Announcing KABA-SD’s 2015-16 Board

September 23rd, 2015 No comments

We are happy to announce KABA-SD’s board members for the 2015-16 year!

PresidentPeter S. KangWilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Vice-President: Wana Lee Bernales – The Bernales Law Firm
Secretary: John Ahn
TreasurerAngela Jae ChunCasey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Board Members At-Large:
Douglas J. BrownAbelson Herron Halpern LLP
Yangkyoung LeeLee Justice Center, APLC
Justin PaikFerris & Britton, APC
Lisa S. YunSheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Law School Representatives:
Amanda Gracia – Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Phil Kim – University of San Diego School of Law
Christopher Lee – California Western School of Law

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KABA-SD Endorses Ana Romanskaya for San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors

September 23rd, 2015 No comments

The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse Anna Romanskaya for a seat on the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Board of Directors. Ms. Romanskaya has strong leadership skills and is deeply committed to diversity. She has been involved and has held leadership positions in local and national bar associations, including the SDCBA, Lawyers Club, and the American Bar Association (ABA). Ms. Romanskaya just completed her 3 year term as a board member for Lawyers Club, where she focused her service on advancing the status of women in law and society. As the incoming Chair-Elect of the Young Lawyers Division of the ABA, she has intimate knowledge of major national issues regarding the administration of and access to legal services. Ms. Romanskaya will be able to educate the SDCBA on these issues and raise awareness at the local level. Ms. Romanskaya promises to focus on creating leadership training for young lawyers, and on supporting and collaborating with diversity bar organizations. The KABA-SD Board is proud to support Ms. Romanskaya and her vision to improve the San Diego County Bar Association as one if its Directors.

KABA-SD Endorses Srinivas Hanumadass for San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors

September 1st, 2015 No comments

The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse Srinivas Hanumadass for a seat on the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Board of Directors. Mr. Hanumadass is strongly committed to diversity and the community, having served as president for two terms of the South Asian Bar Association of San Diego (SABA-SD). He also actively supports other diversity bar organizations, which directly benefited KABA-SD through his efforts to co-founding our first speed networking event. Mr. Hanumadass’ primary focus is on mentoring younger attorneys and law students, and he intends to continue his efforts to put them in positions to succeed and pay it forward to the next generation of future attorneys once on the SDCBA Board. His passion for mentoring combined with his significant involvement in the community and in the legal profession makes Mr. Hanumadass a great candidate for the SDCBA Board.

KABA-SD Endorses Johanna Schiavoni for San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors

September 1st, 2015 No comments

The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse Johanna Schiavoni for a seat on the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Board of Directors. Ms. Schiavoni promises to prioritize career development, diversity and inclusion, and transparency in the governance of the SDCBA. Specifically, she intends to promote diversity by encouraging diverse leaders to run for committee positions and influencing policy so that current leaders can be trained to be aware of diversity. Ms. Schiavoni has prior leadership experience and relationships at the SDCBA, which will better enable her to make changes within SDCBA starting from the beginning of her term. The KABA-SD Board is proud to support Ms. Schiavoni and her vision to improve the San Diego Country Bar Association as one of its Directors.

KABA-SD Bar Scholarship Recipients Named

August 28th, 2015 No comments

KABA-SD is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 KABA-SD Bar Exam Scholarships. KABA-SD has great confidence that both recipients are headed for meaningful careers and much success. After reviewing each candidate’s written application materials, conducting personal interviews, and conferring with references, the Scholarship Committee has decided to award this year’s KABA-SD Bar Scholarships to Amanda Gracia and Julie T. Houth:

Amanda Gracia obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Alabama State University. She is currently a third year law student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, graduating in May 2016. Amanda is active in the local community, particularly in support of youth organization efforts. She served as a mentor in Thomas Jefferson’s Crawford Law Institute & Mentorship Bond, where she supported Crawford High students in their Mock Trial and Alternative Dispute Resolution projects. Amanda hopes to serve in an area of law that allows her to continue making an impact on youth. She looks forward to more opportunities to learn about the Korean culture and serving as a future leader at KABA-SD events.

Julie T. Houth obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California Irvine. She attended Thomas Jefferson School of law, and graduated in December 2014. Julie has been involved in various organizations throughout law school, and is still active in the community. During law school, she was involved in the Public Interest Law Foundation where she participated in a number of community service events. She was also involved with the Immigration Law Society at Thomas Jefferson where she organized a tour of an immigration detention center, volunteered at a citizenship fair, and hosted immigration career panels. Julie continues to contribute her time to helping members of the community. She hopes to pursue a career as an immigration attorney and to assist individuals with limited English skills. The Board is pleased to award this scholarship to Julie, and we look forward to seeing her at future KABA-SD events!

Congratulations to both Amanda Gracia and Julie T. Houth, and thank you to all who showed interest in and supported this year’s KABA-SD Bar Scholarship program.

KABA-SD Eighth Annual Dinner: September 22, 2015

August 26th, 2015 No comments

2015 KABA-SD-Annual Dinner Flyer

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Family Picnic Event: Sunday, August 30, 2015

August 26th, 2015 No comments

2015 KABA-SD-Family Picnic Flyer

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KABA-SD Endorses Stephanie Chow for San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors

August 26th, 2015 No comments

The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse Stephanie Chow for a seat on the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Board of Directors. Ms. Chow has spent her legal career working for the California Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Office, during which time she has also served as President of the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (PALSD) and as Chair of the SDCBA’s Ethnic Relations and Diversity Committee. Through this service, Ms. Chow has evidenced both her leadership abilities and her commitment to diversity, and the KABA-SD Board is certain that her election would enhance the SDCBA Board. The KABA-SD Board is proud to support Ms. Chow and her vision to improve the San Diego Country Bar Association as one of its Directors.

KABA-SD Mixer with APAC, Convoy District, NAAAP, and VAYA: Wednesday, August 12

August 3rd, 2015 No comments

2015 KABA-SD August Mixer Flyer

KABA-SD 2015 Annual Meeting and Elections

July 30th, 2015 No comments

KABA-SD Annual Meeting: Wednesday, August 19

KABA-SD will be holding its Annual Meeting at 5:30pm on Wednesday, August 19 at the San Diego County Bar Association Center (401 West A Street, Suite 1100, in downtown San Diego). 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 2015-16 Board of Directors. Elections are upcoming, and will be for the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • 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 14: Nominations and Candidate Statements Due (email to
  • Monday, August 17: Candidate Statements and Ballots Emailed to KABA-SD Members
  • Wednesday, August 19: Annual Meeting and Election @ 5:30pm (SDCBA Bar Center)
  • Friday, August 28: Absentee Ballots Due
  • Thursday, September 3: New Board Announced (including selection of law student representatives)
  • Tuesday, September 22: 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 Thank you, and good luck!