TABA September 2015 Announcements

Welcome to the TABA September 2015 Announcements!

1. TABA Membership Directory is Up!

The TABA membership directory is now available at This is a listing of all of TABA’s dues-paid members who either opted on their membership form or via email to be listed. Contact with any corrections.

2. IILP Symposium: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession / 1pm Thu Sep 24, Sidley Austin DTLA

Please join TABA at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession’s Los Angeles Symposium on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

With the American legal profession continuously struggling with creating a more diverse and inclusive profession, efforts to improve on this front become complex, given a variety of definitions of “diversity,” and varying experiences of exclusion. This Symposium, along with the IILP 2014 Review, aggregates the latest data, statistics and perspectives to make it easier for practicing lawyers, judges, and others to understand vast issues of diversity and inclusion and hear the ways in which these issues are being tackled across the profession.

Sidley Austin LLP
555 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Panel and Speakers: 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Reception: 5:30PM – 7:00 PM

APABA is providing 1 hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE credit and 2 hours of general MCLE credit.

For more information or to register, contact Sarah Miller at or 312-554-2053. Registration is available online at

3. APABA Joint API Law Student Welcome Mixer / 6:30pm Thu Sep 24, Peking Tavern, LA

Please join TABA, APABA, and other LA APA bar associations in kicking off the school year at our Annual Law Student Welcome Mixer. Come meet new students and attorneys and reconnect with old friends. Representatives from each co-sponsoring bar association will be there to share information about upcoming events, programs and student membership. Admission is free for all law students and current members of co-sponsoring organizations. RSVP by September 20 to

Joint API Law Student Welcome Mixer
Date: 9/24
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Peking Tavern

4. TABA Board Elections / Sep/Oct TBD

Stay tuned for more details. Feel free to contact any board member with questions!

5. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles Dinner / Thu Oct 15

Please join TABA at the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles dinner on Thursday, October 15. TABA will subsidize 25% of the ticket price for up to five attendees. First come, first served. Email

Announcements from TABA’s Affiliates

1. NAPABA Young Lawyers Network Leadership Opportunities / Mon Sep 14 deadline

The NAPABA Young Lawyers Network (YLN) is looking to grow its subcommittees and leadership team. If you are interested in joining a YLN subcommittee, please contact co-chair Barbara Lum ( and indicate the subcommittee in which you would be interested in participating (see the list below). If you are interested in leading a subcommittee, please send Barbara a brief statement about your interest in the position, and what goals/ideas you would bring to the subcommittee leadership position. Statements of interest are due Sept. 14, 2015.

1. Community Service Subcommittee (plan YLN community service events)
2. CLE and Professional Program Subcommittee (plan one to two YLN CLE programs for annual and regional conventions, and plan professional development programs such as branding, marketing type programs)
3. Social and Networking Subcommittee (plan social and networking events for YLN members, including, most importantly, the new attendee/YLN dinner for this year’s annual convention, as well as joint events with other bar associations or other NAPABA committees, may be regional or national)
4. Recruiting and Marketing Subcommittee (find and bring in new members; perform marketing for YLN)

To be a NAPABA YLN member, you must be 39-years-old or under, or 10 years out of law school, whichever is more inclusive. Please join the group “Committee & Councils: Young Lawyers Network” on the NAPABA website, and look for future updates! We look forward to seeing you all in New Orleans!

2. Volunteer Thai/English Speakers Needed / 4-8pm Thu Sep 24, Royal Thai Consulate General, Los Angeles

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles is looking for volunteers with Thai-English language skills to help with completing applications, check-in, and check-out at a citizenship workshop at the Royal Thai Consulate General Los Angeles. This workshop will be targeting the Thai speaking community in Los Angeles area and we are lacking of Thai-English speaking volunteers.

If you are interested or know someone who will be interested in volunteering, please send me an email to or call (213) 241-8865.

When: Thursday, September 24, from 4-8 pm (appointment shifts at 4 pm and 6 pm). Please RSVP here.
Where: Royal Thai Consulate, 611 N. Larchmont Blvd., 2nd Fl., Los Angeles
Language Needs: Thai speakers ONLY please.
Volunteer Sign-Up Procedures: Because client needs are not apparent until 2-3 days before each clinic, interested volunteers will be asked to indicate their anticipated availability for the summer, and volunteers will be contacted approximately 2-3 days in advance if they are needed. In other words, if you are NOT contacted a few days before a workshop by our staff, please assume you do NOT need to volunteer for that workshop. Thank you!
Training: Training required as noted below.

