Prop 47 Passed!  Now What?!
A Practical Guide for Criminal Defense Attorneys

When:  Thursday, December 4, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Where: BASF Conference Center
Address:  301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

AACTLA and the Criminal Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco presents this important training on the impact of the passage of Prop 47 on the practice of criminal law. 

Lecturer:  Chuck Denton, Alameda County Public Defender

How does Prop 47 affect my clients?
What arguments should I be making for my client?
Which crimes fall under Prop 47?
What exceptions apply to Prop 47?
How does Prop 47 affect post conviction clients?

MCLE:  1 Credit

$25 Government, Nonprofit Attorneys
$25 AACTLA Members
$25 Barrister Section Members
$35 BASF Members
$50 Others
Free for AACTLA & BASF Student Members

Click here for registration and additional event information.


Volunteer with AACTLA:  Holiday Gift Wrapping
in partnership with AABA Community Services Committee, for Project Glimmer

When:  Sunday, December 7, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Where: SF Firefighters Toy Program
Address:  2225 Jerrold Ave., San Francisco, CA 94158. 

AACTLA and AABA Community Services Committee have partnered up to help Project Glimmer, a nonprofit that gives holiday gifts to at-risk teenage girls and women across the U.S, with the gift of giving! We will be joining their Boxing Joy Weekend, where volunteers get together to box and pack the gifts that were donated throughout the year. 

Come out to meet and mingle with some people in the community and offer your support and time to a great cause!  We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information about Project Glimmer, click here.

Please contact us at for more information.


Joint API Coaltion Holiday Party

When:  Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Where: 03 Bistro and Lounge
Address:  534 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102

Join AACTLA and the Joint Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, Asian American Prosecutor's Association, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley, Filipino Bar Association of Northern California, Korean American Bar Association of Northern California, South Asian Bar Association of Northern California, and the Vietnamese Bar Association of Northern California) for an evening of food, drinks, and holiday fun!



AACTLA and KABANC present:  Fall Pro Bono Legal Clinic

When:  Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Where: UC Hastings
Address: 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

AACTLA and KABANC, partnering with KCCEB, and APILO present the annual fall pro bono legal clinic, featuring free legal seminars on a variety of practice areas, including but not limited to:  criminal law, immigration law, and government benefits.

Legal Seminars will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Both attorneys and law students are encouraged to volunteer and/or attend the informational seminars! 

·         Attorney Volunteers:

·         Student Volunteers:    

Please email Stacey Guillory for additional information:


AACTLA and FBANC present:  Free Legal Clinic

When:  Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Ruggieri Senior Center
Address: 33997 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City, CA 94587

AACTLA and FBANC, with APILO offer information and consultations on a variety of practice areas, including but not limited to immigration and criminal law.


Dynamic Cross Examination
CLE Training, 2014 NAPABA Convention
When:  November 7, 2014
            Where:  West Kierland Resort & Spa 
            Address:  6902 E. Greeway Parkway, Scottsdale AZ

Ji Seon Song (Contra Costa Public Defender)
Jonah Chew (Law Offices of Jonah Chew)
Vilaska Nguyen, Moderator (San Francisco Public Defender)

 AACTLA is proud to be selected by the organizers at the 2014 NAPABA Convention to offer a CLE training. It is the first CLE presentation focused on criminal law at NAPABA in many years. Effective cross examination is an essential component of any trial attorney's practice, regardless of practice area or level of experience. With more than three decades of experience between them, our panelists will offer practical advice and instruction on how to handle adverse witnesses and draw out favorable information.



Trial Training: The Fundamentals of Cross-Examination

When:  Saturday October 4, 2014
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Alameda Public Defender's Office 
Address:  1401 Lakeside Drive, 3rd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612

The first installment of AACTLA's Cross-Examination series will focus on the basic foundation of this critical trial skill. The seminar will begin with a detailed lecture about the fundamentals and will transition into small-group sessions where participants work on skills with senior trial attorneys. This training is recommended for all new practitioners and experienced litigators looking to review the basics. 

Lecturers include: 
Mano Raju, Manager of the Training Unit, San Francisco Public Defender's Office
Ji Seon Song, Deputy Contra Costa Public Defender's Office, 
Vilaska Nguyen, AACTLA Training Director
Experienced Trial Attorneys will also facilitate breakout groups.

Registration begins at 9:30am; Lecture to begin promptly at 10am. 3 hours CLE. 

$20 for registered AACTLA members or government/non-profit lawyers
$40 for non-registered members
Complimentary for registered AACTLA law-student members
Email Vilaska Nguyen to reserve attendance.


Clean Slate and Collateral Consequences Training 

When: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 12:15pm to 1:15pm 
Where:  San Francisco Adult Probation Dept., Community Assessment and Services Center (CASC)
Address:  564 6th Street San Francisco CA 94103

Join Vilaska Nguyen, San Francisco Public Defender staff attorney for the Clean Slate Unit, and Meredith Desautels, staff attorney for the Racial Justice program at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights to learn about the policies, procedures and local practices of the Clean Slate courtroom in San Francisco, in addition to the collateral consequences related to criminal convictions and the benefits and limitations of court remedies. 

Registration begins at noon. 1 hour CLE. 


Email Vilaska Nguyen to RSVP.


Women Lawyers of Alameda County
Annual Judges' Dinner & Silent Auction
Cosponsored by AACTLA

When:  Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time:  6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Where:  Scott's Seafood Restaurant
Address:  2 Broadway, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA

Keynote Speaker:  Therese Stewart, Associate Justice (First District Court of Appeals)

Women Jurists of Distinction:
Hon. Gail Brewster Bereola
Hon. Yolanda Northridge

Honoring Alameda County Judges
Hon. Alison Tucher
Hon. Ursula Jones Dickson
Hon. Joan Cartwright, Ret.

