SCCLA Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
Elimination of Bias MCLE Announcement
A Conversation with the Honorable Jacqueline Nguyen, 9th Circuit
Moderated by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer
May 24, 2018, 12 - 1 p.m.
Public Works Board Room, Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles 90012
Seating is limited. Please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hosted by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, the Asian Pacific City Attorneys Association and the Los Angeles City Attorneys Association, in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month.
On April 30, 2018, SCCLA members attended the Century City Bar Association’s Banquet in honor of Paul Chan, who received an award for Trial Lawyer of the Year.
APABA is now accepting applications for its 2018 Judicial Pipeline Project, an effort to:
The Pipeline Project will evaluate and assess individuals accepted into the program and tailor its resources to prepare these candidates for the bench. Among the Pipeline Project’s features:
Our pipeline project advisors are Judge Holly Fujie, Judge Rupa Goswami, Wendy Chang, and Jason Lee, and other bench officers have supported this effort since its inception in 2016. Sister bar members who have been members of the California Bar for at least 10 years can apply here until April 30.
Questions? Contact Christina Yang or Roger Hsieh, Co-Chairs of APABA's Judicial Endorsements and Public Appointments Committee, at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCCLA Past President Paul Chan to be Named Trial Lawyer of the Year by Century City Bar Association on April 30, 2018
SCCLA is now accepting Scholarship/Fellowship applications! See attached for applications and instructions. Applications due April 27, 2018.
Application - Scholarships and Fellowships.doc
SCCLA is now accepting applications for Law Student Representatives for the 2018-2019 year! See attached application and instructions. Applications due March 30, 2018.
Application - Student Representatives.doc
Join us for lunch and a timely, informative discussion of recently released SEC guidance on cybersecurity and disclosure requirements with a panel of the industry's most sought after experts in the field.
Who should attend:
CLE: Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA) has arranged for 1 hour of CLE credit through the State Bar of California.
When & Where
Tue, April 24, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
535 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90071
Please RSVP By April 20th
On April 21, 2018, SCCLA Incoming President Shirley Wei, along with other community leaders, met with Senator Hirono of the State of Hawaii to discuss issues concerning APA communities and immigrants’ rights.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) led 62 affiliated national and local Asian Pacific American bar associations in filing an amicus brief http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.napaba.org/resource/resmgr/amicus_briefs/2018/17-965_Amicus_BOM_%28Kim%29.pdf in Trump v. State of Hawaii (No. 17-965 http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/trump-v-hawaii-3/), to be argued before the United States Supreme Court on April 25, 2018. Together, these Asian Pacific American bar associations urged the Court to support the injunction of President Trump’s Sept. 24, 2017, revised executive order barring refugees and individuals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.
“The Asian Pacific American legal community has once again said that the President’s actions are discriminatory and unlawful,” said NAPABA President Pankit J. Doshi. “Lower courts from across of the country have repeatedly upheld injunctions on all three versions of the ban. NAPABA has argued in each of those cases that the ban violates key principles of our laws and harkens back to an era of invidious discrimination our country has rejected. Today, we again bring forward the consensus of the Asian Pacific American legal community urging the Supreme Court to uphold the Ninth Circuit’s ruling and reject discrimination under the color of law.”
The Trump Administration’s appeals in this case, State of Hawaii v. Trump, arises from the legal challenges to the third revised executive order, which was announced in September 2017 and set to take effect Oct. 18, 2017. On Oct. 17, 2017, Judge Derrick K. Watson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii granted the temporary restraining order. The Ninth Circuit upheld the injunction on Dec. 22, 2017. NAPABA filed amicus briefs http://www.napaba.org/?page=amicusbriefs in both courts.
NAPABA’s Supreme Court amicus brief describes decades of statutory exclusion of citizens of Asian and Pacific Island countries under early U.S. immigration law, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 — the first federal law to ban a group of people on the basis of their race. The Civil Rights Era marked a dramatic turning point that saw Congress dismantle nationality-based discrimination with the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. The brief explains that presidential discretion in the area of immigration and refugee admission, while broad, is limited by statute. NAPABA argues that President Trump’s revised order, with its anti-Muslim underpinnings, violates the unambiguous prohibition on discrimination established by Congress.
A related challenge exists in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump. Judge Theodore K. Chuang of the U.S. District Court of Maryland enjoined the visa ban on Oct. 17, 2017. The Fourth Circuit upheld his ruling on Feb. 15, 2018. NAPABA filed amicus briefs http://www.napaba.org/?page=amicusbriefs in support of the injunction in both courts.
NAPABA opposed earlier iterations of the executive order, including submitting amicus briefs at the District, Circuit, and Supreme Court level.
NAPABA recognizes lead pro bono counsel, James W. Kim, a NAPABA member and partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, in Washington, D.C.; Mr. Kim’s team (including Cathy Zeman Scheineson, Matthew M. Girgenti, and Llewelyn M. Engel); NAPABA Amicus Committee co-chairs, Professor Radha Pathak of Whittier Law School and Albert Giang, a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in Los Angeles; and Meredith Higashi, NAPABA Civil Rights Committee co-chair for their leadership drafting the brief, as well as recognizes the NAPABA staff for their efforts.
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