Southern California 
Chinese Lawyers Association

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

    LACBA Names Officer and Trustee Philip H. Lam to Newly Established VP-Level Officer Position to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Association’s Leadership and the Legal Community at Large

    LOS ANGELES – March 2, 2018 – The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), one of the largest voluntary metropolitan bar associations in the country, announced today that Officer and Trustee Philip H. Lam will be appointed as the first-ever Vice President of Diversity/Affiliate Outreach to coordinate LACBA’s diversity and inclusive initiatives, as well as relationships with Affiliate Bars of LACBA.

    In this new volunteer leadership position, Lam will work to increase diversity and inclusion of lawyers of various backgrounds in the Association’s membership, sections, committees, Board of Trustees, and Executive leadership; serve as the dedicated outreach officer for Affiliate Bar Affairs; and oversee LACBA’s new Leadership Training Academy, which will create a pipeline of leaders for the Association and the legal community.

    “Having Phil lead our new initiative and step into this role demonstrates our commitment to a long-term focus on diversity and inclusion both in LACBA’s leadership and in the legal profession,” LACBA President Michael E. Meyer said. “It also represents a new emphasis on LACBA’s dedication to working with our Affiliate Bar partners to improve the legal profession and promote a more closely knitted legal community.”

    “We are blessed with the open-mindedness, vision, and leadership of LACBA President Michael Meyer and President-elect Brian Kabateck in pivoting the bar toward greater diversity and inclusion. I am honored to be asked to take charge of this directional re-alignment,” Lam said. “This new focus will enhance LACBA’s relevancy to the rapidly expanding diverse population of lawyers, increase LACBA’s long-term viability, and position the County Bar to truly represent the legal community in the County of Los Angeles.”

    “This is a new day for LACBA as we embrace and represent the changing demographics of the legal community in California and further strengthen our ties and mutual growth with our Affiliate Bar Associations,” said LACBA President-elect Brian S. Kabateck. “LACBA, its members, and the legal community are fortunate to have someone of Phil’s stature and dedication to diversity leading this new initiative.”

    Lam has a long history of civic, pro bono, and bar services since 1998, nationally and locally. In L.A. County, he has served as a LACBA Trustee (2002-2004, 2007-2008) as well as its Senior Vice President and Vice President (2016 - present); President of the oldest Asian American bar association in California, the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association; Co-President of one of the oldest LGBT bars in the state, the LGBT Bar Association of L.A.; and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board to the City Attorney Mike N. Feuer of Los Angeles; among other services.

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

    UCLA School of Law PULSE Fellowship in Artificial Intelligence, Law, and Policy

    UCLA School of Law’s Program on Understanding Law, Science, and Evidence, or PULSE, is now accepting applications for the PULSE Fellowship in Artificial Intelligence, Law, and Policy for the academic years 2018-2020. This fellowship is a full-time, two-year faculty position with a start date of July 1, 2018. The position primarily involves sustained research and writing on the social, economic, and legal implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning. The position will also involve teaching and assisting with PULSE projects, such as conferences and workshops.

    Progress in artificial intelligence and machine learning has advanced rapidly in recent years, and additional advances may proceed at an accelerating pace. Large recent progress in automated translation, face and voice recognition, anticipating criminal sentencing consequences, and automated radiological diagnosis are just a few among many salient examples. Similar technologies will alter many aspects of human life, yielding societal disruption and a need for governance.

    Rather than focusing on colorful fictional treatments or relatively immediate consequences, the PULSE fellow will engage in careful, critical advance thinking about large-scale potential impacts. The fellow will evaluate methods for assessment and prediction, as well as legal, economic, institutional, regulatory, and other forms of preparation and response. The fellow’s research will culminate in the authorship of papers suitable for publication in law journals or other respected legal, scholarly, and policy outlets. Throughout, the fellow will work in collaboration with Professor of Law Edward A. Parson and PULSE Co-Director Richard M. Re, among other UCLA faculty.

    PULSE explores the complex connections between law, evidence, science, and technology. PULSE engages in cutting-edge and interdisciplinary research and programming to examine how basic “facts” about our world, provided through science and credited as evidence, influence venues of law and policy making. PULSE is co-directed by UCLA School of Law Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin and Assistant Professor of Law Richard M. Re.

    Candidates for the PULSE fellowship should possess a J.D. or other advanced degree, a strong academic record, excellent analytical and writing skills, and demonstrated interest or background in the fields of law and science, artificial intelligence, or social risk assessment. Candidates with previous academic, research, or professional experience in artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer science, or related fields of science and technology are especially encouraged to apply. The salary is anticipated to be approximately $90,000 per year plus a competitive benefits package. UCLA School of Law has a special interest in enriching its intellectual environment through further diversifying the range of perspectives represented within the faculty.

    Applicants should apply online at Please submit a letter discussing your qualifications, scholarly and professional aims, and the interests you would wish to pursue while holding the fellowship; a resume; a transcript of studies in law school or graduate school; a writing sample of no more than ten pages; and contact information for three references.

    To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Wednesday, February 28, 2018 but will be considered thereafter through March 26, 2018 or until the position is filled.

    Visit our website at for more information about our program.

  • 24 Feb 2018 5:30 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

  • 07 Feb 2018 6:30 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    Save the Date: Weds 2/7/18: Advancing Justice- LA 4th Annual Pro Bono Advisory Council Volunteer Awards Mixer

    You are cordially invited to attend the 4th Annual Pro Bono Advisory Council Volunteer Awards Mixer on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Advancing Justice - LA in downtown LA. Come enjoy delicious appetizers and drinks, enjoy free entertainment by comedian/actress Atsuko Okatsuka, and help us show appreciation to all our wonderful pro bono attorneys and volunteers. We will also honor our Volunteer Recognition Award recipients for their extraordinary contributions this year: Shirley Wei, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Monica Eav Glicken; Vy Doan; Han Shen.

    When: Wednesday, February 7 at 6:30 pm

    Where: Advancing Justice-LA, 1145 Wilshire Blvd., 1st Fl, Los Angeles, CA 90017

    Admission: FREE, with advance online registration (registration will open in early January).

    Questions? Contact Christina Yang, Pro Bono Director, at

  • 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!

Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association

P.O. Box 711114

Los Angeles, California 90071-1114

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