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November 24, 2015 Newsletter


November 24, 2015 Newsletter

In this Issue...

  1. APABA Silicon Valley Congratulates Hogene Choi on Her Promotion to Partner at Baker Botts
  2. APABA Silicon Valley July 2015 Bar Exam Happy Hour
  3. APABA Silicon Valley Community Service Event: Blankets for Children in Foster Care
  4. APABA Silicon Valley Women in Law Committee Meet and Greet
  5. API Joint Holiday Party
  6. Baker Botts California MCLE Event
  7. Job Opportunities

APABA Silicon Valley Congratulates Hogene Choi on Her Promotion to Partner at Baker Botts

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley is proud to announce that Hogene L. Choi, our incoming 2016 President, has been promoted to partner at Baker Botts L.L.P., effective January 1, 2016. Hogene will be the first woman partner in Baker Botts’ Palo Alto office as well as its second diverse partner.

Hogene is currently serving as our 2015 Vice President of External Affairs and was a Vice President of Internal Affairs in 2014. She has served as a Board Member since 2013, as the Chair of the Membership & Events Committee since 2013, and as a Co-Chair of the Social Committee in 2012.

Hogene works on a range of intellectual property matters, focusing primarily on patent prosecution and patent portfolio counseling.  Prior to her legal career, she worked in the Silicon Valley as a software engineer and as a technical project manager.  Her current practice encompasses technologies in the areas of software, networking, and electronics.  Hogene is a Bay Area native and holds two degrees from the University of California: a J.D. from Hastings and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Berkeley.

We congratulate Hogene on her great achievement and applaud Baker Botts for promoting one of their most diverse classes of new partners in its 175 year history. Baker Botts has been a leader in the San Francisco Bay Area in promoting the inclusion of diverse attorneys in the legal profession and supporting diversity-focused bar associations such as APABA Silicon Valley.

Baker Botts California MCLE Event

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
10:00AM - 3:00PM

Baker Botts LLP, Palo Alto
1001 Page Mill Road
Building One, Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94304

With the January MCLE compliance deadline1 looming, please join Baker Botts for a day of hard-to-get MCLE credits on various issues including elimination of bias, competence/ substance abuse, and legal ethics. Speakers will include in-house counsel, industry experts, and Baker Botts attorneys. The day will consist of four different MCLE sessions broken up by a networking lunch. The day ends with a panel discussion of the latest development in IPR and CBM proceedings.

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Session 1) - Ethical Issues in the Intellectual Property World

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Session 2) - California Required Elimination of Bias Continuing Education

12:00 PM to 12:45 PM - Lunch hosted by Baker Botts

12:45 PM to 1:45 PM (Session 3) - California Required Competence/Substance Abuse Continuing Education

1:45 PM to 3:00 PM (Session 4) - IPR/CBM Reality Check: Balancing the Benefits/Downside of Post-Grant Proceedings (Panel Discussion)

Please plan to arrive a few minutes prior to the start of the session to register. Registration will open at 9:45 AM.

If you have any question, please contact Nicholas Latham (+1.650.739.7553).

Please click here to RSVP.

California MCLE credit is pending approval.


APABA Silicon Valley July 2015 Bar Exam Happy Hour - TONIGHT

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
5:30PM - 9:30PM

INDO Restaurant & Lounge
3295 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Please join us on November 24th for a happy hour to celebrate the release of the July Bar Exam results. Many thanks to our generous sponsor, Parr Law Group and Perkins Coie, who helped make it possible for us to have a hosted bar from 5:30 PM until 8:00 PM (cash bar thereafter). Appetizers to be provided as well.

Please RSVP here.

APABA Silicon Valley Community Service Event: Blankets for Children in Foster Care

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Davis Polk
1600 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 95130

Come help us make blankets for the My Stuff Bags Foundation [http://www.mystuffbags.org]! The blankets are quite easy to make (no craft skills necessary). The blankets will be delivered to the My Stuff Bags Foundation for children who enter foster care after being removed from dangerous situations at home. These children frequently enter foster care, crisis shelters, domestic violence and homeless shelters with nothing of their own. Our blankets may help bring some comfort to these children's lives this winter.

Please RSVP to judy.lai@davispolk.com if you'd like to attend. Thanks!

APABA Silicon Valley Women in Law Committee Meet and Greet

Thursday, December 10, 2015
6:30PM - 8:00PM

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
1881 Page Mill Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Did you enjoy Women In Law (WIL) Committee programming this year?  Would you like to get more involved with the WIL Committee next year?

Please join the WIL Committee for a Meet and Greet event on December 10!  The Committee will discuss programming from our 2015 year, events slated for next year, and upcoming opportunities to join and become more involved with the Committee.  Dinner will be provided.  Current WIL Committee members--we encourage you to attend and share your experiences from 2015!

If you plan to attend, or if you have questions, please RSVP by filling out the form at http://goo.gl/forms/XIfKU07SpX.

API Joint Bar Association Holiday Party

Thursday, December 17, 2015
6:00PM - 9:00PM

O3 Bistro & Lounge
524 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Greetings from the API Joint Bar Associations!  Please join us for a Hoilday Happy Hour at O3 Bistro and Lounge in San Francisco.  This is a great event to mix and mingle with your colleagues, mentors, and friends from AABA, AAPA, AACTLA, APABA Silicon Valley, FBANC, KABANC, SABANC, and VABANC.

Cost: Free with RSVP
Appetizers while they last
No Host Bar

Looking foward to seeing everyone at the event!  Please RSVP by December 11th at this link.

Job Opportunities

Walmart Assistant General Counsel – Corporate Governance and Transactions

The position will provide legal support for corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other partnerships, corporate governance matters and other general business and transactional matters.

For more information, please visit 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
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