The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has selected Jeannie Kim as one of only 19 attorneys to receive the 2018 Best Lawyers Under 40 Award (BU40). The BU40 recognizes talented individuals in the Asian Pacific American (APA) legal community who are under the age of 40 and have achieved prominence and distinction in their respective fields while demonstrating a strong commitment to the APA community at relatively early stages in their careers.

Jeannie joins OCAABA past presidents Van Nguyen (2016), Gloria Lee (2015) and Tirzah Abe Lowe (2012) in receiving this award.

OCAABA Events/Opportunities

Please join us for our annual Moon Festival Mixer and General Meeting on September 20th. This event provides a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones at a terrific venue and enjoy tasty food, beverages (including beer and wine), and moon cakes. The event is open to both attorneys and law students.







The Public Law Center's South East Asian Legal Outreach Program (SEALOP) provides free civil legal assistance at the BPSOS Center for Community Advancement, Inc., 13950 Milton Ave. Suite 301, Westminster, CA 92683.    
Clinics take place on the second Saturday of every month from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. 

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OCBA Leadership Election - Voting Now Open
The OCBA leadership election is now open for online voting. Terms begin Jan. 1, 2019. All officer terms are for one year; all Board member terms are for three years. The person elected 2019 Secretary will be expected to continue to serve in the following capacities: 2020 Treasurer, 2021 President-Elect, 2022 President.

Voting closes at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018. Only active attorney members are eligible to vote.

To view the statements of all candidates, click here. Cast your ballot now at

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Affiliate Events/Activities

September 11 - FBA/OC Judicial Reception    
The Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter is hosting a reception to celebrate the Honorable Jay C. Gandhi's retirement from the Federal Bench and to celebrate the appointment of the Honorable Autumn D. Spaeth to the Federal Bench. Tuesday, September 11th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Crave, 410 W. 4th Street, Santa Ana. Hors D'Oeuvres and Drinks.

September 11 - API Leadership PAC Private Screening of Crazy Rich Asians
The API Leadership PAC invites you to attend a special private screening of Crazy Rich Asians. The event will open with a special VIP reception with Hollywood Celebrities to discuss APIs in Hollywood - Telling Our Stories on the Big Screen. Enjoy gourmet food and drinks while you watch the movie. State Treasurer John Chiang and API Legislative Caucus Chair Rob Bonta will be attending this special event. LOCATION: iPic Theater Pasadena (, 42 Miller Alley, Pasadena 91103. For more information, contact Benjamin Nate at (714) 323-9773 or

September 12 - Manatt and CMCP Host "How to Win: Career & Life Strategies for Minority Attorneys"
Winning is fun. But it's not always easy. Enjoy this opportunity to hear from a panel of minority lawyers who have succeeded in-house and in law firms to discuss: 1) unique challenges and opportunities for minority attorneys; 2) personal success stories; 3) advice on how to navigate and advance in law firms and corporations; and 4) how to develop strong business relationships. Wednesday, September 12th from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, 695 Town Center Drive, 5th Floor, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Eric Alderete, Assistant General Counsel, Molina Healthcare, Inc.
Gloria J. Lee, Client Relations, Partner, Rutan & Tucker,
Jenny Wang, General Counsel, MerchSource

Adrianne Marshack, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

September 13 - OCWLA 43rd Annual Gala & Silent Auction   
Join Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA) for their
43rd Annual Gala Honoring Judge of The Year - Hon. Karen L. Robinson; Attorney of The Year - Andra Greene; and presentation of the Inaugural Advancement of Women Award to Best Best & Krieger LLP. Business attire.

September 16 - OCHBA Annual Judge's BBQ
The OC Hispanic Bar Association's (OCHBA) will hold its Annual Judge's BBQ on Sunday, September 16th from 2-5 pm at a private residence in Orange County. Registration requested by September 10th. This year, OCHBA will honor Justice Thomas Goethals as Justice of the Year & Commissioner Renee Wilson as Judge of the Year.

September 20 - TMBA Excessive Force and Police Brutality from the Minority Perspective 
Thurgood Marshall Bar Association (TMBA) is hosting a panel presentation entitled "Excessive Force and Police Brutality from the Minority Perspective" at Chapman University Fowler School of Law. The event will be held on September 20th in Kennedy Hall (Room 142) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Each of the panelists have direct and personal experiences dealing with issues of police misconduct and excessive force issues, from litigating cases in Los Angeles and Orange County regarding these concerns, to engaging in community activism to support and improve relationships between the community and law enforcement.

There is no charge for this event, but registration is requested.

September 21 - CPAF Gala   
Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) was established to empower and house women and families recovering from domestic violence. In 2018, CPAF celebrates 40 years of engaging the community to end domestic and sexual violence through culturally-grounded crisis intervention and violence prevention. Location: LA River Center & Gardens, Sept 21st at 6pm.

