Over 1,600 APA attorneys, judges, and law students from across the Nation gathered at the 2016 NAPABA Conference. OAPABA was well-represented at the convention and was proud to celebrate the appointment of Melissa Cohen as regional governor of the Northwest Region for the student chapter, NAPALSA. Twenty-one attorneys, judges, and law students represented the Oregon contingent.
On October 14-15, 2016, the Willamette University Law School hosted the 2nd NW Regional Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition in Portland, co-sponsored with NAPABA and OAPABA. The competition was held at the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Christian Huettemeyer & Ryan Ichinaga represented Lewis and Clark School of Law. Yufeng Luo & Jackie Sandmeyer represented Willamette University Law School. Both Oregon teams made it to semi-finals.
The top two finalist teams are Alizeh Bhojani & Sarah Atchinson and An Nguyen & Miles Bludorn, both representing the University of Washington School of Law. They will compete at the national NAPABA convention on behalf of the NW region. Congratulations and good luck in San Diego!
Congratulations also to Willamette University Law School for successfully organizing and hosting the 2nd NW Regional Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition in Oregon! And many thanks to the attorneys and judges who volunteered their time for this competition!
Friday, October 21, 2016
Propeller Conference Room, Lobby Level
200 SW Market Street, Portland, Oregon
Reception to follow
For more details, please click here: So you think you can network!
Space is limited. Please RSVP to: LReeves@bullardlaw.com
Please bring or mail payment to:
OAPABA, c/o Liani Reeves
200 SW Market St. #1900, Portland OR 97201
or register here:
Thank you to our generous sponsor, Bullard Law!
On September 22, 2016, OAPABA held its fourth annual Gala Dinner, Recognizing Our Heroes: Voices of Change, at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Over 170 attorneys, judges, community leaders, and law students attended. Halau Hula o Na Pua o Hawaii nei from Eugene, Oregon, led by Lane County Circuit Court Judge Valeri Love, gave a pre-dinner performance and hula lessons with live music by Kaleo. David Lat was the keynote speaker and held an entertaining Q&A session for the audience. David Lat is the founder and managing editor of the award winning blog, “Above the Law” and the author of “Supreme Ambitions.”
At the dinner, OAPABA posthumously awarded Minoru Yasui with the Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto Award. Mr. Yasui is a native of Hood River, Oregon, the first Japanese- American graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, and the first Japanese-American member of the Oregon State Bar. Peggy Nagae, past president of NAPABA, accepted the award on Mr. Yasui’s behalf. The Judge Lynn R. Nakamoto Award honors leaders who have demonstrated leadership, professionalism, mentorship and commitment to the promotion of APAs in the Oregon legal community. Although Mr. Yasui passed away in 1986, he paved the way for APA lawyers in Oregon. Mr. Yasui was awarded the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom for his commitment to justice, and in 2016 the Oregon Legislature unanimously passed legislation declaring March 28 of each year as Min Yasui Day. Mr. Yasui’s receipt of the 2016 Nakamoto Award also honors the team of APA lawyers, educators, and civic leaders who worked on these endeavors and continue to do so today.
The OAPABA Foundation, the charitable and educational partner of OAPABA, also presented its inaugural Foundation’s Presidential Scholarship to Becky Deng, a third year law student at the Willamette University College of Law.
OAPABA thanks its many sponsors and all attendees for making the dinner a great success!
[More pictures forthcoming]
Congratulations to OAPABA President-Elect Derily Bechthold, who will receive the 2016 Oregon State Bar President’s Diversity and Inclusion Award. The award recognizes OSB members who have made significant contributions to the goal of increasing minority representation in the legal profession through creative employment efforts, innovative recruitment and retention programs, advocacy, or other significant efforts.
OAPABA member, Judge Valeri Love, will also be receiving the OSB Membership Services Award.
The Oregon legal community will acknowledge and celebrate Ms. Bechthold’s award and Judge Love’s award at a special event on Thursday, December 8th at 11:30 AM at the Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland.
OAPABA congratulates our President-Elect Derily Bechthold and member Judge Love on these well-deserved awards.
Join OAPABA, the Federal Bar Association (FBA) and OWLS on Friday, September 23 at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate judicial diversity in Oregon. Leaders in the legal community have worked diligently to identify and support judicial candidates who are both exemplary and reflect the diversity of our community. Please join us in celebrating their hard work and our diverse bench.
No cost to attend. RSVP here.
No-host bar and refreshments provided. No cost. All are welcome.
U.S. District Court of Oregon’s Chief Judge Michael W. Mosman will welcome guests around 5:30, with an introduction by Judge Youlee You. All are welcome.
Courtyard Marriott, 550 SW Oak Street, Portland (across from Big Pink)
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The OAPABA Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the OAPABA Foundation Presidential Scholarship which expects to award one $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 and (3) stellar dedication to diversity and inclusion. This scholarship are made possible by donations from numerous corporations, law firms, bar associations, and individuals.
Scholarship deadline: 9/19/2016
OAPABA is pleased to announce that long-time OAPABA member and advocacy committee member, Bonnie Richardson, is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Multnomah Bar Association (MBA) Professionalism Award. Congratulations, Bonnie!
For the official press release by the MBA, please see here: Richardson – 2016 Professionalism Award