Convention Schedule
Program Schedule as of 10/19/10
Schedule will be updated periodically; check back often!

Wednesday, November 17

Time Event

8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Leadership Advisory Council Dinner

Thursday, November 18

Time Event

7:30 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-1:00 pm

NAPABA Board of Governors Meeting

8:00 am-3:00 pm

Bar Leadership Institute & Luncheon

The Three R's of Successful Affiliates: Responsible, Relevant & Remarkable Leadership

11:00 am-12:30 pm

NAPABA Prospective Partners Program Session I (by invitation only)

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Public Interest Summit Plenary Session & Luncheon

11:30 am-1:00 pm

International Law Symposium Luncheon

Introduction: Aimee Contreras-Camua, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Moderator: Hon. Ronald S.W. Lew, Senior U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Keynote Speaker: Hon. Clifford Wallace, Federal Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

1:00 pm-4:30 pm

Public Interest Summit Breakout Sessions I

Public Interest Summit Breakout Sessions II

1:00 pm-5:00 pm

International Law Symposium

1-2:15 pm Protecting Your Worldwide Assets: Will Your Offshore Asset Protection Trust in the Cook Islands, Your Overseas Trust in Taiwan and China, and the Curacao Private Foundation Structure Really Protect Your Assets or is That Only in the Movies?
This panel will discuss how U.S. and international clients can protect their worldwide assets with offshore asset protection trust, overseas trusts in China and Taiwan and with Curacao Private Foundation structures.Offshore asset protection trusts that are set up properly are an effective way for U.S. citizens to protect their assets.However, there are risks with these offshore asset protection trusts, because U.S. courts have used the threat of civil contempt to coerce the debtor to repatriate, or return, the trust assets back into the country.Next, the panel will discuss U.S. citizens who already have trusts for their domestic assets but need to protect their assets overseas in places such as China and Taiwan.Finally, the panel will explore how the Curacao Private Foundation structure can be used for estate planning and investments.

Program Chair & Panelist: Sandy J. Chun, Estate Planning Attorney, Law Office of Sandy J. Chun

Moderator: Vivian Lee Thoreen, Attorney, Holland & Knight

Panelists: Nicholas V. Chen, Managing Partner, Pamir Law Group

Michael D. Lee, Partner, Pamir Law Group

2:25-3:30 pm Supply Chain Management in a Post Recession Economy: Critical Legal Issues to Promote U.S. Outbound/Inbound Production of Goods
The China/Asia Pacific regional market is becoming more attractive with its rapidly expanding consumer middle class, low tariff trade zones, extensive manufacturing infrastructure and potent work force. This panel will explore de-globalization's effect on offshore sourcing of products including a comparative discussion of U.S. and international government policies, the most common structures for setting up manufacturing and market distribution structures in China and the Asia Pacific, foreign investment into the U.S., and government offsets and countertrade in the Asia Pacific.

Program Chair & Moderator: Carlton S. Chen, Vice President, Business & Regulatory Affairs, Colt Defense LLC

Panelists: Audrey Z. Chen, Partner, Jun He Law Offices

James L. Hsu, Partner, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.

Jinshu "John" Zhang, Partner, Senior Director Asia Pacific, Reed Smith LLP

3:45-5 pm Asian Litigants in the U.S. Courts-How to Handle the Clash of Cultures to Your Client's Benefit

Foreign clients are mystified by the U.S. adversarial system, as well as by the U.S. court system's reliance on juries to determine the facts. Foreign clients who consider the confrontation inherent in U.S. adversarial witness

examinations to be impolite may respond appropriately according to their own cultures, yet inappropriately in the eyes of a U.S. jury. Asian clients must be prepared carefully and thoughtfully by their U.S. litigators given the many cultural differences, including differing norms regarding body language, reluctance to tout one's accomplishments, and reluctance to directly contradict a hostile questioner. The trial lawyer must be alert to potential juror biases and ethnic stereotypes that could affect the outcome of the case, and be knowledgeable on ways to neutralize any negativity. The panel includes two of the nation's foremost jury consultants, Jo-Ellan Dimitrius (O.J . Simpson, Rodney King, Night Stalker) and David Graeven of Trial Behavior Consulting (Ashby v. Farmers Insurance class action under the Fair Credit Reporting Act), who, between them, have selected well over 1,000 juries and who have studied American jurors' attitudes toward foreign parties and witnesses. The panel also includes prominent trial lawyers and corporate counsel providing their perspectives.

Program Chair & Moderator: Cedric Chao, Partner, Morrison & Foerster, LLP

Panelists: Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, President, Dimitrius & Associates, LLC

David B. Graeven, President, Senior Consultant, Trial Behavior Consulting

Carolyn Kubota, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Seong H. Kim, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Executive Leadership Training for In-House Counsel

Leaders who want to retain a competitive edge in today's increasingly complex workplace and marketplace must understand and communicate the core capabilities they bring to the organization. As in-house counsel, your ability to articulate your value to others and provide superior service is critical to your long-term success. During this session, in-house attorneys will unlock the power of understanding their natural strengths, discover their cultural assets and learn how share their capabilities with others. Understand how to fully tap your core skills and have the opportunity to build and practice your value proposition in a coach-guided low risk environment. 

Limited to first 60 attorneys who RSVP to Karen Bazaldua at

Introduction: Gordon Yamate, Chair of In-House Counsel Committee

Trainers: Jane Hyun, Hyun & Associates, Inc.

Audrey Lee, Hyun & Associates, Inc.

1:00 pm-6:00 pm

Visit Exhibits

2:00 pm-4:00 pm

NAPABA Law Foundation Board of Directors Meeting

NAPALSA Board of Directors Meeting

3:30 pm-4:00 pm

First Time Attendees' Meeting

4:00 pm-5:45 pm

Opening Plenary Session: The Power Behind the Asian Image - in Media and Advocacy

The panel will explore the Asian and Asian American image - the best and the worst of how we are portrayed and seen - and how we can use those themes as legal advocates.  Although we as lawyers are not on a stage, we present at a podium or in a courtroom and tell stories to persuade and advocate a position.  We can learn from the roles, images and motivations we see in media/ entertainment to help us portray the best role in our legal work.  Our job IS persuasion, which is done in acting - crafting and selling a character or a story or an argument.  We can harness the skills that actors and producers use to create film, spur discussion and entertain us. 

Moderator: Teddy Zee, Producer, Teddy Zee Productions

Panelists: James Kyson-Lee, Film & Television Actor (Heroes)

Amy Hill, Commedienne (All American Girl)

Nikki Soohoo, Film Actress (Stick It)

4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Public Interest Summit Reception

5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Best Under 40 Reception

Sponsored by Morrison & Foerster LLP

International Law Symposium Reception

In-House Counsel Only Meet & Greet

6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by Microsoft

7:30 pm-8:00 pm

Young Partners' Mentor Program Reception

7:00 pm-9:00 pm

NAPALSA Social Event

(first 100 people with convention badges shall be admitted)

8:00 pm-10:00 pm

International Law Symposium Dinner

(advance registration required)

Young Lawyers/BLI/First Time Attendees Dinner

(advance registration required)

10:00 pm-2:00 am

Late Night Lounge Series (No host)

Friday, November 19

Time Event

6:30 am

Group Jogging (routes available at registration)

7:30 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-6:00 pm

Visit Exhibits

8:00 am-9:15 am

Continental Breakfast & Plenary Session

NAPABA Leadership: Lessons for the APA Legal Profession.
Speakers are Ruthe Ashley and Paul Lee.

9:30 am-10:45 am

NAPABA CLE Breakout Sessions I

101 Got Game?: Using Game Theory to Understand, Manage and Resolve Disputes

The panel will discuss the concept of "game theory", an interesting field of study that uses principles of logic and mathematics to analyze, identify and illustrate the actions that "players" should take in order to secure the best outcomes in a wide variety of "games". The games in question, ranging from tic-tac-toe to litigation to thermonuclear war, encompass virtually every form of interaction in which the potential outcome for each party depend on the choices made and the strategies adopted. The panelists will review some basic game-theoretic concepts and show how they can be used by lawyers to draft effective dispute resolution clauses to advance their clients' interests in negotiations, and by ADR professionals to manage and resolve legal conflicts. A series of simple demonstrations will provide practical guidance on how to use game theory in a variety of dispute resolution processes, as well as insight into some of its deeper implications, revealing the opportunities that it presents to the legal community and the challenges that it poses to the legal system as a whole.

Program Chair: Mona R. Patel, Attorney, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Moderator: Nicholas Kauffman, Partner, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Panelists: Serena Lee, Vice President, American Arbitration Association

Chen Song, PhD, Director, Navigant Consulting

Mariana Yang, Principle, Law Office of Marianna J. Yang

102 The Girlfriends' Guide to the Good Ol' Boys' Network II: What They Never Told You about Life in the Big Corporation

This panel is a follow-up program to a related presentation at the 2008 NAPABA Annual Convention. A panel of women in-house attorneys, representing a diverse range of seniority levels, industries and subject matter expertise, together with managing partners or department/practice group chairs of outside firms will share their insights on leadership, community service (including a discussion of work-life balance), career advancement, and differences in how women may approach their jobs compared to their male counterparts.

Program Chair: Gordon Yamate, former Vice President & General Counsel, Knight Ridder

Moderator: Sandra Leung, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Panelists: Camilla Eng, General Counsel, J.M. Eagle

Kristin Oliver, Vice President & General Counsel, Legal Employment Division, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Stores, Inc.

