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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.


End of Summer Luau - 9/15/12

09/15/2012 6:00 pm

You Are Invited to APAWLA's
End of Summer Luau

When: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: 6-9 pm

Where: Back Home in Lahaina

519 E. Carson Street, Carson, CA

Delicious Hawaiian food!
Incredible Hawaiian music by O'ahu!
Lovely hula dancers!
Charming & Talented Emcee Mia Yamamoto!

Tickets: $75 Early Bird (By 9/12/12-- ended--), $80 At the Door,
$35 Student, $25 Child (10 and under)

$150 Big Kahuna* (2 drink tickets & a big ALOHA!)

RSVP, Reserve your space & Pay by Paypal Today at

Hurry! Space is limited!

Tropical Attire Encouraged


Thank you to our generous sponsors SIDLEY AUSTIN LLP and McBurney and Chuck.

Ticket prices

NAPABA Western Regional Conference- APAWLA panel - 8/25/12


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is having its 2012 Western Regional Conference on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, CA.

The conference is being hosted by the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA) and the Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OC KABA).

Some of the highlights of the conference include: A variety of CLE panels led by prominent private-practice attorneys, judges, and in-house counsel; a gala dinner featuring Rani Hong, who is the Special Advisor to the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking and co-founder of the Tronie Foundation; a lunch plenary session featuring Christine Yoo, who will make her feature film debut with the award-winning movie Wedding Palace; and a re-enactment of the trial of Minoru Yasui (led by OC Superior Court Judge Kirk Nakamura).

APAWLA panel
Among the programs featured at this conference is the program that APAWLA will be presenting entitled, "Breaking the Glass Ceiling--Where Do We Stand Now? From an Asian Pacific American Perspective." Our distinguished panelists include Anna Y. Park, Regional Attorney for the Los Angeles District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Toni J. Jaramilla, a very dedicated and compassionate employment law attorney, and Gowri Ramachandran, a Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School who teaches Constitutional Law and Employment Law, and is Co-editor of the Journal of Legal Education. The program moderator is Diane M. L. Tan, a retired Administrative Law Judge and APAWLA's treasurer and co-founder.

This panel will present an interactive discussion about glass ceiling problems faced by Asian Pacific Americans in the legal workplace due to their race and gender; what rights and effective strategies are available to eliminate such discriminatory treatment and break the glass ceiling; and what efforts are still needed to increase the inclusion and advancement of Asian Pacific Americans in significant positions and to ensure fair and equal treatment in the workplace."

About the Conference
All APAWLA members are invited to sign up and attend this exciting and informative conference. APAWLA is an affiliate bar association of NAPABA.

According to the Official Website for the conference, the cost for the entire conference package, which includes all Saturday events and Gala Dinner, for Private Practice/In-House Counsel--$235/registrant, Judges/Government/Public Organizations--$195/registrant; and Law Students--$135/registrant. Discount for early bird registration: $20 off entire conference package if individual registers by August 1, 2012. The conference co-hosts also are seeking sponsors for the conference.

For more information regarding the conference, please visit the conference website:

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