Asian/Pacific Bar Association of SacramentoThe objective of the Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento (ABAS) is to foster the exchange of ideas and promote the professional growth of the members of the Association; to provide an opportunity for fellowship among the Association's members; to provide service to the general and local community; to develop and encourage cooperation with other organizations of minority attorneys; and to provide a vehicle and forum for the unified expression of opinions and positions by the Association upon current social, political, economic, legal or other matters or events of concern to the members of the Association.
Updates from ABAS
In this issue of Nota Bene:
- Ninth Annual Florin JACL Manzanar Pilgrimage: Journeying to an American WWII Prison Camp by Andy Noguchi, Florin JACL
- ABAS Approves New Policies for Endorsing Judicial Candidates by Stephen Lau, ABAS Board Member
- Kudos to UC Davis King Hall APALSA – Righting a Historic Wrong by Joshua Kaizuka, ABAS President
- ABAS 26th Golf Invitational a Rousing Success by Jerilyn Paik, CFO/Treasurer, ABAS Law Foundation
- ABAS LF Aids Research on “America’s Worst Concentration Camp” by Yoshinori H.T. Himel, President ABAS Law Foundation
Sacramento is a multi-ethnic community. Accordingly, its judicial officers should have not only intelligence and integrity, but awareness of and sensitivity to the experiences of its ethnicity communities. The Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento (ABAS) believes that it plays an important role in vetting judicial candidates for those qualities. To that end, the ABAS Board of Directors recently approved a set of policies and procedures that will govern the process by which ABAS endorses candidates for judicial office.
These policies and procedures serve three purposes. First, they set forth the specific steps that the ABAS Board will take to investigate a judicial candidate upon receiving a request for endorsement. They also specify the criteria the Board will use to evaluate the candidate’s fitness for office. Second, ABAS will provide these policies and procedures to judicial candidates who seek ABAS’s endorsement, such that the candidate can review and consent to the process at the outset. Third, these policies and procedures will accompany ABAS’s letter of endorsement or non-endorsement to the appropriate recipient. This will enable the recipient to see that ABAS’s endorsement is not a “rubber stamp,” but the product of an investigation/evaluation with rigor and substance.
This document is currently available at Policies and procedures re request for endorsement. Check it out!
Please join the Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento and the Women Laws of Sacramento for a join Happy Hour June 10, 2014 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at:
Tequila Museo Mayahuel, 1200 K Street.
Event is no-host. Complimentary light appetizers will be served.
ABAS has a long history of advocating for Asian Pacific Islander (API) issues. These issues include fairness for API lawyers, appointment of APIs to the judiciary, community issues relating to APIs, marriage equality, immigration, and racist and discriminatory practices. Most recently, ABAS filed an amicus brief in support of Sergio C. Garcia’s admission to the State Bar.
Hong Yen Chang was reportedly the first Chinese immigrant licensed to practice law in the United States. He attended Yale University and later, Columbia Law School. While he was admitted to the State Bar of New York, he was denied admission to the California State Bar in 1890 due to the Chinese Exclusion Act.
The Chinese Exclusion Act was a racist and unconstitutional law that was repealed in 1943. Not only did the Act restrict Chinese immigration as well as deny basic freedoms to Chinese, but it was also the only chapter of the United States code that focused on restricting a particular group due to their ethnicity or nationality. On June 18, 2012, the United States Congress passed a resolution formally expressing its regret for the Chinese Exclusion Act.
Moreover, California lead the way in 1972, holding that the exclusion of non-citizens from the California State Bar violates the equal protection clauses of both the California and United States Constitutions. (Raffaelli v. Committee of Bar Examiners (1972) 7 Cal.3d 288; see also In re Griffiths (1973) 413 U.S. 717.) And unlike in Sergio Garcia’s case, 8 U.S.C. section 1621 did not exist in 1890; rather the only thing that kept Hong Yen Chang from admission, was a racist law that was on the books.
Today, ABAS stands with and supports UC Davis King Hall Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), in its efforts to posthumously admit Hong Yen Chang as a member of the California State Bar.
For more information see:
ABAS Newsletter – April 2014 The historic swearing in as a member of the Bar – Sergio Garcia, Enforcing the TRUST Act, UCD King Hall Celebrates Filipino Culture, King Hall Hosts 14th Annual BAAPALSA Conference, Civil Rights Resistance at Tule Lake, and a Congratulation to Stephen Lau.
Where: Capitol Bowl, 900 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento
We need our attorney and judicial members and friends to come out and enjoy a few hours bowling and/or relaxing with our local APALSA law students. The school year is almost over for some, they are going to take that onerous journey through 3 miserable days of testing, then that 2 and a half month period of waiting!
Was it worth it? What now? Will it be alright? What will life really be like after the bar?
Law students have questions about various areas and aspects of practice, what to expect, is my free time over, and much more. Come out, get to know future members of the bar and help answer some questions – most of all, have fun! Oh, and pizza!
Bowling is not required. Free for ABAS members and area law students and $20 for non-members. For questions or more information, please contact Karen Kim (email@example.com) or Kara Ueda (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The ABAS Law Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for present law students and very recent graduates. For the 2012-2013 scholarship cycle, the Foundation awarded approximately $11,000 in scholarships. This year, the Foundation anticipates awarding between $10,000 and $16,000.
Deadline for applications is February 21, 2014 by 5:00pm.
A copy of the application can be downloaded Here
Also go to the ABAS LF website here.
Our first event for the year is the ABAS Membership Drive/Mixer coming up on January 23, 2014 at Claim Jumpers (1111 J Street – formerly McCormick and Schmick’s) starting at 5:30 p.m. Come meet this year’s board, become a new member or re-join ABAS, meet new and old friends! We will be accepting membership applications and dues at the mixer if you have not already joined for 2014. You can also click here to join on-line!