OAPABA and OFALA Condemn Anti-Asian Bias and Violent Attacks

Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) and Oregon Filipino American Law Association (OFALA) condemn the recent incidents of anti-Asian violence and the hate and racism that fuels these attacks. Last night, a gunman entered multiple businesses in Atlanta and opened fire on a predominantly Asian American workforce. This act of violence left eight dead, including six Asian American women. While further details are still forthcoming, this latest violent attack is only the most recent among the many hate crimes and race-based incidents before it, including reports of Asian Americans being spit on, coughed at, physically attacked, assaulted, and harassed.

These incidents targeting Asian Americans have risen dramatically since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic when rhetoric inappropriately referred to the virus as an Asian disease, and leaders began using phrases like “China Virus” and “Kung Flu.” The use of racist and hateful rhetoric creates real harm, and anti-Asian bias and racist attacks have increased as a direct result. We condemn any attempts by leaders to blame Asian Americans in the face of the global pandemic, which has disproportionately affected Black, Indigenous, Pacific Islander, Latinx, and other people of color, an issue that we must address collectively.

Asian Americans are increasingly experiencing stigma, xenophobia, and discrimination. Stop AAPI Hate tracks reports of violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Since the start of the pandemic, they have received reports of 3,795 hate incidents across the United States from March 19, 2020 to February 28, 2021, representing only a fraction of the real number of hate incidents that actually occur. Oregon is not immune. An Asian American male was physically attacked while using public transit on December 15, 2020. Many Asian-owned businesses along 82nd Avenue in the Jade District have reported acts of vandalism. A 21-year old Asian student from Willamette University was physically attacked when two men pushed her down and kicked her while making disparaging, racially-charged comments.

Racial violence against Asian Americans often goes overlooked because of persistent and harmful “model minority” stereotypes about our community. This false narrative that Asian Americans are more successful compared to other ethnic minorities because of hard work, education and inherently law-abiding natures was constructed during the Civil Rights era to stymie racial justice movements. It is a fallacy that our community does not experience struggle or racial discrimination and is a contributing factor to the current climate.

There is no place for violence and race-based hatred in our community. We call upon everyone to create a safer community by addressing words, jokes, slights, and comments that cast blame and promote racism or discrimination. We extend our condolences, support, and wishes for healing to all who have been affected.
If you observe a hate crime or bias incident, you can refer to the following resources:

– APANO and Portland United Against Hate’s (PUAH) “Resilience to Hate Resource Guide
– Report to Oregon Department of Justice Bias Response Hotline at 1-844-924-BIAS or
– StopAAPIhate.org to report an incident and obtain safety tips in multiple languages

For more information, contact: communications@oapaba.org or contact@OregonFALA.org

Congratulations to Doug Park on Receiving the 2020 Oregon Women Lawyers Roberts & Deiz Award!

OAPABA is proud to celebrate this year’s recipient of the OWLS Roberts & Deiz Award, Doug Park, University of Oregon’s Deputy General Counsel. The Roberts & Deiz Award honors the legacies of both Justice Betty Roberts and Judge Mercedes Deiz as mentors and promoters of those outside the dominant culture.

Doug is a leader and a trailblazer, serving as the first Asian Pacific American Deputy General Counsel and Interim General Counsel at University of Oregon. In this position, Doug uses his position of power to advance women and people of color both within the General Counsel’s office and as outside counsel to represent the University of Oregon in legal matters. Before joining the General Counsel’s office, Doug worked at the Oregon Department of Justice. While at the DOJ, Doug received the Outstanding Achievement Award (DOJ’s highest professional honor). Doug also directly supports OAPABA by hosting the annual OAPABA Eugene Summer Picnic, giving law students and attorneys of color the opportunity to meet and develop their professional network.

Doug will be recognized at the 28th OWLS Roberts & Deiz Awards Dinner, held on Friday, March 13, 2020, at the Portland Art Museum. We encourage our members to join us at the OWLS dinner to support Doug on his well-deserved win!

Upcoming OAPABA 2019 Gala Dinner

OAPABA’s 2019 Gala Dinner will be held at The Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, September 26, 2019, beginning 5:30 PM. Our keynote speaker will be Rudy Mehrbani, Spitzer Fellow and Senior Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice. Mr. Mehrbani previously served as Assistant to the President, Director of the Presidential Personnel Office, and numerous other high-level positions in President Obama’s Administration. Mr. Mehrbani also served as General Counsel of the Peace Corps, where he facilitated innovative partnerships with public and private institutions in support of the agency’s development priorities, including First Lady Michelle Obama’s government-wide effort to expand access to education for women and girls around the globe.  We hope to see you there!

To register and purchase tickets for the Gala Dinner, click here.

A big thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible.

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Elisa Dozono – 2019 Oregon Women Lawyers Roberts and Deiz Award Winner.

Congratulations to Elisa Dozono on being the 2019 Oregon Women Lawyers Roberts and Deiz Award winner!

The Roberts and Deiz Award honors the legacies of both Justice Roberts and Judge Deiz as promoters of those from outside the dominant culture (e.g. women, people of color, LGBTQ, and those with disabilities). A well-deserved award for Elisa!

Elisa will be recognized for her award at the 27th OWLS Roberts and Deiz Award Dinner held on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Portland Art Museum.  Please join us at the OWLS dinner to support Elisa.IMG_5672


On November 7-11, 2018, twenty OAPABA members attended the 2018 NAPABA Convention in Chicago celebrating its 30th Anniversary. The Convention was attended by approximately 2,000 Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law students, legal scholars, and elected officials from around the country.  OAPABA members were proud to celebrate the Honorable Mustafa T. Kasubhai, the recipient of the Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award, and the law firm Gonzales, Gonzales & Gonzales Immigration Law Offices, the recipient of the APA-Owned Law Firm Award.

