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2008 Events

AABA Mixer with ASCEND Thursday, December 18, 2008 More Info Join members of the AABA and ASCEND in a community mixer with live music and food at

Post Oak Grill Cafe
3017 Milam Street

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Bring two canned foods to be donated to the Houston Food Bank and the first drink is on us!

AABA Holiday Party Saturday, December 13, 2008 More Info 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Please join us as we celebrate the end of another successful year for the AABA! Come mix and mingle with old friends, make new ones, and enjoy food, drink, and holiday fun.

This event is free and open only to AABA members and their significant others and families. This season, the AABA is also participating in the Catholic Charities Toy Drive. Help us brighten the holidays for underprivileged children by purchasing and gift wrapping one or more gifts for kids ages 7-14 from the following recommended categories in the neighborhood of $15-$20: sporting goods (footballs, soccer balls, etc.), board games, arts-and-crafts kits, and boxed jewelry/beads kits. Please mark each gift with a removable note indicating what the gift is so Catholic Charities can determine how to distribute them.

Additional details have been sent to members by e-mail. If you are a member and did not receive the evite, please contact David Chang, AABA Social Committee Co-Chair at dchang@mayerbrown.com.
AABA Corporate Counsel Dinner Thursday, November 6, 2008 More Info DEL FRISCO'S
Double Eagle Steak House
5061 Westheimer Road, Suite 8060

featuring special guest speaker

Nhan Vu
General Counsel and Vice President
Robinson Pharma, Inc.

Thursday, November 6, 2008
6:30 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Dinner

All In-House Counsel will be hosted by the AABA

Outside Counsel Cost (must be members of the AABA):
$115 per person through October 24th
$125 per person afterwards

Space is limited, so rsvp on-line today or to
Christie Raukar at Christie.A.Raukar@Bakernet.com
or 713-236-5139.

The dinner is graciously underwritten by
Andrews Kurth LLP
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Pre-Election Mixer Thursday, October 16, 2008 More Info The Asian American Bar Association, Asia Society Young Professionals, Asian American Democrats of Texas, Houston 80-20 and Organization of Chinese Americas-Greater Houston Chapter invite you to mix and mingle with local Asian Pacific American and South Asian American candidates.

Hue Restaurant
(corner of Richmond & Kirby)
3600 Kirby Drive #H

Thursday, October 16
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Confirmed appearance by Theresa Chang, Chad Khan, Ashish Mahendru, R.K. Sandill, and Randy Sim.

Admission is free. Appetizers will be provided.

Please rsvp online and contact David Chang at dchang@mayerbrown.com with any questions.

* This event is not a fundraiser and does not constitute an endorsement of any particular political candidate.

EVENT IS POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE -Ballroom Basics for Social Situations Sunday, October 12, 2008 More Info Due to a conflict in the schedule, the AABA is postponing the dance event. We apologize for any inconvenience to you.

Join Quan Vu, AABA’s Chair of the Board of Directors, and Olga Curd as they teach you the basics of foxtrot, swing, and tango. Great fun will be had by all!

Questions? Please contact David Chang at dchang@mayerbrown.com or Kay-Linh Pham at kpham@mayerbrown.com.
Law Day - Hurricane Ike Relief Seminar Saturday, October 11, 2008 More Info Please join the AABA Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program and Lone Star Legal Aid as we assist the community with their FEMA applications and answer other post hurricane relief questions.

MetroBank Community
Dynasty Plaza
9600 Bellaire Blvd., Suite 201

8:00 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. (Vietnamese Session)
12:00 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. (Mandarin Session)

Topics to be covered:
general relief questions - what types of aid available
landlord-tenant and real property issues
disaster unemployment, FEMA, private insurance, SBA loans, and others

Law Day is graciously underwritten by the
Asian American Bar Foundation of Houston.

Volunteer Attorneys and Translators Needed!
Please contact Lynn Kramer at lkramer@munsch.com
Asian American Election Protection and Poll Monitoring Training Friday, October 10, 2008 More Info The AABA in conjunction with the
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund,
the Organization of Chinese Americans, and
the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association at South Texas College of Law - will be helping monitor the polls and conducting non-partisan voter surveys at polling sites in the Greater Houston area.

