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 Mixer with KAC and Convoy District: Thursday, July 28

July 25th, 2016 No comments

2016 KABA-SD KAC and Convoy Mixer Flyer

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.

API Mega Mixer: May 19, 2016

May 10th, 2016 No comments

2016 API Mega Mixer Flyer

Breaking Barriers Event: February 25, 2016

February 17th, 2016 No comments

2016 KABA-SD-Breaking Barriers CLE Flyer


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CLE Event: January 26, 2015 – Ethics and Social Media

January 22nd, 2016 No comments

2016 KABA-SD-Social Media Ethics Flyer


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Membership Mixer: January 14, 2016

January 14th, 2016 No comments

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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.