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					       Volume III, Issue 3

         November 2002                      The APABA Reporter
                                       N ewsletter of the A sian Pacific A merican Bar A ssociation of Los A ngeles County
                                       Sidebar
                                       By Rita Gunasekaran, APABA President 2001-2002
                                                                                                            Reception honoring Judges Nguyen and Ryu
                                       APABA is a symbol of               pact on our lives and those
                                       hope. It was born of the           of our loved ones in explicit
                                       belief that we of Asian eth-       and in subtle ways.
                                       nicity can look beyond our
                                       superficial differences to         The more significant ques-
                                       unite for our common               tion, however, is: should
                                       good. APABA’s tremen-              others’ perception of us
                                       dous accomplishments,              matter? The answer, of
                                       through its committees and         course, is absolutely not.
                                       through its members, bear          We are law abiding, tax
                                       testament to the sound-            paying, citizens of a coun-       among the hundred most
                                       ness of that belief. Among         try that promises us, and         influential attorneys in Cali-
                                       these, I am particularly           usually delivers, liberty, jus-   fornia; Mona Patel-Sikora
                                       proud of the fellowship we         tice, and the equal protec-       as one of the twenty best
                                       award each year to an out-         tion of its laws. America         attorneys under 40 in Cali-
                                       standing law student who           affords us unparalleled op-       fornia; and the L.A. County
                                       helps the underserved seg-         portunities.                      Bar Criminal Justice Sec-
                                       ments of the Asian Pacific                                           tion’s selection of Mike Ya-
                                       American community; of             So let us not worry about         mamoto as L.A.’s outstand-
                                       the funding we provide to          random doors that may be          ing criminal defense lawyer
                                       the Asian Pacific American         slammed in our faces, but         of 2002.
                                       Legal Center’s Cambodian           let us focus instead upon
                                       interpreter; and the many          the door to the executive         I requested the members
                                       invaluable continuing legal        suite that is waiting to open     of APABA’s Board and ad-
Inside this issue:                     education programs and             for those of us who are will-     visory committee to write
                                       judicial and other recep-          ing to make the effort. Just      about their experiences as
                                       tions that we sponsor              in this past year, many           Asian-Americans – their
Allegiance                        2    throughout the year.                                                 euphoria, their angst, and
                                                                          APABA members have dis-
By Paula Daniels
                                                                          tinguished themselves             anything in between. Many
To Be or Nor To Be American...    3    We Americans of Asian              enormously and have been          members generously gave
That’s Silly! I am American!           ethnicity share a common           justly recognized. These          of their time to respond to
By Belle H. Hsu                        heritage. We feel a certain        include: the appointment          my request, and I hope that
                                       empathy for each other be-         of Jacqueline Nguyen,             you find their articles as
I am an American                  4    cause of our shared values         Tammy Chung Ryu, and              heartwarming and delight-
By Eileen Kurahashi                    and experiences – not the          Vince Okamoto as judges           ful as I do.
Tougher Penalties for Unauthorized 5   least of which is our contin-      of the Los Angeles Supe-
Practice of Law– SB1459                ued identification by others       rior Court; Robert Kawa-
By Frank W. Che                        as “outsiders.” Since it is        hara and Melissa Widdi-
                                       invariably strangers and           field as commissioners; the
Law Day 2002 A Success!           6    not our friends who harbor         Daily Journal’s recognition
By Chirag Shah                         this distorted view, does it       of Morgan Chu, Justice El-
Criminal Law                      7
                                       matter? Unfortunately,             wood Lui (Ret.), Mike Ya-
By Pauline A. Weaver                   yes, because it has an im-         mamoto, and Debra Yang
Volume III, Issue 3                                                                                                  Page 2



