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                                                    W W W. A A B A - B AY. C O M                          M AY       2006



AABA thanks the                                         David Chiu, AABA President
following
                                                        There’s so much to report! Since the Annual Dinner, AABA has been off to
sustaining                                              a fast start, thanks to the great work of our AABA members. At our
members of                                              annual retreat hosted by Hanson & Bridgett, AABA board members,
                                                        committee chairs, and representatives from AABA’s Law Student Council
2006!                                                   met to discuss a myriad of activities being planned this year. Some highlights:

                                                      AABA IN DA HOUSE! Several weeks ago, our In-House Counsel Committee
Michael Begert                 hosted our first In-House/Private Practice Reception. Thanks to committee cochairs Larry Chew
                               and Jackie Park, 150 in-house and law firm attorneys crowded into Burlingame’s Il Forniao,
Edward Chen                    where in-house attorneys were able to meet potential outside counsel and provide job advice to
Samuel Feng                    interested future colleagues. One of AABA’s goals this year is to encourage interactions between
                               AABA private sector attorneys, so we can facilitate business development and build successful
Rosemary Fei                   private practices. A big thanks to DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Fenwick & West, Hanson
Kevin Fong                     Bridgett, Latham & Watkins, and Morrison & Foerster for hosting the great event.
Emi Gusukuma                   TO BE A JUDGE! In past newsletters, we have written about the lack of APA judges, and our
Joel Hayashida                 AABA Judiciary Committee has worked hard to assist AABA members considering judicial
                               careers. In March, three extremely qualified Asian American lawyers filed papers to run for
Lily Mayumi Kimura             judicial seats, and AABA is proud to endorse their candidacies. Former Judge Lillian Sing is
Celia Lee                      coming out of retirement to run for a seat on the San Francisco Superior Court. Respected
                               attorneys Dennis Hiyashi and Mike Nisperos are two of six candidates running for a judgeship
Ivana Lee                      in Alameda County. Read more in this newsletter — we hope you will support them.
Susan Lew
                               REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO KNOW NOTHING? Six years, I began a small mentoring
Dale Minami                    program for 20 students and 20 attorneys; thanks to Student Mentorship Committee cochairs
Ann Nguyen                     Maki Arakawa, Marshall Khine and David Sohn, the program now matches several hundred
                               students and attorneys yearly. Building on that success, Employment Committee co-chairs
Scott Nonaka                   Isabel Choi and Reichi Lee will be launching our first Attorney Mentorship Program, and we
Rosemarie Oda                  hope that every AABA member will sign up. We want to build a culture within AABA where
                               everyone is either mentored or mentoring, so that we can pass along collective experience to
Paul Perdue                    create the most talented bar in the country, bar none. ;)
Garner Weng
                               SERVE — NOW! Over the years, our Community Services Committee has served thousands of
Darryl Woo                     clients in San Francisco and Oakland, and many AABA attorneys have generously donated
Franklin Yap                   countless pro bono hours. This year, in partnership with API Legal Outreach and the Asian Law
                               Caucus, our Community Services programs will undergo a major expansion, to launch
Stanley Young                  additional clinics in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Mateo Counties and also outreaching to
                               underserved Filipinos, Lao, Vietnamese and Pacific Islanders. To help, contact a CSC cochair
                               — Victor Hwang, Jason Lee, Dot Liu or Ruth Ann Castro.

                               I hope that each AABA member gets involved in some way — see you soon!



