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  • 24 May 2018 12:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    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:

    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.

  • 30 Apr 2018 12:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    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.

  • 30 Apr 2018 12:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    APABA is now accepting applications for its 2018 Judicial Pipeline Project, an effort to:

    • Identify and provide outreach to potential qualified candidates for administrative, trial, and appellate judicial offices in the state and federal systems
    • Assist and advise these candidates in the application and vetting process and the judicial election process, including establishment of a formal mentorship program involving APA judges; and
    • Create and cultivate relationships to facilitate the appointment of APAs to the bench.

    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:

    • Confidential Judicial Mentor/Mentee Program. Candidates may have an opportunity to be paired with state or federal judicial officers to discuss, among other things, the candidates' plans for the bench
    • Application Counseling. Candidates will work closely with APABA’s network of advisors to prepare the best possible judicial application.
    • Endorsement Counseling. Although participation in the project does not in any way guarantee that candidates will be endorsed by any organizations, the Pipeline Project will advise candidates on obtaining community support for their applications to the extent possible.
    • Post-Application Guidance. Candidates will be counseled on what to do after their applications for judicial officer positions are submitted
    • Interview Counseling. If a candidate’s name is submitted to the various vetting and rating organizations, the Pipeline Project will assist the candidate in preparing for interviews with those organizations.

    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 and

  • 30 Apr 2018 12:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    SCCLA Past President Paul Chan to be Named Trial Lawyer of the Year by Century City Bar Association on April 30, 2018

  • 27 Apr 2018 12:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    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

  • 24 Apr 2018 11:30 AM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    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.

    In this event, you will learn:
    • SEC's views on how its existing rules should be interpreted in connection with cybersecurity threats and incidents.
    • What your company's obligations are under the rules/guidance.
    • How organizations should operationalize their responses to a cyber incident.
    • Katharine E. Zoladz, Regional Director of Enforcement, SEC
    • Anthony Pacheco, Partner, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP
    • Wendy Wu, Managing Director, Stroz Friedberg, an Aon Company
    • Cynthia Moore, Senior Director Security Operations, Blackline

    Who should attend:

    • Chief Risk Officer
    • General Counsels
    • Chief Information Officers
    • Chief Information Security Officers
    • Law Firm Counsel

    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.
    Hilton Checkers
    535 South Grand Avenue
    Los Angeles, California 90071

    Please RSVP By April 20th

  • 21 Apr 2018 12:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    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.

  • 07 Apr 2018 9:30 AM | SCCLA (Administrator)

  • 02 Apr 2018 12:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) led 62 affiliated national and local Asian Pacific American bar associations in filing an amicus brief in Trump v. State of Hawaii (No. 17-965, 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 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 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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