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  • 11/30/2016 12:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    Do you want to know about the latest developments in the EB-5 program, including what will happen to the Regional Center Program after December 9th and what a Trump Presidency means to the EB-5 Program?  

    Also learn about how to avoid sticky conflict of interest issues in EB-5 cases and what the what Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) is looking for in your clients' I-526 applications and find out all how to prepare Source of Funds (SOF) for EB-5 clients who have all-cash businesses. You will receive two hours of CLE credit including one hour of Ethics.

    Here’s the link:

    EB-5 Practice, Ethics, and Decoding the IPO
    Tips on navigating potential conflict of interest issues between U.S. project partners, investors, and immigration consultants

    Presented by the Immigration Section

    Title: EB-5 Practice, Ethics, and Decoding the IPO
    Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
    Registration: 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Program: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Program Description

    Part I, Ethics and Risk Management:
    * Tips on navigating potential conflict of interest issues between U.S. project partners, investors, and immigration consultants
    * Addressing problems created by the "puffing" of consultants and U.S. business partners
    * Identify and troubleshoot compliance issues with the SEC (marketing, referral fees, etc.)
    * Red flags of a problematic EB-5 investment and exit strategies for immigration practitioners
    * “To go or not to go"- working with immigration consultants in East Asia and the Middle East
    * Ethical/practical ways to handle the EB-5 retrogression issue for Chinese investors

    Part II, Source of Funds (SOF), Mechanics of a Winning I-526:
    * Tips on dealing with SOF for all-cash businesses (common w/ investors from Dubai)
    * IPO's new policy on SOF (samples of SOF RFEs issued by the IPO), and tips on how to manage the newer, stricter SOF standard
    * Tips on assembling a winning I-526 from any country
    * Discussion of IPO approved money transfer arrangements for countries with strict international money transfer controls (e.g. China and Vietnam)
    * Post-specific consular processing issues

    Taiyyeba Safri Skomra       Stone Grzegorek and Gonzalez LLP
    Mahsa Aliaskari                  Seyfarth Shaw
    Anibal Sanchez                   Darren Silver & Associates LLP
    Angelo Paparelli                 Seyfarth Shaw
    Michael Clark                      Seyfarth Shaw

    Millennium Biltmore Hotel

    506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    CLE: Earn 2.0 hours CLE Credit


    CLE+ Members with Meals: Free
    Immigration Section Members: $120
    LACBA Members: $140
    All Others: $175
    Law Students: $75

  • 11/07/2016 12:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    Download / Print: ICC16.doc

  • 10/25/2016 12:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    Download / Print: FINRA Arbitrator Ad.pdf

  • 10/20/2016 12:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)
  • 10/01/2016 12:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    SCCLA proudly congratulations Cyndie Chang, Managing Partner at Duane Morris LLP and Incoming President of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association! Cyndie will be sworn in at this year's NAPABA convention in November, in San Diego.

    The 2016 NAPABA Convention will take place at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, CA. The NAPABA Convention is an annual gathering of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 50,000 attorneys and over 75 state and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Join us as we celebrate our 28th Convention and convene over 1,600 attendees in San Diego!

    For More Information:

  • 09/13/2016 12:00 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    NCVAA and VABANC 10th Annual Conference

    October 14-15, 2016


    October 14th
    VABANC 18th Annual Scholarship Dinner Gala
    Dynasty at Grand Century, San Jose, CA

    October 15th
    City Hal Rotunda
    San Jose, CA

    The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC) and the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys ( NCVAA) cordially invites you to attend our 10th annual conference to be held on October 14-15th at the San Jose Rotunda.  The program will commence with the Welcoming Dinner Gala, which coincides with VABANC’s Annual Scholarship Dinner.  This event commenmorates many significant milestones for our profession and community. Attendees and speakers include the first Vietnamese -American female Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal judge, first Vietnamese - American winner of the Pulitzer Prize for the novel “ The Sympathizer” ( 2016), first Vietnamese -American to clerk for Supreme Court Justices Stevens and White, and much more. Come early and stay late to win one of ten hardback autographed copies of the Pulitzer  - Prize winning novel, “ The Sympathizer.” A number of fun activities are also being planned, including an AirBNB tour, Pho breakfast event, and tour of historic San Francisco Federal Courts.

    Registration and Information:  OR

  • 03/18/2016 7:25 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    2016 Scholarship-Fellowship Application.doc



    APPLICATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY:  Friday, March 18, 2016

     The Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association ("SCCLA") annually awards several $1,000 Scholarships and two to four $2,000 Fellowships to local Asian/Pacific American law students. 

     The Scholarships are awarded based on need, academic accomplishments, and/or potential contribution to the Chinese-American community.  Law students at all levels are encouraged to apply (including first, third year day, and fourth year evening).

     The Fellowship award funds a clerkship at the Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Los Angeles (“AAAJ-LA”) during the upcoming Fall and Spring school year.  Receipt of Fellowship funds is conditioned upon serving as a clerk at AAAJ-LA for a minimum of 15 hours per week for 10 weeks.  Please see the attached page for additional information on the Fellowship requirements and guidelines.     

     There is no clerkship condition for any of the Scholarships.

     Completed applications must be received by 5:30 pm, Friday, March 18, 2016.  Applications may be submitted by mail or email only.  Please forward completed applications to:

    The selected Scholarship recipients will be awarded at the annual SCCLA Installation Dinner on Friday, April 8, 2016 at Empress Pavilion in Chinatown, Los Angeles. The selected Fellows will be recognized at the Dinner that same year, but will not be awarded the fellowship title or money until the completion of the fellowship requirements.  The official award for fellows will be given at the following year’s banquet.  Both the Scholarship recipients and the selected Fellows must attend the April 8, 2016 dinner to receive their awards/selections. 

    Should you have any questions, please contact Faith Santoso at  Thank you.

  • 06/24/2014 9:11 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    The United States Attorney’s Office Central District of California invites you to a brown-bag lunch session on AUSA’s hiring process. 

    July 16, 2014, 12:00 – 1:30 PM

    312 North Spring St , Los Angles (U.S. Courthouse), Room 1001 (10th floor)

    RSVP:          AUSA Christopher Pelham at  

  • 06/24/2014 9:10 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    Celebrate Chinese culture with musical superstars like Wang Leehom, the Yellow RiverPiano Concerto, show-stopping acrobats, fireworks and more!

    July 5, 2014, 8 PM

    Hollywood Bowl,  2301 N Highland Ave , Hollywood , CA 90068


  • 06/24/2014 9:08 PM | SCCLA (Administrator)

    June 27, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

    888 Seafood Restaurant, 

    8450 East Valley Boulevard., Suite 121, Rosemead , CA 91770

    RSVP:         Contact Albert Chang at: or (626) 824-7358.  

    *Note: Special rate for SCCLA members wanting to attend at $45 per seat (instead of $125).  Only 5 seats available at this price.

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