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.


Thank you again to our sponsors and attendees for making OAPABA’s Annual Gala Dinner another success! We hope to see you again next year on September 22, 2016. Stay tuned for details.

ONLD, OAPABA, and OMLA Joint Social

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Dragonwell Bistro, 735 SW First Ave, Portland

Please join the Oregon New Lawyers Division, Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Oregon Minority Lawyer Association at Dragonwell Bistro for a December social.  Appetizers will be provided.  No host bar.  No RSVP required.

Questions? Email Mae Lee Browning at maelee@cohencoit.com

OAPABA Holiday Project

For the last two years, OAPABA has sponsored three Asian Pacific Islander families from a list of families in need recommended by IRCO. To continue our tradition of service, OAPABA is again sponsoring two needy families for this winter holiday. A brief description of the two families is below. We have been able to bring joy to these families each year all thanks to your generous donations and contributions. Once again, we are asking you to open your heart and wallet to these two new families who can use some holiday cheers. Just like last year, we will be facilitating the gift-buying process through a Target Registry. Each of our two adopted families will have their own registry based on the families’ wish lists. Please follow these instructions to make your purchases:

  1. Go to http://www.target.com/gift-registry/
  2. Scroll down to “find a registry or wish list”
  3. For the Vietnamese family’s registry, type “vietfamily” in first name field and “oapaba” in last name field For Chuukese family’s registry, type “chuukfamily” in first name field and “oapaba” in last name field
  4. Click on the result
  5. You will see a list of items from the family’s wish list. Make your selection. Add to cart. Checkout.
  6. Choose the “Shipping” option. The item(s) will be automatically shipped to a board member’s office. Please do not choose the “pick-up” option.

Standard shipping on all items is free at Target until December 25th. But it takes 7-9 days for the items to arrive. Please keep that in mind when making your purchases. We hope to receive all items by December 21st so they can be wrapped and delivered to the families on or around Christmas’s Eve.

If you have any questions, please email Hong Dao at hongd@osbplf.org or Sara Ghafouri at ghafourisara@gmail.com.

==About the Families===

Chuukese family: 2 parents, 6 children age range of 1 yo – 12 yo. This family has been struggling since they arrived to the US as immigrants 10 years ago. Father was fired from his job after being injured and has a hard time finding another job ever since. Mother is not working. They had never bought clothes at a store before, so the mother does not even know what size the children wear. Most items in their home are hand-downs from other people, including schools. The little money they receive from the father’s unemployment benefits is sometime not enough buy food for the family and pay the bills.
Vietnamese family: 1 single mother, 4 children with age range of 2 yo – 9 yo. Mother is sole provider of the children and struggles to make ends meet. She currently works at a day care center and works hard to provide for her family. As a young parent she is responsible and is always involved in her children’s education.

Upcoming OAPABA Events

Stay tuned for more OAPABA events coming up next year, including:

OAPABA Dance! Party
OAPABA Lunar New Year Dim Sum



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

For more information visit About Us.