We are also pleased to announce that Amanda Haines from Lewis & Clark Law School was inducted as president of the student chapter, NAPALSA, and James McQuire from University of Oregon School of Law was inducted to serve as the NAPALSA conference co-chair.  Congratulations to our OAPABA student members!



2018 NAPABA Convention Stipend Application

DUE DATE: November 16, 2018
(Conference date November 8-11, 2018)

OAPABA’s mission is to educate the public and the legal community about
issues involving minorities, particularly Asian Pacific Americans (“APAs”), within
the legal profession or the justice system and to promote diversity and inclusion
in government, the legal community, and the judicial system. OAPABA further
recognizes the value of its members attending NAPABA events which offer
unique opportunities for APA judges, attorneys, and law students to engage with
legal issues and public policies that affect APA communities nationally.

Oregon Federal District Court Appoints First Muslim American to be a Federal Judge

It is with tremendous privilege that the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) congratulates the Honorable Mustafa T. Kasubhai on his historic appointment as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Oregon, effective September 21, 2018.
Judge Kasubhai’s appointment makes him the first Muslim-American to serve on the Federal Bench, not just in Oregon, but nationally.  Before his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Kasubhai was the first person of color to serve on the Lane County Circuit Court in Eugene, Oregon.  Judge Kasubhai received his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and attended college at the University of California, Berkeley.

His appointment to the U.S. District Court is a testament to his professionalism, commitment to the law, his love for his community, and the respect he is given from his peers.  As a first-generation Muslim American of South Asian/Indian descent, Judge Kasubhai has shown significant dedication to furthering diversity in the profession by participating in groups and programs, which promote diversity and equality.  He has been an active member of OAPABA and a role model to many young diverse attorneys in Oregon.  In 2018, he was awarded OAPABA’s Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto Award, which recognizes leaders in our community who demonstrate leadership, professionalism, mentorship, a pioneering spirit, and a deep commitment to diversity and the promotion of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) in the Oregon legal community.  He is also this year’s recipient of NAPABA’s Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award, which recognizes the outstanding achievements, leadership, and impact of lawyers who are paving the way for the advancement of other Asian Pacific Americans in the legal profession and the broader Asian Pacific American community.

OAPABA applauds the appointment of Judge Kasubhai to the federal bench: “We believe Judge Kasubhai will bring a wealth of intelligence and experience to the federal bench—particularly his strong ties to southern Oregon, his proven skills at settling cases, and his reputation as a thoughtful adjudicator,” said Sara Ghafouri, president of OAPABA.

“NAPABA congratulates Judge Kasubhai on his appointment to serve as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the District of Oregon,” said Pankit J. Doshi, President of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. “We are proud to be honoring him this year with the Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer award for his dedication to community service in Oregon and mentorship. His skills as jurist and leadership in the community will make him an asset to the bench.”

About the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association: OAPABA’s mission is:

Advancement: To promote the professional development and advancement of APA attorneys through education, research, and programs.

Advocacy: To act as a vehicle and forum for expressing opinion on matters of concern to APA attorneys in our communities.

Communication: To encourage and foster communicate among APA attorneys on issues affecting our work, communities, and government.

For more information, please contactcommunications@oapaba.org

About the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association:  NAPABA is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of almost 50,000 attorneys and approximately 75 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.

NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

Regarding applications for the endorsement of judicial candidates applying for the vacancies on the Washington County Circuit Court.

The Oregon Judicial Diversity Coalition (OJDC), comprised of the Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association (OC-NBA), Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA), OGALLA: the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, and the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA), is accepting applications for the endorsement of judicial candidates applying for the vacancies on the Washington County Circuit Court.

Judicial candidates seeking endorsement by any or all of the aforementioned groups are instructed to send the following information to alex.naito@millernash.com and derilyb@gmail.com by :00 p.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018.

 To be considered for an interview, please submit:

1) A fully-filled copy of the questionnaire available through OAPABA’s website (http://oapaba.org/judicial-endorsements/).

2) A copy of the application’s materials submitted to the Governor, including the judicial interest form, resume, and letters of recommendation.

3) OJDC application materials MUST be submitted together in one single PDF document.

 Incomplete applications will not be considered.  After receiving a completed application, the OJDC will contact applicants to schedule an interview.

OAPABA Foundation 2018 Scholarship

The OAPABA Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization established by the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association. The OAPABA Foundation carries out its work primarily by awarding scholarships and fellowships that promote the interests of the Asian Pacific American community. The OAPABA Foundation awards one (1) $1500 scholarship on a statewide basis to a law student who demonstrates: (1) an outstanding commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders, (2) academic excellence (3) stellar dedication to diversity and inclusion and (4) demonstrated financial need. These scholarships are made possible by donations from numerous corporations, law firms, bar associations, and individuals.

Annual Gala Scholarship Application 2018


•All applications must be received by email by 5:00 PM PST on August 10, 2018 and include a recent law school transcript and three (3) essays detailing the topics included in the instructions below.

•Please direct all questions to OAPABA Foundation Board Member, Toan Nguyen at Toan.Nguyen@avangrid.com.

•Submission of an application is not a guarantee of assistance and decisions are final and not subject to appeal.