Allegiance
By Paula Daniels, APABA President-Elect 2001-2002
If you were to ask me               advice. From Reveille at         placed our hands on our
where I’m “from,” I would           0600 hours to Taps at            hearts. As the last note of
tell you quickly, that I am         2300 hours, every signifi-       the bugle trailed away with
“from” Hawaii. But that is          cant event of the day would      the light of the sun, a per-
not really a complete an-           be heralded by a particular      fect stillness would rise,
swer. I was born in Hawaii,         call which dictated the ac-      like the moment before a
a toddler in Colorado, pre-         tivity: rise, work, eat, work,   heart beats, again.
school in Germany, ele-             eat, sleep. And so we did.
mentary school in Georgia,                                           Then, a single round of
Nebraska, Hawaii; high              As school children, we           canon fire, and we would
school in Virginia…my               were exempt from most of         know the ceremony was
youth in these scattered            the bugle calls, save one.       complete. We would re-
places was punctuated by            Toward sunset, the day           sume, to bustle about, to
long days in transoceanic           cooling, we would be out-        play.
boats or transcontinental           doors after school, playing
Chryslers. There is a slow          in some riotous way; but         What grows from a
rhythm to the unfolding of          when we heard those first        pledged silence? A wish        “I pledge
this country from its shrug-        baleful notes of Retreat, we     from a prayer; opportunity
ging Appalachians to the            knew that the American           from effort; freedom from      allegiance to the
lap of the Pacific. I have          flag was being lowered,          vigilance. I pledged alle-     flag because I am
seen it, mile by mile, from a       and that we were to pay          giance to our flag because
car window: rows of peach           our respect. We would im-        we put men on the moon         allowed to burn it
trees, miles of cornfields,         mediately stop whatever          and Patsy Mink in Con-
waves of wheat, fields of           we were doing (throw down        gress.
                                                                                                    and therefore, I
sugarcane. All the dust and         our bikes, hop out of tree                                      never would.”
snow and heat and ocean             swings, drop marbles or          I pledge allegiance to the
that this great land pro-           jump ropes). Every activity      flag because a hamburger
vides, I’ve kicked around in        on base would come to a          stand in Santa Monica
it. My father was a career          halt;   traffic would stop,      serves Teriyaki Tacos. I
officer in the United States        people would get out of          pledge allegiance to the
Army.                               their cars, everyone every-      flag because I am allowed
                                    where stood at attention.        to burn it and therefore, I
On an Army base, you did-           As quick as a hush, a rev-       never would.
n’t need to wear a watch to         erent quiet would fall, and
know what time it was, be-          we would all turn to where
cause the bugle calls which         we knew the American flag
blasted from the very thor-         had been flying all day, a
ough sound system would             place we knew as well as
most clearly provide that           where home was.          We


       SAN Receives 2002 John Anson Ford Human Relations Award
                                         October 23, 2002
 The South Asian Network (SAN) was                    For further information on SAN and
 honored by the Los Angeles County                    its programs visit the website:
 Board of Supervisors and the Los Ange-               wwwsouthasiannetwork.org, call
 les Human Relations Commission with                  (562) 403-0488, or contact Kripa
 the John Anson Ford Human Relations                  Upadhyau:
 Award for 2002. The award recognizes                 kripa@southasiannetwork.org
 an outstanding body of work that pro-
 motes racial harmony. Our hearty con-
 gratulations to SAN!
Volume III, Issue 3                                                                                              Page 3



