Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12 - VABANC MEMBER AND PAST PRESIDENT DUY THAI TO BE HONORED AT THE MINORITY BAR COALITION UNITY AWARDS  Each year, the Minority Bar Coalition (MBC) hosts the Unity Awards and recognizes individuals from its minority bar member organizations who have worked to promote diversity within the legal profession.  The event this year is on November 12, 2014, from 6pm-8pm at the Louis B Mayer Lounge at UC Hastings College of the Law (198 McAllister Street, San Francisco).  We are pleased to report that VABANC member and former president, Duy Thai, will be honored at the event.  

Having been involved with VABANC since 2002, Duy served as its president in 2005.  In 2006, he helped organize the first-ever National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys and, in 2010, he helped turn NCVAA into a full-fledged national Vietnamese American bar association.  Duy’s other volunteer activities have included the State Bar’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, and Creating Opportunities in Vietnam, an nonprofit founded by VABANC members Hanna Bui and Jenny Do.  Duy also received the VABANC trailblazer award in 2012.

Please join us for the special evening and in congratulating Duy for all his efforts in promoting VABANC and diversity within the legal profession.

Welcome remarks will be made by the chancellor and dean of the school, Frank H. Wu, followed by the presentation of the awards by the Honorable Tara M. Desautels (MBC Judicial Liaison), and with a keynote address by Justice Goodwin H. Liu, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.  Light refreshments will be provided and admission is complimentary to VABANC members.

VABANC LAW FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DEC. 12  The deadline to apply for the VABANC Law Foundation’s Fellowship Program has been extended until Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.  The Fellowship Program will fund one law graduate for 1 year to provide legal services to and advocacy for the Vietnamese American community and/or other underserved, under-resourced communities.  The 2015 Fellow will receive $50,000.00 towards this goal.  For application details, please go to

SPECIAL OFFER TO VABANC MEMBERS FROM MUNCHERY  Interested in having a delicious, healthy meal prepared for you?  If so, try Munchery!  Their prepared dinners are handmade by top local chefs and are available for same-day delivery to your home or office.  New menus are offered each weekday, including options for vegetarians, kids, low-carb, wheat-free, and more.  Go to  VABANC members receive a $20 credit (whether or not you are new Munchery customer).  Use the code “VABANC,” which is available until the end of the year!

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS ARE DUE  Memebership renewals are due. It's that time of year again!  The 2014-2015 membership period begins on April 15.  If you have not yet renewed your membership for the year, we're here to help.  (If you recently joined VABANC and paid for membership earlier this year already, you don’t need to do anything further.  That covers you for April 2014-April 2015 so you’re ahead of the game!


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We are proud of our dedicated attorneys and law students who have joined forces to organize pro bono legal clinics serving underresourced communities.

Clinics sponsored by VABANC and the Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC) are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30pm to 7pm at the Oakland Library's Asian Branch in Oakland Chinatown at 388 9th Street, # 190. Please click here to see the English flyer.  

Our collaboration with Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center (KGACLC) enables us to provide pro bono legal clinics in San Jose, CA. These clinics are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6pm to 8pm at the KGACLC at 1030 The Alameda in San Jose. English Flyer. Vietnamese Flyer.

Please assist us in publicizing these clinics by forwarding the above flyers to your contacts.

Interested lawyers, law students, and interpreters are invited to join us in providing these free legal services. Send an email to to volunteer your time or make a contribution. Those seeking assistance may call (408) 512-3818 to schedule an appointment.


Call for Scholarships and Award Program Applications or Nominations

  • By Monday, June 23, 2014 at 5pm EDT - 2014 NAPABA Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazers Award, Best Lawyers Under 40 Award, and Women’s Leadership Award Nominations 

NAPABA is calling for Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazers Award, Best Lawyers Under 40 Award, and Women’s Leadership Award Nominations.  This Award recognizes the outstanding achievements, commitment, and leadership of lawyers who have paved the way for the advancement of other Asian Pacific American attorneys. Trailblazers have had careers and otherwise made contributions that demonstrate vision, courage and tenacity, and which have resulted in substantial and lasting contributions to the Asian Pacific American legal profession, as well as the broader Asian Pacific American community.

The NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40 Award recognizes talented individuals within the Asian Pacific American legal community under the age of 40 who have achieved prominence and distinction in their fields of endeavor—be it the practice of law, academia, business, civic and charitable affairs, the judiciary, or politics—and have demonstrated a strong commitment to civic or community affairs.

Finally, the NAPABA Women’s Leadership Award celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers. It is presented to an individual who has achieved professional excellence in her field or who has demonstrated leadership of women or women’s issues. This person will also have made significant contributions to the Asian Pacific American legal community. The award winner is honored at the Women’s Leadership Breakfast at the annual NAPABA Convention.

  • By Monday, July 7, 2014 NAPABA Affiliate of the Year Award, APA-Owned Law Firm Award, and Law Firm Diversity Award Nominations

NAPABA is calling for Affiliate of the Year Award, APA-Owned Law Firm Award, and Law Firm Diversity Award Nominations.  This Award was established to recognize outstanding NAPABA affiliates for their best practices and accomplishments in their respective local communities. Only current 2013-2014 NAPABA affiliates are eligible for this Award.

NAPABA has created the first ever APA-Owned Law Firm Award of the Year to recognize our membership's law firms—solo, small, and large—that have achieved prominence and distinction, and have demonstrated a strong commitment to the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. The Award celebrates law practices that embrace the APA community while maintaining the highest ethical and legal standards in our profession. The Award also recognizes firms that have advanced the goals and ideals of NAPABA and APA legal advocacy groups.

Finally, the NAPABA Law Firm Diversity Award honors law firms that actively, affirmatively, consistently, and enthusiastically recruit, retain, and promote APA lawyers to equity partnership and firm leadership. It celebrates law firm successes in recognizing the potential, supporting the promise, and raising the influence of APA lawyers.

All award recipients will be honored at the 26th Annual NAPABA Convention in Scottsdale, AZ, on November 6-9, 2014.

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  • Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, 6pm – USF’s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association & the Office of Career Planning will be hosting their annual speed networking event at the USF Law Library.  Students and legal practitioners will pair up and network with each other under a fast-paced environment.  This is a great opportunity for the students to be exposed to different practice areas, work on their networking skills, and build a connection with the larger bay area community.  For further information or if you are interested in attending the event, please contact Tiffany Lam ( or Minh Le (
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 – 5:30pm – Post-NAPABA Networking Mixer at Baker Botts LLP (1001 Page Mill Road, Building 1, Suite 200, Palo Alto) – If you are interested in re-connecting with new friends and acquaintances, missed your chance to connect at NAPABA, or were not able to make it to NAPABA, you will get your chance on November 19th.  Come share beverages and hors d’oeuvres with new and old friends and colleagues before everyone disappears for the holidays.  Participating organizations include: the Asian-Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA-SV), the South Asian Bar Association - Northern California (SABA-NC), the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California (KABANC), the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC), the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC), the Asian American Prosecutors Association (AAPA), the Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association (AACTLA), and the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF).  Hosting coordinated by the Women in Law Committee of APABA-SV and Baker Botts.  Please RSVP here.

  • The San Mateo County Women Lawyers’ Section Educational Foundation invites applicants to apply for their scholarship award program.  The Foundation was set up in 1996 as a non-profit organization to raise scholarship funds for deserving law students and, since inception, has awarded over $75,000.  Scholarships are available to all students, both male and female.  Application packets must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2015, to be considered.  For more info about the scholarship award program, please go to