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

03/05/2017 5:17 pm

RSVP BY MARCH 15 TO: Calimay Pham at

APAWLA YLLS Bar Prep Event March 2017


So What Happens Next? Preparing for the Bar Exam

Come and learn everything you want to know (but have been too afraid to even think about) about the bar exam. We will cover exam format, bar prep courses and materials, study strategies, and most importantly, expecting the unexpected! All are welcome to attend. Please distribute widely.

Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Location: Tom N Toms
Little Tokyo Shopping Center
333 S. Alameda St., Ste. 108
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Cost: Free

Parking: validated mall parking and street parking available

RSVP BY MARCH 15 TO: Calimay Pham at
Be sure to include any questions you want addressed during our program!

MCLE: Civility and Professionalism in the Practice of Law - What Does This Mean for Women Lawyers Today?

03/09/2017 12:15 pm

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March 9, 2017
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

USDC, Courtroom 8C, 8th Floor
Chambers of The Honorable Dolly Gee
350 W. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Please join esteemed panelists Hon. Dolly Gee (USDC), Hon. Laura Seigle (LASC), and Arbitrator/Mediator Cynthia Pasternak, Esq. for a brown-bag discussion on current behavior trends amongst practitioners, observations from the bench, and ways that we can each do our part to elevate the profession.

Free for APAWLA members and students
$20 for non-members (please bring cash or check)

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APAWLA Annual Luau 2016

08/27/2016 6:00 pm

You are cordially invited to join us at:

APAWLA's Annual Luau 2016

APAWLA Luau 2015 Flyer
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Delicious Hawaiian Food! Fun for the entire family!

Saturday, August 27, 2016
6:00PM - 8:00PM

Back Home in Lahaina
519 E. Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745

Featured Entertainment: Brian Yamamoto & Dane Matsumura
Brian Yamamoto is soft-spoken off-stage, but an explosive singer on-stage. His ability to capture the essence of every song is uncanny, especially when one witnesses the range of his repertoire. Just try to pick a song that he doesn't know! His performing styles range from rhythm and blues, country, gospel to Hawaiian. It doesn't matter if it's a James Brown song or a Frank Sinatra standard; Brian never gives you a chance to miss the original. He has sung with Local Mojo for the last five years and is a large reason for the band's popularity. Additionally, he is a popular solo artist whose performances have helped support community-based organizations such as the ACLU and other progressive causes.

Dane Matsumura was 13 years old when he began playing the electric base guitar. After high school, he was on the road for two years with a nightclub cover band that performed all over the Western United States and Canada. In 1978 he joined the Asian American band "Hiroshima" and played on their first two albums, titled "Hiroshima" and "Odori." In 1981, he received a Grammy nomination for "Best R&B Instrumental Performance" as one of the co-writers of "Winds of Change" from Hiroshima's second album. He performed and toured with Hiroshima until 1982. He has produced three CDs for Crane Productions. He resides in Gardena, CA and is currently a freelance bassist.

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$35 Early Bird (extended through 8/22/2015)
$45 Regular Price and At-The-Door
$30 for Students
$20 for Children 7-12 Years Old
FREE for Children 6 Years Old or Younger
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A Celebration of APA Women Law Firm Partners in Los Angeles

09/16/2016 5:30 pm

APAWLA Luau 2015 Flyer

The Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA) is proud to present:


Friday, September 16, 2016
5:30 PM Registration
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Reception

Southwestern Law School
3050 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Ticket Price $40
Honorees & Judicial Attendees: Complimentary (Please RSVP)

Hors D'oeuvres and champagne toast will be provided.

This event will be open to everyone! We will feature some great speakers and will honor the approximately 100 APA Women Partners in LA Law Firms. The venue will include food, a cash bar, and a champagne toast.

Our goal is to bring attention to the great strides that APA women have made in LA law firms and celebrate their hard work and positions of power in the legal profession.

