TABA March 2015 Announcements

Welcome to the announcements for March 2015!

1. TABA Membership Renewal for 2015

TABA membership runs from Jan 1 to Dec 31 each calendar year. Please take this opportunity to renew for 2015. Forms are available at: You can email your completed forms to and pay online at

2. TABA’s Third Annual Banquet Dinner / 6pm, Fri Apr 10, Thailand Plaza Restaurant

Please invite your friends and join us for TABA’s annual dinner at 6:00 P.M., Friday, April 10, 2015, at Thailand Plaza Restaurant, 5321 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

The program includes classical Thai musicians, remarks from Consul General Jesda Katavetin from the Royal Thai Consulate General Los Angeles, and a keynote address from The Honorable Paul C. Lo from the Merced County Superior Court.

Tickets are $60 for current TABA members and $90 for non-members. Please renew or join now! Details at

For groups, consider reserving a HALF TABLE (5 seats) for $300 or a FULL TABLE (10 seats) for $600.

Please send your reservations to before Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

For those who cannot attend or wish to show your support in other ways, consider placing a FULL PAGE advertisement or shout-out for $100 or a HALF PAGE advertisement or shout-out for $60 in our dinner program.

For inquiries and details for an advertisement or shout-out, please send an email to before Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

For additional details, please visit

3. TABA Joins Amicus Brief in Tabbadour Lawsuit Against DOJ

TABA joined Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles and eleven other bar associations on an amicus brief supporting Iranian American Immigration Judge Afsaneh Ashley Tabaddor’s federal lawsuit challenging the DOJ’s discriminatory order requiring her to recuse herself from all cases involving Iranian nationals.

Additional information here:

4. Reception for Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura / 6pm, Wed Mar 18, Taipan Restaurant

Please join TABA for a reception co-sponsored with APABA-LA honoring the work and service of Stephanie Yonekura, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California. Light refreshments & cash bar provided. Free validated parking at Wells Fargo Center. There is no cost for attending the event but please RSVP at by March 13.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Taipan Restaurant, Wells Fargo Center,
330 S. Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
6:00-8:00 p.m.

5. Elimination of Bias CLE: ADR – Effective Use & Combating Bias / 1p-4:30pm, Sat Mar 21, Merrifield Hall, Loyola Law School

ADR – Effective Use & Combating Bias
Elimination of Bias: strategies to reduce the effect of implicit bias

Featured Speakers:
Professor Hiro Aragaki, whose research and writing focuses on ADR theory and practice
Christine Page, former business litigator who has transitioned her practice to mediation / arbitration
Darryl Darden, retired military and law enforcement / 2014 DFEH Civil Rights Fellow
Angela E. Oh, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing mediator

ADR – Effective Use & Combating Bias

This CLE program and discussion forum will be of interest to both litigation and transaction attorneys. The Elimination of Bias presentation will include recent findings that demonstrate how “implicit” bias can influence decisions among judges and lawyers in the justice system. Strategies that can be used to reduce the effect of “implicit” bias in the courts, in dealing with opposing counsel and in representation of client interests will be discussed, along with the phenomenon of beliefs held by judges and lawyers that their behaviors are NOT biased because so much work has gone into eliminating or preventing explicit bias.

The ADR portion of the CLE program will focus on the emergence of alternate dispute resolution practice, current areas of research into the efficacy of ADR, and effective use of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques.


For more information, please visit

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015 | 1 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Registration Fees*
Early Bird by Mar. 13:
$45 Member Attorneys
$65 Non-Member Attorneys
$10 Law Students

After Mar. 13 and At the Door:
$55 Member Attorneys
$75 Non-Member Attorneys
$15 Law Students


To register, please visit:


6. Affiliate Dinners / Various

Interested in attending and supporting our sister bar associations’ dinners? Come join TABA’s representatives at the following dinners:

Thu Mar 19 (SABA); Fri Mar 27 (APABA);

Wed Apr 8 (PABA); Fri Apr 17 (SCCLA); Thu Apr 23 (OCAABA);

Fri May 1 (JABA); Thu May 14 (KABA); Fri May 29 (APAWLA);

Thu Oct 15 (AAAJ-LA)

TABA will subsidize 25% of the ticket price for up to five members to the APABA, JABA, and AAAJ-LA dinners. First come, first served. Email

7. Advancing Justice and the LA Law Library’s APA Heritage Month Programming / May

TABA joins Advancing Justice – LA to co-sponsor May’s APA Heritage Month programming at the LA Law Library, 301 W 1st St, Los Angeles. Mark your calendars — more details forthcoming, including how to sign up! Questions may be directed to Christina Yang, Advancing Justice-LA Pro Bono Director, at

• Saturday, May 2, 12-4 pm: Deferred Action Volunteer Training and Workshop
• Thursday, May 14, 6:30-8 pm: Working with Interpreters Training for Legal Community (MCLE)
• Friday, May 15, 3-5 pm: Asian Law Legal Research (MCLE)
• Friday, May 15, 4:15-5:15 pm: Serving Limited-English Proficient Clients (Training for Non-Lawyers)
• Friday, May 15, 4:15-5:15 pm: Serving Domestic Violence Clients – Training for Non-Lawyers
• Friday, May 15, 5:30-7 pm: API Community Needs and Volunteerism
• Friday, May 15, 7 pm – Celebration of APAHM, featuring drinks, food, and South Asian musicians (at Ebanos Crossing, 200 S. Hill St., Los Angeles)
• Wednesday, May 20, 6:30-8 pm: Serving Domestic Violence Clients – Training for Lawyers
• Thursday, May 28, 6:30-8 pm: Citizenship Processing Training for Volunteers

On display at the LA Law Library throughout the month of May will also be a display of Asian American art and imagery provided by Visual Communications.

Announcements from TABA’s Affiliates

1. NAPABA Lobby Day / May 18-19 / Washington D.C.

TABA is looking for one or more representatives to help educate members of Congress and congressional staffers on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American (APA), and specifically the Thai and Thai-American, community. Stipends are available for NAPABA members traveling to Lobby Day from out of town.

Preliminary details available here:

Email if you are interested.

2. Thai CDC Seeking Applications/Nominations for 2015 Board Members

The Thai Community Development Center (Thai CDC) is seeking applications and nominations for new board members in 2015.

Founded in 1994, Thai CDC has made it its mission to advance the social and economic well-being of low and moderate income individuals in the greater Los Angeles area through a broad and comprehensive community development strategy based upon human rights advocacy, affordable housing, access to healthcare, promotion of small businesses, neighborhood empowerment, and social enterprises. While we work closely with the Thai community, we also work together with an array of other communities and community organizations in the East Hollywood area and throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

We are seeking applications from candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to the Thai community and who also have a strong interest or background in non-profit sector work. More specifically, we hope to garner applications from those with experience in law, fundraising, and/or finance, though all applications received will be accepted and duly considered. Thai language ability is not required for the position.

In general, our Board of Directors is tasked with governance, oversight, and also with leadership and promotion of Thai CDC. New board members will become part of a cohesive team composed of diverse and dedicated colleagues from a variety of professions.

We ask that incoming members commit to a renewable 2-year term (beginning upon their election) and to attending quarterly meetings. Furthermore, and among other things, new Board members will serve on Board committees, provide fundraising support, and represent our organization at various functions and events. This is a non-compensated position, but Board members may be reimbursed for expenses reasonably incurred in the performance of their duties.

To obtain further information or to apply, please contact Mac Bunyanunda at and visit our website at We thank you for your interest and look forward to receiving your application.