To Be or Nor To Be American...That’s Silly! I am American!
By Belle H. Hsu
I am an American . . . be-      who haven’t figured it out      went to two amazing col-
cause I said so! I can’t re-    are telemarketers (and that     leges – Berkeley and
call how many times grow-       provides a great way to         Pomona College (the small
ing up in the Northeast that    screen calls anyways).          liberal arts college) – and
I was asked what I was. If I                                    had some unforgettable
responded American, I was       But I would never change        experiences, both good
always asked, with eyes         who I am and what I be-         and bad. After law school,
squinting, like I was a frog    came. Because I truly           I have discovered an area
to be dissected, “No, where     have had the all-American       of law in which I deal with
are you really from?” Ap-       experience and am living        “people” issues daily and
parently, it wasn’t good        an American dream. I was        that constantly challenges
enough that I was from          born in Connecticut, the        and fascinates me – labor
America, with parents origi-    daughter of a graduate stu-     and employment law.
nally from Taiwan.              dent father born to a poor
                                farming family and a young      Along the way, I have met      “N o, where are you
Of course, after moving to      mother who finished col-        some of the kindest and
California when I started       lege and came to join my        inspiring people I’ve ever
                                                                                               really from?”
high school, life in this re-   father. My mom had to           known. Some have been          A pparently, it
gard has been moving            survive almost a two hour       non-American, but most
along much more                 trip to the hospital in the
                                                                have been American. This
                                                                                               wasn’t good enough
smoothly. Here, non-Asian       snow to give birth to me.
Americans actually may          My mom raised me after          is a nation made up of truly   that I was from
know how to spell “Hsu”         my father passed away           great people. And I am not     America…”
and that it can be pro-         when I was young. I had         just saying that because I
nounced “Sue” and “Shoe,”       the greatest friends in high    am American.
instead of “Who” or “Ha-        school and due to the men-
su”). But I can’t help but      torship of my Mock Trial
giggle when judges insist       attorney coach, the Honor-
on calling me Ms. [Shoe]        able Gregg Prickett, I de-
instead of [Sue] after I        cided to go to law school,
have corrected them once.       and not become a science
And about the only ones         major like my father. I




What it Means to be an American
By David Halm

Being “American” is partici-     time, I served as one of       ond generation Canadian
pating in an ethnically and      Judge Lew’s judicial ex-       American. Also in atten-
culturally diverse citizenry     terns. I attended the          dance were my fellow ex-
and enjoying and respect-        ceremony and sat next to       terns, Michael Williams, a
ing each other’s differ-         Mayor (then City Attorney)     Lebanese American, and
ences. Almost ten years          James Hahn. Mayor Hahn         Melanie Murakami, a Japa-
ago, the Honorable Ronald        asked me when and from         nese American. Soon
S. W. Lew presided over a        where my ancestors immi-       there were more than 200
naturalization proceeding        grated. I told him my great    new Korean American citi-
involving more than 200          grandparents immigrated        zens.
Korean immigrants, the           from Korea and Japan to
largest number of Koreans        Hawaii and California in the
granted United States Citi-      early 1900s. Mayor Hahn
zenship at one time. At the      told me that he was a sec-
Volume III, Issue 3                                                                                                         Page 4


