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KABA-SD Endorsements

August 31st, 2017 No comments

1. KABA-SD Endorses David M. Majchrzak for San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors

The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse David M. Majchrzak for a seat on the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Board of Directors. As a seasoned ethicist, Mr. Majchrzak has used his expertise to serve different diversity bar organizations in San Diego, especially by giving presentations to members of San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association and Tom Homann LGBT Law Association on the topic of legal ethics. Once on the SDCBA Board, Mr. Majchrzak intends to continue collaborating with different diversity bar organizations in town, such as KABA-SD, to promote diversity in the San Diego legal community. The KABA-SD Board is proud to support Mr. Majchrzak in his candidacy for the SDCBA Board.

2. KABA-SD Endorses Linh Lam for San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors

The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse Linh Lam for a seat on the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Board of Directors. Ms. Lam, as Immediate Past President of Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, has demonstrated her strong leadership skills and deep commitment to diversity. Throughout her career, she has supported other diversity bar organizations, including KABA-SD. Once on the SDCBA Board, Ms. Lam seeks to develop SDCBA policies and programs to aid professional development, and ultimately retention, of diversity attorneys, and to raise awareness of the importance of mental and emotional health. The KABA-SD Board is proud to support Ms. Lam in her candidacy for the SDCBA Board.

3. KABA-SD Endorses Judy S. Bae for San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors

The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse Judy S. Bae for a seat on the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Board of Directors. Ms. Bae is strongly committed to diversity and the community, having served as President of the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego this year. Throughout her career, Ms. Bae has supported other diversity bar organizations, including supporting various events hosted by KABA-SD. Once on the SDCBA Board, Ms. Bae seeks to continue fostering diversity in the legal profession and to provide platforms for younger attorneys to be successful in their careers. Ms. Bae’s commitment to promote diversity in the legal profession and her desire to involve and educate younger attorneys make her a great candidate for the SDCBA Board. The KABA-SD Board is proud to support Ms. Bae in her candidacy for the SDCBA Board.

4. KABA-SD Endorses Teodora D. Purcell for San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors

The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse Teodora D. Purcell for a seat on the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Board of Directors. Ms. Purcell, as an immigrant, is deeply committed to diversity in the legal profession and has supported other diversity bar organizations, especially through her involvement with Lawyers Club of San Diego. Ms. Purcell has held leadership positions in various SDCBA section, namely Committee and Section Council and Immigration Law Section. Once on the SDCBA Board, Ms. Purcell seeks to provide more mentorship programs to younger attorneys, to promote diversity in the legal profession, and to provide opportunities for attorneys to give back to the community through community service and/or pro bono work. The KABA-SD Board is proud to support Ms. Purcell in her candidacy for the SDCBA Board.

Bar Exam Scholarship Winners

August 30th, 2017 No comments

KABA-SD is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 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 and conducting personal interviews, the Scholarship Committee has decided to award this year’s KABA-SD Bar Exam Scholarship to Julia Kaneshiro and Injae Kang:

Julia Kaneshiro obtained her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is a law student at California Western School of Law and will graduate in 2018. Julia is active in the local community and involved in various organizations in and out of law school. In particular, she was a student ambassador for California Western School of Law and a student representative for the Korean American Bar Association of San Diego (KABA-SD) and the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association (NAPIPA). Julia frequently volunteered her time to KABA-SD and will be involved in the future. She hopes to pursue a career in public interest as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office.

Injae Kang obtained her undergraduate degree in liberal studies with a concentration in English and Spanish from Middle Tennessee State University. She is a law student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and will graduate in 2018. Injae has been involved in various organizations, including the Korean American Bar Association of San Diego (KABA-SD) and Phi Alpha Delta, throughout law school. She will serve as the President for the Asian Pacific Law Students Association (APALSA) for the 2017-2018 academic year. Injae hopes to pursue a career in criminal law in San Diego.

Congratulations to both Julia Kaneshiro and Injae Kang, and thank you to all who showed interest in and supported this year’s KABA-SD Bar Scholarship program!

 

KABA-SD Tenth Annual Dinner: September 7, 2017

July 20th, 2017 No comments
It’s time! We will be having our annual dinner on Thursday, September 7 at the Coronado Community Center (1845 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118).  Please join us for food, entertainment, and a great time with our keynote speaker Vivian Kim, the GC of Hanmi Bank!

