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September 22, 2015 Newsletter


September 22, 2015 Newsletter

In this Issue...

  1. APABA Silicon Valley Presents: Effective Networking to Advance Your In-House Career
  2. APABA Silicon Valley WIL's 2nd Annual Empowering & Advancing Female API Attorneys: The Trailblazer's Perspective
  3. APABA Silicon Valley Fall Mentorship Mixer
  4. APABA Silicon Valley In-House Lunch at Nest Labs
  5. APABA Silicon Valley IP Committee Presents CLE Event: "Inter Partes Review Best Practices"
  6. APABA Silicon Valley Event: Going Directly In-House: Finding and Succeeding in Alternative Career Paths
  7. Solo and Small Firm Autumn Networking Mixer
  8. Save the Date: APABA Silicon Valley 30th Annual Gala
  9. APABA Silicon Valley 2015 Diversity Award Applications
  10. APABA Silicon Valley & BALIF Joint Scholarship
  11. 2015 NAPABA Convention Public Interest Scholarship (by the Jung Foundation)
  12. CLAY Award Nominations
  13. Job Opportunities
Save the Date: APABA Silicon Valley 30th Annual Gala

Friday, October 16, 2015
6:00PM VIP Reception
7:00PM Dinner Reception

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

To register, please visit: http://www.apabasv.com

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Gala Co-Chairs, Allison Mizushima and Isabella Shin, at apabasv@gmail.com.

APABA Silicon Valley 2015 Diversity Award Applications

Deadline: Friday, September 25, 2015

APABA Silicon Valley is now accepting applications for its 2015 law firm and corporate legal diversity awards. Each year, the bar recognizes applicants who demonstrate exceptional commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace and in the greater legal community.

Applications are due by September 25, 2015. For more information and to download an application, please visit: http://www.apabasv.com/awards-scholarships/

The awards will be presented at APABA-SV's 30th Anniversary Gala on October 16, 2015 at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Please feel free to forward this information to other in-house or firm attorneys.

Questions? Email us at: apabasv.diversity@gmail.com


2015 NAPABA Convention in New Orleans: 2 Public Interest Scholarships Offered by the Jung Foundation

Application Deadline: Oct. 9, 2015

The Charles & Melita Jung Foundation (Jung Foundation) is sponsoring two public interest attorney scholarships to the 2015 NAPABA Convention.  The scholarships are intended to encourage and make it easier for public interest attorneys to participate in NAPABA.

The award consists of the following: (1) Flight: the Jung Foundation will purchase for each recipients a round trip ticket from California to New Orleans, LA on Southwest Airlines; (2) Conference Registration: conference registration fee reimbursement at the NAPABA member public interest member rate (register by October 26, 2015); and for one of the two recipients (3) Hotel Stay: reimbursement for a 3-night stay at the Loews New Orleans Hotel.

All California-based public interest attorneys are invited to apply, using this short 1-page form: http://njfirm.com/napaba/.  The application deadline is October 9, 2015 (the scholarships will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning 8/21/15, so the earlier the better).  (If you have any questions, contact Charles Jung at aaba@njfirm.com.)

CLAY Award Nominations (Deadline: November 2, 2015)

The annual California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Awards recognize lawyers licensed in California for achievements with a significant impact on public policy, the law, the profession, or a particular practice area. The lawyer must be an active member of the State Bar when the work was done. Note: The CLAYs are not lifetime achievement awards. Winners will be announced in the March 2016 issue of California Lawyer.

All nominations must be submitted online using this form: http://www.callawyer.com/clay-awards-noms/ The deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, 11:59 pm (no exceptions).

Please be prepared to select a category for the nomination. For team awards, please list a single lawyer as the lead on the project or case (to aid our record keeping). You will also provide your name and contact information; your nominee's organization, city, and contact information; and a description no longer than 300 words of the achievement (and the lawyer's contribution, if possible). There are separate boxes for you to enter links to key supporting information and names of attorneys to contact for background; names of additional lawyers on the team who made pivotal contributions; and any additional notes. You may submit more than one nomination.

We recommend that you prepare this information in a separate document and copy it into the form. Once you click "submit," you should receive a completed copy of the form by email. 

If you have questions or run into technical difficulties, please email clay_awards@dailyjournal.com.





APABA Silicon Valley Presents: Effective Networking to Advance Your In-House Career

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
6:00PM - 7:00PM (Panel Discussion); 7:00PM - 8:30PM (Reception)

Cooley LLP
3175 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Join the APABA-SV In-House Committee for a panel discussion on “Effective Networking to Advance Your In-House Career,” featuring speakers:

  • Ines Gonzalez, Director, Contracts Scaling at LinkedIn
  • Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel, Patents and Patent Litigation at Google
  • Suchitra Narayen, Vice President, Legal and Associate General Counsel, Supply Chain at Oracle
  • Susan Tien, President and CEO of Susan Tien Search (Legal Recruiting)

Our panelists will share their advice on how to establish, leverage and maintain networks to advance an in-house career and professional development.  Their observations come from diverse personal career paths and insider perspectives in evaluating candidates for hire and helping others to achieve their goals.  Topics covered will include:  seeking and positioning yourself to be considered for new job opportunities or career changes; practical tips for relationship-building in an authentic and meaningful way; building and defining your personal brand and areas of expertise; and how to maximize the value and usefulness of networking tools and groups.

