The Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Upcoming events

08/18/2018 8:45 AM • AVLF Main Office, 235 Peachtree St., NE, Ste. 1750, North Tower, Atlanta, GA 30303
08/22/2018 6:30 PM • Hopstix, 3404 Pierce Dr., Chamblee, GA 30341
09/19/2018 6:30 PM • Kilpatrick Townsend, 1100 Peachtree St. NE #2800, Atlanta, GA 30309

Membership has its BENEFITS, 

including FREE admission to certain exclusive events.

Upcoming events

    • 08/18/2018
    • 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
    • AVLF Main Office, 235 Peachtree St., NE, Ste. 1750, North Tower, Atlanta, GA 30303

    #GAPABAVolunteersfor AVLF's Saturday Lawyer Program!

    Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018

    8:45 am - 12:00 noon

    Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF)

    235 Peachtree St., NE, Ste. 1750, North Tower, Atlanta, GA 30303


    Organized by GAPABA's Community Service Committee. For questions, please contact Wellington Tzou or Andrew Leba at

    For forty years, the Saturday Lawyer Program – AVLF’s oldest and largest program – has provided low-income Atlantans with access to volunteer attorneys and offered volunteer attorneys a chance to do meaningful pro bono work. Those opportunities continue, and we are constantly improving the program and volunteer supports to enhance the experience for all involved.

    Who Can Participate?

    Any attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia. No particular substantive expertise or litigation experience is necessary; most of our volunteers begin with no experience with our types of cases (click here for the training and support we provide). AVLF also has opportunities for a limited number of paralegals through the Saturday Paralegal Program to provide administrative support to the weekend clinic.

    What Do Volunteers Do?

    As a volunteer attorney, you can support the Saturday Lawyer Program in one or more ways:

    1. Volunteer on Saturday morning to interview potential clients, assess their claims, and determine which cases, if any, you want to accept for full representation
    2. Accept Saturday Lawyer cases for full representation, including those for which you conducted the initial interview and assessment on Saturday morning, or
    3. Consult with AVLF staff attorneys and AVLF volunteer attorneys about issues in which you have particular expertise.

    Cases accepted through this program focus on promoting safe and habitable housing and ensuring return of security deposits, resolving other landlord-tenant disputes, such as illegal evictions or damage to tenants’ property caused by landlords, securing unpaid wages, defending clients against wrongful debt lawsuits and garnishments and stopping harassment and unfair collection practices by debt collectors. Volunteers who accept cases receive a high level of training and support on their specific case from AVLF staff.


    No prior training is required; we train and support you before, during, and after your chosen Saturday(s). For questions, please contact Cole Thaler or Matilde Davis.

    • 08/22/2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Hopstix, 3404 Pierce Dr., Chamblee, GA 30341
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    WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22, 2018

    6:30 PM


    3404 Pierce Dr., Chamblee, GA 30341



    We will have delicious apps and the 

    1st hour of beer/wine is on us

    Drink & Do Good! All admission fees will go towards a 

    non-profit partnering with GAPABA and KABA-GA: 

    The Global Village Project

    A special purpose middle school for newcomer refugee teenage girls with interrupted education

    Our mission is to develop a strong educational foundation for each student within a caring community using a strengths-based approach and intensive instruction in English language and literacy, academic subjects, and the arts.

    Our vision is to ensure that all refugee girls with interrupted schooling have access to the education necessary to pursue their dreams.

    Our program is designed specifically to equip recently arrived refugee girls with the academic and social knowledge needed for success in a high school or equivalency program. Many of our students have experienced interruptions and gaps in their formal education and come with limited print literacy experiences. Some are newcomers to school and have had no formal educational experiences before. We are a tuition-free school. Transportation and lunch are provided, thanks to our generous community of supporters. The GVP community includes students, staff, and a large core of committed volunteers. Our student-teacher ratio is very low and every student benefits from individual tutoring provided by volunteers.

    GVP students are all young women who share a history of displacement and resettlement, but are still a widely diverse group. We foster a caring environment that values and incorporates the richness of our students’ diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds and that nurtures students struggling with the trauma of displacement and war. 

