NAPABA Applauds Nomination of Jill Otake to the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii

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For Immediate Release
Dec. 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — Today, President Trump nominated Jill A. Otake to the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. If confirmed, Otake will be the 21st active Asian Pacific American federal district judge and the third active Asian Pacific American judge serving in the District of Hawaii. The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) applauds this decision.

“Jill Otake is a well-qualified and dedicated public servant who will ably serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii,” said Pankit J. Doshi, president of NAPABA. “She is recognized for her skill as a prosecutor and as a longtime leader in the legal community. I urge the Senate to confirm her to the bench.”

Otake is the acting chief of the Special Crime Section in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawaii, having previously served as deputy chief since 2014. She spent nine years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington. Prior to that she was a deputy prosecuting attorney in King County, Washington. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her stellar work in the legal system, including awards and accolades by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Justice.

She is a leader in her community, both in Hawaii and Washington. Otake is co-chair of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee and was a fellow of the bar’s Leadership Institute. Otake has served as co-president of the Asian American Bar Association of Washington — a NAPABA affiliate, as the judicial evaluations chair, and on the board of directors and chair of the Joint Asian Judicial Evaluations Committee in Washington. In addition to her service to the Asian Pacific American community, Otake has contributed to the advancement of women in the legal field and her community as a mentor for Hawaii Women Lawyers and volunteer attorney for Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii.

Otake serves as an instructor on issues related to trial practice. She was an instructor for the inaugural Hawaii Federal Trial Academy, sponsored by the U.S. District Court and the Federal Bar Association. She was an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the Seattle University Law School and a speaker during the Hawaii Supreme Court’s Mandatory Bar Professionalism Course.

A graduate of the Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii, she received her degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Washington School of Law. She clerked for the Honorable Associate Justice Simeon R. Acoba, Jr., of the Supreme Court of Hawaii.

NAPABA thanks President Trump for nominating Jill A. Otake to the bench and Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz for recommending her to the White House. NAPABA recommended Otake earlier this year.

For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, 202-775-9555, bschuster@napaba.org.  

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of almost 50,000 attorneys and over 80 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.

NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

To learn more about NAPABA, visit www.napaba.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter(@NAPABA).

AABANY CONGRATULATES HONORABLE PHILLIP HOM ON HIS INDUCTION TO NEW YORK CIVIL COURT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – December 15, 2017.
The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) congratulates the
Honorable Phillip Hom on his induction to the Civil Court in Queens
County.

A native New
Yorker and alumnus of SUNY Binghamton, Judge
Hom began his legal career in 1997 as an Agency Attorney for the New York City
Human Resources Administration.  At that
time, he also worked on John Liu’s campaign for New York City Council.  After John Liu’s appointment as Council
Member in 2001, Judge Hom served as his Chief of Staff.  Judge Hom was appointed Assistant Director
and Legislative Counsel for the New York City Council in 2005, serving as
Council Member Liu’s main liaison to Community Boards 7 and 11 in Queens.  After John Liu’s appointment as New York City
Comptroller, Judge Hom served as Deputy General Counsel in the Comptroller’s
Office in 2011.

Judge Hom was
active in APA matters in college and law school, and has promoted prominent APA
elected officials during his career.  Judge
Hom was involved in the campaigns of Ellen Young, the first Asian American
woman elected to the New York State Assembly, and Ron Kim, who later became the
first Korean American elected to state-wide office in New York. As a judicial
delegate in Manhattan in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Judge Hom was instrumental
in then-Civil Court Judge Doris Ling-Cohan becoming a New York County Supreme
Court Justice.  In 2014 Judge Hom joined
Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP as Special Counsel.

“AABANY is
proud to recognize Judge Hom as a longstanding advocate for the Asian Pacific American
community,” states AABANY President Dwight Yoo. “We were delighted to take part
in his induction ceremony and to have the honor of robing him after he was
sworn in by Presiding Justice Randall T. Eng. We commend Judge Hom for serving
the public interest and the community and wish him continued success in making
a positive impact as a judge in the Civil Court in Queens County.”

For more information, please contact Yang
Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (212) 332-2478, or direct any inquiries to main@aabany.org.

The Asian American Bar Association of New
York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with
issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community. Incorporated in 1989,
AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also
to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole. AABANY is a
New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
(NAPABA).

