The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) is a fast-growing community of APA attorneys, and serves as the Oregon affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, which represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys worldwide.



Looking to get ahead or learn new skills?  The OAPABA Advocacy Committee is bringing back its Pipeline Series to help its members crack the mysteries of how to start your own practice, become a judge, make partner, or transition in-house.

Each Pipeline event will be held at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, 111 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 3400, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Most Pipeline lunches are limited to OAPABA members for $10 to cover the cost of lunch.  Please sign up online here (please sign up at least two days before the scheduled lunch so that OAPABA can have an accurate lunch count). Please note the road to the bench is now full. Please consider signing up for other pipelines. Thank you.

  • Road to the Bench (Judge/mediator/arbitrator) — April 16, 2015

Enjoy litigation and trial work?  Whether you are a newer lawyer wanting to learn more about a judicial career path or a senior lawyer thinking about putting your name in for the next opening, this is the panel for you.  Come spend your lunch hour hearing from our esteemed panelists who have taken different “roads” to their current judicial office:

Hon. Beth Bagley, Circuit Judge of Deschutes County and the first Asian Pacific American to win a contested judicial election in Oregon; Hon. Stacie Beckerman, U.S. Magistrate Judge and the most recent appointee to Oregon’s federal judiciary; and Hon. Janelle Factora Wipper, Circuit Judge of Washington County and the first Filipina American judge in Oregon.

Moderated by Julia Markley, Perkins Coie LLP.  Open to OAPABA ($10) and Non-OAPABA members ($15).


  • In-house counsel — April 30, 2015

Curious what role an in-house attorney has within a company and how to become an in-house counsel?  This panel discussion will give attendees an insight into what it takes to join an in-house legal team and what issues these in-house attorneys deal with on a regular basis. Here’s your chance to meet with 4 great in-house attorneys and ask them the questions you’ve always wanted to ask but may have been afraid to ask since you were billing them for your time.

Panelists:  Sue Kim, General Counsel for Urban Airship; Monique Hawthorne, corporate counsel for Adidas; and Ari Lee, corporate counsel for Webtrends.

Moderator:  Toan Nguyen, senior counsel for Iberdrola Renewables

  • Making partner/secrets of partnership — rescheduled for May 14th

So you think you want to be a law firm partner? Join us for an intimate, frank discussion with several Asian Pacific American partners in Oregon’s law firms of various sizes.  You will have a unique opportunity to ask questions that are top of your mind in a small group session.  This session is open to all OAPABA members with an interest in law firm partnership.

Our featured partners are:

·         Trung Tu, Partner at McEwen Gisvold, with litigation and appellate experience in employment, commercial, business, corporate and real estate law, and legal malpractice defense and repair.

·         Bonnie Richardson, Managing Partner, Folawn Alterman & Richardson

·         Elisa Dozono, Partner at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

  • Appellate practice– March 19, 2015 – THANK YOU TO OUR PANELISTS AND ATTENDEES!

Need to file an appeal?  Whether you are a newer lawyer facing your first appellate case or a seasoned lawyer who occasionally takes an appeal, this is the panel for you.  Join us for lunch with our appellate panelists who are in the mainstream of federal and state court appeals:  Hon. Lynn Nakamoto, Oregon’s first Asian Pacific American Appellate Court Judge; Kevin Kono, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine, Portland Office; and Peenesh Shah, Assistant Attorney General, Oregon Department of Justice, Appellate Division, former clerk to the Honorable Susan Graber, Ninth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals.  Limited to OAPABA members. ______________________________________________________________ CONGRATULATIONS TO PRESIDENT-ELECT, LIANI REEVES! Congratulations to Liani Reeves on being the 2015 Oregon Women Lawyers Judge Mercedes Deiz Award winner!  The Judge Mercedes Deiz Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to promoting minorities in the legal profession and in the community.  A well-deserved award for Liani! Please join OAPABA in celebration of Liani’s award at the Roberts-Deiz Award Dinner on Friday, March 13, 2015.   _______________________________________________________________

CONGRATULATIONS TO OAPABA MEMBERS, HONG DAO, LIANI REEVES, AND KIM SUGAWA-FUJINAGA, Oregon State Bar Award Recipients! Hong Dao is the recipient of the OSB President’s Public Service Award, which honors attorneys for their commitments to public service and pro bono work. Liani Reeves and Kim Sugawa-Fujinaga are co-recipients of the OSB President’s Diversity & Inclusion Award, which recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the goal of increasing minority representation in the legal profession. https://www.osbar.org/osbevents#awards


Membership is open to lawyers, judges, law students, and paralegals throughout Oregon.

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