     Inside this issue:

President’s Message ..................... 1          James Brosnahan Honored .......... 3           Equal Justice Society Event .........5
Ten Reasons to Vote for Judge                        Calendar of Events .......................3    National Conference for
Lillian Sing .................................. 2                                                   Minority Lawyer ...........................6
                                                     Community Services Committee .. 4
AABA Endorsements in San                                                                            AABA Law Student Grant .............6
Francisco and Alameda ............... 3              Alameda Bar Association
                                                     Volunteer Recognition Dinner ..... 4           APBA Civil Rights Event ...............6
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Ten Reasons to Vote                                               Here are a few of the reasons AABA endorses Judge Lillian
                                                                  Sing:
for Judge Lillian K.                                              1. Service to the Community - Judge Lillian’s career has
Sing - San Francisco Superior                                     been devoted to service and she wants to continue to serve
                                                                  the community through the law and the Court - see About
Court Judge on June 6, 2006                                       Judge Lillian Sing @ www.lilliansing.com for an extensive
By Kathy Asada                                                    list of Judge Lillian’s community service and other
                                                                  qualifications
Judge Lillian has been with AABA from the beginning -
                                                                  2. Experienced Judge - Judge Lillian spent 23 years
we do not have a stronger supporter. She is always there
                                                                  dispensing justice. She has both criminal and civil trial
for AABA, and now AABA has endorsed her for June 6,
2006 San Francisco Superior Court race.                           experience including, criminal murder, rape, gang crimes,
                                                                  bank robberies, home invasions, domestic violence, and
Listed below is a summary of the reasons we should support        hate crimes, and civil class action asbestos cases,
Judge Lillian, taken from her website -                           employment discrimination, medical malpractice, landlord
www.lilliansing.com I’d like to add a few of my own -
www.lilliansing.com.
      .lilliansing.com                                            and tenant cases, contract disputes, personal injuries, and
all of us recognize the importance of diversity on the bench.     harassment cases. Finally, she presided in family and juvenile
As a deputy public defender, I have seen first hand the           court.
effect on clients when there is a diverse courtroom staff.
Clients feel that there is a real chance that their voices will   3. Recognizes the importance of mediation - In 2001, Judge
be heard. Judge Lillian listens to clients and always treats      Lillian was the co-chair of the mediation advisory committee
                                                                  and Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Court and
them with respect.
                                                                  recognizes that the earlier a dispute is resolved, the better it
I am impressed by Judge Lillian’s compassion and patience,        is for everyone. We have all heard of the old cliché, justice
with clients and others in the community. Judge Lillian           delayed is justice denied. Her goal is to work with the Bar
goes out of her way to mentor students. As part of my             Association, the Community, the Judicial Council of the State
current job, I meet with groups of high school at the Public      of California, and the Court to make this a priority program.
Defender’s Office and take them around the corner to the
                                                                  4. Honors - Judge Lillian received many honors, including
Hall of Justice to observe court. One group watched one
                                                                  “Trial Judge of the Year” by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers
of our experienced felony trial attorneys voir dire a jury in
                                                                  Association and the “Outstanding Jurist” award by the SF
a murder case, watched a great cross-examination by a
misdemeanor attorney of the victim/witness father in a            Women Lawyers Alliance, and the “Justice “ award by the
domestic violence case and watched Judge Lillian sit in           Alice B. Toklas Club. (See www.lilliansing.com for a complete
Drug Court, patiently listen as each client came out of the       list of her honors.)
holding cell with their explanation for failing to comply         5. Judge Lillian Cares About the Community - San Francisco
with the judge’s order and asking for another chance.             has a very diverse population and many of our litigants are
She listened to each client, questioned them, gave each           non English speaking. In recent years, we have seen a
another chance and asked them to personally promise               substantial increase in the number and types of cases
her that they would follow through with their commitment          involving self represented litigants. As a member of the
if she released them from custody. Of their court                 Superior Court, Judge Lillian supported San Francisco
observations that day, the students were most impressed           Superior Court’s Access Center where staff and volunteers
with Judge Lillian and had to be torn out of her courtroom        help self represented litigants.
at the end of the day.
                                                                  6. Judge Lillian is a Visionary - Her vision is to bring this a
Another day, as I wandered the Hall, looking for something        step further by bringing the Access Center for self represented
interesting for the students to watch, Judge Lillian invited      litigants to the neighborhoods. The Chief Justice of the
the students into her chambers. She went around the room          California Supreme Court has made it a priority to help
and asked each student their name and year in school.             California’s self represented litigants. She pledges to work
