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OAPABA Members Attend NAPABA National Conference 2014

On November 4-8, 2014, OAPABA members presented, argued, mentored, networked, and learned at the 26th Annual National Convention of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).  The annual convention of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) was held jointly with the NAPABA Convention.

Peggy Nagae and Liani Reeves moderated and presented at CLE sessions; Reeves gave the keynote speech at the NAPALSA Reception; Samrach Sar was honored as the NAPALSA Student of the Year and elected treasurer of the 2015 NAPALSA board; Tucker Kraght and Derek Nelson of Willamette University College of Law competed in the Thomas Tang National Moot Court competition; and Julia Markley and her colleagues received NAPABA’s Law Firm Diversity Award on behalf of Perkins Coie LLP.  Also attending were Judge Lynn Nakamoto, Annie Jhun, Wilson Ta, Jennifer Yeh, Daniel Noeun, Alexis Shimada, and Soohyun Park.

Tucker Kraght and Derek Nelson Northwest Regional Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition Champs

CONGRATULATIONS to Tucker Kraght and Derek Nelson for winning FIRST place in the NW Regionals for the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition. They move on to the nationals in Scottsdale, AZ.

The competition was fierce, with schools from several states competing.  Willamette managed to advance in to the semi-finals, after the preliminaries.

They defeated the top seed from UC Hastings in the semi-finals. They then, faced a strong Seattle University team in the final and came out victorious. They showed true perseverance, and fought the whole way to the top.

Congratulations to Tucker and Derek for their hard work, dedication, and excellent performance. They have made OAPABA truly proud.

Congratulations also to Samrach Sar and Tucker Kraght (Willamette University Law School) for successfully organizing and hosting the 1st NW Regional Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition in Oregon!



OAPABA Board Members Hong Dao, Liani Reeves and Kim Sugawa-Fujinaga honored by Oregon State Bar for their Contributions

Hong Dao is the recipient of the OSB President’s Public Service Award, which honors attorneys for their commitments to public service and pro bono work. The criteria for is as follows: Must have made significant contributions to the public through recent efforts in one or more of the following areas:

a.       pro bono legal service to individuals or groups,
b.      law-related public education,
c.       coordination of public service law-related events (such as those associated with Law Day),
d.      service with community boards or organizations,
e.      or similar activities which benefit the public

Liani Reeves and Kim Sugawa-Fujinaga are co-recipients of the OSB President’s Diversity & Inclusion Award, which recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the goal of increasing minority representation in the legal profession.

The criteria for the Diversity & Inclusion Award is as follows: the nominee must have made recent significant contributions to the goal of increasing minority representation in the legal profession in Oregon through creative employment efforts, innovative recruitment and retention programs,advocacy or other significant efforts.

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NAPABA Western Regional Conference 2014 hosted by OAPABA

The most important event OAPABA held this past year was the NAPABA Western Regional Conference (“WRC”) in Portland, Oregon on June 13-15, 2014. Our objectives were to increase the visibility of OAPABA, to bring APAs from across the region together to foster connections, and to showcase Portland. The conference offered CLEs addressing current and interesting legal issues, including those impacting APA communities, and provided opportunities for networking and socializing among NAPABA members of the Western Region. As a result of OAPABA’s efforts and the assistance from NAPABA, 122 people attended the WRC. The WRC included nine CLE panels, a Judges’ Reception, a Gala Dinner featuring a keynote speech from the Hawaii Attorney General, the Honorable David Louie, and late night social events. Peggy Nagae was awarded the Lynn Nakamoto award. Additional conference events included a plenary lunch featuring Isabella Fu, Associate General Counsel for Microsoft and Plenary Breakfast with Judge Mustafa Kasubhai. Thank you to all of our conference sponsors for their generous contribution.