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ADR Effective Use & Combating Bias

03/21/2015 1:00 pm
03/21/2015 4:30 pm

Elimination of Bias: Strategies to Reduce the Effect of Implicit Bias

Saturday, March 21, 2015
1:00pm - 4:30pm

Merrifield Hall
Loyola Law School
919 Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(Parking on campus is $9.00.)

1) Professor Hiro Aragaki, whose research and writing focuses on ADR theory and practice
2) Christine Page, former business litigator who has transitioned her practice to mediation/arbitration
3) Darryl Darden, retired military and law enforcement / 2014 DFEH Civil Rights Fellow
4) Mediator: Angela Oh, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing

Earn CLE Credits!
3 Hours of CLE credits, including 1 hour of Elimination of Bias CLE.

This CLE program and discussion forum will be of interest to both litigation and transaction attorneys. The Elimination of Bias presentation will include recent findings that demonstrate how "implicit" bias can influence decisions among judges and lawyers in the justice system. Strategies that can be used to reduce the effect of "implicit" bias in the courts, in dealing with opposing counsel and in representation of client interests will be discussed, along with the phenomenon of beliefs held by judges and lawyers that their behaviors are NOT biased because so much work has gone into eliminating or preventing explicit bias.

The ADR portion of the CLE program will focus on the emergence of alternative dispute resolution practice, current areas of research into the efficacy of ADR, and effective use of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques.

Co-Sponsoring organizations include:
Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA)
Japanese American Bar Association (JABA)
Korean American Bar Association (KABA)
Latina Lawyers Bar Association (LLBA)
Philippine American Bar Association (PABA)
South Asian Bar Association (SABA)
Southern California Chinese Lawyers Alliance (SCCLA)
Thai American Bar Association (TABA)
Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA)

REGISTRATION FEES (scroll down to register)
**Member rates are available to all current members of APAWLA and co-sponsoring organizations.**

Price Before March 21st
$45 Member Attorneys
$65 Non-Member Attorneys
$10 Law Students

Price At-The-Door
$55 Member Attorneys
$75 Non-Member Attorneys
$15 Law Students


YLLS Bar Support Group Event - 12/06/2014

10/19/2014 10:39 pm


Saturday, December 6, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 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.

For more info and to RSVP, please visit

Eleanor Ung at
Emmanor Rigonan at
Co-Chairs of the Young Lawyer-Law Student Committee of the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance

APAWLA Mentoring Brunch at Maison Akira - 11/01/2014

09/29/2014 2:48 am


APAWLA Mentoring Brunch 2014 Flyer
Click the image above to download the full flyer.

We invite you to join us at one of APAWLA's signature events. Join us and listen to two brilliant API Women Lawyers tell their inspiring stories.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Maison Akira
713 E. Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

Our speakers include:

Wendy Shiba, Past NAPABA President, 2012-2013
Wendy Shiba is a Wendy Shiba is a retired corporate attorney and business executive whose career of over 30 years included private practice, teaching, government service and serving as executive officer of three NYSE-listed companies. Her corporate positions have included Executive VP, General Counsel and Secretary of KB Home in Los Angeles, CA; Senior VP, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of PolyOne Corporation in Cleveland, OH; and VP, Secretary and Assistant General Counsel of Bowater Incorporated in Greenville, SC. Earlier, she was Corporate Chair of the City of Philadelphia Law Department; a tenured Associate Professor of Law at Temple University School of Law; in private practice with O'Melveny & Myers; and law clerk to Justice Stanley Mosk on the Supreme Court of California. Learn more about her at

Anna Park, Regional Attorney for the LA District Office of the EEOC
Anna Park is responsible for overseeing and directing all litigation on behalf of the EEOC, which covers Southern California, Central California, Southern Nevada, Hawaii, Guam, Wake Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands. Since joining the EEC, Ms. Park has aggressively litigated cases in federal court against private and public employers, receiving large monetary awards and aggressive injunctive relief remedies. Learn more about her at

Ticket Prices
$65 for Member Early Bird (by 10/29)
$80 for Non Member Early Bird (by 10/29)
$75 for Member Regular Price
$90 for Non Member Regular Price
$45 for Law Students
$20 for Children
Purchase your seat(s) below.

