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Support CPAF's Hopeline Phone Drive - now through June 30, 2013


IT’S TIME to do some spring cleaning by recycling those old cell phones and cell phone accessories that you no longer use or need to support a worthwhile cause.

The Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA) has volunteered to help the Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) with its HopeLine Phone Drive. For every cell phone and accessory (e.g., home chargers, car chargers, holsters, headsets, etc.) collected through this phone drive by June 30, 2013, Verizon Wireless will donate $5 to CPAF for each of those items collected. CPAF is having this phone drive in order to raise funds to replace the frequently-used vans at its Emergency and Transitional Shelters for survivors of domestic violence.

Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF)
Established in 1978, CPAF is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization specializing in providing culturally and linguistically sensitive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

Today, CPAF responds to thousands of crisis calls on its 24-hour hotline in 30 API languages and shelters hundreds of women and children, in addition to providing community education and outreach. For more information about CPAF’s hotline, call: 1-800-339-3940.

CPAF’s HopeLine Phone Drive
Many of the women who enter CPAF’s emergency and transitional shelters come with nothing but the clothes on their back and very often without their own mode of transportation. The vans at CPAF’s emergency and transitional shelters are used daily to transport survivors from violent homes to a safe shelter, to and from legal and medical appointments, and to help move families out of shelters and into their own permanent housing. These vans are a critical means of support for these survivors, but those vehicles are aging and need to be replaced!

In order to meet the traveling needs of CPAF’s clients, CPAF has teamed up with Verizon Wireless and APAWLA as well as various other groups, such as Asian American Journalists Association-L.A. Chapter (AAJA-LA), to raise funds to replace its shelter vans. From now through June 30, 2013, CPAF’s goal is to collect 5,000 no-longer-used cell phones and accessories (chargers, cases, headsets), regardless if they are in working condition or not, for which Verizon will donate $5 per unit.

By assisting CPAF with this year’s Hopeline Phone Drive, you will help survivors continue on the path to a new beginning. APAWLA has two collection sites where you can drop off your old cell phones and accessories:

Downtown L.A.: Catherine Endo Chuck, McBirney & Chuck, A Professional Corporation, 800 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 340, Los Angeles, CA 90017; Telephone: (213) 688-9100 [No free parking available]

South Bay: K. Anne Inoue, Attorney at Law, Law Offices of K. Anne Inoue, 3828 West Carson Street, Suite 102, Torrance, CA 90503; Telephone: (424) 634-9240 [Free parking available in parking lot]

APAWLA also will have a collection box available at the upcoming Dim Sum Mentorship Social of our Young Lawyers and Law Students (YLLS) Committee on Saturday, May 18 @ 10:30 a.m., at NBC Seafood Restaurant in Monterey Park.

Help support CPAF’s HopeLine Phone Drive and tell your friends, relatives and colleagues about this phone drive. No donation receipts will be issued for the items collected. For more information about CPAF’s HopeLine Phone Drive, visit HopelinePhoneDrive or contact

Navigating the Workplace: Discussion on how to handle difficult challenges in the workplace - 04/20/2013

04/20/2013 2:00 pm

Join APAWLA YLLS for an informal and relaxed afternoon where two of our APAWLA executive board members (Current President and Past-President) share their journey and offer candid suggestions on navigating workplace challenges. Enjoy delicious munchies and great company!

Featured Speakers: Hon. Cynthia Loo and Mia Yamamoto

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Los Angeles Arts District
Price: Complementary for members, $15 for non-members.
Join today! Law Student membership is free!


Contact: If you have any questions about the event, please contact YLLS co-chair, Sandy Yu at

To view the flyer for this event, please click here: Navigating the Workplace Flyer

Luncheon with Justice Sabrina McKenna - April 11, 2013

04/11/2013 12:00 pm

Join APAWLA for an informal luncheon conversation with

Justice Sabrina S. McKenna
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawai’i

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12-1:30 PM

111 South San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Main Menu Choice: "Fu-Ga Bento" - sashimi and tempura
Alternate Menu Choices: "21 Days Aged Premium Rib Eye Steak Bento" or "Salmon Teriyaki Bento"

For an alternate menu choice, please e-mail your selected menu choice to Diane at by Tuesday, April 9.

Parking: free validated parking. Enter the garage on San Pedro between 1st and 2nd St.

Cost for Lunch: $25


Click here to view the flyer for this event.

Annual Meeting and Installation - 3/21/2013

03/21/2013 6:00 pm

APAWLA Annual Meeting and Installation

Installation of 2013-2014 Officers and Board by Judge Holly Fujie

In Special Recognition
Justice Kathryn Doi Todd (ret.)
First Asian-American Woman Judge in the U.S.
Judge Fumiko Wasserman
Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court

When: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 6-8 pm
Where: Taipan Restaurant
Wells Fargo Center, 2d Floor
330 S. Hope St., Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90071

Admission: $25 at the door
(early bird prices have ended)

Members can renew their membership and New Members can sign up at the door.

Mentoring Reception - Susan Yu and Mia Yamamoto - POSTPONED



(originally scheduled for 2/24)

Special Guest speakers: Susan Yu and Mia Yamamoto,
APAWLA Board Members

Meet and be inspired by these remarkable women.
Susan and Mia are two of the most respected and accomplished Asian women lawyers in the nation.
Join us for an informal afternoon where they share their journey and suggestions for forging your own path.


