The Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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07/08/2020 9:00 AM • CLE on Wed., 7/8 and CLINIC on 7/10 are VIRTUAL
07/10/2020 9:00 AM • CLE on Wed., 7/8 and CLINIC on 7/10 are VIRTUAL
07/22/2020 4:30 PM • Zoom Link TBD

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    • 06/26/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 07/10/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • CLE on Wed., 7/8 and CLINIC on 7/10 are VIRTUAL
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    THIS GAPABA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY IS NOW FULL

    BUT WE WILL LET YOU KNOW IF WE PROCEED WITH 

    PARTNERING FOR A FUTURE LEGAL CLINIC OR 

    OTHER PRO BONO PROJECT


    GAPABA Volunteers with the

    Georgia Justice Project Criminal Records Clinic


    THREE IMPORTANT DATES:

    • DEADLINE FOR VOLUNTEER SIGN UP: Friday, June 26, 2020
    • REQUIRED CLE: Wed., July 8, 2020, 9 am - 11 am (VIRTUAL)
    • LEGAL CLINIC: Fri., July 10, 2020, 9 am - 11 am (VIRTUAL)

    ABOUT THE GEORGIA JUSTICE PROJECT Criminal Records ClinicThe GJP Monthly Legal Clinic assists people whose criminal record acts as a barrier to access to employment and reliable housing. Volunteers meet with clients to explain their record and the law to them, and then assist in filing applications for record restriction of clients' criminal records, as well as filing related motions and petitions. Work can also include making corrections to criminal histories and applying for pardons.See https://www.gjp.org/ways-to-support/gjp-volunteer-opportunity-criminal-records-clinic/ for additional details.


    For the Joint GAPABA/GJP partnered LEGAL CLINIC on Friday, July 10th, the parameters for VOLUNTEERS are as follows:
    • TEAMS
      • Work is performed by teams of one senior (5+ years) and one junior attorney or law school student. 
      • No relevant experience is required. All of the training and materials will be provided by GJP.
      • GAPABA is hoping to sign up 6 pairs and will match junior attorneys/law students with senior attorneys.
      • GJP needs 2 weeks to pair attorneys with clients and mail a hard copy of client files, so a June 26th sign up date is critical.
    • CLE & CLINIC: Volunteers must then attend a MANDATORY 2-hour CLE on Wed., July 8th, from 9 - 11 am, in order to participate in the actual LEGAL CLINIC on Friday, July 10th, 9 - 11 am. The CLE session and the Legal Clinic are all conducted VIRTUALLY (LINK TO BE PROVIDED).
    • WORK: GJP will provide templates for all motions, pleadings, etc., and each pair will receive assistance to support the clients. If the case needs to go to hearing or additional service is required, a GJP staff attorney can step in and take over/assist. Depending on volunteers’ preference, the staff attorney can attend any hearing in lieu of, or in addition to, the volunteers. Only about 10% of the cases require court appearance.
    • TIME COMMITMENT: Each pair of volunteers will be expected to commit 25-30 hours over a period of 8-10 months. Each law school volunteer needs to commit to assisting the supervising attorney for the duration of the case. Given the required time commitment, while all students are welcome, we recommend signing up to be a volunteer only if you (i) can commit to the hours and the timeline set forth above, (ii) will be in Georgia in Fall 2020/Spring 2021 and (iii) are not studying for a bar exam to be administered in 2020.
    Georgia Justice Project strengthens our community by demonstrating a better way to represent and support individuals in the criminal justice system and reduce barriers to reentry. GJP promotes innovative change through direct legal representation, policy advocacy, education and coalition building. GJP serves the lowest-wealth members of our community who are also at the highest risk for criminal involvement. Our clients are between the ages of 14 and 58 – with more than half between age 17 and 25. 65% are male, and most live in the City of Atlanta (55%) and neighboring DeKalb County (35%).
    • 07/22/2020
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Link TBD
    Register


    GAPABA Women's Leadership Network Presents

    PATHBREAKERS

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

    4:30 - 6:00 PM (EST)

    FREE, but RSVP REQUIRED

    ZOOM LINK provided by NAPABA prior to event


    NOTE: The Zoom CAPACITY for this Webinar is 500. We will continuing to register attendees above 500 because of the likelihood of no shows, but please be aware that only the first 500 who log onto the link will be allowed to participate. However, this event will be simultaneously livestreamed on the NAPABA and GAPABA Facebook Pages.


