- Asian Pacific Fund is holding a student art, essay, and media contest around the theme of “Growing Up Asian in America.” The focus of the contest is food as it connects people to families, communities, and identities. Students are asked to explore what role does food play in their lives as an Asian or Pacific Islander growing up in America? How are they shaped by the traditions or beliefs their family, culture, or community holds around food? There will be $20,000 in cash and prizes. To find out more about the contest, including the eligibility requirements, please go to www.asianpacificfund.org or www.nbcbayarea.com (and search for “Growing Up”). The entry deadline is Wednesday, March 5.
- Volunteers needed for the California Mock Trial Finals from March 21-March 22. The Constitutional Rights Foundation (“CRF”) is looking for over 100 attorneys and judges to score and preside over the 33rd Annual Mock Trial State Finals. At the state finals, over 800 students from 34 California counties will compete to represent the state of California at the National Mock Trial Competition. CRF needs your help to make this educational program possible for these high school students! For more information or to volunteer, please contact Lourdes Morales at email@example.com.
- The American Bar Association’s Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA) is calling for lawyes with 5-15 years of practice experience who are up and coming leaders within their bar organizations to apply to the leadership academy. The CBLA is a coordinated effort to strengthen the pipeline of diverse bar association leaders by providing leadership training and professional development programs which will benefit current and future leaders, the bar association community, and the legal profession overall. Join your colleagues from around the country for this collaborative, dynamic and interactive program that will help you develop your leadership skills and create a diverse and inclusive bar leadership pipeline. You will gain a better understanding of personal leadership styles, governance, communications and advocacy while building your connections to other aspiring leaders. To apply for the leadership academy, please click here. The application deadline is February 28, 2014, at 8pm eastern time.
- The Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco runs a program called Destination Law School (DLS), which provides information and resources about law school and the legal profession to diverse undergraduate students in colleges located in the Bay Area. The purpose of this program is to increase the number of diverse graduates who are going into law school. Click here for more information. Part of our program involves visiting Bay Area four year and community colleges to host diversity panels. DLS invites diverse attorneys, recent law school graduates and law students to participate as panelists, which includes talking about their upbringing, adversity they faced, their undergraduate and law school experience, as well as their professional legal experiences. DLS in the process of scheduling several diversity panels and needs volunteers for the following scheduled visits: (1) City College of San Francisco on 3/13/2014, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, (2) Berkeley City College on 3/25/2014, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, (3) Laney College on 3/27/2014, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, and Holy Names University on 4/9/2014, 5:30 – 7:30 PM. If you’re interested in being a panelist, please contact Nicole Britton-Snyder, Manager of the Diversity Pipeline Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Congratulations to Christine M. Pham for being selected as the VABANC Law Foundation (VLF) President for 2014! As a result, Carol Ho has been appointed as VABANC secretary as Christine focuses on VLF.
- Congratulations to the 2014 VABANC Board!
President: Hoang-chi Truong
Vice President: Minh-Chau Nguyen Dunhour
Secretary: Christine M. Pham
Treasurer: Nguyen D. Luu