Engage, volunteer, and socialize with AABA this month

Posted on April 10, 2017 at 3:04 PM




Tuesday, May 16
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Ceremonial Courtroom, Phillip Burton Federal Building
450 Golden Gate Avenue, 19th Fl.
San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Re-enactment of Japanese American Minuro Yasui Trial
  • Q&A with Karen Korematsu & Dale Minami
  • High School Civics Contest Awards Ceremony (Awards will be presented to six Northern California entrants in the 2017 Ninth Circuit Civics Essay & Video Contest) Reception to follow.
Hosted by: The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Northern District of California Federal Bar Association, & Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area


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Upcoming AABA Events

April 10 : Hot Topics in Privacy: Who's Watching and How? | 1 HR MCLE
*TODAY*
April 15 : Defender Screening at the 60th San Francisco Film Festival *THIS WEEK*
April 20 : Solo  & Small Firm Happy Hour with BASF and La Raza
April 22 : Social Bay Area Legal Softball Tournament 2017
April 27 : AABA Solo & Small Firm Committee Kick-Off Meeting

April 29
: Rebuilding Together SF Volunteer Event
May 9 : Fireside Chat with API Pioneers in the Law
May 13 : AABA/ABL-SF Joint Hike for Mission Peak in Fremont
May 16 : Lessons of the WWII Mass Incarceration of Japanese Americans

Job Postings  
*NEW LISTINGS*
Community Events/Announcements
: Nominate a young lawyer for the Jack Berman Award of Achievement, or apply for the APABA-SV and BALIF $3,000 Scholarship

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Stand Up for Justice with AABA’s Civil Rights Committee this year:

The Civil Rights Committee (CRC) welcomes everyone to join the committee as a general member and receive periodic updates about our events and volunteer opportunities with our sister organizations. If you care about social justice, immigrant rights, and other issues that impact our civil rights and our community, join us. Joining the CRC as a general member is a great way to get plugged into what opportunities are available for you to help or to learn more about what others are doing to make a difference.

Join a sub-committee in the Civil Rights Committee:

If you would like to increase your involvement, consider joining one of CRC’s three subcommittees:
  • The Rapid Response Subcommittee is in the front line of new developments.  This team is involved with AABA’s issuance and endorsement of press releases and other requests that AABA may receive from sister organizations.  
  • The Amicus Brief Subcommittee organizes AABA’s amicus curiae efforts, including drafting and reviewing amicus briefs for AABA.
  • The Corporate Outreach Subcommittee is an exciting new initiative that will further encourage corporations to engage with AABA in its civil rights work, and will serve as a bridge between corporations and community nonprofits that are fighting for our rights and our community.
Please fill out this form if you would like more information about joining CRC and its subcommittees.





Monday, April 10
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Greenberg Traurig
4 Embarcadero Ctr., Suite 3000
San Francisco, CA
1 HR General MCLE
It’s hard to turn on the news these days without hearing about privacy and data security breaches occurring all around the world.  These developments have spurred significant changes and developments privacy law and in the field of privacy more generally.  Please join our esteemed panelists – with backgrounds in private practice, education, and civil liberties activism – in a discussion about government surveillance, new risks from wearable devices and the Internet of Things, online security monitoring, data analytics, and more.

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Saturday, April 15

3:00 p.m. 

Castro Theater
429 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114

Defender tells the story of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi who takes on the case of 22-year old Michael Smith, an African American man who pleaded not guilty in one of the first body camera cases in San Francisco when he was charged with battery on police officers and resisting arrest. This urgent documentary shows how far Adachi and his team will fight for the young man’s freedom while exposing racial bias through all levels of the judicial system. The film also underscores the Public Defender's fight to provide legal representation for detained immigrants facing deportation in the current political era.

Co-Presented by CAAM & the Asian American Bar Association. Please register for a free ticket.

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Thursday, April 20
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Second monthly Solo & Small Firm happy hour. The event will be informal and no-host. So come mix and mingle, enjoy food and drink, and meet other members of the Bay Area SSF community!  