She encouraged them to finish high school, go to college          with the Chief Justice, the San Francisco Superior Court, the
and consider becoming lawyers. She patiently answered             Judicial Council, the Bar Association and the Community
all their questions. There was one young African American         to make our Court as accessible to the people as possible.
student whose aunt is a judge - she was definitely planning       Her objective is to use her experience and background to
to go to law school, but Judge Lillian got others who had         develop outreach programs and services to make the courts
not thought about law as a career to consider it. She             more accessible, understandable, and user friendly.
invited them into the courtroom and answered more of
their questions as they all crowded onto the bench. The           She is also committed to bringing the San Francisco Superior
students had their photos taken with Judge Lillian - you’ll       Court into the 21st Century with electronic filings both in
have to trust me on this one because I was going to include       the Criminal and Civil Divisions. This would lower costs to
the photo, but the deadline is upon me and I can’t find           litigants, the state, and the Court.
the photo.
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AABA ENDORSES JUDGE LILLIAN                                                   James Brosnahan To
SING IN SAN FRANCISCO, and                                                    Be Honored May 6th
DENNIS HAYASHI AND MIKE
                                                                              The Conference of Delegates of California Bar
NISPEROS IN ALAMEDA COUNTY                                                    Associations (CDCBA) is pleased to honor
                                                                              James J. Brosnahan by presenting him with
For the upcoming judicial elections in San Francisco and Alameda              its inaugural Jim Pfeiffer Philanthropy Award.
counties on June 6, 2006, AABA is proud to endorse the following
individuals:                                                                  One of the nation’s most respected and
                                                                              recognized trial lawyers, Jim Brosnahan has
San Francisco                                                                 been an eloquent delegate to the Conference
In San Francisco, AABA endorses Judge Lillian Sing, a longstanding
                                                                              for most of his illustrious legal career. He has
leader in the Bay Area’s Asian American community. Judge Sing, who
was the first Asian American woman to be a judge in Northern California,      also been a steadfast supporter of the CDCBA
served on the San Francisco bench for 22 years before retiring in 2004.       as a forum for debate and vehicle for
Having decided that retirement does not suit her, she seeks a return to       improving the law. Jim’s work with and support
the bench to continue her service to the community. As a judge, she           of the CDCBA is in keeping with the example
has unparalleled experience: she has presided over thousands of
                                                                              set by Jim Pfeiffer, the man for whom the award
criminal trials (including murder, rape, and hate crimes) and thousands
of civil cases. She also presided in family and juvenile court, and           is named. Jim Pfeiffer made himself available
started the San Francisco Drug Court.                                         as a colleague and mentor to assure the
                                                                              survival of the organization. In awarding Jim
In addition to her vast experience as a judge, Judge Sing’s many
accomplishments and honors include the following: serving as Presiding        Brosnahan the first annual Jim Pfeiffer Award,
Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court; being elected Trial Judge of       the CDCBA acknowledges its debt and
the Year by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (1989); and           gratitude to both gentlemen.
being named Outstanding Jurist by the San Francisco Women Lawyers
Alliance (1993). Judge Sing helped found, among other organizations,          Please join us in paying tribute to Jim
Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) and the Rape of Nanking Redress          Brosnahan on May 6, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. Sir
Coalition.                                                                    Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell Street, San
Judge Sing is currently presiding over cases in San Francisco as an           Francisco.
Assigned Judge under the Chief Justice’s Administrative Office of the
Courts Assigned Judges Program.                                               For further information on the event and how
                                                                              to register or become a sponsor, please visit
Alameda County                                                                http://www.cdcba.org/events.htm . For
In Alameda County, AABA endorses two candidates: Dennis Hayashi
and Mike Nisperos.                                                            additional information, please call (415) 379-
                                                                              3743. Best Regards, Amanda Hom Special
Dennis Hayashi has a long history of public service and of protecting         Administrator Conference of Delegates of
the civil rights of all citizens. He served as a senior attorney at the
                                                                              California Bar Associations
Asian Law Caucus from 1979-1991, overseeing and participating in
the litigation of major impact cases (such as Korematsu v. U.S., the
successful application for a writ of coram nobis to vacate Fred Korematsu’s
wartime conviction for violating internment orders). He has also served
as National Director of the Japanese American Citizens League, Director
                                                                                   CALENDAR OF
of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and                UPCOMING EVENTS
Human Services under President Bill Clinton, the Director of California’s
Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Mr. Hayashi currently                   May 8         Rescheduled AABA
serves as a Director on the A.C. Transit Board of Directors, and has a
private law practice in Hayward.
                                                                                                 Baseball Night