Jacklyn Park, Chief Counsel, Oracle Corporation
Mallun Yen, Vice President, Worldwide Intellectual Property, Deputy General Counsel, Cisco Systems, Inc.

NAME TK (outside counsel)

103 PONG® to Virtual Worlds: Perspectives From In-House Counsel in the Video Game Industry

This panel will explore legal developments and issues particular to the video game and entertainment software industry.With a user base that has spread far beyond traditional "gamers" to virtually every gender, age, ethnic and social group in the United States, and with total U.S.-based sales (over $20 billion in 2009) rivaling and in some cases, surpassing, the music, movie and print book industries, as one would expect, the industry is not without its legal challenges.The highly accomplished in-house counsel panelists will discuss the myriad of legal issues they and their companies face on a daily basis.Issues include those that confront companies dealing with more traditional forms of media, from licensing and IP related issues, to more complex, cutting edge issues, such as online environments, virtual worlds and currency, and child protection, content rating laws and regulations.

Program Chair & Moderator: Felix T. Woo, Partner, SNR Denton LLP

Panelists: Kevin Chung, Director, Corporate Compliance & Employment, Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC

Clinton Foy, General Counsel, Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs, Square Enix Inc.

Michele Wong, Attorney, Xbox LIVE - Software & Studios, Microsoft

104 Answering the Call: Choosing Public Service and Non-Profit Careers

The goal of this panel is to learn the thoughts, insights and motivations of Asian Pacific American public service and non-profit leaders that led them to choose public service and non-profit careers as well as the satisfactions and challenges they experience, including in contrast to any former private sector roles.  The panel will also cover the ways the panelists have leveraged their prior private sector roles and skills in their public sector/non-profit positions and shall provide guidance and perspectives on how private sector attorneys can contribute through pro bono, political and/or public policy initiatives and other supporting efforts.

Program Chair & Moderator: Chris Koa, Counsel, Dell

Panelists: Ivan Fong, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Ted Lieu, Assemblyman, California State Assembly

Julie A. Su, Litigation Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California

105 Going Green in the Legal Marketplace: Taking Advantage of Opportunities Created by Climate Change and Sustainability Initiatives

Global climate change is having a profound impact on our lives, and on the businesses and communities we work for and represent.These impacts will grow as local, state and national governments develop new regulations to address greenhouse gas emissions and other sustainability concerns.With the challenges of these new regulations come opportunities for lawyers to assist their clients with the broad-reaching consequences of responding to climate change.This panel will focus on how climate change and sustainability initiatives have created career opportunities for lawyers practicing in several different contexts:private firms, in-house and public interest.The panelists will describe briefly how their practice intersects with climate change and the roles they play in assisting their clients with the evolving landscape of new environmental regulations.Together, the panelists will provide insight into how climate change regulations will affect our energy sources, and the resulting consequences for our homes and communities.

Program Chair & Moderator: Judith Kim, Regulatory Counsel, Direct Energy, LLP

Panelists: Damon Nagami, Staff Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
Toan Nguyen, Senior Counsel, Iberdrola Renewables

Shiraz D. Tangri, Partner, Alston + Bird LLP

Richard Tom, Senior Attorney, Southern California Edison

106 From O.J. Simpson to Bernie Madoff: Handling High-Profile Cases

In recent years, Asian Pacific Americans have been at the center of high-profile cases- from O.J. Simpson to Bernard Madoff.These cases captured the attention of the public and the media.They also presented special challenges - a packed courtroom, instantaneous reporting on the Internet, seemingly unending inquiries from the press, and heightened security concerns. This panel will address the handling of the high-profile case.What, if anything, should judges and lawyers do differently?Should these cases be handled like others?Should lawyers speak to the press?Do ethics come into play?Should proceedings be televised?Should judges accommodate victims and the media?Should lawyers try to "control" a story?Should judges issue "gag" orders?Should courts create media relations committees and adopt procedures for dealing with high-profile cases?What security concerns are presented? Panelists include experienced judges and lawyers who will offer advice on how to best manage high-profile cases.

Program Chair & Moderator: Hon. Denny Chin, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Panelists: Melvin N.A. Avanzado, The Avanzado Law Firm
Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, Justice, New York State Supreme Court
Brian Sun, Partner, Jones Day

107 Be Your Own Boss: How to Start Your Own Law Firm and Never Look Back

Have you ever considered starting your own firm and being your own boss?Hear from fellow Asian Pacific American attorneys who have successfully done just that in a variety of practice areas, including criminal defense, intellectual property, employment, corporate, and immigration and nationality law.Learn how to formulate a business plan and find the information you need to open your own law office.Hear about the challenges and rewards of starting your own law firm, obtain tips on how a solo/small firm practitioner can stand out from the crowd, manage expenses, grow their business, and more.

Program Chairs: Tacie Yoon, Associate, Crowell & Moring LLP &Kenneth Wu, Attorney, Wu & Lopez, PLLC

Moderator: Shanlon Wu, Partner, Wu, Grohovsky & Whipple

Panelists: Patricia Kinaga, Partner, Kinaga Olivarez, LLP

Lei Mei, Partner, Mei & Mark LLP

Yuvora Nong, Partner, Nong, Dua, & Patel, LLC

108 Second Annual Masters' Class-Business Development Best Practices and Interactive Workshop: Lessons from the International Law Committee

(Sponsored by K&L Gates LLP)

Business development skills are critically important for all NAPABA members to cultivate. This is especially true in international multi-cultural settings but the lessons apply domestically as well. Strong business development skills often enhance the trajectories and velocities of a professional's career, one's practice book, one's practice group as well as that of one's firm. In many firms, APA lawyers have excelled with proven business development skills as "money talks". In strong economies as well as in challenging times, the ability to help make rain and read the weather will help NAPABA members to close on opportunities and to navigate the storms. The International Law Committee has organized a series of panels, interactive audience participation workshops, and small group breakout sessions and has developed a series of reference work product to be shared with all NAPABA members. These formats will be organized by facilitators selected by the International Law Committee to insure all attendees are participants/beneficiaries/contributors. Even if each attendee internalizes just one "take away", each lesson learned will illustrate how NAPABA improves the well-being and practical growth of its members. This second annual "Master Class" is supported by the International Committee to institutionalize a sustainable training component for the International Law Committee to share best practices in this critical continuing legal education arena.

Program Co-chairs: Nicholas V. Chen, Pamir Law Group

Phillip F. Shinn, Fox Rothschild LLP

Cedric C. Chao, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Grace Fremlin, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Marvin Liang, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

NAPALSA Introductory Session (meet & greet with board members & NAPALSA affiliates)

10:00 am-11:30 am

Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition-Round 1

11:00 am-12:15 pm

NAPABA CLE Breakout Sessions II

201 Making Tweets and Pokes Work for You: Conquering Challenges Facing Employers from Social Media/Networking Websites
(sponsored by Reed Smith LLP)

Employees' use and abuse of Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, LinkedIn, Friendster, and other internet communications forums has created a host of new challenges for employers.With just a few keystrokes, an employee can release confidential information and trade secrets, subject a coworker to a hostile work environment, or create a public-relations nightmare for his/her employer.That is why social media/networking policies are essential to frame acceptable and unacceptable e-behavior, both during and after working hours. The panel will provide tips for employers to encourage good use and avoid abuse in blogs, social sites, and other internet communications.The panel will also explore the use of social media and networking sites in the pre-employment application process, during internal investigations and as a tool for effective litigation.

Program Chair & Moderator: Princeton H. Kim, Senior Associate, Reed Smith LLP
Panelists: Jonathan Avila, Vice President & Chief Privacy Officer, The Walt Disney Company
Wendy Lane, Associate, Rutter, Hobbs & Davidoff, Inc.
Jennifer Mardosz, Chief Privacy Officer, Myspace, Inc.

202 Lessons Learned from the Great Recession (and How to Prepare for the Next One)

What were the most notable things that General Counsel and their legal teams did and are doing differently during the continuing recession? What were the outcomes, both successes and failures? What are companies (and in particular legal departments) doing now to ensure their continued viability and success in the next challenging economic period? What innovative ideas have surfaced during these turbulent times? This panel of general counsel and lead engagement partners of outside firms will focus on professional development for in-house attorneys and marketing opportunities for outside counsel. The panel will also address questions of how in-house counsel team with outside counsel to create leverage on both sides of the relationship. 

Program Chair: Gordon Yamate, former Vice President & General Counsel, Knight Ridder

Moderator: Don Liu, Corporate Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Xerox Corporation

Panelists: Lee Cheng, General Counsel, NewEgg

Stephanie Chin, Associate General Counsel, Tort Litigation Division, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Brian A. Sun, Partner, Jones Day

Simone Wu, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, XO Communications

203 The Struggle of LGBT Equality Within the Asian Pacific American Community:  Marriage Equality and Beyond

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) Asian Pacific Americans continue to face unique legal challenges as ethnic, sexual and gender identity minorities. This panel will be a lively discussion involving our country's foremost experts in specific areas of law that affect LGBT Asian Pacific Americans. These areas of law include: immigration, family (same-sex marriage, the Prop 8 trial, children of same sex couples, the repeal of DOMA), health care (including a discussion of the Benitez case and cultural competency issues in health care), military (the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and Lieutenant Dan Choi's story), Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and the recently passed hate crimes bill. Many of these issues certainly are also an intersection of LGBT and Asian Pacific American issues. The goal of the panel is to educate a primarily non-LGBT Asian Pacific American audience about current legal issues that affect LGBT Asian Pacific American rights.