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Saturday, April 22
We are looking for softball gamers that can represent AABA in our inaugural co-ed softball tournament. Specifically we are looking for a team captain, assistant team captain, and position players. Any skill level is encouraged to sign up. This 1-day tournament has a maximum of 3 games and a minimum of 2 games per team. Alternatively, if you don't play softball, we would love for you to join in the following capacities: volunteer umps or AABA supporters
Currently, we have several other bay area bar associations that are interested in joining. AABA members can play for free.

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Thursday, April 27
Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP  
601 Montgomery Street, Suite 350
San Francisco, CA 94111
The Solo & Small Firm Committee will be hosting its kick-off meeting to discuss ideas and strategy for the year.  Anyone interested in joining the Committee or learning more about the Committee is welcome to attend.   If you have questions, please contact Shiho Yamamoto at shihoy0827@gmail.com .

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Saturday, April 29
Friends of St. Francis Childcare Center
50 Belcher Street
San Francisco, California 94114
Come join the AABA Community Services Committee, Union Bank, and “Rebuilding Together San Francisco” (RTSF) as we refurbish the Friends of St. Francis Childcare Center in San Francisco. Activities include landscaping, painting, and creating an edible garden for the children. This is a great opportunity for you, your family and friends to get involved, and to help a non-profit organization that has been providing childcare and family services in the local community since 1976!

Breakfast (coffee, tea and bagels/donuts) and lunch will be available for the volunteers. AABA will host a happy hour/dinner for volunteers following this free event. Public transit and carpooling are highly recommended. All Muni Metro lines stop just a few blocks away.

RTSF provides free repairs to low income seniors and free renovations to non-profit facilities throughout the city. Now in their 28th year, RTSF ensures that low income seniors and families in San Francisco remain safe, warm and independent in their homes and that community members in need can receive services from social service agencies in functional and healthy environments.

For more information, please contact Pamela Chung at pamela.chung.law@gmail.com .


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Community Events

Tuesday, May 9
5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Hanson Bridgett, SF
In 2016, California passed the Fair Pay Act to significantly expand employers' duties to eliminate wage gaps based on gender. Less than a year later, and effective January 1, 2017, California has amended the Fair Pay Act to include race and ethnicity as prohibited bases for wage disparity. Are you ready to comply?
Join a lively panel discussion that explores the new requirements and standards established by the Fair Pay Act and, as importantly, the many questions left unanswered.
Speakers: Darci Burrell, Partner, Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP; Jahmal T. David, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP; Ali Saad Ph.D; Managing Partner, Resolution Economics LLC; Yolanda M. Sanders, Senior Corporate Counsel, Global Employment Law, Gap Inc.; Alison Tsao, SF Managing Partner, Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP.
1 HR MCLE Recognition and Elimination of Bias Credit



The California Young Lawyers Association (“CYLA”), a Committee of the State Bar of California, annually confers the Jack Berman Award of Achievement. This award recognizes a new or young lawyer for distinguished service to the public, the judiciary, or the legal profession
The State Bar of California established this prestigious award in 1992 in memory of Jack Berman. Mr. Berman was a young attorney who performed outstanding service to both the public and profession before he tragically died in a shooting in San Francisco. The Award honors his dedicated service to issues of concern to the profession, especially to its young lawyers.
Award Criteria
  • Any active member of the State Bar of California who is either in his or her first five years of practice or age thirty-six or younger is eligible.
  • Award applications should describe a project or service to the public, the judiciary, and/or the legal profession. The project or service may—but need not be—pro bono.
  • The application may describe work performed before 2016, but should highlight achievements from 2016.
  • The award recognizes a new or young lawyer for his or her individual achievements.



The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley Charity and the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) are pleased to announce a special joint scholarship for law students who have demonstrated commitment to the Asian Pacific American and LGBT communities. Scholarship award is $3,000.
For more information and application process, click here .
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area

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