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  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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  • Citizen Workshop – Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9:00 AM - 1:00PM.
Asian Law Alliance, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Silicon Valley, and the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California are having a free Citizenship Workshop on Saturday, March 14 at VIVO, 2296 Quimby Road, San Jose, CA 95122.  Registration starts at 9 AM.

 We are looking for volunteer attorneys and law students to assist with screening clients for eligibility and completing the citizenship and fee waiver forms.  There will be a volunteer training on Wednesday, March 11 from 6 to 8 PM at Asian Law Alliance, 991 W. Hedding Street, Suite 202, San Jose, CA 95126.  One unit of MCLE training will be given and a light dinner will be provided.

 For more information, please contact Bea Pangilinan at (408) 287-9710 ext. 207 or at You can also sign up as a volunteer at

  • 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.