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Specialty Bar Meet and Greet

OMLA, OAPABA, OHBA, OC-NBA, OGALLA, OWLS, Portland NLG and the MBA invite you to a happy hour to welcome Jonathan Puente!

Friday, March 10
West Café, 1201 SW Jefferson St., Portland

Please come by and mingle before the OWLS dinner and meet the Oregon State Bar’s new Director of Diversity and Inclusion Jonathan Puente. Jonathan recently relocated to Oregon from Utah where he served as the Executive Director of Access and Inclusion at Southern Utah University. Jonathan is originally from Chicago and earned his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Please drop by and say hello to your colleagues from Oregon’s specialty bars and help welcome Jonathan to Oregon.


Know Your Rights!

The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association and the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association present…


Thursday, February 23, 2017

3:00-5:00 p.m.

200 Market Street Auditorium, Lobby Level

Portland, Oregon

Regardless of what side of an issue you may be on, there is no doubt a heightened sense of civic engagement and political discourse in the air and an increase in public gatherings of various types concerning statements and actions by public officials.  As you and your clients enter these new times, come learn about the basic rights of those who are traveling or attending public gatherings, including guidance drawn from aspects of immigration law; First Amendment and Article I, section 8 law; and search and seizure and other criminal law. 

 The format of this presentation will be in the form of hypothetical scenarios to which a panel of experts will respond and issue spot. If you would like to submit a scenario or question for consideration, please email it along with your RSVP.

This event is free but space is limited. Please RSVP

Thank you to OAPABA, OHBA, OMLA and Bullard Law for their sponsorship of this event.

Save the Date(s)…

  • OAPABA-oke will take place on March 23, 2017 at Voicebox Karaoke’s NW 21st location from 6:30 to 9:30 PM! Start planning your songs! RSVP & details to come.
  • Min Yasui Day will be on March 28, 2017, Portland City Hall, at 12 pm. Details to come.
  • OAPABA’s Annual Gala Dinner will take place on September 28, 2017, at the Portland downtown Hilton. Click here for more information!


OAPABA Member Peggy Nagae is recipient of ABA Spirit of Excellence Award

On February 4, 2017, Peggy Nagae was honored at the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Awards luncheon as an award recipient. Peggy was honored for her civil rights work. Peggy is the past President of our national affiliate, NAPABA, and  the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW). Congratulations, Peggy, on your well deserved recognition and thank you for inspiring us.

Click here to hear Peggy’s remarks at the luncheon: 2017 Spirit of Excellence Award

OAPABA Joins NAPABA Statement Opposing Refugee Exclusion & “Muslim Ban”

OAPABA has signed on in support of the statement issued by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association of North America condemning the President’s exclusion of refugees and his “Muslim ban.”

To read the statement issued by NAPABA and SABA, click here .

*Updated: OAPABA has signed on in support of the statement issued by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association of North America condemning the revised executive order signed by President Trump stopping refugee admission and continuing a Muslim ban. To read the statement issued by NAPABA and SABA, click here .

OAPABA Lunar New Year Dim Sum & OAPABA at the Museum!

Come join us for two events on Saturday, January 28, 2017!

OAPABA’s annual lunar new year dim sum at Ocean City, 10:30 AM

For more information & to RSVP, please click here

OAPABA’s 4th outing to the Portland Art Museum, beginning 2:30 or 3:00 PM

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue

Please join us for a casual tour of “Cranes, Dragons and Teddy Bears: Japanese Children’s Kimono” followed by a reception at FAR Law, Fox Tower

Please click here for details: here!

RSVP to Anne for the museum outing!

NAPABA 2016 Convention

Over 1,600 APA attorneys, judges, and law students from across the Nation gathered at the 2016 NAPABA Conference. OAPABA was well-represented at the convention and was proud to celebrate the appointment of Melissa Cohen as regional governor of the Northwest Region for the student chapter, NAPALSA. Twenty-one attorneys, judges, and law students represented the Oregon contingent.


Northwest Regional Thomas Tang Competition Results

On October 14-15, 2016, the Willamette University Law School hosted the 2nd NW Regional Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition in Portland, co-sponsored with NAPABA and OAPABA.  The competition was held at the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Christian Huettemeyer & Ryan Ichinaga represented Lewis and Clark School of Law. Yufeng Luo & Jackie Sandmeyer represented Willamette University Law School. Both Oregon teams made it to semi-finals.

The top two finalist teams are Alizeh Bhojani & Sarah Atchinson and An Nguyen & Miles Bludorn, both representing the University of Washington School of Law. They will compete at the national NAPABA convention on behalf of the NW region. Congratulations and good luck in San Diego!

Congratulations also to Willamette University Law School for successfully organizing and hosting the 2nd NW Regional Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition in Oregon! And many thanks to the attorneys and judges who volunteered their time for this competition!



On September 10, 2013, the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) held its first inaugural Gala Dinner in Portland, Oregon, honoring Judge Lynn Nakamoto, the first Asian American to serve on the Oregon Court of Appeals. The gala dinner was a great success as it was sold out and well attended by judges, lawyers, and leaders of various bar organizations. The Honorable Ellen F. Rosenblum, Oregon’s first female Attorney General, was the keynote speaker. All future award recipients recognized at the Gala Dinner will receive the Judge Lynn Nakamoto award. OAPABA thanks the various sponsors, volunteers, and attendees who made the dinner a great success!

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