Southern California 
Chinese Lawyers Association

Upcoming Events

    • 11/18/2020
    • 12/15/2021
    • 14 sessions
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    Join Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association ("SCCLA") and Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County ("NLSLA") for our monthly virtual pro bono legal clinic every third Wednesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Attorneys, paralegals, interpreters, law school students, and community members welcome. All language abilities welcome.

    Litigants will speak with licensed attorneys on the phone and obtain general information on a variety of issues in English or Chinese (including Mandarin and Cantonese).

    Subject areas include the following areas of law: family, immigration, business, employment, criminal, real estate, estate planning, probate, bankruptcy, consumer, intellectual property, and international (dealing specifically with China or Hong Kong).

    Computer and telephone access required. A brief introduction and orientation will occur at the start of the clinic.

    For additional questions, please contact legalclinic@sccla.org and JackieDai@nlsla.org.

    • 11/18/2020
    • 12/15/2021
    • 14 sessions
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    • 11/18/2020
    • 12/15/2021
    • 14 sessions
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    • 01/18/2021
    • 12/31/2021
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    SCCLA Lifetime Member Feature

    By completing this survey, you agree that SCCLA may use your responses and photo in SCCLA’s e-communications, social media, and/or website. Responses may be edited for length/clarity.

    The order in which SCCLA will post and publish the biographies and photos will be randomly selected based upon the available responses at time of publication.

    • 07/27/2021
    • 5:30 PM
    • 10/26/2021
    • 6:30 PM


    • 11/09/2021
    • 5:00 PM
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    Organized in 1975, the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA) works to advance the professional growth and interests of Chinese American and Asian American lawyers, jurists and law students; improve access to legal services to those in need; and promote the interests of the Chinese American and broader Asian American communities.


    The Board of Governors of SCCLA consists of twenty-one members, five of whom also serve as executive officers. The Board ensures that SCCLA continues to fulfill its mission while operating in a responsible and sustainable fashion.


    SCCLA selects our board members from qualified attorneys based in the Greater Los Angeles Area. SCCLA aims to maintain a diverse board with members who practice across a broad range of substantive legal areas and settings. The SCCLA Board currently includes members who work in firms of all sizes, government agencies, and public interest organizations, and who practice in areas including plaintiff-side and defense-side civil litigation, business transactions, criminal prosecution and defense, employment law, intellectual property, and family law.


    SCCLA invites applications from highly qualified attorneys who are self-starters and passionate believers in the mission of SCCLA.


    Each SCCLA board member is required to:

    • be a member of good standing of a state bar;
    • be a paid member of SCCLA;
    • pay annual board member dues in addition to regular member dues;
    • attend at least ten monthly board meetings in person per year (in a normal year), including the 2022 Retreat scheduled for the morning of January 22, 2022;
    • attend at least two sister bar association dinners per year (in a normal year);
    • plan and attend SCCLA-sponsored and co-sponsored events (e.g., SCCLA’s monthly legal clinic);
    • help plan and coordinate SCCLA’s annual installation dinner;
    • sponsor a table at SCCLA’s annual installation dinner and solicit table sponsors or secure sponsorship(s) of equal value (for the 2019 dinner, the standard sponsorship level for a table was $1,500); and
    • be generally responsible, responsive, good-humored, pleasant to work with, and passionate about building community.


    Applications are due by November 9, 2021 at 5:00 pm PT.

    • 12/01/2021
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    SCCLA Mentorship Program

    Participants will be in Mentorship Groups consisting of a small number of mentors and mentees of varying experience levels. Participants will have opportunities to both provide and receive meaningful mentorship from fellow judicial officers, attorneys, and law students.

    To participate, register by December 1, 2021. The program begins in January 2022 with a virtual kick-off event on January 12, 2022 from 6-7 pm.

    Judicial Officers and Attorneys: click here. Law Students: click here. SCCLA will use your responses to match you to the extent possible with judicial officers, attorneys, and law students whose professional interests, geographic location, and/or educational background may align with your own.

    Participation is subject to the availability of interested judicial officers, attorneys, and law students. Participants agree to uphold the integrity and mission of the SCCLA Mentorship Program, maintain a professional relationship with all participants, and understand that SCCLA's Mentorship Guidelines apply to all participants.

    Please contact mentorship@sccla.org with any questions or concerns.

    SCCLA Mentorship Program: Guidelines

    SCCLA aims to facilitate long-lasting professional relationships that foster ongoing growth and professional development. To achieve this goal, SCCLA has adopted the following guidelines for our Mentorship Program.

    (1) Active Participation: to effectuate a meaningful experience, participants are expected to take an active role in their Mentorship Group, whether by coordinating and attending meetings, responding to inquiries, communicating regularly, or any other actions helpful to facilitating mentorship. Participants are expected to commit to the program for one year, e.g., from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022.

