We will be taking this occasion to honor our founding president, the Hon. Arthur Nakazato (ret.), who passed away on December 17, 2017. Additionally, there will be a presentation for the winner of the First Annual OCAABA Hon. Arthur Nakazato Memorial Scholarship.

Please join us at OCAABA's 25th Anniversary Gala as we honor our founder, mentor, friend, and inspiration to many. 

OCAABA Events/Opportunities


OCAABA is pleased to announce a new scholarship in honor of OCAABA's Founding President, Hon. Arthur Nakazato (ret.), who passed away in December 2017. This $1000 scholarship will recognize outstanding law students who have the potential to be future leaders in the legal profession in the Orange County community.

Additionally, OCAABA will once again offer its Outstanding Student Award in the amount of $500 to recognize local law students who have made significant contributions to OCAABA and the local Orange County legal and general community.

The winners will be announced in early May and awarded at
OCAABA's Gala on May 17, 2018.

Application information and forms can be found here.  
The deadline is 5:00 p.m. PT on April 30, 2018.

Please join Orange County Asian American Bar Association and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Orange County for a non-partisan educational forum where Asian American & Pacific Islander (API) electoral candidates are treated fairly and provided with equal time to share their story about the pathway to public office and the importance of civic engagement for API communities and respond to questions on issues that are important to our communities.
This event will take place May 3rd from 6-8pm at the Delhi Community Center in Santa Ana.  

We will be joined by the following electoral candidates with the panel moderated by Jay Chen: 
David Min, candidate for Congress, 45th District
Omar Siddiqui, candidate for Congress, 48th District
Joe Pak, candidate for Buena Park School Board
Thu-Ha Nguyen, incumbent candidate for Garden Grove City Council
Sam Jammal, candidate for Congress, 39th District
Matt Nguyen, candidate for Orange County Board of Education
Nathaniel Epstein, candidate for Orange County Assessor
Farrah Khan, candidate for Irvine City Council   


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. 

Volunteer attorneys and Vietnamese-English translators are needed.
If you are interested in volunteering, use the links below or  
contact Nathan Watana be at .

A list of cases will be e-mailed the week of the clinic to those interested in volunteering.  

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Affiliate Events

April 30th Deadline - NCVAA 12th Annual Conference - Call for Panelists and Scholarship Committee Members  
The National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys (NCVAA) is currently seeking (1) interested panelists for panels to be presented during the 2018 NCVAA Annual Conference taking place in Atlanta, GA from Aug. 3-4, and (2) volunteers to serve on the scholarship committee to award student scholarships. Lend your expertise to a panel and provide practical knowledge and guidance to fellow Vietnamese-American attorneys or help cultivate the next generation of Vietnamese-American leaders!

This conference, NCVAA is seeking panelists for:
*    Settlement Negotiations: How to Get to the Yes (seeking plaintiff, defense, and commercial business attorneys)
*    Cryptocurrency/Blockchain and the Law (seeking all attorneys with experience in cryptocurrencies/blockchain)
*    Women and the #MeToo Movement: Overcoming Bias in the Legal Field (seeking attorneys who can speak on biases against women in law)

If you are interested in serving on an NCVAA panel, please complete an application form. The deadline for panelist applications is Friday, April 30, 2018, at 7 p.m. EDT.  

At this year's NCVAA Barrister's Ball Gala, NCVAA will award academic scholarships to deserving Vietnamese-American law and undergraduate/graduate students.  NCVAA is seeking to form a scholarship committee to draft scholarship applications and judge applicants.  

If you are interested in helping or have any questions regarding the NCVAA Conference programming, please contact Andrew Q. Leba and Teri H.P. Nguyen at  
May 3rd - APALIE 6th Annual Installation Dinner
Asian Pacific American Lawyers of the Inland Empire (APALIE) will be holding its annual dinner on Thursday May 3, 2018 at the California Citrus State Historic Park, featuring U.S. Congressman Mark Takano of California's 41st District.


May 4th - YPOC "THE Happy Hour" Benefitting Children's Bureau
Young Professionals Orange County (YPOC) is a group of young professionals dedicated to advancing the mission of Children's Bureau through modest monthly donations and providing opportunities for networking, professional development, and community service.  

The group is hosting a fabulous rooftop mixer on the top of the Jones Day building on May 4th, to fundraise for the organization. Take in rooftop views while enjoying food, beer, and wine tasting from a selection of Orange County's best restaurants, breweries, and wineries.

May 7th-8th  - NAPABA Lobby Day in Washington, DC
NAPABA Annual Lobby Day will take place on May 7th and 8th and is an opportunity for NAPABA members from across the country to educate members of Congress and Congressional staffers on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community. Lobby Day also gives members an active role in promoting NAPABA's mission of advocating for justice, equity, and opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans.

To help expand the voice of the APA legal community, the goal is to meet with more offices than ever before - last year NAPABA had 80 meetings across the House and Senate. The NAPABA Policy Team states they are more likely to get meetings when they are attended by constituents and local leaders, so please share the information about this year's Lobby Day.


May 10th - OCHBA Cinco de Mayo Mixer
The OC Hispanic Bar Association's (OCHBA) invites you to their 2018 Cinco de Mayo Mixer on May 10th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Fleenor's on 4th, 400 W 4th Street.

May 10th - KABASC 38th Annual Board of Governors Installation and Awards Banquet 
The Korean American Bar Association of Southern California is holding its 38th Annual Installation and Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 10th at the Intercontinental Hotel, 900 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Cocktails will be at 6 pm with dinner at 7 pm.   

