Sabina A. Helton
Mark J. Furuya
Kira N. Teshima
Mike H. Madokoro
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Catherine Endo Chuck
Alex H. Fukui
Jennifer Y. Ishiguro
Sidney K. Kanazawa
Office of the Public Defender
Steven K. Yoda
Dennis T. Yokoyama
Mark K. Yoshida
The Honorable Fred J. Fujioka
Alternate Public Defender Janice Y. Fukai
The Honorable Ernest M. Hiroshige
The Honorable Jon M. Mayeda
Mr. Gilbert N. Nishimura
Ms. Rose Ochi
The Honorable Vincent H. Okamoto
The Honorable Kathryn Doi Todd
If you are interested in becoming involved with a JABA committee, please contact the committee chair. We welcome your involvement!
Business Lawyers Group
BLG offers programs of interest to business lawyers, including receptions with elected and appointed officials.
Community Education Committee
The Community Education Committee sponsors and coordinates law days and legal clinics for the community, and partners with other community service organizations to provide legal education. The CEC also publishes the JABA Attorneys List which includes members who volunteer to be on the list for public distribution. (JABA does not endorse any of the attorneys listed.)
The Corporate Affairs committee handles corporate governance issues, including the annual meeting, elections, changes to articles of incorporation, and the bylaws.
Catherine Endo Chuck- email@example.com
JABA Eats (formerly known as the Foodie Group) is a way for JABA members to meet in a casual, social setting while trying out the delicious culinary options available in Southern California. The Group tries all types of cuisines and meets about once every two months. Suggestions are always welcome! If you are interested in planning or organizing, please contact:
The Judicial Appointments Committee sponsors a mentorship program matching attorneys interested in judicial appointments with members of the bench and evaluates candidates for judicial and non-judicial appointments. If you are a current member interested in becoming a judge or commissioner, or a current member of the judiciary who would like to become a mentor, please contact:
Mike Madokoro – firstname.lastname@example.org
Law Students Committee
The Law Students Committee provide s support to law student associations at area schools in co-sponsoring conferences, seminars, and job fairs.
Susan Roe – email@example.com
The Media committee maintains the JABA website, Facebook page, and LinkedIn account. If you would like your event added to the JABA calendar, have photos to share, or general inquiries please contact the administrators at:
Media Committee – firstname.lastname@example.org
For members interested in joining the Media committee, please reach out to the individuals below:
The membership committee maintains the JABA membership list. If you would like to join JABA or renew your membership, please download the membership application.
Ryan Iwasaka – email@example.com
The Pro Bono committee coordinates volunteer opportunities for JABA attorneys to provide pro bono legal assistance to underserved members of the Asian Pacific American and other communities.
Alex Fukui – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Programs committee plans a variety of programs for JABA members, including networking receptions, the annual Marco Polo night, Dodgers night, MCLE seminars, and annual holiday party/toy drive for non-profit organizations.
Alex Fukui – email@example.com
The JABA Running Club is a social group for runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages. We are a social group that strives to promote JABA’s presence and service to the Japanese community and community at large. Moreover, our frequent meet-up events and charity runs allow JABA members, friends, and family members to connect and stay active.
San Diego Committee
The JABA San Diego Committee (SDC) provides professional networking and social events, law student support, educational opportunities, community service projects, and community outreach in the San Diego area. SDC events are planned by and for attorneys, judicial officers, and law students in the San Diego legal community.
Lynn Whitcher – firstname.lastname@example.org
Chiharu Sekino – email@example.com
The Shin Issei/Japanese Lawyers Group
The Shin Issei/Japanese Lawyers Group committee works to foster closer relationships between JABA and Shin Issei and Japanese attorneys practicing in Los Angeles. It also provides for networking opportunities among these groups.
Harumi Hata – firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Lawyers Group
The JABA Young Lawyers Group provides younger JABA members with networking opportunities and mentors who will provide career guidance. YLG offers a mentorship program which pairs up younger members with more experienced JABA attorneys.