OAPABA is proud to celebrate this year’s recipient of the OWLS Roberts & Deiz Award, Doug Park, University of Oregon’s Deputy General Counsel. The Roberts & Deiz Award honors the legacies of both Justice Betty Roberts and Judge Mercedes Deiz as mentors and promoters of those outside the dominant culture.
Doug is a leader and a trailblazer, serving as the first Asian Pacific American Deputy General Counsel and Interim General Counsel at University of Oregon. In this position, Doug uses his position of power to advance women and people of color both within the General Counsel’s office and as outside counsel to represent the University of Oregon in legal matters. Before joining the General Counsel’s office, Doug worked at the Oregon Department of Justice. While at the DOJ, Doug received the Outstanding Achievement Award (DOJ’s highest professional honor). Doug also directly supports OAPABA by hosting the annual OAPABA Eugene Summer Picnic, giving law students and attorneys of color the opportunity to meet and develop their professional network.
Doug will be recognized at the 28th OWLS Roberts & Deiz Awards Dinner, held on Friday, March 13, 2020, at the Portland Art Museum. We encourage our members to join us at the OWLS dinner to support Doug on his well-deserved win!
The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association held its Annual Member Meeting and Board Elections on June 12, 2017.
Elections results are as follows:
President-Elect: Sara Ghafouri
Secretary: Maxine Tuan
Treasurer: Anne Nguyen
At-Large Representative: Rebecca Guiao
At-Large Representative: Robert Kim
At-Large Representative: Alex Naito
At-Large Representative: Grace Wong
Willamette College of Law Student Representatives: Melissa Cohen & Kai McGuire
Lewis & Clark Law School Student Representatives: Sokho Eath & Alexis Baello
University of Oregon School of Law Student Representative: Marie Vermaas
The new officers and board members will join incoming president, Derily Bechthold and region representatives Kirsten Naito, Elizabeth Schultz, Nani Apo, and at large representatives Kristin Asai, and Jennifer Yeh.
OAPABA gives a warm thanks to its outgoing officers and board members: Jovita Wang (president), Dan Simon (secretary), Trung Tu (at large representative), Yufeng Luo (Willamette law student representative), Kevin Pham and Max Zhang (Lewis & Clark law student representatives), and Daniel Phung & Jeffrey Chong (University of Oregon law student representatives).
OAPABA also thanks the law firm of Perkins Coie for hosting the event and for its continual support.
Last but not least, OAPABA thanks everyone who participated at the meeting. OAPABA is grateful for its strong membership and looks forward to your continued participation and support. We are excited for another great year!
On August 13th, 2017, Justice Nakamoto will be honored at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting luncheon as an award recipient for the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. Congratulations, Justice Nakamoto, on your well-deserved recognition.
The luncheon will be held at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York, New York. Several OAPABA members intend to attend. Hope to see you there!
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 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 .
Congratulations to OAPABA President-Elect Derily Bechthold, who will receive the 2016 Oregon State Bar President’s Diversity and Inclusion Award. The award recognizes OSB members who have made significant contributions to the goal of increasing minority representation in the legal profession through creative employment efforts, innovative recruitment and retention programs, advocacy, or other significant efforts.
OAPABA member, Judge Valeri Love, will also be receiving the OSB Membership Services Award.
The Oregon legal community will acknowledge and celebrate Ms. Bechthold’s award and Judge Love’s award at a special event on Thursday, December 8th at 11:30 AM at the Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland.
OAPABA congratulates our President-Elect Derily Bechthold and member Judge Love on these well-deserved awards.
OAPABA is pleased to announce that long-time OAPABA member and advocacy committee member, Bonnie Richardson, is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Multnomah Bar Association (MBA) Professionalism Award. Congratulations, Bonnie!
For the official press release by the MBA, please see here: Richardson – 2016 Professionalism Award
Long-time OAPABA member, the Honorable Valeri Love, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Lane County Bar Association Distinguished Service Award.
The award honors an individual who has provided extraordinary service to the legal profession and the people of Lane County. Judge Love will be presented the award at the Annual LCBA Spring Bash in Eugene to be held May of 2016. Congratulations, Judge Love!
The U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon has appointed Judge Youlee You as a United States Magistrate Judge in Portland, Oregon, beginning March 1, 2016. Judge You will be the first APA judge appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. She has served as a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge since 2007. Before becoming a judge, she served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice, Trial and Appellate Divisions; a Death Penalty Staff Attorney for the United States District Court for the Central District of California; a Deputy Bureau Chief/Senior Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York; an Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice; and, earlier in her career, as a Staff Attorney for the Metropolitan Public Defender in Portland, Oregon.
For the official announcement, click here.
OAPABA congratulates Judge You on her appointment to the federal bench and celebrates the historic achievements of Judge You and APA attorneys in Oregon.
Updated 5/19/2016: OAPABA members attend Judge You’s Investiture Ceremony.
Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Lynn R. Nakamoto to the Oregon Supreme Court, as well as Roger J. DeHoog to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Judge Nakamoto will be the first APA justice to serve on the Oregon Supreme Court. She is the namesake and first honoree of OAPABA’s Lynn R. Nakamoto award. Judge DeHoog will be the second APA judge to serve on the Oregon Court of Appeals. He will become the only judge on either of Oregon’s appellate courts from outside the Willamette Valley.
OAPABA congratulates Judge Nakamoto and Judge DeHoog on their appointments and celebrates their appointments to Oregon’s top courts.
Updated 1/27/2016: OAPABA members attend Judge Nakamoto’s Investiture.
Judge Nakamoto was sworn in on January 25, 2016 as Oregon State Supreme Court’s first Asian Pacific American Justice. NPR’s Portland show, “Think Out Loud” covered the event.
Listen to the radio clip here.