OJDC Meeting

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 Clackamas County Circuit Court and Jefferson/Crook County Circuit Court.
Judicial candidates seeking endorsement by any or all of the aforementioned groups are instructed to send the following information to Sherisa Davis-Larry at sdavislarry@gmail.com by Friday, April 7th at 5 pm, to be considered for an interview:
1) A fully-filled copy of the questionnaire available through OAPABA’s website (http://oapaba.org/judicial-endorsements/). 
2) A copy of the application materials he or she is submitting 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.
After receiving a completed application, the OJDC will contact applicants to schedule an interview.  In-person or telephone interviews will take place at a law firm in downtown Portland and will be scheduled sometime the week of April 17th depending upon the availability of the candidates.
 Please direct all questions to Sherisa Davis-Larry at sdavislarry@gmail.com

Minoru Yasui Day! 2nd Annual Commemoration & 75th Anniversary

Please join us for the 2nd annual commemoration of Minoru “Min” Yasui and his legacy. As you know, Oregon had designated March 28 as Min Yasui’s day. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of Min Yasui’s challenge of Executive Order 9066, discriminating against persons of Japanese ancestry in 1943.

This year’s commemoration of MYD will be held at Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave. at 12:30 p.m.

Please see attached for the flyer! We hope to see you there!

OAPABA seeks nominations for the 2017 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 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 awards@oapaba.org

Specialty Bar Meet and Greet

OMLA, OAPABA, OHBA, OC-NBA, OGALLA, OWLS, Portland NLG and the MBA invite you to a happy hour to welcome Jonathan Puente!

Friday, March 10
West Café, 1201 SW Jefferson St., Portland

Please come by and mingle before the OWLS dinner and meet the Oregon State Bar’s new Director of Diversity and Inclusion Jonathan Puente. Jonathan recently relocated to Oregon from Utah where he served as the Executive Director of Access and Inclusion at Southern Utah University. Jonathan is originally from Chicago and earned his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Please drop by and say hello to your colleagues from Oregon’s specialty bars and help welcome Jonathan to Oregon.


Know Your Rights!

The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association and the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association present…


Thursday, February 23, 2017

3:00-5:00 p.m.

200 Market Street Auditorium, Lobby Level

Portland, Oregon

Regardless of what side of an issue you may be on, there is no doubt a heightened sense of civic engagement and political discourse in the air and an increase in public gatherings of various types concerning statements and actions by public officials.  As you and your clients enter these new times, come learn about the basic rights of those who are traveling or attending public gatherings, including guidance drawn from aspects of immigration law; First Amendment and Article I, section 8 law; and search and seizure and other criminal law. 

 The format of this presentation will be in the form of hypothetical scenarios to which a panel of experts will respond and issue spot. If you would like to submit a scenario or question for consideration, please email it along with your RSVP.

This event is free but space is limited. Please RSVP to:LReeves@bullardlaw.com.

Thank you to OAPABA, OHBA, OMLA and Bullard Law for their sponsorship of this event.

Save the Date(s)…

  • OAPABA-oke will take place on March 23, 2017 at Voicebox Karaoke’s NW 21st location from 6:30 to 9:30 PM! Start planning your songs! RSVP & details to come.
  • Min Yasui Day will be on March 28, 2017, Portland City Hall, at 12 pm. Details to come.
  • OAPABA’s Annual Gala Dinner will take place on September 28, 2017, at the Portland downtown Hilton. Click here for more information!


OAPABA Member Peggy Nagae is recipient of ABA Spirit of Excellence Award

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 Joins NAPABA Statement Opposing Refugee Exclusion & “Muslim Ban”

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 .

OAPABA Lunar New Year Dim Sum & OAPABA at the Museum!

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!