May 12th  - IABA Orange County Annual Gala 
The Iranian American Bar Association, Orange County (IABA, Orange County) will hold their Annual Gala on Saturday, May 12th from 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm on the ICON Yacht in Newport Beach, 2527 West Coast Hwy.


May 25th  - SCCLA 43rd Installation & Awards Banquet 
Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA) will hold its 43rd Installation & Awards Banquet on May 25th from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 S Figueroa St. Los Angeles. The Keynote Speaker will be Douglas S. Chin, Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawai'i.


June 2nd  - The 2nd Annual OCWLA Membership Mixer At Pelican Hill 
The Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA) invites you join them on June 6th from 5:30-7:30 PM for an evening of wine, light appetizers, live music and good company. Location: The Great Room Social Lounge at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast. Valet is complimentary.


June 14th - PLC Volunteers for Justice
On Thursday, June 14, 2018, nearly 1,000 leaders from the Orange County legal, business and civic communities will gather for the Public Law Center's annual Volunteers for Justice Dinner. Please join PLC for an inspiring event that also provides an opportunity to support the over 1,400 volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students who work with us to provide free legal services to low income residents. Details TBA.


October 7th-12th - 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.


Wells Fargo Seeks Experienced Commercial Lending Attorney 
Wells Fargo Bank is seeking an experienced commercial lending attorney to join our Law Department in Los Angeles. The individual selected will join a team of five attorneys and two paralegals who are responsible for providing legal support in connection with commercial lending activities and related compliance and operational risk support for three business lines at Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo is looking for an attorney with 5 to 10 years of experience for their LA office. Someone with workout experience would be considered. More info
(Posted 4/25/18)
DWT Seeks Senior-Level Healthcare M&A Associate
Senior-Level Healthcare M&A Associate (Los Angeles or Seattle) 
Davis Wright Tremaine is seeking a senior level associate with a minimum of five years of law firm experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other significant business transactions. The ideal candidate will be able to lead smaller transactions and to second-chair larger and more complex transactions. Experience working on M&A in healthcare services and healthcare technology is highly preferred.
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 for a Word listing with links. (Posted 4/20/18)

City of Huntington Beach Seeks Senior Deputy City Attorney
The City of Huntington Beach is searching for an intermediate-level Trial Attorney. The Ideal Candidate has been practicing law in California for approximately 3-5 years, with some civil trial experience, either in prosecuting or defending lawsuits.  The Ideal Candidate also has VERY STRONG legal research and writing experience, with extensive experience preparing written discovery, dispositive motions, and trial preparation documents.  Having represented other government or public agencies at trial is a significant plus.  A Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, active membership in the State Bar of California, is required. The Ideal Candidate will have been involved in, as lead trial counsel or second chair, a minimum of three jury trials to verdict in Superior Court and/or Federal Courts. More info (Posted 4/16/18)


Shook Hardy & Bacon Seeks Patent Preparation and Prosecution Associate 
The Orange County office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP is seeking a patent preparation and prosecution associate to join their Intellectual Property Section.  USPTO registration and California Bar are required. An electrical engineering or computer science background is preferred. Candidates should have a strong academic background from a nationally respected law school and an equally impressive undergraduate degree. No third party submissions please. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply at (Posted 4/12/18)
The County of Los Angeles Seeks Public Defender 
The Public Defender for the County of Los Angeles heads a staff of more than 1,100, including more than 700 lawyers, who are dedicated to defending the liberty interests of their clients, protecting their rights and advocating for their access to the other public services and resources they need to be productive members of the community.  Appointed by the Board of Supervisors, the Public Defender is charged with mounting the most rigorous and relentless defense of the indigent client's rights and interests that can be presented within the applicable law, and also for assisting him or her in the pre- and post-trial phases of the case with respect to access to other available public and charitable services.
Summary Position Description | More Info 
(posted 4/4/18)

Inner City Law Center Opportunities Inner City Law Center is looking for bright, hardworking, passionate team players with the skills and determination to prevent homelessness, help homeless veterans, combat slum housing, and work for lasting positive change in the lives of their clients.

New Positions Posted:
-Homelessness Prevention Project Staff Attorney
-HIV AIDS Law Project Supervising Attorney
(Posted 4/4/18) 
Open Recruitment for UC Litigation Panel - Request for Proposal  

The University of California Office of the General Counsel is conducting a Request for Proposals (RFP) to select a limited number of preferred outside law firms to assist with the majority of our non-insured ("Core") litigation matters.  Please see the attached RFP and appendices for details. More info: 
(Posted 4/4/18)
 Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Seeks Entertainment Law Associate Attorney - Mid-Level - Los Angeles  The Los Angeles office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP seeks a mid-level associate attorney with at least four years of experience to join its film and television production legal services group. The position will focus on entertainment related transactions and development and production legal matters involving top producers of content across all platforms, scripted and unscripted.
More info (Posted 3/28/18)
University of California, Office of the President Seeks Managing Counsel, Litigation
Manages Litigation practice area, including supervising team of in-house litigators, as well as providing direct client service. Serves as a resource to subordinates on highly complex legal matters or problems involving the Litigation practice; advises and renders opinions to senior management with respect to the legal implications of establishing or changing policy; works with representatives of the campus on developing and modifying practices and procedures to conform with legal requirements. Acts as liaison with outside legal firms. Represents the organization and oversees outside counsel in certain litigation. Keeps informed on legislation and case law developments affecting overall operations of the University or the Litigation legal practice area.
(Posted 3/15/18)

PLC Pro Bono Case List
The Public Law Center (PLC) has an ongoing (as of April 18, 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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