NAPABA 2018

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!

OAPABA SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 NAPABA CONFERENCE STIPENDS

 

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.
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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

HOW TO APPLY

•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.

OAPABA TO PRESENT JUSTICE LYNN NAKAMOTO AWARD TO JUDGE MUSTAFA KASUBHAI AT 2018 GALA DINNER

The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) is pleased to announce Lane County Circuit Judge Mustafa Kasubhai as the 2018 recipient of the Justice Lynn Nakamoto Award.

The Justice Lynn Nakamoto Award recognizes leaders in our community who have demonstrated 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.

Judge Kasubhai was appointed to the bench in 2006 and was the first APA attorney to serve as a judge in Lane County.  Throughout his tenure, he has shown a commitment to the hiring, advancement, mentorship, and promotion of diverse people of all kinds.  Before joining the bench, Judge Kasubhai represented those members of the community who did not have access to justice, such as farmworkers, employees injured on the job, or consumers injured by products.

In a state where only about 4.5% of judges are Asian American/Pacific Islander, Judge Kasubhai is an Oregon trailblazer who truly captures the pioneering spirit of the Justice Lynn Nakamoto Award.  He also exemplifies this year’s gala theme, The Intersectional Experience, being one of the few Muslim and Southeast Asian judges in Oregon.

OAPABA will honor Judge Kasubhai at our annual gala dinner on August 30, 2018 at The Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland.

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 communication among APA attorneys on issues affecting our work, communities, and government.

Endorsement of judicial candidates – Lane 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 Lane County Circuit Court.

Judicial candidates seeking endorsement by any or all of the aforementioned groups are instructed to send the following information to sghafouri@amforest.org and alex.naito@millernash.com by Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 5 p.m.

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’s 2018 Annual Gala Dinner

OAPABA’s 2018 Annual Gala Dinner

Please join us as we celebrate

featuring keynote speaker

Mia Yamamoto

Civil Rights Activist

and honoring

The Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto Award 2018 Recipient

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

The Sentinel Hotel

614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

$95 General Ticket

$70 Student Ticket/Low-income Ticket

$165 Student Ticket Sponsor (includes 1 General ticket & 1 student ticket *student chosen at OAPABA’s discretion*).

$950 Full table of 10

Please email galadinner@oapaba.org for inquiries.

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

Diamond Sponsor

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Platinum Sponsors
Bullard Law 
Stoel Rives
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP 
Sussman Shank

Gold Sponsor 
Barran Liebman LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP 
Markowitz Herbold PC

Silver Sponsor 
Haglund Kelley LLP

Bronze Sponsor 
The Multnomah Bar Association
Oregon Hispanic Bar Association 
Parsons Farnell & Grein LLP