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2015 Events

AABA and AABF Holiday Party and Toy Drive celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the AABF Saturday, December 12, 2015 More Info Come join the AABA and AABF for lunch and special activities in celebrating the holidays and the 10th Anniversary of the AABF!

Time & Location:
11:30 AM @ The Morian Outlook inside the Houston Museum of Natural Science. 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030.

Please bring a toy or winter coat donation benefiting children and families who are victims of domestic violence. This year's charity is Boat People SOS.

Event Sponsor:
Thank you to Summit Financial Printing for generously underwriting this year's AABA and AABF Holiday Party!

Attendance and general museum admission is free for all AABA members and family. Space is limited. Please RSVP here.

For questions, please contact Michele Nguyen at michele@michelenguyenlaw.com
Is Your Data Safe? How to prevent data breaches and respond to them after you've been hacked. Wednesday, December 9, 2015 More Info Please join AABA of Houston for a CLE luncheon and panel discussion:

Is Your Data Safe?
How to prevent data breaches and respond to them after you've been hacked.

Michael Chu, U.S. Department of Justice
Christopher Koa, Dorsey & Whitney
Nicole Perry, Jones Day

Recent studies show that the average length of time between the occurrence of a cyberattack and a company's discovery of the attack is 205 days. Our panelists will discuss the importance of cybersecurity preparedness for both companies and law firms, including how to respond and mitigate loss when a breach occurs, and how to minimize the risk of an attack.

Wednesday, December 9
11:30 AM - Registration
12:00 - 1:00 PM - Lunch and panel discussion
Jones Day, 717 Texas, Suite 3300, Houston, TX 77002

1.0 participatory hours CLE pending approval
Lunch will be provided
Free for AABA members and guests
Conversation with Mayoral Candidates Monday, November 30, 2015 More Info Bill King and Rep. Sylvester Turner
Moderated by Lisa Trapani Shumate, Houston Public Media

Houston Baptist University
Morris Cultural Arts Center
7502 Fondren Road
Houston, Texas 77074
7:00 - 8:00 PM - Doors open at 6:30 PM

RSVP at the Asian Chamber of Commerce website at the following URL (copy and paste):


Sponsored by Houston Baptist University - Department of Law and Society

-Asian Chamber of Commerce
-Asian Real Estate Association of America Houston Chapter
-Boat People SOS Houston
-Chinese Merchants Association
-Filipino American Caucus for Empowerment
-Japanese American Citizens League Houston Chapter
-Korean American Chamber of Commerce
-OCA-Greater Houston
-Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce Texas
-South Asian Chamber of Commerce
-Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston

Supporting Organizations:
-Asian American Bar Association of Houston
-Asia Society Texas Center
-Chinese Community Center

This is an educational program as the organizations involved do not lobby or endorse candidates.
AABA 11th Annual Corporate Counsel Dinner Wednesday, November 18, 2015 More Info Featuring Keynote Speaker:

Elizabeth Matthews
Vice President, General Counsel
and Corporate Secretary
Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Reception 6:00 pm
Dinner and Program 7:00 pm

Chama Gaucha
5865 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77057

In-House Counsel: One complimentary ticket
AABA Members, Guests and Others: $100 per ticket

Please RSVP and purchase tickets by
November 13, 2015.

In-house counsel, please RSVP with Corporate Counsel Committee Co-Chair, Sandy Huynh, at Sandy.Huynh@mcmcg.com

Everyone else, please RSVP and purchase tickets using the PayPal button below.

No tickets will be sold at the door. Space is limited!

Women's Retreat - Career Coach & Wine and Cheese Tasting Saturday, October 24, 2015 More Info Join us for a morning of mingling, fun, and discussion featuring:

Panel Discussion on Personal Branding
Debra Bruce, Lawyer Coach LLC
Stacey Burke, Stacey E. Burke, P.C.

Wine and cheese tasting session taught by a local sommelier!

This event is free and open to women attorneys only.

Please RSVP at the "RSVP" link above by October 22, 2015.

Saturday, October 24, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

SidleyAustin LLP
1000 Louisiana, Suite 6000
Houston, Texas 77002

Let security know you are vising SidleyAustin.
Guests may park in the Wells Fargo Building in unreserved spaces only. Sign in with security, who will direct you to the 60th floor.

Additional Information:
For additional information, please contact Jennifer Fung at jfung@rabielaw.com.
Men's Retreat Saturday, October 24, 2015 More Info Join us for a morning of Top Golf (golf swing tips provided by Past-President Mark Lee) followed by lunch and CLE.

The CLE topic is: "We learn from history that we do not learn from history": A primer on immigration legislation and policy, presented by George Willy.

