KABA-SD will hold its Seventh Annual Dinner and Installation of Officers on Tuesday, September 16, 2013, at the University Club Atop Symphony Towers from 5:30 to 9:00pm. This year’s featured speakers will be Tad Yo, Executive Director of Asian Baseball Operations at The Boras Corporation, and Angela Oh, Author and Attorney Mediator with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
We hope you are able to join us for this special evening. Please register now using the PayPal link below.
KABA-SD has vetted both candidates and the Board has voted to endorse Jin Hwang for the position of President Elect in the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) elections.
KABA-SD vetted both candidates and the Board has voted to endorse Alexander Lee and Steven Reeves for the position of Vice President of Finance & Development in the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) elections:
Alexander Lee is NAPABA’s current Vice President of Finance and Development, and is again running for this position. As Alex sees it, the primary function of this position is fundraising and business development. He believes that continuity with respect to this position is beneficial because of the need to develop relationships with sponsors. Alex has already developed relationships with sponsors and is already ahead in sponsorships in terms of dollar amounts.
Steven Reeves is currently a NAPABA board member and believes that he has the experience and skills to hold this position. As a law firm partner, Steven routinely utilizes his networking and business development skills. Steven believes that these skills will benefit the organization.
The KABA-SD Board is confident that both Alex and Steven would strengthen NAPABA if elected Vice President of Finance & Development.
KABA-SD is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 KABA-SD Bar Exam Scholarships. The decision for KABA-SD’s Scholarship Committee was very difficult this year, as it was faced with a number of deserving applicants, all of whom KABA-SD has great confidence are headed for meaningful careers and much success. After reviewing each candidate’s written application materials, conducting personal interviews, and conferring with references, Scholarship Committee has decided to award this year’s KABA-SD Bar Scholarships to Jin Hee Park and Christina Tantoy:
Jin Hee Park obtained a degree in Oriental Medicine from Ewha Womans University in Korea. Now a third year at Cal Western, she hopes to pursue a career in healthcare law. Jin Hee is currently KABA’s Cal Western Student Representative. She is also acting as Co-Vice President of the Health Law Society and serves as President of the Christian Legal Society, while also managing to volunteer for activities in support of her two young children. Having assisted at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, the Christian Legal Aid Clinic, and now the start-up clinic for the Korean community being organized by Esther Hyun, Jin Hee would like to continue contributing to diverse communities by by volunteering through Legal Aid Clinics after law school. With what the Committee saw as exceptional dedication and hard work, KABA-SD is excited to share that Jin Hee will be graduating from Cal Western in only 2 1/2 years. Our hats off to Jin Hee!
Christina Tantoy obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science from UCSD. She hopes to become a civil litigator who will passionately advocate for her clients while also staying active in the community. She currently is serving as APALSA President, in which capacity she has helped organize professional, social, and philanthropic events for Cal Western students and has acted as a liaison between the school and various San Diego bar association organizations. Christina started the APALSA Buddy Program, which pairs senior Asian American students with 1L’s in the midst of their stressful first years. She has participated in KABA’s mentorship program and hopes to give back as a mentor in the future to support students who come from similar backgrounds. In addition to a full school load and other law-related activities, Christina also finds time to volunteer for Special Olympics Basketball as a volunteer coach. She finds it very rewarding to work hard and help others and is a believer in making the most of all opportunities. The Committee is pleased to be able to say kudos to Christina for that viewpoint and her demonstrated commitment through awarding this scholarship!
Congratulations to both Jin Hee and Christina, and thank you to all who showed interest in and supported this year’s KABA-SD Bar Scholarship program.
KABA-SD Annual Meeting: Wednesday, August 20
KABA-SD will be holding its Annual Meeting at 5:30pm on Wednesday, August 20 at a location to be announced. The Annual Meeting is open to all KABA-SD members, who are encouraged to attend and participate. At the Annual Meeting, KABA-SD will also hold elections to select the new Board.
Interested in Serving on the KABA-SD Board? Elections are Upcoming!
