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    • 25 Aug 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Cane Rosso - The Heights, 1835 N. Shepherd Drive
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    • 26 Aug 2018
    • 822 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, TX 77024
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    Crazy Rich Asians Movie Screening!

    Date: Sunday, August 26th

    Time: TBD on Tuesday 8/21

    Place: Studio Movie Grill - City Centre
    822 Town and Country Blvd
    Houston, Texas 77024

    Movie and Dinner! Free for first 30 RSVP's

    Guests welcome, but please limit attendees to immediate family.


    • 31 Aug 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1019 Congress, Houston, Texas 77002

    Posted on behalf of the Houston Bar Association, Harris County Attorney’s Office, and Harris County Tax-Assessor Collector.

    Save the Date - Voter Registration CLE

    On Friday, August 31, 2018, the Houston Bar Association, Harris County Attorney’s Office, and Harris County Tax-Assessor Collector and Voter Registrar will host a Voter Registrar continuing legal education opportunity for lawyers. Community organizations and school administrators will be invited to participate.

    The Voter Registration CLE will certifiy attorneys and community leaders in voter registration in Texas and also provide a comprehensive review of federal law, the Texas Election Code applicable to voter registration, and Texas voter ID laws. Attorneys will receive one (1) hour CLE credit, including .25 ethics.

    More details to follow as they become available.


    • 5 Sep 2018

    The Asian American Bar Foundation of Houston, Inc. seeks to award a $3,000 scholarship in honor of the late Judge Herbert W. Gee, who was Associate Presiding Judge for the City of Houston Municipal Courts, a founding member and Past President of the Asian American Bar Association, and a recipient of the 2010 AABA Impact Award. The 2018 AABF Honorable Herbert W. Gee Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an individual applicant who best embodies the spirit of the late Judge Gee who (1) was dedicated to serving the public, (2) supported the Asian American community in the greater Houston area, and (3) exemplified intelligence, generosity and leadership in his everyday life. The foregoing criteria may be weighed in any order as determined by the AABF.

    To be eligible, an applicant must be (1) a member of the AABA, (2) enrolled in an ABA accredited law school in Texas, and (3) intend to reside and seek employment in the greater Houston metropolitan area after graduation. Applicants should submit application packages containing the following information to the Scholarship/Grant Committee, where applicable:

    1. Name of applicant

    2. Contact information (name, address, telephone number, e-mail address)

    3. Name of school

    4. School address and contact information for registrar’s office

    5. Degree sought

    6. Expected graduation date

    7. Copy of transcript, GPA and class rank (if available) or other proof of enrollment at an ABA-accredited law school in Texas

    8. Educational background

    9. Course work, clinics or other relevant extracurricular activities at current or previous schools relevant to AABF’s purposes listed above

    10. Employment history (if any)

    11. Employment experience relevant to the criteria listed above

    12. Community and volunteer experience relevant to criteria listed above

    13. Involvement with Asian American community relevant to criteria listed above 

    14. Leadership experience relevant to criteria listed above

    15. Independent research or publications relevant to criteria listed above

    16. Awards, honors, scholarships received

    17. Other activities, hobbies, skills, positions held in any organizations, etc.

    18. Any other information that applicant desires to provide to assist in the application process

    19. Cover letter stating how the applicant demonstrates or embodies the criteria set forth above 

    The scholarship recipient will receive a $3,000 scholarship to help cover tuition and academic expenses and 1 ticket to the Asian American Bar Association of Houston’s annual gala, to be held October 5, 2018, where the scholarship will be presented. The scholarship recipient is required to submit a final report at the following year updating the AABF on the status of the recipient’s studies and activities and how the scholarship has helped the recipient.

    Scholarship applicants are advised to use these application guidelines as a reference and checklist to ensure that all necessary information is provided with the original application package. The AABF Scholarship/Grant Committee may contact applicants if additional information is required, but the Scholarship/Grant Committee reserves the right to disqualify application packages from consideration if key information is not included. The AABF reserves the right to subdivide the scholarship or increase the number of scholarships in its sole discretion.

    Application packages must be postmarked no later than September 5, 2018, and mailed to the following address:

    Asian American Bar Foundation of Houston, Inc. 

    Attn: Scholarship/Grant Committee

    P.O. Box 1351

    Houston, Texas 77252

    Applications may also be emailed to Dat Tran at dtran@southernco.com.

    2018 AABF Herbert Gee Memorial Scholarship Application.pdf


    • 5 Sep 2018

    The Asian American Bar Foundation of Houston, Inc. seeks to award up to 2 community organization grants to Texas-based charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations whose pursuits will impact the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area by (1) expanding the scope of legal services available to the Asian American community; (2) increasing the number of Asian Americans working as lawyers or in legal services; (3) educating members of the Asian American community of their civil and legal rights; (4) stimulating legal discourse by and/or about Asian Americans, the Asian American cultures and Asian American communities; or (5) otherwise promoting the interests of Asian Americans.

