OAPABA showing at Asian Reporter Foundation

IMG_0881On April 21, 2016,  OAPABA officers and members attended the Asian Reporter’s Annual Foundation Scholarship Banquet. The Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet is an avenue to post exemplary community service, honor our community’s elders, and recognize the hard work and aspirations of young Asian Americans. Congratulations to all award and scholarship recipients!

OAPABA member Judge Love is the 2016 Lane County Bar Association Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Long-time OAPABA member, the Honorable Valeri Love, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Lane County Bar Association Distinguished Service Award.

The award honors an individual who has provided extraordinary service to the legal profession and the people of Lane County. Judge Love will be presented the award at the Annual LCBA Spring Bash in Eugene to be held May of 2016. Congratulations, Judge Love!


OAPABA Celebrates the Appointment of Judge Youlee You to the United States District Court for the District of Oregon

The U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon has appointed Judge Youlee You as a United States Magistrate Judge in Portland, Oregon, beginning March 1, 2016. Judge You will be the first APA judge appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. She has served as a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge since 2007. Before becoming a judge, she served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice, Trial and Appellate Divisions; a Death Penalty Staff Attorney for the United States District Court for the Central District of California; a Deputy Bureau Chief/Senior Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York; an Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice; and, earlier in her career, as a Staff Attorney for the Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland, Oregon.

For the official announcement, click here.

OAPABA congratulates Judge You on her appointment to the federal bench and celebrates the historic achievements of Judge You and APA attorneys in Oregon.

Updated 5/19/2016: OAPABA members attend Judge You’s Investiture Ceremony.



OAPABA Celebrates the Appointment of APA Judges to Oregon’s Appellate Courts

Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Lynn R. Nakamoto to the Oregon Supreme Court, as well as Roger J. DeHoog to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Judge Nakamoto will be the first APA justice to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court. She is the namesake and first honoree of OAPABA’s Lynn R. Nakamoto award. Judge DeHoog will be the second APA judge to serve on the Oregon Court of Appeals. He will become the only judge on either of Oregon’s appellate courts from outside the Willamette Valley.

OAPABA congratulates Judge Nakamoto and Judge DeHoog on their appointments and celebrates their appointments to Oregon’s top courts.

Updated 1/27/2016: OAPABA members attend Judge Nakamoto’s Investiture. 

Judge Nakamoto was sworn in on January 25, 2016 as Oregon State Supreme Court’s first Asian Pacific American Justice. NPR’s Portland show, “Think Out Loud” covered the event.

Listen to the radio clip here.

Minoru Yasui Posthumously Awarded 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom!

OAPABA is pleased to announce that Minoru Yasui, 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, has been posthumously awarded a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom! Mr. Yasui is perhaps best known for his heroic challenge of the discriminatory wartime restrictions targeting Japanese-Americans and Japanese nationals during World War II, a fight that placed him in solitary confinement for nine months while his case was appealed to the United States Supreme Court. Although the Supreme Court ultimately ruled against his appeal, he continued to fight for the civil rights of all individuals, regardless of race, nationality, or ethnicity until he passed away in 1986. OAPABA and OMLA were proud to submit a joint endorsement letter on behalf of Mr. Yasui. A link to the White House press release is located here .

OAPABA student members Alexis Shimada & Melissa Cohen elected to NAPALSA Board at 2015 NAPABA Convention: NAPABA Rising in NOLA

From November 5-8, 2015, twenty OAPABA members attended the 2015 NAPABA Convention in New Orleans: NAPABA Rising. It was a record attendance by OAPABA members for a NAPABA Convention. The Convention was attended by approximately 1,600 Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law students, legal scholars, and elected officials from around the country.

At the 27th Anniversary Gala, Alexis Shimada from Willamette University College of Law was inducted as president of the student chapter, NAPALSA. Willamette University College of Law student, Melissa Cohen, was also inducted as the 2016 Pacific Northwest regional director for NAPALSA. Congratulations to our OAPABA student members and for WUCL APALSA’s continued leadership with NAPALSA!

More pictures can be found on OAPABA’s Facebook page!

OAPABA is pleased to announce Julia Markley as the recipient of this year’s Judge Lynn R. Nakamoto Award during its Annual Gala Dinner

On October 30, 2015, OAPABA held its third annual Gala Dinner at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland. Over 180 people attended. Justice Mary Yu of the Washington Supreme Court was the keynote speaker. Justice Yu is the first Latina, first Asian, and first openly gay justice on that court. Bollywood Dreams Entertainment provided a pre-dinner interactive performance.

At the dinner, OAPABA awarded Julia Markley with the Judge Lynn R. Nakamoto Award. Julia, a litigation partner in the Portland, Oregon office of Perkins Coie LLP, is a founding member of OAPABA. Julia served as OAPABA’s first President, and her leadership was integral to OAPABA’s growth in its formative years. 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. Julia’s sterling record of service to Oregon’s APA lawyers, as well as the Oregon APA community as a whole, makes her an ideal choice to receive this award.

OAPABA thanks its sponsors and all attendees for making the dinner a great success! We hope to see you again next year on September 22, 2016, at the Sentinel.