    (2) Minimum Number of Meetings: SCCLA strongly encourages participants to meet at least twice per academic semester or a minimum four times per calendar year. In-person or videoconference meetings are encouraged, including meeting at SCCLA events.

    (3) Meeting Location: participants should schedule any in-person meetings in public locations, e.g., SCCLA events, restaurants, coffee shops, or CLE/bar association events. SCCLA discourages meeting at bars or participants’ residences in one-on-one situations.

    (4) Communication: participants are expected to regularly communicate regarding professional opportunities, coursework, or school activities. In-person and email communication are encouraged. Texting, while convenient, should not be the sole means of communication between mentors and students. While SCCLA encourages mentees and mentors to learn more about one another, especially with respect to shared experiences (e.g., experiences as a first-generation attorney), participants should refrain from conversations about intimate matters. Participants should exercise their best personal and professional judgment regarding their conduct in the Mentorship Program.

    (5) Reporting Inappropriate Behavior: participants who feel they have been subject to or witnessed untoward, harassing, or coercive behavior should immediately report the conduct to mentorship@sccla.org. All reports are confidential. Participants who are found to have violated these guidelines are subject to removal from the Mentorship Program.

    • 12/01/2021
    Register

    SCCLA Mentorship Program

    Participants will be in Mentorship Groups consisting of a small number of mentors and mentees of varying experience levels. Participants will have opportunities to both provide and receive meaningful mentorship from fellow judicial officers, attorneys, and law students.

    To participate, register by December 1, 2021. The program begins in January 2022 with a virtual kick-off event on January 12, 2022 from 6-7 pm.

    Judicial Officers and Attorneys: click here. Law Students: click here. SCCLA will use your responses to match you to the extent possible with judicial officers, attorneys, and law students whose professional interests, geographic location, and/or educational background may align with your own.

    Participation is subject to the availability of interested judicial officers, attorneys, and law students. Participants agree to uphold the integrity and mission of the SCCLA Mentorship Program, maintain a professional relationship with all participants, and understand that SCCLA's Mentorship Guidelines apply to all participants.

    Please contact mentorship@sccla.org with any questions or concerns.

    SCCLA Mentorship Program: Guidelines

    SCCLA aims to facilitate long-lasting professional relationships that foster ongoing growth and professional development. To achieve this goal, SCCLA has adopted the following guidelines for our Mentorship Program.

    (1) Active Participation: to effectuate a meaningful experience, participants are expected to take an active role in their Mentorship Group, whether by coordinating and attending meetings, responding to inquiries, communicating regularly, or any other actions helpful to facilitating mentorship. Participants are expected to commit to the program for one year, e.g., from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022.

    (2) Minimum Number of Meetings: SCCLA strongly encourages participants to meet at least twice per academic semester or a minimum four times per calendar year. In-person or videoconference meetings are encouraged, including meeting at SCCLA events.

    (3) Meeting Location: participants should schedule any in-person meetings in public locations, e.g., SCCLA events, restaurants, coffee shops, or CLE/bar association events. SCCLA discourages meeting at bars or participants’ residences in one-on-one situations.

    (4) Communication: participants are expected to regularly communicate regarding professional opportunities, coursework, or school activities. In-person and email communication are encouraged. Texting, while convenient, should not be the sole means of communication between mentors and students. While SCCLA encourages mentees and mentors to learn more about one another, especially with respect to shared experiences (e.g., experiences as a first-generation attorney), participants should refrain from conversations about intimate matters. Participants should exercise their best personal and professional judgment regarding their conduct in the Mentorship Program.

    (5) Reporting Inappropriate Behavior: participants who feel they have been subject to or witnessed untoward, harassing, or coercive behavior should immediately report the conduct to mentorship@sccla.org. All reports are confidential. Participants who are found to have violated these guidelines are subject to removal from the Mentorship Program.

    • 12/18/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 518 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
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    • 01/22/2022
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • MountainGate Country Club
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Past Events