Monthly Training Available for New Citizenship Volunteers:

When: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 pm (for September this will be Wednesday, September 16). Please RSVP here.
Where: Advancing Justice-LA, 1145 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Fl., LA
(Please note that you must be trained prior to volunteering at an upcoming citizenship workshop. Attendance at in-person training is highly preferred, but please contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang, Esq. to discuss alternate arrangements if you cannot attend the regularly scheduled training for the month.)

3. APABA’s State Bar Review Course Scholarship / 5pm Thu Oct 1 deadline

APABA is sponsoring its third annual Bar Review Course Scholarship, generously sponsored by Kaplan Bar Review. The scholarship recipients will receive a Complete Bar Review course, which is redeemable for any state, in any modality that Kaplan offers Bar Review courses. The value of the 2015 California Live Course is $3,995.00.

The Bar Review Course Scholarship will be awarded to two graduating 3L law students based on need, academic accomplishments, leadership potential, and commitment to making a contribution to the APIA community of Los Angeles County. Please see the attached application for directions on how to apply.

4. Public Interest Scholarship for 2015 NAPABA Convention / Fri Oct 9 deadline

The Jung Foundation is generously providing two (2) scholarships to allow public interest attorneys in California to attend the 2015 NAPABA convention Nov 5-8 in New Orleans. The application deadline is Fri Oct 9, 2015.

2015 NAPABA Convention in New Orleans: 2 Public Interest Scholarships Offered by the Jung Foundation (apply by 10/9)

The Charles & Melita Jung Foundation (Jung Foundation) is sponsoring two public interest attorney scholarships to the 2015 NAPABA Convention. The scholarships are intended to encourage and make it easier for public interest attorneys to participate in NAPABA.

The award consists of the following: (1) Flight: the Jung Foundation will purchase for each recipients a round trip ticket from California to New Orleans on Southwest Airlines; (2) ConferenceRegistration: conference registration fee reimbursement at the NAPABA member public interest member rate (register by October 26, 2015); and for one of the two recipients (3) Hotel Stay: reimbursement for a 3-night stay at the Loews New Orleans Hotel.

All California-based public interest attorneys are invited to apply, using this short 1-page form: The application deadline is October 9, 2015 (the scholarships will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning 8/21/15, so the earlier the better). (If you have any questions, contact Charles Jung at

5. Request for Funding to Restore Thai Classical Instruments / UCLA

UCLA Revives Thai Classical Music Ensemble; Funding Required for Additional Restoration and Ongoing Instruction and Performance

On May 23, 2015, the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies sponsored a performance on the “Music of Thailand at UCLA” in the Schoenberg Music Building. This program featured a number of Thai classical musical instruments that UCLA has owned for fifty years, but which have been sitting unused for the past thirty years following the retirement of Prof. David Morton, who collected them in Thailand.

About six months ago, the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology commissioned ethnomusicologist Supeena Insee Adler (Ph.D., UC Riverside) to refurbish many, although not all of, the instruments. Dr. Adler also organized the May 23 concert, which featured mostly Thai American musicians from California, and included UCLA’s Thai language instructor Dr. Jenjit Gasigitamrong and three of her students from the UCLA Thai language class. The program also featured historical information about David Morton and the original collection of the instruments, a report on the restoration project by Supeena Adler, and a testament to the value of Thai classical music for inspiring modern composition.

The concert included:
1. Jomsuraang Overture (hard mallet piiphaat ensemble)
2. Khaek Boratheat with solos for each instrument (piiphaat with strings)
3. Kheak Taui Mau (soft mallet piiphaat ensemble)
4. Faum Ngieo and Utayaan Dauk Mai (string ensemble with vocalists)
5. Khamen Sai Yok and Mayuraaphirom (string ensemble with xylophone)
6. Lao Duang Kauk Mai and Lao Phaen (string ensemble with xylophone and khaen)
7. Lao Duang Duean (string ensemble with khaen)

Prof. Helen Rees of the Department of Ethnomusicology thanked the Department and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies for their support of the concert and the restoration project. At the same time, she expressed regret that further funds were not available to complete the restoration of all of the instruments or to sponsor Dr. Adler to teach a Thai classical music ensemble class at UCLA such as is offered for the classical music of India or the Indonesian Balinese gamelan. Now that a good start has been made on restoring the instruments, and since Dr. Adler is able and willing to teach an ensemble class, it would be wonderful if additional funds could be raised to support the project. Dr. Barbara Gaerlan, Assistant Director of the Center, will be working with Prof. Rees on fund-raising. Anyone interested should contact her at

6. Job Openings

Los Angeles County Superior Court / Fri Sep 18 deadline

The Los Angeles County Superior Court is seeking candidates for the position of Court Commissioner. Additional information is available at the link below: