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2011 Events

2012 AABA Officers Elected Saturday, December 31, 2011 More Info Congratulations to the newly elected Officers of the AABA for 2012!

President: Daniel Chen
President-Elect: Alice Chen Huang
Vice President - Community Relations: David Hsu Brogden
Vice President - Development: Sharon Yin
Vice President - Membership: Cindy Lin
Vice President - Programs: Eunice Song
Secretary: Mai Huynh
Treasurer: Jane Nguyen Vuong

2012/2013 Elected Director: Vinh Ho
AABA Holiday Party Saturday, December 17, 2011 More Info Come out and enjoy some holiday cheer and some gutter balls with your fellow AABA Members and friends at our annual holiday party.


Saturday, December 17, 2011
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Palace Bowling Lanes
4191 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77025

Lunch will be provided.

This event is FREE for AABA Members and their families.

Non-members: $20 per Adult / Kids under 12 free.

Families are welcome. Activities and treats for the kids.

Please RSVP so that we can have an accurate headcount.

We will be accepting donations of toys, school supplies or art supplies for the benefit of Asian American Family Services.

All items should be unwrapped – suggestions include soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, dolls, notebooks, pencil cases, pens, markers, paint supplies, etc.

Please contact our Social Committee Co-Chairs Chris Lee or Claire Le with any questions.
AABA Women's Retreat Saturday, December 3, 2011 More Info Join your fellow AABA women attorneys for a special professional development opportunity.

AABA Women Attorneys Retreat


Saturday, December 3, 2011
9:00 AM - 12 NOON
Breakfast included.
Casual attire.


Jones Day
717 Texas, Suite 3300
Houston, Texas 77002

This event is free - please rsvp on the AABA website so that we have an accurate headcount.

This event is open to women attorneys only - thank you.

If you have any questions, please contact AABA President Audrey M. Chang.
7th Annual Corporate Counsel Dinner Thursday, November 3, 2011 More Info Seventh Annual Corporate Counsel Dinner

Thursday, November 3, 2011
6:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm Dinner and Program

Venue: TBD

Featured Speaker:
Sherry Williams
Senior Vice President
Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

In-House Counsel receive ONE complimentary ticket, but you must rsvp by October 27th to Michael Dae at MDae@slb.com. All others please RSVP by October 31st.

AABA Members, Non-Members, and Guests of In-House Counsel: $125 per ticket. All paid tickets must be purchased on-line using GoogleCheckout.

Space is limited.

Please contact our Corporate Counsel Committee Co-Chairs, Janine Yee, Michael Dae, Tan Pham or Jennifer Lin if you have any questions.
Domestic Violence Informational Session Thursday, October 27, 2011 More Info October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the AABA invites you to attend:

Domestic Violence Informational Session

Featuring: DAYA Houston

Come learn about domestic violence, how it affects members of our community & how you as an attorney can help!

Thursday, October 27, 2011
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Tracy Gee Community Center
3599 Westcenter Drive
Houston, Texas 77042

RSVP at www.aabahouston.com by October 24, 2011

Attendance is Free!

Food & beverages provided courtesy of the Asian American Bar Foundation.

South Texas APALSA: Minorities in Politics - Navigating the Political Arena Tuesday, October 25, 2011 More Info Please join the South Texas College of Law's APALSA at their event:

"Minorities in Politics: Navigating the Political Arena"

Featured Speakers:

State Represenative Harold V. Dutton, Jr.
Judge Josefina Rendon
State Senator Rodney Ellis
Judge Maria Jackson
The Honorable Gordon Quan


Thursday, October 25th
6:00 PM


Garrett-Townes Auditorium
South Texas College of Law
1303 San Jacinto St.
Houston, Texas 77002
South Texas APALSA Reception for the Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition Friday, October 21, 2011 More Info Please join the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and the Board of Advocates of South Texas College of Law at a reception honoring the participants of the 2011 Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition.


Friday, October 21st
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Emilie Slohm Room
South Texas College of Law

Please RSVP to Lily Leal at lily.u.leal@gmail.com.
2011 Annual Gala and Silent Auction Friday, September 9, 2011 More Info 2011 AABA Gala & Silent Auction

Friday, September 9, 2011
6:30 pm Reception and Silent Auction
7:30 pm Dinner and Program

Intercontinental Hotel
2222 W. Loop South
Houston, Texas 77027
(Black-tie optional)

Valet Parking: $16 per car.
Intercontinental Garage Self-Parking: by the hour.

