Monthly Archives: July 2011

OAPABA Board Member Janelle Factora Wipper Appointed to Washington County Circuit Court

Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) is pleased to announce that on July 8, 2011, Governor Kitzhaber appointed OAPABA board member Janelle Factora Wipper to the Washington County Circuit Court vacancy created by U.S. District Court Judge Marco Hernandez.  She will officially take the bench on August 1, 2011.

“With her distinguished career in public service, it is fitting that Janelle Wipper will become Oregon’s first Filipino-American appointed to the bench,” said Elisa Dozono, OAPABA President.  “We are excited that she will continue to serve on OAPABA’s board and be a model for those participating in our pipeline program.”

“Janelle Wipper’s diverse background, which includes both criminal and civil law, will make her an asset to the trial court,” said Governor Kitzhaber.  “Her personal and professional experiences, along with her commitment to public service, will benefit the citizens of Washington County and the State of Oregon.”

Ms. Wipper received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Willamette University College of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University.  Ms. Wipper currently serves as Associate Chief Counsel for the Civil Enforcement Division of the Oregon Department of Justice and was previously a Deputy District Attorney in Washington County for 11 years.  As the current President of the Washington County Bar Association, Ms. Wipper is also a member of the Oregon Women Lawyers, Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, and the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

For more information about OAPABA’s pipeline initiative, please contact committee chairpersons, Bonnie Richardson,  bonnie@farlawfirm.com or David Wang, dvwag@vestas.com.

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OAPABA Announces 2011-2012 Board of Directors

The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) has elected its 2011-2012 board of directors.  Incoming board president Elisa Dozono is joined by President-Elect Simon Whang, Secretary Corinne Celko, and Treasurer Connie Kong.  The most recent regional and at-large representatives to join the board are Jessica Asai, Janelle Factora Wipper, Annie Jhun, Chin See Ming and Miyuki Yoshida and law student representative Tommy Chau.

“I hope to capitalize on the solid foundation we have built over the past two years by increasing OAPABA’s voice as an advocate for the larger statewide APA community,” said incoming President Dozono.

Elisa Dozono (President) is an associate at Miller Nash LLP, and focuses her practice on business litigation and government relations.  A native Oregonian, Elisa served as the chairperson for the 2011 NAPABA Western Regional Conference, held this past June in Portland, Oregon, hosting over 100 Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges and law students.  She is also the recipient of 2010 Oregon Area Jewish Committee Emerging Leadership Award and the 2010 Daily Journal of Commerce’s Up & Coming Leaders Award for Outstanding Professional Organization Involvement.

Simon Whang (President-Elect) is an assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice, Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection Section, focusing on mortgage and foreclosure concerns.  Originally from Beaverton, Oregon, Simon attended Johns Hopkins University and NYU School of Law.  Simon currently serves as the secretary of the Oregon State Bar’s (OSB) Unlawful Practice of Law Committee and teaches trial advocacy.  In the past he has served as faculty for OSB’s Trial Advocacy College and Opportunities for Law in Oregon, and as Bar Disciplinary Counsel.  He lives with his wife and two beautiful daughters in SE Portland.

Corinne S. Celko (Secretary) is an associate at Perkins Coie, LLP in the firm’s Real Estate and Land Use practice.  She focuses in the areas of land use and development law, representing a wide range of clients in obtaining permits from local governments and state agencies for commercial, residential, mixed-use and industrial projects.  Her practice also includes experience with land use due diligence, natural resource issues, and appellate work before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals and the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Connie Kong (Treasurer) serves as a law clerk for the Honorable Marco Hernandez of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.  Prior to her clerkship, she practiced intellectual property litigation for several years.  Connie is one of the founding members of OAPABA.

Jessica Asai has a B.A. in Politics from Willamette University, and a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School and has previously served as a board director for OAPABA.  She is currently a Civil Rights Investigator with Oregon Health & Science University’s Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity Department and is a member of Oregon Minority Lawyers Association and Oregon Women Lawyers.

Janelle Factora Wipper is the Associate Chief Counsel of the Civil Enforcement Division at the Oregon Department of Justice.  Previously, Janelle served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Financial Fraud & Consumer Protection Section and a Deputy District Attorney for Washington County.  She is currently the President of the Washington County Bar Association and an advisory member of the OSB Criminal Law Section.

Annie Jhun has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since the fall of 2010.   Before attending law school, she worked at a national non-profit organization in New York and as a paralegal at a large Atlanta law firm.  In 2010, she received her J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she was an Executive Editor for the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy.  She currently clerks for a circuit court judge in Clackamas County.

Chin See Ming serves as senior counsel at Smith Freed & Eberhard PC.  Ming is a member of the firm’s Construction and Development Group. He has a diverse civil litigation practice in which he handles cases emphasizing in the defense of construction defect, businesses litigation and employment disputes.  Previously, Chin served as the chairman for OAPABA’s advocacy committee.

Miyuki Yoshida was born in Yokohama, Japan and raised in Portland, Oregon, where she currently is a solo practitioner.  Bilingual in English and Japanese, she is licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington State, advising a diverse array of clients in immigration, employment law, business, renewable energy and geothermal energy development.  Miyuki is a director of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon and SW Washington and a Scott M. Johnson Fellow of the US-Japan Leadership Program, US-Japan Foundation.

Tung Tommy Chau received his B.A.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and is a rising second-year law student at Lewis and Clark Law School. This summer, Tommy is working as a law clerk at Brindle McCaslin & Lee and as a judicial intern for the Honorable Youlee You of the Multnomah County Circuit Court.

OAPABA would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to outgoing board members, President David Wang, Secretary Emily Yip, Treasurer Kevin Kono, Representative Beth Bagley, and Law Student Representative Rebecca Guiao for their immeasurable service.

About OAPABA

OAPABA is an organization of lawyers, law students, judges and law professors. OAPABA seeks to:

  • foster communication, fellowship and the exchange of ideas among Asian Pacific American attorneys and between Asian Pacific American attorneys and other individuals, organizations and governmental entities;
  • to implement, coordinate or support legal services impacting Asian Pacific American communities at the local and national levels;
  • to encourage, support, research and implement programs related to professional development and advancement; and
  • to represent and advocate the interests of Asian Pacific Americans in the legal profession, in legal education and in the community and to provide a vehicle and forum for formulating, adopting and expressing opinions and positions on matters or events of concern to Asian Pacific American attorneys in Oregon.

For more information on joining OAPABA, please contact Corinne Celko at secretary@oapaba.org.

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