August 2016 EVENTS

Co-hosting:  Annual Minority Bar Coalition Mixer

Date:  August 25, 2016
Time:  5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Where:  Everett & Jones
Address:  126 Broadway, near Jack London Square, Oakland, CA

Join AACTLA and other great organizations of the Minority Bar Coalition for great barbeque, heavy appetizers and drinks!  Catch up with mentors, mentees, meet members of other bar organizations!

Free admission for members of AACTLA!

June 2016 EVENTS

Training:  Competency Trials and Litigation

***NEW DATE***  June 8, 2016
Time:  5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where:  Alameda County Public Defender's Office
Address:  1401 Lakeside Dr. 3rd Floor Library, Oakland, CA

Join AACTLA and Brian Bloom, Assistant Public Defender, Alameda County Public Defender's Office in an informative training about litigating issues surrounding competency and 1368 procedures on June 8, 2016 at the Alameda County Public Defender's Office, located at 1401 Lakeside Dr. 3rd Floor Library, Oakland, CA, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  

With the scant resources available to clients for their mental health needs, the sad reality is that many of them are arrested and charged with crimes.  Criminal defense attorneys must be prepared to confront this practice with litigation and advocacy... and this training will show you how!  The rules of criminal procedure do not necessarily apply in this little known area of the law - we will present the basics of litigating a competency trial, as well as discuss how such a trial fits in to the overall strategy of a case.

David Klaus, Assistant Public Defender, Alameda County Public Defender's Office, who recently litigated the much publicized competency trial of One Goh, the defendant charged with the 2012 shooting at Oikos University in Oakland, will share his experience and the ways in which culture played a role in looking at the competency issue of his Korean American client.

Please RSVP with Heather Chang: by May 23rd.  1.5 hours of MCLE will be provided.


May 2016 EVENTS

Cohosted event: LGBT Spring Diversity Mixer

When:  May 12, 2016
Time:  6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Mr. Smith's
Address:  34 7th Street San Francisco, CA

Please join the AACTLA, BALIF and FBANC at this year's LGBT Spring Diversity Mixer at Mr. Smith's, located in downtown San Francisco at 34 7th Street!  Come grab a drink with fellow attorneys and mingle!  

Entry is free for members of AACTLA!  


AACTLA & FBANC present:  Biomechanics and Accident Reconstruction Experts
"When and how to effectively use them" MCLE

When:  May 3, 2016
Time:  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Dolan Law Firm
Address:  1438 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

Please join the FBANC and AACTLA to learn why biomechanics and accident reconstruction experts can be a useful part of your team and how you can get the most out of their retention. The event will offer one (1) MCLE credit for attorneys. 

Free for AACTLA and FBANC members; $10 for non-members. Register here.

April 2016 EVENTS

AACTLA presents:  Film Screening and Cocktails
"America Needs a Racial Facial":  Short Film by Jeff Adachi

When:  April 7, 2016
Time:  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Variety Club Preview Room
Address:  582 Market Street, Suite #101, San Francisco, CA

We are happy to invite you to the film screening and cocktail reception of Jeff Adachi's new short fim, America Needs a Racial Facial, a short, 8 minute film about race in America. It showcases fascinating images and video – historical and contemporary – depicting both the division and blending that has characterized the history and treatment of people of color in this country.  Beginning with this country’s history of slavery and discrimination against African Americans, eradication and colonization of Native Americans, exclusion of Asian Americans and exploitation of Mexican and Latin Americans, Racial Facial depicts a visual panorama which encompasses the history of oppression and discrimination that has led to continuation of tension, unrest and anger among all Americans.

Cost: Free with RSVP via Eventbrite or email to (Space Limited to first 65 Guests who RSVP)


For Law Students: Top 10 Dos and Don'ts
During Your Summer Internship in Criminal Defense

When:  Wednesday, April 14, 2016
Time:  5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location:  Alameda County Public Defender's Office
Address:  1401 Lakeside Drive, 3rd Floor, Oakland, California

You've landed your dream internship at the PD's office, now what?