September 22 - VLI "The American Patriots Ball"  
Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) invites you to honor our Military, Local Heroes and celebrate community at the American Patriots Ball (black tie optional) on September 22, 2018 at the Fashion Island Hotel.

Veteran Advocate of the Year
Rochelle Karr, O'Melveny & Myers
Veteran of the Year
Philip Brozenick, Deloitte
Community Partner of the Year
Karen Butera, OC Women 2 Women

September 26 - SCCLA  "The Portrait Project"   
On September 26th, Southern California Chinese Lawyers will present "The Portrait Project" - A Presentation and discussion with Hon. Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra, Executive Director of the American Bar Foundation, which is the first comprehensive study of Asian Americans in the law, a study conducted by Yale Law School, NAPABA and ABF. Hosted by: APABA, APAWLA, FLOC, FALSD, JABA, KABA-SC, LACBA, PALSD, PABA, SABA-SC, SCCLA, TALA, TABA, VABA-SC.  
Registration required. Check in: 6:30 pm; Program & Reception: 7:00 pm. Venue: Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1055 W. 7th Street, Suite 2700, Los Angeles.  

October 4 ChangeLawyers "Scholarships for Justice" Reception
Scholarships for Justice is an event that celebrates the bright, diverse students who will become tomorrow's legal changemakers and the lawyers who right historical wrongs in our courtrooms, classrooms, and beyond. Join ChangeLawyers Thursday October 4 at 5:00 pm at the Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown LA

October 7-12 - IBA Annual Conference Rome 2018
The 2018 International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference will be held in Rome, the Eternal City. Founded nearly 3,000 years ago, the city is renowned for its ancient ruins, classical architecture, renaissance palazzos and baroque fountains. Rome is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city and will provide an elegant backdrop for the IBA Annual Conference.

As the saying goes 'all roads lead to Rome' and the conference will bring together delegates from all over the world for the largest and most prestigious event for international lawyers, providing an abundance of business and networking opportunities, not to mention the chance to explore one of the most fascinating cities on Earth. Early registration ends July 20th.
October 17 - AAAJ-LA 35th Anniversary Dinner  
The Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA ("AAAJ-LA") Anniversary Dinner is a signature annual event that benefits Advancing Justice-LA through the generous support of many individuals, companies and foundations. It celebrates the organization's accomplishments throughout the year and highlights its year-round programs and services. Additionally, the organization honors partners who have made a significant impact on the community. The event includes a reception, silent auction and dinner in addition to the awards ceremony. Location: The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, 404 S. Figueroa St, Los Angeles. 5:30 pm - Reception and Silent Auction | 7:00 pm - Program and Dinner

November 14 - LASOC Save the Date: Come Fly With Us - Celebrating 60 Years of Justice for All   
The Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services of Southeast Los Angeles County (LASOC-CLS) cordially invite you to celebrate an amazing legacy of justice at their annual fundraising dinner and auction at Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana on November 14th from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. With your support, LASOC-CLS will continue to provide legal services to the most vulnerable in our community for the next 60 years and more. Learn how to get involved in this special event through sponsorships, underwriting and advertising on the LASOC website.
March 22-March 30: OCBA CLE Scotland Seminar
OCBA presents a Continuing Legal Education Travel Seminar to Edinburgh and Inverness, Scotland with 8 Days/7 Nights at the Waldorf Astoria and Culloden House. A $750.00 deposit must be received by Sept. 20, 2018 (no extensions on due date). Space is limited and subject to availability on a first come, first serve basis.    


State of California OAG Opportunities  
The Office of the Attorney General is seeking to fill attorney positions throughout the State of California. Click the link below for a PDF listing of the most current Deputy Attorney General series vacancies. If you are interested in applying, postmark your application on or before the deadline. You can review the job announcements for each vacancy by clicking on the hyperlinks under the "Link" column. Click here (Posted 9/7/18)       

OCSC Commissioner Position   
The Orange County Superior Court announces the opening of our Superior Court Commissioner position. Candidates must be active members in good standing with the State Bar of California and must have been admitted to practice law in California for at least ten (10) years. Persons seeking appointment as a Superior Court Commissioner must demonstrate relevant legal experience as deemed sufficient by the judges of the Court. Superior Court Commissioners may not engage in the private practice of law. Applicants must submit an Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Personal Data Questionnaire and professional resume by 5:00 p.m. PST on Monday, October 15, 2018.
Temporary Judges' Recruitment New Three-year Cycle Opens
The Orange County Superior Court announces a recruitment process for Temporary Judges, covering the next three-year cycle to begin fiscal year 2019-2020. If you are interested in becoming a Temporary Judge, please read the Application Letter and complete the Temporary Judge Application. The Application Letter describes the minimum qualifications and selection criteria, which will be used in this application process. Attorneys who are not currently active in the Orange County Superior Court Temporary Judge Program and who would like to be considered must complete the full application process. Those in the program currently must complete a renewal application.The Court will require those who successfully pass the application process to attend two mandatory three-hour training sessions in late spring/early summer 2019. Additional training will be required for specialty areas. Applications must be received by December 31, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. News Release   |  More Info
(Posted 9/6/18)