Program Chair & Moderator: David Tsai, Associate, Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP

Panelists: Danny Chou, Chief of Complex & Special Litigation, San Francisco City Attorney's Office

Peter Renn, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal

Karin Wang, Vice President of Programs, Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Doreena Wong, Senior Attorney, National Health Law Program

204 Home Run or Air Ball: What is the Future of American Entertainment In Asia?

American entertainment content is now a global import phenomenon.  Learn how American entertainment content is received in Asian markets, including China and India.  What are the governmental and regulatory challenges which American producers must overcome to deliver their sports entertainment content in Asia?  How do the legal, marketing and distribution efforts differ for regional Asian and global markets? 

Program Chair & Moderator: Pankit Doshi, Associate, Jackson Lewis LLP
Panelists:  Karen Brodkin, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Fox Cable Networks Group
Arnold Peter, Managing Partner, Peter, Rubin & Simon, LLP
Andy Reif, former COO & CFO, AVP Pro Volleyball Tour & former CEO of the Championship Gaming Series
Bobby Sharma, Vice President & General Counsel, NBA Development League

205 Corporations in Crisis: How to Mitigate Risk, Plan for the Problem, and Manage the Crisis

Whether a crisis arises from within or outside a company, the stakes are high, with many organizations suffering legal repercussions, monetary losses, and reputational damage from which they never recover.Whistleblowers, activist shareholders, and newly invigorated governmental regulators wield unprecedented power to damage a well-earned corporate reputation.In today's heightened enforcement climate and 24/7 Internet-driven news cycle, lawyers must not only provide wise legal counsel but also ensure that their clients understand the business and public relations ramifications of governmental investigations.This panel will provide in-house lawyers and their outside counsel practical advice for what to do when a crisis strikes, and how to manage simultaneous scrutiny from governmental investigators, the press, and the public. The panelists will also discuss best practices for heading off a crisis, including tips for designing and implementing strong compliance programs and risk mitigation measures.  

Program Chair: Kenneth K. Lee, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP

Moderator: Jessie K. Liu, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP

Panelists: Tim A. Cheatham, Vice President & General Counsel, Information Systems & Intellectual Property, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 

Katherine M. Choo, Senior Counsel, Litigation & Legal Policy, General Electric Company

Randall Lee, Partner, WilmerHale

Debra Yang, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

206 Redistricting: How to Help Strengthen APA Political Power

In 2011, state and local governments across the country will redraw their district boundaries (redistricting), which will determine the political balance of power both nationally and within each state. Redistricting will also determine the political future of AAPI communities. Will new districts keep APA communities together and provide them with an opportunity to elect officials who are responsive to their needs? Or will new districts split APA communities unfairly, muffling their political voice? Because redistricting only occurs every ten years, whether the APA community's political power grows commensurate with future population growth will be largely predetermined by district lines drawn in 2011. Public interest and private attorneys play a key role in all of this, because they can provide assistance to communities in ensuring that new districts comply with laws intended to protect against district lines unfairly diluting the voting power of racial minority communities.

Program Chair: Terry M. Ao, Director of Census & Voting Programs, Asian American Justice Center

Moderator: Marita Etcubanez, Director of Programs, Asian American Justice Center

Panelists: Ami Gandhi, Legal Director, Asian American Institute

Eugene Lee, Voting Rights Project Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Glenn D. Magpantay, Director, Democracy Plan, Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund

207 Let Me Break it Down for You

Lawyers live and breathe the complicated facts and complex law involved in their cases. They know them inside and out, backwards and forwards.But how do you explain these facts and issues to an audience that doesn't have your same level of familiarity or expertise?This panel will present techniques for raising the level of knowledge and understanding of your audience, as well as lowering the complexity of the issues.The panelists will provide attendees with insights on the art of giving and receiving information in order to facilitate communication and understanding.This panel's discussion will address the various audiences lawyers face - lay juries, judges, company management and board members, and even colleagues - and the different considerations for explaining complex and/or unfamiliar matters to each audience.

Program Chair & Moderator: Julie J. Han, Partner, Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP

Panelists: Morgan Chu, Partner, Irell & Manella LLP

Hon. Ronald S.W. Lew, Senior U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

K. Helen Yu, Senior Corporate Counsel, American Airlines, Inc.

208 Zen and the Art of Real Estate Loan Workouts: Common Goals of Parties with Competing Interests

Real estate loan workout is an "art," not a science. With so many variables in play and so many subjective factors affecting the landscape, the "art" must be "practiced" deliberately, efficiently and expediently while carefully balancing various competing interests among the concerned parties. The program will be a lively multifaceted presentation of practice pointers from the perspective of counsel to lender and borrower as well as bankruptcy counsel. The speakers will discuss the challenges, pitfalls and dynamics of loan workouts and the concurrent litigation and bankruptcy implications that affect them. The discussion will cover not only how to effectuate a workout but also what to be braced for if workout negotiations should fail. Each speaker will articulate a unique view on striking the right balance in loan workouts to achieve a "win-win" situation, which is the common goal.

Program Chair & Moderator: John Lim, Partner, Lim, Ruger & Kim, LLP

Panelists: Judy M. Lam, Partner, Rutter, Hobbs & Davidoff, Inc.

Peter Y. Lee, Partner, Lee, Hong, Degerman, Kang & Waimey

Samuel S. Oh, Partner, Lim, Ruger & Kim, LLP

Michael Ozawa, Senior Managing Director-Corporate Finance, FTI Consulting

NAPALSA Breakout Session 1: Lawyering in the Public Interest - Power for the People

This panel will provide attendees with information about public interest fellowships, and their key role in supporting entry-level public interest jobs for graduating law students, the Public Interest Clearinghouse's Justice Bus Project, pro-bono work, what a court can do to encourage such efforts, what courts can do to better serve self-represented litigants, what courts are doing to serve litigants holistically with connections to community resources for necessities such as housing and food, legal needs in rural California, as well as a general overview of opportunities, trends, and court expectation for those who wish to work in public interest.

Moderator: Ngoc Le, NAPALSA Co-Regional Director for the Pacific North Region

Panelists: Candace Chen, Equal Justice Works AmeriCorp Legal Fellow, Public Interest Clearinghouse

Hon. Ramey Ko, Associate Judge, Austin Municipal Court

Mia Yamamoto, Co-Chair, Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance

Hon. Erica R. Yew, Santa Clara County Superior Court

NAPALSA Breakout Session 2: Immigration Lawyers 360

This panel will provide attendees with advice about entering potential careers in immigration law from both private practice and government perspectives.Attendees will gain an understanding of corporate-based immigration, how immigration law practice can be integrated with policy advocacy, immigration law practice from a public interest perspective, immigration reform and the politics surrounding it, as well as substantive issues in policy, including how the relationship between immigration law and immigrants' rights has changed, how the U.S. courts have transitioned from one in which much of the action took place in a federal forum to one where much of the controversy occurs at the state and local level, and how all of this fits into cycles of immigration history informed by economics, national security, and race.Attendees will also be briefed on the pros and cons of working in a big law firm.

Moderator: Robbie Carman, NAPALSA Regional Director for Central-South Region

Panelists: Vishal Chander, Managing Attorney, The Chander Law Firm

Connie Choi, Staff Attorney for the Immigration Rights Project, Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Cindy Kang, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

Hiroshi Motomura, Professor, UCLA School of Law

12:30 pm-1:45 pm

Luncheon & Plenary Session

(Sponsored by SNR Denton LLP)

Featured Speaker:
Tony Lam, Independent Filmmaker

Vincent Who?
A film about the murder that awakened a people and ignited one of the first Asian American civil rights movements.Come hear from the director (Tony Lam) and other prominent speakers about the Vincent Chin murder and its enduring legacy in the APA civil rights landscape.

"An absolutely wonderful film? it revives and resurrects one's confidence in the ability to make change."

-Rajini Srikanth, U. Mass.

"An important vital work... If you are unfamiliar with the murder case, it's practically required viewing."

1:00 pm-4:00 pm

by invitation only
Thank you to SNR Denton LLP for the generous donation of space for these meetings.

Following up on a successful pilot program at the 2009 Convention, NAPABA is proud to host the 2nd Annual Pitch Sessions Program.  Through a joint effort of the Partners Committee and the In-House Counsel Committee, the Convention will offer opportunities for one-on-one business development pitches between partners from gold sponsor firms and partners from solo practices and small firms (who qualify at the required individual NAPABA membership level) and the talented in-house counsel from various industries, including financial services, insurance, telecommunications, transportation, and retail - several with minority and women-owned law firm hiring initiatives. 

1:30 pm-300 pm

Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition-Round 2

2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Judiciary Committee Roundtable (by invitation only)

2:00 pm-3:15 pm

NAPABA CLE Breakout Sessions III

301 Community Collaborations to Serve Asian Pacific American Communities

Many APA attorneys throughout the country, in all facets of the legal profession, are seeking opportunities to "give back" and serve local APA communities, but do not know where to begin.  In this panel, attorneys from legal services programs and APA bar associations will discuss pro bono collaborations and projects designed to assist historically underserved APA immigrant communities.  Speakers will explore various strategies and challenges, including setting up free legal clinics, providing direct legal services, taking on pro bono cases, utilizing interpreters, language access obligations of legal services providers and government agencies, lack of local referring agencies, and securing funding.This session will provide participants with practical steps and resources to create new collaborations and/or enhance existing partnerships to provide culturally and linguistic appropriate services to APA communities.

