Southern California 
Chinese Lawyers Association

  • 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.

  • 25 Mar 2018 12:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    The Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (“LAIPLA”) announces its 2018 Diversity Fellowship application. The LAIPLA Diversity Fellowship is open to all law students Expected to graduate from law school in 2019 or 2020, have an interest in practicing intellectual property (“IP”) law in the Los Angeles area, and possess “potential to succeed” as an IP attorney. Completed applications must be received by 11:59 PDT, Sunday, March 25, 2018.

    2018 LAIPLA Diversity Fellowship Application.pdf

  • 22 Mar 2018 6:30 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

  • 13 Mar 2018 12:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    Cal-APABA will hold its first annual Lobby Day in Sacramento on March 13. We will meet with Assemblymembers, State Senators, and the Governor's office to advocate for the community.  Be a voice for our community by registering here by February 9: For any questions, contact Charles Jung at

  • 09 Mar 2018 7:30 AM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    The Ms. JD's 10th Annual Conference on Women in Law: Her Story will be held on Friday March 9, 2018 at UCLA School of Law. The full day conference is a culmination of Ms. JD’s national programming and brings together aspiring and early career lawyers from across the country. An overview of the conference and registration information is available here:

    Student tickets and professional tickets are available at the link below. Attendees can either purchase a ticket for the full day conference, which includes the Ms. JD Honors Reception, or separately purchase a ticket just for the Ms. JD Honors Reception.

Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association

P.O. Box 711114

Los Angeles, California 90071-1114

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