I am an American
By Eileen Kurahashi, APABA Advisory Board Member
After working 21 years as a lawyer,           camps of 120,000 Japanese Americans          our Arab and Muslim American com-
I have recently taken on a new                in violation of the United States Consti-    munities and to our country to exer-
challenge – joining the Japanese              tution. One of our guests asked, with a      cise some leadership - to assert
American National Museum to de-               certain emotion in his voice, why the        quickly and often that what hap-
velop a new, related institution              Museum does not tell the story of Japan      pened to Japanese Americans dur-
called The National Center for the            during World War II. He implied by his       ing World War II should not happen
Preservation of Democracy. The                inquiry that the injustices to Japanese      again to others and to provide op-
mission of the Museum is to pro-              Americans in this country during WWII        portunities for reasoned debate.
mote appreciation for America’s               needed to be offset by the story of the
diversity by sharing the Japanese             wartime excesses of Japan during the         So, for me, making the statement “I
American story. The mission of                same period. The visitor did not make        Am an American” evokes a long and
the National Center is to promote             the distinction between Japan and Japa-      complicated personal history. I
principles of democracy and civic             nese and Americans of Japanese de-           know my history includes reenacting
involvement. The Museum pres-                 scent. He failed to understand that as       the First Thanksgiving when I was a
ents the Japanese American expe-              Americans, we look to American institu-      child dressed as a Pilgrim and be-
rience in the context of American             tions that promise certain protections       lieving in the good will it repre-
history. The National Center will             without regard to race, religion, and eth-   sented. I was born in a camp, Pos-
provide the opportunity to include            nicity, etc. It was brought home to me       ton, Arizona, and have studied
many additional voices in a public            again that no matter how many genera-        snapshots of my mother holding me
dialogue about what it means to be            tions Japanese and other Asian Ameri-        in front of a barrack, our home,
an American. Therefore, an essay              cans live and work in the United States,     wearing the latest clothes of the pe-
exploring my assertion that “I Am             we encounter those who will conclude         riod. I have been inspired by our
an American” is timely.                       we are “foreign” and that we are insuffi-    Constitution and our constitutional
                                              ciently “American.”                          democracy, and aspire to the public
The importance of people of color                                                          good. However, too, I have been
saying and saying often, “I am an             After the devastation of September 11,       shattered by the contradictions that
American”, is brought home to me              2001, one of the early media images          our society and our institutions have
almost everyday in my new posi-               designed to evoke patriotism was the         played out in my lifetime. I am and
tion. Just the other day, a group of          bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. The         will continue to be optimistic in pro-
academics and educators in                    prospect of war and the desire for re-       moting democratic institutions, edu-
Southern California from Europe               venge was palpable. When news be-            cating our people and playing a
for an international conference on            gan to surface that some lashed out vio-     small part in shaping our future.
“democratization” toured the Mu-              lently against Arab and Muslim Ameri-
seum. One of the core stories the             cans or those mistaken as such, Japa-
Museum presents is the experi-                nese Americans knew that ours was a
ence of Japanese Americans dur-               cautionary tale about what could hap-
ing World War II, which includes              pen if fear, hysteria and racism were
the painful story of the forced re-           allowed to shape public policy. There-
moval and incarceration into                  fore, we felt a special responsibility to



APABA’s Hate Crimes Prevention Project
Hate crimes, particularly against             plans to develop and implement a pro-         David G. Halm, Fainsbert Mase &
members of the South Asian, Arab              gram to educate and raise awareness           Snyder, LLP, 11835 West Olympic
and other middle eastern commu-               among junior high and high school stu-        Blvd., Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA
nities, have increased dramatically           dents about hate crimes, including pre-       90064, (310) 473-6400 fax (310)
in the aftermath of 9/11. APABA               vention, reporting and consequences,          473-8702, dhalm@fms-law.com if
has formed a sub-committee to                 and tolerance education.
                                                                                            you would like to assist APABA’s
address this problem. This sub-               Please contact Sandeep Baweja, Burke,
committee has already dissemi-                                                              effort to combat and prevent hate
                                              Williams & Sorensen, 611 West Sixth
nated information at Sikh temples                                                           crimes.
                                              Street, Suite 2500, Los Angeles, CA
about hate crimes and government              90017, (213) 236-0600 fax (213) 236-
offices and agencies to contact if            2700, sandeepbaweja@yahoo.com or
victimized by hate crimes and
Volume III, Issue 3                                                                                                Page 5


