New Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association Elects First Board of Directors

PORTLAND, Ore. — The new Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) has elected its first board of directors. Officers for the newly formed board include Julia Markley, David Wang, Emily Yip, and Kevin Kono. The regional and at-large representatives include Oubonh White, Kevin Hashizume, Simon Whang, Elisa Dozono, Jessica Asai, Beth Bagley, Connie Kong, and Angela Sagalewicz.

“It’s exciting to work with attorneys across the state of Oregon to support Asian Pacific Americans APAs) within the legal profession and the community,” said incoming President Julia Markley. “OAPABA’s work will include fostering professional development and advocating for issues of importance to APAs such as increased diversity in the state and federal judiciary. This is a great opportunity for all lawyers and law students interested in promoting diversity to get involved in the launch of a new organization.”

Julia Markley President) is of counsel at Perkins Coie LLP, and practices in the areas of complex business litigation, arbitration, and federal and state appellate work. Markley has served as a Leadership College Fellow and on the Diversity Section Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar and on the House of Delegates. Markley is also a past board member of Oregon Women Lawyers. Markley was selected for inclusion in Oregon Law & Politics’ 2008 list of “Oregon Rising Stars.”

David Wang PresidentOElect) is a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, and practices in the area of general corporate and securities law. Wang is a member of the American BarAssociation, and has served on the executive committee of the Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section and as a board member of the Asian American Business Alliance. Wang received the Portland’Business’Journal’s “40 Under 40” award in 2008.

Emily Yip Secretary) is the diversity coordinator for the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Program, assisting in its mission to increase the diversity of the Oregon bench and bar. Yip is a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the
Multnomah Bar Association.

Kevin Kono Treasurer) is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, advising broadcasters and newspapers on media access, defamation, privacy torts and other contentOrelated issues. He also assists in a broad range of litigation matters, such as defamation, real estate
and contract disputes. Kono is a member of the Multnomah County Bar Association and the Defense Counsel Section of the Media Law Resource Center.


OAPABA is an organization of lawyers, law students, judges and law professors. OAPABA seeks to:

  • foster communication, fellowship and the exchange of ideas among Asian Pacific American attorneys and between Asian Pacific American attorneys and other individuals, organizations and governmental entities;
  • to implement, coordinate or support legal services impacting Asian Pacific American communities at the local and national levels;
  • to encourage, support, research and implement programs related to professional development and advancement; and
  • to represent and advocate the interests of Asian Pacific Americans in the legal profession, in legal education and in the community and to provide a vehicle and forum for formulating, adopting and expressing opinions and positions on matters or events of concern to Asian Pacific American attorneys in Oregon.

For more information on joining OAPABA, please contact Julia Markley at

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