Oakland City Attorney's Office Seeks Deputy City Attorney II (Affirmative Litigation)
The Oakland City Attorney is seeking candidates for the position of Deputy City Attorney II in the Affirmative Litigation, Innovation & Enforcement Division. This position involves handling a civil caseload which includes, but is not limited to, case evaluation, propounding and responding to discovery, taking and defending depositions, preparing for and representing the City in judicial hearings including settlement conferences, trials and in appellate courts. Among other duties, this position will focus on proactive lawsuits and other actions to protect and advance the rights and interests of Oakland residents with the goals of addressing discrimination and securing economic, environmental and social justice.
For more information and a full job application, go to: 
(Posted 8/23/18) 
Oakland City Attorney's Office Seeks Deputy City Attorney II or III Rent Program/Code Enforcement
The City Attorney's Office seeks a well-qualified individual with knowledge and expertise in municipal law. The position will work in practice areas including rent regulations and landlord/tenant law (such as evictions, renting and remedies), code enforcement, public nuisance, administrative hearings and other practice areas that may include, but not be limited to, affirmative litigation, constitutional issues (due process, equal protection, privileges & immunities, right to travel, residency requirements) and providing advice on a wide range of issues such as conflicts, ethics, contracting, drafting and researching legislation, regulations and policies. Experience providing advice to Boards/Commissions and/or City Councils, ordinance and regulation drafting, administrative procedures (including administrative remedies and rule-making) and litigation (including writs, appeals and affirmative litigation) is desirable. For more information and the full announcement, go to: 
(Posted 7/27/18)  
Oakland City Attorney's Office Seeks Deputy City Attorney III or IV Land Use
The Oakland City Attorney's Office seeks a well-qualified, motivated attorney with significant land use experience for a Deputy City Attorney III or Deputy City Attorney IV level in the Office's Advisory Division. The ideal candidate will have substantial California land use experience, either developed in-house (city, county, other governmental organization, or for a private company) or in a law firm with strong municipal land use expertise. The candidate should have knowledge and significant experience, including the ability quickly and effectively to perform at an advanced level, in CEQA/NEPA, the California Planning and Zoning Law and the Subdivision Map Act.  A strong working knowledge of municipal law basics, such as the Brown Act, the Political Reform Act and the Public Records Act is desired.  Expertise in handling land use writs in both trial and appellate courts and suits seeking declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as considerable Planning Commission experience also are desirable. For more information and a full application, go to:
(Posted 7/26/18)  
Oakland City Attorney's Office -Deputy City Attorney III or IV General Government, Municipal Finance & Tax
The Office of the City Attorney seeks an attorney for the position of Deputy City Attorney III or Deputy City Attorney IV with expertise in the municipal finance, revenue, bonds, taxation, fees and assessments. The incumbent may perform a wide range of duties involving municipal finance, revenue, taxes and fees, formation of special assessment and other districts, preparation of ballot measures, parliamentary procedure, public meetings, public records laws, constitutional law, charter interpretations, and other practice areas. For more information and a full job announcement, go to:
(Posted 7/10/18)   

PLC Pro Bono Case List
The Public Law Center (PLC) has an ongoing (as of August 31, 2018) case list for individuals in need of pro bono representation. The PLC staff can answer any questions you may have related to your case to support you in your pro bono representation; locate a mentor to help you; supply you with samples and manuals (some case types excluded); provide translation support in Spanish and Vietnamese; and arrange for office space for you to meet with your client at PLC. For questions contact: Leigh Ferrin 714.541.1010, extension 290. Visit the PLC website Volunteer page.

Department of Justice Attorney Vacancies
 Click the link below for an updated list of current attorney vacancies at the United States Department of Justice. All interested applicants are encouraged to apply; however, please note that due to temporary funding restrictions the DOJ may not be able to fill all of the currently advertised positions.
To learn more about Justice and legal careers available, please visit the DOJ website at
In addition, every year over 1,800 volunteer legal interns serve in DOJ components and U.S. Attorneys' Offices throughout the country. If you are a law student or know any law students who may be interested in a DOJ volunteer internship, please review the many opportunities featured at      

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