Program Chair: Joann H. Lee, Directing Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Moderator: Lisa J. Yang, Partner, Lim, Ruger & Kim, LLP

Panelists: Anh-Thu P. Mai-Windle, Senior Litigation Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice

Mai D. Phan, Attorney, Phan Nguyen & Associates

Dennis M. Wu, Attorney, Wasserman, Comden, Casselman & Esensten L.L.P.

302 The New Health Care Legislation: What Lawyers Need to Know

The recently-enacted health care legislation provides many new benefits and has been compared to such landmark laws as the Civil Rights Act and the Medicare Act.Yet, some experts have estimated that 30% of every health care dollar is wasted.What is in the new health care legislation? Does it mean more government for everyone?Does it do enough to curb waste, fraud, and abuse of Medicare and Medicaid funds?This panel will examine key provisions of the new law and explore these and other issues, including its constitutionality, fraud enforcement by federal and state authorities, and compliance matters, with some emphasis on role of the government in the implementation and enforcement of various provisions in the new legislation.

Program Chair & Moderator: Peter Hsiao, Partner, Morrison & Foerster, LLP

Panelists: John E. Lee, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office

Bernice L. Louie Yew, Deputy Attorney General, California Attorney General's Office

Abe Meltzer, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office

303 General Counsel Survival Skills: Managing Critical Issues When Turbulent Times are Becoming the Norm

(Sponsored by Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.)

This panel is a followup program to last year's presentation focusing on strategic and tactical issues faced by General Counsel. Panelists, consisting of both general counsel of publicly-traded companies and outside corporate counsel, shall share their insight in changing legal environments, examining new developments and strategies in proxy rules for director nominations, shareholder proposals, public disclosure and other corporate governance issues.

Program Chair & Moderator: Gordon Yamate, former Vice President & General Counsel, Knight Ridder

Panelists: Javade Chaudhri, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Sempra Energy

Ning Chiu, Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Lawrence P. Tu, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Dell


304 Moving Movies and Music Across the Pacific: Challenges Faced and Overcome while Nurturing the Exchange of Popular Culture Between the U.S. and Asia

Hello Kitty, Korean TV dramas, Rain ... in recent years, the growth and acceptance of Asian pop culture in the United States has been explosive.Superman, Batman ... On the other side of the Pacific Ocean, American pop culture icons have been warmly embraced throughout Asia.This exchange of popular culture between the United States and Asia represents a source of pride and inspiration for Asian Pacific Americans, who straddle both cultures.This panel will discuss challenges, ranging from trademark litigation to breach-of-contract issues - faced by Asian companies exporting their pop culture icons to the United States, and how those challenges were overcome. The panel will also discuss challenges and triumphs of American companies doing business in Asia.In doing so, the panel will provide an important set of business and legal "lessons learned" for entertainment attorneys, as well as cultural insight for anyone interested in popular culture.

Program Chair & Panelist: Robert J. Kang, In-House Counsel, Southern California Edison Company

Moderator: Yaphett Powell, Director of Legal Affairs, Fox Broadcasting Company

Panelists: Michael Chang, Senior Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, Warner Bros. Studios

Ekwan Rhow, Partner, Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg

305 Trial Practice and Litigation Skills: Succeeding as an Asian Pacific American Lawyer in the Courtroom

Asian American attorneys are and have been successful in the courtroom.Unfortunately, the reality is that they sometimes face bias against them in the courtroom.How a jury perceives and responds to Asian American attorneys is a concern of course, but Asian American attorneys also may encounter possible bias, stereotyping, or intentional or inadvertent conduct by court personnel or opposing counsel that could affect jurors' perceptions of them.Hear from a judge, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, a law firm partner, and a jury consultant about potential sources of bias, experiences facing and overcoming potential bias, and how certain stereotypes of Asian Americans may be an advantage in the courtroom.

Program Chair & Moderator: Beatrice Nguyen, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP

Panelists: Ronald F. Beaton, Senior Jury Consultant, TrialGraphix

Hon. Florence Y. Pan, Associate Judge, Washington, DC Superior Court

Chan Park, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice

306 A Platform for Action: Asian Pacific Americans Advancing Justice

What role can APA lawyers play to make the community a force to be reckoned with in the next decade? Come hear leaders from the Asian American Justice Center, Asian American Institute, Asian Law Caucus and Asian Pacific American Legal Center?who are strengthening their alliance by becoming Asian American Center for Advancing Justice to project a stronger collective voice on civil and human rights. Expanding on their newly released "platform for action," they will discuss their roadmap for advancing social justice for APAs, discuss the state of the civil rights movement and examine how the midterm elections' results could affect its direction and momentum. These nationally recognized experts will share their insights on the latest developments and look ahead to what opportunities and challenges the Asian Pacific American community will encounter between now and 2020.

Program Chair: Karen Narasaki, Executive Director, Asian American Justice Center

Moderator: Meredith Higashi, Litigation Staff Attorney, Asian American Justice Center

Panelists: Stewart Kwoh, Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Tuyet Le, Executive Director, Asian American Institute

Mina Titi Liu, Executive Director, Asian Law Caucus

307 The Growing Use of Contingency the Alternative Fee Arrangements in Business Litigation Cases

Contingency fee arrangements (CFAs) are widely used in the personal injury and medical malpractice contexts.The reality of today's economy, and the resultant tightening of in-house legal budgets, has led companies to re-examine the use of CFAs for business litigation, including breach of contract, fraud, and intellectual property disputes.Determining whether CFAs are appropriate for a particular piece of business litigation requires a thorough understanding of the relevant issues?both for outside counsel and for in-house counsel.Relevant inquiries include:

  • When does a CFA make sense for the client?
  • What should a lawyer know about his or her own risk tolerance before entering into a CFA?
  • What due diligence should a lawyer do before entering into a CFA?
  • What potential red flags should counsel against a CFA?
  • How do you craft a CFA to best align the client's interests with the lawyer's?
  • What happens when the lawyer withdraws or is fired?
  • Are there other alternative fee arrangements that make sense?

Program Chair & Moderator: James M. Lee, Partner, Lee Tran & Liang APLC

Panelists: Peter Benzian, Managing Director, Burford Group LLC

John B. Quinn, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Mark Rosenthal, President, Raleigh Enterprises

Tyrone Chris Tartt, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, AT&T Interactive

308 Meeting the Challenge: When Diversity and Inclusion is Your Responsibility

Congratulations! You're one of the few minority lawyers in your firm, corporation, government agency or public interest law firm. Or perhaps you're one of the handful who've been active in a mainstream bar association. And, officially or not, for all practical purposes, diversity in that organization is your responsibility. It makes no difference that you're not a diversity expert or that non-minority colleagues don't have this additional responsibility. Regardless, it's a job from which you cannot abdicate responsibility because ultimately, as one of the organization's rare minority leaders, everyone looks to you. So, what should you do? Should you just copy what other organizations are doing? Can you fulfill your responsibilities without sacrificing your own career? How can you help your organization pursue its diversity goals in a meaningful and responsible way? What strategies can you utilize when you find yourself with or without the power but with all the responsibility?

Program Chair & Moderator: Sandra S. Yamate, CEO, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession

Panelists: Paul Lancaster Adams, Associate General Counsel, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

Sharon E. Jones, President, Jones Diversity Group

Nam H. Paik, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Priya Sanger, Senior Counsel, Wells Fargo

Clifford E. Yin, Partner, Coblentz, Patch, Duffy, & Bass LLP

NAPALSA Breakout Session 3: So I have a J.D. - Now What?

This panel provides attendees with information about non-traditional legal careers, and opportunities for students to pursue careers that don't necessarily involve following a traditional law firm style attorney job upon graduating and receiving a JD degree. Panelists will share with attendees their paths to choosing their individual careers, why a JD is beneficial and often times necessary for particular career paths that do not involve working at a law firm, as well as ideas that help students think outside the box and create their own jobs and careers, rather than finding already-existing jobs.Attendees will gain insight on specific careers such as teaching, joining the Navy JAG, consulting, working for non-profit organizations, becoming elected officials, and much more.

Moderator: Ron Rohde, NAPALSA Regional Director, Southeast Region

Panelists: David Chiu, President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Murad Elsaidi, Adjunct Professor of Comparative Islamic Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Sumbal Mahmud, Of Counsel, Minnesota Stroke Institute

Lt. CMDR Jessica Pyburn, U.S. Navy JAG

NAPALSA Breakout Session 4: How to Properly Use Technology to Market & Brand Yourself in This Competitive Market

The panel will consider why minority law students should market and develop a brand in law school and how to properly use print and internet media to make yourself visible to potential employers and clients. The panelists will discuss how all marketing technology is not alike - why "social media networking" does not work for law students and why "professional networking" virtually and through print media is the best. Finally, the panel will explore how law students and new graduates can utilize those first-year writing course memos and other papers as marketing tools that demonstrate your skill and knowledge base.

Moderator: Fue Thao, NAPALSA Co-Regional Director for Central-North Region

Panelists: Willie Borromeo, Founder & President, Asian Enterprise Magazine

Jo Saint-George, Co-founder & CEO, FHG Media Enterprises

Steve Saint-George, Co-founder & President, FHG Media Enterprises

3:30 pm-4:45 pm

NAPABA CLE Breakout Sessions IV

401 The Politics and Policy of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Immigration is one of the most complicated and controversial policy issues of our time. It is also one of the principal wedge issues in contemporary American politics. Much of the debate concerns the passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR). This panel will offer a summary of the multiyear battle to amend the American immigration system. Panelists will discuss the likely provisions of any immigration reform bill and the impact of any such reform on the Asian Pacific American community. Panelists will also discuss the controversial politics surrounding the immigration debate, including increased border enforcement, Arizona Senate Bill 1070, and efforts to end birthright citizenship. Attendees should be prepared for an informative and entertaining debate.

