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The APAWLA YLLS Annual Welcome Reception

08/30/2014 12:00 am

It's that time of year again: Our annual welcome reception! We invite you to join a community of fellow API women in the legal field: both law students and recent attorneys. We will decide what types of events our group would like to hold this year, and we have also set aside time for one-on-one conversations between law students and young lawyers. In the past, we have held dim sum mentorship socials, a clerkship luncheon, panels and breakout sessions on job searching and interview techniques and more.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

Cost per attendee: $15 at the door
We will be providing a family-style lunch.

Please RSVP by using this link (not just on Facebook!) by Friday, August 20:

If you have any questions, please contact YLLS Committee Co-Chairs:
Eleanor Ung at or
Emmanor Rigonan at

APAWLA's Young Lawyers and Law Students (YLLS) Committee focuses on recent law school graduates and law students. For more information about this committee, please visit:

APAWLA-San Diego: Brunch with Hon. Holly J. Fujie, Judge of the Superior Court

07/20/2014 12:00 pm

Save the date for a very special brunch with the Honorable Holly J. Fujie, Judge of the Superior Court.

July 20, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Karl Strauss, Sorrento Mesa
9675 Scranton Road
San Diego, CA 92121

Cost per Person: $35

RSVP by July 18 at 5:00pm by purchasing your seat at

APAWLA-San Diego invites you to join us for a Sunday Brunch on July 20, at Karla Strauss, San Diego, with guest speaker, the Honorable Holly Fujie. Judge Fujie was appointed to the bench in 2011 by Governor Jerry Brown. Prior to her appointment, she was a shareholder in BuchalterNemer, APC, where she practiced corporate and civil litigation. She was the third woman and the first Asian American to serve as the President of the State Bar of California.

Additional details to follow. For questions about this event, including event sponsorship, please contact Lynn Whitcher at

Mock Interview & Resume Review Workshop

07/20/2014 10:30 am

Are you applying for jobs and need to brush up on your interview skills? Are you a practicing attorney who is willing to give a mock interview?

Join us with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA), Japanese American Bar Association (JABA), Korean American Bar Association (KABA), Philippine American Bar Association (PABA), South Asian Bar Association (SABA), Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA) and Thai American Bar Association (TABA) for an Interviewing Skills Workshop designed to focus on API Women lawyers and law students.


Deadline to Submit Resumes for Those Interested in Obtaining A Mock Interview:
Friday, July 18, 2014 to

Event: Sunday, July 20, 2014
10:30am Check-in
11:00 Panel
12:00 Lunch / Walk-in Resume Review
12:30-2:00 Mock Interviews

Location: Loyola Law School
919 Albany St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
There will be directional signs posted for the various rooms.
Registration, Panel, & Lunch will be in the Robertson Courtroom in the Girardi Building.
There will be FREE PARKING in the structure on campus. Just let security know that you are there for the interview workshop.
Please find a map of the campus at:

InterviewEE cost:
Free for current members of APAWLA and co-sponsoring bar associations with registration
$25 for all others (please pay below)
Scholarships available for those with financial hardship (e.g. unemployed). Please inquire at

Mock InterviewER cost: Free

Confirmed Panelists
Aimee Contreras-Camua, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Sharon J. Matsumoto, Chief Deputy District Attorney, LA County District Attorney
Joann Lee, Directing Attorney, API Unit, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)
Moderator: Jennifer Tsao, Associate, Littler Mendelson P.C.

It has been a while since APAWLA held an interviewing skills program with the APA bars and in the current job market, we would like to provide lawyers and law students the opportunity for an experienced attorney in particular fields of law to review their resumes and offer mock interviews.

Jennifer Tsao
Kathy Khommarath
Luci Chun

Click here to view or download the flyer for this event.

SAVE THE DATE! Dinner on Monday


**SOLD OUT!!**
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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

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