09/30/2021 LACBA Networking Mixer with IALA and SCCLA
09/26/2021 SCCLA End of Summer Party
09/17/2021 SCOTUS Preview: Erwin Chemerinsky and Melissa Murray on 2021-2022 Term
09/09/2021 Crocker Real Estate Symposium Virtual Conference
09/08/2021 IALA MCLE: What Kanye Can Teach Us About Litigation
09/02/2021 So You Want To Be A Judge
09/01/2021 SCCLA Scholarships & Fellowships Awards Ceremony
08/03/2021 Bystander Intervention Training (by Asian Americans Advancing Justice–LA & Hollaback!)
07/29/2021 Going There - Black & Asian: Tough Conversations & True Allyship
07/01/2021 2021 SCCLA Scholarship & Fellowship Application
06/08/2021 2021 Virtual Mock Interview Panel Program
05/26/2021 Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance and California Asian Pacific American Bar Association Presents: More than Meets the Eye
05/13/2021 SCCLA Raffle
05/13/2021 SCCLA's 45th Anniversary Installation & Awards Banquet
05/11/2021 FBA Webinar: Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Incidents: The Federal Response
05/06/2021 APA Unity Night
04/20/2021 2021 SCCLA Board of Governors Application
04/08/2021 Rise and Shine - It's Coffee Time!
03/31/2021 A Night of Nostalgia & Noodles
03/12/2021 Virtual Escape Room
02/25/2021 SCCLA & APABA Trivia Night
02/18/2021 Tea & Truffle Tasting
02/01/2021 SCCLA Student Representative Application
12/08/2020 SCCLA Trivia Night
12/03/2020 APA Community Holiday Toy Drive and Reception
12/01/2020 California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye Lifetime Achievement Award
11/23/2020 SCCLA Scholarships & Fellowships Awards Ceremony
11/14/2020 SCCLA Ice Cream Social
11/13/2020 2020 SCCLA Board of Governors Applications
11/12/2020 SCCLA Clerkship Panel Series: State Court Externships & Clerkships
11/02/2020 2020 SCCLA Scholarship/Fellowship Applications
10/29/2020 Racial Justice: Where Do We Start?
10/27/2020 SCCLA Annual Membership Meeting
10/21/2020 Marco Polo Night
10/20/2020 SCCLA & KABA's Mock Interview Program and Panel
10/15/2020 SCCLA Clerkship Panel Series: Federal Externships & Clerkships
10/08/2020 SCCLA PRESENTS: WHISKEY TASTING NIGHT - FT. KAVALAN
08/27/2020 SCCLA PRESENTS: HAPPY HOUR WITH NAPABA CANDIDATES
08/06/2020 Jury Selection in the Time of COVID-19: Preparing for and Identifying Anti-Asian Bias
07/09/2020 APABA - Recent Trailblazers in the Law
06/23/2020 SCCLA Free CLE - Hates Crimes: Then and Now
06/09/2020 LACBA Creative Strategies for Attorney Success
06/09/2020 FBA Re-Opening Central District Courthouses
06/03/2020 Virtual Employment Rights Clinic
05/13/2020 SCCLA Virtual Happy Hour With Mixology Class
05/08/2020 SCCLA Cares
03/12/2020 APABA New Admittee Reception
02/27/2020 Pathways: Practicing Law at the Big and Mid-Sized Level
02/21/2020 Lunar New Year Celebration
02/19/2020 Hon. Kevin Brazile Diversity & Inclusion Award 2020
10/30/2019 CCBA/SCCLA Joint Mixer
10/24/2019 SCCLA In-House CLE
10/05/2019 End of Summer Party
09/25/2019 Joint TALA SCCLA Happy Hour
08/04/2019 Hike & Brunch
07/09/2019 Joint APA Bar Association Annual Summer Mixer
06/18/2019 Cross-Border Litigation CLE
05/29/2019 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Celebrating APA Women in Leadership Free CLE
04/17/2019 44th Anniversary Installation & Awards Banquet
03/25/2019 2019 SCCLA Scholarship & Fellowship Application
03/05/2019 SCCLA Co-Sponsors CLE on Effective IP Strategies and Practical Tips for Doing Business in Foreigh Jursidictions
02/28/2019 SCCLA & APAWLA Mentoring Circle Dinner
02/21/2019 Annual Membership Meeting
02/07/2019 SCCLA Lunar New Year Concert
02/02/2019 Private Tour of Notorious RBG Exhibition
01/12/2019 Mindfulness CLE & Yoga
12/15/2018 Annual Holiday Food Basket Drive
11/10/2018 SCCLA @ NAPABA
10/30/2018 LACBA & SCCLA Free Ethics CLE
10/23/2018 Affirmative Action CLE Panel
10/14/2018 End of Summer Party 2018
10/03/2018 RISE Fourth Anniversary Celebration and In-House Entertainment Panel CLE
09/09/2018 Quarterly Mentorship Circle Meetup
