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SAVE THE DATE! Dinner on Monday


**SOLD OUT!!**
**SOLD OUT!!**
**SOLD OUT!!**

APAWLA invites you to an intimate dinner among friends. More information forthcoming.

Monday, June 23

Canoe House
805 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA 91030

$20 for Attorneys
$15 for Law Students
$25 at-the-door
**SOLD OUT!!**

Questions: Hon. Cynthia Loo at

APAWLA Meditation Workshop by Angela Oh

05/17/2014 9:30 am

Lawyers who engage in meditation and other forms of contemplative practice report higher levels of satisfaction, both personal and professional. Researchers are demonstrating that the brain can, through meditation, re-wire itself to produce a greater sense of wellness, resilience and effectiveness among lawyers. (Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, "The Lawyer's Brain and Meditation: Insights from Neuroscience," presented at Boalt Hall, Berkeley 2014).

This 2.5-hour workshop will offer basic instruction on meditation and practice techniques for quieting the mind through focus on breath and posture. Please be sure to wear comfortable clothes.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Check-in: 9:00 AM
Program: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM!
Little Tokyo Tower (Garden Room)
455 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

$20 for members (if paid in advance)
$25 for non-members
$30 at-the-door (for all)
Includes tea and light refreshments.

Please RSVP by May 15 by purchasing your using the PayPal button below.

If you would like to join us for lunch in Little Tokyo after the event, please e-mail Vivian Lee at

APAWLA Professional Portraits

03/20/2014 7:12 am

Take a professional portrait by celebrity photographer Shane Sato at an incredible special rate for APAWLA members - includes make up and hair by a professional make-up artist. This is an opportunity to take your professional portrait by a photographer who has done many magazine covers (e.g. Audrey, KoreAm, and Yolk) and photographed celebrities such as Michelle Yeoh, Joan Chen, Anthony Hopkins, Charlie Sheen, Tamlyn Tomita, and Jang Dong-gun - at an incredible discount! Find out more about Shane Sato at

As a special deal for APAWLA members ONLY, this photographer is offering an hour of photos with three wardrobe changes, including make-up and hair by one of the best make-up artists in Southern California. All at an amazing price of only $260 per member!

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Location: forthcoming

Please RSVP and make your payment at the PayPal interface below by April 10.

There are only 6 spots available, which will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. RSVPs will only be valid AFTER payment. Contact Clarissa Park for details about payment. The last date to RSVP will be April 10, unless all spots are filled up before then.

Clarissa Park at


APAWLA's Parents Support Network Luncheon

04/18/2014 12:00 pm

Join us for lunch to discuss how to juggle parenthood and a legal career, and other topics of interest. APAWLA foodies are also welcome to join us!

Friday, April 18, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Chynna Dim Sum Lounge
333 S. Alameda Street, #115
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(The front door is located between the Little Tokyo Galleria Shopping Center and it's parking structure. Click here for the map
3 Hours free parking with validation in parking structure adjacent to the restaurant.

$18 per person for APAWLA members for RSVPs by April 15
($20 at the door for APAWLA members)
$25 per person for for non-members
Lunch is included in the cost

Please RSVP and make your payment at the PayPal interface below by April 15.

Menu includes:
Veggie Fried Rice
Combo Fried Rice
Garlic Noodles
Beef Chow Fun
Honey Walnut Shrimp
Mongolian Beef
Four different kinds of dim sum - Hao Gao, Pork Siu Mai, Crispy Egg Rolls and Crab Cheese Wontons.
All-you-can-drink sodas and tea are included.

Anne Inoue
Diane Tan

Parents Support Network
Name of Attendee
Email Address of Attendee

APAWLA IILP Submission


Deadline Extended to April 11, 2014.
Tell us your story and help make a difference!

Please submit stories to:
Please also let us know if you would like an APAWLA board member to interview you for your story.

Silence may be golden under certain circumstances. However, breaking the silence about race and gender bias against APAs in the legal field is an important step toward the elimination of bias in this profession. Telling your stories or experiences of discrimination, harassment or retaliation based upon race and/or gender is an important means of raising awareness of the many incidents of explicit of implicit bias encountered by APA women and men in the legal profession, as well as to show that we do have a voice and protected rights.

To further encourage diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, APAWLA is writing a paper, collecting stories and experiences of APA women or men concerning incidents of explicit or implicit bias/discrimination, harassment or retaliation based on race or gender. Our goal is to raise awareness of explicit bias and implicit negative stereotypes that affect APA women and men in the legal profession.

