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APAWLA's 2018 Annual Luau

08/18/2018 6:00 pm

APAWLA's 2018 Annual Luau

Saturday, August 18, 2018
6:00 PM

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

RSVP Required!
Please RSVP to Jana Seng at

Ticket Prices
At the door and after July 31 August 15th: Member/Co-Sponsor** $45 | Non-member $50
Early bird by July 31 August 15th: Member/Co-Sponsor** $35 | Non-member $40
Student: $30
Children (7 to 12 years old): $20
Children (6 years and under): Free (but please RSVP!)

General Questions can be directed to Leana Taing at

"This is one of my favorite events and I always love bringing my kids to it. Plus, Back Home in Lahaina has the BEST Hawaiian food!" - Shirley Wei, SCCLA President 2018-2019

Thank you to our Luau Community Co-sponsors

Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA)
Japanese American Bar Association (JABA)
San Fernando Valley Bar Association (SFVBA)

**The member and co-sponsor rates are offered to APAWLA members in good standing and members of Co-Sponsoring Organizations in good standing.

APAWLA's Parent Support Network Luncheon

04/17/2018 3:15 pm

Discussion Topic: Juggling and Prioritizing Work, Family and Life Matters While Trying to Stay Sane and Happy

Date: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Place: Ocean Seafood Restaurant (in L.A. Chinatown)
750 North Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Parking: Parking Lot with entrance on Broadway - $3 validated parking

Join us for our first Parents Support Network Luncheon this year. The lunch will include dim sum and other delicious Chinese food for $18 per person, and a lively and interactive discussion regarding the above topic.

You do not have to be a parent to attend this luncheon. All APAWLA members and other interested family members, friends, or colleagues are welcome to come to our PSN luncheon.

RSVP by Wednesday, April 25, 2018 to Diane at

APAWLA 2018 Installation Dinner

05/11/2018 5:30 pm

Join us for APAWLA's 2018 Annual Installation Dinner!

Join us for a Conversation with Congressman Ted Lieu.

Public Service Awardees
- Diane M.L. Tan, Retired Administrative Law Judge
- Karin Wang, Executive Director of UCLA Law's David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy

Friday, May 11, 2018
5:30 PM Cocktails
6:30 PM Program

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. IMPORTANT NOTE: The Music Center plaza is undergoing renovation. During this time, Classic Parking might only accept CASH for payment if needed.

Please RSVP to
Jana Seng at

Individual Ticket Prices
**Early Bird Prices (by May 4th)**
$125 Individual Tickets
$110 Non-Profit/Government/Judicial Officer
$100 Law Student
**Regular Prices (after April 30th May 4th)**
$150 Individual Tickets
$120 Non-Profit/Government/Judicial Officer
$100 Law Student
**Free for Volunteers**

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!
Full-page (8.5” x 11”) Inner Front/Back cover - $750
Full-page (8.5” x 11”) Internal - $375
Half-page (8.5” x 5.5”) - $250
Quarter-page (4.25” x 5.5”) - $125
Specifications: Ads can be submitted in ANY format. High resolution images or files are required. If the image is not high resolution and if there is enough time, APAWLA will contact you to request a high resolution image.

Ad Deadline: April 25, 2018 April 30, 2018
Please email high-resolution ads to Ads submitted after April 30, 2018 may be included in program booklet as an insert. Please send ad payments to Jana Seng, as listed below. You can also pay for your ad via the Paypal button below, but there is a transaction fee included for use of the PayPal button.

