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October 13, 2015 Newsletter


October 13, 2015 Newsletter

In this Issue...

  1. APABA Silicon Valley 30th Anniversary Gala this Friday!
  2. API Bars' Solo and Small Firm Autumn Networking Mixer
  3. SABA, APABA Silicon Valley, and Fenwick Present: Fireside Chat with Dana Rao
  4. APABA Silicon Valley Now Accepting Submissions for 2016 Officer, Board, and Committee Positions
  5. CALOBA "Meet the Leaders"
  6. Job Opportunities

APABA Silicon Valley 30th Anniversary Gala this Friday!

Friday, October 16, 2015
VIP Reception: 6:00PM
Gala: 7:00PM
Afterparty @ Bennigan's: 10:00PM

*Business or cocktail attire recommended; black tie optional

Levi's Stadium - 501 Club Lounge
4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way
Santa Clara, CA 95054


Please join us for an evening of networking and entertainment to celebrate our 30th Anniversary!  The Gala will begin at 7pm and feature a dinner buffet with food and carving stations, presentation of our scholarship and diversity awards, casino tables, a photo booth, exciting silent auction items, and much more!



We will also host a VIP reception from 6pm-7pm for our Gold and Platinum sponsors and VIP guests that will feature light appetizers, pre-event casino tables access, and an open bar.  Please email apabasv@gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing a VIP Reception pass in addition to your general admission ticket. 



For more information, please visit: http://www.apabasv.com/30th-anniversary-gala/


Online registration has ended but tickets are still available if you are interested in attending! Please email apabasv@gmail.com to inquire about availability.



Silent Auction Items:


  1. Lunch / Dinner for Three (3) with Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel, Google
  2. Lunch / Dinner for Three (3) with John Kuo, SVP & GC, Varian Medical Systems
  3. Sous Vide Cooking Lesson and Dinner for Eight (8) with Christine Wang, APABA-SV President, and Hogene Choi, APABA-SV External Vice President
  4. Tickets to Disneyland
  5. Tickets to the SF Ballet
  6. Tickets to Harlem Globetrotters at SAP Center
  7. 14k Gold fill and semi-precious stone necklace
  8. Pizza party for 6 with State Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
  9. Signed copy of "Living on a Dollar a Day" by Tom Nazario, plus lunch/dinner with the author
  10. Tickets to SJ Sharks game
  11. Tickets to SF Giants game
  12. Tour and Wine Tasting for 10 at Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards
  13. 1.5L bottle of J.Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay from J.Lohr Vineyards
  14. Autographed jersey by Stephen Curry
  15. Giants Dynasty Display w/ Replica Game Day Tickets
  16. Matt Duffy Autographed Baseball
  17. Stephen Curry & Klay Thompson Dual-Signed 11x14 poster

And many more!

CALOBA "Meet the Leaders"

Thursday, October 22, 2015
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Foley & Lardner LLP
975 Page Mill Road 
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Thanks to the sponsorship of Foley & Lardner LLP, no fees are required to participate in this program.  Pre-registration is required.  Please register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-leaders-eileen-r-ridley-10222015-tickets-18771137979

*Lunch will be provided, compliments of Foley & Lardner LLP.






API Bars' Solo and Small Firm Autumn Networking Mixer

Thursday, October 29, 2015
5:30PM - 8:00PM

305 California Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010

Please join the Solo and Small Firm Committees of AABA and APABA Silicon Valley for an autumn networking mixer at Barrelhouse, 305 California Dr., Burlingame, California 94010. Solo practitioners and small firm attorneys from all practice areas are invited to network, mingle, and share business cards. The first 25 attendees will also receive a complimentary drink ticket.

This event is open to paid members of API bars. Please RSVP on or before Wednesday, October 28, 2015, to Mark Punzalan by email at markp@punzalanlaw.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fireside Chat with Dana Rao, VP of Intellectual Property @ Adobe

Thursday, November 5, 2015
6:30PM - 8:00PM

Fenwick & West LLP
801 California St.
Mountain View, CA 94041

The South Asian Bar Association of Northern California, in collaboration with APABA Silicon Valley and Fenwick, is hosting a very exciting event with Dana Rao, Vice President of Intellectual Property & Litigation at Adobe.  Mr. Rao will be joining us for a fireside chat on the evening of Thursday, November 5th at the Mountain View office of Fenwick & West.  The event will feature an interview of Mr. Rao regarding his experiences as in-house counsel, followed by questions from the audience.

