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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.

APAWLA-Bet Tzedek Family Preparedness Workshop

06/26/2017 11:58 am


APAWLA-Bet Tzedek Family Preparedness Workshop

Sunday, July 9, 2017
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Asian Youth Center
100 West Clary Avenue
San Gabriel, CA 91776

To Volunteer, please RSVP with APAWLA by July 5 to:
Sandy Yu
(213) 365-0671

Please join APAWLA and Bet Tzedek at our upcoming Family Preparedness Workshop! Families in Los Angeles County today can face a whole range of obstacles, including emergencies that may take parents out of the country and make them temporarily unable to care for their children. The consequences can be devastating - children can be left without any person having the legal authority to enroll them in school or to authorize medical treatment.

APAWLA seeks attorney and non-attorney volunteers to conduct one-on-one consultations and help equip families with the knowledge and tools necessary to provide for their children's temporary care.

MCLE-eligible training will be provided for volunteers promptly at 12:00PM.

To volunteer, please see the RSVP information above.

APAWLA 2017 Installation Dinner

06/09/2017 5:30 pm


Join us for APAWLA's 2017 Annual Installation Dinner!

June 9, 2017
5:30 PM Cocktails
6:30 PM Program

Join us for a Conversation with ACLU Deputy Legal Director Cecillia Wang.

Public Service Award Recipient
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles Litigation Director Laboni Hoq

President's Award Recipient
Superior Court of California, County of Kern Commissioner Cynthia Loo

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.

Individual Ticket Prices
$125 Individual Tickets by May 31, 2017 **EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 8, 2017**
$135 Individual Tickets after May 31, 2017 **EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 8, 2017**
$110 Non-Profit (501(c)(3)) / Judicial Officer
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."
Seating is limited.

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!
Front/back Cover Full-page (5.5" x 8.5") $750
Full-page (5.5" x 8.5") $375
Half-page (5.5" x 4.25") $250
Quarter-page (2.75" x 4.25") $125

Ad Deadline: May 26, 2017
Please email high-resolution ads to Ads submitted after May 26, 2017 may be included in program booklet as an insert. Please send ad payments to Ayano Wolff, 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:
Ayano Wolff, APAWLA Treasurer
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA
1145 Wilshire Blvd, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

**To become a Table Sponsor or to Purchase and Ad, please contact us at**

YLLS Presents: Informal Summer Job Brainstorm

03/20/2017 1:15 pm

The Young Lawyers and Law Students (YLLS) Committee of APAWLA Presents:

Informal Summer Job Brainstorm!

APAWLA YLLS Informal Summer Job Discussion

APAWLA YLLS Informal Summer Job Discussion Job Announcements

APAWLA YLLS: So What Happens Next? Preparing for the Bar Exam

03/05/2017 5:17 pm

RSVP BY MARCH 15 TO: Calimay Pham at

APAWLA YLLS Bar Prep Event March 2017


So What Happens Next? Preparing for the Bar Exam

Come and learn everything you want to know (but have been too afraid to even think about) about the bar exam. We will cover exam format, bar prep courses and materials, study strategies, and most importantly, expecting the unexpected! All are welcome to attend. Please distribute widely.

Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Location: Tom N Toms
Little Tokyo Shopping Center
333 S. Alameda St., Ste. 108
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Cost: Free

Parking: validated mall parking and street parking available

RSVP BY MARCH 15 TO: Calimay Pham at
Be sure to include any questions you want addressed during our program!

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