For your convenience, you can choose to attend one of three different training sessions:

(1) October 10th, 12:00 Noon, at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP (1301 McKinney, 51st Floor);

(2) October 10th, 6:00 pm, at South Texas College of Law (1303 San Jacinto); and

(3) October 11th, 3:00 pm, at OCA Conference, International Trade Center Building (Bellaire & Boone).

For more information, please contact Warren Huang at whuang@fulbright.com. We strongly encourage everyone to participate in this important event.
Breakfast with the General Counsel Thursday, October 9, 2008 More Info Rise and Shine!

with the AABA and special guest

David B. Garten
Vice President and General Counsel
Chevron Global Downstream LLC

Thursday, October 9, 2008

7:30 a.m. Registration and Networking
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Presentation

The Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane

AABA members - FREE
Non-members - $25

This event is graciously underwritten by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Questions? E-mail info@aabahouston.com.
AABA 2008 Gala & Silent Auction Friday, September 26, 2008 More Info Hilton Americas Hotel
1600 Lamar
Houston, Texas

6:30 - Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7:30 - Dinner and Program

Keynote Speaker: Ellen Summer
Secretary and General Counsel, Schlumberger Limited

AABA Impact Award Recipient: Daniel David Hu
Deputy Chief, Civil Division, United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas

Please join us for this wonderful evening as we showcase the AABA to over 400 guests and community leaders from the Greater Houston area and around the country. All proceeds from the Silent Auction and a portion of the proceeds from the Gala will benefit the endowment of the AABA's charitable and educational affiliate, the Asian American Bar Foundation.
Breakfast with the General Counsel Tuesday, August 12, 2008 More Info Rise and Shine!

with the AABA and special guest

Laura V. Gilchrist
Vice President and General Counsel
M.D. Anderson Services Corporation

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

7:30 a.m. Registration and Networking
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Presentation

The Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane

AABA members - free, Non-members - $25

The law firm of King & Spalding has graciously underwritten this event.

RSVP online by August 10, 2008
Fundamentals of Business Development Friday, August 8, 2008 More Info Join the AABA for a special presentation on "Fundamentals of Business Development"
by Jim Cranston of Hildebrandt International.

Friday, August 8, 2008

11:30 am: Registration/Networking
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Program by Jim Cranston

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
1000 Louisiana, Suite 33400

Jim Cranston is widely recognized as a leading authority on sales and business development in the legal industry. He has developed a unique method for teaching sales skills to lawyers and law firms, which consistently helps professionals win new clients and grow firm revenues through his innovative programs. Jim spends countless hours consulting attorneys nationwide on their business development initiatives. This is a valuable informational program that you cannot afford to miss, whether you are a solo practitioner, newly licensed attorney, mid-level associate or seasoned law firm partner.

**There is NO CLE credit for this program.**

Lunch will be provided.

Cost: FREE for AABA members but you must rsvp online; $25 for non-members. Questions? contact Joyce Soliman at jsoliman@porterhedges.com.
AABA Volunteers at Legal Lines Wednesday, July 16, 2008 More Info Please join the AABA as it volunteers at Legal Lines

Houston Bar Association
1001 Fannin, Suite 1300
4:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

RSVP to Lynn Chuang Kramer at lkramer@munsch.com or online
AABA Wills Clinic Saturday, July 12, 2008 More Info Please volunteer for the AABA and
the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program's
Wills Clinic, for the Asian community.

Saturday, July 12, 2008
10:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Vietnamese Community Association
7100 Clarewood Drive

30 to 40 volunteers are needed for this event. Volunteers (attorneys and/or paralegals) need not be fluent in Vietnamese as translators will be present.

Free wills/estates training session will be held at Fulbright & Jaworski on Monday, June 23, 2008 between 11:30 and 1:30 p.m., lunch included.

