Monthly Archives: September 2014

OAPABA Board Members Hong Dao, Liani Reeves and Kim Sugawa-Fujinaga honored by Oregon State Bar for their Contributions

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. The criteria for is as follows: Must have made significant contributions to the public through recent efforts in one or more of the following areas:

a.       pro bono legal service to individuals or groups,
b.      law-related public education,
c.       coordination of public service law-related events (such as those associated with Law Day),
d.      service with community boards or organizations,
e.      or similar activities which benefit the public

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.

The criteria for the Diversity & Inclusion Award is as follows: the nominee must have made recent significant contributions to the goal of increasing minority representation in the legal profession in Oregon through creative employment efforts, innovative recruitment and retention programs,advocacy or other significant efforts.

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NAPABA Western Regional Conference 2014 hosted by OAPABA

The most important event OAPABA held this past year was the NAPABA Western Regional Conference (“WRC”) in Portland, Oregon on June 13-15, 2014. Our objectives were to increase the visibility of OAPABA, to bring APAs from across the region together to foster connections, and to showcase Portland. The conference offered CLEs addressing current and interesting legal issues, including those impacting APA communities, and provided opportunities for networking and socializing among NAPABA members of the Western Region. As a result of OAPABA’s efforts and the assistance from NAPABA, 122 people attended the WRC. The WRC included nine CLE panels, a Judges’ Reception, a Gala Dinner featuring a keynote speech from the Hawaii Attorney General, the Honorable David Louie, and late night social events. Peggy Nagae was awarded the Lynn Nakamoto award. Additional conference events included a plenary lunch featuring Isabella Fu, Associate General Counsel for Microsoft and Plenary Breakfast with Judge Mustafa Kasubhai. Thank you to all of our conference sponsors for their generous contribution.