Special Events


Weil - 2010 NAPABA Golf Outing
Wednesday Tee Times starts at 11:45 am

Angeles National Golf Club
9401 foothill Blvd
Sunland, CA 91040

Please RSVP to Michael Kam by November 12 michael.kam@weil.com.


Alert to all In-House Counsel Attending the NAPABA Convention in Los Angeles this month
Thursday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Executive Leadership Training for In-House Counsel - Thursday, November 18. 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Corporate counsel 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. Moderator: Gordon Yamate, Chair of In-House Counsel Committee. Trainers: Jane Hyun and Audrey Lee, Hyun & Associates, Inc.

Please RSVP in advance to Karen Bazaldua at karen.bazaldua@klgates.com. Limited to first 60 on first-come, first-served basis.


Entertainment and the Law
Thursday at 4:00 pm

We are starting the convention early this year with an entertainment panel "The Power behind the Asian Image - in Media and Advocacy" on Thursday, November 18, at 4pm, just before the Welcome Reception at 6pm. The panel will be moderated by Teddy Zee, producer of hit films such as Hitch, Pursuit of Happyness and Saving Face. Bring your inner celebrity - arrive early and get a seat!

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. While we as lawyers are not on a stage, we are presenting at a podium or in a courtroom and telling 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.

Continuing this theme, come to the "Acting for Lawyers" workshop on Saturday from 2-4 pm. This fun and interactive session will be led by Cold Tofu, a premiere APA improv acting group and will focus on skills such as confidence in public speaking, connecting with an audience, thinking on your feet and utilizing your creativity.


The Friday lunch plenary will showcase the film - "Vincent Who?"
Firday at 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

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."
- Angryasianman.com

*Be INSPIREd - If you haven't seen the films "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" and "Vincent Who?" you'll want to catch the screening at the NAPABA Movie Night on Friday night at 10pm.


NAPABA Trailblazer Award Reception
Friday at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This year's Trailblazers Award Reception will be emceed by our very own celebrity and Trailblazer Award winner Dale Minami! The Trailblazers Reception and Awards Ceremony is undergoing a makeover and promises to be dynamic, memorable, and include a little Hollywood flavor - don't miss it on Friday evening, November 19.

The NAPABA Trailblazers Award recognizes the outstanding achievements, commitment and leadership of lawyers who have paved the way for the advancement of other Asian Pacific American attorneys. As part of its annual convention, NAPABA honors a member from each of its nine membership regions who meets these criteria. The honorees are selected by the regional governors and the affiliates in their region and represent diverse paths and achievements. Each of the award recipients has demonstrated vision, courage, and tenacity in their careers, and has made substantial and lasting contributions to both the legal community and the broader Asian Pacific American community.


Saturday lunch plenary session
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

The Saturday lunch plenary session will feature the re-argument of United States v. Wong Kim Ark, the landmark birthright citizenship case of 1898.

The panel will involve a cast of perennial NAPABA all-stars, including the new Chief Justice-Designee, California Supreme Court, Hon. Tani Cantil-Sakauye; 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, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky; James C. Ho, Solicitor General for the State of Texas; Carol C. Lam, Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Qualcomm Inc. (former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of California); and Sri Srinivasan, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP (former Assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice).


Special Event: ACTING FOR LAWYERS
Saturday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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. While 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 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. Come with an open mind and play with us! SPACE IS LIMITED. This workshop will fill up quickly so register early!
For questions, please contact Cyndie Chang or Michelle Sugihara.

Sponsored by Duane Morris

CLE Credit available for certain states.


Saturday night Anniversary Gala and Celebration Dinner
Saturday at 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Saturday night Anniversary Gala and Celebration Dinner will be hosted by actress Tamlyn Tomita and features keynote speaker Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Duckworth, the former director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and a 2006 candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, is a decorated Iraq War Veteran and serves as a Major in the Illinois Army National Guard.