Tougher Penalties for Unauthorized Practice of Law– SB1459
By Frank W. Chen
As former president of the South-    victims of individuals who are not        munities and people with a limited
ern California Chinese Lawyers       lawyers and who promise the un-           knowledge of the English language
Association (SCCLA), as well as a    wary victims legal services that are      and American laws posing as immi-
current Trustee of the Los Ange-     either shoddy or not delivered at all.    gration consultants or legal advisors.
les County Bar Association           The new law is a deterrent because
(LACBA), I am very pleased to        many people in the immigrant com-         The bill also closes a loophole that
announce that Senate Bill 1459,      munities are unaware of what re-          allowed disbarred or suspended law-
which cracks down on the Unau-       course they have once they have           yers to continue acting as a lawyer, if
thorized Practice of Law (UPL)       been victimized.                          they did not imply that they were li-
passed unanimously in the Cali-                                                censed. It emphasizes that practic-
fornia State Senate and was          The new law makes a misdemeanor           ing law without a license includes the
signed into law by Governor Gray     conviction of practicing law without      attempt to practice law or offer legal
Davis on September 8, 2002.          a license punishable by up to a year      advice even without claiming to be a
This bill, which was authored by     in county jail and a $1,000.00 fine,      licensed lawyer.
Senator Gloria Romero, D-Los         or both. It also creates a minimum
                                     punishment of 90 days in jail for         Anyone who suspects UPL activity
Angeles, passed the California                                                 may call the State Bar hotline at 800-
State Assembly during the third      subsequent convictions. A sentenc-
                                     ing court would have to explain any       843-9053.
week in August with a vote of 77
to 0. The new law will take effect   variation from these standards on         California State Bar President Karen
in January 2003. Senator Ro-         the record. The theory behind this        Nobumoto, who encouraged and
mero represents the 24th Senate      new law which imposes mandatory           helped create the bill based on her
District which includes Alhambra,    jail time for repeat violations is that   prosecutor experience at the Los An-
Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bassett,        UPL practitioners will no longer be       geles District Attorney’s Office, made
Belvedere, City Terrace, East Los    able to “just pay a fine,” analogizing    a formal announcement at a special
Angeles, El Monte, El Sereno,        the payment of a fine to the pay-         ceremony during the State Bar Board
Hacienda Heights, Industry, Irwin-   ment of an advertising fee.               of Governors meeting on Thursday,
dale, La Puente, Monterey Park,      Under existing law, a disbarred or        September 19, 2002. Los Angeles
Rosemead, San Gabriel, South         suspended lawyer who practiced            District Attorney Steve Cooley and
San Gabriel, Valinda, and por-       law could be charged with a felony.       Senators Gloria Romero and Sheila
tions of North Whittier, South El    A non-lawyer could only be charged        Kuhl also attended.
Monte, Temple City, West Covina      with a misdemeanor. When intro-
and Glendora. A previous Ro-         duced, SB 1459 attempted to ad-
mero bill, SB 1194, which ad-        dress the discrepancy between the
dressed the damages and relief       two charges by creating a “wobbler,”
victims of such fraud are entitled   a crime that could be charged as a
to, passed in March 2001.            felony or misdemeanor, for non-
A multitude of minority bar asso-    lawyers convicted more than once
ciations throughout Los Angeles      of claiming to be licensed to prac-
County, including SCCLA, MABA        tice law. As amended, SB 1459 no
and the Los Angeles County Bar       longer creates a felony charge (due
Association (with over 23,000 ac-    to concerns of the effect of the
tive members), as well as the        Three Strikes Law), but increases
State Bar of California, supported   the maximum sentence for the mis-
Senate Bill 1459. This new law       demeanor from six months to one
carries greater penalties against    year and creates a minimum sen-
non-lawyers for the Unauthorized     tence of 90 days in county jail for
Practice of Law.                     repeat violators of the law. Ro-
                                     mero’s office said the bill would al-
Many uninformed persons in the       low harsher penalties against indi-
immigrant communities are the        viduals who targeted minority com-
Volume III, Issue 3                                                                                                                                Page 6


Law Day 2002 A Success!
By Chirag Shah, APABA Board Member
APABA’s Community Education/Pro                   legal rights to traditionally                         The topics for Law Day are chosen
Bono Services Committee held its                  underserved Asian Pacific Islander                    by the student organizations. This
annual Law Day seminar on May 14,                 groups such as the Cambodian and                      year, we presented basic
2002, at UCLA. At the seminar,                    South Asian communities. We have                      information concerning criminal law
APABA board members, Kathy Hirano                 found that, due to time conflicts and                 and procedure and immigration
and Hyacinth Leus, gave excellent                 language interpretation difficulties, it is           law. In addition, the Committee
presentations on criminal law and                 easier for us to present the basic                    distributed flyers and brochures
immigration. Thanks to the efforts of             information to college students who,                  covering basic legal rights in many
the United Cambodian Students and                 in turn, are asked to share what they                 areas, including employment rights,
Meg Thornton from UCLA’s Asian                    learn at Law Day with their families                  the Violence Against Women Act,
American Studies Center in                        and friends. Using this approach, we                  small claims procedures, tenants
publicizing the event, it was well                have previously conducted                             rights, and immigration law. Due to
attended, and there was a spirited                presentations at Cal State Long                       the invaluable help of Tom Chan,
exchange of ideas and information                 Beach and UC Irvine. We also use                      Wonkoo Chang, and Sody Lay,
during the question and answer                    Law Day as an opportunity to share                    who reviewed the translations,
session.                                          insights with students about                          many of the flyers were made
                                                  opportunities in the legal field--not just            available in Asian languages.
For the past couple of years, as part             as lawyers, but also as paralegals,
of its ongoing program of community               legal assistants, court interpreters,
education, APABA members have                     court reporters, and court personnel.
conducted presentations on basic


