OAPABA TO PRESENT JUSTICE LYNN NAKAMOTO AWARD TO JUDGE YOULEE YIM YOU AT 2017 GALA DINNER

OAPABA TO PRESENT JUSTICE LYNN NAKAMOTO AWARD TO JUDGE YOULEE YIM YOU AT 2017 GALA DINNER

The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) is pleased to announce United States Magistrate Judge Youlee Yim You as the 2017 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 You’s commitment to the advancement of APAs in Oregon through her mentorship of law students and attorneys, as well as her volunteer activities aiding victims and those from disadvantaged communities, truly reflects her unwavering commitment to the growth of others in the legal profession and issues that impact us all.

Judge You also holds the distinct honor of being the first Korean American female lawyer in Oregon, the first APA female judge in Oregon, and now the first APA federal judge in Oregon. Judge You is a trailblazer who truly embodies the pioneering spirit of the Justice Lynn Nakamoto Award.

OAPABA will honor Judge You at our annual gala dinner on September 28, 2017 at the Hilton 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.

Regarding Vacancy 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 vacancy on the Washington County Circuit Court bench left by the retirement of Judge Suzanne Upton.

Judicial candidates seeking endorsement by any or all of the aforementioned groups are instructed to send the following information to advocacy@oapaba.org by Tuesday, July 25th at 5 pm, to be considered for an interview:

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

2) A copy of the application materials he or she is submitting 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.

After receiving a completed application, the OJDC will contact applicants to schedule an interview.  In-person or telephone interviews will take place at a law firm in downtown Portland and will be scheduled sometime the week of August 7th depending upon the availability of the candidates.

If you have any questions, please contact Jon Patterson at (503)943-6534 or jpatterson@compassionandchoices.org.

CONGRATULATIONS HONORABLE STEVEN R. POWERS

OAPABA AND OFALA CONGRATULATE THE HONORABLE STEVEN R. POWERS ON HIS           HISTORIC APPOINTMENT AS THE FIRST FILIPINO AMERICAN TO BE APPOINTED TO THE        OREGON COURT OF APPEALS.

It is a tremendous privilege that the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) and the Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association (OFALA) congratulate the now Honorable Steven R. Powers.

On July 11, 2017, Governor Kate Brown announced eight appointments to fill judicial vacancies on Oregon’s courts. These appointments will be effective July 17, 2017.

Among the appointments to the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Honorable Steven R. Powers comes highly regarded. He will also be the first Filipino American appellate judge in Oregon.

Steven R. Powers is an insurance coverage and appellate lawyer at the law firm of Parsons Farnell & Grein, LLP, where he has worked since 2015. From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Powers was deputy general counsel and public safety policy advisor in the Office of the Governor. Mr. Powers served as a Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County, and appellate attorney at the Oregon Department of Justice, and as Chairperson of the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.

Mr. Powers began his legal career as a petitions law clerk at the Oregon Supreme Court and he is a graduate of Western State College Colorado and a law graduate from Willamette University College of Law. He is a founding board member of the Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association.

Service on the Oregon Court of Appeals is an honor granted by the citizens of Oregon. The Oregon Court of Appeals consistently ranks as one of the busiest appellate courts in the nation, handling – most notably death penalty cases, ballot title cases, lawyer discipline matters, and tax court cases – the Court receives appeals and judicial review from Oregon’s trial courts and administrative agencies.

The Oregon Court of Appeals has always been committed to honoring the trust placed in it by the citizens of Oregon, they approach every dispute with an open mind, treating every case, every party, and every advocate with dignity and respect. It is clear they have achieved another extraordinary lawyer to join their ranks.

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.

About the Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association: OFALA’s mission is to:

  • share and validate our experiences as Filipino American legal professionals;
  • increase the visibility of Filipino American legal professionals and their accomplishments;
  • promote equality and multiculturalism by increasing diversity within the Oregon State Bar and within the broader legal system;
  • empower Oregon’s Filipino American community by increasing its access to the legal system;
  • cultivate relationships between the Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association and other Filipino American organizations; and,
  • celebrate Filipino American culture and heritage.

 

 

 

 

OJDC Interviews

The Oregon Judicial Diversity Coalition (OJDC) is interviewing judicial endorsement candidates for the Multnomah County Circuit Court vacancy created by Judge Stuart’s retirement on Tuesday, June 27th at 5:30 pm.  Members can participate in-person or by telephone.  The interviews will take place at K&L Gates (1 SW Columbia St., Ste 1900, Portland, OR).  If you intend to appear in person, please contact Ivan Resendiz Gutierrez by email at ivan.resendiz@millernash.com so he can add your name to the attendee list.  Individuals not on the list will be unable to enter the building after hours.

