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New Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association Elects First Board of Directors

PORTLAND, Ore. — The new Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) has elected its first board of directors. Officers for the newly formed board include Julia Markley, David Wang, Emily Yip, and Kevin Kono. The regional and at-large representatives include Oubonh White, Kevin Hashizume, Simon Whang, Elisa Dozono, Jessica Asai, Beth Bagley, Connie Kong, and Angela Sagalewicz.

“It’s exciting to work with attorneys across the state of Oregon to support Asian Pacific Americans APAs) within the legal profession and the community,” said incoming President Julia Markley. “OAPABA’s work will include fostering professional development and advocating for issues of importance to APAs such as increased diversity in the state and federal judiciary. This is a great opportunity for all lawyers and law students interested in promoting diversity to get involved in the launch of a new organization.”

Julia Markley President) is of counsel at Perkins Coie LLP, and practices in the areas of complex business litigation, arbitration, and federal and state appellate work. Markley has served as a Leadership College Fellow and on the Diversity Section Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar and on the House of Delegates. Markley is also a past board member of Oregon Women Lawyers. Markley was selected for inclusion in Oregon Law & Politics’ 2008 list of “Oregon Rising Stars.”

David Wang PresidentOElect) is a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, and practices in the area of general corporate and securities law. Wang is a member of the American BarAssociation, and has served on the executive committee of the Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section and as a board member of the Asian American Business Alliance. Wang received the Portland’Business’Journal’s “40 Under 40” award in 2008.

Emily Yip Secretary) is the diversity coordinator for the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Program, assisting in its mission to increase the diversity of the Oregon bench and bar. Yip is a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the
Multnomah Bar Association.

Kevin Kono Treasurer) is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, advising broadcasters and newspapers on media access, defamation, privacy torts and other contentOrelated issues. He also assists in a broad range of litigation matters, such as defamation, real estate
and contract disputes. Kono is a member of the Multnomah County Bar Association and the Defense Counsel Section of the Media Law Resource Center.

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 Julia Markley at jmarkley@perkinscoie.com.

OAPABA Condemns Racially Motivated Assault in NE Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Recently, the media has been filled with reports of an unprovoked assault on Bao Vuong, a VietnameseQAmerican student, in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood of NE Portland. During the attack, racial slurs allegedly were directed toward Mr. Vuong by four young men who fled the scene before police arrived. Witnesses have provided accounts of the incident to police.

If verified, the incident provides a stark and disturbing reminder that even in a city as progressive as Portland blatant attacks based on racial intolerance do still occur. The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association OAPABA) condemns all such racist behavior. OAPABA urges the Portland Police Department to complete its investigation of this incident in a timely manner and, if race is proven to have been a factor, encourages city and other community leaders to seize upon this unsettling incident as an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding in our community.

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 Julia Markley at jmarkley@perkinscoie.com.

OAPABA Members Liani Reeves and Carol McCoog Named to PBJ’s 2010 Forty Under 40 List

Portland, Oregon. Carol Juang McCoog and Liani Jean Heh Reeves were named to The Portland Business Journal’s 2010 Forty Under 40 list, which recognizes Portland’s top business and civic leaders under 40 years old. McCoog, Reeves, and the other recipients of
this year’s Forty Under 40 recognition were honored at a reception at the Gerding Theater. McCoog and Reeves are attorneys and active members of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association OAPABA), Oregon’s newest bar association.

McCoog is a partner at K&L Gates, a global law firm. McCoog practices public finance law and represents cities, counties, school districts, special districts, urban renewal agencies, and Oregon state agencies on a variety of public financings throughout the state. McCoog has assisted clients with the 2009 state stimulus bonds, TriMet’s Westside Express Service WES) line, the University of Oregon basketball stadium, lottery revenue bonds for the Newport National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA) base, and the Portland Development Commission’s share of the Resource Access Center in the Old Town area of Portland.

McCoog was appointed by Governor Theodore Kulongoski to serve as the Chair of the Oregon Municipal Debit Advisory Commission, which provides technical assistance to local governments and state agencies to improve the market for bond issues in Oregon. She was listed in the Public Finance Law section of the 2010 Best Lawyers in America. McCoog serves on OAPABA’s Advocacy Committee, is a member of the Education Committee of the Oregon Municipal Finance Officer’s Association, and serves on her firm’s Diversity Committee. She also coaches girls’ soccer through the Irvington Soccer Club.

“I feel very fortunate that I am able to impact communities throughout the state through my professional work and personal involvement in number of worthy organizations,” said McCoog. “I am humbled to be recognized as a Forty Under 40 and proud to be a member of OAPABA.”

Upcoming Events: Congressman David Wu Reception

In 1999, Congressman Wu became the first Chinese-American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, the former chairman and current Education Taskforce chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, as well as a member of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

Wu was an attorney at Miller Nash from 1984 to 1988, when he co-founded the law firm Cohen & Wu. Over the course of a decade, the Cohen & Wu firm served the high-technology industry and numerous small businesses across northwest Oregon.

Congressman Wu will address his experience in private practice as well as his transition into politics. The talk will be followed by a short question and answer session. A must see for OAPABA members thinking about a career in politics!

When:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
5:30 – 7:00 PM

Where:
Miller Nash LLP (Portland Office)
3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204-3699

What:
Hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

RSVP:
Kindly RSVP by October 15, 2010 to secretary@oapaba.org.