A reception will follow the panel discussion. Both are generously sponsored by Cooley.

This event is open to all in-house counsel. RSVPing is now closed. If you have any questions, please email Gemma Suh at gemma.suh@gmail.com.

APABA Silicon Valley Women in Law's 2nd Annual Empowering & Advancing Female API Attorneys: The Trailblazer’s Perspective

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
6:00PM - 8:00PM

Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Please join the APABA-SV Women in Law Committee for its annual informative and engaging conversation with trailblazing female APA attorneys who have established themselves as respected pioneers in their areas of practice.

Our panelists will be:

  • Honorable Erica Yew, Judge for the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
  • Winifred Kao, Litigation Director at the Asian Law Caucus
  • Anna Han, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Global Law and Policy at Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Joan Haratani, Partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Our speakers will share how they navigated the legal and business environment to arrive at their current positions, and will share practical advice on maximizing professional development. They will also share their thoughts on how we can best work to improve diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, both as individual attorneys and as members of a growing collective of female APA attorneys.

A reception at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati will follow. The conversation and reception are generously sponsored by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

This event is open to current APABA-SV members. The RSVP deadline is now passed.


This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.0 hour, all of which will apply to recognition and elimination of bias.  No hours will apply to legal ethics or to prevention, detection, and treatment of substance abuse.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1.0 credit hour, of which 1.0 credit hours can be applied toward the Practice Management requirement.

APABA-SV Fall Mentorship Mixer

Thursday, September 24, 2015
6:30PM - 8:30PM

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

Make new connections and re-connect with your APABA-SV family at the APABA-SV Fall Mentorship Mixer! This event brings together new families and reconnects existing families.

Mentoring families provide law students, young practitioners and seasoned lawyers the opportunity to bond and share their experiences with one another. Our mixers give families the chance to have fun together and mingle with other families to develop friendships and mentoring relationships.

If you are not yet in a mentorship family, please come to the event and we will find one for you!

Drinks and refreshments will be served.  Event sponsored by Gibson Dunn.

In-House Lunch at Nest Labs

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
11:45AM - 1:15PM

Nest Labs
3400 Hillview Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304

APABA-SV in-house members are invited to the 3rd luncheon of our 2015 In-House Lunch Series, which will be at the offices of Nest Labs, located at 3400 Hillview Avenue in Palo Alto on Tuesday, September 29, from 11:45am - 1:15pm. Lunch is generously provided by Nest!

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Monday, September 21, 2015, at this link

Priority will be given to current APABA-SV In-House members. Due to limited space, we may do a random drawing of names if we receive more RSVP's than the allotted space, and we prioritize those with active APABA-SV membership.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Ed.LeeEsq@gmail.com.

IP Committee CLE Event: "Inter Partes Review Best Practices"

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
11:30AM - 1:30PM
Registration begins at 11:30AM; Program starts at 12PM

Sidley Austin LLP
1001 Page Mill Rd., Building 1
Palo Alto, CA 94304

APABA-SV IP Committee invites you to a panel discussion on best practices for inter partes review ("IPR") proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The panel will discuss recent cases, the impact of proposed revisions to PTAB rules, and practical advice on how to successfully manage IPRs.


  • Tina E. Hulse, Administrative Patent Judge, Silicon Valley U.S.P.T.O.
  • Wendy Anna Herby, Associate General Counsel, Coursera
  • EunHae Park, Senior Corporate Counsel, Oracle
  • Jill J. Schmidt, Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Steven Baik, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP - Moderator

Registration required. RSVP to ip@apabasv.com before September 28.

This event is sponsored by Sidley Austin LLP.

Sidley Austin LLP is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider, as well as a New York accredited provider of NY CLE credit, an Illinois Accredited provider of IL CLE credit, and an approved sponsor of Texas CLE credit. CLE credit is pending for this program.

Going Directly In-House: Finding and Succeeding in Alternative Career Paths

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Registration and Networking Reception begins at 6PM
Program starts at 6:30PM

Fenwick & West LLP - Silicon Valley Center
801 California St.
Mountain View, CA 94041

Join us for an evening of networking and learn from our distinguished panel of in-house counsel who have been there, done it (and are still doing it), and will share what they've learned so far in their journeys.


  • Edward Lee, Associate Corporate Counsel, Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
  • Sandy Liu, Associate Legal Counsel, YapStone, Inc.
  • Marie Ma, Corporate Counsel and Director, Global Equity Administration, Gap, Inc.

Moderated by:
Alex Smith, Co-Founder, FLEX by Fenwick

Cost: FREE. Register HERE.

Please click here for the flyer.

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!

Job Opportunities


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