Menu Choices (please choose in drop down menu below)
Starter #1: Kabocha and Saikyo Miso Soup OR
Starter #2: House Green Salad in a Tarragon Dressing
Entree #1: Pan Roasted King Salmon in a Lemon Pesto Sauce with Wasabi Potato Mousseline and Seasonal Vegetables OR
Entree #2: Grilled Beef Rib eye Steak in a Marchand du Vin Sauce with Creamer Potato and Assorted Vegetables OR
Entree #3: Sauteéd Hokkaido Scallops and Shrimp in a Lobster Jus with Potato Anglaise and Vegetable Sympatic
CHILDREN'S Entree #1: Chicken Fingers with French Fries
CHILDREN'S Entree #2: Pasta with Chicken and Vegetables
Dessert #1: Warm Apple Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream
Dessert #2: Chocolate and Vanilla Creme Brulee w/ Matcha Macaron

The Annual APAWLA Luau - 9/20/2014

09/20/2014 6:00 pm

APAWLA Luau 2014 Flyer
Click the image above to download the full flyer.

Join us for our Annual Luau celebration! Enjoy some delicious Hawaiian food and some great Hawaiian music.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 | 6:00 PM
Back Home in Lahaina
519 E. Carson Street
Carson, CA

Featured Entertainment: Jason Arimoto
Originally from Hawaii, Los Angeles-based Jason Arimoto, also known on YouTube as "facemeltingukulele," is a two-time winner of the Ukulele Underground Award for Best Vocal Performance of the Year. He has attracted a following for his blues ukulele covers of Jimi Hendrix's Little Wing and John Mayer's Gravity. His original music blends his island roots with reggae and blues, with soulful vocals combining with a bluesy ukulele tone. Jason performs weekly at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach, California.

Congratulating API Women Judges
This year, we are honored to congratulate the amazing API women judges who have recently been sworn in, including:
LA Superior Court Judge Rupa Goswami
LA Superior Court Judge Dorothy Kim
LA Superior Court Judge Teresa Magno
LA Superior Court Judge Alison Matsumoto Estrada
U.S. District Court of the Central District of California Judge Kenly Kiya Kato
OC Superior Court Judge Joanne Motoike
LA Superior Court Judge Ann Park
U.S. District Court of the Central District of California Judge Alka Sagar
**(Please note that not all of the judges have confirmed attendance, but we will congratulate them!)

$115 regular price and at-the-door
$45 for students
$35 for kids 8 to 12 years old
$20 for kids 5 to 7 years old
Free for kids 4 years old or younger
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."

Become a Sponsor!
- Platinum: $2,000 (10 seats w/ full page ad in program book)
- Gold: $1,000 (5 seats w/ half-page ad)
- Silver: $500 (2 seats w/ quarter-page ad)
- Community Sponsor: Purchase 8 seats (w/ recognition in program book)
Ads submitted after September 7th may be inserted into the program booklet on a separate sheet of paper. Please send your ad to:

Purchase an ad in our program booklet!
- Full-page ad: $1,000
- Half-page ad: $600
- Quarter-page ad: $325
- Business Card: $175
Ads submitted after that September 7th may be inserted into the program booklet on a separate sheet of paper. Please send your ad to:



Please email a hi-res image / file of the ad you would like published in our program booklet to

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

(list in development)

**Platinum Sponsors**

Sidley Austin LLP Logo

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Professional Corporation Logo

**Silver Sponsors**

iDepo Reporters Logo

McBirney & Chuck Logo

Mesereau & Yu Logo


**Community Sponsors**





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!!**
**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


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