We have a limited number of seats so it is important that you RSVP if you plan to attend. To RSVP please use the following link: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=pvtvg  

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to SABA-NC's Vice President, Anant Pradhan, at vicepresident@southasianbar.org.

APABA Silicon Valley Now Accepting Submissions for 2016 Officer, Board, and Committee Positions!

Submission Deadline: 5:00PM Monday, November 2, 2015

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (“APABA-SV”) is now accepting submissions from those interested in serving as a 2016 APABA-SV Officer, Board Member, Committee Chair, or Committee Member. General requirements, responsibilities and a list of positions are provided below. Please submit your Statement of Interest by 5:00 pm on Monday, November 2, 2015 to apabasv.nom2016@gmail.com. Please note reference code “Nom2016” in the RE line of your e-mail.

Your Statement of Interest (65 words or less) should indicate the position(s) desired, qualifications (prior service/activity with APABA-SV, other bar associations, community work, goals for the position, etc.) and any other relevant information.

If you presently serve as a Board Member, Committee Chair or Committee Member of APABA-SV, you must also submit a Statement of Interest if you would like to return to the same or different position(s).

Officer / Board General Requirements and Responsibilities:

  • The Board manages "the business and affairs of the Association . . .".
  • Must be a current dues-paid member of APABA-SV.
  • Must be an attorney in good standing with the bar of those states where he or she is licensed to practice.
  • Attend and participate in monthly Board meetings, either via phone or in person when possible (two or more unexcused absences may result in removal from the Board).
  • Support APABA-SV events and fundraising activities (including using best efforts to secure sponsorship for at least one table at APABA-SV's annual banquet).
  • Participate in at least one major Board initiative (may be in conjunction with a committee project/event).
  • Serve on at least one APABA-SV committee.

Committee Chair / Member General Requirements and Responsibilities:

  • Each committee should be co-chaired by two to three co-chairs, at least one of whom should be a Board member.
  • Co-chairs must plan and lead committee meetings and activities.
  • Co-chairs must provide monthly reports to the Board on committee activities.
  • Co-chairs and committee members must be current dues-paid members of APABA-SV.
  • Open to all attorneys, law school students or graduates, and government officials who agree to abide by APABA-SV's Bylaws.
  • Attend committee meetings and actively participate in at least one major committee activity.


  • President. The President oversees and guides the business affairs of APABA-SV, subject to the direction and control of the Board.
  • Vice President, External. The External Vice President occupies a public-facing role and is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with the greater community, including other bar associations, community and public interest groups, etc. The External Vice President serves as APABA-SV’s “secretary of state” and performs the duties of the President in the absence of the acting President.
  • Vice President, Internal (two positions). Two Internal Vice Presidents assist the President in management of APABA-SV by overseeing its committees.
  • Secretary. The Secretary oversees adherence to APABA-SV’s Bylaws and the integrity of Officer and Board actions through proper record-keeping, provision of notice, and other duties incident to the office.
  • Treasurer. The Treasurer serves as principal accounting and financial officer for APABA-SV.

*and any other officer(s) deemed appropriate by the Board


  1. Banquet / Annual Dinner
  2. Community Service / Civil Rights
  3. Communications
  4. Endorsements / Judiciary
  5. In-House Counsel
  6. Intellectual Property
  7. Membership & Events
  8. Mentorship
  9. New Lawyers
  10. Partners
  11. Scholarship
  12. Small Firm / Solo Practitioner
  13. Social
  14. Women In Law

*and any other committee(s) deemed appropriate by the Board

Statements of Interest should be submitted to apabasv.nom2016@gmail.com. For more information on the Bar Association and its Board, Officers, and committees, please see our website at http://www.apabasv.com. Please send any questions to apabasv.nom2016@gmail.com.

Job Opportunities

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All current jobs are posted at the following link:



For current job postings, please visit the Job Opportunities page on the APABA-SV site.

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley
P.O. Box 1741 | Fremont | California 94538 | apabasv@gmail.com