The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) is a fast-growing community of APA attorneys, and serves as the Oregon affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, which represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys worldwide.



Please join the FBA on May 28 for their annual dinner and to honor the James M. Burns Federal Practice Award recipients and the Ancer L. Haggerty Scholars. This year’s James M. Burns Federal Practice Award will go to Julia E. Markley, founding president of OAPABA. The award is given annually to both a criminal and civil practitioner who demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism in their work in federal court in the District of Oregon.

May 28th, 5:30 PM @ the Mark Hatfield U.S. Courthouse

Buy Tickets here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eawpqmk7bc5152db&llr=t5zfnfcab


MBA Diversity Bar Social

June 4th, 5:30 PM @ Perkins Coie

The MBA Membership Committee invites you to a social and celebration of the contributions of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Please join us for hosted food and drinks, then take a map of the nearby art galleries and hit the streets to enjoy First Thursday in the Pearl District. Space is limited, so RSVP Shannon West, shannon@mbabar.org.



June 11th at 5:30 p.m. at Perkins Coie

1120 NW Couch, Suite 1000, Portland, OR  97209

OAPABA is seeking candidates interested in the position of President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and 3 At-Large Representative positions to serve on the OAPABA Board.  The OAPABA Board is a working Board and expects its board members to contribute to OAPABA’s Mission.  The President-Elect will automatically assume the Presidency during the 2016-17 term.  The Secretary and Treasurer positions are for a one year term.  The At-Large Representative positions are for two year terms.  Only current dues paying OAPABA members are eligible to run for these positions and vote in the election.  Please bring your membership dues to the meeting if you’re not sure whether you’re current or not.



Looking to get ahead or learn new skills?  The OAPABA Advocacy Committee is bringing back its Pipeline Series to help its members crack the mysteries of how to start your own practice, become a judge, make partner, or transition in-house.

Each Pipeline event will be held at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, 111 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 3400, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Most Pipeline lunches are limited to OAPABA members for $10 to cover the cost of lunch.  Non-members are $15. Please sign up online here (please sign up at least two days before the scheduled lunch so that OAPABA can have an accurate lunch count). Thank you to all our attendees!  

  • Making partner/secrets of partnership — rescheduled for May 14th

So you think you want to be a law firm partner? Join us for an intimate, frank discussion with several Asian Pacific American partners in Oregon’s law firms of various sizes. What does it take to get there? What do partners wish they knew before they joined the partner ranks? You will have a unique opportunity to ask questions that are top of your mind in a small group session.

Our featured partners are:

  •  Trung Tu, Partner at McEwen Gisvold.
  •  Bonnie Richardson, Managing Partner, Folawn Alterman & Richardson
  •  Elisa Dozono, Partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
  • Julia Markley, Partner at Perkins Coie

Moderator: Alex Naito, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Past pipelines:

  • Appellate practice– March 19, 2015 

Need to file an appeal?  Whether you are a newer lawyer facing your first appellate case or a seasoned lawyer who occasionally takes an appeal, this is the panel for you.  Join us for lunch with our appellate panelists who are in the mainstream of federal and state court appeals:  Hon. Lynn Nakamoto, Oregon’s first Asian Pacific American Appellate Court Judge; Kevin Kono, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine, Portland Office; and Peenesh Shah, Assistant Attorney General, Oregon Department of Justice, Appellate Division, former clerk to the Honorable Susan Graber, Ninth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals.  Limited to OAPABA members.

  • Road to the Bench (Judge/mediator/arbitrator) — April 16, 2015

Enjoy litigation and trial work?  Whether you are a newer lawyer wanting to learn more about a judicial career path or a senior lawyer thinking about putting your name in for the next opening, this is the panel for you.  Come spend your lunch hour hearing from our esteemed panelists who have taken different “roads” to their current judicial office:

Hon. Beth Bagley, Circuit Judge of Deschutes County and the first Asian Pacific American to win a contested judicial election in Oregon; Hon. Stacie Beckerman, U.S. Magistrate Judge and the most recent appointee to Oregon’s federal judiciary; and Hon. Janelle Factora Wipper, Circuit Judge of Washington County and the first Filipina American judge in Oregon.

Moderated by Julia Markley, Perkins Coie LLP.  Open to OAPABA ($10) and Non-OAPABA members ($15).

  • In-house counsel — April 30, 2015

Curious what role an in-house attorney has within a company and how to become an in-house counsel?  This panel discussion will give attendees an insight into what it takes to join an in-house legal team and what issues these in-house attorneys deal with on a regular basis. Here’s your chance to meet with 4 great in-house attorneys and ask them the questions you’ve always wanted to ask but may have been afraid to ask since you were billing them for your time.

Panelists:  Sue Kim, General Counsel for Urban Airship; Monique Hawthorne, corporate counsel for Adidas; and Ari Lee, corporate counsel for Webtrends.

Moderator:  Toan Nguyen, senior counsel for Iberdrola Renewables


CONGRATULATIONS TO PRESIDENT-ELECT, LIANI REEVES! Congratulations to Liani Reeves on being the 2015 Oregon Women Lawyers Judge Mercedes Deiz Award winner!  The Judge Mercedes Deiz Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to promoting minorities in the legal profession and in the community.  A well-deserved award for Liani! 




Membership is open to lawyers, judges, law students, and paralegals throughout Oregon.

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