TABA May 2015 Announcements

Welcome to TABA’s May 2015 Announcements!!!

1. Asian Pacific Womens Center Annual Metamorphosis Dinner / 6pm Wed May 13, Disney Concert Hall

TABA supports the Asian Pacific Womens Center for APWC’s Annual Metamorphosis Gala on May 13, 2015, 6pm to 9pm at the beautiful Disney Concert Hall, downtown Los Angeles, featuring light gourmet fare by Patina, entertainment, sake tasting and exceptional silent auction.

Tickets are $150 at the door, $125 presale, available at or call 213.250.2977 / Verena Kwan.

For almost 20 years, APWC has been a haven for domestic violence survivors, serving a critical need in addressing the trauma and stigma of DV which is heightened by cultural issues in the API community. The gala is named Metamorphosis after the transformation that APWC’s clients achieve. Your support helps empower women and children, giving them a voice and a path to transformation.

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

TABA joins Advancing Justice – LA and the LA Law Library to co-sponsor programming at the LA Law Library, 301 W 1st St, Los Angeles, in honor of National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2015, directed towards providing assistance to the APA community and raising awareness about its unique social and legal issues.

Visit for more information, and register online at to reserve your spot! Join the Facebook page covering all of the events throughout the month: Questions may be directed to Christina Yang, Advancing Justice-LA Pro Bono Director, at

· Thursday, May 14, 6:30-8 pm: Working with Interpreters Training (Free MCLE)
· Friday, May 15, 3-5 pm: Asian Legal Research ($35 MCLE)
· Friday, May 15, 4:15-5:15 pm: Serving Limited-English Proficient Individuals
· Friday, May 15, 4:15-5:15 pm: Understanding Domestic Violence
· Friday, May 15, 5:30-7 pm: API Community Needs and Volunteerism
· Friday, May 15, 7 pm – Concert & Community Celebration featuring drinks, food, and South Asian musicians (at Ebanos Crossing, 200 S. Hill St., Los Angeles)
· Wednesday, May 20, 6:30-8 pm: Immigration Remedies for Domestic Violence Survivors (Free MCLE)
· Thursday, May 28, 6:30-8 pm: Citizenship Processing Training

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.

3. APABA’s Annual APA History Month Event – Policing Communities of Color: Where Do Asian Pacific Americans Stand? / 6pm Mon May 18, East West Players

Please join TABA and APABA-LA for a panel entitled Policing Communities of Color: Where Do Asian Pacific Americans Stand? The event will begin with performances by local spoken word artists followed by a panel discussion and reception.

When: Monday, May 18, 2015 – 6:00 p.m. Registration; 6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion; 8:00 p.m. Reception

Location: East West Players, 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Parking: Available across the street at 101 N. Judge John Aiso St. for a flat rate of $3.

Panelists to include:
• Annie Lai, Clinical Professor of Law at University of California Irvine School of Law
• Kathleen Kim, Police Commissioner and Professor of Law at Loyola Law School
• Brian Moriguchi, President of the Professional Police Officers Association and Lieutenant of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Moderated by Paul Jung, Staff Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles.

Performances by lawyer and poet Annette Wong, and spoken word artist Hatefas Yop.

1 hour of FREE MCLE credit to be provided by APABA. The event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP online at:

4. Advancing Justice – LA’s Inaugural Pro Bono Advisory Council Volunteer Awards Reception & Mixer / Wed May 27, AAAJ-LA (Register by Fri May 15)

Please join TABA for AAAJ-LA’s inaugural Pro Bono Advisory Council Volunteer Awards Reception & Mixer on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Advancing Justice – LA’s office in downtown LA. Come enjoy delicious appetizers and drinks, purchase opportunity drawing tickets to win a variety of great prizes, and meet dedicated staff, volunteers, and pro bono attorneys working with Advancing Justice – LA, as well as members of Advancing Justice – LA’s new Pro Bono Advisory Council! Admission is free, with advance online registration here before Friday, May 15!

