KABA-SD Endorses Brad Weinreb for San Diego Superior Court

October 7th, 2014 No comments

After careful consideration, the KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse Brad Weinreb for the position of San Diego Superior Court judge. Mr. Weinreb is a long-time prosecutor, and the KABA-SD Board was impressed with his awareness of, and sensitive to, the needs of the Asian communities and with his expressed his interests and support for such communities. Mr. Weinreb is knowledgeable in various topics including criminal and First Amendment issues; is attuned to the need for efficiency in the judicial system; has committed to local specialty bar associations; actively works to educate others through written articles and volunteer work with those in need; and shows fairness and neutrality, all of which will make him well-suited for the bench. The KABA-SD Board is proud to support Mr. Weinreb in his quest for this important position.

KABA-SD Endorses Lilys McCoy for San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors

September 11th, 2014 No comments

The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse Lilys D. McCoy for a seat on the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Board of Directors. Since 1992, Ms. McCoy has served on the boards and committees of numerous legal organizations, including the SDCBA, Lawyers Club, and San Diego Inn of Court. After practicing 22 years as a consumer attorney, Ms. McCoy joined Thomas Jefferson School of Law as the supervisor of the Trial Team and director of the Center for Solo Practitioners and the Solo Practice Concentration. Throughout her career, Ms. McCoy has demonstrated her dedication to the legal profession, diversity, and equal access to justice. The KABA-SD Board is proud to support Ms. McCoy and her vision to improve the legal profession as a Director of the San Diego Country Bar Association.

Announcing KABA-SD’s 2014-15 Board

September 4th, 2014 No comments

We are happy to announce KABA-SD’s board members for the 2014-15 year!

PresidentAngela Jae ChunCasey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP
Vice-PresidentPeter S. KangWilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Secretary: Kimberly C. Nguyen – Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP
TreasurerDouglas J. BrownAbelson Herron Halpern LLP

Board Members At-Large:
Wana Lee Bernales
Caroline Y. ChoiSolomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith LLP
Esther HyunHyun Law Firm
Natalie D. WilhelmMulvaney Barry Beatty Linn & Mayers LLP
Lisa S. YunSheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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KABA-SD Seventh Annual Dinner: September 16, 2014

August 29th, 2014 No comments

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.

2014 KABA-SD Seventh Annual Dinner Flyer


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KABA-SD Endorses Jin Hwang for NAPABA’s President Elect

August 29th, 2014 No comments

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. All KABA-SD members are eligible to vote in the ongoing NAPABA elections before the Sept. 12th deadline. If you are a dues-paid KABA-SD member and have not received your electronic or physical ballot, please contact elections@napaba.org with copy to KABA-San Diego at kaba.sd@gmail.com. Please find below a message from Jin Hwang:

Thank you to KABA-San Diego for endorsing me as NAPABA President-Elect! NAPABA has been undergoing unprecedented growth these last 3-4 years, and I have been a key leader in helping to achieve that growth. I strongly believe I am the best candidate for NAPABA President-Elect based on my: 1) four-plus years of recent Board experience as Northeast RG and VP for Programs & Operations, 2) strong continuity of leadership, 3) consensus-building leadership style, and 4) detailed initiatives to further the advancement of our NAPABA members and grow the strong advocacy work NAPABA does for the Asian community, which are well-aligned with NAPABA’s Strategic Plan, for NAPABA’s even greater success in the years to come. Many NAPABA leaders agree and are endorsing me in their personal capacity including past NAPABA Presidents such as Wendy Shiba, Leadership Advisory Council members such as Ivan Fong, Dale Minami, and Linda Mar Weidman, current and incoming NAPABA Board members such as Lloyd Costales and Eugene Kim, and Committee Chairs such as Tirzah Lowe, solo and small firm pioneers such as 2014 award winner John Lim, prominent in-house counsel such as Sandra Leung, and government attorneys such as David Louie as well as 7 affiliates across North America (KABA-San Diego, APABA-DC, APALA-NJ, AABA of Houston, AAABA (Arizona affiliate), FACL (Toronto, Canada affiliate), and LAPABA (Louisiana affiliate)). For further details about my experience and vision as NAPABA President, my candidate statement can be found at http://www.napaba.org/uploads/napaba/statementJHwang2014.pdf, and feel free to contact me at Jin.Hwang@VerizonWireless.com with any questions. Thank you for your vote so I may serve as your NAPABA President-Elect!”

KABA-SD Endorses Alexander Lee and Steven Reeves for NAPABA’s Vice President of Finance & Development

August 29th, 2014 No comments

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 Bar Scholarship Recipients Named

August 26th, 2014 No comments

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 her undergraduate and masters degrees from Ewha Womans University in Korea as well as a degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. 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 and Elections

August 12th, 2014 No comments

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:

  • 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 15: Nominations and Candidate Statements Due (email to kaba.sd@gmail.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 kaba.sd@gmail.com. Thank you, and good luck!

Member Mash-Up Film Forum with Pacific Arts: Thursday, August 14

August 12th, 2014 No comments

Pacific Arts Member Mashup Flyer

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.