Southern California 
Chinese Lawyers Association

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

    Apply to be a SCCLA Board Member

    SCCLA is looking for motivated lawyers to join its 2018-2019 Board of Governors! Founded in 1975, SCCLA is one of the oldest APA bar association in the United States, with the objectives of:

    • Advancing the professional growth of Chinese and Asian American lawyers, jurists, and law students;
    • Improving the access of the Chinese and Asian American community to legal services; and
    • Promoting the interests of the Chinese American and broader Asian Pacific American communities.

    Year-round, we organize unique and fun events to promote professional development, continuing education (MCLE), networking, mentorship, and legal skills. It is no surprise that SCCLA current/past board members make up 4 of the 50 Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles listed in January 2018’s publication of Los Angeles Business Journal! Join the SCCLA board to be a part of a renowned and historically significant organization, and to make a change in our legal community.

    Come attend your very first board meeting at our annual Membership Meeting on February 8, 2018!

    “Being on the SCCLA Board is rewarding because we get to networking with amazing people and give back to the legal community by organizing fun, educational & professional events.”

    – Elizabeth Yang, SCCLA Treasurer

    “Serving on the SCCLA board has been one of the most fulfilling experiences in my professional life. It is humbling to work alongside such distinguished lawyers, whom I am fortunate to call my friends. Being on the SCCLA board has been a most worthwhile investment.”

    – Shirley Wei, SCCLA President-Elect

    Apply by filling out the attached form below and e-mailing it to

    Board Member Application.doc

  • 16 Dec 2017 8:30 AM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    Hitting a Moving Target… 
    BALCA Cases, Updates and Hot Topics in PERM

    Saturday, December 16, 2017

    Registration: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    Program: 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

    Los Angeles County Bar Association
    1055 W. 7th St. Suite 2700
    Los Angeles, CA 90017

    $7 in LACBA parking structure

    3 Hrs CLE Credits

    Join the LACBA Immigration & Nationality Law Section and a panel of experts to sharpen your skills on labor certification and keep you up-to-date with the ever-developing nuances of PERM.  We will also present two short introductory sessions on Special Handling and Schedule A, Group II. 
    Speakers will cover critical strategies in drafting the prevailing wage request and choosing an SOC code, tips for the recruitment report, and filling out Section K and H14 of the ETA 9089. Speakers will also review important BALCA and AAO decisions that every practitioner should know.
    Mahsa Aliaskari, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
    Danielle Gotcher, Global Immigration Group
    Kathleen Grzegorek, Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez, LLP
    Catherine L. Haight, Haight Law Group, PLC
    Angelo Paparelli, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
    Moderator: David Fullmer, Wolfsdorf Rosenthal
    Registration and Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Program: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

    CLE Credit:
    3.0 hours of General CLE Credit
    Including Immigration & Nationality Law Legal Specialization Credit

    CLE+ Cardholders $0
    Immigration Section Members $155
    LACBA Members $180
    All Others $230
    Government Employee $90
    Students $50

    To Register:

  • 16 Dec 2017 8:00 AM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    Download / Print Flyer: 2017 SCCLA Food Basket Drive.pdf

  • 11 Dec 2017 6:30 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    The Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA) presents: 

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

    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. 

    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

    Free refreshments!!!   Parking is available on the roof, which is accessible on Carondelet.  

    Please RSVP by December 8, 2017 by clicking here: 


    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 

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

  • 08 Dec 2017 4:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the Honorable Wes Hsu

    Congratulations are in order for former SCCLA president Wes Hsu, who was recently appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Governor Brown.

    After graduating from Yale University in 1993 and Yale Law School in 1996, Wes clerked for the Honorable Mariana R. Pfaelzer in the Central District of California before joining Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher. In 2000, he joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles and its Cyber and Intellectual Crimes Section, where he secured a number of "first of its kind" convictions, including the first conviction in the nation for hacking an industrial control system, the first conviction by jury trial for hacking in the Central District of California, and the first conviction in the nation under the CAN-SPAM Act. Wes became Deputy Chief of the Cyber Section in 2005 and Chief in 2008. He then served as the Executive Assistant United States Attorney from July 2015 to March 2017, and was then promoted to Deputy United States Attorney.

    In addition to his dedication, tireless work ethic and top-notch legal skills, Wes has been a valued leader in the Asian legal community for over the past 20 years. Wes served as SCCLA president from 2011 to 2012, where he spearheaded the organization's Attorney Education/MCLE Programs; Community Education Program; Community Law Day; the Food Basket Program; Law School/ Mentoring Programs, and Trial Advocacy Skills Workshops. Wes also focused on developing outreach and legal access programs to newer, less-prosperous Asian American communities. The people of the County of Los Angeles and the State of California will truly benefit from Wes's next chapter in public service.

    Congratulations, Wes!

  • 07 Dec 2017 6:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    18th Annual APA Community Holiday Toy Drive & Reception

    CALL FOR SCCLA VOLUNTEERS!  We are in need of volunteers for this year’s Asian Pacific American Community Holiday Toy Drive & Reception. Each year, SCCLA co-sponsors this event to help bring joy to low-income families who cannot afford toys for their children. We are looking for 8 to 12 volunteers from our organization to assist with the event.

    If you are interested in volunteering and please complete the Volunteer Sign-Up form by November 20, 2017 at:

    Event Details
    Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
    Location: Japanese American National Museum (JANM), 100  North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

    Admission: Please bring an unwrapped new toy, valued at $25 (or more) OR a minimum donation of $25 for entrance. Entry includes food, beverages, desserts, and entertainment.

    In order to meet the increasing toy requests from toy beneficiaries, we ask volunteers to bring a toy (valued at $25 or more) or make a $25 monetary donation. Attendees of the Toy Drive Reception can also tour the museum at no extra cost. The museum store is open until 8:00pm on the day of the event.

    Questions/More Info

    Please contact Calimay Pham at and Bonnie Chen at for additional volunteer information.

    If you would like to donate additional toys or raffle items before the event, or if you are able to help find additional sponsors or donors, please contact Event Co-Chairs: Diane Tan at; Ed Lew at; and Amy Lew at
    For additional information please visit the APA Toy Drive Facebook page at or website at

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Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association

P.O. Box 711114

Los Angeles, California 90071-1114

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