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: http://oapaba.org/join-us/).
Interested in running for a board position?
The following positions are open:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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 Oregon Court of Appeals.
Judicial candidates seeking endorsement by any or all of the aforementioned groups are instructed to send the following information to email@example.com by Wednesday, May 10th at 5 pm.
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 applicant’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 or late applications will not be considered.
After receiving a completed application, the OJDC will contact applicants to schedule an interview. In-person or telephone interviews will take place during the week of May 15th depending upon the availability of the candidates and volume of applications received.
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!
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 Judge 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 September 28, 2017, at the Hilton 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 2, 2017, by 5:00 p.m. Please email your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 .
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!
Over 1,600 APA attorneys, judges, and law students from across the Nation gathered at the 2016 NAPABA Conference. OAPABA was well-represented at the convention and was proud to celebrate the appointment of Melissa Cohen as regional governor of the Northwest Region for the student chapter, NAPALSA. Twenty-one attorneys, judges, and law students represented the Oregon contingent.