Program Chair & Moderator: Vishal Chander, Managing Attorney, The Chander Law Firm, P.C.

Panelists: Connie Choi, Staff Attorney, Immigrants Rights Project, Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Kathleen C. Kim, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola Law School

Hiroshi Motomura, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

402 The Real Lives of APA Lawyer Moms

Negotiating the balance - between the demands of a legal career and the needs of families with children during these turbulent economic times - is the focus of this panel, with special emphasis on the parenting of young children. This panel will consist of women judges and lawyers who are currently (or were in the past) engaged in child rearing and child care while advancing their law careers. Contemporary topics relating to these issues include planning, survival and support through early parenthood while continuing to progress and advance in the various areas of practice. These issues are of particular interest to APA women lawyers and law students who are embarking upon a career in this profession and need to have some idea of how to fashion a long-term plan for the future. Our panelists will be addressing these areas of concern from a variety of perspectives.

Program Chair: Monica Lin, Co-Chair, Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance

Moderator: Holly Fujie, Attorney, Shareholder, Buchalter Nemer

Panelists: Hon. Fumiko Hachiya Wasserman, State Court Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

Anne Inoue, Attorney, Law Office of Anne Inoue

Helen B. Kim, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Hon. Donna M. Ryu, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Karen Tse, Founder, CEO, International Bridges to Justice

403 Paper Tiger or Hidden Dragon: The Law, Economics and Business of Patent Infringement Damages in an Era of Innovation and Global Competition

(Sponsored by Kenyon & Kenyon LLP)

One of the most hotly debated issues in patent law today involves how patent infringement damages are analyzed, determined and calculated.This issue has tremendous implications for innovation because patent owners, on the one hand, often invest significant resources in research and development and therefore reasonably expect a commensurate rate of return on their investment.Competitors, on the other hand, may have no qualms about licensing patented technology but have legitimate concerns about their profits all going to pay royalties to different patent owners.Compounding these concerns on behalf of patent owners and competitors is the growing realization that competition now takes place on a global scale, with an ever-increasing demand for cheaper goods produced more efficiently and quickly.This panel will provide attendees with a hard look at all of these concerns, from the perspective of the law, economics, and business.

Program Chair: Henry Su, Partner, Howrey LLP

Co-Moderators: Franklin D. Kang, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP & Lawrence Wu, Senior Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting

Panelists: John Flock, Partner, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

Hon. Andrew J. Guilford, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Joe Lee, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft

Julie Mar-Spinola, Shareholder, Sawyer Law Group, PC

Hon. S. James Otero, U.S. District Court, District of Central California

404 "It's All About the Benjamins": Practical Tips and Trends in Bankruptcy Law

The number of both business and personal bankruptcy filings has reached record levels this year.In 2010, California is by far home to the largest number of bankruptcies in the nation. Due to the record number of filings, attorneys, whether bankruptcy specialists or not, are encountering insolvency issues and would benefit from attending this session. This panel presentation is designed to provide a general overview of the bankruptcy process for attorneys from a variety of practice areas through exploration of real world examples and case studies.Panelists representing the perspective of creditors, debtors, and court officers will engage with the audience as they outline current trends and best practices with a focus on business bankruptcies.Attendees will leave the session with answers to the following questions, practical solutions, and actionable strategies: what red flags should you be aware of that indicate insolvency, what are the general benefits and risks of a business bankruptcy filing, what do directors and officers of insolvent corporations need to know and much more.

Program Chair & Moderator: John W. Kim, Partner, Nossaman LLP

Panelists: Deborah Chang, Law Clerk to Hon. Alan M. Ahart, U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Matthew C. Heyn, Partner, Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP

Allan H. Ickowitz, Partner, Nossaman LLP

Hon. Deborah Saltzman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court

William J. Simonitsch, Partner, K&L Gates

405 What GCs Want from Their Outside Counsel: Best Practices for Law Firms to Inspire Confidence and Compete in an Increasingly Challenging Environment

(Sponsored by Fish & Richardson P.C.)

The general counsel's perspective on the most important attributes of valued outside counsel and how firms can distinguish themselves after the economic downturn in an increasingly competitive environment. The panel willinspire changes in the way outside counsel think about client relationships and the best practices in communications, billing, technology and overall client service, value and professionalismThe panel will cover a variety of topicsand how they impact in house counsel's decision in hiring outside counsel, including (i) ethical and integrity concerns, (ii) innovative fee structuring, (iii) non-billable services (such as presentations and training, (iv) technology, (v) diversity, and (vi) staffing.

Program Chair: Tanyee Cheung, Partner, Finn Dixon & Herling

Moderator: Eric Kuwana, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Panelists: Lee C. Cheng, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Newegg

A.B. Cruz, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.

Kelley Sears, Deputy General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc

Ellen Shin, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc.

406 Our Legacy: Charitable Giving and the Asian Pacific American Community

(Sponsored by Union Bank)

What is your legacy?  What is your client's legacy?  Clients will often call upon attorneys to advise them on issues of wealth management and distribution.  This panel will provide attorneys with a working knowledge of basic estate planning issues, including the importance of wills, trusts, and planning directives, with a focus on charitable giving for the benefit of the Asian Pacific American community.   Attorneys will learn to identify the benefits of a Charitable Remainder Trusts, Donor Advised Funds, and Private Foundations.  This session also features the Asian Pacific Community Fund, a non-profit organization that assists clients and attorneys interested in directing their wealth to charities serving the Asian Pacific American community in Southern California.

Program Chair & Moderator: Debra A. Fong, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Community Fund

Panelists: Grace A. Lou, Attorney, The Law Office of Grace A. Lou

Jim Paulsen, Regional Vice President, Prudential Annuities

Gilbert Tong, Vice President, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

407 The Trial of Tokyo Rose: United States v. Iva Toguri D'Aquino

During World War II, the Japanese broadcast radio shows in English taunting American servicemen in the Pacific.Some featured sultry, seductive-sounding women.Although none used the name, American servicemen created the character "Tokyo Rose." Following the war, Americans began a hunt for "Tokyo Rose."Eventually, the U.S. arrested Iva Toguri D'Aquino and charged her with treason.D'Aquino was born and raised in the U.S.She went to Japan in 1941 to care for an aunt and was unable to return when war broke out.She refused to renounce her U.S. citizenship and was ostracized by the Japanese.She began working for Radio Tokyo first as a typist and then as "Orphan Ann" on radio. She was returned to the U.S. in 1948 and tried for treason - for being the mythical Tokyo Rose. In this dramatic presentation, D'Aquino's story will be told through narration, re-enactments based on trial transcripts, and historic photographs.

Program Chair: Hon. Denny Chin, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Panelists: Vincent T. Chang, Partner, Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch
Yang Chen, Executive Director, Asian American Bar Association of New York
Francis H. Chin, Senior Administrator, Brooklyn Law School
Kathy Hirata Chin, Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Lauren Lee, Senior Litigation Associate, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Vinny Lee, Associate, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Concepcion A. Montoya, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Susan Moon, Senior Counsel, Wyndham Exchange & Rentals
Yasuhiro Saito, Partner, Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
Vinoo P. Varghese, Principal, The Law Offices of Vinoo P. Varghese, P.C.
Ona T. Wang, Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP
David Weinberg, Chief Executive Officer, JURYGROUP
Jessica C. Wong, Associate, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Michael Yap, Chief Legal Officer, International Investments Business, Prudential Financial, Inc.

408 Inspiring Solutions for the Advancement of APA Lawyers: National NAPABA/NLF Survey Data & Diversity Leaders' Recommendations

Continuing NAPABA's efforts to advance APA diversity in the legal community, this session will present data from the first ever survey focused on APA lawyers and sponsored by NAPABA & NLF. The panelists shall present creative and inspiring solutions to current issues facing APA lawyers, including implicit bias, advancement, and greater accountability from leaders who have forged new pathways and continue to lead diversity initiatives. The panel will also engage the audience in a dialogue regarding solutions to advance diversity as well as how the economic downturn has impacted APA lawyers and strategies to address the impact.

Co-program Chairs & Co-Moderators: Peggy Nagae, Owner, Peggy Nagae Consulting & Nimesh Patel, Division Manager, Regional Support Operations & EEO Division, Office of Civil Rights & Liberties, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Panelists: Michael Chu, Partner, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Kevin Fong, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Jerry Kang, Professor, UCLA School of Law
Simone Wu, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, XO Communications

3:30 pm-5:15 pm

NAPALSA General Meetings & Elections

3:30 pm-6:00 pm

IP Summit: Exploring Careers in Intellectual Property

(Sponsored by Microsoft)

Come hear a panel of 6 IP professionals from high-tech companies or law firms with technology clients, and with areas of expertise covering the three main branches of IP -- Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights.Panel members will share with the audience about how they ended up in the IP field, describe the careers at their respective companies and firms, and give examples of the cutting-edge IP issues that they handle.In a moderated discussion, panel members will also provide advice to law students, junior attorneys, or others in the audience who may be interested in IP in a high-tech environment, on a variety of issues such as building up knowledge in IP, getting your foot in the door as an IP professional, pursuing a career as an in-house IP counsel, exploring alternatives to practicing in a law firm environment, and understanding what makes one candidate more appealing than another?