Mike Nisperos’ career also reflects an extensive history of service and            May 13        Civil Rights Committee
commitment to the public and the legal community, as a prosecutor, a                             Public Interest Retreat
defense attorney, and a community leader. He served as Chief Trial
Counsel for the State Bar of California, as Public Safety Liaison at the           June 19       CAA Dinner
Office of the City Manager for the City of Oakland (which investigated
and held hearings regarding citizen complaints of police misconduct),              July 13       Summer Law Clerk
and as Director of the Mayor’s Office on Drugs and Crime (which                                  Reception at Yank Sing
coordinated the City of Oakland’s enforcement, prevention and                                    restaurant in San
education efforts to reduce crime and drug abuse). Mr. Nisperos has                              Francisco (Rincon
also served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General
Corps. He is a founding member and past President of the Filipino                                Center location)
Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC), and received FBANC’s
                                                                                   August 26 Career Day at USF
Jose Rizal Social Justice Award in 2002. Mr. Nisperos currently has a
private law practice in Alameda County.                                                      School of Law
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    Community Services Committee                                                       Alameda
    The Community Services Committee is looking forward to another busy year,         County Bar
    with plenty of opportunities for members to help out their communities as
    well as develop and enhance their legal skills.                                   Association
    The Committee operates a pro bono legal clinic in conjunction with the Asian       Volunteer
    Law Caucus that is staffed by volunteer attorneys. Last fall, the Committee       Recognition
    hosted a kickoff and training session to prepare volunteer attorneys for the
    clinics. AABA Board member and ALC attorney Malcolm Yeung led the                   Dinner
    training. He reviewed the most common issues that arise at the clinics, such
    as housing (landlord-tenant), personal injury, neighbor harassment, and
    consumer rights (including the hot topics of identity theft, contractor fraud,   On Thursday, May 25, 2006,
    and auto fraud). One attendee noted that the session was both “intensive”        the Alameda County Bar
    and “comprehensive,” and that it also served as an excellent refresher course    Association Volunteer Legal
    for attorneys who practice in other areas of the law.                            Services Corporation (VLSC)
                                                                                     will be holding its Volunteer
    To all the volunteers who have spent time and energy at the San Francisco        Recognition Dinner from 6:00-
    training and clinics this past year – and to those who have shown willingness    8:30 p.m. at Madison’s, Lake
    to invest their time this coming year, the Committee would like to extend a      Merritt Hotel located at 1800
    big THANKS! They are: Esther Chang, Lynda Hung, Kevin Ikuma, Kevin               Madison Street in Oakland.
    Wong, Linda Lye, Amy Choi, Steve Ngo, Peggy Shih, David Pai, Jason Lee,          The keynote speaker will be
    Eunice Ko, Rita Mah, Euna Kim, and David Wong. Their commitment                  Chief Justice of the California
    reinforces the importance and value of community service!                        Supreme Court Honorable
    This year, aside from our monthly legal clinics, here are some other events      Ronald M. George. CBS 5’s
    on the horizon for the Committee:                                                East Bay Bureau Chief, Sherry
                                                                                     Hu will be Mistress of
       Quarterly Non-Legal Community Service Events. The Committee hopes             Ceremonies at this event.
       to organize community service events where its enthusiastic corps of          There will be a silent auction
       volunteers can flex their muscles and provide non-legal assistance to those   and presentation of its annual
       in need. We anticipate working in conjunction with the Chinatown              volunteer awards and
       Community Development Center on projects ranging from assisting with          recognition of VLSC and
       voter registration, gardening, and community park maintenance to cleaning     Lawyers in the Library
       up neighborhood alleys and Single Room Occupancy housing                      volunteers for their pro bono
       developments. These events will allow the Committee to expand its role        legal services in the
       in the community as well as tap into the energy and social commitment of      community. AABA member
       its volunteers.                                                               Dennis Chin will be honored
       Annual Summer Law Student Grant. The Summer Law Student Grant                 with the Volunteer of the Year
       Program furthers the Committee’s tradition of providing valuable summer       Award. Tickets are $75 for
       grants for law students doing public interest work for the summer, and        legal services attorneys and
       who otherwise have little financial support. Applications will be available   $95 for individual tickets and
       and posted on the AABA website shortly. The grant recipient(s) will be        must be paid in advance.
       announced at the 2006 AABA Summer Law Clerk Reception.                        Seating is limited.