     DIVERSITY GRANT OF THE LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW SECTION OF THE
                          CALIFORNIA STATE BAR
  The Labor & Employment Law Section (L&E Section) of the California State Bar is committed to diversity. In that
  spirit, it has established a $70,000.00 grant to co-sponsor events with multi-cultural bar organizations to provide edu-
  cational and networking opportunities in the area of labor and employment law. Each event will be funded up to
  $5,000.00.
  For the application and qualifications, please contact Toni Jaramilla, Chair of the Diversity Outreach Subcommittee
  for the L&E Section (310) 551-3020.
  APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THIS ROUND OF FUNDING IS NOVEMBER 10, 2002

1st Annual APABASoftball Tournament
By J. Alan Warfield

On Sunday, September 8, 2002, a perfect summer afternoon, APABA held its first annual Softball "tournament" featur-
ing the attorneys against the judges, law students, and at least one professional player. While the children playing foot-
ball just beyond the infield dirt never were in any danger of being hit by a fly ball, there were a surprisingly high number
of hits and runs. Before and after the game, all in attendance enjoyed a delicious barbecue lunch under the shade, all
at Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades.




                                                                                                                     Commissioner Widdifield and Justice Kathy
Antonio Estuar                       Margaret & Marika Johnson           Justice Todd displaying her APABA t-shirt
                                                                                                                     Doi Todd-proud recipients of the
                                                                                                                     tournament trophy
Volume III, Issue 3                                                                                                                 Page 7