Program Chairs: Margaret Au, Senior Trademark Paralegal, Microsoft & Michele Wong, Attorney, Xbox LIVE - Software & Studios, Microsoft

Program Chair & Moderator: Duane E. Okamoto, Senior Attorney, Servers & Tools, Microsoft

Panelists: Cindy L. Caditz, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

William C. Hwang, Senior Attorney, Intellectual Property, Microsoft

Rudy Y. Kim, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Linda Liu Kordziel, Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C.

Jennifer Y. Liu, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC

5-6 pm

Harvard Law School APA Alumni reception

In-House Counsel Committee Reception

Co-Sponsored by McGuireWoods and Prudential Financial, Inc.

Reception hosted by Korean American Bar Association  of  Southern California, International Association of Korean Lawyers, Orange County Korean American Bar Association, and Korean American Bar Association  of Northern California

Litigation Committee Reception

Co-Sponsored by Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks & Lincenberg PC & Kobre & KimLLP

Solo/Small Firm Committee Reception

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Attorneys & Friends Reception

Co-Sponsored by Irell & Manella LLP and the National LGBT Bar Association

INSPIRE - Bringing Together Bar Leaders: Networking Reception sponsored by the California State Bar Litigation Section & MCBA

6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Trailblazers Reception

Sponsored by Walmart

6:30 pm-9:30 pm

NAPALSA Reception & Dinner - includes reception, dinner, election results, award presentations, keynote speaker, live band/music

(first 150 people with Convention badges shall be admitted)

8:00 pm-10:00 pm

NAPABA Partners/In-House Counsel Dinner

Judicial Council Dinner

8:30 pm-11:00 pm

Game Night

Poker Tournament (limited to the first 30 participants)

10:00 pm-2:00 am

Late Night Lounge Series/Reception for outgoing President Joseph Centeno

Co-Sponsored by the Philippine American Bar Association, the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California, & the Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego

10:00 pm -12:00 am

Movie Screening
Be INSPIREd  - If you haven't seen the films Who Killed Vincent Chin?  or Vincent Who?, catch the screening!

Saturday, November 20

Time Event

6:30 am

Group Jogging (routes available at registration)

8 am-3 pm


8:00 am-9:00 am

Continental Breakfast & Plenary Session presented by the Women's Leadership Committee

Featured Speaker: Renee Tajima-Pena, Filmmaker

Honorees: Hon. Judge Dolly M. Gee, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Hon. Lucy Koh, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Hon. Jacqueline H. Nguyen, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

8:00 am-12:00 pm

National Asian Pacific American Pre-Law Conference presented by the NAPABA Law Foundation

8:30 am-4:00 pm

Visit Exhibits

9:00 am-10:30 am

Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition-Semi-Final Round

9:00 am-1:00 pm

NAPALSA Mock Interviews

by invitation only
Following up on a successful pilot program at the 2009 Convention, NAPABA is proud to host the 2nd Annual Pitch Sessions Program.  Through a joint effort of the Partners Committee and the In-House Counsel Committee, the Convention will offer opportunities for one-on-one business development pitches between partners from gold sponsor firms and partners from solo practices and small firms (who qualify at the required individual NAPABA membership level) and the talented in-house counsel from various industries, including financial services, insurance, telecommunications, transportation, and retail - several with minority and women-owned law firm hiring initiatives. 

9:15 am-10:30 am

NAPABA CLE Breakout Sessions V

501 Breaking Barriers: Success Stories of Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers

(Sponsored by Buchalter Nemer)

Four distinguished Asian Pacific American women share their stories of professional achievement and how they negotiated social, racial, and gender barriers along the way.Find out what inspired them to blaze their own trails and stay in the game.

Program Co-chairs: Ben Lin, Managing Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP & Van Nguyen, Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP

Moderator: Ken Wang, President, Orange County Asian American Bar Association

Panelists: Holly Fujie, Shareholder, Buchalter Nemer

Carol Lam, Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Qualcomm

Hon. Cheri Pham, Orange County Superior Court

Gina Shishima, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

502 Legal Process Outsourcing: Who's Doing it; What They are Doing; and How to Make Sure They are Doing it Right

Complex litigation is expensive and unpredictable.  The current billing models are often not in sync with business objectives.  Aligning interests through alternative fee arrangements and outsourcing/offshoringare hot issues in today's competitive economic  environment.  Corporate clients are pressuring their outside counsel to bring cost predictability to their representation and additionally reduce costs associated with litigation, all without compromising on quality.  This panel will discuss various types of alternative fee arrangements and how offshoring/outsourcing fits into this model and can align interests to strengthen relationships.  We will provide examples of what types of creative billing arrangements law firms are proposing, including a discussion on fixed fee retainers.  The discussion on outsourcing will include examples of what is being outsourced and by whom, and how to do it right and in compliance with the ethical obligations associated with offshoring/outsourcing.

Program Chair & Panelist: Kunoor Chopra, CEO, LawScribe, Inc.

Moderator: Bijal Vakil, Managing Partner, White & Case

Panelists: Neel Chatterjee, Partner, Orrick

Thomas McKeever, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Actuate Corporation

503 Enforcing Anti-Human Trafficking Laws: Civil Lawsuits, Pro Bono Partnerships and Overcoming the Cultural Divide

(Sponsored by O'Melveny & Myers LLP)

Modern day slavery through human trafficking remains a serious, complex problem worldwide, but few realize that human trafficking is rampant in the United States.The victims, many of whom are migrants from the Asian and Pacific Island corridors, are rarely protected by the criminal justice system.Meanwhile, the perpetrators, many of whom are also from Asian and Pacific Island backgrounds, fail to understand the legal significance of their conduct. Last year, a team of lawyers litigated what is believed to be the first civil lawsuit resulting in a jury verdict under the California Trafficking Victims Protection Act.As a result, an Indonesian victim received a sizeable monetary award against a wealthy Asian Pacific American couple.Through interactive discussions, the panelists will share how they were able to overcome cultural issues and other obstacles and how NAPABA members can lend their own services to address human trafficking across the country.

Program Chair & Moderator: Bejamin J. Kim, Counsel, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Panelists: Jennifer Cheng, Associate, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Kevin Kish, Director of Employment Right Project, Bet Tzedek Legal Services

Heather Moore, Independent Consultant

504 Global Sports Marketing: Anatomy of the Deal

(Sponsored by McGuireWoods LLP)

This symposium will discuss current and emerging business and legal issues in the world of global sports with general emphasis on the areas of corporate sponsorships, player and team marketing/branding, player representation and management, and relevant legal and regulatory issues and developments.The panelists have extensive experience in various areas of sports including: (i) player development/management for one of the world's most popular franchises, (ii) representation/management of major NFLplayer/coaches and other athletes; (iii) player representationfor marketing/branding opportunities; and (iv) legal representation of sports leagues/corporations in cross-marketing/sponsorship partnerships.

Program Chair & Moderator: Richard Grant, Managing Partner (Los Angeles), McGuireWoods LLP

Panelists: Kim Ng, Vice President & Assistant General Manager, Los Angeles Dodgers

Steven Tseng, Senior Vice President, IMG

Don Yee, Founder, Yee & Dublin Sports LLC

505 Climbing the Corporate Ladder 2010

(Sponsored by Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP)

Senior APA in-house lawyers and other legal professionals will share their unique insights on a broad range of issues from career planning to mentorship to successfully navigating office politics to working with outside counsel. Attendees will receive valuable guidance on the practical aspects of surviving and prospering in the in-house counsel environment.

Program Chair: Gordon Yamate, former Vice President & General Counsel, Knight Ridder

Moderator: Wendy Shiba, Executive Vice President & Special Counsel to CEO, KB Homes

Panelists: Marie Oh Huber, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Agilent Technologies

Michael L. Korniczky, Chief Admininstration Office, General Counsel & Secretary, Graham Packaging Company Inc.

Lawrence Liu, Vice President, Intellectual Property Counsel, NBC Universal

Toni Nguyen, Assistant General Counsel, Belo Corp.

506 How to Break into Entertainment Law: Tips for Aspiring APA Attorneys

(Sponsored by Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP)

APA attorneys from various sectors of entertainment law (in-house counsel, law firm partners or attorney/agents working in film, music, television, and sports) will discuss their particular practice and career development and how they "broke into the entertainment biz." Each panelist will provide practical tips on how to break into the world of entertainment. A significant time will be devoted taking audience questions. Many law students and young attorneys are interested in entertainment law, but opportunities to ask questions and get guidance from established attorneys in the field are infrequent. Topics to discuss include: 1) whether being APA has been helpful or a hindrance in breaking into the entertainment world; 2) what exactly is "entertainment law"; 3) how important are "connections" to get jobs in the entertainment industry; and 4) whether given the paucity of APAs in the entertainment industry in general, it is harder for APA attorneys to break into the field.

Program Chair & Moderator: Jennifer Choe Groves, Partner & Chair of International IPR & Entertainment Group, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Panelists:Andrew Chang, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Dreamworks
Wesley Liu Hsu, Chief, Cyber & IP Crimes Section, Office of the U.S. States Attorney

507 Rise to the Top: How can Asian Pacific American Attorneys Become Leaders in Government, Education and Business?

Asian Pacific American lawyers are significantly increasing in numbers, but in spite years of diversity efforts by major institutions and influential legal and business leaders, we are not making significant progress on occupying the top legal positions in government, education and business. What are the special challenges to Asian Pacific American lawyers as a group, and what are the most effective strategies and steps to overcome those challenges? This panel of well respected leaders in government, education and business will reveal their personal experience and offer their practical advice.

