Category Archives: Events

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 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 Annual Meeting and Elections

June 12, 2017, 5:30 PM
Perkins Coie, Portland, OR

You are invited to join OAPABA for our annual meeting and elections on June 12th.  Come and meet your fellow OAPABA members and vote on the upcoming year’s board members (make sure you’re up to date on your dues—if not, you can renew here:

Interested in running for a board position?

The following positions are open:

  • President-Elect
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Region 1 representative (Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Tillamook, Polk, Yamhill)
  • Region 2 representative (Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, & Josephine)
  • Region 4 representative (Benton, Lane)
  • One (1) at large position

*Note: if there are no candidates for the regional positions, they will automatically default into at-large positions.

OAPABA is also seeking up to (2) law student representatives each from Willamette, Lewis & Clark, & the University of Oregon.

Please submit a short statement of interest introducing yourself and why you are running and send your statement of interest to

To qualify as a candidate, you must be a current dues-paying member of OAPABA and be present at the meeting (telephonic appearance permitted).

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all in June!

Minoru Yasui Day! 2nd Annual Commemoration & 75th Anniversary

Please join us for the 2nd annual commemoration of Minoru “Min” Yasui and his legacy. As you know, Oregon had designated March 28 as Min Yasui’s day. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of Min Yasui’s challenge of Executive Order 9066, discriminating against persons of Japanese ancestry in 1943.

This year’s commemoration of MYD will be held at Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave. at 12:30 p.m.

Please see attached for the flyer! We hope to see you there!

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.

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!

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!



Friday, October 21, 2016
3:00-5:30 p.m.
Propeller Conference Room, Lobby Level
200 SW Market Street, Portland, Oregon
Reception to follow

For more details, please click here: So you think you can network!

Space is limited. Please RSVP to:
Please bring or mail payment to:
OAPABA, c/o Liani Reeves
200 SW Market St. #1900, Portland OR 97201
or register here:

type of registration *

Thank you to our generous sponsor, Bullard Law!

Thank you for attending OAPABA’s 2016 Gala Dinner!

On September 22, 2016, OAPABA held its fourth annual Gala Dinner, Recognizing Our Heroes: Voices of Change, at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Over 170 attorneys, judges, community leaders, and law students attended. Halau Hula o Na Pua o Hawaii nei from Eugene, Oregon, led by Lane County Circuit Court Judge Valeri Love, gave a pre-dinner performance and hula lessons with live music by KaleoDavid Lat was the keynote speaker and held an entertaining Q&A session for the audience. David Lat is the founder and managing editor of the award winning blog, “Above the Law” and the author of “Supreme Ambitions.”

At the dinner, OAPABA posthumously awarded Minoru Yasui with the Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto Award. Mr. Yasui is a native of Hood River, Oregon, the first Japanese- American graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, and the first Japanese-American member of the Oregon State Bar. Peggy Nagae, past president of NAPABA, accepted the award on Mr. Yasui’s behalf. The Judge Lynn R. Nakamoto Award honors leaders who have demonstrated leadership, professionalism, mentorship and commitment to the promotion of APAs in the Oregon legal community. Although Mr. Yasui passed away in 1986, he paved the way for APA lawyers in Oregon. Mr. Yasui was awarded the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom for his commitment to justice, and in 2016 the Oregon Legislature unanimously passed legislation declaring March 28 of each year as Min Yasui Day. Mr. Yasui’s receipt of the 2016 Nakamoto Award also honors the team of APA lawyers, educators, and civic leaders who worked on these endeavors and continue to do so today.

The OAPABA Foundation, the charitable and educational partner of OAPABA, also presented its inaugural Foundation’s Presidential Scholarship to Becky Deng, a third year law student at the Willamette University College of Law.

OAPABA thanks its many sponsors and all attendees for making the dinner a great success!


[More pictures forthcoming]