Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California

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  • Congratulations to VABANC’s own Quyen Ta for being awarded the Asian American Bar Association (AABA) Legal Advocacy Award!  Quyen was a former VABANC and VLF President Quyen Ta and received the Joe Morozumi Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy at AABA Annual Installation Dinner on March 14, 2014.  
  • 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!


people-icon.pngCommunity Service

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 Friday, April 25, 2014 - SFLRLA & BALIF LGBT Public Interest Law Fellowship Applications

The Bay Area Latino Lawyers Fund and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom will jointly award one fellowship, named the SFLRLA & BALIF LGBT Public Interest Law Fellowship, to a law student to fund summer employment in 2014. The amount of the fellowship will depend on the individual's financial need and grant funding available, up to $5,000.  For more info, click here.

  • By Monday, June 16, 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.

calendar-icon.png Upcoming Events 

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 6pm-7pm (Perkins Coie, 3150 Porter Dr., Palo Alto, CA 94304) – The APABA-SV Civil Rights Committee cordially invites you to a keynote presentation on "The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Birth of Asian Americans."  UC Hastings Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu will revisit this famous hate crime and how it spurred the development and growth of what it means to be an "Asian American."  CLE credit will be offered (1.0 Hour Elimination of Bias).  Perkins Coie is generously sponsoring this event and will provide food and drinks at 5:30pm, so come early to grab a bite and mingle with APABA-SV!  If you are interested in attending the event, please RSVP via this Google form before April 1, 2014.
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 6pm (Golden Gate University, 563 Mission St, Rm 2203, San Francisco, CA 94105) - The Queen's Bench Bar Association of the San Francisco Bay Area, along with Golden Gate University’s Women's Association and International Law Association, is co-hosting a screening and panel discussion of an incredible documentary, Girl Rising.  This compelling film follows girls from nine different developing countries as they overcome extremely difficult circumstances to continue their education.  The film premiered in the U.S. on March 7, 2014 the eve of International Women’s Day, and has since been screened by millions in cinemas, campuses, corporate boardrooms and private homes worldwide.  Click here to RSVP.  Click here to watch the official movie trailer.
  • By Friday, April 18, 2014 – Call for Program Proposals for the 2014 NAPABA Convention – Planning for the 2014 NAPABA Convention is really revving up, but they need your help!  At this time, they are still looking for Convention program submissions and ask that you will consider submitting or encourage others to submit a proposal.  The submission deadline is 8:00 pm ET on April 18.  For more info, click here.
  • Friday and Saturday, April 18-19, 2014 – The Berkeley Center for Korean Law Conference – You’re invited to the first conference of the Berkeley Center for Korean Law at UC Berkeley.  Other invitees include Korean Supreme Court Justices, Korean judicial officers in California, professors, partners from top law firms, Berkeley alumni in Korea, Berkeley Law faculty, leading attorneys and professors in Korea, and Korean-American lawyers and scholars.  The conference will present the best of Korean legal research in English and panels on important public and private law issues affecting Korea and the U.S. (e.g., high profile cases such as the Apple-Samsung patent litigation, and legal implications of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement).  CLE credit will be provided. 
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6pm-7:30pm (Arnold & Porter LLP, Three Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111) – South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC) will be hosting “Pathways to the Bench: Demystifying the Judicial Application Process.”  Confirmed speakers/panelists include Jason Lee (JNE Commission), Audra Ibarra (JNE Commission), Hon. Bruce Chan (SF Superior Court), Hon. Harry Dorfman (SF Superior Court), and Hon. Sunil Kulkarni (Santa Clara Superior Court).  Click here for the event flyer.  Please visit for more info. RVSP for the event by e-mailing
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 and Thursday, May 1, 2014 – BASF is seeking 50 volunteers for Lawyers in Schools: Law Day 2014.  As the country approaches the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, volunteers will teach “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters” in 25 San Francisco high school classrooms.  The training of volunteers will take place on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, and teaching in the classrooms will occur Thursday, May 1, 2014.  For more info or to register as a volunteer, please contact Jareem Gunter at