    SPEAKERS:

    MODERATED BY:

    Hosted by:


    Co-Sponsored by:

      


    Questions about Program Content: Please contact our GAPABA WLN Committee Co-Chairs Kayla Chen and Tina Dorr at women@gapaba.org. For technical registration questions, please email communications@gapaba.org.


    • 07/27/2020
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Link TBD
    Register


    GAPABA Presents an Important Virtual Discussion

    ASIAN AMERICANS:

    FROM ALLIES TO ACCOMPLICES

    IN SOLIDARITY WITH BLACK LIVES

    MONDAY, July 27, 2020

    4:30 - 6:00 PM (EST)

    FREE, but RSVP REQUIRED

    ZOOM LINK provided prior to event

    NOTE: The Zoom CAPACITY for this Webinar is 200. For overflow, this event will be simultaneously livestreamed on the GAPABA Facebook Page.

    PRESENTERS:

    Following GAPABA's recent Statement in support of Black Lives, we present an important discussion on building Asian American allyship with Black communities. We will begin with a screening of the historical documentary Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 about the false information and political influences which led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII, the murder of Vincent Chin and its impact on APA political race consciousness, and the rise of Anti-Asian Violence in the time of COVID. With Georgia now at the epicenter of Black Lives Matters protests following the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and others, we want to discuss the intersectionality of violence against both the APA and Black/Brown communities, and how we can become better allies and accomplices.


    GAPABA WILL PROVIDE REGISTRANTS WITH FREE

    ONLINE FILM SCREENING LINK OF THE

    AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY

    ALTERNATIVE FACTS: THE LIES OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066



    This documentary tells the untold story of false information and political influences which led to the World War ll incarceration of Japanese Americans. The film also examines the parallels to the targeting of groups today and similar attempts to abuse the powers of the government. The film sheds light on the people and politics that influenced the signing of the infamous Executive Order 9066 which authorized the mass incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans. ALTERNATIVE FACTS exposes the lies used to justify the decision and the cover-up that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court.



      • 09/24/2020
      • (EDT)
      • The Georgia Aquarium Oceans Ballroom, 246 Ivan Allen, Jr. Blvd., NW, Atlanta, GA 30313


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      The Oceans Ballroom

      246 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., NW, Atlanta, GA 30313


      The 2020 GAPABA Gala scheduled for May 28, 2020 will be POSTPONED until late September or October of 2020We have elected to postpone the gala due to the uncertainty presented by the Coronavirus pandemic. As government officials and businesses are currently contemplating a return to some semblance of normalcy in the coming months, we intend to move forward with our event, which continues to be one of the most anticipated social events for the legal community. We will be mindful of the recommendations of health experts in connection with the planning and execution of the gala as the safety of our attendees is of paramount importance. We will let all of you know of our alternate Gala date as soon as we can. 


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    COVID-19 MESSAGE: GAPABA has been monitoring the unfolding news of the COVID-19 Virus throughout the world. As an organization, we are sensitive to not adding to the misinformation and hysteria that has characterized some of the worldwide reaction. We are also sensitive to the fact that this outbreak has fueled xenophobia and racism against Asian Americans. These sensitivities must be balanced against responsible action as a community organization in a time of crisis. We have a role to play in our legal community, the community of our state and country, and in the world community. Accordingly, consistent with federal and state guidelines, GAPABA has elected to POSTPONE all of our in-person events until further notice, and we are switching over to a VIRTUAL FORMAT. Additionally, our Gala originally scheduled for May 28, 2020 will also be POSTPONED until Sept. 24, 2020. As government officials and businesses are currently contemplating a return to some semblance of normalcy in the coming months, we intend to move forward with our event, which continues to be one of the most anticipated social events for the legal community. We will be mindful of the recommendations of health experts in connection with the planning and execution of the gala as the safety of our attendees is of paramount importance. We will let all of you know of our alternate Gala date as soon as we can.  Our hope is that concerted containment efforts will help us return to normal activities in the very near future. We thank you for your support of GAPABA and we hope to see you again when it is safe to resume our activities.


    GAPABA CONGRATULATES JUSTICE CARLA WONG McMILLIAN on MAKING HISTORY!


    On Good Friday, April 10, 2020, Justice Carla Wong McMillian was sworn in by Governor Brian Kemp to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court! She is the first Asian American & Pacific Islander to serve on Georgia's highest court. READ MORE:

    Video of the InvestitureThe Daily Report Coverage | The Atlanta Journal Constitution | The Citizen | The Augusta Chronicle


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    Han C. Choi Scholarship


    IN MEMORIAM: HAN C. CHOI

    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.


    ... "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


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