KABA-SD Endorses Tim Nader for U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and San Diego Superior Court

June 24th, 2014 No comments

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.

KABA-SD Endorses Heather Rosing for California State Bar Board of Trustees

June 20th, 2014 No comments

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.

KABA-SD Endorses Patricia Lee-Gulley for California State Bar Board of Trustees

June 20th, 2014 No comments

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.

KABA-SD Endorses Erika Hiramatsu for San Diego Superior Court

June 20th, 2014 No comments

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.

KABA-SD Mixer with KAC, APAC, and Team Sejong: Thursday, June 26

June 17th, 2014 No comments

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KABA-SD Endorses Judge Lisa Schall for San Diego Superior Court

June 2nd, 2014 No comments

The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse Judge Lisa Schall in her bid for re-election to the San Diego Superior Court. Judge Schall has served on the bench for over 28 years, during which time she has demonstrated a commitment to furthering equality of opportunity and fairness to minorities. She has served as a court liaison to various minority communities, including the Native America, Samoan, and African-American communities in San Diego. Judge Schall has also made one of her priorities as a judge to work with the court clerk’s office to identify litigants with English language difficulties and to facilitate the use of family member interpreters or stipulated third-party interpreters in order to alleviate delays and ensure that all people have a fair opportunity to present their cases.

KABA-SD Joins Statement Condemning Lawsuit Against Glendale Comfort Women Memorial

April 25th, 2014 No comments

Along with eleven other organizations across the United States, KABA-SD has joined the attached statement to acknowledge the suffering of the more than 200,000 Comfort Women who were used as sexual slaves during World War II and to condemn a lawsuit recently filed against the City of Glendale that seeks to remove a memorial in their honor. While the KABA-SD Board is sensitive to the strong feelings this topic arouses and wants to emphasize (in an abundance of caution) that it does not place responsibility for this action on the Japanese people or on Japanese Americans, it nonetheless believes it is important to take a public stand against the actions of the plaintiffs in this lawsuit; their counsel, Mayer Brown; and any others who would use the legal process in an effort to rewrite history and deny a memorial to those who suffered.

April 21, 2014: For Immediate Release

Joint Statement on Comfort Women Issue

The Korean American Bar Association of Washington, D.C. (KABA-DC), Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York (FALANY), Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (PALSD), the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ), Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OC KABA), Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (KALAGNY), Korean American Bar Association of Chicago (KABA-Chicago), Korean American Bar Association of Georgia (KABA-GA), Korean Community Lawyers Association (KCLA), Korean American Bar Association of San Diego (KABA-SD), Korean American Bar Association of Northern California (KABANC), Korean American Civic Action Committee, and the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) are deeply appreciative of the Glendale City Council’s support for and approval of a public monument in memory of the more than 200,000 Asian and Dutch women who were coerced into sexual slavery by Imperial Armed Forces of Japan between 1932 and 1945 (the “Comfort Women Monument”). These women suffered unimaginable violence and brutality. Many have died; many near the end of their lives. It is important to remember what happened to them. They were victims, along with many others, of Japanese militarism and colonialism.

The suffering of these women, sometimes called “comfort women” after a Japanese euphemism for them, is a historical fact. As the U.S. House of Representatives said in H.R. 121: “[T]he Government of Japan, during its colonial and wartime occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands from the 1930s through the duration of World War II, officially commissioned the acquisition of young women for the sole purpose of sexual servitude to its Imperial Armed Forces.” These women “suffered gang rape, forced abortions, humiliation, and sexual violence resulting in mutilation, death, or eventual suicide in one of the largest cases of human trafficking in the 20th
century.” This resolution, which was adopted unanimously by the House of Representatives, was written and sponsored by Congressman Mike Honda of California.

We deplore the filing of a lawsuit in Federal district court that seeks the removal of the Comfort Women Monument. We are especially saddened by the representation of the plaintiffs in that lawsuit by Mayer Brown, a well-respected international law firm. The Complaint written by Mayer Brown lawyers refers to the comfort women as women “who were recruited, employed, and/or otherwise acted as sexual partners” of Japanese soldiers, without any acknowledgement of the violence committed against them. The Complaint goes on to argue that the actions of the Glendale City Council violate the United States Constitution. We cannot see how it could responsibly be argued that the approval of a memorial to the victims of wartime sex trafficking could be an unconstitutional act.

We also condemn those who would use the comfort women issue as an excuse to attack the Japanese American community. It is irresponsible to blame Japanese people generally, and especially irresponsible to blame Japanese Americans, for what happened during the World War II era. The actions at issue were taken 80 years ago by officials of the Japanese government.

George Santayana noted that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” We applaud the Glendale City Council’s act of remembrance. We hope that by facing historical truths we can avoid the tragic mistakes of the past and strive for a more just and humane world. Please contact Yule Kim of KABA-DC at ylkim30@gmail.com for more information.

Family Picnic Event: Saturday, May 3, 2014

April 25th, 2014 No comments

2014 KABA-SD Family Picnic Flyer

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Breaking Barriers CLE Event: April 11, 2014

March 10th, 2014 No comments

2014 KABA-SD Breaking Barriers CLE Flyer

Spring Happy Hour: March 5, 2014

February 26th, 2014 No comments

KABA-SD - Spring 2014 Happy Hour Flyer

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