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NAPABA Celebrates Confirmation of James Ho to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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For Immediate Release

Dec. 14, 2017

WASHINGTON — Today, the United States Senate voted to confirm James C. Ho as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ho is the first Asian Pacific American to serve on the Fifth Circuit and the sixth active Asian Pacific American federal appellate judge.

“James Ho is nationally recognized for his legal acumen and we congratulate him on his historic confirmation,” said Pankit J. Doshi, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). “Widely respected throughout NAPABA for his leadership and mentorship, we congratulate him on his confirmation. It is fitting that he continues to break barriers on behalf of the community as the first Asian Pacific American to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.”

Ho is the co-chair of the Appellate and Constitutional Law practice group at the law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. He has presented over 45 oral arguments in federal and state courts nationwide, including 16 arguments before the Fifth Circuit. He has argued and won cases before both the U.S. Supreme Court and the entire Fifth Circuit en banc.

Throughout Ho’s career, he has had extensive experience in all three branches of government: as former chief counsel for Senator John Cornyn, as an appointee at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Most recently, he was the first Asian Pacific American ever appointed to serve as the solicitor general of Texas, the state’s chief appellate and Supreme Court litigator.

Ho is an active member of the Asian Pacific American community. He is co-chair of the NAPABA Judiciary & Executive Nominations & Appointments Committee, and he has written and spoken on numerous occasions about the role of Asian Pacific Americans in the law.

Ho has been recognized for his leadership and honored by organizations throughout the Asian Pacific American community, both nationally and in Texas, including the President’s Award from NAPABA, the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Asian Pacific American Leadership from the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, the Justice David Wellington Chew Award from the Asian Pacific Interest Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Community Leader Award from the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, the Award for Outstanding Contributions in Law from the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce, and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the SMU Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.

NAPABA is proud to have supported James Ho during his nomination process. We thank President Trump for nominating him and Senators Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas for recommending him to the White House.

For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, 202-775-9555, bschuster@napaba.org.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of almost 50,000 attorneys and over 80 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

To learn more about NAPABA, visit
www.napaba.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter(@NAPABA).

Empire Mock Trial (Opportunity to Judge)

Empire Mock Trial is excited to invite attorneys to judge at Empire New York, scheduled for November 18-19. The program is run by Empire Mock Trial, an education nonprofit.  The organization is asking attorneys to serve as a judge or juror for one three (3) hour trial, which includes a complimentary meal and brief orientation session.  The remarkable high school students hail from 6 countries and 16 states, and attorneys receive 3 free CLE credits for volunteering.

More program information can be found on the website here—it takes less than 5 minutes for volunteers to register.

For the event flyer, click here.

This is a win-win opportunity for everyone: the local community gets to empower the next generation of leaders, while students learn from their knowledge and expertise.

For more information, please contact 917-426-3682 or judge@empiremocktrial.org.

Volunteer to Serve as a Judge for the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition

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Greetings!

If you are a judge or an attorney, we are writing to request that you volunteer to serve as a judge in the preliminary or quarterfinal rounds of the 2017 Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition (Competition).  The Competition is an appellate advocacy competition sponsored annually by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation (NAPABA Law Foundation), an IRC § 501©(3) non-profit, charitable and educational affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).  The Competition honors the late Judge Thomas Tang, a champion of individual rights, an advocate for the advancement of minority attorneys, and an ardent supporter of NAPABA. Judge Tang served on the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1977 until his passing in 1995.

This year’s problem addresses the following issues:

I.                 Whether the government’s acquisition of historical cell phone records, without a warrant, for the purpose of identifying an individual’s location over the course of several months violates the prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures found in the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

II.               Whether the warrantless use of cell-site simulators to track an individual’s location and movements in real-time violates the prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures found in the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The information for the preliminary and quarterfinal rounds is as follows:

Date:  Friday, November 3, 2017

Time:  Preliminary Round One (9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.), Preliminary Round Two (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.), and Quarterfinal Round (2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

Place:  Washington Marriott Marquis (901 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001)

Please register online at https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/oicps to judge one or both of the preliminary rounds and/or the quarterfinal round.

Once you register, you will be emailed the problem, the bench brief, the rules and the oral argument scoring sheets.  You will receive an email to reconfirm your availability as well as provide you with your room assignment(s) and other logistic information by Friday, October 27, 2017.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Linda Tran (linda.tran.m37t@statefarm.com) or Leah Gould (gould.leah@gmail.com).