    The 2018 AABF Community Organization Grant is a grant of up to $5,000 to a charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that fulfills the aims described in the preceding paragraph. The foregoing criteria may be weighed in any order as determined by the AABF. Applicant organizations must be charitable non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations incorporated or formed under the laws of the State of Texas and/or otherwise demonstrate a substantial connection to the greater Houston metropolitan area. Applicant organizations should submit application packages containing the following information to the Scholarship/Grant Committee:

    1. Name of applicant organization

    2. Contact information (name, address, telephone number, e-mail address) of applicant organization and representative of applicant organization

    3. Proof of 501(c)(3) status of the organization

    4. Copy of the mission statement (or, if no official mission statement exists, a statement of the primary purpose) of the applicant organization and information and materials about the applicant organization sufficient for the Scholarship/Grant Committee to understand the purpose of and activities conducted by the applicant organization

    5. Information regarding a few recent events held by the applicant organization, if any

    6. Description of and information relating to the program or event for which the grant funds are to be applied (the more detail, the better). Please keep in mind that the AABF cannot fund programs or activities that are not in keeping with its mission; therefore, program and activity descriptions should be detailed enough for the AABF to discern whether it is within the AABF’s mission or guidelines.

    7. Any other information that applicant organization desires to provide to assist in the application process

    8. Cover letter stating how a community organization grant will help the applicant organization to achieve AABF’s purposes listed above and serve the public interest

    The grant recipient will receive an award of up to $5,000 and a ticket for one of its representatives to attend the Asian American Bar Association of Houston’s annual gala, to be held October 5, 2018, where the grant will be presented. The grant recipient is required to submit a final report no later than thirty (30) days after completion of the program or event that is supported by the grant funds explaining how the grant funds were used and the results of the program or event. Failure to provide the report may jeopardize future grants to the recipient organization.

    Applicant organizations are advised to use these application guidelines as a reference and checklist to ensure that all necessary information is provided with the original application package. The AABF Scholarship/Grant Committee may contact applicants if additional information is required, but the Scholarship/Grant Committee reserves the right to disqualify application packages from consideration if key information is not included. The AABF reserves the right to subdivide the grants or increase the number of grants in its sole discretion.

    Application packages must be postmarked no later than September 5, 2018, and mailed to the following address:

    Asian American Bar Foundation of Houston, Inc.

    Attn: Scholarship/Grant Committee

    P.O. Box 1351

    Houston, Texas 77252

    Grant applications may also be submitted via email to Dat Tran at dtran@southernco.com on or before September 5, 2018.

    2018 AABF Community Organization Grant Application.pdf


    • 5 Sep 2018

    The Asian American Bar Foundation of Houston, Inc. seeks to award 1-3 grants to Asian Pacific American Law Student Association groups of accredited law schools located in the greater Houston metropolitan area.

    The 2018 APALSA Grant is a one-time grant, for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 academic year in the amount of up to $1,000 depending on need. Grants will be given to 1-3 APALSAs selected by the AABF taking into account the financial need of the specific APALSA group and the nature of the activities or programs for which support is being requested, which programs have to be consistent with the AABF’s goals of (1) expanding the scope of legal services available to the Asian American community; (2) increasing the number of Asian Americans working as lawyers or in legal services; (3) educating members of the Asian American community of their civil and legal rights; (4) stimulating legal discourse by and/or about Asian Americans, the Asian American cultures and Asian American communities; or (5) otherwise promoting the interests of Asian Americans. The foregoing criteria may be weighed in any order as determined by the AABF. Applicant APALSA groups should submit application packages containing the following information to the Scholarship/Grant Committee:

    1. Name of applicant APALSA organization

    2. Contact information (name, address, telephone number, e-mail address)

    3. Name of school

    4. School address and contact information for registrar’s office

    5. Information about APALSA, including estimated size and types of programs

    6. Projected budget for Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Academic Year, including projected expenses and sources of income

    7. Budget from previous Fall 2017/Spring 2018 Academic Year

    8. Description (including estimated cost) of programs or activities for which support is being requested (with emphasis on how they satisfy some or all of the foregoing criteria). Please keep in mind that the AABF cannot fund programs or activities that are not in keeping with its mission; therefore, program and activity descriptions should be detailed enough for the AABF to discern whether it is within the AABF’s mission or guidelines. 

    9. Any other information that applicant desires to provide to assist in the application process 

    10. Cover letter stating how a grant to the applicant will achieve AABF’s purposes listed above

    The grant recipient will receive a one-time grant of up to $1,000. The grant recipient is required to submit a final report regarding the programs or activities for which the grant is awarded no later than thirty (30) days after the last of such programs or activities is held or explaining how the grant funds were used and the results of the program or event. Failure to provide the report may jeopardize future grants to the recipient organization.

