ABAS Supports UC Davis APALSA’s Efforts to Right a Past Wrong!

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The Chinese Exclusion Act was a racist and unconstitutional law that was repealed in 1943.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.

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April 2014 Nota Bene Now Available!

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.

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4/17/14 Bowl and Strike with APALSA!

Time: 5:30-7:30
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 (kkim@murphyaustin.com) or Kara Ueda (kara.ueda@bbklaw.com).


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ABAS Law Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applications!

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.

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Membership Drive/Mixer!

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!

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December 2013 Nota Bene

The December 2013 edition of Nota Bene is now available! In this edition: ABAS Annual Awards Dinner, Upcoming Events, Update on In re Sergio, ABAS Law Foundation Golf Tournament, Interview with Past President Rebecca Westmore, McGeorge APALSA Alumni Sworn In, and Maharlika Lions Club Anniversary. Plus a 2014 membership application – renew or join today!

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Renew or Become an ABAS Member for 2014!

If you are already a member, it is time to renew.  If you aren’t a member, it is time to join!

Get a membership application form to mail in, click Membership Appliction 2014.

For on-line application and payment, click here.

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Last ABAS Event of 2013 – Mixer Dec. 4!

Please join ABAS for our last event of the year!  On Wednesday, December 4, we will meet at Foundation (formerly 4th Street Grille, 400 L St.) for happy hour at 5:30. Please bring a canned food item that will be donated to a local food bank.

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October Happy Hour/Student Mixer

Happy Hour with APALSA! Please join ABAS as we partner with the UC Davis School of Law and McGeorge APALSA chapters on Thursday, October 24 at K Bar (1000 K Street). We’ll be there from 5:30-7:30. Hope you can join us!

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ABAS Annual Awards Dinner

ABAS’ Annual Awards Dinner was on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. The ABAS President’s Award was presented to United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii, and the ABAS Community Award was presented to Gloria Megino Ochoa. Mia Frances Yamamoto was the keynote speaker. West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon served as Master of Ceremonies.

ABAS thanks gold sponsor Seyfarth Shaw, silver sponsors My Sister’s House and UC Davis School of Law and bronze sponsors the Avonzado Law Firm, Best Best & Krieger LLP, Downey Brand, Greenberg Traurig, Hanson Bridgett, Littler, Mastagni Holstedt Amick Miller & Johnsen, Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld, Renee Sloan Holtzman Sakai, Porter Scott, and Stoel Rives LLP. ABAS also thanks the judges and attorneys who organized and purchased tables for the dinner: ABAS Law Foundation/CAPITAL Foundation, ABAS Past Presidents, Attorneys at the CA Attorney General’s Office, Joshua Kaizuka, Judges of the Sacramento County Superior Court, Sacramento County Bar Association & Affiliates, Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office, Sacramento Maharlika Lions Club, and Kara Ueda.

You can read more about the dinner here and view pictures our wonderful photographer, Tia Gemmell, took here.

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