Category Archives: Events

Lunch with the Justices – Register Below!


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 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 for inquiries about space. Thank you for your interest!

For more information, please contact

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

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!