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April 7, 2015 Newsletter


April 7, 2015 Newsletter

In this Issue...

  1. APABA-SV New Lawyers Committee: BBQ and Bocce Ball at the Park
  2. APABA-SV Women in Law Committee Power Hour: Hike the Dish
  3. APABA-SV Solo & Small Firm Committee Mixer
  4. Asian Law Alliance Celebrates 38th Anniversary
  5. BASF Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program
  6. Applications Available for the 2016 Commission on Judicial Nominations Evaluation
  7. 2015 KABANC Spring Mixer
  8. CALOBA In-house/Law Firm Mixer
  9. Job Opportunities

Asian Law Alliance Celebrates 38th Anniversary

Friday, April 10, 2015
5:30PM - 10:00PM

San Jose Fairmont Hotel
170 S. Market Street
San Jose, CA

The Asian Law Alliance (ALA) will celebrate its 38th Anniversary on Friday April 10, 2015 at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel 170 S. Market St., San Jose 5:30 pm for cocktails, 7:00 pm dinner, and 8:00 pm program. As part of the celebration, awards will be presented to Selina Lo – President/CEO or Ruckus Wireless; The Honorable Paul S. Grewal, Magistrate Judge U.S. District Court of Northern California and the Law Firm of McManis Faulkner.

Janelle Wang of NBC Bay Area News will emcee the event. The Dinner Committee Co-Chairs for the event will be Bijal Vakil of White and Case, Richard J. Ostiller of Navigant and Zahra Billoo of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Asian Law Alliance (ALA) is a non-profit organization established in 1977 to provide equal access to the justice system for the Asian/Pacific Islander and low-income populations in Santa Clara County.

Tickets to the ALA 38th Anniversary are available for $200.00 per person. Further information about the ALA 38th Anniversary event can be found on the Asian Law Alliance web-site at www.asianlawalliance.org or by contacting Richard Konda at 408-287-9710 or sccala@pacbell.net.


BASF Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program

Application Deadine: April 10, 2015

BASF's scholarship program was established in 1998 to reaffirm a commitment to diversity in legal education and the legal profession.

Most scholarships involve a substantial three-year commitment to worthy qualified students.  The vast majority of scholarships awarded are $10,000 yearly.

This program was created in response to the passage of SP-1, the University of California Regent's resolution to end affirmative action and race-based admissions at UC Schools.

Since the program was established, BASF has awarded more than 1.7 million dollars in scholarships to 93 students

For more information and to apply, please click here.


Applications Available for the 2016 Commission on Judicial Nominations Evaluation

Deadline: Monday, June 1, 2015

The State Bar seeks active members of the State Bar, former members of the judiciary, and members of the public who are interested in volunteering to serve on the 2016 Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE Commission). The application deadline is June 1, 2015. The application form and information on the commission are available from the State Bar’s website at the link below or from the State Bar's Appointments Office:  415/538-2370.

For additional information: Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation.


2015 KABANC Spring Mixer

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6:00PM - 9:00PM

Stone Korean Kitchen
4 Embarcadero Center, Street Level
San Francisco, CA 94111

Please join KABANC for our very first mixer of the year!

Come meet the new KABANC Board, mingle with legal professionals and law students, and find out more about KABANC! We will be providing delicious Korean appetizers and happy hour priced drinks all night! RSVP required.

Parking at any Embarcadero Center lot will be validated at the venue.

RSVP at: http://2015kabancspringmixer.eventbrite.com

Please click here for the flyer.


CALOBA In-house/Law Firm Mixer

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6:00PM - 8:00PM

Shearman & Sterling LLP
1460 El Camino Real, 2nd Floor
Menlo Park, CA 94025

CALOBA invites you to join us for an in-house/law firm mixer on 4/22 Wednesday evening at Shearman & Sterling in Menlo Park. We will have in-house counsels from tech companies such as Marvell, Lam Research, Oracle, SK Hynix, etc. to come and share with us their experiences and tips about in-house work. This is also a great opportunity to meet and greet with fellow CALOBA members. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please REGISTER for the event at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caloba-in-houselaw-firm-mixer-tickets-16387821415

This event is free for CALOBA members. A $5 fee will be charged for non-members. Light dinner will be provided.

APABA-SV New Lawyers Committee: BBQ and Bocce Ball at the Park

Saturday, April 18, 2015
1:00PM - 6:00PM

Cuesta Park
615 Cuesta Drive
Mountain View, CA 94043

Spring is here and that means it's time for outdoor barbecue. Come meet up with other new lawyers and law students for an afternoon of rest and relaxation in Cuesta Park. We'll be serving up burgers (meat and veggie) and other goodies fresh off the grill. And we'll have bocce ball.

For those of you who haven't played, that's another excuse to come out.

Significant others and dogs welcome.

To register, please click here.


APABA-SV Women in Law Committee Power Hour: Hike the Dish

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Come join APABA-SV's Women's Committee for our Power Hour!  This bi-monthly event will be an informal way to develop friendships, mentorship, and network with other local female attorneys.

April's Power Hour event is a hike at the Stanford Dish. The loop is about 3.5 miles long and not that difficult.

Meet at the Dish entrance next to the ranger stand (at the juncture of Junipero Serra Blvd and Stanford Ave), next to the Stanford campus. There is plenty of parking along Stanford Ave, but it can get crowded at times, especially on weekends. Alternatively, you can park at Gibson Dunn, located at 1881 Page Mill Rd, Palo Alto and walk about 5 minutes to the Dish entrance gate.

Contact Leslie Huang at leslie.m.huang@gmail.com or Shahzia Rahman at shahzia.rahman@wilmerhale.com if you have any questions. 

 RSVP at this link by April 22, 2015.


APABA-SV Solo & Small Firm Committee Mixer

Thursday, April 30, 2015
5:30PM - 8:00PM

Barrelhouse Bar
305 California Dr.
Burlingame, CA 94010

Please join APABA-SV's Solo & Small Firm Committee for a mixer at Barrelhouse Bar, 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.  APABA-SV will provide appetizers and a complimentary drink ticket to all attendees.  

Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, April 28, 2015, to Mark Punzalan by email at markp@punzalanlaw.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!

APABA-SV Solo & Small Committee Co-Chairs

  • Mark Punzalan, Punzalan Law, P.C.
  • David T. Wei, Axcel LLP
  • Soyeun D.Choi, Attorney-at-law


Job Opportunites

FibroGen, Inc. - Corporate China Attorney

The successful applicant will join FibroGen’s tight-knit legal department consisting of multiple attorneys and contract administrator/paralegals.  Responsibilities will include managing legal matters arising from our China and other offshore subsidiaries’ day to day operations as well as development and commercialization activities.  Areas of focus include a broad array of complex corporate and transactional projects, including corporate, contract, compliance, and labor law.  Responsibilities may also include securities, corporate governance, or licensing for the parent company.  This position requires the successful candidate to be in the office on a daily basis and available to interact with management and internal clients.


  • JD degree with 5-10+ years transactional experience required
  • Active member of the California bar
  • Flexible and able to work in a team or individually in a dynamic organization
  • Ability to interact with management and internal clients effectively on legal and business questions
  • Ability to speak fluent Mandarin, and read and write in Simplified Chinese
  • Experience in working in or with People’s Republic of China

Please submit resumes via email to: HR@Fibrogen.com. For more information about FibroGen, please visit our web site at: www.fibrogen.com.

For the full job description, click here.


For current job postings, please visit: http://www.apabasv.com/job-opportunities/


Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley
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