Please send any physical sponsorship checks to:
Jana Seng, APAWLA Treasurer
Alternate Public Defender's Office
210 W temple Street, 18th floor
Los Angeles 90012

**To become a Table Sponsor or to Purchase an Ad, please contact Jana Seng at**

Phoenix Rising

02/24/2018 10:00 am

The Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA) and The Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA) present

Phoenix Rising
A Program to Empower and Advance Women Lawyers

Saturday, February 24, 2017
9:00am - 1:00pm

Loyola Law School
Marrifield Hall
919 Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Speakers Include:
1) Hailyn Chen, Litigation Partner, Munger, Tolles, & Olsen
2) LASC Judge Holly Fujie
3) LASC Judge Fumiko Wasserman
4) Jana Seng, Alternate Public Defender
5) Kern County Commissioner Cynthia Loo

Come and hear these great women speakers discuss topics on:
1) How to Advance to the Next Level of Your Career;
2) Do's and Don't's for Court Appearances; and
3) Sexual Harassment and Discrimination.

MCLE 2.5 Hours, Including Elimination of Bias

Cost (Breakfast will be served)
$25 for APAWLA & SCCLA Members
$30 for Non-Members

RSVP and Pay at:

For more information, please contact: Nina Hong at or Beti Tsai Bergman at

MCLE*: Demystifying How to Start and Maintain a Successful Solo Practice

11/24/2017 11:11 am

APAWLA Presents:

APAWLA MCLE*: Demystifying How to Start and Maintain a Successful Solo Practice

Monday, December 11, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Pilipino Workers Center (PWC)
153 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Street parking available.

Please RSVP by December 8, 2017 by clicking here, or visiting:
A complimentary light dinner will be provided, so please RSVP so that we can get a head count.

Have you ever considered starting your own law practice but didn't know where to begin? Do you want to learn strategies and practical tips to help build your solo practice? Are you feeling overwhelmed by trying to raise a child or children and/or remain actively involved in other volunteer/bar association activities while maintaining your solo practice? Do you know where to find free or low cost resources to start or enhance your solo practice? Do you want to learn how to start your own public interest law firm and create your ideal dream job?

Please come and hear from three APA women who have decades of combined experience as solo practitioners. They will discuss their own practices in the areas of criminal defense, immigration law, and civil rights/education law, and will share practical tips and strategies so that you can walk away feeling ready to start your own practice or build your current solo practice.

*An application requesting MCLE credit for this activity is pending approval by the State Bar of California*

Shirley Wei, Law Office of Shirley Wei
Miho Murai, Law Office of Miho Murai
Mia Yamamoto, Law Office of Mia Yamamoto

Jana Seng, Deputy Alternate Public Defender

For more information, please contact Miho Murai at

Investiture of Wesley L. Hsu as Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court

11/24/2017 11:07 am

CONGRATULATIONS to APAWLA Board Member Wesley L. Hsu for his appointment as a Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court!

You are cordially invited to the investiture of Wesley L. Hsu.

Hosted by the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association. Co-Sponsored by APAWLA and sister bar associations.

Friday, December 8, 2017
4:00 PM

Stanley Mosk Courthouse
Presiding Judge's Courtroom
111 North Hill Street, Room 222
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Reception Immediately Following Ceremony at
225 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

APAWLA Parent Support Network Luncheon

10/14/2017 12:30 pm

Please join APAWLA for our next Parent Support Network Luncheon!

Saturday, October 14, 2017
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Rancho Palos Verdes
**exact address will only be provided to those who RSVP**

Please RSVP by October 12th to
**exact address will only be provided to those who RSVP**

$10 for APAWLA Members
$20 for non-members
Please pay in advance through the paypal button below.

Menu: Bento Lunches
Please choose between Chicken, Fish or Vegetarian.

Featuring: "30 Days to Healthy Living and Beyond"
A presentation on the importance of nutrition and personal care by Tracy Nakaoka

Feeling overwhelmed and stressed lately? Not eating properly or getting enough sleep? Trying to juggle too many things at work and at home, as well as fulfilling your other numerous commitments? Forgetting to focus on staying healthy too?