Become a Sponsor!
Sponsorship Levels
$100 – Nonprofit (1 ticket)
$250 – Bronze (2 tickets)
$500 – Silver (4 tickets)
$1,000 – Gold (6 tickets)
$2,500 – Platinum (10 tickets)
Program Booklet Ad sizes and specifications to be updated shortly.

To RSVP as an honoree or judicial attendee, or for questions, please contact:
Heidi Yoshioka at

Purchase Your Ticket Here
Tickets are $40 (+ $1.46 Paypal Fee)

If you are purchasing Multiple Tickets, please indicate the names of your guests in the "Add special instructions to the seller" section of the PayPal Payment Page.

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Talk Story Dinner with APAWLA & JABA YLG

06/24/2016 6:30 pm

Friday, June 24, 2016

Far East Plaza
Chinatown Los Angeles
727 N. Broadway, Unit 120
Los Angeles, CA 90012

APAWLA and JABA's YLG are excited to invite you to our first Talk Story Dinner Series. Talk Story is a Hawaiian tradition of personally sharing important stories to preserve them for future generations. We present these intimate dinners to our members to foster professional development and mentorship opportunities. Each dinner will focus on a particular industry or area of the law.

This month, we are partnering with the Japanese American Bar Association (JABA). This Talk Story Dinner will feature, Sabina Helton, partner at Buchalter Nemer, and Harumi Hata, partner at Seyfarth Shaw, and is tailored to address topics facing female associates in big law.

$30 per seat for APAWLA members
(includes a 4-course prix fixe menu and gratuity)

To RSVP, please use the paypal button below to pay for your seat.
We will manage the waitlist in the order that RSVP's are received.

Please contact if you have any questions.

APAWLA 2016 Annual Installation Dinner

05/13/2016 5:30 pm

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Join us for APAWLA's Annual Installation Dinner!

May 13, 2016
5:30 PM Cocktails
6:30 PM Program Begins Promptly

Join us for a Conversation with California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu.

Public Service Award Recipients
California Labor Commissioner Julie Su
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Fumiko Hachiya Wasserman

Los Angeles Music Center
5th Floor
135 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Parking is $9 after 5:00 PM at the Music Center Garage. Enter via 165 S. Grand Avenue. After parking, take garage elevators to street level, exit and turn right. Take Gold Elevators (on Grand Avenue between garage and Kendall's Brasserie) to the 5th Floor.

Individual Ticket Prices
$125 Individual Tickets by May 3, 2016
$135 Individual Tickets after May 3, 2016
$110 Non-Profit (501(c)(3)) / Judicial Officer
To purchase tickets, just click on the PayPal button below! Please purchase one ticket at a time and include the attendee's name before clicking "Buy Now."
Seating is limited.

Become a Table Sponsor!

Gold Sponsor $3,000
- Table of 10 with preferred seating
- Full-page ad in program booklet
- Recognition at dinner

Silver Sponsor $2,000
- Table of 10 with preferred seating
- Half-page ad in program booklet
- Recognition at dinner

Bronze Sponsor $1,250
- Table of 10
- Recognition in program booklet
- Recognition at dinner

Purchase an ad in our Program Booklet!
Front/back Cover Full-page (5.5" x 8.5") $750
Full-page (5.5" x 8.5") $375
Half-page (5.5" x 4.25") $250
Quarter-page (2.75" x 4.25") $125

Ad Deadline: April 25, 2015
Please email high-resolution ads to Ads submitted after April 25, 2015 may be included in program booklet as an insert. Please send ad payments to Ayano Wolff, as listed below.

