We will be taking this occasion to honor our founding president, the Hon. Arthur Nakazato (ret.), who passed away on December 17, 2017. Additionally, there will be a presentation for the winner of the First Annual OCAABA Hon. Arthur Nakazato Memorial Scholarship.

Please join us at OCAABA's 25th Anniversary Gala as we honor our founder, mentor, friend, and inspiration to many. 

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 [email protected] .

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


OCAABA is pleased to announce a new scholarship in honor of OCAABA's Founding President, Hon. Arthur Nakazato (ret.), who passed away in December 2017. This $1000 scholarship will recognize outstanding law students who have the potential to be future leaders in the legal profession in the Orange County community.

Additionally, OCAABA will once again offer its Outstanding Student Award in the amount of $500 to recognize local law students who have made significant contributions to OCAABA and the local Orange County legal and general community.

The winners will be announced in early May and awarded at
OCAABA's Gala on May 17, 2018.

Application information and forms can be found here.  
The deadline is 5:00 p.m. PT on April 30, 2018.

Please join Orange County Asian American Bar Association and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Orange County for a non-partisan educational forum where Asian American & Pacific Islander (API) electoral candidates are treated fairly and provided with equal time to share their story about the pathway to public office and the importance of civic engagement for API communities and respond to questions on issues that are important to our communities.
This event will take place May 3rd from 6-8pm at the Delhi Community Center in Santa Ana.  

We will be joined by the following electoral candidates with the panel moderated by Jay Chen: 
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  


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Affiliate Events

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), [email protected]. Contact Justin Kim or Hana Oh for sponsorship information.
April 29th -CAPAJA-PAC Inaugural Fundraiser
The California Asian Pacific American Judges Association Political Action Committee (CAPAJA-PAC) will host its inaugural fundraiser on Sunday, April 29th from 2:00-4:00 pm in support of ongoing efforts to retain Asian and Pacific American judges. Several Asian Pacific American judges are threatened with electoral challenges in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, and Sacramento in the upcoming primary election this June. These challenges are just the latest in a series of historical efforts aimed at removing Asian Pacific American judges via the ballot box. In response to this history of electoral challenges, CAPAJA-PAC was formed to support judges seeking to retain their positions.

Although Asians and Pacific Islanders are the nation's fastest growing racial group, they remain underrepresented in the judiciary. CAPAJA-PAC is committed to assisting Asian and Pacific judges who have proven records of judicial excellence and integrity in defeating election challenges. In addition to financial support, CAPAJA-PAC will provide challenged judges with advice and referrals from other judges who have experience with judicial elections.

There will be a fully hosted hors d'oeuvres buffet and bar. To RSVP and to obtain location details, please contact Chris at [email protected] or by phone at (562) 881-1228. If you are unable to attend, please consider showing your support at this critical time. Contributions may be made online at or mailed to CAPAJA PAC, FPPC ID# 1402811, c/o Susan Reyes, LLC, P.O. Box 1293, Alameda, CA 94501.

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. 
April 30th Deadline - NCVAA 12th Annual Conference - Call for Panelists and Scholarship Committee Members  
The National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys (NCVAA) is currently seeking (1) interested panelists for panels to be presented during the 2018 NCVAA Annual Conference taking place in Atlanta, GA from Aug. 3-4, and (2) volunteers to serve on the scholarship committee to award student scholarships. Lend your expertise to a panel and provide practical knowledge and guidance to fellow Vietnamese-American attorneys or help cultivate the next generation of Vietnamese-American leaders!

This conference, NCVAA is seeking panelists for:
*    Settlement Negotiations: How to Get to the Yes (seeking plaintiff, defense, and commercial business attorneys)
*    Cryptocurrency/Blockchain and the Law (seeking all attorneys with experience in cryptocurrencies/blockchain)
*    Women and the #MeToo Movement: Overcoming Bias in the Legal Field (seeking attorneys who can speak on biases against women in law)

If you are interested in serving on an NCVAA panel, please complete an application form. The deadline for panelist applications is Friday, April 30, 2018, at 7 p.m. EDT.  

At this year's NCVAA Barrister's Ball Gala, NCVAA will award academic scholarships to deserving Vietnamese-American law and undergraduate/graduate students.  NCVAA is seeking to form a scholarship committee to draft scholarship applications and judge applicants.  

If you are interested in helping or have any questions regarding the NCVAA Conference programming, please contact Andrew Q. Leba and Teri H.P. Nguyen at [email protected].  
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 4th - YPOC "THE Happy Hour" Benefitting Children's Bureau
Young Professionals Orange County (YPOC) is a group of young professionals dedicated to advancing the mission of Children's Bureau through modest monthly donations and providing opportunities for networking, professional development, and community service.  

The group is hosting a fabulous rooftop mixer on the top of the Jones Day building on May 4th, to fundraise for the organization. Take in rooftop views while enjoying food, beer, and wine tasting from a selection of Orange County's best restaurants, breweries, and wineries.

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 10th - KABASC 38th Annual Board of Governors Installation and Awards Banquet 
The Korean American Bar Association of Southern California is holding its 38th Annual Installation and Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 10th at the Intercontinental Hotel, 900 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Cocktails will be at 6 pm with dinner at 7 pm.   

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.


Shook Hardy & Bacon Seeks Patent Preparation and Prosecution Associate 
The Orange County office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP is seeking a patent preparation and prosecution associate to join their Intellectual Property Section.  USPTO registration and California Bar are required. An electrical engineering or computer science background is preferred. Candidates should have a strong academic background from a nationally respected law school and an equally impressive undergraduate degree. No third party submissions please. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply at (Posted 4/12/18)
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 a Word listing with links. (Posted 4/6/18)

The County of Los Angeles Seeks Public Defender
The Public Defender for the County of Los Angeles heads a staff of more than 1,100, including more than 700 lawyers, who are dedicated to defending the liberty interests of their clients, protecting their rights and advocating for their access to the other public services and resources they need to be productive members of the community.  Appointed by the Board of Supervisors, the Public Defender is charged with mounting the most rigorous and relentless defense of the indigent client's rights and interests that can be presented within the applicable law, and also for assisting him or her in the pre- and post-trial phases of the case with respect to access to other available public and charitable services.
Summary Position Description | More Info 
(posted 4/4/18)

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:
-Homelessness Prevention Project Staff Attorney
-HIV AIDS Law Project Supervising Attorney
(Posted 4/4/18)
Open Recruitment for UC Litigation Panel - Request for Proposal  
The University of California Office of the General Counsel is conducting a Request for Proposals (RFP) to select a limited number of preferred outside law firms to assist with the majority of our non-insured ("Core") litigation matters.  Please see the attached RFP and appendices for details. More info: 
(Posted 4/4/18)


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)  
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
(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 April 5, 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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Sheppard Mullin | Union Bank | Western Digital | Whittier Law School
ADR Services, Inc. | Bryan Cave | Fragomen Worldwide | JAMS | Judicate West
Manatt | McDermott Will & Emery | McGuireWoods LLP | OCCDL
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