January 2015

Volunteer with APIASF

APIASF is currently seeking volunteer readers for the APIASF General Scholarship program, which received nearly 9,000 applications this year. Volunteer readers have access to a secure website to review scholarship applications at a time that is most convenient to them during the read period (January 12 - March 13, 2015). To ensure that there are enough readers to evaluate all applications, readers are asked to commit to completing a minimum of 20 applications. Each application takes approximately 10-15 minutes to review.

KABA 2015 Bar Study Scholarship

The Korean American Bar Association of Northern California (KABANC) is pleased to announce the 2015 Bar Study Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded by the KABANC Foundation at KABANC's upcoming 2015 Annual Gala, and is open to all graduating law students or recent grads in Northern California who are planning to take the California State Bar examination in July of 2015, or February or July of 2016.

2015 Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship

The Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco is currently accepting applications for our 2015 Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship. Our scholarship program was established in 1998 to reaffirm a commitment to diversity in legal education and the legal profession. Scholarships are need based and are given to those from minorities that are underrepresented in Northern California or Bay Area law schools. Recipients receive up to $30,000 over three years.

George Takei to Keynote 5th Annual Fred Korematsu Day Celebration

Fred Korematsu Day Celebration

Actor, activist, and social media sensation George Takei will keynote the 5th Annual Fred Korematsu Day Celebration (http://korematsuinstitute.org) on Friday, January 30, 2015, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.at City Arts and Lectures-Nourse Theatre in San Francisco. KABANC is proud to be a Promotional Partner of this event.

The Fred Korematsu Day commemoration is organized every year by the Fred T. Korematsu Institute to remember the life of Fred Korematsu and recognize the importance of preserving civil liberties.


Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal are honored to host a Dispute Resolution in Korea Symposium on March 5-6, 2015.



Thursday, January 22
6:00 pm
Panel to begin promptly at 6:30 pm
Location TBD

KABA Women’s Committee – Empowering Women Attorneys: API Women in Law Firms and Unconscious Bias

“Empowering Women Attorneys: API Women in Law Firms and Unconscious Bias”

You are invited to attend this free CLE panel discussion by three powerhouse women attorneys (all Past Presidents of the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California), who will share their experiences and tips on succeeding in the legal profession, including identifying, addressing, and overcoming biases as a minority women in the legal profession. Afterwards, please join fellow attorneys and law students for networking mixer/reception.

Video from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Dear Affiliate Presidents,

I want to share a fantastic video from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders regarding career advice and suggestions from APA government leaders, many of whom are NAPABA members. APABA-DC President Smeeta Ramarathnam mentioned this video to many of you at the Convention, and I want to thank her sharing it with us. The speakers (including Smeeta) raise important issues such as how to deal with career adversity and the importance of advocating for oneself. I encourage you to watch the video and share it with your networks.

Fund for NYPD Detective Liu

We’ve received some inquiries from members who are interested in donating funds to support the family of slain NYPD Detective Wenjian Liu, who has been reported to be the first Chinese-American NYPD officer killed in the line of duty. As you may know, Detective Liu and his partner, Detective Rafael Ramos, were shot to death on December 20, 2014, while sitting in their squad car in Brooklyn.