NCVAA 10th Annual Conference
VABANC 18th Annual Scholarship Dinner
October 14-15, 2016
San Jose, CA


The National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys (NCVAA) is pleased to announce that the 10th Annual Conference will be held on October 14-15, 2016 in San Jose, California. The 2016 conference will take place in conjunction with the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California’s (VABANC) 18th Annual Scholarship Dinner on Friday, October 14, 2016. VABANC is honored to co-host the combined event this year as NCVAA returns to San Jose, where VABANC co-hosted the very first conference in 2006.

This year’s conference, based on the theme “Innovate”, provides an opportunity for attendees to network with attorneys, members of the judiciary, prominent legal scholars, jurists, and law students from all over the nation. Attorneys can receive valuable continuing legal education (CLE) credits on a number of stimulating current topics taught by scholars and practitioners.






To register for the conference, please click here.

Schedule and speakers are subject to change.

VABANC 18th Annual Scholarship Dinner
Date| Friday, October 14, 2016
Time| 5:30 p.m. Cocktails | 7:00 p.m. Program
Location| Dynasty Restaurant – Grand Century Mall
Address | 1001 Story Road, 2nd Floor | San Jose, CA 95122
Keynote Speaker | Professor Joseph Thai |
The University of Oklahoma, College of Law
Trailblazer Honoree| Ann A.P. Nguyen | Robinson & Wood, Inc.
Presentation of VABANC Scholarship Awards
Presentation of VLF Fellowship
Installation of VABANC Officers  

NCVAA 10th Annual Conference  
Date | Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time | 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Program |  5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Reception Gala
Location | San Jose City Hall Rotunda
Address | 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95112
Keynote Speaker | Viet Thanh Nguyen |
Recipient of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for the novel, The Sympathizer
Keynote Speaker | Dr. Tung Thanh Nguyen Chair of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

               8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.          
       Welcoming Program
       Panel Discussions
       Lunch Plenary Session
       Panel Discussions
       Judge’s Panel
               5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.           
       Reception Gala
       Installation of NCVAA Officers



For sponsorship information or any general questions,
please contact:
Mai D. Luu, Sponsorship Chair | (408) 975-9321
Kim Nguyen Gray, NCVAA President
For more information about the conference and NCVAA, please visit
For information about VABANC, please visit


Special thanks to the support of our sponsors, who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to supporting both NCVAA and VABANC on this occasion of NCVAA’s  10th Annual Conference and to the advancement of Vietnamese professionals in the legal profession.







Fenwick & West LLP
KLN Firm
Law Office of Duy Thai
Kim Nguyen Gray, Esquire
Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP
Tita Nguyen & Michael Le


California Asian Pacific American Judges Association
Jason Nguyen Photography
V9 Marketing


If your firm would like to be part of this historic celebration, please contact Mai D. Luu at To download the Sponsorship Form, please click here.



PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING WRITER VIET THANH NGUYEN will be a Keynote Speaker during NCVAA’s conference on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  Viet Thanh Nguyen is an associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press, 2002) and the novel The Sympathizer from Grove/Atlantic (2015). Among other accolades, The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. To learn more about Viet Thanh Nguyen, please click here.


PROFESSOR JOSEPH THAI will keynote VABANC’s 18th Annual Scholarship Dinner on Friday, October 14, 2016. Professor Thai is the Watson Centennial Chair and Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he teaches and writes about constitutional law and the Supreme Court. Professor Thai’s family immigrated from Vietnam to America when he was two.  He grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he attended Union Public Schools.  He later attended Harvard College, where he studied English literature, and Harvard Law School. Following law school, Professor Thai  clerked for Judge David Ebel of the Tenth Circuit, and Justices John Paul Stevens and Byron White of the Supreme Court. Professor Thai has practiced in both the public and private sectors.   He frequently engages in pro bono litigation in the areas of civil rights, criminal law, and constitutional law.  He served on the legal team that successfully challenged Oklahoma’s “Anti-Sharia” law, and before the Supreme Court decided the issue nationally, he served as co-counsel in the successful challenge to Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage bans. Professor Thai has frequently been named outstanding professor by students at OU.  His three children have also occasionally named him “best dad.”  In 2015, the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys honored Professor Thai with the Trailblazer Award. To learn more about Professor Thai, please click here.


Dr. Tung Thanh Nguyen, Chair of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, will be a Keynote Speaker during NCVAA’s conference on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Dr. Nguyen is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he provides medical care to a diverse patient population and teaches clinicians.  He also serves as Director of the Asian American Research Center on Health, Director of the Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project,  and a Co-Principal Investigator of the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training. In these roles, he has conducted research in health care prevention for Asian Americans, including studies to increase breast, cervical cancer, and colorectal cancer screening among Asian Americans as well as on tobacco use among Asian Americans. Dr. Nguyen holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Harvard University and an M.D. from the Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen was appointed to the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs in 2011. To learn more about Dr. Nguyen or the President’s Advisory Commission, please click here.


Hon. Thang Nguyen Barrett, Judge, Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County

Hon. Hung Bui, Administrative Patent Judge, United States Patent & Trademark Office

Hon. Jacqueline Duong, Judge, Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County

Hon. Nathan Mihara, Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District

Hon. Jacqueline Nguyen, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Hon. John Nho Trong Nguyen, Retired Judge, Superior Court of California, Orange County

Hon. Cheri Pham, Judge, Superior Court of California, Orange County

Hon. John M. Tran, Judge, Fairfax County Circuit Court of Virginia



*Speakers are subject to change.  Exact times for panels will be announced soon.

Dismantling Biases: From Client Relationships, Telling Their Stories, to Creating Policy

Christine Pham (Moderator), VABANC Law Foundation, President

Jacqueline Dan, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Orange County

Hai Dao, Bay Area Legal Aid

Tuyet Duong, Fellow for Office for Victims of Crime within the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs


In-House Counsel Speak Out:  What Keeps Them Up at Night?

Evelynn N. Tran (Moderator), Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

Mabell Aguilar, Singularity University

Kimberly Jee, Brocade

Hong-Van Le, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Huyen Luong, Shell Oil Company


Proactive Strategies to Minimize Electronic Discovery Pitfalls

Mai Pham Robertson, Fannie Mae

Emily Small, DTI

Linda Vu, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Gary Zhao, SmithAmundsen LLC


Recent Trends in Intellectual Property Law

John D. Tran (Moderator), Rhema Law Group

Hon. Thu-Anh Dang, Administrative Patent Judge, United States Patent & Trademark Office

Jacquie Haggarty, 23andMe

Lisa Nguyen, Latham & Watkins

Michael Nguyen, Wong & Rees, LLP

Hon. Ronald M. Whyte, United States District Court for the Northern District of California


The Rise of EB-5 in Vietnam – What’s Causing Wealthy Vietnamese to Leave?

Nhan T. Vu (Moderator), California Department of Justice

Victoria Duong, Root Law Group

Kim Luu-Ng, KLN Firm

A. Mina Tran, Tran Law Group


Trans-Pacific Partnership and International Trade Relationships

Huy Do, Kyzen Law

Jeremy Malcolm, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Oliver Massman, Duane Morris Vietnam, LLC