Program Chair & Moderator: Yabo Lin, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Panelists: John Chiang, Controller, State of California

Ivan Fong, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

A. Marisa Chun, U.S. Deputy Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Lawrence Tu, General Counsel, Dell

Frank Wu, Chancellor & Dean, UC Hastings College of Law

508 Reverse Angle Discussions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act-the LIES

This panel will consider the many angles of the LIES of the FCPA.The panelists will examine the legislation, implementation, enforcement and sanctions of the FCPA as they pertain to and affect the corporations doing business outside of the U.S. in different parts of the world and how sustainable the objects of the legislation are and what difficulties they face and what sanctions are meted out for non-compliance or breach.

Program Chair & Moderator: Dorothy Siron, Partner, Boughton Peterson Yang Anderson

Panelists: Paul S. Chan, Principal/Partner, Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg

Michael Li-Ming Wong, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

Yasue (Becky) Nao Koblitz, Of Counsel, Salans LLP

NAPALSA Breakout Session 5: Entertainment & Technology Law in Today's World

Through the eyes of general counsels and seasoned practitioners, this Entertainment and Technology panel will offer aspiring students insights on how to break into this exciting area of law, as well as current issues that face this industry - important issues that could affect newly minted attorneys in the pursuit of a legal career in Entertainment and Technology. Panelists will also be crafting their presentation on previously submitted questions that prospective attendees submit to NAPALSA's Conference Chair.

Moderator: Dave Kim, NAPALSA Co-Regional Director for the Pacific North Region

Panelists: Betty Chen, Senior Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs, Reveille LLC dba Shine International

Danny Chen, Partner, TDL International Law Firm

Benedict Chun, Director of Legal & Business Affairs, Warner Bros.

Christopher Fong, Entertainment Attorney, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Shane Kao, Vice President of Business Affairs, Paramount Pictures, Digital Entertainment Division

Susan Kigawa, Vice President of Legal Affairs, Walt Disney Studios

Edward Lew, Senior Counsel, The Walt Disney Company

10:45 am-12:00 pm

NAPABA CLE Breakout Sessions VI

601 Korematsu to Hamdan: Executive Threats to Civil Liberty

This panel will explore executive encroachments on civil liberties during times of war and legal responses thereto.In particular, this panel will focus upon two episodes from American history:the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the Guantanamo Bay detentions during the post-9/11 "War on Terror."The program will begin with a discussion of Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the Japanese American internment, the resulting Korematsu case, and the subsequent coram nobis litigation, whereby Fred Korematsu's conviction was overturned.Next, the panel will turn to the Executive's adoption of a war paradigm to justify indefinite detention at Guantanamo Bay and the use of military tribunals to try alleged alien enemy combatants.The panelists will share their personal experiences as direct participants in these two landmark episodes.

Program Chair & Moderator: Steven K. Yoda, Associate, Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg

Panelists: Joseph M. McMillan, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

Dale Minami, Partner, Minami Tamaki LLP

Charles C. Sipos, Associate, Perkins Coie, LLP

602 The Plight of Unaccompanied Children in the U.S.: How to Provide Vital Pro Bono Representation

NAPABA has formed a first-of-its-kind partnership with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a nonprofit organization founded by Microsoft and actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie, to provide pro bono representation of immigrant children who are in the United States without a parent or legal guardian.Approximately 8,000 unaccompanied children come to the U.S. each year, are placed in U.S. custody, and face removal proceedings. More than half of these children do not have a lawyer. This session will provide an introduction to KIND and the legal issues faced by unaccompanied children.It will provide basic training about the immigration process, the common defenses and remedies available to immigrant children, and tips on working with children as pro bono clients.The panelists will use case studies to engage and prepare attendees to volunteer to handle a pro bono case with KIND.

Program Chair & Moderator: Shiraz D. Tangri, Partner, Alston + Bird LLP

Panelists: Margaret Au, Senior Trademark Paralegal, Microsoft
Lindsay Lang, Pro Bono Attorney, KIND

Gladis Molina, Pro Bono Attorney, KIND

Stacey H. Wang, Litigation Associate, Holland & Knight

603 What's Hot and What's Not in IP: A Survey of Key Developments in Recent Years

This is a perennial favorite of NAPABA IP practitioners and back by popular demand.This panel will provide a comprehensive overview of the most significant developments in recent years in all areas of IP, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights.All three branches of the government have been active in making, interpreting, and applying the laws.The legislative branch has been actively promoting the most significant changes to IP law since the Patent Act of 1952, the executive branch through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has seen significant personnel and policy changes under the leadership of the new Director, and the judicial branch continues to interpret laws to meet the challenges posed by technological advances and changing market dynamics, including the Bilski case from the U.S. Supreme Court .Come hear the most salient summaries and practice tips from experienced practitioners and leaders in the IP field.

Program Chair: Esther H. Lim, Managing Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Co-moderators: George Chen, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP & Henry C. Su, Partner, Howrey LLP

Panelists: Michelle K. Lee, Deputy General Counsel & Head of Patents & Patent Strategy, Google, Inc.

Yuri Mikulka, Partner, Zuber & Taillieu LLP

Ankur Shah, Associate General Counsel, Freddie Mac

Hon. George H. Wu, U.S. District Court Judge, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

604 Poker Face: Negotiating With An Adversary from the Professional Poker Player's Perspective

(Sponsored by Hinshaw & Culbertson)

This program focuses on how skills at the poker table only serve to enhance a lawyer's negotiations skills from the inception of a case through discovery, settlement discussions and arbitration/mediation.Commonly used poker tactics such as bluffing, slow playing, raising or checking the bet, knowing when to fold and managing your bankroll can be invaluable in gauging the strength of an adversary's case,leveraging your position and presenting your best case.In short, the program will show how commonly employed poker strategies can be invaluable in getting the best outcome for your case notwithstanding the factual and legal limitations you may face.Consisting of a panel of seasoned litigators (who are avid poker players) and professional poker players, this programs aims to become entertaining and educational guide to better lawyering by playing your cards right in the courtroom.

Program Chair & Moderator: Jason Kim, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Panelists: Fred Choi, Senior Corporate Counsel, Telenav, Inc.

Morgan Chu, Partner, Irell & Manella LLP

Concepcion A. Montoya, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

William Yu, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

605 Inspiring Integrity: How In-House Counsel Can Respond as an Investigation Unfolds

Allegations of corporate misconduct present a minefield of legal, ethical, and practical issues for in-house counsel.This panel will present multiple perspectives, including from in-house counsel, defense counsel, and former prosecutors and regulators, regarding how best to address these issues.This panel will provide guidance to the many in-house and external counsel who may encounter government enforcement actions, and will set forth best practices that will inspire the pursuit of the highest levels of integrity in corporate cultures.

Program Chair & Moderator: Michael Li-Ming Wong, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

Panelists: Beong-Soo Kim, Chief, Major Frauds Section, U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California

Don Liu, Corporate Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Xerox Corporation

Sheldon Quan, Associate General Counsel, The Clorox Company

Jeffrey Tao, Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

606 How Public Companies and their Boards of Directors Should Prepare for New Challenges in Corporate Governance

(Sponsored by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP)

Recent changes in the corporate governance area mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will require public companies and their boards of directors to address significant corporate governance and disclosure issues, including shareholder access to company proxy materials relating to the nomination of directors, mandatory inclusion of shareholder advisory say-on-pay and golden parachute proposals in company proxy materials, enhanced independence requirements for compensation committees and additional disclosurerequirements related to executive compensation.The panel will discuss the requirements associated with these significant changes and provide practical advice on what companies and their boards of directors should consider and prepare for in complying with these requirements for the 2011 proxy season.

Program Chair & Moderator: David C. Lee, Of Counsel, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Panelists: Julian L. Chan, Attorney at Law

Sanjiv K. Kapur, Partner, Jones Day

Marty Lorenzo, Partner, DLA Piper LLP

607 Convincing the Judge: Best Practices

This seminar features a panel of highly distinguished judges who will discuss things to do and to avoid when writing a brief, arguing a brief, or trying a case before a judge.The judges bring a wealth of experience to this seminar as both jurists and from when they were practicing attorneys.This seminar is a must for attorneys who appear in court or direct others who appear in court.

Program Chair & Moderator: Hon. Delbert Gee, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda

Panelists: Hon. Brian Kim, District Court of Maryland, Montgomery County

Hon. Lucy Koh, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Hon. Jaquelyn Nguyen, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

608 Rediscovering the Silk Road: Overcoming Hurdles in Cross-Border Transactions with Greater China

Over the past quarter century, China has experienced phenomenal economic growth and an unprecedented accumulation of wealth from its trade surplus with other countries. These changes, coupled with the Chinese government's commitment to support globalization through the adoption of new political and financial policies, have made China attractive as the land of opportunities for foreign investors and have also fueled China's desire to step up its investment s globally, including in the U.S. According to Chinese state media, China's direct investments overseas rose 6.5% in 2009 to $43.3 billion and could jump to $60 billion in 2010. The goal of this program is to provide a brief overview of current trends in cross-border transactions between the U.S. and greater China. Key topics will include a discussion of the current legal and business environment, basic investment issues, regulatory issues, major types of disputes involved in cross border transactions with greater China.

