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OAPABA Foundation 2018 Scholarship

The OAPABA Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization established by the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association. The OAPABA Foundation carries out its work primarily by awarding scholarships and fellowships that promote the interests of the Asian Pacific American community. The OAPABA Foundation awards one (1) $1500 scholarship on a statewide basis to a law student who demonstrates: (1) an outstanding commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders, (2) academic excellence (3) stellar dedication to diversity and inclusion and (4) demonstrated financial need. These scholarships are made possible by donations from numerous corporations, law firms, bar associations, and individuals.

Annual Gala Scholarship Application 2018

HOW TO APPLY

•All applications must be received by email by 5:00 PM PST on August 10, 2018 and include a recent law school transcript and three (3) essays detailing the topics included in the instructions below.

•Please direct all questions to OAPABA Foundation Board Member, Toan Nguyen at Toan.Nguyen@avangrid.com.

•Submission of an application is not a guarantee of assistance and decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

OAPABA TO PRESENT JUSTICE LYNN NAKAMOTO AWARD TO JUDGE MUSTAFA KASUBHAI AT 2018 GALA DINNER

The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) is pleased to announce Lane County Circuit Judge Mustafa Kasubhai as the 2018 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 Kasubhai was appointed to the bench in 2006 and was the first APA attorney to serve as a judge in Lane County.  Throughout his tenure, he has shown a commitment to the hiring, advancement, mentorship, and promotion of diverse people of all kinds.  Before joining the bench, Judge Kasubhai represented those members of the community who did not have access to justice, such as farmworkers, employees injured on the job, or consumers injured by products.

In a state where only about 4.5% of judges are Asian American/Pacific Islander, Judge Kasubhai is an Oregon trailblazer who truly captures the pioneering spirit of the Justice Lynn Nakamoto Award.  He also exemplifies this year’s gala theme, The Intersectional Experience, being one of the few Muslim and Southeast Asian judges in Oregon.

OAPABA will honor Judge Kasubhai at our annual gala dinner on August 30, 2018 at The Sentinel Hotel 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.

Endorsement of judicial candidates – Lane 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 vacancies on the Lane County Circuit Court.

Judicial candidates seeking endorsement by any or all of the aforementioned groups are instructed to send the following information to sghafouri@amforest.org and alex.naito@millernash.com by Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 5 p.m.

To be considered for an interview, please submit:

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

2) A copy of the application’s materials submitted 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.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  After receiving a completed application, the OJDC will contact applicants to schedule an interview.

OAPABA’s 2018 Annual Gala Dinner

OAPABA’s 2018 Annual Gala Dinner

Please join us as we celebrate

featuring keynote speaker

Mia Yamamoto

Civil Rights Activist

and honoring

The Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto Award 2018 Recipient

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

The Sentinel Hotel

614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

  • $95 General Ticket
  • $70 Student Ticket/Low-income Ticket
  • $165 Student Ticket Sponsor (includes 1 General ticket & 1 student ticket *student chosen at OAPABA’s discretion*).
  • $950 Full table of 10

Please email galadinner@oapaba.org for inquiries.

A big thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible.

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Accepting Applications for the Endorsement of Judicial Candidates

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 vacancies on the Union and Wallowa County Circuit Court Vacancy.

Judicial candidates seeking endorsement by any or all of the aforementioned groups are instructed to send the following information to sghafouri@amforest.org and alex.naito@millernash.com by Friday, March 2, 2018, at 5 p.m.

To be considered for an interview, please submit:

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

2) A copy of the application’s materials submitted 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.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  After receiving a completed application, the OJDC will contact applicants to schedule an interview.

OAPABA seeks nominations for the 2018 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 Justice 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 August 30, 2018 at the Sentinel Hotel in 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 1, 2018, by 5:00 p.m.  Please email your nomination to awards@oapaba.org

OAPABA Special Announcement

United States Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in Eugene – OJDC Application Process

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 United States Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in Eugene.

Judicial candidates seeking endorsement by any or all of the aforementioned groups are instructed to send the following information to sghafouri@amforest.org and alex.naito@millernash.com by Monday, January 29 at 5 p.m.

To be considered for an interview, please submit:

  1. A fully-filled copy of the questionnaire available through OAPABA’s website (http://oapaba.org/judicial-endorsements/).
  2. A copy of the application’s materials submitted to the U.S District Court Merit Selection Panel, including the judicial interest form, resume, and letters of recommendation.
  3. OJDC application materials MUST be submitted together in one single PDF document.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  After receiving a completed application, the OJDC will contact applicants to schedule an interview.

Circuit Court vacancy

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 vacancies on the Josephine County Circuit Court.

Judicial candidates seeking endorsement by any or all of the aforementioned groups are instructed to send the following information to sghafouri@amforest.org and alex.naito@millernash.com by Monday, November 13, 2017 at 5 p.m.

To be considered for an interview, please submit:

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

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  After receiving a completed application, the OJDC will contact applicants to schedule an interview.

Congratulations Judge Powers

With great pride, OAPABA and OFALA (Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association) celebrates the recent Oct. 27, 2017 investiture of the Honorable Steven R. Powers. Judge Powers has been serving the Oregon Court of Appeals since his July 2017 appointment by Governor Kate Brown.

We thank Judge Powers for his commitment to justice and for inspiring us all.Investiture of Judge Powers