In addition to showing appreciation to our important volunteers, pro bono attorneys, and interns, we will be honoring Bank of America, Cheryl Kang, Esq., of Holland & Knight LLP, and Shelley Wang of the University of Southern California with our Volunteer Recognition Award, and formally introducing Advancing Justice – LA’s new Pro Bono Advisory Council.

Additional information here:

5. Summer Law Clerk Public Interest Boot Camp and Reception / Fri Jun 5, Southwestern Law School

TABA is proud to co-sponsor a free half-day training program for law students holding summer internships with Southern California public interest law agencies. Law student interns may register by emailing Lucy Silva at

6. Lim Ruger Presents Women@theTable 2015 / Thu Jun 25 & Thu Aug 20

Please join TABA and the Lim Ruger firm for the second of a three-panel series entitled “Women@theTable”.

Series 2: The Woman Factor – How Women at the Top Impact Organizations
Thu, June 25, 2015

According to research, when women are in power at the helm of an organization, the organization excels in many ways including its profitability. This panel will explore what impact and changes occur to businesses when women are CEO’s, General Counsel, Managing Partners, or sit on the Boards of organizations. How does the “woman factor” change the culture, management style, philanthropy, innovation and financial well-being of the organization? The women on this panel hold top leadership positions and will provide their perspectives and share their experiences.

Cyndie Chang, Managing Partner, Duane Morris
Anne Shen Smith, former CEO, Southern California Gas Company and Board Member, PG&E
Victoria Stratman, General Counsel, CalTech

Series 3: Gender Stereotypes at the Bargaining Table
Thursday, August 20, 2015
(CLE Credit Pending)

Negotiation is an integral part of our legal profession. Join us for a discussion that explores the effect of gender stereotypes on negotiation performance and how women compare to men in negotiating on behalf of themselves and their clients. Our distinguished panelists will discuss negotiation tips and strategies, as well as overcoming obstacles in negotiation arenas.

Marrian Chang, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Renee Delphin-Rodriguez, General Counsel, HealthCare Partners
Misty Sanford, Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, and Founding Board Member, For People of Color, Inc.

All panels will be held:
5:30pm – 7:30pm
on the day specified at
Lim, Ruger & Kim, LLP
28th Floor, 1055 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Light refreshments will be served, and parking validation will be provided.

Space is limited. RSVP required to Cecilia Son at

7. Affiliate Dinners / Various

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

Thu May 21 (KABA); Fri May 29 (APAWLA);
Thu Oct 15 (AAAJ-LA)

TABA will subsidize 25% of the ticket price for up to five attendees to the AAAJ-LA dinner. First come, first served. Email

Announcements from TABA’s Affiliates

1. CA Judicial Council Advisory Committee Nominations / Deadline Fri May 15

The Judicial Council of California has extended its nominations period for positions on its various advisory committees, including the Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness and the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee. Judicial officers, attorneys, court executives, law librarians, various subject matter experts and general members of the public should consider applying for Judicial Council advisory committees. Available positions vary for each advisory committee. Interested individuals may nominate themselves.

· Access the nomination forms Online

· Judicial Council
The Judicial Council is the policymaking body of the California courts, the largest court system in the nation. Under the leadership of the Chief Justice and in accordance with the California Constitution, the council is responsible for ensuring the consistent, independent, impartial, and accessible administration of justice. The Judicial Council must be aware of the issues and concerns confronting the judiciary, as well as appropriate solutions and responses. The council carries out this mission primarily through the work of its internal committees, advisory committees, and task forces:

· The Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness
The committee makes recommendations for improving access to the judicial system, fairness in the state courts, diversity in the judicial branch, and court services for self-represented parties:

· The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee
Makes recommendations to the council for improving the administration of justice in all cases involving marriage, family, or children:

