Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California

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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  Membership 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 May 1, 2015 - 2015 AABA Law Student Summer Grant

The Asian American Bar Association of The Greater Bay Area (AABA) is offering one or    more grants to fund qualified summer law clerks to work on legal projects that provided free legal services to the Asian American community.  Applicants mus be sponsored by a non-profit legal organization that will supervise the application for the summer of 2015.

Interested applicants should meet the following critiera:

1) Have a summer position with a non-profit legal service organization;

2) Will work on a project/projects that provides legal assistance to the Asian American community;

3) Commit to at least 10 weeks of work on the project/projects during the summer.

*Note: There is a preference for applicants who will provide legal assistance in the Bay Area.

The Application consist of two components:

1) Submit a 3-page maximum grant proposal that includes the following six items:

a) Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address;

b) a description of the type of work that you will pursue;

c) a description of your qualifications;

d) the name of the non-profit legal organization you will be working with, including a contact and telephone number;

e) a description of any other grants, compensation, or financial adi you will receiving for the summer;

f) A short essay that addresses the following topic:

Discuss the current civil rights issue that affects the Asian American community that is most important to you, and describe how you intend to address this issue during your career as an attorney.  Explain your choice using concrete examples from your personal, professional, and/or educational background.  Suggested topics include, but not limited to, immigration, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, education, housing access, poverty, and labor/employment issues.

2) Submit a resume.

Please e-mail your application to


  • By  April 1, 2015 - 2015 San Mateo County Women Lawyers' Section Educational Foundation Scholarship

The San Mateo County Women Lawyers's Sectional Educational Foundation (SMCWLSEF) was set up in 1996 as a non-profit organiztion to raise scholarship funds fund for deserving law students, both male and female. Attributes of applicants include, but not limited to: (a) financial need; (b) academic excellence; (c) residential/other ties to San Mateo County; and (d) involviment in legal, scholastic, public, priviate, or community activities. 

Applicants should submit a letter stating their qualifications and information about why they should be selected.  Please include in the letter, or as a seperate attachment, the following: (1) all law school scholarship amounts received; (2) specify how law school education is being financed; (3) a copy of current law school transcript; (4) and any other information pertinent to the selection criteria described above.

Letters and materials should be e-mailed to Mara Feiger, President, at, or mailed to: SMCWLSEF, PO BO 341, San Carlos, CA 94070. All applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2015 to be considered. Recipients will be notified in April 2015 and scholarships will be awarded at the Annual Judge's Luncheno, which will be scheduled in Spring 2015. 

  • By April 10, 2015 - Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship

 The Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Franscisco is currently accepting applications for our 2015 Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship. Applications are available online at: 

calendar-icon.png Upcoming Events

  • MBC Mixer May 14, 2015, Oakland, 5:30 -8:30 PM, Everett & Jones, 126 Broadway, Oakland, CA, please see:
  • Applications for the Santa Clara County Bar Association 2015 Judiciary Committee due Dec. 15  Applications for the Santa Clara County Bar Association 2015 Judiciary Committee are now being accepted.  To be considered for appointment to the 2015 Judiciary Committee, completed applications must be submitted by Dec. 15, 2014, at 4:45pm either online or by email to SCCBA CEO & General Counsel, Chris Burdick, at  For more information about the SCCBA Judiciary Committee and to obtain an application form, please go to
  • Applications for the Dale Minami Public Interest Fellowship due Dec. 31  The Dale Minami Public Interest Fellowship was created in 2007 to provide modest fellowship awards to Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) alumni who have shown a strong commitment to serving the public interest.  This year’s award will be $15,000.  Minami Fellows are selected for their diverse backgrounds, record of exceptional academic and professional accomplishment, leadership in community service, and commitment to social justice and public interest work.  The award can be used to supplement annual income or used toward bar exam preparation expenses.  Priority will be given to applicants who have worked with the Asian American Pacific Islander community.  Individuals working in any range of public interest jobs, including government work, are invited to apply.  The Fellowship recipient will be honored at our annual Dale Minami Public Interest Fellowship Dinner, which will take place on Jan. 30, 2015 in San Francisco, CA.  All application materials must be completed and received by 6:00pm on Dec. 31, 2014.  Please e-mail applications to  For more information on the fellowship and to obtain an application form, please go to
  • Applications for the San Mateo County Women Lawyers’ Section Educational Foundation Scholarship Award due Apr. 15  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
  • ChangeLabSolutions Legal Fellowship for Sept. 2015 through Aug. 2016  ChangeLab Solutions is a national nonprofit based in Oakland, California that works to accelerate the transformation of neighborhoods, cities, and states into healthy, sustainable communities.  It is seeking Legal Fellows for a one year term, to support their team of planners, policy analysts, attorneys, and public health experts who develop innovative solutions to critical public health challenges. Legal Fellows will support their obesity prevention, tobacco control, and healthy and sustainable planning efforts, and will gain experience in a wide range of issues that impact the communities and institutions in which we live, work, play, and learn. Fellows will have opportunities to participate in staff professional development and will be assigned a mentor.  For more info about ChangeLabSolutions and its legal fellowship program, please go to
  • Save the Date for the 9th Annual National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys (NCVAA)  Save the date for the 9th Annual NCVAA conference – Sept. 18-19, 2015, at Suffolk Law School in Boston, MA.