NAPABA Applauds Nomination of Judge Karen Gren Scholer to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

For Immediate Release
Sept. 7, 2017

WASHINGTON — Today, President Trump nominated Judge Karen Gren Scholer to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. If confirmed, Scholer will be the first Asian Pacific American to serve as a federal district court judge in Texas or any of the courts encompassed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit — which includes Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

“Judge Karen Gren Scholer has had a distinguished legal career and will serve admirably on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas,” said Cyndie M. Chang, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). “She is an accomplished judge, lawyer, and community leader with a record of bipartisan support, and we urge the Senate to quickly confirm Judge Scholer to the bench.”

Judge Scholer is currently a partner at Carter Scholer Arnett Hamada Mockler PLLC, in Dallas, Texas. She is an experienced litigator and former judge who has presided over 100 trials. Her judicial experience includes eight years as a state district judge on the 95th Judicial District Court, Dallas County, Texas. She has also served as the presiding judge for Dallas County Civil District Court Judges. Judge Scholer has been a partner at a number of firms in Dallas, including Jones Day, Andrews & Kurth LLP, and Strasburger & Price LLP. Active in her community, Judge Scholer has served in leadership positions in the Dallas Bar Association and Asian Pacific American community organizations. The State Bar of Texas, the University of Texas at Austin, and Superlawyers have all recognized Judge Scholer for her legal excellence and achievement.

In March 2016, Judge Scholer was nominated by President Obama to serve as a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, with the support of Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.

NAPABA commends President Trump for nominating Judge Karen Gren Scholer to the bench and thank Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas for recommending Judge Scholer to the White House.

For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, at202-775-9555 or bschuster@napaba.org.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 50,000 attorneys and over 80 national, state, and local bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.

NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

To learn more about NAPABA, visit www.napaba.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter(@NAPABA).

ASIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK APPLAUDS APPOINTMENTS OF THREE ASIAN AMERICAN JUDGES TO NEW YORK JUDICIARY

NEW YORK – March 8, 2017 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) applauds the appointment of three Asian American judges to the New York bench: Charles Y.J. Liu to the New York City Housing Court, Phyllis Chu to the New York City Criminal Court, and Frances Wang to the New York City Civil Court.

Judge Charles Y.J. Liu was appointed in February by Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks and is currently sitting in Housing Court in Bronx County. Mayor de Blasio appointed Judge Chu and Judge Wang, and his office announced their appointments in January.

Judge Charles Y. J. Liu previously served as a court attorney in the New York City Housing Court starting in 1997. From 1997 to 2001, he served as a pro se Court Attorney in the New York City Civil Court’s Resource Center, where he assisted self-represented litigants with all aspects of their cases. From 2001 until his appointment to the bench, Liu served as an Associate Court Attorney, assisting Housing Court judges with all aspects of case resolution, including negotiating settlements, drafting decisions, providing procedural information to litigants, and advising judges on facts and issues on matters before the Court. Before that, from 1994 until 1996, Liu advocated on behalf of clients on housing issues within the Asian American community and on behalf of low income tenants.  Judge Liu received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany and his law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Judge Liu is an active member of AABANY.

Judge Phyllis Chu previously worked at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office starting in 1993. After completing the rotational system that included Criminal Court, the Complaint Room, Grand Jury and Investigations, Chu began trying felony trials in the Blue Zone in 1995. Chu investigated and tried all types of felonies ranging from assaults, burglaries, rapes, robberies and drug sales. In 1998, Chu moved on to the Crimes Against Children’s Bureau where she investigated and tried physical and sexual abuse cases concerning children under the age of 11. After being promoted to Supervising Senior Assistant District Attorney in 1999, Chu began trying felony cases in the Red Zone, which included assaults, robberies, burglaries and homicides. In addition, Chu supervised younger assistants on investigation and trial strategies. In 2003, Chu was promoted to the Homicide Bureau, where she prosecuted homicide cases throughout the borough of Brooklyn. Judge Chu received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. Judge Chu is an active member of AABANY.

