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 Kaleo. David 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]
Join OAPABA, the Federal Bar Association (FBA) and OWLS on Friday, September 23 at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate judicial diversity in Oregon. Leaders in the legal community have worked diligently to identify and support judicial candidates who are both exemplary and reflect the diversity of our community. Please join us in celebrating their hard work and our diverse bench.
No cost to attend. RSVP here.
No-host bar and refreshments provided. No cost. All are welcome.
U.S. District Court of Oregon’s Chief Judge Michael W. Mosman will welcome guests around 5:30, with an introduction by Judge Youlee You. All are welcome.
Courtyard Marriott, 550 SW Oak Street, Portland (across from Big Pink)
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
OAPABA Summer Picnic(s)
August 28: Portland picnic
Colonel Summers Park.
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OAPABA Portland Picnic
September 11: Eugene picnic
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OAPABA Eugene Picnic
Hope to see you there!
Recognizing our Heroes: Voices of Change
Please join us on September 22, 2016, for OAPABA’s annual Gala Dinner.
Purchase your tickets online.
On April 21, 2016, OAPABA officers and members attended the Asian Reporter’s Annual Foundation Scholarship Banquet. The Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet is an avenue to post exemplary community service, honor our community’s elders, and recognize the hard work and aspirations of young Asian Americans. Congratulations to all award and scholarship recipients!
From November 5-8, 2015, twenty OAPABA members attended the 2015 NAPABA Convention in New Orleans: NAPABA Rising. It was a record attendance by OAPABA members for a NAPABA Convention. The Convention was attended by approximately 1,600 Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law students, legal scholars, and elected officials from around the country.
At the 27th Anniversary Gala, Alexis Shimada from Willamette University College of Law was inducted as president of the student chapter, NAPALSA. Willamette University College of Law student, Melissa Cohen, was also inducted as the 2016 Pacific Northwest regional director for NAPALSA. Congratulations to our OAPABA student members and for WUCL APALSA’s continued leadership with NAPALSA!
More pictures can be found on OAPABA’s Facebook page!
On October 30, 2015, OAPABA held its third annual Gala Dinner at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland. Over 180 people attended. Justice Mary Yu of the Washington Supreme Court was the keynote speaker. Justice Yu is the first Latina, first Asian, and first openly gay justice on that court. Bollywood Dreams Entertainment provided a pre-dinner interactive performance.
At the dinner, OAPABA awarded Julia Markley with the Judge Lynn R. Nakamoto Award. Julia, a litigation partner in the Portland, Oregon office of Perkins Coie LLP, is a founding member of OAPABA. Julia served as OAPABA’s first President, and her leadership was integral to OAPABA’s growth in its formative years. 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. Julia’s sterling record of service to Oregon’s APA lawyers, as well as the Oregon APA community as a whole, makes her an ideal choice to receive this award.
OAPABA thanks its sponsors and all attendees for making the dinner a great success! We hope to see you again next year on September 22, 2016, at the Sentinel.
The OAPABA Advocacy Committee brought back its Pipeline Series to help its members crack the mysteries of how to start your own practice, become a judge, make partner, or transition in-house.
On November 4-8, 2014, OAPABA members presented, argued, mentored, networked, and learned at the 26th Annual National Convention of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). The annual convention of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) was held jointly with the NAPABA Convention.
Peggy Nagae and Liani Reeves moderated and presented at CLE sessions; Reeves gave the keynote speech at the NAPALSA Reception; Samrach Sar was honored as the NAPALSA Student of the Year and elected treasurer of the 2015 NAPALSA board; Tucker Kraght and Derek Nelson of Willamette University College of Law competed in the Thomas Tang National Moot Court competition; and Julia Markley and her colleagues received NAPABA’s Law Firm Diversity Award on behalf of Perkins Coie LLP. Also attending were Judge Lynn Nakamoto, Annie Jhun, Wilson Ta, Jennifer Yeh, Daniel Noeun, Alexis Shimada, and Soohyun Park.
On October 24th, 2014, OAPABA members gathered to shake it on the dance floor. The night began at Saucebox for a pre-dance party social. Then, everyone headed to Barrel Room to dance the night away!