This panel will focus on  the Top 10 Dos and Don'ts during your summer internship.  Our panelists will give you tips on how to make the most of your internship and what mistakes to avoid.


March 2016 EVENTS

For Law Students:  Mock Interviews
for Public Defender and Private Criminal Defense  Internships or Post Bar Positions

When:  Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Time:  5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location:  TBD

Calling all law students!  Don't miss out on this great opportunity to practice your interviewing skills!  Landing a job at a public defender's office or with a private criminal defense attorney is no easy task. Positions are competitive and the interview process is tough and nerve wracking.  Let us help you land your dream position. 

Mock interviews will be open to the first 12 students who sign up. Each student will be interviewed by a panel of seasoned AACTLA attorneys.

Must be a paid AACTLA student member to attend. 


AACTLA and ACBA presents:
What You Need To Know About DUI Discovery:  From Detention to Chemical Testing

When:  Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time:  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Where:  Alameda County Bar Association
Address:  1000 Broadway #480, Oakland, CA 94607

Your client is charged with a DUI and you know there is a mountain of information out there just waiting for you to mine for that key piece of evidence that will bring your client the not guilty verdict he deserves...but you don't know what it is!  Or you don't know where to find it!  What do you do?

Come find out at this informative DUI training on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, with local criminal defense attorney and DUI guru, Lynn Gorelick of Gorelick Law.  DUI discovery is a constantly evolving area and she will discuss the latest, hot-button issues so that you can effectively use discovery to win both at the DMV and in court.  She'll also discuss using both DMV and criminal subpoenas to defend all aspects of a DUI case.  

One hour of MCLE credit is included.

Free for AACTLA members!


February 2016 EVENTS

Courtroom Basics:  How to Prepare for Your First Courtroom Appearance

When:  Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Time:  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Where:  San Francisco Public Defender's Office
Address:  555 Seventh Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco CA

Have you ever been afraid to ask your supervising attorney a courtroom procedure question?  Ever been too scared to ask a "dumb question" in fear of getting judged? Have you ever walked into a courtroom not knowing how things are run and when it's your turn to step up to the podium?

Don't worry! You're not alone! This training will help you get rid of your first time courtroom jitters. Our seasoned AACTLA attorneys will give you valuable tips on how to conduct yourself in the courtroom.  This is an interactive workshop and all attendees will be encouraged to participate in a courtroom exercise.  We will focus on common motions and hearings that Certified Law Students are assigned to during their internship, including arraignment; bail/OR motions; 1538.5 motions; and preliminary hearings.

Given the interactive nature of this workshop, we are limiting attendance to a small group of 12 students.  Must be a paid AACTLA student member to attend. 

RSVP: by Friday 1/22/16


December 2015 EVENTS

Asian Pacific Islander Joint Holiday Party

When:  Thursday, December 17, 2015
Time:  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where:  O3 Bistro Lounge
Address:  524 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco CA 94102

Happy holidays from AACTLA and your bay area Asian Pacific Islander bar organizations!  Please join us for an evening of food, drinks, and holiday cheer at the O3 Bistro Lounge in San Francisco!



November 2015 EVENTS

Cohosting:  Holiday Happy Hour Book Drive and Fundraiser
for the Asian Prisoner Support Committe and the Prisoners' Literature Project

When:  Monday, November 23, 2015
Time:  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Osha Thai, Embarcadero Center
Address:  4 Embarcadero Center, Street Level, San Francisco

Please join AACTLA and many other local bar organizations as we ring in the holiday season with a book drive and fundraiser for the Asian Prisoners Support Committee and the Prisoners Literature Project.  We will be joined by Eddy Zheng, whose incredible journey first as an incarcerated youth, and now as a tireless advocate on behalf of the incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, Asian American, and racial justice communities, will share his story and is sure to inspire everyone to get more involved.  Please come out to support this worthy cause! 

