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OAPABA Bi-annual Newsletter

January 29, 2010

Dear OAPABA Members,

Happy New Year from the OAPABA Board of Directors! We wanted to take some time to update you on some of OAPABA’s activities over the last 6 months. We are very proud of our young organization’s accomplishments so far and hope to do more in 2010! In 2009, our organization took strong positions on a number of issues important to the APA community, and related letters and press releases are attached to this e-mail.

Please stay tuned for e-mails about OAPABA’s upcoming spring event and social.

Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association Activities: July – December 2009

July 14, 2009: OAPABA members elect the first board of directors. (Please scroll down for director roster and contact information)

August 17, 2009: The OAPABA Board issued a statement to the press condemning the racially-motivated assault on Vietnamese-American student, Bao Vuong, in NE Portland.

September 15, 2009: The OAPABA Communications Committee successfully nominated Trung Tu (a partner at McEwen Gisvold) as a recipient of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s (NAPABA) 2009 “Best Lawyers Under 40” Award. Trung was recognized at the annual NAPABA Convention Awards dinner on November 21, 2009, in Boston, MA.

(Photo: OAPABA members at the 2009 Annual NAPABA Convention in Boston, MA: (left to right) Connie Kong, Emily Yip, Elisa Dozono, Trung Tu, Angela Sagalewicz, Julia Markley)

September 29, 2009: The OAPABA Events Committee hosted a social with former California State Bar President, Holly Fujie, where she spoke about the importance of Asian Pacific American bar associations in the legal community.

October 26, 2009: The OAPABA Board sent a letter to Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley regarding the U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal vacancies. The letter urged the senators recognize the importance of assessing each of the finalists, in addition to experience and moral character, on their commitment to diversity.

November 10, 2009: The OAPABA Events Committee hosted the first OAPABA member social at the Crown Room in NW Portland. Members enjoyed happy hour food and drinks while getting to know one another.

November 25, 2009: The OAPABA Board sent a letter to Eugene city officials Kitty Percy (Mayor), Jon Ruiz (City Manager), and Pete Kerns (Chief of Police) regarding the September 22 incident in which a Eugene police officer deployed his taser against a non-English speaking Chinese student attending the University of Oregon. The student was confronted inside a townhouse by Eugene police officers who erroneously believed that he was trespassing. When the letter was written, the City of Eugene was reluctant to release video footage from the “taser cam”. OAPABA’s letter urged City officials to release the video in the interest of transparency. The letter also encouraged the Eugene Police Department and University of Oregon to better collaborate on how to recognize and overcome language barriers with non-native English speakers. Eugene Chief of Police, Pete Kerns replied in a letter stating that the Eugene Police Department would be working to improve its cultural competency in the future. The City of Eugene has since released the taser cam video to the public.

December 15, 2009: The OAPABA Board sent a letter to Governor Theodore Kulongoski regarding the appointment process to fill the Oregon Court of Appeals vacancy created by Judge Walter Edmond’s resignation. The letter invited the Governor to use OAPABA as a resource in the appointment process, and also offered to provide the names of several OAPABA members who would be willing to serve on the Governor’s next Oregon Court of Appeals advisory committee.

As a paid member of OAPABA, you are automatically a member of NAPABA, with full rights and benefits. If you are a paid member and are not receiving NAPABA communications by e-mail, please contact Emily Yip at

We also wanted to remind you of who your board members and committee chairs are. Please feel free to contact us with your ideas, thoughts, and concerns. We are here to serve you.

President Julia Markley (Perkins Coie)
President-Elect David Wang (Holland & Knight)
Secretary Emily Yip (Oregon State Bar)
Treasurer Kevin Kono (Davis Wright Tremaine)
Region 2 Representative Oubonh White (Coos Co. District Attorney’s Office)
Region 3 Representative Kevin Hashizume (Kevin Hashizume, PC) hashizumepc@gorge,net
Region 4 Representative Simon Whang (Oregon Department of Justice)
Region 5 Representative Elisa Dozono (Miller Nash)
At-Large Representative Jessica Asai
At-Large Representative Beth Bagley (Deschutes Co. District Attorney’s Office)
At-Large Representative Connie Kong (Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt)
At-Large Representative & Communications Committee Chair Angela Sagalewicz (Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt)
Advocacy Committee Chair Chin See Ming (Smith Freed & Eberhard)
Events Committee Chair Joelle Tavan (Miller Nash)

* Please note that there were no candidates for Region 1. As such, Region 1 became an at-large position.

Regions by County:

Region 1: Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Tillamook, Polk, Yamhill

Region 2: Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine

Region 3: Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Wheeler

Region 4: Benton, Lane, Linn, Marion

Region 5: Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington

NAPABA Western Regional Conference – Jun. 3-5, 2011

APA attorneys from all over the West Coast descended on Portland for the NAPABA Western Regional Conference. A good time was had by all. Thanks to our sponsors, CLE presenters, volunteers, and keynote speakers (Peggy Nagae, California State Controller John Chiang, and Deputy General Counsel at Qualcomm Carol Lam).

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OAPABA receives 2011 Exemplary Community Volunteer Award

On April 22, 2011, OAPABA was the recipient of the 2011 Exemplary Community Volunteer Award at the Asian Reporter Foundation Scholarships Awards banquet.