Join us for a bento box lunch and an informative and useful presentation by Tracy Nakaoka. This includes an interactive conversation about a synergistic approach to Anti-Aging and Health Living by what we put "ON" and "IN" our bodies. Discover how changing your attitude and approach can create the power to transform your life and the lives of others, with an emphasis on nutrition and personal care. Tracy is an APAWLA member, an attorney, and a District Manager and Independent Consultant with Arbonne International.

APAWLA Annual Membership Meeting and YLLS Reception

07/28/2017 5:08 pm

APAWLA Annual Membership Meeting and Young Lawyers and Law Students (YLLS) Reception

Thursday, September 21, 2017
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Izakaya & Bar Fu-Ga
111 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Free appetizers. Happy Hour drink specials.
Free parking for 3 hours with validation.

RSVP required by Monday, September 18, 2017.
Please click here to RSVP for this event.

Free for APAWLA members.
$20 for Non-APAWLA-members

Become a member or renew your membership today!
Join now, and your membership will be valid through December 2018.
You can become a member at the door or online by clicking on the "Join Us" tab above.

Questions? Please email Eleanor Ung at

APAWLA's 2017 Annual Luau

08/26/2017 6:00 pm

APAWLA's 2017 Annual LUAU!


Saturday, August 26, 2017
6:00 PM

Back Home in Lahaina
519 E. Carson Street
Carson, California

Featured Entertainment: Na Hoaloha Band
Translated to "Friends" in Hawaiian, Na Hoaloha Band features Ted "Maka" Makalena, Jim "Jimmy" Ng, Pudge Albao and a guest artist. The members of Na Hoaloha Band have been playing music all of their lives before they started playing together as a band. Maka performs the vocals and plays the ukulele and guitar. Jimmy is also a vocal artist and plays the bass guitar. Pudge plays percussion.

The program will also include Hula Lessons by Donna Ogawa.

Door Prizes will be offered.

RSVP required!
RSVP to:

Prices **WE ARE NOW SOLD OUT!!**
$35 Early Bird
$45 At-The-Door
$30 for Students
$20 for Children 7-12 Years Old
FREE for Children 6 Years Old or Younger

Menu Includes:
White Rice
Veggie Fried Saimin with Tofu
Spam Musubi
Fruit Salad
Ramen Cabbage Salad
Macaroni Salad
Hawaiian BBQ Beef
Lahaina Fried Chicken
Kalua Pork
Assorted Cheesecakes
Tea, Punch, Soda
No Host Bar Serving Wine & Beer

Thank you to

for sponsoring our 2017 Luau!

Thank you also to our community co-sponsors:

Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Japanese American Bar Association
Korean American Bar Association
Philippine American Bar Association
San Fernando Valley Bar Association
Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
Thai American Bar Association

Thank you to all the individuals who donated the door prizes!

APAWLA Meet-up: 2017 Higashi Honganji Obon Festival

07/28/2017 4:57 pm

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Meet-up at 5:00 PM

Location of Festival:
Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple
505 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Meet at the front entrance.

Parking will be available at the Medical Building on 3rd Street, across from the Temple at 420 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. The lot entrance is on Boyd Street.


RSVP and Questions:
Please contact

The Obon Festival features food, games, farmers market, flower market, tea ceremony demonstrations, traditional Bon Odori dancing, and various types of entertainment for kids and adults. Cultural performances/exhibitions begin at 1:30 pm featuring hereandnow and Lumbini Child Development Center Kids, Halau Hula "A" Ala Anuhea, Kinnara Taiko, Erica Nagashima, Bombu/Kitsune Taiko, and happyfunsmile. Manto-E services will begin at 5:30 pm. The tradition of Manto-e during the Obon Festival is to light the sky with "ten thousand lanterns," originating about 1,200 years ago. Manto-e lanterns can be offered in memory of a departed love one. Bon Odori dancing will begin at 6:30 pm.

Obon is a traditional event to honor and express gratitude to the spirits of our ancestors, those before us who provided us with the gift of life. Each year, obon is held as a time to celebrate the return of the spirits of our ancestors.

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