Gala Keynote: The Honorable Wallace B. Jefferson
Chief Justice, The Supreme Court of Texas

AABA Impact Award Honoree: The Honorable Ted Wu
Former Judge, Houston Municipal Courts
AABA Past President

Mistress of Ceremonies: Sonia Azad, Reporter for KTRK Ch. 13

AABA Member ticket: $100
Guest/Non-Member ticket: $125
Law Student ticket: $50

NO Walk-ins will be accepted. The deadline to purchase a ticket is Sept. 2nd.

Questions? Please contact Gala Co-Chairs Mai Huynh, Cindy Lin or Eunice Song at aaba.gala@gmail.com

AABA Karaoke Night! Friday, August 5, 2011 More Info The AABA is hosting its Mentorship Program Summer Social Event: Korean BBQ and Karaoke Night! Attorney mentors, law students, and other AABA members and guests are invited to hang out and mingle and a more relaxed environment.

Friday, August 5, 2011

7:00 PM
Dinner @ Arirang Korean Restaurant
9715 Bellaire Blvd., next to Chase Bank

9:30 PM
Karaoke @ Yes KTV
9899 Bellaire Blvd., in Dun Huang Plaza


Please RSVP at www.aabahouston.com by Aug. 3, 2011.

AABA Program: Tips From the Bench Wednesday, July 27, 2011 More Info "Tips From the Bench: What Not To Do In the Courtroom"


Wednesday, July 27, 2011
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Jones Day, 717 Texas, Suite 3300, Houston, TX 77002


The panelists are:

Judge Mike Englelhart, 151st District Court (Civil)
Judge George C. Hanks, Jr., U.S. Magistrate Judge (S.D. Texas)
Judge Reece Rondon, 234th District Court (Civil)

Lunch will be provided courtesy of Jones Day.
Happy Hour at The Fish Wednesday, May 18, 2011 More Info The AABA of Houston will host a Happy Hour at The Fish.

Come one, come all for a good time after work and to mix and mingle with your fellow AABA members. Everyone is welcome, so feel free to bring prospective members and others who want to know about all the great things we do.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011
5:30pm - 7:30pm


The Fish Restaurant & Sushi Bar
309 Gray Street, Suite 107
Houston, Texas 77002

Cost: Free!

Registration: Please RSVP at www.aabahouston.com by May 17, 2011.
AABA Solo and Small Firm Networking Event Wednesday, April 20, 2011 More Info Come out and meet your fellow Solo and Small Firm Practitioners!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


RA Sushi in City Centre
12860 Queensbury Lane, #234
Houston, Texas 77024


This Event is free.

AABA/SAABA Informational Session on Redistricting Efforts Wednesday, March 30, 2011 More Info AABA/SAABA JOINT MEETING AND INFORMATIONAL SESSION ON REDISTRICTING EFFORTS: MARCH 16, 2011

Please join the AABA and SAABA in an informational session led by city and state community leaders and elected officials discussing current efforts in redistricting and what we can do to help ensure that the Asian community is accurately represented.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Greenberg Traurig LLP
1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 1700
Houston, Texas 77072


Please RSVP at www.aabahouston.com.

More details to come!!

AABA Wills Clinic Saturday, March 26, 2011 More Info AABA/HVLP/VN Teamwork/Boat People SOS Wills Clinic
Saturday, March 26, 2011

The AABA is proud to partner with Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, VN Teamwork, and Boat People SOS for the 2011 Wills Clinic. This annual event provides pro bono preparation of a Will, Medical Power of Attorney, Directive to Physicians, HIPAA Release, and Declaration of Guardianship for qualified clients.

This year's clinic will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2011, from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm at the VN Teamwork Center at 11210 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX 77072. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all volunteers.


1) Drafts of the prepared documents are due by no later than Sunday, March 20, 2011. Please email all drafted documents in Word-format to Pauline Ha of HVLP at Pauline.Ha@hvlp.org. Volunteer attorneys should also print a copy of all drafted documenets for the client folder and save a copy of the drafted documents on a flash drive. Both the client folder and the flash drive should be brought to the Wills Clinic on March 26, 2011.

2) Please RSVP to confirm that you will be attending the Wills Clinic on March 26, 2011 and will be able to meet your client at the appointed time.

3) Please email Alice Huang, the AABA Vice President of Community Relations, at ahuang@lockelord.com if you cannot make the Clinic.

Thank you to all of the attorney volunteers- this event would not be possible without your participation!

