296-9200


April 7th  - SPECIALTY CREDIT MCLE PROGRAM: 2018 Western State Law Review Symposium: Discrimination in the Legal Profession
Western State Law Review's Symposium Team is proud to announce their upcoming 2018 Western State Law Review Symposium: Discrimination in the Legal Profession. The symposium will take place on April 7th from 9:30AM to 2PM with check in at 9AM.

The main "umbrella" topic of Discrimination in the Legal Profession will include sub-topics and issues related to the concept of discrimination in the legal profession, such as lawyer to lawyer discrimination, lawyer-client discrimination and more. The goal for the upcoming symposium is to attract alumni, current students, and others from the legal community to attend an event that will be both educational and thought-provoking.

The symposium qualifies for 4 MCLE Credits (3 Ethics, 1 Elimination of Bias).

Hon. Victoria Kolakowski - Judge, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Halim Dhanidina - Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court
Hon. Maria D. Hernandez - Judge, Orange County Superior Court
Mia Yamamoto - Law Office of Mia Yamamoto
Professor Kevin Mohr - Western State College of Law
April 9th - OCCDL Diversity Talks with Desirée F. Moore "How to THRIVE Personally and Professionally In BigLaw"
Desirée F. Moore is a partner in the Chicago office of K&L Gates and focuses her practice on social media law, including helping clients identify and manage the risks associated with social media use. Ms. Moore counsels individuals and corporations alike on social media best practices, how to effectively implement regulations for social media use in and outside of the workplace, and how to address and curtail harmful content on social media. She is author of the ABA bestseller, Thrive - A New Lawyer's Guide to Law Firm Practice. (This event is intended for junior and midlevel associates at large law firms.)

First 25 guests to arrive will receive a free signed copy of THRIVE

Cost: FREE - Drinks and appetizers will be provided!

April 10th - ELIMINATION OF BIAS MCLE: OCWLA "The U.S. Women's Soccer Team Equal Pay Negotiations: A Lookback One Year Later"
It's been one year since the U.S. Women's Soccer Team union negotiated a historic compensation change for its players, following the filing of an equal pay complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the team's refusal to play on an uneven field, and a social media campaign waged to raise attention to the issue of fair pay in sports. Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA) will take a look back at the deal, the legal issues, the use of social media, and the current equal pay landscape in sports with Whitney Unruh, Senior Director of Global Soccer at Wasserman Media Group, who has represented several of the team's players. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 10th at Grand Catered Events in Orange from 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM and includes a catered lunch.  One Hour Elimination of Bias MCLE Credit    

Did You Know?
The color of red signifies the deficit women are paid. The date of April 10th (Equal Pay Day) is the date women would have to work until to get the same pay as their male counterparts did for the previous calendar year. All attendees are invited to wear red for a group photo to be held at the event.

April 12th - OCHBA Spring Mixer & Membership Drive
The OC Hispanic Bar Association (OCHBA) will hold their Spring Mixer & Membership Drive on Thursday April 12th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Location: Vacation, 204 W 4th Street in Santa Ana.

April 19th - TABA Sixth Annual Installation Dinner
Join the Thai American Bar Association (TABA) for their Sixth Annual Installation Dinner on Thursday, April 19th at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Avenue in Los Angeles. 6:00pm Registration & Cocktails | 7:00pm Dinner & Program.

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. 
April 28th  - 2018 US-Korea Law Day  
This year's US-Korea Law Day will take place on Saturday, April 28th from 9:30 am -4:30 pm at KIA Motors America, 111 Peters Canyon Road, Irvine. Cost is $50 and includes receptions and buffet lunch. MCLE: 4 hours of California MCLE credits. Visit the website page for the list of confirmed speakers to date.

Event co-chairs are Justin Kim (510) 295-3943 (English) and Hana Oh (949) 541-1762 (Korean), Contact Justin Kim or Hana Oh for sponsorship information.
April 30th  - VLI: Lawyers for Warriors Networking and Fundraising Event
Join the Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) on April 30th for their Lawyers for Warriors Networking & Fundraising Event honoring intellectual property attorney Marc E. Hankin, Esq. for his commitment to providing pro bono legal services to Veterans with award presented by Hon. Bradley Erdosi. Join VLI for an array of wines paired with a variety of appetizers to taste, along with more fun surprises! Sponsorship opportunities available! The event will take place at the Center Club in Costa Mesa from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM. 
May 3rd - APALIE 6th Annual 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.


May 7th-8th  - NAPABA Lobby Day in Washington, DC
NAPABA Annual Lobby Day will take place on May 7th and 8th and is an opportunity for NAPABA members from across the country to educate members of Congress and Congressional staffers on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community. Lobby Day also gives members an active role in promoting NAPABA's mission of advocating for justice, equity, and opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans.

To help expand the voice of the APA legal community, the goal is to meet with more offices than ever before - last year NAPABA had 80 meetings across the House and Senate. The NAPABA Policy Team states they are more likely to get meetings when they are attended by constituents and local leaders, so please share the information about this year's Lobby Day.


