16th Annual Bay Area APALSA Conference

  • February 20, 2016
    9:15 am - 5:30 pm

Thank for you attending the 16th Annual Bay Area APALSA Conference at Berkeley Law on February 20, 2016. We appreciate that you joined us to learn more about important issues impacting our Asian Pacific American community and to meet and mingle with law students and practitioners from around the Bay Area. Your presence helped to make this event a success. We wish you all the best and hope that you continue to be engaged with the Bay Area APALSA Conference.



Each year the Asian Pacific American law students of the leading Bay Area law schools have collaborated to organize a Conference known as the Bay Area APALSA (BAAPALSA) Conference.  The goals of the conference include: (1) to cultivate socially-conscious APA lawyers; (2) to present a variety of future career options; and (3) to foster a sense of community and support among APA lawyers and law students.  The BAAPALSA Conference is now in its sixteenth year and has grown to be the largest West Coast forum for Asian American law students and practitioners with over 250 attendees each year.

This year’s Conference, hosted at UC Berkeley School of Law, will feature panels on career-building topics led by experienced practitioners, as well as a keynote address from Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar of Supreme Court of California and Judge Lucy Koh of United States District Court, Northern District of California.  

Event Overview
Location: UC Berkeley School of Law
Date: February 20, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 9:15AM to 5:30PM
Reception to Follow
Breakfast and Lunch provided.
Opening Remarks: UC Berkeley Law Dean Sujit Choudhry
Joint Keynote:
Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar and Judge Lucy Koh

Offering 2.5 MCLE Credit and 2.5 MCLE: Elimination of Bias credits

9:15AM – Registration and Breakfast
10:00AM – Opening Remarks by UC Berkeley’s Dean Choudhry
10:45AM – Morning Panels
12:00PM – Lunch
1:00PM – Joint Keynote by Justice Cuellar and Judge Koh
2:00PM – First Afternoon Panels
3:30PM – Second Afternoon Panels
5:30PM – Reception

Panel Details
10:45AM Morning Panels
“The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965: Legislating a New America

1.25 MCLE hours
Panelist: Professor Rose Cuison Villazor (UC Davis School of Law)
Moderator: Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin (UC Davis School of Law)

“In-House Counsel from API Perspective”
1.25 MCLE hours

Panelists: Anna Claveria Brannan (Senior IP and Marketing, Symantec Corporation), Jeffrey Leng (IP Counsel, Immersion Corporation), Ivy Manley (Senior Corporate Counsel, Zuora, Inc.), Frank Nguyen (VP of IP & Licensing, Intuitive Surgical), Shreya Vora (Corporate Counsel-Privacy, Salesforce)
Moderator: Gordon Yamate (Santa Clara University School of Law)

2:00PM First Afternoon Panels
“Empowering Asian American Women in the Law”
1.25 MCLE hours: Elimination of Bias
Panelists: Lin Y. Chan (Lieff Cabraser), Debbie Chiv (Antitrust Section, California Attorney General), Sophia Lai (HomeBase), Kimberly Y. Chin (Allen, Glaessner, Hazelwood & Werth)
Moderator: Veronica B. Guinto

“Gentrification: Is It Tied to Labor Issues Affecting Historically Ethnic Communities?”
Panelists: Professor Hina Shah (GGU), Thomas Lee (Asian Law Caucus), Jason Truong (Asian Pacific Islanders Legal Outreach)
Moderator: Judge Stuart Hing (California Superior Court of Alameda County)

3:30PM Second Afternoon Panels
“Having It All: How to Strike the Perfect Balance Between Your Career and Personal Life”
Panelists: Monalisa Vu (Murphy, Vu, Thongsamouth & Chatterjee), Craig Crocket (Troutman Sanders), Alvina Wong (Winston & Strawn), Stephanie Hu (Xoom Corporation)
Moderator: Joseph Gacula (Murphy, Vu, Thongsamouth & Chatterjee)

“Changes to Affirmative Action in Light of Grutter and Fisher” 
1.25 MCLE hours: Elimination of Bias

Panelists: Professor Brian K. Landsberg (McGeorge School of Law), Bill Lann Lee (Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center), Wen Fa (Pacific Legal Foundation), Kevin Lo (Asian Law Caucus)
Moderator: Mark Luluan (Student, McGeorge School of Law)


The Bay Area APALSA Conference is generously sponsored by:

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Skadden              Kirkland Ellis TroutmanSanders

Silver Sponsors

Latham              Sidley Austin

BakerMcKenzie                 Gibson Dunn             BakerBotts                APABASV

Community Sponsors

                            Frank Nguyen                             Farella

Goodwin        AABA




UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, California, 94720, United States


Getting to UC Berkeley School of Law

Campus Map


Further details about the campus and parking here.

If you’re coming to campus via BART, get off at the Berkeley Station (also known as the “Downtown Berkeley” station) along the Richmond line; it drops you off one block from the west side of campus. The west entrance to the Berkeley campus is only one block away from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station.The Law School is on the far side of the campus, about a 15-20 minute walk. From nearby Shattuck and Addison Streets, you can catch a BearTransit shuttle, which will let you off along the perimeter of campus, including near the Law School. On average, this shuttle departs every fifteen minutes. Alternatively, you can take the AC Transit Bus lines 1 or 51B that drop you off along the south edge of campus, including a stop near the Law School.  

Building Map

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