205. California Lobby Day: Effective Policy Engagement in the Trump Era

DATE: Friday, July 21, 2017      TIME: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
LOCATION: City Hall, Committee Room 119

California will be on the front lines of engagement with the Trump administration on issues such as state and local cooperation with ICE, deportation of undocumented immigrants, and environmental protection. NAPABA's national Lobby Day has grown each year, and the organization leads national affinity bar organizations in the consistency and credibility of its public policy advocacy. The panel will focus on how NAPABA's 28 California affiliates might effectively engage with their members and the community in the context of the new administration, including the possibility of organizing affiliates into a California Lobby Day.

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Charles H. Jung

Attorney, Nassiri & Jung LLP

Charles H. Jung is a trial lawyer at Nassiri & Jung LLP, where he focuses on defense of wage & hour cases and selective prosecution of executive disputes. He holds degrees from Stanford Law School—where he was Articles Editor for the Stanford Law Review—Duke University, and Harvard University. His honors and awards include being named a Top 100 Attorney in Northern California in every year since 2013. Charles serves as an At-Large Board Member for NAPABA, a Co-Chair or Executive Committee member for the SSF sections of both the Bar Association of San Francisco and the California State Bar, a Regional Governor for the International Association of Korean Lawyers, and an Elections Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco.


Ruthe Catolico Ashley

Executive Director Emeritus, California LAW


Ruthe Catolico Ashley, is Executive Director Emeritus of California LAW, which connects, collaborates, coordinates and communicates between the existing pipeline programs in the State of California.  Ashley was elected to the American Bar Association’s Board of Governors in 2014 and is the first Filipina and 2nd Asian Pacific American women on the ABA’s board in its 138-year history.  She is a former Presidential appointee to the Committee on Public Education, co-chaired the Women of Color committee for the prestigious Commission on Women in the Profession and served as chair of the Council on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline.  She served on the State Bar of California’s Board of Trustees from 2004-2007 chairing the Diversity Pipeline Task Force and leading the BOT in forming the Council on Access and Fairness, one of today’s leaders in legal diversity.  She is a past president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association receiving its Trailblazer Award in 1998.  The recipient of numerous awards including a Special Diversity Award from the State Bar of California (2010) and the Francis Newell Carr Women Lawyers of Distinction Award from Women Lawyers of Sacramento (2011), she graduated from Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1988 and practiced law for 15 years before returning to her alma mater as Assistant Dean of Career Services.  Now retired, she devotes her time to diversity in the legal profession by building the educational pipeline into the law.

Assemblymember, 17th Assembly District, California State Assembly

David Chiu

In November 2014, David Chiu was elected to the California State Legislature to represent the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco. He was re-elected in 2016. During David's first year, he served as Assistant Speaker pro Tempore; since his second year, he has served as Chair of the Assembly Housing & Community Development Committee. He also sits on the following legislative committees: Budget; Business and Professions; Judiciary; Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media. During David’s first two-year session, Governor Jerry Brown signed 23 bills that David authored. Among other efforts, the bills addressed the state’s housing crisis, protected tenants, assisted LGBT families, upheld a woman’s right to choose, promoted sustainable transportation options, and facilitated voting by young people. Before joining the State Assembly, David Chiu served as President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for six years. With a reputation as a consensus maker, Chiu was the first Board President in San Francisco history elected by fellow Supervisors to three consecutive terms, and the first Asian American to hold the post. Chiu was first elected Supervisor in 2008 and then re-elected in 2012 to represent San Francisco’s northeast neighborhoods of District 3, which includes the city’s major tourism, retail, downtown and wharf areas. As Supervisor, David Chiu authored 110 ordinances across a wide range of policy areas, including affordable housing, job creation, public safety, healthcare, the environment, transportation, civil rights, language access, ethics and technology. The son of immigrant parents, David Chiu grew up in Boston and received his undergraduate, law and master’s in public policy degrees from Harvard University. In the mid-1990s, Chiu served as Democratic Counsel to the U.S. Senate Constitution Subcommittee. After moving to San Francisco in 1996, David Chiu served as a criminal prosecutor at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and as a civil rights attorney with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. Chiu was also a founder of the public affairs technology company Grassroots Enterprise, where he served as Chief Operating Officer.

Policy Director, NAPABA

Navdeep Singh

Attorney and author, Navdeep Singh serves as NAPABA's policy director. Navdeep leads NAPABA’s civil rights, public policy, and legal advocacy programs. He speaks about current topics in the law, strategic development, and community engagement to government agencies, universities, and legal organizations. Navdeep has worked extensively on issues affecting post-9/11 communities, hate crimes, racial profiling, and language access.

Navdeep co-authored “Turban Myths” — the first study on implicit bias and the Sikh American community — with researchers from Stanford University, advised the FBI on the implementation of expanded hate crimes categories, and wrote about racial profiling and the growth of the Asian Pacific American community for UCLA’s AAPI Nexus Journal. He was part of the community-based rapid response team after the attack on the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

Navdeep held positions at the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Transportation Security Administration, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and in the private sector. He is a graduate of the FBI’s Citizen’s Academy, and received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and his B.S. in Systems Engineering and Economics with a minor in Asian Pacific American Studies from the University of Virginia.