Saturday, October 24, 2015
Golf at Top Golf: 9 AM
Lunch/CLE at North China Restaurant: 11 AM

Top Golf
1030 Memorial Brook Blvd.
Houston, TX 77084

North China Restaurant
14525 Katy Freeway
Houston, Texas 77079

Top Golf Directions:
Top Golf is located on the Katy Freeway. Traveling westbound on I-10, take the Highway 6 exit. After exiting off I-10, continue traveling westbound on the feeder road past Highway 6. After passing Highway 6, turn right onto Memorial Brook Drive. Top Golf will be on your right.

North China Directions:
The restaurant is located between the Wells Fargo Bank and the Post Office on the south side of I-10.


RSVP and Information:
To RSVP and for additional information, please contact Sang Shin at sshin@fosterglobal.com
2015 Annual Gala & Silent Auction Friday, September 18, 2015 More Info 2015 Annual Gala & Silent Auction
Friday, September 18, 2015

JW Marriott Houston Downtown
806 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002
(Black-tie optional)

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

Gala Keynote Speaker:
Lee Cheng
Chief Legal Officer, SVP of Corporate Development and Corporate Secretary, Newegg Inc.

AABA Impact Award Honoree:
Alexander C. Chae
AABA Past President ('96-'97)
Partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

Master of Ceremonies:
Miya Shay
Emmy award winning journalist, KTRK ABC-13 News

For questions, contact: aaba.gala@gmail.com.
AABA Community Service at The Houston Food Bank Saturday, August 1, 2015 More Info The Houston Food Bank is a non-profit organization that distributes nutritious meals to hunger
relief charities throughout southeast Texas and needs volunteers to help with:

-Inspecting and sorting food for distribution
-Building boxes and bags of food for disaster relief, seniors, families, and kids

This is a family event, so please invite family and friends ages 6 and up to join us!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Coffee & Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Orientation & Volunteer Work
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

535 Portwall
Houston, TX 77029

Tennis shoes/closed toes shoes (no flip flops or sandals), long pants (preferred), t-shirts

*Parking is available in the front lot. Please enter through the double glass doors and check in at
the Welcome Desk.

**There is limited locker space inside, so please do not bring valuables with you, and limit personal items as much as possible.

RSVP at www.aabahouston.com by July 24, 2015.
For more information, contact Janet.Brown@cevalogistics.com.
Solo/Small Firm: Summer Networking Event & Directory Update Wednesday, July 22, 2015 More Info Join us for an evening of networking activities including small group discussions, speed networking, and a reboot of the AABA's solo/small firm directory!

All practitioners are welcome to attend. Food and drinks will be provided.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks
791 Town and Country Blvd.
Houston, TX 77024

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
6:00 pm: Check-in & reception
6:30 - 8:30 pm: Networking activities

This event is free for all AABA members; $25 for non-members. Please contact Nadine Chen at nadine@karamimmigration.com for any questions.

Non-members can pay using the PayPal button below:

Social: Night Out on the Town Friday, June 26, 2015 More Info The Social Committee invites you to come out and get to know your fellow AABA members in a more casual setting with dinner and karaoke!

Dinner starts 7:30 pm at Dosi Restaurant located on 2802 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX 77098. For only $20, AABA members will be treated to a customized set menu that includes a variety of Korean dishes and drinks (cost for non-members is $35). Reserve your spot for dinner by June 23rd by making payment below. If you have questions regarding dinner, please contact Michele Nguyen at michele@michelenguyenlaw.com.

After dinner (around 10 pm), come hang out with us at Spotlight Karaoke located on 2700 Milam St., Houston, TX 77006. The AABA has reserved special seating for its members. Please RSVP for a seat at Spotlight with Sang Shin at sshin@fosterglobal.com.

Dinner RSVP

AABA/HVL/VN Teamwork/Boat People SOS Wills Clinic Saturday, June 13, 2015 More Info The AABA is proud to again partner with Houston Volunteer Lawyers, VN Teamwork, and Boat People SOS for the 2015 Wills Clinic. This annual event provides pro bono preparation of a Will, Medical Power of Attorney, Statutory Durable Power of Attorney, Directive to Physicians, HIPAA Release, and Declaration of Guardianship for qualified clients.

This year's clinic will be held on Saturday, June 13 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at the VN Teamwork Center at 11210 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX 77072. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all volunteers.


If you would like to volunteer, please contact Janet Brown, Vice President of Community Relations at: janet.brown@cevalogistics.com.

