Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California

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  • SAVE THE DATE VABANC’s 16th Annual Scholarship Dinner will be held Friday, October 3, 2014, at the San Jose City Hall Rotunda, from 6-9pm.  That’s less than 2 months away – have you purchased your tickets for the dinner?  Our keynote speaker will be Van Dang, VP and Deputy General Counsel of Cisco Systems, Inc., and our emcees for the evening will be Vicky Nguyen (NBC Bay Area News) and Kiet Do (KPIX 5).  Space is limited so get your tickets now!  Don’t miss the fun and exciting event!  For more info about the dinner, including sponsorship forms, ticket prices, and how to buy tickets, please click here.
  • VABANC’S 2014 TRAILBLAZER – JUDGE MARY GREENWOOD  VABANC is pleased to announce that its trailblazer of the year is Judge Mary Greenwood of the Santa Clara County Superior Court.  Judge Greenwood was appointed to the Santa Clara County Superior Court in May 2012 by Governor Jerry Brown.  Prior to her appointment, Judge Greenwood was the first woman to serve as the Chief Public Defender in the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office.  During her time with the PD’s Office, she led efforts to diversify the Office by hiring women and people of color.  Consistent with this, Judge Greenwood has been a strong supporter of VABANC.  She continues to support VABANC by attending our scholarship dinners and other events.  Please join us in celebrating Judge Greenwood as our trailblazer at the 16th Annual Scholarship Dinner!
  • VABANC LAW FOUNDATION AWARDS 4TH ANNUAL PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOW  The VABANC Law Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded its 2014 Public Interest Fellowship to Mr. An Le and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus.  As a fellow, Mr. Le will join Advancing Justice where he will focus on providing legal services to detainees in deportation proceedings before the Immigration Court, in particular, those who suffer from mental health issues.  Mr. Le holds a dual J.D. and Masters of Social Work from Boston College, and currently serves the City of Boston as the Community and Policy Affairs Advocacy Coordinator for the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians.  He has been extensively involved in public interest law and immigration advocacy and policies.  Congratulations to Mr. Le and Advancing Justice.   For more info on the VABANC Law Foundation, please click here.
  • 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!
  • SEEKING NINTH CIRCUIT LAWYER REPRESENTATIVES The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is seeking applicants to serve as Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives.  Lawyer Representatives serve three-year terms and are responsible for planning the Northern District Judicial Conference, attending the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and otherwise engaging with judges and lawyers at the district and circuit levels to improve the administration of justice.  Applications are due Sept. 5 at 5pm.  For more info and to download the application, go to
  • SEEKING NEW MINORITY BAR COALITION DIRECTORS  Are you energetic, outgoing, organized, reliable, and creative—and do you want to make a difference in the legal profession?  Then put your talents to great use by becoming a Minority Bar Coalition (“MBC”) Director and help take MBC to the next level!  Please apply by sending your current resume and an outline for two projects (e.g., networking mixer, MCLE, mentoring event, community service, etc.) that you would be willing to design, lead, and manage for MBC to by 5pm on Friday, August 15, 2014.
  • 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!


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 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.

calendar-icon.png Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, 11:30am at McDermott Will & Emery (275 Middlefield Road, Suite 100, Menlo Park) – VABANC presentation on current developments in California legal ethics.  The presentation will cover recent developments in the field of California legal ethics, including appellate cases, COPRAC and ethics committee opinions, revisions to the State Bar Act and Rules of Court, and submitted draft rules to the Supreme Court of California.  (1 hour of ethics MCLE credit pending approval).  This presentation is free to VABANC members and McDermott attorneys, and $15 for non-members/general public.  To RSVP, please click here.  THIS PRESENTATION HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 2015 SO PLEASE CHECK BACK WITH US LATER FOR MORE DETAILS.