Entrance fee is $5 OR donation of a paperback book related to law or ethnic studies
RSVPs on or before Nov 20 get five raffle tickets for the drawing!!!  Please RSVP today!
RSVP at:


October 2015 EVENTS

Cosponsoring:  Women Lawyers of Alameda County Judges' Dinner

When:  October 28, 2015
Time:  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Where:  Scott's Seafood Restaurant
Address:  2 Broadway Ave. Oakland, CA 94607

Join us for an evening honoring great women attorneys and jurists of Alameda County!  

Women Jurist of Distinction:  Hon. Cecilia Castellanos
Honoring Alameda County Judge:  Hon. Noel Wise
Recognizing Woman of Distinction:  Leslie F. Levy
Velvet Hammer Award:  Susan Walsh

For more details, please visit:


AACTLA and Women Lawyers of Alameda County Presents:
Ethics and Social Media: Spotting the Issues and Finding the Answers

When:  Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Time:  5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Where:  Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson
Address:  555 12th Street, Suite 1500
Oakland, CA 94607

Presenters:   Hon. Robert D. McGuiness, Alameda County Superior Court
                   Mary Cain-Simon, Office of the Attorney General
                   Jeff Chorney, Alameda County Public Defender's Office

Join AACTLA and Women Lawyers of Alameda County in this important presentation on the ethics of the use of social media in litigation and the practice of law.  Our esteemed presenters will discuss the role of social media in jury selection, dealing with opposing party, advertisement, and more.  To RSVP, please contact our training director, Heather Chang at

Registration is at 5:30 p.m., program is from 6:00-7:00 p.m.  
1 hour MCLE credits for ethics.
Free to members, $25 for nonmembers.


July 2015 EVENTS

AACTLA 2015 Annual Gala

We are excited to be hosting another great evening at the beautiful City Club of San Francisco for our annual installation banquet!  Please join us for a night celebrating great colleagues, friends, and community!  

When:  Thursday, July 16, 2015
Time:  5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Where:  The City Club of San Francisco
Address:  Stock Exchange Tower
          155 Sansome Street
                    San Francisco, CA 94104

Registration and cocktail hour begin at 5:30 p.m.

Our keynote speaker for this evening will be Francis V. Guzman, Juvenile Justice Advocate,  National Center for Youth Law.  

*** FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION, please click here. ***



AACTLA proudly cosponsors:  KABANC Spring Pro Bono Legal Clinic

When:  Saturday, March 16, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Where: Emmanuel Church
Address:  4435 Fortran Drive, San Jose CA 95134

Please join KABANC in its spring 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.  

If you are interested in volunteering:

Attorney volunteers:

Student volunteers:

Please contact KABANC’s Pro Bono Committee members: Alison Hong at; John Baik at; Stephan Choo at with any questions.



AACTLA Happy Hour!

When:  Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Where: Alchemist Bar & Lounge
Address:  679 3rd St. San Francisco, CA 94107

Please join AACTLA for happy hour at the Alchemist (at 3rd at Townsend in San Francisco)!  Come out and meet some fun and like-minded folks who enjoy sharing a beverage and a few laughs!  We'd love to say hello to old friends and introduce ourselves to some new ones!  

March 4th… Alchemist… 5:30 – 8:00pm… things that should rattle around the ol’ melon…See you there!




On January 27, 2015, Deputy Public Defender Jami Tillotson was unlawfully arrested by San Francisco Police Sergeant Brian Stansbury outside a courtroom as she attempted to protect her client's right to counsel.  The officers took Jami to a holding cell where she remained handcuffed to a wall for approximately an hour. After Jami was led away, Stansbury photographed and questioned her client and another young man who did not have an attorney present.  Officers refused to tell the young men or Jami the reason for the detention.

Click here for the petition and additional information about this incident!



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!