OCAABA Events/Opportunities

The Membership Committee invites you to attend its Fall Membership Mixer on October 30th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at EMC Seafood & Raw Bar, 14346 Culver Drive in Irvine.

The event is FREE for 2019 OCAABA members;
otherwise, it is $15 for 2018 OCAABA Members, $20 for Non-members, and $5 for Judges, Government Attorneys, and Law Students.

In order to attend this event for free, attendees must first renew or join as a 2019 OCAABA member. A link for complimentary registration will be provided in the confirmation email.

Selection of appetizers and a drink are included.
Don't miss this chance to join OCAABA or renew your membership, network with other attorneys and law students,
and catch up with your friends!

Thanks to our event sponsors:



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. 
 If you are interested in volunteering, use the links below or contact Nathan Watanabe at [email protected].
Attorney volunteer link  |  Non-attorney volunteer link

OCAABA, OCBA and OCKABA cordially invite you to attend a judicial reception to honor
Presiding Judge Elect of the Orange County Superior Court
Hon. Kirk H. Nakamura
and the appointment of the following judges to the OC Superior Court
Hon. Scott B. Cooper
Hon. Jeremy D. Dolnick
Hon. Cynthia M. Herrera
Hon. Kimberly A. Knill
Hon. Sheila O. Recio
Hon. Nhan T. Vu
and the appointment of the United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California, Southern Division
Hon. Autumn D. Spaeth 

Sponsorships available - $300.
Email [email protected] for more information.
OCAABA will hold its Annual Holiday Dim Sum Mixer on December 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Capital Seafood at the Irvine Spectrum.
Families are welcome to attend this event.  
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Affiliate Events/Activities

NAPABA Election for 2018-19 Vice President for Finance and Development
Nominations are now closed for the NAPABA 2018-19 Vice President for Finance and Development. Below is an updated elections timeline:

Oct. 24, 2018 | Candidates for Vice President for Finance and Development will be announced and endorsements accepted.
Oct. 25, 2018 | Election ballot will be distributed to eligible voters by email on this date. ( Members must have joined, renewed, or activated affiliate membership by July 1, 2018 to be eligible to vote.)
Nov. 1, 2018 | Candidate endorsements may continue to be submitted until 12pm ET/9am PT on this date. Votes must be cast by 9pm ET/6pm PT on this date in order to be counted.
Nov. 2, 2018 | Election results will be announced.

Questions or concerns may be directed to [email protected].
AAAJ-LA One-Time Pro Bono Opportunities Upcoming Clinics/Workshops
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA (AAAJ-LA) welcomes not just attorneys, but also paralegals, support staff, or others interested in assisting. Interested colleagues and contacts must sign up online as noted for each opportunity or by contacting Pro Bono Director Christina Yang at [email protected].  
Please visit Volunteer Opportunities webpage for the latest updates on ways to get involved: http://www.advancingjustice-la.org/get-involved/volunteer-us
NAPABA Voter Protection Program
While Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing minority group in the US, AAPIs lag behind other communities when it comes to voter registration rates. As a result, AAPIs are increasingly left out of the discussions when elected officials make policy decisions on issues important to us and our communities.

1.    Make Sure You, Your Family, and Friends Are Registered to Vote
Did you move or change your name? Do you need to register to vote? Have you checked if your registration is up-to-date for this election? Do you know someone who will be 18 on Election Day or became a citizen and is not registered?
Visit APIAVote to register to vote and get more information today: http://www.apiavote.org/register

2.    Promote Voter Registration in Your Community
Get in-language materials and resources from our partners at the NAPABA Voter Protection Program website.

3.    Sign-up to Protect the Right to Vote
Sign-up as a poll monitor and exit poll assistor with AALDEF as they protect the rights of APA and limited English proficient voters at polling locations across the country. You can get CLE credit for your pro bono work: http://aaldef.net/

Volunteer with the National AAPI Voter Protection Hotline national voter protection hotline led by APIAVote here.

