Orange County Asian American Bar Association

Formed in 1993, the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (“OCAABA”) is a multi-cultural bar organization dedicated to providing professional, social, and educational services and opportunities to its members and the community at large.  OCAABA seeks to make its events as inclusive as possible and to provide services which take into account the inherent diversity of the community.

Each year OCAABA puts on several social, networking and mentoring events for its membership including its annual Installation Dinner, Moon Festival Mixer and Dim Sum Holiday party which draws together a large number of the membership from law students to the judiciary.  OCAABA has also co-hosted mixers with other bar associations such as the HBA to provide attendees with opportunities for networking and mutual cultural exchanges.

Professional development has always been a key concern for our members, and OCAABA has responded by providing seminars and CLEs on such relevant topics as “Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Law Firms” and ethnic bias in law.  Legal outreach and seminars are provided to local commercial and small business groups to promote legal access and education to the community.  OCAABA is also taking a key role in planning the upcoming National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention being held in Los Angeles in November 2010.

OCAABA takes a strong interest in promoting the development of future attorneys.  OCAABA’s Mentorship Committee has partnered with the Asian American student groups at several Orange County law schools, including Chapman, Whittier and the University of California Irvine, to provide mentoring services and host career panels and resume and interviewing skill workshops.

OCAABA also strives to promote continued diversity in our judiciary system.  Our Judicial Evaluation Committee, through a rigorous interviewing process, seeks to endorse qualified individuals for appointment to the state and federal judiciary.

In addition, OCAABA provides opportunities to serve the community at large through its participation with charitable organizations such as the Early Literacy Program and Toys for Tots and its support of legal clinics, seminars and community law schools provided by the Asian American Legal Center and affiliate bar associations.

For more information, such as the membership application, and our events calendar, please visit our website at www.ocaaba.org or contact Heather DeSha at ocaaba@gmail.com.