We ask that volunteers RSVP as soon as possible, and no later than May 21 to ensure adequate time to review the client file and draft the relevant documents. Volunteer attorneys should have all documents drafted and completed by Thursday, June 4, 2015. Volunteer attorneys should email copies of drafted documents to Tyrone.Lin@HVLP.org or Thanh.Le@HVLP.org for review.
AABA & HVL Veterans Legal Clinic Saturday, May 9, 2015 More Info Time:
8:30 am - Noon

Conroe VA Outpatient Clinic
800 Riverwood Ct.
Suite 100
Conroe, TX 77304

Event Information:
The clinic will run from 9 am through noon. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:30 am for a brief orientation. There will be coffee and donuts. Volunteers will meet one on one with veterans to listen to their legal issues, answer questions and provide brief legal advice and resources. HVL will provide resource guides for volunteers.

Please RSVP by May 2nd to Janet.Brown@cevalogistics.com
CLE - Attorney Volunteer Training and Orientation for Wills Clinic Wednesday, April 29, 2015 More Info AABA is in need of attorney volunteers for the upcoming Wills Clinic to provide estate planning assistance to low income individuals. The Clinic will be held on June 13, 2015, in collaboration with HVL, VN Teamwork, and BPSOS. Volunteers will need to attend an AABA wills clinic training and orientation on April 29 conducted by Peter Bennett, Attorney at Law. Lunch will be provided.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Wells Fargo Plaza
1000 Louisiana, Suite 3400
35th Floor Board Room
Parking validation is available for the Wells Fargo Plaza Garage (enter on Lamar St.)

This CLE is approved for 1.0 participatory hours including 0.25 ethics hours.

Attorneys should register online to RSVP for the training and orientation. For questions, please contact aliou@jonesday.com.
Minority Bar Association Spring Mixer Wednesday, April 8, 2015 More Info The Asian American Bar Association of Houston (AABA), The Hispanic Bar Association of Houston (HisBA), and The South Asian Bar Association of Houston (SABA Houston) invite you to The Minority Bar Association Spring Mixer.

Public Services, Wine & Whisky
Cotton Exchange Building
202 Travis Street, Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77002

Date and Time:
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Association members, law students, attorneys and judges are all invited to mix and mingle with other Houston-area legal professionals.

Please RSVP above.

For questions, please contact Michele Nguyen at: Michele@michelenguyenlaw.com.

This event is free for AABA members.

Complimentary appetizers will be provided as well as a complimentary drink for each paid member.
Networking Reception & CLE: “Avoiding Common Mistakes during Litigation” Wednesday, March 25, 2015 More Info The AABA’s Solo & Small Firm Committee invites you to attend a networking reception & CLE on “Avoiding Common Mistakes during Litigation,” featuring distinguished guest panelists:

The Honorable Judge Theresa Chang, Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 2

Dinesh Singhal, The Singhal Law Firm (Board-certified civil trial attorney)

Date & Time:
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
6:00 pm Wine & Light bites reception
6:30 pm CLE panel
7:30 pm Networking reception

Café Ginger, River Oaks Shopping Center, 1952 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019.

This event is free for all AABA members. Food and drinks will be provided.

Attendees will receive 1.0 hour of CLE credit (including 0.25 hours Ethics credit).

RSVP for this event by March 23rd. Please contact Chikeersha Puvvada at cpuvvada@puvvadalaw.com with any questions.

Team AABA: Law Week 8K Fun Run Saturday, March 21, 2015 More Info Want to get some exercise while also giving to charity? Come join Team AABA Houston aka Sportfeasors in the Law Week 8K Fun Run where 100% of your registration fee goes towards benefitting THE CENTER, a United Way agency. After the race, join the AABA Team for a recovery breakfast.

AABA Members will receive a $5 discount off their registration fee. Deadline to register is March 12, 2015.

Saturday, March 21, 2015
8:00 a.m. - Adult 8K Run
8:30 a.m. - 1-Mile Family Walk

Sam Houston Park
1100 Bagby, Downtown Houston

To receive your AABA discount and register to run with Team AABA, email James Vergara at JVergara@pattersonsheridan.com

Additional Information:
To learn more about the race and the charity, visit the 8K Fun Run website at www.lawweekfunrun.com
AABA "Couch to 8K" Practice Run/Walk Saturday, March 7, 2015 More Info Enjoy a light morning jog or walk in Memorial Park with your fellow AABA members as we train for the Law Week 8K Fun Run! All levels of runners and walkers are welcome, including families with children! Please make sure to bring a water bottle.

8:00 AM
Saturday, March 7, 2015

Memorial Park
6501 Memorial Drive
(meet at stretch-deck)

Questions? Please contact James Vergara at JVergara@pattersonsheridan.com.
AABA Mentorship Kickoff Reception Thursday, March 5, 2015 More Info Please join the AABA as we kickoff the 2015 AABA Mentorship Program! Law students will have the opportunity to network and meet their attorney mentor. To apply as a mentor/mentee or RSVP for the event, please contact Nickie Tran at ntran@porterhedges.com. The deadline to apply is February 27, 2015.