This program is part of the NAPABA Voter Protection Program.  
October 23 - (ELIMINATION OF BIAS MCLE) Asian Pacific Alumni of UCLA Affirmative Action Panel   
In light of affirmative action returning to the forefront of discussions around education and civil rights, the Asian Pacific Alumni of UCLA and Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA) invite you to a panel discussion that will address issues, arguments (for and against), as well as history of Affirmative Action in the United States. The panel will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at UCLA James West Alumni Center.
The Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA) will be providing 1.5 hours of MCLE (Elimination of Bias) credit.     

Lee Cheng, Chief Legal Officer at eForCity Corporation and Secretary of the Asian American Legal Foundation;
Nicole Ochi, Supervising Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles Impact Litigation Unit;
Karen Umemoto, M.A. '89, Ph.D., Director of UCLA Asian American Studies Center, Professors in the Depart of Urban Planning and  Asian American Studies
Eugene Volokh '83, J.D. '92, Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law   

October 25 - FLOC  2nd Annual Gala Dinner and Installation 
The Filipino-American Lawyers of Orange County (FLOC) are hosting their 2nd Annual Gala Dinner and Installation with Keynote Speaker the Hon. Ted Lieu, U.S. Representative for California's 33rd District. The Gala will take place on October 25th with registration starting at 5:30 pm at Twenty-Eight Restaurant, 19530 Jamboree Road in Irvine. Space is limited!

October 25 -  OCKABA 13th Annual Installation Dinner
The Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OCKABA) will be holding its 13th Annual Installation Dinner on October 25th starting at 6 pm at Kia Motors America, 111 Peters Canyon Road in Irvine. The Keynote Speaker will be Andrew Kim, SVP and General Counsel at NETGEAR.   

October 26 - PLC Advocates and OC Lavender Bar Association 6th Annual Halloween Bash   
The Public Law Center Advocates and the Orange County Lavender Bar Association will hold their annual Halloween Bash on Friday, October 26th to benefit the Public Law Center. Location: FĂȘte the Venue (Costa Mesa). Tickets are $50. 

October 26th and 27th -  Volunteer Opportunities with Young Professionals of Orange County
Young Professionals of Orange County have three volunteer opportunities this Halloween:
Friday, October 26th: Halloween Haunted House setup from 5pm-9pm
Saturday, October 27th: Halloween Haunted House support from 9am-3pm
Saturday, October 27th: Oak View Community Cleanup participation from 8am-10am

If you are able to help, please email Jessica Morrison at [email protected] and let her know which event and time slot you can help at. 
November 1 - OCHBA Dia de Los Muertos Mixer 
The Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County invites you to their Annual Dia de Los Muertos Mixer on November 1st from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at El Indio Botanas y Cerveza, 309 W. 3rd St, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Join HBA as they celebrate Dia de los Muertos and you will have the opportunity to meet the candidates running in the upcoming HBA elections.  

November 3 -  APAWLA Public Speaking Workshop   
Being an effective public speaker is key to success as a lawyer. This workshop gives you the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with some of the law's most effective public speakers, practice speaking and receive feedback and coaching. This workshop is being presented by the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA) and will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Paul Hastings, 515 South Flower Street, 25th Floor, Los Angeles. Light refreshments provided. Registration opens at 9:30 with the program from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

Featured speakers:
Elena Baca, Paul Hastings LLP
Laura Brill, Kendall Brill & Kelly LLP
Hon. Holly Fujie
Hon. Laura Seigle
Mei-lan Stark, NBC Universal
Hon. Karen Stevenson

Space is limited to ensure individual attention. Reserve a spot now! If you receive a message indicating that the event is at capacity, please email [email protected] to add your name to the waitlist.  
November 8-11 - 2018 NAPABA Convention  
The 2018 NAPABA Convention will take place November 8th through the 11th at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. This year, NAPABA will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in the city that started it all-Chicago! Register today and join in on the family reunion fun!

November 9 -  OCWLA "Serving Service Members: Issue-Spotting For The Non-Military Attorney
The Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA) will present an MCLE program "Serving Service Members: Issue-Spotting For The Non-Military Attorney" on Friday, November 9th from 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM at Andrei's Conscious Cuisine, 2607 Main Street, Irvine, 92614.

