Congratulations to VABANC’s Own Quyen Ta fFor Being Awarded the Asian American Bar Association Legal Advocacy Award

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 who received the Joe Morozumi Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy at AABA Annual Installation Dinner on March 14, 2014.  The award was established in 1997 by Dale Minami, Mike Lee, and AABA to honor Joe Morozumi, one of the first and finest Asian American trial lawyers in the Bay Area.  Joe and his family were interned during World War II, so he was fiercely committed to the fight for reparations.  He was also one of the earliest Asian American attorneys to represent political activists pro bono.  In the late 1960s, Joe discovered a group of young Asian American law students and attorneys who shared his commitment to and passion for civil rights.  These law students and attorneys eventually started the Asian Law Caucus with the invaluable assistance of Joe. He died in 1996, but his indomitable spirit and passion for justice lives on Award for Exceptional Legal Advocacy in Joe’s name and memory.
Quyen serves in numerous leadership positions in minority bar organizations and speaks frequently on diversity in the legal profession. She has been widely recognized for her efforts, having previously received the BASF Barristers Club Diversity Award, the Dale Minami Public Interest Fellowship Alumni of the Year Award, the Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award, and the VABANC’s Community Service Award. Congratulations again to Quyen!

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!)
Renewing is almost as easy as clicking here.  All you have to do after clicking on the link is provide us the requested information and submit the dues - then you're done!
We accept online payments via Paypal (no offense to Google Wallet, but we're not there yet), and dues are set as follows:
  • $75 for in-house counsel and attorneys with firms that have 20 or more attorneys.
  • $50 for attorneys in small firms or solo practices.
  • $30 for public interest or government attorneys.
  • FREE for law students or attorneys who haven't been discovered yet but should have been the moment they passed the bar.
Your dues will help with VABANC programs such as our monthly community clinics, mentorship program, and our scholarships.  VABANC's success is because of contributions from members like you, and we hope that you will continue to support us.