Orange County Asian American Bar Association

OCAABA Statement Updated April 2020

Established in 1993, the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA)proudly celebrates its 26th year as Orange County’s pan-Asian bar association. OCAABA embraces diversity welcoming members from any and all backgrounds and practices. Interfacing regularly with our fellow local bars, OCAABA is a voice for our community with endless dedication to service, charity and leadership. We also act nationally through our partnership with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Every year, OCAABA members have the opportunity to meet with their House and Senate members to lobby on issues of importance to the API community through NAPABA’s Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. In 2017, OCAABA was honored the prestigious “Affiliate of the Year” award from NAPABA, competing with bar associations from all over the United States and Canada. Above all, our members and leaders make the OCAABA experience truly exceptional. There is something for everyone in OCAABA and we welcome you to join one of nine committees:

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.

The In-House Counsel Section strives to build stronger relationships among corporate and outside legal counsel through substantive programming and networking events such as the “The Three Must-Know GCs in OC” reception and “Must-Know GCs” lunch series.

The Small Firm/Solo Practice Section provides a welcoming 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 their practices.

The Pipeline Committee works with law student associations and partners with local law schools to provide mentorship, career panel programs, and skills workshops to our future lawyers.

The Community Service Committee organizes monthly pro bono clinics and charitable drives providing opportunities for members to volunteer on the charitable projects of their choice. OCAABA is also a strong supporter of Asian Americans Advancing Justice and the Public Law Center.

The Social Committee plans and coordinates social events throughout the year. The Moon Festival Mixer and the Holiday Dim Sum Mixer have become two of our signature events, creating opportunities for students, attorneys, judges, and community supporters to promote friendships and professional ties.

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. The Fall Membership Drive and the Sushi & Sake Fest are fun events where members can renew their annual memberships and meet candidates for OCAABA’s incoming board of directors and executive board.

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. Our relationship with NAPABA and the California Minority Counsel Program offers additional resources to OCAABA members.

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. This year, OCAABA hosted its 26th Annual Installation Dinner on April 18, 2019, at the Hilton Costa Mesa honoring Nathan K. Watanabe from Crowell & Moring and Judge Deborah C. Servino. Embracing our 2019 theme, “Unity, Liberty, Charity” we are looking forward to your joining our organization!

For more information, please visit www.ocaaba.org or email contactus@ocaaba.org.

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