OCAABA Events/Opportunities

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.  

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

March 20th  -OCBA Spring Member Mixer
Join your OCBA colleagues on March 20th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM for an evening of socializing and networking. (Don't forget to bring your business cards!) Attendees will enjoy gourmet appetizers, refreshing beverages, door prizes, and more. This popular Mixer sells out, so sign up early! No refunds after March 13, 2018 
March 27th  - USC Gould School of Law Career Services Office Annual Small & Mid-Sized Law  Firm Reception
You are cordially invited to attend the annual Small & Mid-Sized Law Firm Reception hosted by the USC Gould School of Law Career Services Office on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the University Club. This reception is one of the premier law firm events at Gould, and provides students with a great opportunity to meet attorneys from small and mid-sized law firms, and learn more about your practice.

Light hors d'oeuvres will be served, and a host bar of beer and wine will be provided. RSVPs are requested by Wednesday, March 21st.


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 DVRO Training Sign-Up

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 Training and Pro Bono Clinics
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? leadershipacademy@apaics.org | (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 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), 2018uskorealawday@gmail.com. Contact Justin Kim or Hana Oh for sponsorship information.
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.


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.


May 25th - June 1st OCHBA Annual CLE Trip to Barcelona, Spain (A FEW SPACES STILL AVAILABLE!)
The OC Hispanic Bar Association ("OCHBA") is hosting its Annual CLE trip May 25th - June 1st to Barcelona, Spain. The trip includes 4 Nights in Barcelona and 2 nights in Sitges, Spain, Roundtrip AIRFARE from Los Angeles to Barcelona. HBA member price of $2483.00** (Plus air taxes and fees of $217.00 Air taxes and fees, subject to change at the time of ticketing)

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.



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 3/16/18)

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)


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. 
(Posted 1/31/18 - Position remains open as of 3/16/18)

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 - Position remains open as of 3/16/18)

PLC Pro Bono Case List
The Public Law Center (PLC) has an ongoing (as of March 9, 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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