    Please let us know if you have other community service ideas, are interested
    in participating in any of the programs or would like to sign up for either of   For further information,
    the clinics. The clinics are held in San Francisco on the third Wednesday of      please contact Sandy
    every month, from 6 to 8 pm. We encourage everyone to participate!               Black at 510-251-3506
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                            First Annual Equal Justice Society
                              Judge Constance Baker Motley
                            Civil Rights Fellowship Luncheon


                                                           “Now I can relax.”
                                                          Said Judge Motley, after
                                                          hearing about the Equal
                                                               Justice Society


                                             Thursday, June 1, 2006
                                         11:00 a.m. - Pre-Event Reception
                                            Noon - Lunch and Program
                                                 Far East Café
                                         631 Grant Avenue, San Francisco
                     Featuring a candid conversation on civil rights and race relations with:
                                   Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., EJS Board Chair
                                     Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
                                   James J. Brosnahan, EJS Board Member
                                      Senior Partner, Morrison & Foerster
                                               Luncheon Co-Chairs:
               William F. Alderman            James J. Brosnahan              Raymond C. Marshall

Proceeds from the event will be used to fund the Equal Justice Society’s new Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights
Fellowship. Under the supervision of staff attorneys for one year, the Fellow may lead new research, advocacy,
coalition building and public education efforts related to transforming anti-discrimination law and policy. Sponsorship
opportunities available:Ron Wong, (415) 355-9988 x10


                                     About Constance Baker Motley
                            “When I went to law school, nobody heard of civil rights.
”In her fifty-plus years as a jurist, Constance Baker Motley (1921–2005) has had a major impact on ending racial
discrimination. As the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s associate counsel, she participated in writing the briefs for
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kan., et.al., the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case that ended school
segregation. From October 1961 to the end of 1964, Motley won nine of the 10 civil rights cases she argued before the
Court, including James Meredith’s successful suit to attend the University of Mississippi. She went on to break down
other gender and race barriers as the first African-American woman elected to the New York state senate (1964) and
to the Manhattan borough presidency (1965). Appointed to a judgeship for the Southern District of New York in 1966,
she became the first African-American woman on the federal bench and, in 1982, the first African-American woman
to serve as chief judge. Motley assumed senior judge status in 1986, and in 2001, President Bill Clinton awarded her
the Presidential Citizens’ Medal in recognition of her achievements and service to the nation. After graduating from
New York University in 1943, Motley took a well-paying job with a wartime agency that aided the dependents of
servicemen. A year later, she turned down a promotion to attend Columbia Law School. “That’s the dumbest thing I
ever heard, a complete waste of time,” her supervisor told her. “Women don’t get anywhere in the law.” While still a law
student at Columbia, Motley met Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP’s legal director, who offered her a job as a law clerk
in the organization’s New York office. After receiving her law degree in 1946, Motley became a full-fledged member of
the NAACP’s legal staff. In April 1995, she returned to Columbia to receive the Florence E. Allen Award, given by the
New York Women’s Bar Association and named after the woman Motley said was her role model as a female judge.
In February 2004, Motley came back to Columbia Law School for an event marking the 50th anniversary of Brown v.
Board of Education.
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                                                                                                        Visit
                                                                                           www.abanet.org/buslaw/
                                                                                           2006minoritylawyer/
                                                                                           home.shtml for complete
                                                                                           details and to register online.