RSVP online or to Lynn Kramer at lkramer@munsch.com.
Baking with the AABA Saturday, June 28, 2008 More Info Learn quick and easy recipes to make
summertime favorites – Lemon Chiffon Cake,
Crème Brulee and Chocolate Lava Cakes

featuring special guest, Art Yee

Saturday, June 28, 2008
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

$5 for AABA members and $15 for non-members

Class size is limited so rsvp online
Breakfast with the General Counsel Wednesday, June 18, 2008 More Info Rise and Shine with the AABA and special guest

Scott E. Rozzell
General Counsel and Executive Vice President CenterPoint Energy

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

7:30 a.m. Registration and Networking
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Presentation

InterContinental Hotel Houston
2222 West Loop South

AABA members - free, Non-members - $25

Baker Botts L.L.P. has graciously underwritten this event.

RSVP online or with Judy Liu - judy.liu@centerpointenergy.com
by June 13, 2008
Recent Developments in the Grievance Procedure and How They Will Affect Your Law Practice Thursday, May 22, 2008 More Info Spring into Ethics credit this May,
join us at our upcoming CLE event.

11:30 am: Registration/Networking/Lunch

12:00 pm: Program

Porter & Hedges
1000 Main Street, 36th Floor

Featured Speaker:

Robert S. Bennett, Bennett Law Firm

Come learn some of the common problems facing attorneys that may result in professional misconduct, and hear an overview of the new attorney grievance
procedure in Texas. For over twenty years, Mr. Bennett's law firm has represented attorneys and judges in administrative and grievance matters
involving professional misconduct.

** Approved for 1.0 hour MCLE ETHICS credit**

Special thanks to Porter & Hedges for its generous support of this lunch program!

Lunch is provided. Visitor parking in the Reliant Energy Plaza parking garage (subject to space availability) will be validated.

Cost: FREE for AABA members;
$20 for non-members.
AABA Night at the Symphony Friday, May 9, 2008 More Info Join the AABA, Asia Society Young Professionals and the Japan-America Society Young Professionals Group at the Houston Symphony on

Friday, May 9, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

Jones Hall
615 Louisiana Street

Featuring Cho-Liang Lin,
Taiwanese American Violinist

Program - Rautavaara: Cantus Articus, Concerto for Birds and Orchestra; Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4; Schumann: Symphony No. 3, Rhenish

Evening or Professional Attire

After the concert, join other young professionals for an exclusive reception backstage (drinks and hors d'oeuvres included in the price of admission). To be included in the reception, attendees must check in at the ASYP/JASH YPG/AABA table.

Tickets are $10 and may be picked up at
Jones Hall the day of the event.

For more information, call 713.429.9265 or visit www.asiasociety.org/visit/texas/registration.html

Reservations are required and space is limited.

APIS Annual Retreat & CLE Saturday, April 26, 2008 More Info The State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section (APIS) will be hosting its Annual Retreat & CLE on Saturday, April 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hotel Derek in Houston.

The conference will feature a group of dynamic speakers including David Chang from Chevron, and others from Dell, Diamond McCarthy, Haynes and Boone, and Weil Gotshal on the topics of litigation, IP, ethics, and international practice. APIS will also be presenting Harry Gee, Jr. with this year's Justice Wellington Chew Award for his years of public service and leadership in the Asian-Pacific American community. Melanie Lawson of KTRK-13 TV will present the keynote address.

Admission to the conference includes breakfast and lunch and is free for all APIS members.

Following the conference, APIS will host a Private Reception at LOT 8, the Boutique of Project Runway winner Chloe Dao. A portion of the evening's sales will benefit Asian American Bar Foundation and Lone Star Legal Aid.

For more information regarding APIS or its Annual Retreat, go to www.texasapis.org, or contact APIS Chair Andrea Tran at andrea.tran@pwtlaw.com.
AABA Career Night Monday, April 21, 2008 More Info The AABA will be holding its annual Career Night for law students at South Texas College of Law (Emilie Slohm Room) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be two panel discussions and break-out sessions in which practicing attorneys will be offering advice on the topics of workplace etiquette and choosing a career path. Attendance is free!