Criminal Law
By Pauline A. Weaver, Alameda County Deputy

It’s 2 a.m. Your sound sleep is shat-         to defense counsel and pick their brains            time in the area, job and educational
tered by a call from your biggest client,     as well. Several national organizations             history, prior criminal involvement,
whose daughter has been arrested for          specialize in criminal defense, most nota-          and contacts in the community.
drunk driving. “You’ve got to do some-        bly the National Association of Criminal            Tell the client not to discuss or write
thing!” she pleads. As much as you            Defense Lawyers (nacdl.org) and the Na-             about the case with anyone. Empha-
might want to tell your client she’s got      tional Legal Aid and Defender Associa-              size that this includes family mem-
the wrong number, that’s not an option.       tion (nlada.org). Consider joining one of           bers, friendly police officers, friends,
For you, it could be time to step into a      these or the criminal law section of your           cellmates, and so on.
new area of the law. This can be intimi-      local bar association, which can provide
dating, but knowing a few simple things       contacts, monthly publications, and up-         Having taken care of the basics, you next
can help you protect the daughter.            dates on the law. Introductory texts can        must decide whether you can comfortably
                                              also help prep you on the basics of crimi-      handle the case. Is it a simple drunk driv-
Prepare                                       nal law, so you at least know the ques-         ing, or does it involve an accident? Was
The best time to prepare for such a call,     tions to ask.                                   another party injured? Is the charge a
of course, is before it ever happens.                                                         misdemeanor or a felony? If you con-
Where can you go for help with criminal       Assess                                          clude you’re in over your head, refer the
law issues? Ideally, you find a mentor,       But what do you do after you answer your        case out – it’s far better to do so than to
an agreeable friend in private criminal       client’s call? Even if you think you ulti-      make a misstep that may cause perma-
practice, or a public defender in your        mately will refer the case to someone           nent legal damage.
area willing to teach you the basics. Be      more experienced, you can do a lot that
careful of their time, but don’t be afraid    can help avoid later problems.                  If you decide to take the case, be abso-
to ask questions – most people are flat-                                                      lutely clear that the person who pays the
tered to be considered an expert and          First, find out whether the daughter is a       piper does not get to call the tune. The
are more than willing to help.                juvenile or an adult. This will narrow the      mother may pay your fees, but this does-
                                              possibilities for the holding facility. Does    n’t mean she’s entitled to sit in on client
So that your first foray into the criminal    the mother know where the daughter is           interviews, hear client confidences, or
department isn’t the day you represent        being held? This will save you needless         dictate the course of the case. This is
your client’s daughter, do some pre-          phone calls and much frustration, be-           one of the hardest things to control, but
paratory research on your own. Go to          cause many counties, for example, have          control it you must. In many jurisdictions,
the courthouse and watch arraign-             detention facilities run by individual cities   the attorney-client privilege is waived if a
ments. See how experienced attorneys          as well. Can the parents afford to post         third party is privy to protected conversa-
handle the process. If you have a ques-       bail? Have they done so? If the daugh-          tions. You must be an advocate for your
tion after watching the proceeding, ask       ter is still in custody, you may have to        client, not for the person who pays your
the attorney who appeared for a bit of        visit her at the jail, and you may be the       bill.
time to explain it – most will. Spend         first person she talks to since her arrest.
some time in pretrial and trial depart-       Before you meet with the client, try to get     Finally, if at this point you’re still unde-
ments; you may never get this far in a        the police reports on the incident.             cided about taking the case, ask yourself
criminal case, but you will have more                                                         the ultimate test question: If this were my
information to give the client about the      When you meet with your new client:
                                                                                              son or daughter, would I want someone
process. A supplement or alternative to          Reassure and calm her. Visits for            with my experience and skill to handle the
this might be “shadowing” your mentor            anyone but attorneys will be limited
                                                                                              matter through to its conclusion?
for a day – especially if court is sched-        to regular visiting hours, and adopt-
uled. This is a great way to prepare.            ing this “parental” role will no doubt
                                                 be welcomed.
Bar associations in your area may offer          Explain the forthcoming process.
continuing legal education courses in            Tell her about the possibilities of bail
criminal law, and some public defender           or release on her own recognizance
offices open their courses to private            (OR, release without posting a
practitioners. Take advantage of these           bond). Get background information
opportunities – you get a chance to talk         for an OR motion, such as length of

APABA Reception for the Honorable Judges Nguyen and Ryu




       Judge Jacqueline Nguyen                        Judge Tammy Ryu                                  Judge Nguyen and Dolly Gee
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APABA’s Mission
In 1998, the Asian Pacific       ABABA members; (4) pro-         the Association. During its
American Bar Association         vide an opportunity for fel-    first four years of exis-
of Los Angeles County            lowship among the Asso-         tence, APABA has pro-
(APABA) was formed in            ciation's members; (5) pro-     vided programming and
order to: (1) establish a        vide coordinated service to     services consistent with its
broad base of membership         the community-at-large, as      mission. APABA’s Board
that is reflective of the eth-   well as the local Asian         is dedicated to continue
nic and cultural diversity of    community; (6) develop          rendering yeoman service
the Asian/Pacific Islander       and encourage cooperation       to the underserved seg-
American (APIA) commu-           with and between other bar      ments of the Asian Ameri-
nity in the greater Los An-      organizations, especially       can community of Los An-
geles area; (2) foster the       other minority bar associa-     geles.
exchange of ideas and in-        tions; and (7) provide a ve-
formation between the            hicle and forum for the uni-
members of APABA and             fied expression of opinions
other members of the legal       and positions by the Asso-
profession, the judiciary        ciation upon current social,
and the community; (3) en-       political, economic, legal or
courage and promote the          other matters or events of
professional growth of           concern to the members of



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