08/08/2018 Judges Night
08/01/2018 California APA Bar Associations' Reception Honoring Joshua Groban
06/16/2018 Summer Soiree (Members Only)
05/25/2018 SCCLA 43rd Installation & Awards Banquet
03/01/2018 SCCLA Lunar Happy New Year Happy Hour
02/24/2018 Phoenix Rising
02/08/2018 Annual Membership Meeting
01/11/2018 2018 Trial Workshop Series
10/01/2017 End of Summer Party 2017
07/26/2017 2017 Joint APA Bar Association Summer Mixer
05/12/2017 SCCLA Installation & Awards Banquet
03/25/2017 CITIZENSHIP CLINIC
02/08/2017 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
01/26/2017 Elimination of Bias CLE Brown Bag Lunch with Judges
12/17/2016 Members Only Exclusive Holiday Brunch (Registration / Tickets)
11/05/2016 SCCLA@NAPABA BEER EXCURSION
09/17/2016 End of Summer Party
04/08/2016 41st Anniversary Installation & Awards Banquet
03/02/2016 MCLE Luncheon
02/18/2016 2016 Annual Membership Meeting
12/19/2015 SCCLA Holiday Food Basket
12/09/2015 SCCLA | MCLE Lunch
11/17/2015 Brown Bag Luncheon with the Honorable A. Ashley Tabaddor
11/12/2015 Westside Mixer, by SCCLA/KABA
10/27/2015 Reception to Honor Eileen Decker, United States Attorney, and Wesley Hsu, Executive Assistant United States Attorney
10/22/2015 Foodie Speaker Series: CHINATOWN 2.0
10/21/2015 West Valley Mixer
09/20/2015 End of Summer Party
08/15/2015 HOLLYWOOD BOWL NIGHT: Warner Bros. presents: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony-25th Anniversary!
07/08/2015 17th Summer Associate Mixer
04/17/2015 40th Anniversary Installation & Awards Banquet
03/25/2015 Reception Honoring Judge Owen Lee Kwong
02/25/2015 SCCLA | PARENT & ME NETWORKING MIXER
02/05/2015 2015 Annual Membership Meeting
09/21/2014 End of Summer Party
09/17/2014 SCC"LAW" PROBONO LEGAL CLINIC
08/28/2014 SCCLA-NAAAP Summer Mixer
08/20/2014 SCC"LAW" PROBONO LEGAL CLINIC
07/29/2014 Westside Mixer @ The Backhouse
07/16/2014 Summer Associate Mixer
06/26/2014 SCCLA Summer Mixer Series
05/01/2014 39th Anniversary Installation & Awards Banquet
01/22/2014 SCCLA | MCLE Lunch
01/11/2014 Phoenix Rising
11/14/2013 Foodie Speaker Series: Evolution of Chinese Food in America
10/29/2013 SCCLA's Autumn Mixer @ Coco Laurent
10/16/2013 Marco Polo Night
10/11/2013 SCCLA | PARENT & ME NETWORKING MIXER
09/29/2013 End of Summer Party
09/12/2013 SCCLA | MCLE Lunch
08/23/2013 Swearing-In Ceremony of Curtis A. Kin
08/15/2013 SCCLA Summer Mixer Series
07/25/2013 SCCLA Summer Mixer @ Wokcano
07/10/2013 15th Annual SCCLA/Joint Bar Summer Mixer
06/19/2013 SCCLA | MCLE Lunch
06/12/2013 SCCLA | PARENT & ME NETWORKING MIXER
05/10/2013 SCCLA | San Gabriel Valley MCLE Lunch
04/05/2013 38th Anniversary Installation & Awards Banquet
03/20/2013 SCCLA | SPRING IN-HOUSE COUNSEL MIXER
02/22/2013 SCCLA | Expert Witness Deposition MCLE Lunch
02/20/2013 SCCLA Spring Mixer @ Le Ka in Downtown
02/07/2013 SCCLA | Benefiting The New APALC Pro Bono Program
02/06/2013 Joint APA Bar Event: Law Professor Reception
01/25/2013 SCCLA | San Gabriel Valley MCLE Lunch
01/17/2013 SCCLA | Foley & Lardner LLP - Developing A China Practice 101
12/06/2012 13th Annual APA Community Holiday Toy Drive & Reception
11/21/2012 SCC"LAW" PROBONO LEGAL CLINIC
10/17/2012 Marco Polo Night - SCCLA - JABA - IALA Co-Sponsored Event
10/04/2012 APABA Annual Law Student Welcome Reception - SCCLA Co-Sponsored Event
09/23/2012 End of Summer Party
08/30/2012 SCCLA Westside Mixer @ Rock Sugar Pan Asian Kitchen
08/15/2012 SCCLA Summer Mixer Series: Part II @ Wokcano
07/18/2012 SCC"LAW" PROBONO LEGAL CLINIC
07/12/2012 Reception to Honor the Honorable Jacqueline H. Nguyen, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
07/11/2012 14th Annual SCCLA Summer Mixer
06/13/2012 SCCLA Summer Mixer Series
05/16/2012 SCC"LAW" PROBONO LEGAL CLINIC
04/25/2012 Settlement Strategy With Judges Ernest M. Hiroshige and Owen Lee Kwong
04/18/2012 SCC"LAW" PROBONO LEGAL CLINIC
04/05/2012 37th Anniversary Installation & Awards Banquet
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