 

2017 Annual Dinner

 

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KABA-SD Endorses Patricia Hollenbeck for San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors

September 16th, 2016 No comments

The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse Patricia Hollenbeck for a seat on the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Board of Directors. Ms. Hollenbeck has held leadership position in various bar associations, including Lawyers Club of San Diego, for which she served as President of Lawyers Club in 2014-2015. During her career, Ms. Hollenbeck, a partner at Duane Morris, and a daughter to an immigrant mother from Peru, has consistently supported other diversity bar organizations, especially through her involvement withLawyers Club. Once on the SDCBA Board, Ms. Hollenbeck intends to continue promoting diversity through SDCBA by developing more interactive partnerships between minority bar associations, such as KABA-SD, and the SDCBA. The KABA-SD Board is proud to support Ms. Hollenbeck in her candidacy for the SDCBA Board.

KABA-SD Endorses Frank Barone for San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors

September 16th, 2016 No comments

The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse Frank Barone for a seat on the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Board of Directors. Ms. Barone has been involved in various bar associations, including Tom Homann LGBT Law Association, as well as the SDCBA. Mr. Barone, who has served as a public defender for approximately 19 years, also co-founded San Diego County Public Defender Community Outreach Program. Throughout his career, Mr. Barone, has supported the rights of LGBT and women. Once on the SDCBA Board, Mr. Barone intends to continue promoting diversity, with a focus on attorney mentoring, and will enhance the Board by providing his perspective and experience in indigent defense. The KABA-SD Board is proud to support Mr. Barone in his candidacy for the SDCBA Board.

KABA-SD Bar Scholarship Recipients Named

August 2nd, 2016 No comments

KABA-SD is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 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 Jonathan Chikamoto and Suzane Santiago-Hinkle:

Jonathan Chikamoto obtained his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Philosophy at Linfield College. He is currently a law student at California Western School of Law and is graduating in April 2017. Jonathan is active in the local community and involved in various organizations in and out of law school. In particular, Jonathan was the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), a student representative for the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (PALSD), and an active member of KABA-SD. Jonathan also frequently volunteers his time to various diversity bar organizations in San Diego, and will be heavily involved with the new Japanese American Bar Association in San Diego. He hopes to pursue a career in trust and estates.

Suzane Santiago-Hinkle obtained her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Guam. She is currently a law student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and is graduating in May 2017. Suzane has been involved in various organizations throughout law school. She served on two student organization boards, including the La Raza Law Students Association and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA). She will be serving as the President of APALSA for the 2016-2017 academic year and will also serve as a student representative for the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (PALSD). Suzane hopes to pursue a career as an immigration attorney, with the ultimate goal of becoming a judicial officer.

Congratulations to both Jonathan Chikamoto and Suzane Santiago-Hinkle, and thank you to all who showed interest in and supported this year’s KABA-SD Bar Scholarship program.

KABA-SD Awarding Two $1,000 Bar Exam Scholarships: July 15, 2016 Application Deadline

July 5th, 2016 No comments

KABA-SD is happy to announce that this year it is again awarding two $1,000 scholarships to eligible individuals to take or re-take the California State Bar examination. The scholarship will assist in covering the cost of the Bar Exam and is not restricted to Koreans or individuals of Korean descent. Selection factors include, but are not limited to, academic achievement, work experience, activities, and post law school goals; demonstrated leadership and commitment to community service, particularly to the Korean and Korean American communities and other diverse communities; and financial need.

The application deadline is July 15, 2016. The KABA-SD scholarship committee will select and notify finalists for interviews. Please read the scholarship announcement, and see the scholarship application form, for more information. Direct any questions to kaba.sd@gmail.com.

KABA-SD Endorses Renée Galente for San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors

July 5th, 2016 No comments

The KABA-SD Board has voted to endorse Renée Galente for a seat on the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Board of Directors. Ms. Galente has held leadership positions in various bar associations, including California Women Lawyers, San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association (“SDLRLA”), Lawyers Club of San Diego, and the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni Association. During her career, she has consistently supported other diversity bar organizations, including supporting past events put on by both KABA-SD and SDLRLA. Once on the SDCBA Board, Ms. Galente intends to mentor law students and young attorneys, and to continue collaboration between the different diversity bar organizations. The KABA-SD Board is proud to support Ms. Galente in her candidacy for the SDCBA Board.

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.