    Grant applicants are advised to use these application guidelines as a reference and checklist to ensure that all necessary information is provided with the original application package. The AABF Scholarship/Grant Committee may contact applicants if additional information is required, but the Scholarship/Grant Committee reserves the right to disqualify application packages from consideration if key information is not included. The AABF reserves the right to subdivide the grants or increase the number of grants in its sole discretion.

    Application packages must be postmarked no later than September 5, 2018, and mailed to the following address:

    Asian American Bar Foundation of Houston, Inc.

    Attn: Scholarship/Grant Committee

    P.O. Box 1351

    Houston, Texas 77252

    Grant applications may also be submitted via electronic mail to Dat Tran at dtran@southernco.com.

    2018_APALSA_Grant Application.pdf


    • 5 Sep 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 5:01 PM

    AABF Pro Bono Scholarship Fall 2018

    Scholarship Application Guidelines

    The Asian American Bar Foundation of Houston, Inc. (the “AABF”) seeks to award a scholarship to an individual (the “Recipient”) who will further their legal education and training while primarily being exposed to the pro bono programs and legal practice at Houston Volunteer Lawyers (“HVL”) which generally “educate and serve Asian American

    lawyers and communities in the greater Houston and surrounding areas” in accordance with the mission of the AABF. The Recipient’s education and training will be supervised by HVL, mainly under the direction of Wafa Abdin and Elizabeth Tran, in a manner that serves the foregoing primary purpose.

    The Recipient is expected to further his/her legal education and training during a ten week period (to occur during the fall semester of 2018) to commence no earlier than September 10,2018 and to end not later than November 30, 2018 at HVL. The Recipient is expected to devote his/her part-time efforts to further his/her legal education and training at HVL, equivalent to not less than 10 hours per week.

    The Recipient will receive a $4,000.00 award (payable in two equal installments on dates to be determined). The Recipient shall deliver a report to the AABF summarizing his/her scholarship activities and how the grant was used to further the Recipient’s legal education and training. The award is to be used for the Recipient’s law school tuition and fees, books, supplies, and equipment for law school courses.

    The Recipient must be enrolled as a full time law student at an American Bar Association accredited law school. Preference shall first be given to those qualified full time law students enrolled at an ABA accredited law school in the greater Houston area.

    All applications must be submitted to the AABF in care of Joyce Kao Soliman at the address below by not later than September 5, 2018 via U.S. Certified Mail/Return Receipt Requested or via email in PDF format with reply confirmation that the application has been received. If sending your application material via email, you must include “AABF PRO BONO SCHOLARSHIP” in the subject line and please send a follow-up email if you do not receive a reply confirmation within 24 hours.

    Each Applicant should submit an application package / curriculum vitae containing the following information to the Scholarship Committee:

    1. Name of applicant

    2. Contact information (name, address, telephone number, e-mail address)

    3. Name of school

    4. School address and contact information for registrar’s office

    5. Degree sought

    6. Expected graduation date

    7. Copy of transcript, GPA and class rank (if available) or other proof of enrollment at an accredited law school

    8. Educational background

    9. Course work at current or previous schools relevant to AABF’s purposes listed above

    10. Employment history (if any)

    11. Employment experience relevant to AABF’s purposes listed above or demonstrating applicant’s commitment to public service

    12. Community and volunteer experience relevant to AABF’s purposes listed above or demonstrating applicant’s commitment to public service

    13. Independent research or publications relevant to AABF’s purposes listed above or demonstrating applicant’s commitment to public service

    14. Awards, honors, scholarships received

    15. Other activities, hobbies, skills, positions held in any organizations, etc.

    16. Any other information that applicant desires to provide to assist in the application process

    17. Cover letter stating interest in the scholarship and proposed dates for serving the ten week period at HVL

    18. Name and contact information of at least one professional or educational reference of the applicant (please do not provide more than three references)

    Scholarship applicants are advised to use these application guidelines as a reference and checklist to ensure that all necessary information is provided with the original application package. The Scholarship Committee may contact applicants if additional information is required, but the Scholarship Committee reserves the right to disqualify application packages from consideration if key information is not included. The Scholarship Committee reserves the right in its discretion to select more than one Recipient, to select only one Recipient, or to decline making the award.

    Application packages must be postmarked no later than September 5, 2018, and mailed via U.S. Certified Mail/Return Receipt Requested to the following address or sent by email in PDF format with reply confirmation that the application has been received. If sending your application material via email, you must include “AABF PRO BONO SCHOLARSHIP” in the subject line, and please send a follow-up email if you do not receive a reply confirmation within 24 hours.

