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OAPABA’s 2018 Annual Gala Dinner

OAPABA’s 2018 Annual Gala Dinner

Please join us as we celebrate

featuring keynote speaker

Mia Yamamoto

Civil Rights Activist

and honoring

The Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto Award 2018 Recipient

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

The Sentinel Hotel

614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

  • $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 email galadinner@oapaba.org for inquiries.

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Accepting Applications for the Endorsement of Judicial Candidates

The Oregon Judicial Diversity Coalition (OJDC), comprised of the Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association (OC-NBA), Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA), OGALLA: the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, and the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA), is accepting applications for the endorsement of judicial candidates applying for the vacancies on the Union and Wallowa County Circuit Court Vacancy.

Judicial candidates seeking endorsement by any or all of the aforementioned groups are instructed to send the following information to sghafouri@amforest.org and alex.naito@millernash.com by Friday, March 2, 2018, at 5 p.m.

To be considered for an interview, please submit:

1) A fully-filled copy of the questionnaire available through OAPABA’s website (http://oapaba.org/judicial-endorsements/).

2) A copy of the application’s materials submitted to the Governor, including the judicial interest form, resume, and letters of recommendation.

3) OJDC application materials MUST be submitted together in one single PDF document.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  After receiving a completed application, the OJDC will contact applicants to schedule an interview.

OAPABA seeks nominations for the 2018 Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto Award

The Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto Award honors leaders who have demonstrated leadership, professionalism, mentorship, a pioneering spirit, and a deep commitment to diversity and the promotion of Asian Pacific Americans in the Oregon legal community.  The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) bestowed its inaugural award to Justice Nakamoto in recognition of her career dedicated to achieving professional excellence while promoting diversity within the Oregon bar and community at large.  Her dedication endured during a time when only a handful of Asian Pacific American attorneys (APA) in the state strove to create a precursor organization to OAPABA, but were unable to maintain a critical mass of membership. For almost three decades, Justice Nakamoto has steadfastly promoted diversity and fought for equal rights in Oregon.  Notably, Justice Nakamoto received a historic appointment as the first appellate APA judge in Oregon in 2011.

OAPABA seeks to recognize individuals committed to the advancement of APA attorneys in Oregon and promotion of issues pertinent to APA and minority communities through advocacy, education and communication.  The journey to achieving diversity in Oregon is a unique and rapidly evolving one, and OAPABA is pleased to recognize and celebrate leaders and pioneers of diversity and APA issues who have changed and continue to elevate the importance of diversity in Oregon.

The award will be presented to the selected recipient at OAPABA’s annual gala dinner on August 30, 2018 at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland.

The recipient must be a member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar with a demonstrated commitment to a variety of characteristics, including diversity, promotion of APA issues in the legal or general community, leadership, professionalism and mentorship in Oregon.

Various Criteria to be Considered:
1.     Mentoring/leadership roles
2.     Professional reputation
3.     Work to promote diversity in the bench and bar
4.     Work to promote diversity in the general Oregon community
5.     Work to increase access to justice for minorities
6.     Involvement with OAPABA
7.     Involvement with other specialty bar organizations
8.     Pro Bono work

Nominations are due June 1, 2018, by 5:00 p.m.  Please email your nomination to awards@oapaba.org

OAPABA Special Announcement

United States Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in Eugene – OJDC Application Process

The Oregon Judicial Diversity Coalition (OJDC), comprised of the Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association (OC-NBA), Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA), OGALLA: the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, and the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA), is accepting applications for the endorsement of judicial candidates applying for the United States Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in Eugene.

Judicial candidates seeking endorsement by any or all of the aforementioned groups are instructed to send the following information to sghafouri@amforest.org and alex.naito@millernash.com by Monday, January 29 at 5 p.m.

To be considered for an interview, please submit:

  1. A fully-filled copy of the questionnaire available through OAPABA’s website (http://oapaba.org/judicial-endorsements/).
  2. A copy of the application’s materials submitted to the U.S District Court Merit Selection Panel, including the judicial interest form, resume, and letters of recommendation.
  3. OJDC application materials MUST be submitted together in one single PDF document.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  After receiving a completed application, the OJDC will contact applicants to schedule an interview.

Circuit Court vacancy

The Oregon Judicial Diversity Coalition (OJDC), comprised of the Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association (OC-NBA), Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA), OGALLA: the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, and the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA), is accepting applications for the endorsement of judicial candidates applying for the vacancies on the Josephine County Circuit Court.

Judicial candidates seeking endorsement by any or all of the aforementioned groups are instructed to send the following information to sghafouri@amforest.org and alex.naito@millernash.com by Monday, November 13, 2017 at 5 p.m.

To be considered for an interview, please submit:

1) A fully-filled copy of the questionnaire available through OAPABA’s website (http://oapaba.org/judicial-endorsements/).
2) A copy of the application’s materials submitted to the Governor, including the judicial interest form, resume, and letters of recommendation.
3) OJDC application materials MUST be submitted together in one single PDF document.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  After receiving a completed application, the OJDC will contact applicants to schedule an interview.

Congratulations Judge Powers

With great pride, OAPABA and OFALA (Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association) celebrates the recent Oct. 27, 2017 investiture of the Honorable Steven R. Powers. Judge Powers has been serving the Oregon Court of Appeals since his July 2017 appointment by Governor Kate Brown.

We thank Judge Powers for his commitment to justice and for inspiring us all.Investiture of Judge Powers

Lunch with the Justices – Register Below!

LUNCH WITH THE JUSTICES

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 lreeves@bullardlaw.com for inquiries about space and to be placed on the waiting list. Thank you for your interest!*

 

ABA TO PRESENT JUSTICE LYNN NAKAMOTO WITH THE MARGARET BRENT AWARD

The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) congratulates Oregon Supreme Court Justice Lynn Nakamoto on her selection as this year’s recipient of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Margaret Brent Award. The Margaret Brent Award is given annually by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to honor and recognize outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and have actively paved the way for the success of others. Previous honorees include U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

https://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2017/08/oregon_justice_lynn.html

OAPABA TO PRESENT JUSTICE LYNN NAKAMOTO AWARD TO JUDGE YOULEE YIM YOU AT 2017 GALA DINNER

OAPABA TO PRESENT JUSTICE LYNN NAKAMOTO AWARD TO JUDGE YOULEE YIM YOU AT 2017 GALA DINNER

The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) is pleased to announce United States Magistrate Judge Youlee Yim You as the 2017 recipient of the Justice Lynn Nakamoto Award.

The Justice Lynn Nakamoto Award recognizes leaders in our community who have demonstrated leadership, professionalism, mentorship, a pioneering spirit, and a deep commitment to diversity and the promotion of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) in the Oregon legal community.

Judge You’s commitment to the advancement of APAs in Oregon through her mentorship of law students and attorneys, as well as her volunteer activities aiding victims and those from disadvantaged communities, truly reflects her unwavering commitment to the growth of others in the legal profession and issues that impact us all.

Judge You also holds the distinct honor of being the first Korean American female lawyer in Oregon, the first APA female judge in Oregon, and now the first APA federal judge in Oregon. Judge You is a trailblazer who truly embodies the pioneering spirit of the Justice Lynn Nakamoto Award.

OAPABA will honor Judge You at our annual gala dinner on September 28, 2017 at the Hilton in downtown Portland.

About the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association: OAPABA’s mission is:

Advancement: To promote the professional development and advancement of APA attorneys through education, research, and programs.

Advocacy: To act as a vehicle and forum for expressing opinion on matters of concern to APA attorneys in our communities.

Communication: To encourage and foster communication among APA attorneys on issues affecting our work, communities, and government.