Career Night and Mentorship Kick-Off Thursday, March 3, 2011 More Info Attention Law Students and Attorney Mentors! Please join the AABA for 2011 Career Night and the kickoff to the AABA Mentorship Program. Law students will have the opportunity to meet their attorney Mentor and hear from a distinguished panel of attorneys representing various legal career paths, including:

Richard Tomlinson (Lone Star Legal Aid)
Joseph Tung (Joseph T. Tung, Attorney-at-Law)
Joyce Soliman (Porter & Hedges LLP)
Jenny Hyun (Weingarten Realty Investors)
Gene Wu (Harris County District Attorney's Office)


Wednesday, March 3, 2011
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

6:00 - 7:00 pm
Open networking and Mentor/Mentee introductions

7:00 - 8:00 pm
Panel Discussion on Different Career Paths and Opportunities


South Texas College of Law
Emilie Slohm Room
(Fred Parks Law Library, 6th Floor)
1303 San Jacinto
Houston, Texas 77002

Admission is free. Attorney mentors are encouraged to attend to meet their law student mentee. Mentors and mentees will be notified in advance of their pairings by Albert Liou or Sandy Huynh, the 2011 AABA Law School Relations Committee Co-Chairs.

Wills Clinic Training Tuesday, March 1, 2011 More Info Attorney Volunteer Training for Wills Clinic

On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, the AABA and Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (HVLP) will be conducting a training and orientation session for attorney volunteers interested in providing services for the Wills Clinic on Saturday, March 26, 2011.

At the training session, each attorney volunteer will be assigned their client and receive basic training on how to prepare and draft the Will, Medical Power of Attorney, Directive to Physicians, HIPAA Release, and Declaration of Guardianship.

This program has qualified for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit in Texas and 0.25 hours of ethics credit.

Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, LLP
600 Travis St. Floor 28 (Room 2816)
Houston, Texas 77002
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
12 - 1:30 pm

*As CLE credit will be received, please make every effort to arrive on time so we may promptly begin the presentation.*

Lunch will be provided.

Visitor parking is available in the Chase Center garage at 601 Travis.

This training program/lunch is free to volunteers who register in advance, and is generously sponsored by LOCKE LORD BISSELL & LIDDELL, LLP.

Please register by no later than Friday, February 25.


Thank you.
Lunar New Year Dim Sum Saturday, February 19, 2011 More Info Come join the AABA for its Annual Lunar New Year Celebration! We will be enjoying dim sum at Fung's Kitchen (7320 Southwest Freeway) from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Families are definitely welcome, with special treats for the kids!

Attendance is $10/person for AABA members and their guests, and $20/person for non-members and their guests.

Attendance is free for all children who are 12 years old or younger.

If your children will be joining you, please be sure to let us know how many will be attending.

Please rsvp by no later than February 16.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Claire Le or Chris Lee, our Social Committee Co-Chairs at Claire.Le@bgllp.com or clee@millsshirley.com.

We hope to see you there!
Yellow Magazine Lunar New Year Celebration Thursday, January 27, 2011 More Info Please come celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with Yellow Magazine and the AABA at Yellow Magazine’s Lunar New Year Celebration!


Momentum BMW Southwest
10000 Southwest Freeway
Houston, Texas 77074


Thursday, January 27, 2011
6:30 - 9:00 PM

This event is free! No RSVP required.

Annual Members Meeting and Kickoff Dinner Thursday, January 20, 2011 More Info The AABA is pleased to invite you to its 2011 Annual Members Meeting and Kickoff Dinner!

Come learn more about the organization and the exciting slate of programs that we have planned for this year; share your ideas for how the AABA can better serve you; and meet your AABA officers, board members, committee co-chairs, and fellow members.


Yao’s Restaurant
1201 Main Street, Suite 109
Houston, TX 77007
Telephone: (713) 739-9267


Thursday, January 20, 2011

6:00 - 6:30 PM: Check-In / Reception

6:30 - 6:45 PM: Annual Membership Meeting

6:45 - 8:30 PM: Dinner served


Please RSVP on the AABA Website at www.aabahouston.com.

The Annual Members Meeting is free. The cost for Dinner is $15 for AABA Members, and $35 for Non-Members.

We hope to see you there!

Annual Board, Officer and Committee Chair Meeting Saturday, January 15, 2011 More Info The Officers and Committee Chairs of the AABA will be meeting on Saturday, January 15 from 9:00 - 1:00 pm.

The Board of Directors of the AABA will be meeting on Saturday, January 15 from 11:00 - 1:00 pm.

AABA Officer, Board and Committee Chair Meeting
Saturday, January 15, 2010
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
1000 Louisiana Street, Suite 1700
Houston, Texas 77002

Parking will be provided underneath the building.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided courtesy of Greenberg Traurig, LLP.