Featuring Panel Speakers:
Gary Ilagan, Partner at Munsch Hardt
Judith Kim, Senior Corporate Counsel at Dynegy
Joseph Tung, Joseph Tung Attorney at Law

Date & Time:
Thursday, March 5, 2015
6:00 pm: Check-in/Registration
6:15 pm: Networking Tips from Experienced Attorneys
6:45 pm: Networking with Law Students and Attorneys
7:15 pm – 8:00 pm: Mentor/Mentee Pairings

Haynes and Boone, LLP
1221 McKinney, Suite 2100
Houston, TX 77010

Heavy hor d’oeuvres and alcoholic beverages will be served.

This event is free and open to all AABA members, including law student and attorney members.

Questions regarding Kickoff Event? Please contact Annie Kwan (annie.kwan@haynesboone.com)
2015 HBA/AABA Law Day Poster Contest Saturday, February 28, 2015 More Info You are invited to participate in the 2015 Houston Law Day Poster Contest! Winners in each grade level will receive $200 (1st place), $90 (2nd place), or
$40 (3rd place). Selected posters will be displayed in Houston Downtown court houses and office buildings.

A FREE poster-making workshop will be held on:

Saturday, February 28, 2015
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Chinese Community Center
9800 Town Park
Houston, Texas 77036

Grade Levels: K-8th grades may participate.

Cost: FREE!

Poster materials, art supplies, raffle prizes, and lunch will be provided for all participants. The special guest speaker will be 164th Civil District Court Judge Alexandra Smoots-Hogan.

The theme for the 2015 Poster Contest is “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law”. Completed posters will be submitted to the Houston Bar Association for entry into the official Poster Contest.

For questions about this event, please email janet.brown@cevalogistics.com.

The AABA is seeking volunteers for the Law Day Poster Contest on February 28, 2015.

If you are interested, please contact Janet Brown at janet.brown@cevalogistics.com.
2015 Lunar New Year Celebration Dim Sum at Kim Son Saturday, February 21, 2015 More Info Join the AABA in celebrating the Year of the Goat!

Families are welcome!

Kim Son
10623 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77072

Saturday, February 21st
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.

$10/person for AABA members
$20/person for non-members
Free for children 12 and under

RSVP and pay online at www.aabahouston.com

Contact Paul Yin at: paul.yin@tklaw.com

You can pay by PayPal below or RSVP now and pay at the event.

2015 Lunar New Year Celebration Payment Link

AABA "Fresh Off The Boat" TV Watch Party Tuesday, February 10, 2015 More Info Come join the AABA for the "Fresh Off the Boat" TV Watch Party at Foster LLP, 600 Travis Street, Suite 2000, Houston, Texas 77002.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Food and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP above. For questions, contact Sang Shin at: sshin@fosterglobal.com.
NAPABA/AABA Affiliate Dinner Friday, February 6, 2015 More Info Mark your calendars and come join the AABA in welcoming NAPABA leadership to Houston on Friday, February 6th at Arnaldo Richards' "Picos," 3601 Kirby, Houston, Texas 77098. Dinner starts at 7:00 p.m.

This event is open to all AABA members. Dinner is $25.00, and payment can be made onsite with cash or check. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by emailing Clinton Yu at cyu@givensjohnston.com.
Houston Symphony Lunar New Year Celebration Concert at Chinese Community Center Saturday, January 31, 2015 More Info The Houston Symphony with the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra will perform a Lunar New Year Celebration Concert at the Chinese Community Center located at 9800 Town Park Drive Houston, TX 77036 starting at 2:30 p.m. General admission is $15 and tickets are available for purchase at www.ccchouston.org/symphony.
2015 Annual Members Meeting and Kickoff Dinner Thursday, January 29, 2015 More Info 2015 Annual Members Meeting and Kickoff Dinner

Come learn about exciting programs, share your ideas regarding the AABA's services, and celebrate the New Year with your AABA officers, board members, committee co-chairs, and fellow members.

Seasons 52
4410 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77027
(713) 621-5452

Thursday, January 29, 2015
6:30 p.m. - Check-In / Reception
6:45 p.m. - Annual Meeting & Membership Sign-Up
7:00 p.m. - Dinner Served

Dinner is $20 for AABA Members and $40 for Non-Members.
There is no cost to attend the Annual Meeting.


AABA Kickoff Dinner Payment

Please RSVP by purchasing your ticket through PayPal by 01/27/2015 at www.aabahouston.com.

If you would like to RSVP now and pay at the event, please email: membership@aabahouston.com

Space is limited.

Don't forget to renew your membership online at www.aabahouston.com or at the Annual Members Meeting!