Monthly Archives: July 2017

OAPABA TO PRESENT JUSTICE LYNN NAKAMOTO AWARD TO JUDGE YOULEE YIM YOU AT 2017 GALA DINNER

OAPABA TO PRESENT JUSTICE LYNN NAKAMOTO AWARD TO JUDGE YOULEE YIM YOU AT 2017 GALA DINNER

The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) is pleased to announce United States Magistrate Judge Youlee Yim You as the 2017 recipient of the Justice Lynn Nakamoto Award.

The Justice Lynn Nakamoto Award recognizes leaders in our community who have demonstrated leadership, professionalism, mentorship, a pioneering spirit, and a deep commitment to diversity and the promotion of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) in the Oregon legal community.

Judge You’s commitment to the advancement of APAs in Oregon through her mentorship of law students and attorneys, as well as her volunteer activities aiding victims and those from disadvantaged communities, truly reflects her unwavering commitment to the growth of others in the legal profession and issues that impact us all.

Judge You also holds the distinct honor of being the first Korean American female lawyer in Oregon, the first APA female judge in Oregon, and now the first APA federal judge in Oregon. Judge You is a trailblazer who truly embodies the pioneering spirit of the Justice Lynn Nakamoto Award.

OAPABA will honor Judge You at our annual gala dinner on September 28, 2017 at the Hilton in downtown Portland.

About the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association: OAPABA’s mission is:

Advancement: To promote the professional development and advancement of APA attorneys through education, research, and programs.

Advocacy: To act as a vehicle and forum for expressing opinion on matters of concern to APA attorneys in our communities.

Communication: To encourage and foster communication among APA attorneys on issues affecting our work, communities, and government.

Regarding Vacancy on the Washington County Circuit Court.

The Oregon Judicial Diversity Coalition (OJDC), comprised of the Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association (OC-NBA), Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA), OGALLA: the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, and the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA), is accepting applications for the endorsement of judicial candidates applying for the vacancy on the Washington County Circuit Court bench left by the retirement of Judge Suzanne Upton.

Judicial candidates seeking endorsement by any or all of the aforementioned groups are instructed to send the following information to advocacy@oapaba.org by Tuesday, July 25th at 5 pm, to be considered for an interview:

1) A fully-filled copy of the questionnaire available through OAPABA’s website (http://oapaba.org/judicial-endorsements/).

2) A copy of the application materials he or she is submitting to the Governor, including the judicial interest form, resume, and letters of recommendation.

3) OJDC application materials MUST be submitted together in one single PDF document.

After receiving a completed application, the OJDC will contact applicants to schedule an interview.  In-person or telephone interviews will take place at a law firm in downtown Portland and will be scheduled sometime the week of August 7th depending upon the availability of the candidates.

If you have any questions, please contact Jon Patterson at (503)943-6534 or jpatterson@compassionandchoices.org.

CONGRATULATIONS HONORABLE STEVEN R. POWERS

OAPABA AND OFALA CONGRATULATE THE HONORABLE STEVEN R. POWERS ON HIS           HISTORIC APPOINTMENT AS THE FIRST FILIPINO AMERICAN TO BE APPOINTED TO THE        OREGON COURT OF APPEALS.

It is a tremendous privilege that the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) and the Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association (OFALA) congratulate the now Honorable Steven R. Powers.

On July 11, 2017, Governor Kate Brown announced eight appointments to fill judicial vacancies on Oregon’s courts. These appointments will be effective July 17, 2017.

Among the appointments to the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Honorable Steven R. Powers comes highly regarded. He will also be the first Filipino American appellate judge in Oregon.

Steven R. Powers is an insurance coverage and appellate lawyer at the law firm of Parsons Farnell & Grein, LLP, where he has worked since 2015. From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Powers was deputy general counsel and public safety policy advisor in the Office of the Governor. Mr. Powers served as a Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County, and appellate attorney at the Oregon Department of Justice, and as Chairperson of the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.

Mr. Powers began his legal career as a petitions law clerk at the Oregon Supreme Court and he is a graduate of Western State College Colorado and a law graduate from Willamette University College of Law. He is a founding board member of the Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association.

Service on the Oregon Court of Appeals is an honor granted by the citizens of Oregon. The Oregon Court of Appeals consistently ranks as one of the busiest appellate courts in the nation, handling – most notably death penalty cases, ballot title cases, lawyer discipline matters, and tax court cases – the Court receives appeals and judicial review from Oregon’s trial courts and administrative agencies.

The Oregon Court of Appeals has always been committed to honoring the trust placed in it by the citizens of Oregon, they approach every dispute with an open mind, treating every case, every party, and every advocate with dignity and respect. It is clear they have achieved another extraordinary lawyer to join their ranks.

About the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association: OAPABA’s mission is:

Advancement: To promote the professional development and advancement of APA attorneys through education, research, and programs.

Advocacy: To act as a vehicle and forum for expressing opinion on matters of concern TO APA attorneys in our communities.

Communication: To encourage and foster communicate among APA attorneys on issues affecting our work, communities, and government.

About the Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association: OFALA’s mission is to:

  • share and validate our experiences as Filipino American legal professionals;
  • increase the visibility of Filipino American legal professionals and their accomplishments;
  • promote equality and multiculturalism by increasing diversity within the Oregon State Bar and within the broader legal system;
  • empower Oregon’s Filipino American community by increasing its access to the legal system;
  • cultivate relationships between the Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association and other Filipino American organizations; and,
  • celebrate Filipino American culture and heritage.