Are you interested in becoming more involved with the Korean American legal community, in making new friends, in networking, or in taking on a leadership community? If so, we encourage you to run for a position on KABA-SD’s 2014-15 Board of Directors. Elections are upcoming, and will be for the following positions:
- Vice President
- Director-at-Large (5)
The newly-elected Board will also be selecting one law student representative from among those interested at each of San Diego’s 3 law schools. For all interested in serving on the Board – whether as an officer, a director, or a student representative – please prepare a brief (1 page maximum) candidate statement and note the following deadlines and schedule:
- Friday, August 15: Nominations and Candidate Statements Due (email to email@example.com)
- Monday, August 18: Candidate Statements and Ballots Emailed to KABA-SD Members
- Wednesday, August 20: Annual Meeting and Election @ 5:30pm (location TBA, most likely SDCBA Bar Center)
- Friday, August 29: Absentee Ballots Due
- Thursday, September 4: New Board Announced (including selection of law student representatives)
- Tuesday, September 16: Installation of Board and Officers at KABA-SD Annual Dinner
Any and all current, dues-paid KABA-SD members are eligible to vote in the elections. Attorney members who are licensed to practice and in good standing with the California State Bar are eligible to serve as an officer or director-at-large. If you have any questions about your current standing or eligibility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, and good luck!
The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse Tim Nader in his applications for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and to the San Diego Superior COurt bench.
Mr. Nader has been practicing law since 1982, and his experience working as a prosecutor and civil litigator has provided him with broad legal experiences and extensive knowledge in criminal, family, and civil law, which will be an asset on the bench. Throughout Mr. Nader’s career, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity by furthering equal opportunity and fairness. As Mayor of Chula Vista, he appointed the most diverse group of commissioners in the city’s history. Mr. Nader is currently on the Southwestern College board, where he has made substantial change for the college by implementing programs such as his current project that promotes education opportunities for immigrant students. He is also heavily involved with the Lawyers Club, for whom he has been one of only five men to serve as a Board member in its 40+year history, and he volunteers with La Raza Lawyers’ project LEAD, which brings legal education to an inner city elementary school with a high immigrant population. Mr. Nader has demonstrated his deep respect for diversity, the law, and equality, both as an attorney and elected official.
The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse attorney Heather Rosing in her bid for a position on the California State Bar Board of Trustees. As a trustee and as treasurer of the State Bar, Ms. Rosing has demonstrated her knowledge of State Bar operations and her ability to lead within that organization. As a former president of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA), member of the SDCBA’s Legal Ethics Committee, and leader of the San Diego Lawyer’s Club, Ms. Rosing has also demonstrated her commitment to enhancing access to justice and providing necessary support services for practicing attorneys. The KABA-SD Board embraces Ms. Rosing’s vision for the State Bar Board of Trustees, and is confident that she will continue working to strengthen the legal profession, enhance services to clients, and make positive contributions to the community at large.
The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse attorney Patricia Lee-Gulley in her bid for a position on the California State Bar Board of Trustees. KABA-SD endorses Ms. Lee-Gulley’s candidacy, not only because her professional qualifications make her a strong candidate, but also because it believes that she will enhance legal, educational, political, and charitable services to the Korean-American community and advance Korean-Americans in the legal profession. Ms. Lee-Gulley’s past and current leadership roles in various bar associations — including the Orange County Bar Association Board (OCBA), the Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA), and the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA) — demonstrate her dedication to promote diversity. The KABA-SD Board believes Ms. Lee-Gulley has the qualifications and commitment to service to be a great trustee, and further believes that she embodies the mission, goals, and aspirations of our organization to promote diversity in the legal profession.
The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse Erika Hiramatsu in her application to the San Diego Superior Court bench. Ms. Hiramatsu is an attorney experienced with family law, juvenile dependency, criminal law and civil litigation. She has worked for the Office of the Attorney General for the past 12 years, and the San Diego Daily Transcript recently named her one of the Top Attorneys of 2013 in the municipal/government category. Ms. Hiramatsu has donated extensive time to the bar and community, and the KABA-SD Board is convinced that Ms. Hiramatsu will bring to the bench a strong belief in service to the community and a wealth of knowledge in all areas of the law.