Mission Statement

APABA Silicon Valley's mission is to foster professional development, advocacy and community involvement for Silicon Valley's Asian Pacific American legal community, and to promote justice and equality for all.

Formed over thirty years ago, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley ("APABA Silicon Valley") is a forum for Asian Pacific American attorneys in the Silicon Valley to network, develop professional skills, participate in community service, take positions on issues affecting the APA community, and empower APAs in the Valley.  APA attorneys in the Silicon Valley play a critical role in enriching our legal and civic communities by practicing in every legal field - law firms of all sizes, large and small corporations, academia, government, courts, legislature, and public interest.

2016 President's Message

Hogene L. Choi Partner Baker Botts LLP

Hogene L. Choi
Baker Botts LLP

Dear Members, Friends, and Supporters of APABA Silicon Valley,

Thank you for your continued involvement and support. Our amazing growth and development over the last three decades could not have happened without you.

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley was formed over thirty years ago to support the inclusion, development, and advancement of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys in the legal profession, to facilitate involvement by APA attorneys in our local community, and to promote justice and equality for all.

Today, APABA Silicon Valley is the pre-eminent diverse bar association focused on serving the legal community in Silicon Valley, and its reach and impact extend far beyond Silicon Valley. The continued involvement of leaders in our local legal community speaks more eloquently than I can about our bar’s deep roots and robust community.

Ever since I first began attending APABA Silicon Valley events, it has been known for solidly delivering on its core initiatives: to provide a high-quality forum for APA attorneys and law students to network with leaders and peers in the local legal community, to help APA attorneys and law students develop professional and leadership skills, to spearhead advocacy regarding issues affecting the APA community, to serve our local community through pro bono and volunteer services, and to provide support for diverse law students through scholarship awards. In 2015 alone, APABA Silicon Valley provided more than fifty events for our members and the larger legal community, including our highly-acclaimed 30th Anniversary Gala at the Levi’s 501® Lounge at Levi’s Stadium. (Save the Date! We will be returning to this amazing location for our 2016 Annual Gala on September 23rd.)

I’m lucky to have been involved in this organization for most of my legal career—first just as a member, then as a committee co-chair starting in 2012, Board Member starting in 2013, Vice President of Internal Affairs in 2014, Vice President of External Affairs in 2015, and now President). One of the signature characteristics that has kept me inspired and involved throughout all these years is the very Silicon Valley culture at the heart of this organization: the constant drive to innovate and improve how the organization operates, which is essential to our never-ending quest to discover and implement more effective and efficient ways to serve our members and the local community.

In 2016, we are launching a new core initiative: development of a program designed to support attorneys with a passion for serving those in need by providing a fellowship to empower them to launch a legal career doing public interest work in Silicon Valley. We are excited to add this worthy goal to our core initiatives, and we welcome your support in helping to make it happen

Hogene L. Choi
2016 President, APABA Silicon Valley