Monthly Archives: March 2017

Minoru Yasui Day! 2nd Annual Commemoration & 75th Anniversary

Please join us for the 2nd annual commemoration of Minoru “Min” Yasui and his legacy. As you know, Oregon had designated March 28 as Min Yasui’s day. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of Min Yasui’s challenge of Executive Order 9066, discriminating against persons of Japanese ancestry in 1943.

This year’s commemoration of MYD will be held at Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave. at 12:30 p.m.

Please see attached for the flyer! We hope to see you there!

OAPABA seeks nominations for the 2017 Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto Award.

The Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto Award honors leaders who have demonstrated leadership, professionalism, mentorship, a pioneering spirit, and a deep commitment to diversity and the promotion of Asian Pacific Americans in the Oregon legal community.  The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) bestowed its inaugural award to Judge Nakamoto in recognition of her career dedicated to achieving professional excellence while promoting diversity within the Oregon bar and community at large.  Her dedication endured during a time when only a handful of Asian Pacific American attorneys (APA) in the state strove to create a precursor organization to OAPABA, but were unable to maintain a critical mass of membership. For almost three decades, Justice Nakamoto has steadfastly promoted diversity and fought for equal rights in Oregon.  Notably, Justice Nakamoto received a historic appointment as the first appellate APA judge in Oregon in 2011.

OAPABA seeks to recognize individuals committed to the advancement of APA attorneys in Oregon and promotion of issues pertinent to APA and minority communities through advocacy, education and communication.  The journey to achieving diversity in Oregon is a unique and rapidly evolving one, and OAPABA is pleased to recognize and celebrate leaders and pioneers of diversity and APA issues who have changed and continue to elevate the importance of diversity in Oregon.

The award will be presented to the selected recipient at OAPABA’s annual gala dinner on September 28, 2017, at the Hilton downtown Portland.


The recipient must be a member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar with a demonstrated commitment to a variety of characteristics, including diversity, promotion of APA issues in the legal or general community, leadership, professionalism and mentorship in Oregon.

Various Criteria to be Considered:
1.     Mentoring/leadership roles
2.     Professional reputation
3.     Work to promote diversity in the bench and bar
4.     Work to promote diversity in the general Oregon community
5.     Work to increase access to justice for minorities
6.     Involvement with OAPABA
7.     Involvement with other specialty bar organizations
8.     Pro Bono work

Nominations are due June 2, 2017, by 5:00 p.m.  Please email your nomination to

Specialty Bar Meet and Greet

OMLA, OAPABA, OHBA, OC-NBA, OGALLA, OWLS, Portland NLG and the MBA invite you to a happy hour to welcome Jonathan Puente!

Friday, March 10
West Café, 1201 SW Jefferson St., Portland

Please come by and mingle before the OWLS dinner and meet the Oregon State Bar’s new Director of Diversity and Inclusion Jonathan Puente. Jonathan recently relocated to Oregon from Utah where he served as the Executive Director of Access and Inclusion at Southern Utah University. Jonathan is originally from Chicago and earned his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Please drop by and say hello to your colleagues from Oregon’s specialty bars and help welcome Jonathan to Oregon.