The purpose of this CLE is to give the attorney with little or no military experience/ understanding a brief introduction to some of the various legal protections and issues specific to our military and veteran members, with particular attention to the female service member perspective. The goal is that practitioners determine if their clients are service members and entitled to additional protections in their particular practice area, and to understand that there may be additional obligations and responsibilities in representing service members. The presentation includes a catered lunch.     
November 10 - SCCLA Celebratory Toast at NAPABA
Join Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA) at NAPABA for a celebratory toast honoring SCCLA Lifetime Member & NAPABA Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Awardee Eduardo Angeles and Past President, Lifetime Member, & NAPABA Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Awardee Hon. Elaine Lu on Saturday, November 10th at 2 pm at Pops for Champagne, 601 North State Street in Chicago.  
RSVP by November 1st.

November 14 - LASOC "Come Fly With Us - Celebrating 60 Years of Justice for All"    
The Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services of Southeast Los Angeles County (LASOC-CLS) cordially invite you to celebrate an amazing legacy of justice at their annual fundraising dinner and auction at Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana on November 14th from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. With your support, LASOC-CLS will continue to provide legal services to the most vulnerable in our community for the next 60 years and more. Learn how to get involved in this special event through sponsorships, underwriting and advertising on the LASOC website.
November 17 -  APIDC Annual Gala (11/17)  
Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilties of California (APIDC) invite you to meet and mingle with other members of the APIDC community at the fifth annual gala on Saturday, November 17th. The evening will include a silent auction, raffle, dinner, and recognition of our honorees: PlayStation, Gary & Linda Yamauchi, and Voices of Ability at Cicada Restaurant, 617 S. Olive Street in downtown Los Angeles.
6:00 pm - Reception & Silent Auction (shop for your holiday gifts!)
7:00 pm - Dinner Program 


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
(Posted 10/19/18)        

Open Positions at Inner City Law Center
Inner City Law Center (ICLC) is a nonprofit law firm on Skid Row looking for extraordinary people to help end homelessness in Los Angeles. Founded on the fundamental principle that every person should always be treated with dignity and respect, ICLC fights for justice for low-income tenants, working-poor families, people who are disabled or homeless, people living with HIV/AIDS, and homeless veterans. The following attorney positions are available (applications will be accepted until the positions are filled):
Benefits Advocacy Hearings Program Staff Attorney
Benefits Advocacy Project Staff Attorney
Homeless Veterans Project Staff Attorney
Managing Attorney
Preventing and Ending Homelessness Project Staff Attorney
Tenant Defense Project Staff Attorney
(Posted 9/11/18)

Temporary Judges' Recruitment New Three-year Cycle Opens
The Orange County Superior Court announces a recruitment process for Temporary Judges, covering the next three-year cycle to begin fiscal year 2019-2020. If you are interested in becoming a Temporary Judge, please read the Application Letter and complete the Temporary Judge Application. The Application Letter describes the minimum qualifications and selection criteria, which will be used in this application process. Attorneys who are not currently active in the Orange County Superior Court Temporary Judge Program and who would like to be considered must complete the full application process. Those in the program currently must complete a renewal application.The Court will require those who successfully pass the application process to attend two mandatory three-hour training sessions in late spring/early summer 2019. Additional training will be required for specialty areas. Applications must be received by December 31, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. News Release   |  More Info
(Posted 9/6/18)


PLC Pro Bono Case List
The Public Law Center (PLC) has an ongoing (as of October 17, 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  

Thanks to our 2018-2019 Sponsors

Buchalter | Constangy, Brooks, Smith, & Prophete |
Crowell & Moring | Dorsey & Whitney | Godes & Preis
Hueston Hennigan | Keller/Anderle | O'Melveny | Orrick |
Union Bank | Western Digital | Western State College of Law
ADR Services | Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner | JAMS |
Judicate West | Robinson Calcagnie | Umberg Zipser
ADR Office of Michelle A. Reinglass | Best Best & Krieger | Blackstone Discovery | Dubin Law Firm |  
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy | Honyaku USA |  
Kubota & Craig | Littler | Manatt | Nhan Vu | Premiere Bail Bonds | Right Choice Law | Rutan | Shulman Hodges & Bastian |  
Smiley Wang-Ekvall Veritext | Wage Recovery Queen/Briana Kim
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