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 .

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

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Affiliate Events

APPLICATION DEADLINE May 15th - ABA FLS Fellowship Program 
The ABA Section of Family Law is seeking applications for its Fellowship Program from family attorneys who demonstrate financial need and (1) meet diversity criteria, or (2) work in legal services or non-profit legal organizations whose work centers around providing free or low-cost family legal services to individuals in traditionally underserved diverse communities. 

The Section is currently recruiting interested applicants for up to five (5) fellowship positions. This is a two (2) year program and will begin in September 2018 and end in August 2020.  The attorneys selected to participate in the fellowship program must attend each FLS conference for the next two (2) years beginning with the Fall 2018 CLE Conference in Tucson, AZ, October 3-6, 2018. Download application.

Send your completed application to Cynthia Swan by email: by 11:59pm CT on May 15, 2018.

May 18th - OneJustice Seeks Volunteer Attorneys for Immigration Clinic for Survivors of Domestic Violence 
OneJustice is seeking volunteer attorneys for an immigration clinic for survivors of domestic violence this Friday, May 18, 2018; 9:30am-3:00pm in Downtown Fullerton (confidential shelter address to be provided to confirmed volunteers).

OneJustice's IMPACT LA program 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 one of the oldest domestic violence program in Orange County, and assisting with related immigration issues. Training and supervision is provided, so no specific U/T/VAWA Visa experience is required. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to gain familiarity with immigration issues that commonly impact survivors of domestic violence and victims of crime.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Mike Palzes at
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 30th - TABA and VABASC Joint Mixer
The Thai American Bar Association (TABA) and Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California (VABASC) invite you to join them for a mixer at Ten Asian Bistro on May 30th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Admission includes one drink ticket and appetizers.

May 31st -2018 APABA Heritage Month Event: Empowering Our True Selves for Success: Recognizing and Overcoming Race-Based Implicit Bias in the Workplace
The Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) invites you to join them for the program "Empowering Our True Selves for Success: Recognizing and Overcoming Race-Based Implicit Bias in the Workplace" on Thursday, May 31st from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Location: Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium, 100 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles.

June 6th  - 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.


APPLICATION DEADLINE June 15th - 2019 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship
Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among individuals are understood, respected, appreciated, and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm, believing these qualities enrich the working environment.

With this in mind, Baker Donelson announces that the 2019 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship application is now available. Three scholarships will be awarded to three diverse rising 2L law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2018. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2019 in one of the Firm's offices. Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000, which will be paid prior to the student's third year of law school, to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

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.

Tyson & Mendes Seeks Defense Law Firm Associate (San Diego and Los Angeles) 
If you are looking for a position with one of the fastest growing and exciting law firms in the country (from 30 to 120 lawyers in 3 years), then Tyson & Mendes may be the place for you! Tyson & Mendes is currently seeking Defense Law Firm Associates for its San Diego and Los Angeles offices. More info (PDF) (Posted 5/9/18)    
Davis Wright Tremaine Seeks Entry to Junior-Level Health Care Regulatory Associate (Seattle) 
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has an exciting opportunity for an entry to junior-level associate to join its Health Care Practice Group. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated interest or experience in health law, including health care regulatory matters; reimbursement; fraud and abuse; health care contract drafting and review; and digital health or telemedicine.  Experience with HIPAA, privacy/security, Medicaid/Medicare issues, Stark and anti-kickback is a plus.  A strong academic background is required as well as excellent legal writing, contract drafting and oral communication skills.  Active membership in the Washington State Bar is preferred.  We will consider entry-level candidates expecting their JD in May/June 2018.  All replies confidential.  To apply, please click here and upload a cover letter addressed to Bahareh Samanian, Director of Lawyer Recruiting; resume; and law school transcript. Please specify how you heard about this position. Contact Hiroko Peraza with any questions (503) 778-5356 or (Posted 5/8/18)

Contra Costa County Seeks Deputy County Counsel-Exempt (2ET1 - 2ET2 - 2ET3 - 2018A) 
Contra Costa County is seeking highly motivated, career-oriented attorneys, with strong academic credentials and excellent research and writing skills, to fill three Deputy County Counsel - Exempt positions. This is a great opportunity to work in the beautiful Bay Area and join a collegial team of attorneys and staff committed to public service and quality of life.More info (Posted 5/7/18) 
Public Law Center Employment Opportunities 
The Public Law Center currently has the following employment opportunities available:
(Posted 5/4/18)
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 listing with links. (Posted 5/4/18)

Oakland City Attorney's Office Seeks Deputy City Attorney II or Deputy City Attorney III for Litigation Division 
The Office of the City Attorney seeks a well-qualified individual for a Deputy City Attorney II or Deputy City Attorney III position in the Litigation Division. Significant litigation experience including writ and appellate experience is desirable for the position of Deputy City Attorney II or III with placement depending on experience.
For more information and the full announcement, click here. (Posted 4/30/18) 

Wells Fargo Seeks Experienced Commercial Lending Attorney 
Wells Fargo Bank is seeking an experienced commercial lending attorney to join our Law Department in Los Angeles. The individual selected will join a team of five attorneys and two paralegals who are responsible for providing legal support in connection with commercial lending activities and related compliance and operational risk support for three business lines at Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo is looking for an attorney with 5 to 10 years of experience for their LA office. Someone with workout experience would be considered. More info
(Posted 4/25/18)
DWT Seeks Senior-Level Healthcare M&A Associate
Senior-Level Healthcare M&A Associate (Los Angeles or Seattle) 
Davis Wright Tremaine is seeking a senior level associate with a minimum of five years of law firm experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other significant business transactions. The ideal candidate will be able to lead smaller transactions and to second-chair larger and more complex transactions. Experience working on M&A in healthcare services and healthcare technology is highly preferred.

City of Huntington Beach Seeks Senior Deputy City Attorney
This recruitment has been extended.  The new application deadline is Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM. 
The City of Huntington Beach is searching for an intermediate-level Trial Attorney. The Ideal Candidate has been practicing law in California for approximately 3-5 years, with some civil trial experience, either in prosecuting or defending lawsuits.  The Ideal Candidate also has VERY STRONG legal research and writing experience, with extensive experience preparing written discovery, dispositive motions, and trial preparation documents.  Having represented other government or public agencies at trial is a significant plus.  A Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, active membership in the State Bar of California, is required. The Ideal Candidate will have been involved in, as lead trial counsel or second chair, a minimum of three jury trials to verdict in Superior Court and/or Federal Courts. More info (Posted 4/16/18)

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)
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. Deadline for submitting the completed applications is April 18. More info: 
(Posted 4/4/18)

PLC Pro Bono Case List
The Public Law Center (PLC) has an ongoing (as of April 18, 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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