From the Asian Report Foundation website:

Scholarship Awards Banquet

2011 Most Honored Elders
  • Isabel Centeno Carino
  • Frank deWater
  • Rev. Van Cong Phan
  • Charlie Tjanden
  • Rick VanderPol
2011 Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards
  • Council of Filipino American Associations of Oregon & SW Washington (CFAA)
  • Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA)
  • Zomi Association of USA (ZAUS)
AR Foundation College Scholarship Winners
2011 Scholarship Winners


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The Asian Reporter Foundation’s 13th Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet
Will be held Friday, April 22, 2011

Social hour: 5:30 – 6:30pm
Banquet: 6:30-9:30pm
Dancing: 9:30-11:00pm
Legin Restaurant, Banquet Hall
8001 S.E. Division St., Portland, Ore.

Ticket Order Form
Indivdual Ticket:$35.00
Community Table: $350.00
Corporate & Government Table: $1000.00

The Asian Reporter Foundation is proud to host our annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet, currently in its thirteen year. Held yearly in late April, the banquet honors young scholars, respected elders and community groups in the days leading up to Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May.

Over $800,000 in college scholarships has been awarded to deserving students from Asian-American families since the event was conceived. The Foundation also recognizes the lives and accomplishments of our seniors through its Most Honored Elder award. Our Exemplary Community Volunteer award is presented to groups that demonstrate exceptional service to the community.

Many companies have supported our growth throughout the years. In the banquet’s first year the Oregon Lottery generously sponsored four $500 scholarships. Since 1999, more companies and organizations have joined to offer their support to help Asian-American youth attain a higher education. We are thankful for the generosity of these scholarship partners. In 2010, 8 students received scholarships, and the United States Navy marked the occasion by presenting four-year R.O.T.C. scholarships to young Asian Americans.

Example of the FAFSA “Information Acknowledgment Student Aid Report (SAR), Federal Student Aid Program” Pdf & Doc

2011 Sponsors:

© 2011, Asian Reporter Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

OAPABAOKE – Mar. 10, 2011

29 attorney and student members gathered for dinner in Portland at Beau Thai restaurant. Approximately 15 went on to sing the night away at Voicebox Karaoke Lounge. A good time was had by all!

Governor Kitzhaber appoints Liani Reeves as General Counsel

Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Ms. Liani Reeves as his General Counsel. Raised on the South Coast in North Bend, Ms. Reeves received her B.A. and J.D. from Willamette University. She has filled many roles at the Oregon Department of Justice, most recently as the Deputy Chief Trial Counsel.

In addition to working for the Oregon Department of Justice, Ms. Reeves served as a Staff Attorney for the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, advancing and enforcing crime victims’ rights, and co-taught Lewis & Clark Law School’s Crime Victim Litigation Clinic.

“I have been fortunate to spend the majority of my career in public service at the Department of Justice. Working as the Governor’s General Counsel allows me to continue in public service working on issues with broad implications throughout the state,” said Ms. Laini Reeves.

Ms. Reeves has served as the Co-Chair of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association from 2002-2008. She received the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from the Willamette University College of Law honoring work and dedication toward the ideals of equal civil and human rights and was recognized as an up and coming leader with a 2010 Portland Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award. She mentors law students and has been named Mentor of the Year by both Willamette University and Lewis & Clark College.

OAPABA Board Members Attend Nakamoto Investiture, Feb. 3, 2011

The Honorable Lynn Nakamoto was sworn in to the Oregon Court of Appeals on February 3, 2011 in a ceremony attended by several OAPABA board members. OAPABA was proud to have endorsed Judge Nakamoto’s candidacy for appointment to the court.

Gov. Kulongoski appoints Portland attorney to Oregon Court of Appeals

OAPABA Student-Attorney Mixer, Jan. 25, 2011

25 OAPABA law student and attorney members met for drinks and dinner at Shigezo Izakaya in downtown Portland.

2011 Karaoke Spring Social – OAPABAOKE

OAPABA Members are invited to attend the annual karaoke Spring Social –



NW Portland

Happy Hour @ 21st Ave. Bar & Grill

(721 NW 21st Ave, @ NW Johnson)

Dinner @ Beau Thai — Dinner is free for student members!

(730 NW 21st Ave, @ NW Johnson)

Karaoke @ Voicebox Karaoke Lounge

(2112 NW Hoyt, @ NW 21st )


Thursday, March 10, 2011

5:30 PM Happy Hour at 21st Ave. Bar & Grill

6:00 PM Dinner at Beau Thai Restaurant

7:30 PM Karaoke at Voicebox


Please join us for happy hour at 21st Ave. Bar & Grill, followed by dinner at Beau Thai Restaurant across the street. Student members eat for free, courtesy of OAPABA. After dinner, we will walk 2 blocks to Voicebox Karaoke Lounge. OAPABA is hosting a private karaoke room from7:30 – 11:00 PM.


Please RSVP to by 5:00 PM, March 9, 2011. For reservation purposes, please indicate whether you will be attending dinner or karaoke or both. Space is limited at karaoke, so please RSVP. Guests are welcome!

Joint Holiday Party, Dec. 2, 2010

The Holiday Party was co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon, the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Asian American Journalist Association of Portland, Central Thymos, and ORIENTED Portland – the local arm of a global organization of international professionals interested in Asian business and partnerships. Over 100 people attended the party and silent auction. Auction proceeds funded an annual AAJA-Portland internship for an Asian American student at a news organization in Oregon or Southwest Washington. Interns demonstrate a commitment to covering Asian American issues.