**To become a Table Sponsor or to Purchase and Ad, please contact us at**
Please send all sponsorship checks to:

Ayano Wolff, APAWLA Treasurer
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA
1145 Wilshire Blvd, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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Celebrate Women's History Month 2016

03/31/2016 6:00 pm

Join APAWLA, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (BWL), California Women Lawyers (CWL), Latina Lawyers Bar Association (LLBA), and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) as we

Celebrate Women's History Month 2016

Keynote Speaker
Antonia Hernandez
President and CEO, California Community Foundation

Thursday, March 31, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Drago Centro
525 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Valet parking is free with validation. Valet parking is located at 525 South Flower Street at the City National Bank Plaza underground parking garage. The underground parking garage is accessible on the right-hand side of Flower just south of 5th Street.

Cost: $25

RSVP Required by clicking here.

Our five women's bar associations invite you to join us for a cocktail reception to cap off your Women's History Month celebrations. The event will be held at the lovely Drago Centro. Mix and mingle with colleagues old and new.

The festivities will include special guest and keynote speaker, Antonia Hernandez. Nationally regarded for a career spanning four decades in social justice, expertise in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and a lifelong devotion to underserved communities in Los Angeles County and beyond, Antonia Hernandez joined the California Community Foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2004. Previously, Hernandez was president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national nonprofit litigation and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of the nation's Latinos through the legal system, community education, and research and policy initiatives.

MCLE: Immigration 101 (APAWLA, PABA, Advancing Justice)

01/29/2016 12:55 pm

APAWLA, the Philippine American Bar Association (PABA), and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles Present:

Immigration 101: Basics of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law

February 6, 2016
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Asian Americans Advancing Justice
1145 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

This CLE program is uniquely designed to provide attorneys and law students with a general knowledge of the laws governing U.S. citizenship and immigration. A Q&A session will follow.

1.5 CLE credits will be provided.

Speaker: Abraham Lim
For 12 years, Abraham's law practice has been devoted mostly to cases regarding U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. He has written several articles published in local newspapers in Los Angeles.

$15 for General Admission
Free for Law Students
Free for APAWLA and PABA members, and Advancing Justice staff
Free for attendees who commit to volunteering at one immigration or citizenship clinic with Advancing Justice.

Please RSVP by clicking here:

If you are purchasing general admission, please use the Paypal button below to use your credit card.

MCLE: Technology, Cybersecurity, and Lawyer Ethical Responsibilities

11/30/2015 8:17 pm

This MCLE is presented by WENDY WEN YUN CHANG, ESQ.

2 hours of ethics CLE will be provided.

Saturday, January 30, 2016
9:30 AM - Noon

Loyola Law School
Merrifield Hall
919 Albany St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Technology is central to modern legal practice. Our phones today are more powerful in some ways than desktop computers were 20 years ago. Technology helps us practice both faster and at a higher level of quality, often in ways we cannot see. But this growth comes at a potential price. Cyberthreats come hand-in-hand with technology use, and the way we use technology can unknowingly heighten our risk of being hacked, and breaching our ethical obligations. This 2-hour presentation will go through common types of technology used in modern legal practice, review lawyer ethical responsibilities related thereto, discuss how cyberthreats come about in relation to that use, how those threats can be managed and, in the event of a breach, what the ethical rules require in response.

Early Bird Rate (Until 1/25/16)
- $65 for non-members
- $45 for members of all co-sponsoring organizations.
Regular Price (After 1/25/16 & at the door)
- $70 for non-members
- $50 for members of all co-sponsoring organizations. Student and Non-Attorney Price: $10.

For more information, please contact Luci-Ellen Chun at

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YLLS Bar Support Group Event - 12/05/2015

11/30/2015 8:02 pm

Saturday, December 5, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Tom N Toms in Little Tokyo Shopping Ctr
333 S Alameda St, Ste 108
Los Angeles, CA 90013
2-hr validated parking in garage or metered street parking

The CA Bar Exam is arguably one of the hardest bar exams. If you did not pass the 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. For that reason, we created 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. Feel free to widely distribute the event information. Everyone is welcome.

To RSVP, please email
Last Day to RSVP is 12/3/2015.

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