May 12th  - IABA Orange County Annual Gala 
The Iranian American Bar Association, Orange County (IABA, Orange County) will hold their Annual Gala on Saturday, May 12th from 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm on the ICON Yacht in Newport Beach, 2527 West Coast Hwy.


May 25th  - SCCLA 43rd Installation & Awards Banquet 
Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA) will hold its 43rd Installation & Awards Banquet on May 25th from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 S Figueroa St. Los Angeles. The Keynote Speaker will be Douglas S. Chin, Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawai'i.


June 2nd  - The 2nd Annual OCWLA Membership Mixer At Pelican Hill 
The Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA) invites you join them on June 6th from 5:30-7:30 PM for an evening of wine, light appetizers, live music and good company. Location: The Great Room Social Lounge at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast. Valet is complimentary.


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.


October 7th-12th - IBA Annual Conference Rome 2018
The 2018 International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference will be held in Rome, the Eternal City. Founded nearly 3,000 years ago, the city is renowned for its ancient ruins, classical architecture, renaissance palazzos and baroque fountains. Rome is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city and will provide an elegant backdrop for the IBA Annual Conference.

As the saying goes 'all roads lead to Rome' and the conference will bring together delegates from all over the world for the largest and most prestigious event for international lawyers, providing an abundance of business and networking opportunities, not to mention the chance to explore one of the most fascinating cities on Earth. Early registration ends July 20th.

PLC Accepting Applications for 2018 Summer Law Clerks

The Public Law Center (PLC), Orange County's pro bono law firm, is committed to providing access to justice for low income residents. Through volunteers and staff, the Public Law Center provides free civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices. PLC will be accepting between eight and ten full-time law clerks for their summer internship program.  
Job Description: (posted 3/29/18) 

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Seeks Entertainment Law Associate Attorney - Mid-Level - Los Angeles  The Los Angeles office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP seeks a mid-level associate attorney with at least four years of experience to join its film and television production legal services group. The position will focus on entertainment related transactions and development and production legal matters involving top producers of content across all platforms, scripted and unscripted.
More info (Posted 3/28/18)

AENC Seeking Qualified Candidates to Serve as Judges for the State Bar Court
The California Supreme Court's Applicant Evaluation and Nomination Committee (AENC) is seeking qualified candidates to serve as judges for the State Bar Court. The AENC is seeking applications for the position of Presiding Judge of the Court (a position that will also serve on the Review Department) and two Hearing Court Judges. Applications are due no later than April 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm. For more information and a link to the application materials, please click here (PDF).
(Posted 3/28/18) 
  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 with links. (Posted 3/23/18)

Inner City Law Center Opportunities
Inner City Law Center is looking for bright, hardworking, passionate team players with the skills and determination to prevent homelessness, help homeless veterans, combat slum housing, and work for lasting positive change in the lives of their clients.
New Positions Posted:
Disability Hearings Paralegal
Preventing and Ending Homelessness Project Paralegal
Slum Housing Litigation Directing Attorney
Slum Housing Litigation Staff Attorney
Homeless Veterans Directing Attorney
More info
(Posted 3/22/18)

Oakland City Attorney's Office Seeks Seasoned Real Estate Attorney
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 II or Deputy City Attorney III, depending on experience. Expertise in land use, redevelopment, economic development and municipal law is a plus. For the full announcement and more information, go to: (Posted 3/22/18)

Public Law Center Opportunities
The Public Law Center, Orange County's pro bono law firm, is committed to providing access to justice for low income residents. Through volunteers and staff, the Public Law Center provides free civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices.  
The following full-time opportunities are available.
Directing Attorney - Family Law Unit (PDF)
Full-time Staff Attorney - Family Law Unit (PDF)
Full-time Staff Attorney -Immigration Unit (PDF)
Full-time Paralegal -Immigration Unit (PDF)

Term Law Clerk to a U. S. Magistrate Judge Designee
The United States District Court, Central District of California, invites applications for the position of Term Law Clerk to a United States Magistrate Judge. Two clerkships will be available upon the appointment of a new United States Magistrate Judge in Santa Ana. Length of clerkships will be one year. One of the positions may be extended for a second year. The expected start date for these positions will be mid-May to early June 2018. More info (Posted 3/16/18)


University of California, Office of the President Seeks Managing Counsel, Litigation
Manages Litigation practice area, including supervising team of in-house litigators, as well as providing direct client service. Serves as a resource to subordinates on highly complex legal matters or problems involving the Litigation practice; advises and renders opinions to senior management with respect to the legal implications of establishing or changing policy; works with representatives of the campus on developing and modifying practices and procedures to conform with legal requirements. Acts as liaison with outside legal firms. Represents the organization and oversees outside counsel in certain litigation. Keeps informed on legislation and case law developments affecting overall operations of the University or the Litigation legal practice area.
(Posted 3/15/18)

PLC Pro Bono Case List
The Public Law Center (PLC) has an ongoing (as of March 22, 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
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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