RSVP and Pay via paypal.
Members/Law students - $15
Non-members - $20
At the door - $20

So You're Interested In Being A Judge... - 1/17/2013

01/17/2013 6:00 pm

Panel Presented by the Criminal Justice Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

The path to judicial appointment may seem daunting and mystifying to many who wish to serve on the bench. This panel is designed to bring clarity to the process and to encourage qualified candidates to apply. You will have a chance to hear directly from Joshua P. Groban, Senior Advisor for Policy and Appointments for Governor Jerry Brown, Lara M. Krieger, Vice Chair of the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE), and Judge Peter Espinoza, Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Hon. Peter Paul Espinoza, Los Angeles County Superior Court
Joshua P. Groban, Senior Advisor for Policy and Appointments to Governor Jerry Brown
Lara M. Krieger, Greines Martin Stein & Richland LLP

Co-Sponsors Include:
MABA (Mexican American Bar Association)
APABA (Asian Pacific American Bar Association)
SCCLA(Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association)
JABA (Japanese American Bar Association)
LLBA (Latina Lawyers Bar Association)
BWLA of Los Angeles (Black Women Lawyers Association)
Langston Bar Association
WLALA (Women Lawyer's Association of Los Angeles)
APAWLA (Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance)
SABA-SC (South Asian Bar Association - Southern California)

Includes 1.5 hours of general CLE credit.

Date: Thursday, January 17 2013

Registration | 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Program | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Los Angeles County Bar Association
1055 West 7th Street, 27th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Room: La Fig: La Brea/La Cienega/Figueroa Conference Room

Parking: Parking is $5.00 after 5:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE for all attendees!

Click here to Register Online!
Registration Code: 011855

Registration by phone is available at (213) 896-6560 Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Registration by mail must be received by January 16 at:
Los Angeles County Bar Association
P.O. Box 55020,
Los Angeles, CA 90055-2020.

Advance registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on January 16. While advance registration (both online and via phone) closes for most programs approximately 12-24 hours before event time (in order to allow for operational considerations), LACBA would still like to have you attend, and you are more than welcome to register on-site and attend, unless the program is specifically noted as SOLD OUT.

13th Annual APA Holiday Toy Drive - 12/6/2012

12/06/2012 6:00 pm

Come join us as we begin the holiday season to help collect toys for those less fortunate children in the APA Community!

Our 13th Annual APA Holiday Toy Drive and Reception will be held on this Thursday, December 6 from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Japanese American National Museum.

Admission is a toy worth at least $20 or a suggested minimum donation of $20.

You will be treated to a wonderful reception with MUSIC (Fujazz and Nate Tao), FOOD (Lawry’s, Mantra, the Park’s Finest, pastries, etc.) and BEVERAGES (Hpnotiq, Sapporo beer, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf)! It’s a great networking event, and you can also take a tour of the museum for free until 8 pm, with the admission.

This event benefits hundreds of children for the dozen beneficiary APA community service organizations. Our own Diane and Anne have been co-chairing this event for many years, and we’d love to see many APAWLA sisters attend the event!

Parent Support Network Luncheon - 11/16/2012

11/16/2012 12:00 pm

Come join us for APAWLA's popular and informative PARENTS SUPPORT NETWORK LUNCHEON!

** NOTE: The venue has changed for this luncheon!!**

We welcome everyone --- those juggling parenthood and a legal career, those who are contemplating parenthood, those juggling a legal career and trying to have a personal life, or anyone else who likes to socialize and eat, i.e. Mia & Cynthia!
We will have an informal discussion on the relevant issues while enjoying a great meal together.

Where: Taipan – 330 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
213) 626-6688

Date: Friday, November 16, 2012

Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Cost: Only $15 per person for APAWLA members and
$18 per person for non-members, if paid in advance
($20 per person at the door, but spaces are limited)

Parking: 2-hour validated parking in building.

RSVP by Wed., November 14 by paying online below.

11-16-2012 Parent Support Lunch

Mentoring Brunch - 10/27/12

10/27/2012 10:30 am

APAWLA's Mentoring Brunch

When: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: El Cholo Cafe in Pasadena
260 East Colorado Blvd., Suite 203, Pasadena, CA 91101
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers, and $35 at the door.
RSVP and pay by PayPal at by October 25, 2012.

Guest speakers:

Angela E. Oh, an attorney, teacher, public lecturer, and civil rights activist
Jasleen Kohli, Director of the Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA School of Law

You are invited to join your APAWLA sisters and friends for another APAWLA Mentoring Brunch - an afternoon of networking, friendship and good food. Hear from APAWLA's distinguished special guest speakers re alternative law-related careers and how they became involved in law-related careers dealing with race relations and other matters of interest.

Hope to see you!

--please pay at the door--

Parent Support Network Luncheon - 9/7/12

Come join us for APAWLA's upcoming popular and informative

We welcome everyone---those juggling parenthood and a legal career; those who are contemplating parenthood; those juggling a legal career and trying to have a personal life... or anyone else who likes to socialize and eat, such as the well-known foodies in APAWLA! We will be having an informal discussion on relevant issues while enjoying a great meal together.

Where: Fu-ga Restaurant--Izakaya & Bar, 111 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA, (213) 625-1722

Date: Friday, September 7, 2012

Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Cost: Only $17 per person for APAWLA members and $20 per person for non-members, if paid in advance
($22 per person at the door, but spaces are limited)

Parking: 2-hour validated parking in building's parking structure; entrance for parking on San Pedro St., between 1st & 2nd Streets

The Delicious Menu!
Soup: Miso soupEntree: Salmon Teriyaki and Tempura or the alternate choice of Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura and Rainbow Roll (tuna, salmon, albacore, shrimp, and avocado on top of California roll)Beverages: No host [which means that tea, soda, and other beverages, except water, are not included in the cost of each meal]

RSVP by Wed., Sept. 5 by paying online.

If you would like the alternate meal choice or have a specific diet request, please e-mail your request to Diane at by Sept. 5.


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