AABA Law Student Summer Grant
Deadline June 8, 2006
The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay              (b) A description of the type of work that will be done
Area (“AABA”) is offering one or more grants to help fund              under the grant;
one or more qualified summer law clerks to work on legal           (c) A description of your qualifications;
projects that would provide free legal services to the Asian-      (d) The name of the nonprofit legal service organization
American community. Applicants must be sponsored by a                  at which you will be working, along with a
nonprofit legal organization that has agreed to supervise              reference contact and telephone number; and
the applicant. The grant will be funded by the AABA Law            (e) A description of any other grants, compensation
Foundation through the Community Services Committee                    or financial aid you will receive for this summer’s
of AABA.                                                               work, if any.
Interested applicants should meet the following                 2. Submit a resume.
requirements:                                                      THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS IS JUNE
1. Have a summer position with a nonprofit legal service           8, 2006. DECISIONS WILL BE MADE SHORTLY
organization;                                                      THEREAFTER. THE SUMMER GRANT WILL BE
2. Will be working on a project(s) which will provide legal        AWARDED AT AABA’S ANNUAL SUMMER ASSOCIATE
assistance to the Asian American community;                        RECEPTION ON JULY 13, 2006.
3. Commit to at least 10 weeks of work on the project(s)
this summer.                                                             Email, fax or mail your application to:

                                                                             Ruth Ann E. Castro, Esq.
The procedures for submitting an application for the AABA                   Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Summer Grant are as follows:                                                       Russ Building
1. Submit a 1-2 page grant proposal, including:
                                                                  235 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
   (a) Your name, address, phone number and e-mail
       address;
                                                                                   rcastro@fbm.com
                                                                                  Fax 415.954.4480
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           Asian Pacific Bar Association of the Silicon Valley
                                         2006 Civil Rights Hot Topics

                                                 A Talk by
                        Sanjeev Bery, San Jose Director, ACLU of Northern California
            Sanjeev returns to discuss this year’s civil rights issues, including immigration reform,
             secrecy and government surveillance, and radio-frequency identification (RFID).

                           Dinner will be provided.           Approved for 1 Unit of MCLE credit.

                                               Wednesday, May 24, 2006
                                                6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

                 McDermott, Will & Emery LLP - 3150 Porter Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94304

                            Please RSVP by May 17, 2006 to: Ms. Marguerite Frey
                                     (650) 813-5000 or mfrey@mwe.com

                               Presented by: Asian Pacific Bar Association of the Silicon Valley

     Sponsors: Asian Law Alliance, Civil Rights Committee, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area,
     Rainbow (LGBT) Committee, Santa Clara County Bar Association, Asian Americans for Community Involvement,
     Filipino Bar Association of Northern California

     MCLE Credit: This activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of one-
     half (0.5) hour towards General Studies and one-half (0.5) hour towards Elimination of Bias. The Asian Pacific Bar
     Association of the Silicon Valley certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities
     prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.