· All Judicial Council Advisory Bodies Seeking Nominations: (See link for more information on each advisory body):
o Appellate
o Center for Judicial Education and Research
o Civil Jury Instructions
o Civil and Small Claims
o Collaborative Justice Courts
o Court Executives
o Court Interpreters Advisory Panel
o Court Security
o Court Technology
o Criminal Jury Instructions
o Criminal Law
o Family and Juvenile Law
o Judicial Branch Workers’ Compensation Program
o Legal Services Trust Fund Commission
o Probate and Mental Health
o Providing Access and Fairness
o Traffic
o Trial Court Budget
o Trial Court Facility Modifications
o Tribal Court-State Court Forum
o Workload Assessment

For more information, please see the attachments and the announcement below. Please note, the deadline for advisory committee nominations has been extended to May 15, 2015.

2. Pathways to Justice Conference / Wed Jun 10 – Thu Jun 11, Los Angeles

Pathways to Justice is a 2-day conference from the State Bar of California’s Center on Access to Justice to help advocates identify & learn best practices & innovative, practical approaches to using the legal system to advance justice for low-income clients.

Who Should Attend
Legal services, pro bono, court-based program and LRS staff, judges, pro bono attorneys, board members, law school practitioners, law students, small claims advisors, law librarians, court interpreters, paralegals, and other justice partners. The programming offered at Pathways to Justice is rich and diverse – there is something for EVERYONE!

Conference Highlights Include
* Programming in a variety of topics for staff, board members, volunteers and others from: Legal services and pro bono providers, self-help centers, small claims advisor services, lawyer referral services, law schools, and other justice partners.
* 10 hours of MCLE credit, including Legal Ethics, Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society, and Competence Issues
* Affinity group meetings and networking opportunities
* Presentation of the LAAC Awards of Merit
* Keynote by California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu

Additional details here:

3. Scholarship Opportunities

California Bar Foundation

The California Bar Foundation is now accepting applications for our 2015 Diversity Scholarship. Please share this opportunity with any rising first year students or other contacts who can spread the word. Details here:

As many of you know, the Diversity Scholarship financially supports first year California law students with the goal of furthering diversity in the legal profession. Winners receive a $7,500 award intended to cover the costs associated with attending law school. We know this award made a difference for many law students and attorneys in California; we look forward to supporting a new group of diverse first year law students in 2015!

Bryan Cave / NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship

Bryan Cave LLP has partnered with the NAPABA Law Foundation to offer the Bryan Cave / NLF Community Service Scholarship, which will provide a $2,500 scholarship award for one law student who is a summer law intern that works on issues on behalf of, or that benefits, the Asian Pacific American community. For additional information, please go to:

4. Job Openings


The Los Angeles Regional Office of the SEC has openings for Attorney-Advisers in the National Examination Program administered by the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”). The positions offer highly talented and motivated attorneys an unparalleled opportunity to conduct examinations of registered entities including investment advisers, investment companies, broker-dealers, transfer agents, and/or self-regulatory organizations for compliance with the federal securities laws. We seek candidates with experience in securities or corporate law, conducting internal investigations, and/or compliance with the federal securities laws applicable to the registered entities. Other considerations include relevant securities industry knowledge and experience, a strong academic record, commitment to public service, and strong analytical, oral and written communication, project management, and collaboration skills. For additional information, please see the SEC attachment or visit


Staff Attorney Position – Litigation
Staff Attorney – Litigation – This position contributes to Advancing Justice – L.A.’s ability to use litigation as one strategy, in addition to direct services, policy advocacy, and community mobilization, to challenge systems of oppression and seek justice for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and other communities of color. The Staff Attorney will join Advancing Justice – LA’s dedicated litigation team and will be responsible for using civil litigation to fight for systemic changes that advance civil rights, immigrants’ rights, and racial justice. The Staff Attorney will be expected to engage in holistic community lawyering that promotes client empowerment, coalition building, and community organizing.

Department of Justice