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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

Dinner on Monday - 12/2/2013

12/02/2013 6:30 pm

You are Specially Invited to an Intimate Evening of Friendship and Exquisite Cuisine!

Please join us for an intimate, elegant evening with remarkable women:
U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee,
Alternative Public Defender Janice Fukai,
Superior Court Judge Fumiko Wasserman,
and You!

Come for exquisite food. Come for friendship and to share. Come to be inspired.

December 2, 2013
6:30 PM

Osteria Mozza
Famed Restaurant of Mario Batali,
Featured in Gourmet Magazine
6602 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

This special dinner is limited to 30 extraordinary women.
$40 for APAWLA Life Members
$50 for Others


Interested in sponsoring a student? Please contact Cynthia Loo at

Solo Practice Panel - 11/9/2013

11/09/2013 3:30 pm

Have you considered starting your own practice? Perhaps the idea appeals to you, or you feel like it's an avenue you should explore, but it just seems intimidating. Come and hear from three APA women who have decades of combined experience as solo practitioners. They'll discuss their own practices in the areas of criminal defense, immigration law, business law, and trusts and estates.

November 9, 2013
3:30 PM
Location: TBA

Please RSVP by November 8, 2013 by clicking here:

Grace A. Lou, Law Office of Grace A. Lou
Jane Oak, Law Offices of Jane Oak & Associates, PC
Mia Yamamoto, Law Office of Mia Yamamoto

National Pro Bono Week LAFLA Trainings - 10/23/2013

10/23/2013 6:30 pm

National Pro Bono week is dedicated to showcasing those that make a difference to the nation, its system of justice, its communities, and most of all, to the clients they serve. In celebration of National Pro Bono week, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), along with the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA), the Korean American Bar Association (KABA), the Japanese American Bar Association (JABA), the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA), the Thai American Bar Association (TABA) and the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (SABA-SC) are sponsoring two CLE trainings to encourage more attorneys to help meet the dire legal needs of LAFLA's clients.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | 6:30pm-8:30pm
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
1102 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Cost: $10 to cover the cost of dinner

All trainees are expected to take on a pro bono case within one year - either representation at a DV restraining order hearing or an eviction defense hearing.

Unlawful Detainer/Eviction Defense Training
This 1.5-hour training will provide an overview of landlord/tenant law, procedure and defenses related to unlawful detainer proceedings, and the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance as it relates to evictions. Attorneys will have the opportunity to take on eviction defense cases and appear at trial. The volunteer commitment is approximately 30 to 50 hours. The trainer is Tamara Kinyanjul, Attorney in the Eviction Defense Unit at LAFLA.

Domestic Violence Restraining Order and VAWA Training
This 2-hour training will provide an overview of (1) the Domestic Violence Protection Act and how to represent a client at a Restraining Order hearing and (2) an overview of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) laws and how to represent a client with a VAWA petition. LAFLA assists domestic violence survivors obtain initial restraining orders. These orders are usually obtained without notice to the abuser and are in force for a short time. These hearings offer a unique opportunity for pro bono attorneys to change lives, while obtaining courtroom experience. VAWA petitions allow victims of domestic violence to obtain legal status and other benefits not normally available to them. Pro Bono attorneys will have the opportunity to assist victims with preparing the VAWA petitions which normally do not require a court appearance. The average volunteer time commitment for DV cases is about 10 to 20 hours during a one to one-and-a-half-month period. The average volunteer time commitment for VAWA cases is 30 to 50 hours during a one-year period. The trainers of this session are Ann Kim and Joann Lee, who are attorneys in the API Unit of LAFLA.

LAFLA is the oldest and one of the largest frontline law firms for more than 2 million poor and low-income people in the greater Los Angeles area. For over 80 years, LAFLA has been providing civil legal services to poor and low-income people through its six neighborhood offices, three Domestic Violence Clinics and four Self-Help Legal Access Centers. LAFLA is the first place that thousands of poor people turn to when they need legal assistance for a crisis that threatens their shelter, health and livelihood. Nearly 12,000 individuals and families are provided with legal services annually and an additional 35,000 litigants are helped through LAFLA's four Self-Help Legal Access Centers. Another 20,000 are assisted through referrals, workshops and community outreach activities.

South Bay Parent Support Network Luncheon - 9/20/2013

09/20/2013 12:00 pm

Come join us for another Parent Support Network Luncheon in South Bay! We will enjoy a delicious Indian buffet luncheon with a choice of beverage. Parents, parents to be, or anyone wondering how to have a career/family/life at the same time is welcome!

September 20, 2013
Time: Noon to 1:30 pm
Place: Bombay Tandoori (4111 E Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA 90505)

$20 for members if paid in advance via PayPal by September 18, 2013
$23 for non-members if paid in advance via PayPal by September 18, 2013
$25 at the door for everyone

For information, please contact Anne Inoue at

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