On September 22, 2016, OAPABA held its fourth annual Gala Dinner, Recognizing Our Heroes: Voices of Change, at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Over 170 attorneys, judges, community leaders, and law students attended. Halau Hula o Na Pua o Hawaii nei from Eugene, Oregon, led by Lane County Circuit Court Judge Valeri Love, gave a pre-dinner performance and hula lessons with live music by Kaleo. David Lat was the keynote speaker and held an entertaining Q&A session for the audience. David Lat is the founder and managing editor of the award winning blog, “Above the Law” and the author of “Supreme Ambitions.”
At the dinner, OAPABA posthumously awarded Minoru Yasui with the Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto Award. Mr. Yasui is 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. Peggy Nagae, past president of NAPABA, accepted the award on Mr. Yasui’s behalf. 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. Although Mr. Yasui passed away in 1986, he paved the way for APA lawyers in Oregon. Mr. Yasui was awarded the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom for his commitment to justice, and in 2016 the Oregon Legislature unanimously passed legislation declaring March 28 of each year as Min Yasui Day. Mr. Yasui’s receipt of the 2016 Nakamoto Award also honors the team of APA lawyers, educators, and civic leaders who worked on these endeavors and continue to do so today.
The OAPABA Foundation, the charitable and educational partner of OAPABA, also presented its inaugural Foundation’s Presidential Scholarship to Becky Deng, a third year law student at the Willamette University College of Law.
OAPABA thanks its many sponsors and all attendees for making the dinner a great success!
[More pictures forthcoming]
Congratulations to OAPABA President-Elect Derily Bechthold, who will receive the 2016 Oregon State Bar President’s Diversity and Inclusion Award. The award recognizes OSB members who have made significant contributions to the goal of increasing minority representation in the legal profession through creative employment efforts, innovative recruitment and retention programs, advocacy, or other significant efforts.
OAPABA member, Judge Valeri Love, will also be receiving the OSB Membership Services Award.
The Oregon legal community will acknowledge and celebrate Ms. Bechthold’s award and Judge Love’s award at a special event on Thursday, December 8th at 11:30 AM at the Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland.
OAPABA congratulates our President-Elect Derily Bechthold and member Judge Love on these well-deserved awards.
Join OAPABA, the Federal Bar Association (FBA) and OWLS on Friday, September 23 at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate judicial diversity in Oregon. Leaders in the legal community have worked diligently to identify and support judicial candidates who are both exemplary and reflect the diversity of our community. Please join us in celebrating their hard work and our diverse bench.
No cost to attend. RSVP here.
No-host bar and refreshments provided. No cost. All are welcome.
U.S. District Court of Oregon’s Chief Judge Michael W. Mosman will welcome guests around 5:30, with an introduction by Judge Youlee You. All are welcome.
Courtyard Marriott, 550 SW Oak Street, Portland (across from Big Pink)
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The OAPABA Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the OAPABA Foundation Presidential Scholarship which expects to award one $1500 scholarship on a statewide basis to a law student who demonstrates: (1) an outstanding commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders, (2) academic excellence and (3) stellar dedication to diversity and inclusion. This scholarship are made possible by donations from numerous corporations, law firms, bar associations, and individuals.
Scholarship deadline: 9/19/2016