You may also participate by telephone:

Call-In Number:  855-886-4157
Access Code:  1055707

OAPABA announces new 2017-18 Board!

The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association held its Annual Member Meeting and Board Elections on June 12, 2017.

Elections results are as follows:

President-Elect: Sara Ghafouri
Secretary: Maxine Tuan
Treasurer: Anne Nguyen

At-Large Representative: Rebecca Guiao
At-Large Representative: Robert Kim
At-Large Representative: Alex Naito
At-Large Representative: Grace Wong

Willamette College of Law Student Representatives: Melissa Cohen & Kai McGuire
Lewis & Clark Law School Student Representatives: Sokho Eath & Alexis Baello
University of Oregon School of Law Student Representative: Marie Vermaas

The new officers and board members will join incoming president, Derily Bechthold and region representatives Kirsten Naito, Elizabeth Schultz, Nani Apo, and at large representatives Kristin Asai, and Jennifer Yeh.

OAPABA gives a warm thanks to its outgoing officers and board members: Jovita Wang (president), Dan Simon (secretary), Trung Tu (at large representative), Yufeng Luo (Willamette law student representative), Kevin Pham and Max Zhang (Lewis & Clark law student representatives), and Daniel Phung & Jeffrey Chong (University of Oregon law student representatives).

OAPABA also thanks the law firm of Perkins Coie for hosting the event and for its continual support.

Last but not least, OAPABA thanks everyone who participated at the meeting. OAPABA is grateful for its strong membership and looks forward to your continued participation and support. We are excited for another great year!

OJDC Meeting – Multnomah 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), the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon (OGALLA), and the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA), is accepting applications for the endorsement of judicial candidates applying for the vacancy on the Multnomah County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Diana Stuart.

Judicial candidates seeking endorsement by any or all of the aforementioned groups are instructed to send the following information to Angela Franco Lucero at angela@tkatlaw.com by Friday, June 9, at 5 pm, to be considered for an interview:

1) A fully-filled copy of the OJDC questionnaire available through OAPABA’s website (http://oapaba.org/judicial-endorsements/).
2) A copy of the application materials he or she is submitting 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.
After receiving a completed application, the OJDC will contact applicants to schedule an interview. In-person or telephone interviews will take place at a law firm in downtown Portland and will be scheduled sometime the last week of June or first week of July depending upon the availability of the candidates.

OAPABA Annual Meeting and Elections

June 12, 2017, 5:30 PM
Perkins Coie, Portland, OR

You are invited to join OAPABA for our annual meeting and elections on June 12th.  Come and meet your fellow OAPABA members and vote on the upcoming year’s board members (make sure you’re up to date on your dues—if not, you can renew here: http://oapaba.org/join-us/).

Interested in running for a board position?

The following positions are open:

  • President-Elect
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Region 1 representative (Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Tillamook, Polk, Yamhill)
  • Region 2 representative (Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, & Josephine)
  • Region 4 representative (Benton, Lane)
  • One (1) at large position

*Note: if there are no candidates for the regional positions, they will automatically default into at-large positions.

OAPABA is also seeking up to (2) law student representatives each from Willamette, Lewis & Clark, & the University of Oregon.

Please submit a short statement of interest introducing yourself and why you are running and send your statement of interest to elections@oapaba.org

To qualify as a candidate, you must be a current dues-paying member of OAPABA and be present at the meeting (telephonic appearance permitted).

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all in June!

OJDC – Court of Appeals Announcement

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 Oregon Court of Appeals.

Judicial candidates seeking endorsement by any or all of the aforementioned groups are instructed to send the following information to advocacy@oapaba.org by Wednesday, May 10th at 5 pm.

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 applicant’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 or late applications will not be considered.

After receiving a completed application, the OJDC will contact applicants to schedule an interview.  In-person or telephone interviews will take place during the week of May 15th depending upon the availability of the candidates and volume of applications received.

Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto is the recipient of the ABA’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award

On August 13th, 2017, Justice Nakamoto will be honored at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting luncheon as an award recipient for the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers.  Congratulations, Justice Nakamoto, on your well-deserved recognition.

The luncheon will be held at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York, New York. Several OAPABA members intend to attend. Hope to see you there!