    Joyce Kao Soliman
    Porter Hedges LLP
    1000 Main Street, 36th Floor
    Houston, Texas 77002

    jsoliman@porterhedges.com and with a copy by email to: dtran@southernco.com

    For additional information, please contact Joyce Kao Soliman (ph.713-226-6685).

    AABF Pro Bono Scholarship Fall 2018.pdf


    • 27 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Roka Akor, 2929 Weslayan Street, Houston, Texas 77027
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    • 5 Oct 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • 6 Oct 2018
    • 12:00 AM
    • Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker Street, Houston, Texas 77010
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    2018 Gala & Silent Auction

    Date: Friday, October 5, 2018

    Place: Marriott Marquis Houston

    Time: 6:30 pm

    Address: 1777 Walker Street, Houston, Texas 77010

    Guest Speaker: Salle Yoo, former Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Uber Technologies, Inc.

    Sponsorship letter, corporate and firm underwriter form, program advertisement form, and ticket reservation form can be downloaded here.

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 6440 Hillcroft Street, Houston, Texas
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    HURRICANE HARVEY LEGAL CLINIC

    Presented by: 
    Alliance for Multicultural Community Services (AMCS)
    Asian American Bar Association
    Boat People SOS

    South Texas College of Law - Houston

    Place: AMCS office, 6440 Hillcroft Street, Houston, Texas

    Date: October 13th, 2018

    Time: 
    9:30 AM – 12PM

    Residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey and flooding may speak to attorney volunteers regarding FEMA appeals and other related legal matters.

    This Clinic is part of an ongoing series of clinics, the final date in 2018 will be on December 8th

    Please RSVP directly on the AABA website.

    Harvey 10.13.pdf

    • 8 Dec 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 6440 Hillcroft Street, Houston, Texas
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    HURRICANE HARVEY LEGAL CLINIC

    Presented by: 
    Alliance for Multicultural Community Services (AMCS)
    Asian American Bar Association

    Boat People SOS 
    South Texas College of Law - Houston

    Place: AMCS office, 6440 Hillcroft Street, Houston, Texas

    Date: December 8th, 2018

    Time: 9:30
     AM – 12PM

    Residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey and flooding may speak to attorney volunteers regarding FEMA appeals and other related legal matters.

    Please RSVP directly on the AABA website. 

    Harvey 12.08.pdf


Past events

16 Aug 2018 Save the Date - Texas Minority Counsel Program Reception
11 Aug 2018 Hurricane Harvey Legal Clinic
4 Aug 2018 HVL - Volunteers Needed Saturday Legal Advice Clinic
24 Jul 2018 Deportation Defense Houston is Hiring!
24 Jul 2018 2018 NAPABA Leadership Advancement Program
23 Jul 2018 Children At Risk - Houston Lawyers Happy Hour
21 Jul 2018 Community Service - Hermann Park Conservancy Japanese Garden Maintenance
1 Jul 2018 Deadline to Apply for the NCVAA Law Scholarship
27 Jun 2018 NAPABA Women's Leadership Network
21 Jun 2018 APIS, AABA of Houston & SABA Houston Joint Networking Reception
21 Jun 2018 APIS, AABA of Houston, & SABA Houston Joint Networking Reception
21 Jun 2018 Responding to Hate Crimes CLE
19 Jun 2018 COFFEE Break
16 Jun 2018 AABA Wills Clinic
15 Jun 2018 Ready to Rise Conference | Ms. JD
9 Jun 2018 Hurricane Harvey Legal Clinic
31 May 2018 14th Annual Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival - Opening Night
22 May 2018 AABA joins sign-on letter asking Department of Commerce Secretary Ross to reinstate Sherry Chen's employment.
15 May 2018 AABA Solo and Small Firm Panel Discussion
10 May 2018 Blank Rome Asian Pacific History Month
9 May 2018 The Center for the Healing of Racism - "Abacus Small Enough to Jail" Film Screening
6 May 2018 Harvey Clinic-Rosharon
3 May 2018 AABA Corporate Counsel Panel - CLE
3 May 2018 National Association of Women Lawyers - 2018 Dallas Conference
25 Apr 2018 AABA Wills Clinic Attorney Volunteer Training
18 Apr 2018 Minority Bar Mixer
14 Apr 2018 Hurricane Harvey Legal Clinic
10 Apr 2018 AABA and Community Partner Happy Hour
8 Apr 2018 Asia Society Texas Center - Chinese Exclusion Act Film and Panel Discussion
8 Apr 2018 APALSA Crawfish Boil
20 Mar 2018 AABA Mentorship Kick Off Event
16 Feb 2018 HBA Law Day - Poster Workshop at the Chinese Community Center
10 Feb 2018 ABBA Lunar New Year Dim Sum Celebration

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