AABA Career Night is generously sponsored by APIS, Asian Pacific Interest Section of the State Bar of Texas.

AABA Softball Game, Family Day & Picnic Saturday, April 19, 2008 More Info Please join us for the AABA's Softball Game,
Family Day & Picnic
at Meyerland Park, 5151 Jason.

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Softball game is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

FREE for AABA members, significant others,
and families, $10 for all other non-member adults

RSVP on-line or with Kay-Linh Pham at kpham@mayerbrown.com.

Please register today, as it will assist us in ordering the appropriate amount of food. Thanks for your cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you!
Doing Business in China CLE Thursday, March 27, 2008 More Info Please join the AABA for our Spring 2008 CLE event!

11:30 am - Registration/Networking/Lunch
12:00 pm - Program and Q&A Session

Mayer Brown LLP
700 Louisiana, Suite 3400

Featured Speakers:

Tom Tong, Tong & Sung, P.C.

Benjamin Bai, Jones Day

Hear from two experts who regularly advise multi-national corporations and mid to small-market companies on all aspects of doing business in
China and doing business with Chinese companies. This is a great opportunity to learn how the legal framework in China affects corporate and finance transactions, manufacturing contracts, dispute resolution,real estate acquisitions, labor issues, intellectual property rights and much more.

** Approved for 1.0 hour MCLE credit **

Special thanks to Mayer Brown for its generous support of this lunch program!

Lunch is provided.

Cost:FREE for AABA members; $20 for non-members.

Cooking with the AABA Monday, March 10, 2008 More Info Learn to Cook Traditional Chinese Dishes with
Asian American Bar Association of Houston and
Dorothy Huang, Cooking Instructor and Author

Monday, March 10, 2008
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Central Market
3815 Westheimer (at Wesleyan)
(713) 386-1700

The menu will include:
Pan Fried Dumplings with Ginger & Soy Dipping Sauce
General Tso’s Chicken
Shrimp with Lobster Sauce and
Stir-Fried Vegetables

Cost: $35 for members, $45 for non-members.
Space is limited so reserve yours today with
Kay-Linh Pham - kpham@mayerbrown.com.

AABA Mentorship Program Kickoff Tuesday, February 26, 2008 More Info Please join us at our
Fourth Annual Mentorship Program Kickoff

Tuesday, February 26, 2008
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Aka Sushi House
2390 West Alabama Street
(713) 807-7875

Complimentary appetizers, Cash Bar
Free for AABA Mentors and Mentees, $5 for all others
Lunar New Year Dim Sum Saturday, February 23, 2008 More Info Come Celebrate the Year of the Rat with delicious Dim Sum hosted by the AABA

Saturday, February 23, 2008
11:30 a.m.

Fung's Kitchen Seafood Restaurant
7320 Southwest Freeway, Suite 115
(713) 779-2288

Tickets: $10 AABA members, $15 non-members, $5 (children 3 years and up)
Lunar New Year Party Thursday, January 24, 2008 More Info The AABA, Yellow Magazine, Houston Jaycees, Japan-America Society of Houston, Inc. (JASH), and National Asian American Association Profesionals (NAAAP)celebrated the Lunar New Year at Momentum BMW Southwest. Lion dancers and Chinese dancers made the evening even more fun and festive!

AABA Annual Meeting and Installation Banquet Wednesday, January 16, 2008 More Info On January 16, 2008, the AABA held its 2008 Installation Banquet at the beautiful Café Le Jadeite to welcome the incoming Officers, Directors, and Committee Chairs for 2008. The AABA would like to thank the Honorable Sharolyn Wood, 127th Judicial District Court (and an AABA member), for presiding over the installation ceremony.
AABA - Asia Houston Network Mixer Wednesday, January 9, 2008 More Info The AABA and Asia Houston Network toured the new Arts of Korea Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Caroline Wiess Law Building on Wednesday, January 9, 2008. Special thanks to Randy and Sue Sim for putting together this fabulous event.