Recognizing Women of Distinction
Margaret A. Gannon, Esq.
Aundrea Brown, Esq.
Lise Pearlman, Esq.

Program:  No Host Bar and Silent Auction begins at 6:00 p.m.
               Dinner, Keynote and Awards are from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


AACTLA Annual Picnic

When:  Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time:  12:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Where:  Lake Temescal, (Landvale Picnic Area)
Address:  6500-6502 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Please join AACTLA for a fun afternoon full of food, drink, and general merriment at the AACTLA Potluck Picnic at Lake Temescal in Oakland!  Catch up with old friends and meet some friendly new faces!

Lake Temescal is easily accessible off of both Highways 24 and 13, although our picnic area (Landvale Picnic area) is adjacent to the parking lot off of Highway 24.  The parking lot entrance is located at 6500-6502 Broadway, Oakland.  Parking is $5 per car, so feel free to carpool.  If you need a ride, let us know in advance and we'll try to arrange something for you.  

For a map of the Lake Temescal area, please click here.

It's going to be potluck (Asian style), so we are asking attendees to bring a dish, if you are able.  We'll split up courses by last name and will follow the general guide below.  Last name starting with:

     A - E:  Chips, Dip, Fruits/Veggies, General Snacks
     F - L:  Side Dish
     M - S:  Main Dish
     T - Z:  Dessert

AACTLA will provide utensils, non-alcoholic drinks and beer/wine and will bring food to grill for everyone.  If you can't bring anything or can only make it for part of the picnic, please just come!  

RSVP here! 
Contact Jay Baik if you have any questions.

This is a kid friendly event, so please bring the family to enjoy the day!  We are looking forward to seeing you on the 18th!



San Mateo County Bar Association's 6th Annual Diversity Speakers Series

When:  Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Time:  5:00 p.m.
Where:  San Mateo County History Museum
Address:  2200 Broadway St. Redwood City, CA 94063

AACTLA is a proud of sponsor of the San Mateo County Bar Association's 6th Annual Diversity Speakers Series.  Please join us for this great event on September 4th at the San Mateo County History Museum. 

Featured Speakers:   

Luis J. Rodriguez (CA State Bar President)
Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, UC Irvine School of Law)

Cost:  Free for San Mateo County Bar Association Members, $35 for nonmembers




AACTLA Happy Hour!!!
When:  August 7, 2014
Time:  5:30 pm 
Where:  Lost and Found
Address:  2040 Telegraph Ave., Oakland CA 94612

Join AACTLA for Happy Hour Next Thursday in Oakland!  Meet friends and colleagues and get to know mentors and mentees over a beer and a game of ping-pong at Lost and Found!

See you soon!  Please RSVP:



AACTLA and The Asian American Prosecutors Association present:  

Date:  Thursday, July 31, 2014
Address:  311 Oak Street, Suite 108, Oakland, Ca 94607
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Do you have an interest in becoming a judge but are unsure how the process works?  Then this workshop is for you.  Come and learn from a distinguished panel of appointed judges and JNE commissioners.  

Honorable Stuart Hing
Honorable Ursula Jones
Honorable Mark McCannon
Honorable Gregory Syren

JNE Commissioners:
Sally Elkington (Eklington Law Firm)
Kathleen Ryals (Alameda County Public Defender's Office)

Seating is limited!  Please RSVP to by July 25, 2014.  

*** This event is free for members of AAPA and AACTLA.  All others $10 at the door. *** 


Dynamic Speech Skills for Opening Statement 
Date:  Saturday, July 19, 2014
Location:  Golden Gate University, School of Law
Time:  10:00 am to 12:00 noon, registration 9:30-10:00 am
Address:  536 Mission Street, Room 3203, San Francisco, CA 94105
MCLE Credits, Two hours

Topics:  Learn how to develop and hone your public speaking skills to become a dynamic courtroom advocate.  Participants will focus on building this foundation in the context of delivering a compelling, client-centered opening statement.

Matt Gonzalez is the Chief Attorney of the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, Former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and Vice Presidential Candidate and running mate of Ralph Nader

Rebecca Young is a senior trial attorney in the Homicide Unit of the San Francisco Public Defender's Office and former supervisor of the felony Trial Unit.  She was a recipient of the Advocate of the Year award by Women Defenders and the Gideon Award by the San Francisco Bar Association.

Vilaska Nguyen is the Mentorship and Training Director for AACTLA and has worked at the San Francsico Public Defender's Office since 2004 as a research fellow, misdemeanor, and felony trial attorney, handling low level drug to homicide matters.  

All registered AACTLA law-student members - Complimentary
Registered AACTLA members - $20.00
Government/Non-profit - $30.00
Non-member - $40.00  

Space is limited.  Please promptly make reservations by emailing 



AACTLA First Inaugural Dinner
Date:  Friday, June 27, 2014
Location:  City Club San Francisco
Time:  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Address:  155 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

Tickets available now!



AACTLA/BASF/Barristers Criminal Law Section present:   
"Tips on How to Be Effective (Not Annoying) in the Courtroom" (MCLE Credit)

Date:  May 13, 2014
Time:  6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Bar Association of San Francisco
Address:  301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco CA 94111 
For more information:  Click Here  
Students:  RSVP for FREE admission - email
Attorneys:  RSVP for discounted $25 admission - email

Date:  May 8, 2014
Time:  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Sedgwick LLP
Address:  333 Bush Street, 30th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104