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NCVAA 10th Annual Conference & VABANC 18th Annual Scholarship Dinner: October 14-15, 2016 San Jose, CA

The National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys (NCVAA) is pleased to announce that the 10th Annual Conference will be held on October 14-15, 2016 in San Jose, California. The 2016 conference will take place in conjunction with the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California’s (VABANC) 18th Annual Scholarship Dinner on Friday, October 14, 2016. 

VABANC is honored to co-host the combined event this year as NCVAA returns to San Jose, where VABANC co-hosted the very first conference in 2006. This year’s conference, based on the theme Innovate provides an opportunity for attendees to network with attorneys, members of the judiciary, prominent legal scholars, jurists, and law students from all over the nation. Attorneys can receive valuable CLE credits on a number of stimulating current topics taught by scholars and practitioners.


Register today to take advantage of early bird prices.  After August 7, 2016, registration prices will increase. To register, please click here.


*Schedule and speakers are subject to change.

VABANC 18th Annual Scholarship Dinner

  • Date | Friday, October 14, 2016
  • Time | 5:30 p.m. 
  • Cocktails | 7:00 p.m. Program
  • Location | Dynasty Restaurant – Grand Century Mall 
  • Address | 1001 Story Road, 2nd Floor | San Jose, CA 95122
  • Keynote Speaker | Professor Joseph Thai | The University of Oklahoma, College of Law
  • Honoree | Ann A.P. Nguyen | Robinson & Wood, Inc.

NCVAA 10th Annual Conference  

  • Date | Saturday, October 15, 2016
  • Time | All day CLE Presentation and Reception Gala
  • Location | San Jose City Hall Rotunda
  • Address | 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95112 
  • 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Breakfast/Registration/Networking -Welcoming Program – Panel Discussions – Lunch Plenary Session – Panel Discussions – Judge’s Panel – Installation of NCVAA Officers 
  • 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Reception Gala  


PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING WRITER VIET THANH NGUYEN will be a Keynote Speaker during NCVAA’s conference on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  Viet Thanh Nguyen is an associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press, 2002) and the novel The Sympathizer from Grove/Atlantic (2015). Among other accolades, The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. To learn more about Viet Thanh Nguyen, please click here.

PROFESSOR JOSEPH THAI will keynote VABANC’s 18th Annual Scholarship Dinner on Friday, October 14, 2016. Professor Thai is the Watson Centennial Chair and Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he teaches and writes about constitutional law and the Supreme Court. Professor Thai’s family immigrated from Vietnam to America when he was two.  He grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he attended Union Public Schools.  He later attended Harvard College, where he studied English literature, and Harvard Law School. Following law school, Professor Thai clerked for Judge David Ebel of the Tenth Circuit, and Justices John Paul Stevens and Byron White of the Supreme Court. Professor Thai has practiced in both the public and private sectors.   He frequently engages in pro bono litigation in the areas of civil rights, criminal law, and constitutional law.  He served on the legal team that successfully challenged Oklahoma’s “Anti-Sharia” law, and before the Supreme Court decided the issue nationally, he served as co-counsel in the successful challenge to Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage bans. Professor Thai has frequently been named outstanding professor by students at OU.  His three children have also occasionally named him “best dad.”  In 2015, the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys honored Professor Thai with the Trailblazer Award. To learn more about Professor Thai, please click here.

Dr. Tung Thanh Nguyen, Chair of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, will be a Keynote Speaker during NCVAA’s conference on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Dr. Nguyen is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he provides medical care to a diverse patient population and teaches clinicians.  He also serves as Director of the Asian American Research Center on Health, Director of the Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project,  ad a Co-Principal Investigator of the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training. In these roles, he has conducted research in health care prevention for Asian Americans, including studies to increase breast, cervical cancer, and colorectal cancer screening among Asian Americans as well as on tobacco use among Asian Americans. Dr. Nguyen holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Harvard University and an M.D. from the Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen was appointed to the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs in 2011. 

Our CLE panel programs will present experienced and distinguished attorneys and scholars covering various topics including:

  • (i) the EB-5 investment visa and the very different new wave of immigrants from Vietnam, 
  • (ii) landmark recent developments in patent and intellectual property law, 
  • (iii) the much-discussed Trans-Pacific Partnership and its potential impact for the United States and Vietnam, 
  • (iv) proactive strategies to minimize e-discovery risks and expenses in light of considerable changes in the law and technology, and 
  • (v) share/gig/on-demand economy and whether existing laws are keeping up with a society being changed by innovation.

Stay tuned for additional details.


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