OAPABA PIPELINE SERIES

In-House Counsel Panel

Curious about in-house law practice? Have questions about how life in-house differs from that in private practice, and what skills corporate employers look for? Trying to figure out how to make the jump into a corporate legal department? Or perhaps you are outside counsel interested in learning how to better serve your in-house clients.

Join us for an informal and intimate discussion with experienced in-house lawyers from Nike, JELD-WEN and Iberdrola Renewables, three of Oregon’s leading companies. This session is open to all OAPABA members with an interest in in-house practice. Our featured speakers are:

• Toan Nguyen, Senior Counsel, Iberdrola Renewables
• Jenny Warnick, Associate General Counsel, JELD-WEN
• Jennifer Yokoyama, Assistant General Counsel, IP Litigation, Nike

Where: Hunan Restaurant, 515 SW Broadway #H, Portland
When: Friday, May 11 (1:00pm – 2:00pm) note the later start time
Cost: $10 (please bring exact change to the lunch)


Law Firm Partnership Panel

So what does it take to make partner in a law firm? And more importantly, is it worth it? How does today’s Asian Pacific American associate navigate the unwritten rules of law firm culture to position themselves for a promotion? For those few who make partner, what is it like to be the only or one of a few minority partners?

Join us for an intimate, frank discussion with three Asian Pacific American partners in Oregon’s larger law firms. You will have a unique opportunity to ask questions that are top of your mind in a small group session. This session is open to all OAPABA members with an interest in law firm partnership. Our featured partners are:

• Kassim Ferris, Partner at Stoel Rives with a patent and intellectual property practice
• Hong Huynh, Partner at Miller Nash with an environmental and natural resources practice
• Akana Ma, Partner at Ater Wynne with an international law practice

Where: Hunan Restaurant, 515 SW Broadway #H, Portland
When: Tuesday, May 15 (noon – 1:00pm)
Cost: $10 (please bring exact change to the lunch)


Government Attorneys Panel

“Good enough for government work” used to mean something which could pass the most rigorous of standards, now it means the opposite. Where does government work fit into the lawyering spectrum? What are the pros and cons, challenges and rewards, of public service? Are you good enough for government work? Does diversity matter in government?

Whether you’re considering joining the ranks of G-men and -women, or simply want insight into a different law life, join us for war stories, tips, and lively banter with a Dream Team of Oregon government lawyers. This panel’s experience spans county, state, and federal practice, and reflects the breadth of government lawyer roles including trial and litigation, policy and legislation, bankruptcy and prosecution, and providing counsel to agencies, universities, and the state’s Chief Executive. All OAPABA members curious about government work should join this fascinating discussion, which features:

• P. Rebecca “Becky” Kamitsuka, U.S. Trustee’s Office
• Doug Park, Associate General Counsel to the University of Oregon
• Liani Reeves, General Counsel to Governor John Kitzhaber
• Simon Whang, Assistant Attorney General and former prosecutor

Where: Hunan Restaurant, 515 SW Broadway #H, Portland
When: Friday, June 1 (noon – 1:00pm)
Cost: $10 (please bring exact change to the lunch)


Judiciary Panel

So what does it take to become a judge? And more importantly, is it worth it? How does today’s Asian Pacific American attorney position himself or herself for a judgeship? For those few who become a judge, what is it like to be the only or one of a few minority judges in their area?

Join us for a thoughtful, insightful discussion with three Asian Pacific American judges. You will have a unique opportunity to ask questions that are at the top of your mind in a small group session. This session is open to all OAPABA members with an interest in becoming a judge. Our featured judges are:

• Hon. Youlee You, Multnomah County Circuit Court
• Hon. Mustafa Kasubhai, Lane County Circuit Court
• Hon. Janelle Wipper, Washington County Circuit Court

Where: Fox Tower, 805 SW Broadway, 20th Floor conference room, Portland (hosted by Folawn Alterman & Richardson LLP)
When: Friday, June 8 (noon – 1:00pm)
Cost: $10 (please bring exact change to the lunch)

Solo/Small Firm Panel

Do you have an entreprenuerial spirit? Tired of working for someone else? Or no one’s hiring so should you hang your own shingle?

Join us for an informal and frank discussion with solo/small firm Asian Pacific American lawyers. Hear from attorneys who have been running their firm for 2, 5, 11, and 18 years respectively. Their practice areas include: business, immigration, employment and labor law, estate planning, nonprofit organizations, renewable energy (geothermal), and personal

 injury. Learn about business start-up, office space, firm/case management, billing, hiring staff, marketing and much more.

You will have a unique opportunity ask questions that are top of your mind in a small group session. You will have the chance to learn more about the pros and cons of being your own boss. This session is open to anyone who is just curious or seriously considering solo/small firm practice. Our featured guest speakers are:

  • Robert Le, Law Office of Robert Le
  • Miyuki Yoshida, Law Offices of Miyuki Yoshida
  • Anastasia ‘Stacie’ Yu Meisner, Guyer Meisner, Attorneys
  • Gordon Osaka, Attorney at Law

Where: Hunan Restaurant, 515 SW Broadway #H, Morgan’s Alley, Portland
When: Friday, June 15 (noon-1:00pm)
Cost: $10 (please bring exact change to the lunch)