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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:
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OAPABA, c/o Liani Reeves
200 SW Market St. #1900, Portland OR 97201
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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]




Celebrating Judicial Diversity Reception September 23, 2016 in Portland

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. 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 showing at Asian Reporter Foundation

IMG_0881On 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!

OAPABA student members Alexis Shimada & Melissa Cohen elected to NAPALSA Board at 2015 NAPABA Convention: NAPABA Rising in NOLA

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!

OAPABA is pleased to announce Julia Markley as the recipient of this year’s Judge Lynn R. Nakamoto Award during its Annual Gala Dinner

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.