Have you ever been denied a job, promotion or significant case assignments as an attorney, even though you are well-qualified and that a reasno for such denial was because of your race and gender? Have you ever been subjected to racist or sexist comments/jokes about being short, not aggressive enough or not conforming to a negative stereotype of an APA woman or man by a judge, opposing counsel, a supervisor or a partner at your law firm? Have you ever been mistaken for a court reporter, secretary, or criminal defendant instead of the attorney of record in a judicial proceeding? Have you ever been harassed or subjected to oppressive working conditions because you complained about discriminatory practices or treatment at your workplace? These are just a few examples of explicit and implicit bias that APA attorneys have experienced in the legal profession. We also welcome stories from law students who have experienced race or gender bias by a law professor or law school administrator or at the workplace as a law clerk.

Stories will be selected by the APAWLA board and possibly edited for form and content. The completed collection of stories will then be submitted and published by the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession ("IILP"). For more information about the IILP, please visit:

If you are interested in submitting an experience, click the link below. Your submission must not have been published in any other publication or in any other form. Any APA female or male attorney working in different segments of the legal profession (i.e., private law firms, governemnt, public interest, bar associations, etc) may submit stories. Law students may submit their experiences as well.

Please submit stories to:
Please also let us know if you would like an APAWLA board member to interview you for your story.

Deadline to submit stories to APAWLA has been extended to:
March 26th, 2014 | 11:59 PM

Diane Tan |
Vivian Lee |

YLLS Presents: So What Happens Next? Preparing for the Bar Exam

03/15/2014 11:30 am

Come and join the Young Lawyers/Law Students (YLLS) committee and other soon-to-be Bar Takers in enjoying a delicious family-style lunch with our panelists of long-time bar prep mentors and instructors as they discuss everything you'd want to know about preparing for the bar exam.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Please bring $10 per person in cash.

The Dragon Restaurant
966 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

Please RSVP at this link by March 11:

Leana Taing |
Calimay Pham |

About APAWLA's YLLS Committee: We are a section of APAWLA that focuses on issues pertaining to recent law graduates, new attorneys, and law students.

APAWLA's Second Annual Membership Meeting and Installation Dinner

03/21/2014 6:00 pm

Join APAWLA at our Annual Member Meeting with keynote speech and installation of our board by the Hon. Dolly Gee, U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California, and an early supporter of APAWLA.

Friday, March 21, 2014
6:00 PM Cocktail Reception
6:30 PM Program

Taipan Restaurant
Wells Fargo Center 2nd Floor
330 S. Hope St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

$40 for Non-members
$30 for Members who RSVP after March 14, so renew your membership or become a member today! Visit

A Reminder to New and Renewing APAWLA Members!


APAWLA Members, please renew your membership for the 2014 calendar year!!! If you are not an APAWLA member, please join. You can either mail or email your application to us and pay via Paypal, or you can mail us your application with your check.

The APAWLA Membership Application is accessible by clicking our "Join APAWLA" tab above. Or you can click here:


For Questions/Comments or to Email your Membership Application, please contact: Catherine Endo Chuck at

APAWLA Board of Governors Election Ballots Due February 1, 2014


Vote for your board! The ballots for the 2014 APAWLA Board of Governors Elections have been mailed out to all members of record as of December 31, 2013. If you have received one, please mail back your ballot, using the included self-addressed, stamped envelope as soon as possible. If you are a member and have not received your ballot, we may still have your old mailing address. Please update your mailing address by emailing Catherine Endo Chuck at

Renew Your Membership Today!
For those of you who need to renew your membership, now is a great time to do so! A membership application has been included with each ballot, so you can include your completed form for renewal with your ballot.

Become a Member Today!
If you haven't yet become a member of APAWLA, it's a great time to do that now as well! You can become a member by visiting our website at:

CORRECTION TO BALLOT: The ballot included Vivian Lee twice and did not mention Susan Yu. Therefore, the name of "Vivian Lee" listed on page two (2) of the ballot should read "Susan Yu," who is running for a Governor / Board Member at large.

VOTING DEADLINE: February 1, 2014

For Questions/Comments, please contact Anne Inoue at

YLLS Bar Exam Support Group Meeting

12/07/2013 10:30 am

The Young Lawyers and Law Students Committee of APAWLA invite you to join us at our upcoming meeting for the Bar Exam Support Group!

The California Bar Exam is arguably one of the most difficult bar exams in the country. If you did not pass the July Bar Exam, you are not alone. It can be a struggle trying to figure out what went wrong and what your next steps should be. YLLS is holding this event to create a supportive community for repeat bar exam takers. Attorneys who have successfully passed the bar after a repeat attempt will share both their experience and advice about the process.

Please widely distribute this event!

Saturday, December 7, 2013
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Starbucks in Torrance Marriott Hotel
3635 Fashion Way
Torrance, California 90503

Please RSVP by December 5th at

Leana Taing at

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