Judge Lillian Sing continued from page 2

7. Commitment to educate the public - Judge Lillian serves        returned to school. And most of our participants, with
as a member of the Planning Committee and Faculty of              children, have been reunited with their families. I am very
the Education Division of the Administrative Offices of           proud Judge Sing started Drug Court and I am very proud
the Court to develop an educational program, entitled             to preside over this court because I know that we make a
“Chinese Americans and the California Courts.” She will           difference, each day, for so many people struggling with
continue working to develop educational programs, which           substance abuse, mental health and major medical
will serve to educate the public about the court system.          problems. “
8. San Francisco Drug Court - Judge Lillian gets things           10. Commitment to Diversity - San Francisco serves a very
accomplished. She started San Francisco’s Drug Court.             diverse population. Many are non-English speaking, while
Ron Albers, San Francisco Superior Court Commissioner             others suffer from physical and mental issues. We need to
stated: “San Francisco Drug Court has made a dramatic             have culturally sensitivity judges to insure that every litigant
impact on the lives and well beings of those people               is treated with respect and dignity. In addition the court is
struggling to overcome substance abuse problems. SF               serving more-and-more self-represented litigants, especially
Drug Court graduates over one hundred people each                 in family law and juvenile cases. Judge Lillian is committed
year. When these individuals entered drug court, 75               to working in collaboration with community organizations,
percent were homeless, 80 percent unemployed, and few             bar associations and other justice system partners to develop
were in school. Recent statistics show a success rate of          more programs to meet the needs of self-represented non-
nearly 100 percent employed and with stable homes at              English speaking litigants.
the time of graduation. 60 percent of our graduates have
                                    2006 AABA OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

                                                        AABA COMMITTEES AND 2006 CO-CHAIRS

    OFFICERS                                                EMPLOYMENT              MEDIA                 PRACTICE
                                   CIVIL RIGHTS/
    David S. Chiu, President       PUBLIC INTEREST          Isabel Choi             Shirley Chin          DEVELOPMENT/
    Edwin K. Prather, Vice-                                 Ivana Lee               Michelle Yoshida      SMALL & SOLO
                                   Jennifer C. Chang
                                                            Reichi Lee                                    FIRM
    President (President-Elect)    Candice Jan
                                                                                    MEMBERSHIP            Alexis S.M. Chiu
                                   Juna Kim
    Celia Lee, Treasurer                                    IN HOUSE                Sherwin Chen          Wesley Lowe
                                   Kavitha Sreeharsha
    Garner Weng, Secretary                                  COUNSEL                 Corinne Deveza        Tony Paikeday
                                   Hongvilay
                                                            Lawrence M. Chew        Hanh Pham             Richard Tamor
                                     Thongsamouth
                                                            Jacklyn J. Park         Pamela Pham
    BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                                              Marcus Wu             SCHOLARSHIP
                                   COMMUNITY
    Billy Chan                                              JUDICIARY/PUBLIC                              Patricia S. Kim
                                   SERVICEES
    S. Isabel Choi                                          APPOINTMENTS            MENTORSHIP            Annette Mathai-
                                   Ruth Ann E. Castro
                                                            Jenny Huang             Maki Arakawa             Jackson
    Emi Gusukuma                   Victor Hwang
                                                            Ted Ting                Marshall Khine                 .
                                                                                                          Vilaska P Nguyen
    Eugene M. Pak                  Jason Lee
                                                            Salle E. Yoo            David Sohn            Avantika Shastri
    Willie N. Nguyen               Dot Liu
    Christine K. Noma                                       LEGISLATIVE                                   SOCIAL
                                   EDUCATION                                        NEWSLETTER
    Marissa Tirona                                          Mabel Ng                Kathy Asada           Sinclair Hwang
                                   Rita Hao
    Marissa M. Pak                                          Debra Watanuki          Alice Chin            Eumi K. Lee
                                   Brian Kim
    Yu-Yee Wu                                                                       Soyeun Choi           Alan Ting
                                   Elizabeth Loh
    Malcolm Yeung                                                                   Rhean Fajardo         Michelle Yang
                                                                                    Michelle D. Jew
                                                                                    Eugene Pak

              Business addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and biographies of all Officers and Directors
                               are available online at the AABA Website: www. aaba-bay.com




Asian American Bar Association
    of the Greater Bay Area
P.O. Box 190517
San Francisco, CA 94119-0517
www.aaba-bay.com

				
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