Established in 1993, the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA) is proudly celebrating its 23rd year as Orange County’s pan-Asian bar association. OCAABA’s objectives are to: (1) promote professional development and personal growth; (2) foster the exchange of ideas and information between OCAABA and the broader legal profession and community at large; (3) provide a forum for fellowship spanning other civic organizations; (4) promote educational and civic events and programs that enhance the community’s knowledge and understanding of, and thus appreciation for, the legal system and the profession of law; and (5) provide a vehicle for the expression of reasonable opinion arising in the Asian American community on current social, political, economic, legal, or other matters of interest or concern.
OCAABA’s dedication to its mission is embodied in its committees and sections:
1. The Professional Development Committee organizes MCLE programs and seminars on topics of interest to the OCAABA membership. These original programs focus on providing guidance to its member attorneys for their professional development and advancement.
2. The In-House Counsel Section strives to build stronger relationships among corporate and outside legal counsel through the exchange of ideas and information at networking events and programs such as “The Three Must Know GCs in OC” reception and “Must Know GCs” lunch series.
3. The Small Firm/Solo Practice Section provides a welcoming and diverse home for solo, small firm, and general practice attorneys by offering a platform of programs, networking mixers, and general support to assist members in advancing and improving their practice.
4. The Pipeline Committee works with law student associations and partners with local law schools—Chapman, Western State, Whittier, and UCI—to provide mentorship, career panel programs, and skills workshops to our future lawyers.
5. The Community Service Committee organizes pro bono clinics and charitable drives each year to provide opportunities for members to volunteer on the project(s) of their choice. OCAABA is also a strong supporter of Asian Americans Advancing Justice and the Public Law Center.
6. The Social Committee plans and coordinates social events such as the summer barbeque, Moon Festival Mixer, Holiday Dim Sum Party, Sushi & Sake Fest, student-attorney mixers, and gatherings with other minority bar organizations to promote friendship and professional ties.
7. The Membership Committee is dedicated to expanding OCAABA’s membership base to support OCAABA’s ongoing efforts to serve the APA community in Orange County.
8. The PR/Affiliates Committee focuses on outreach to OCAABA’s affiliate bars and the wider community. OCAABA partners with affiliate bars to host events throughout the year, such as a judicial reception to welcome new judges to Orange County. OCAABA also actively participates in the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and California Minority Counsel Program to offer additional resources to OCAABA members.
9. The Judicial Evaluation Committee evaluates qualified judicial candidates for endorsement by OCAABA.
OCAABA’s annual installation and awards dinner offers a chance for members and friends to celebrate an evening of camaraderie with a traditional multi-course Chinese banquet. OCAABA held its 23rd Annual Installation Dinner on April 26, 2016, when it installed its 2016-2017 officers and directors; recognized Hon. Jay C. Gandhi, United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California, with OCAABA’s Judicial Trailblazer Award; honored Union Bank with OCAABA’s Corporate Service Award; and heard from keynote speaker David Lat, author, legal commentator, and founder and managing editor of Above the Law.
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