Program Chair & Moderator: Paul C. Lin, Partner, Jones Day

Panelists: Ted Gizewski, Senior Attorney, Microsoft

David Lam, Managing Director, WI Harper

Z. Julie Lee, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

Jim Zukin, Senior Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey

NAPALSA Breakout Session 6: Unique Opportunities: Judicial Clerkships

Judicial clerkships can provide a key credential for any area of law practice and they can be a very unique post-graduation experience.This panel encourages students to pursue clerkship opportunities by providing an inside view on clerking and offering tips and suggestions from personal experiences.The first half of the presentation includes former law clerks from a variety of courts including the United States Supreme Court.The second half of the presentation includes state and federal judges from California, Georgia, Hawaii and Kentucky.There will also be a short presentation about the ABA Judicial Clerkship Program.The panel will conclude with a Q&A session, where students will be able to ask questions to gain an inside view about judicial clerkships.

Moderator: Marvin Liang, Law Clerk, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Panelists: Yoon Chang, Associate General Counsel, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Jong Choi, Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Diana Kwok, Law Clerk to Hon. Percy Anderson, U.S. District Court for the Center District of California

Susan Oki Mollway, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii

Hon. Ramona See, Los Angeles Superior Court

Sri Srinivasan, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Hon. Amul Thapar, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Kentucky

Hon. Alvin Wong, Dekalb County, Georgia

Informational Session with White House Presidential Personnel Office

For the first time, there will be a special presentation at the Convention by representatives of the White House Presidential Personnel Office (PPO) that will be open to all NAPABA members who are interested in pursuing full and part?time presidential appointments, including boards and commissions, in the Obama Administration. In addition to this presentation, there will also be a limited number of interviews with PPO representatives for positions in the Administration during the Convention.NAPABA members were selected for the PPO interviews by application and after review by a selection committee.

11:00 am-12:30 pm

NAPABA Prospective Partners Program Session II (by invitation only)

12:15 pm-1:45 pm

Luncheon & Plenary Session

Advocacy at its Finest:Re-Arguing United States v. Wong Kim Ark

(Sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company)

Watch an all-star cast of Asian Pacific American jurists and advocates re-argue the landmark birthright citizenship case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 6498 (1898).Arguing before a panel of five sitting Asian Pacific American judges, this group of experienced appellate litigators - who have argued and/or briefed over 100 U.S. Supreme Court and federal appellate court cases between them - will present arguments consistent with arguments that would have been presented to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1897, when this case was originally argued.Likewise, the judges will ask questions and take on roles as if they were Justices of the United States Supreme Court at the turn of the 20th Century.After the mock argument, the judges and advocates will talk about advocacy skills, courtroom style, and the relevance of Wong Kim Ark to today's debate over immigration.

Program Chairs:

Wendy W.Y. Chang, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

John C. Yang, Director of Legal Affairs - China, Illinois Tool Works Inc.


Frank H. Wu, Chancellor & Dean, University of California - Hastings College of the Law

The Judges:

Hon. Tani Cantil Sakauye, Chief Justice-Designee, California Supreme Court

Hon. Denny Chin, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Hon. Susan Oki Mollway, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii

Hon. A. Wallace Tashima, Senior Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Hon. Amul R. Thapar, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

The Advocates:

James C. Ho, Solicitor General for the State of Texas

Wan J. Kim, Partner, Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel P.L.L.C.

Carol C. Lam, Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Qualcomm Inc.

Sri Srinivasan, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition-Final Round

1:45 pm-2:45 pm

Judicial Council Business Meeting

2:00 pm-2:45 pm

WestSearch: The Technology Behind WestlawNext

Understand the power of the world's most advanced legal search engine and how this exclusive technology improves efficiency, productivity and confidence

Presenter: Tonia Schulz, Senior Director, SAM Training, West, a Thomson Reuters Business

2:00 pm-3:00 pm

International Committee Meeting

Real Property Committee Reception

2:00 pm-3:15 pm

Fortune 1000 General Counsel Closed Door Meeting

2:00 pm-3:30 pm

California inspires!  Tales of making it to the top

Northern California has the highest concentration of Asian Pacific American attorneys in the country.  From this distinguished pool, judges, general counsels, AmLaw partners, and government leaders have shot to the top.  Panelists will share how they achieved their success and what risks they took.  Next, they will take questions from attendees.In the final portion of this program, attendees will meet panelists in small-group format.  This program will inspire and educate attendees on how to attain the next level of leadership, whether in a corporation, courtroom, or firm. 

Moderator: Susan Tien, Managing Director, The Dubin Group, LLC

Panelists: Hanley Chew, Member, Computer Hacking & Intellectual Property Unit, U.S. Attorney General's Office

Austin Choi, General Counsel,

David Chiu, President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Rudy Kim, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Hon. Lucy Koh, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Tuan Pham, Partner, Goodwin & Procter

Bijal Vakil, Managing Partner, White & Case

Hon. Carrie Zepeda, Santa Clara Superior Court

NAPALSA Transitional Board of Directors Meeting

2:00 pm-4:00 pm

National Asian Pacific American Pre-Law Conference & Law School Fair

Asian/Pacific Bar of California Business Meeting

2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Law Student Eight Minute Mentoring

Co-Sponsored by: NAPALSA, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and NAPABA's Best Lawyers Under 40 Network

This program will involve eight-minute sessions for law students and young lawyers to practice the fine art of networking with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the Best Under 40 honorees. Bring your questions and an open mind, as you will be quickly rotated through practitioners interested in helping you.

Acting for Lawyers

(Sponsored by Duane Morris LLP)

Effective oral advocacy is one of the most important skills an attorney can possess.  Skills like public speaking, confidence, connecting with one's audience, thinking on one's feet and juggling multiple tasks are critical.  In this fun and interactive workshop led by Cold Tofu instructors and Advanced Team members, all participants will play "improv" games that focus on those skills.  Although every attorney has his or her natural style and mannerisms, this hands-on workshop strives to help participants think outside the box and get the "creative juices" flowing.  Cold Tofu is the nation's premiere Asian Pacific American comedy improv and sketch group.  This non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting diverse images of Asian Pacific Americans through comedy and to developing multiethnic talent through education and performance.

Program Co-Chairs & Co-Moderators: Cyndie M. Chang, Attorney, Duane Morris LLP & Michelle Sugihara, Attorney, Luce, Forward, Hamilton Scripps LLP

Panelists: Denise Iketani, Acting Instructor, Cold Tofu

Kevin Ocampo, Acting Instructor, Cold Tofu  

2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Redline Bus Tour (optional add-on event)

LA Conservancy Historic Downtown Walk/Tour (optional add-on event)

2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Legal Research Made Easy With WestlawNext

This CLE program will follow a fictional client through the course of the legal research process. At some point, we all struggle with legal research and this program will demonstrate how to make your legal research experience more efficient. Providing practical skills for researching any legal issue, the program will focus on the difficulties of legal research, how to begin your search, how to obtain relevant resources and identify relevant documents, how to verify and expand your research and in the end, how to effectively manage your results.  Throughout the presentation, WestlawNext will be utilized. 

Presenter: Tonia Schulz, Senior Director, SAM Training, West, a Thomson Reuters Business

3:00 pm-4:00 pm

California Asian American Judges Association Meeting

3:00 pm-5:00 pm

NAPABA vs. NAPALSA Basketball Tournament

3:30 pm-4:30 pm

Committee Meetings

Finance Committee

Litigation Committee

Pro Bono & Community Service Committee

Regional Conference Committee

Women's Leadership Committee

Solo/Small Firm Committee

Labor & Employment Committee

Military & Veterans Affairs Committee

Entertainment Committee

Immigration Committee

In-House Counsel Committee Meeting

5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Thomas Tang Moot Court Reception & Award Presentation

Sponsored by Foley & Lardner LLP and State Farm Insurance Companies

6:30 pm-10:00 pm

NAPABA 22nd Anniversary Gala and Celebration Dinner

(Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz USA)

Keynote Speaker: L. Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary for Public & Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs

Mistress of Ceremonies: Tamlyn Tomita, Actor (The Joy Luck Club)

"Best Lawyers Under 40" Award Presentation

NAPABA & NAPALSA Officers & Board of Directors Installation

10:00 pm-2:00 am

Late Night Lounge Series (no cover/no host)

Sunday, November 21

Time Event

9-10:30 am

Continental Breakfast

10:00 am-1:00 pm

Community Service Project

(Co-Sponsored by Holland & Knight LLP & the Philippine American Bar Association)

NAPABA members will be creating Thanksgiving baskets for needy families, including survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.  The beneficiaries of this project will be:

The Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF), which is a nonprofit organization that offers domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse services in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Islander community. The mission of CPAF is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and the consequences of family violence and violence against women. CPAF is committed to meeting the specific cultural and language needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander women and their families.

Asian Pacific Women's Center (APWC), which is dedicated to providing a safe haven and support services for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Its mission is to provide an environment that is sensitive to the cultural and language needs of Asian and Pacific Islander domestic violence survivors and their families, as they acquire the necessary skills and personal strength for self-sufficiency and violence-free lives. APWC is also committed to education and outreach, raising awareness about domestic violence, and fostering violence prevention.

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC), which advocates for civil rights, provides legal services and education, and builds coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Pacific Americans and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. APALC was founded in 1983 with broad community based support and is now the largest organization in the country focused on meeting the legal needs of one of the nation's fastest growing populations. APALC serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations each year through direct services, community education, training, and technical assistance.