    • 09/19/2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Kilpatrick Townsend, 1100 Peachtree St. NE #2800, Atlanta, GA 30309

    GAPABA's Annual Fast Pitch Event

    for Law Students & Young Lawyers

     Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018

    6:30 - 8:00 PM


    Hosted by

    1100 Peachtree Ste., NE, Ste. 2800

    Atlanta, GA 30309

    Sponsored by 

    In addition to Law Students and Young Attorneys (practicing less than 3 years) registering as Mentees, GAPABA seeks experienced Attorney Volunteers (practicing more than 3 years) to assist as Mentors!

    QUESTIONS? Please email the 

    GAPABA New Lawyers & Law Students Committee:

Founded in 1993, GAPABA is an affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Member of the GA 
Multi-Bar Leadership Council

GAPABA mourns the loss of our dear friend and Past President.

We honor him with the Han C. Choi  Mentor Award 

& Han C. Choi Scholarship through The NAPABA Law Foundation


From his Law Firm, Ballard Spahr

Han C. Choi, who served as Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr's Atlanta Office, led the firm's Korea Initiative, and was respected locally and nationally for his extraordinary work on behalf of Asian American lawyers and students, died March 26, 2018.

Mr. Choi, 52, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April 2017. He was determined to maintain his successful law practice, as well as his active civic and social life, for as long as possible. In the year since his diagnosis, Mr. Choi traveled with his wife, Catherine, and their three children. He was honored by civic organizations he helped build and grow, assisted clients with their business needs, and—as always—participated in activities that enriched the lives of others.

"I visited Han at his home in Atlanta a few weeks ago and was privileged to spend time with Catherine, and with friends who were at the house assisting with his care," Ballard Spahr Chair Mark Stewart said. "Their deep affection for Han and his family was palpable. One friend said she was honored to give back to a family that had given so freely to others. Han did indeed give the best of himself at Ballard, to clients and colleagues, and to causes important to the firm. And he did so with skill, joy, and vigor."

Mr. Choi's work in Public Finance focused on transactions for highly visible projects in sectors ranging from manufacturing and health care to education, transportation, and housing. "Han displayed a remarkable diversity of skills," said Ballard Spahr Partner Bill Rhodes. As a leader of Ballard Spahr's Korea Initiative, Mr. Choi sought ways to build bridges between Korean businesses and domestic market opportunities.

"Han was a leader, a teacher, a mentor, a friend. He was all of those things in one," Ballard Spahr Associate Stephanie Kim said. "He truly cared about his clients, some of whom became his closest friends. And he listened to others because he didn't believe that his way was always the right way. Even in the most pressure-filled situation, he remained calm and looking for solutions. That had a quiet, uplifting effect on everyone around him.”

Read more from Ballard Spahr's IN MEMORIAM

The inaugural Han C. Choi Mentor Award was established to honor our Past President and Boardmember, and previous recipient of the Judge Alvin T. Wong Pioneer Award. The Award is meant to recognize members of the legal profession who have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to mentoring the next generation of Asian Pacific American attorneys.

The NAPABA Law Foundation has also partnered with the Choi Family to announce the creation of the Han C. Choi Scholarshipto honor a NAPABA Trailblazer, mentor and leader, who embodies grit and courage in the face of great adversity. The NLF seeks to raise an initial goal of $100,000 for the Scholarship Fund, which is intended to benefit deserving Asian Pacific American 1L or 2L law student candidates who exhibit academic excellence, leadership, volunteerism, mentorship experience, and demonstrate an interest in APA issues. Special consideration will also be given to applicants who have been adversely affected by cancer (as a survivor, or family member of a victim or survivor).

To make an online donation to the Han C. Choi Scholarship Fund, please visit:

Alternatively, checks may be sent payable to the “NAPABA Law Foundation” with “Han C. Choi Scholarship Fund” noted on the memo section, and mailed to:

NAPABA Law Foundation

P.O. Box 65081

Washington, DC  20035

If donations are made by stock or mutual fund: Shares should be sent to NLF’s account at Snowden Lane (Account name: NAPABA Law Foundation; DTC 0443; Account number: TFT 500426).


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