Established in 1993, the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA) is proudly celebrating its 21st 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 community on current social, political, economic, legal, or other matters of interest or concern.
OCAABA’s dedication to its mission is embodied in its eight extraordinary committees.
The Professional Development Committee presents MCLE programs and seminars specifically focused on our members’ needs, including a Specialty MCLE Credit Program. These programs are treated as an investment in our membership.
The recently-formed In-House Counsel Committee recognizes the differing needs of OCAABA’s in-house attorney members and exists to build stronger relationships among in-house and outside legal counsels through exchange of ideas and information at networking events such as the “The Three Must Know GCs in OC” reception and “Must Know GCs” lunch series, among other events and programs.
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 skill workshops to our future lawyers.
Pro bono clinics and charitable drives are organized by the Community Service Committee each year to provide opportunities for members to volunteer on the project(s) of their choice. OCAABA is also a supporter of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice and the Public Law Center.
The Summer Family Picnic and Holiday Dim Sum Party are light-hearted affairs planned by the Social Committee, while fun and networking will always be found at the fall Moon Festival Mixer and winter Membership Mixer. If these signature events aren’t enough, OCAABA’s energetic Membership Committee also hosts new member happy hours during the year.
OCAABA’s annual installation and awards gala enables members and friends to celebrate an evening of camaraderie with the traditional Asian banquet. OCAABA enjoyed record-breaking attendance and sponsors at its 21st annual gala in April, where it installed its 2014-2015 officers and directors and celebrated the extraordinary leadership and achievements of Judge Lance Ito and Judge Andrew Guilford.
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, particularly in the areas of professional development and advancement.
Finally, the Judicial Evaluation Committee evaluates qualified judicial candidates for endorsement by OCAABA.
For more information, please visit www.ocaaba.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.