Judge Frances Wang spent eight years as a prosecutor in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office in the Criminal Court and Appeals Bureau. She subsequently served as a Principal Court Attorney in Supreme Court, Criminal Term in Bronx County. Wang received her undergraduate degree from St. John’s University and her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law. As a law student, she interned for the Hon. Marilyn D. Go, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York, who received the Impact Leadership Award at the AABANY Annual Dinner on February 22. Judge Wang was appointed to Civil Court and has been assigned to Criminal Court.

“Following on the heels of the historic election of Judge Judy Kim and the re-election of Justice Doris Ling-Cohan at the end of 2016, AABANY commends the appointments of our newest Asian American jurists in New York State court,” says Susan Shin, President of AABANY. “We are hopeful that these additions to the bench will continue to increase diversity on the bench. AABANY maintains that diversity and inclusion are vital to strengthened confidence in the justice system, and we applaud these appointments as steps in the right direction. We congratulate Judge Liu, Judge Chu and Judge Wang on their achievement and thank them for their enduring commitment and dedication to public service. We wish them all the best for a long and productive tenure on the bench.”

For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (212) 332-2478, or direct any inquiries to main@aabany.org.

The Asian American Bar Association of New York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community. Incorporated in 1989, AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole. AABANY is the New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

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Press Release: AABANY Congratulates Judy Kim on Becoming the First Korean American Elected to a Judicial Position in the State of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2016

Contact: Yang Chen, Executive Director
(212) 332-2478

Asian American Bar Association of New York Congratulates Judy Kim on Becoming the First Korean American Elected to a Judicial Position in the State of New York

NEW YORK – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) congratulates Judy H. Kim on being elected to the New York Civil Court bench in the 4th Municipal Court District.  Ms. Kim has made history as the first Korean American elected to the bench in New York.

Ms. Kim is associate counsel in the Bureau & Estates Litigation Section of the Legal Division at the New York Liquidation Bureau. The Bureau is a unique 100-year old quasi-state agency that assists the Superintendent of Financial Services of the State of New York in his capacity as receiver of insolvent insurance companies. Prior to joining the Bureau, Ms. Kim worked at Snitow Kanfer Holtzer & Millus, LLP as an attorney focusing on commercial litigation, employment discrimination litigation, and matrimonial litigation matters. Ms. Kim received her J.D. from Tulane Law School, and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Kim has been a long time member of AABANY, has served on our board, and has co-chaired various AABANY committees.  "AABANY is very proud to see another one of its prominent members elected to the bench,“ says Susan Shin, President of AABANY.  "Judy Kim’s election to the bench brings us one step closer to a bench that reflects the diversity of New York City. Congratulations!”

For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (212) 332-2478, or direct any inquiries tomain@aabany.org.

The Asian American Bar Association of New York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community. Incorporated in 1989, AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole. AABANY is the New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).


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Empire Mock Trial Still Needs Judges

Earn 3 CLE credits for FREE while taking part in a great cause!

Empire Mock Trial

is short on
volunteers – particularly on Sunday, Nov. 13.  Attorneys volunteer
just a few hours of time to evaluate the students on the quality
of their legal arguments and trial advocacy skills. All
participating attorneys earn 3 free CLE credits. If there is a group which would like to judge a round together,
please indicate that on the registration form (link below).

This will be the

nonprofit Empire’s tenth annual “World
Championship” mock trial program on November 12-13 at the federal

court in Brooklyn.  Over 650 talented high school students
from across the globe are traveling to the Big Apple and they need
you to serve as their mock judges and jurors but real life

educators!  By volunteering just a few hours of your time, you can
make a meaningful impact in these young people’s lives while
earning CLE credit in the process.  It’s a win-win for everyone!

                                   REGISTER TO JUDGE HERE

  • Features four preliminary rounds
    of competition, and you can judge as many or as few as you
    like—no litigation experience is required. 
  • Please feel free to invite a
    friend or colleague to judge with you at the program.  We’ll
    pair you together!
  • Our participants hail from 7
    countries (Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Korea,
    United Kingdom, and the United States) and 20 states.
  • We’ll serve complimentary food and
    beverages as a token of our appreciation.
  • NEW this year: pre-trial
    evidentiary argument and “guest witnesses” – one witness must
    come from a different team, meeting the directing attorney
    less than an hour before trial!
  • Registering takes less than a
    minute – you can do so here.

If you have questions, call (917-426-4574) or email judge@empiremocktrial.org