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Lunch with the Justices – Register Below!

LUNCH WITH THE JUSTICES

Please join us for an engaging lunch time discussion with Oregon Supreme Court Justice Lynn Nakamoto and California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

This event will occur the day after OAPABA’s gala dinner. To register for the dinner, please click here

Friday, September 29, 2017

Noon-1:30 pm

Portland City Grill
Mt. Jefferson Room
111 SW 5th Avenue 30th Floor
Portland, Oregon

Luncheon Costs:

~ OAPABA Members $40
~ Non-OAPABA Members $50
~ Lawyers in First 3 Years of Practice/Students $25

*This event has reached capacity. Please email lreeves@bullardlaw.com for inquiries about space and to be placed on the waiting list. Thank you for your interest!*

 

The Many Faces of Asian Americans in the Law: OAPABA’s Gala Dinner

OAPABA’s 2017 Annual Gala Dinner

Please join us as we celebrate

The Many Faces of Asian Americans in the Law

featuring keynote speaker

The Honorable Goodwin Liu
California Supreme Court

and honoring

Judge Youlee You, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Oregon,
the Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto Award 2017 Recipient

Thursday,  September  28, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Hilton Portland & Executive Tower

921 SW 6th Avenue, Downtown Portland

  • $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 note–we are at capacity soon so the table option is no longer available, apologies for the inconvenience)

Dinner options include:

  • Fresh cod with lemon butter mushroom sauce, polenta cake, and seasonal vegetables;
  • Roasted chicken with piri piri sauce, risotto cake, and seasonal vegetables; or
  • Grilled eggplant stuffed with sautéed summer squash, served with stewed Scarlet Runner beans and piri piri sauce (vegan/gluten free)

We are currently at capacity for the gala dinner. Please email galadinner@oapaba.org for inquiries about space. Thank you for your interest!

For more information, please contact president@oapaba.org

Thank you to all of our sponsors for making this event possible! We hope you can join us!

ABA TO PRESENT JUSTICE LYNN NAKAMOTO WITH THE MARGARET BRENT AWARD

The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) congratulates Oregon Supreme Court Justice Lynn Nakamoto on her selection as this year’s recipient of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Margaret Brent Award. The Margaret Brent Award is given annually by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to honor and recognize outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and have actively paved the way for the success of others. Previous honorees include U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

https://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2017/08/oregon_justice_lynn.html

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.

 

 

 

 

OJDC Interviews

The Oregon Judicial Diversity Coalition (OJDC) is interviewing judicial endorsement candidates for the Multnomah County Circuit Court vacancy created by Judge Stuart’s retirement on Tuesday, June 27th at 5:30 pm.  Members can participate in-person or by telephone.  The interviews will take place at K&L Gates (1 SW Columbia St., Ste 1900, Portland, OR).  If you intend to appear in person, please contact Ivan Resendiz Gutierrez by email at ivan.resendiz@millernash.com so he can add your name to the attendee list.  Individuals not on the list will be unable to enter the building after hours.

You may also participate by telephone:

Call-In Number:  855-886-4157
Access Code:  1055707

OAPABA announces new 2017-18 Board!

The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association held its Annual Member Meeting and Board Elections on June 12, 2017.

Elections results are as follows:

President-Elect: Sara Ghafouri
Secretary: Maxine Tuan
Treasurer: Anne Nguyen

At-Large Representative: Rebecca Guiao
At-Large Representative: Robert Kim
At-Large Representative: Alex Naito
At-Large Representative: Grace Wong

Willamette College of Law Student Representatives: Melissa Cohen & Kai McGuire
Lewis & Clark Law School Student Representatives: Sokho Eath & Alexis Baello
University of Oregon School of Law Student Representative: Marie Vermaas

The new officers and board members will join incoming president, Derily Bechthold and region representatives Kirsten Naito, Elizabeth Schultz, Nani Apo, and at large representatives Kristin Asai, and Jennifer Yeh.

OAPABA gives a warm thanks to its outgoing officers and board members: Jovita Wang (president), Dan Simon (secretary), Trung Tu (at large representative), Yufeng Luo (Willamette law student representative), Kevin Pham and Max Zhang (Lewis & Clark law student representatives), and Daniel Phung & Jeffrey Chong (University of Oregon law student representatives).

OAPABA also thanks the law firm of Perkins Coie for hosting the event and for its continual support.

Last but not least, OAPABA thanks everyone who participated at the meeting. OAPABA is grateful for its strong membership and looks forward to your continued participation and support. We are excited for another great year!

OJDC Meeting – Multnomah 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), the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon (OGALLA), and the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA), is accepting applications for the endorsement of judicial candidates applying for the vacancy on the Multnomah County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Diana Stuart.

Judicial candidates seeking endorsement by any or all of the aforementioned groups are instructed to send the following information to Angela Franco Lucero at angela@tkatlaw.com by Friday, June 9, at 5 pm, to be considered for an interview:

1) A fully-filled copy of the OJDC 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 last week of June or first week of July depending upon the availability of the candidates.