Ocha Break: Past JABA President, James Toma in the news

West Covina Mayor Pro Tem and Past JABA President, James Toma, Featured in Article re: L.A. Marathon. James Toma currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem of the City of West Covina. James ran his first marathon as part of a group that raised money for the Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP), an organization that […]


Ocha Break: Join us in congratulating our own Professor Dennis Yokoyama for receiving the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards from Southwestern Law School

Long time board member, Professor Dennis Yokoyama has received the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards from Southwestern Law School for teaching Civil Procedure and Remedies. An amazing feat if you think about how much many of us struggled with Civil Procedure as a 1L. For more information, please click here. Join us in congratulating Professor […]


Congressman Xavier Becerra Confirmed as a Speaker for the 2015 JABA Gala!

JABA is proud to announce that Congressman Xavier Becerra will also speak at the Gala on May 1.  Congressman Becerra represents the area including downtown Los Angeles, serves as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, is a member of the powerful Committee on Ways And Means, and is Ranking Member of the Ways and Means […]


SAVE THE DATE! JABA’s 2015 Installation and Awards Gala on May 1, 2015

JABA’s 39th Annual Installation and Awards Gala will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Center at Cathedral Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. Speakers and honorees include best-selling author, legal commentator and professor of law Kenji Yoshino and Academy Award winning director and actor Chris Tashima. Some 600 attorneys, judges, law students, elected […]


Save the Date: An Evening with U.S. Congressman Mark Takano – April 2, 2015

Details forthcoming. If you are interested in attending, please contact Jeff Maloney at

February 9th, 2015 - Events, Front Page News, News, Recent Photos

Celebration for the Honorable Alison Matsumoto Estrada

On Thursday, January 29, 2015, JABA hosted a reception celebrating the election of the Honorable Alison Matsumoto Estrada, a past JABA President, to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Approximately 90 people attended the reception, which took place at the Thousand Cranes Room at the DoubleTree Hotel. Guests included numerous federal and state court judges, […]

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Coffee Break: Judicial Profile on JABA’s Own Hon. Mark Hanasono

Take a moment to read more about Former JABA Secretary and now Judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court: our very own Hon. Mark Hanasono. Click on the link above or go straight to the full Daily Journal article:

January 14th, 2015 - Front Page News, News, Uncategorized

Deadline to Apply Your JEF Scholarship Applications is This Sunday (January 18)!

The JABA Educational Foundation is currently accepting applications for the five law student scholarships offered this year through the Foundation and its wonderful sponsors. The deadline to apply is Sunday, January 18, 2015. For this cycle, JABA Educational Foundation will award five scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each, including the inaugural M. Dick Osumi […]

November 16th, 2014 - Front Page News, News, Recent Photos, Uncategorized

Manzanar Trip with Armenian Bar Association

On Saturday, November 8, 2014, I accompanied the Armenian Bar Association on a day-long road trip from Los Angeles to Manzanar. Located just north of Lone Pine, California, Manzanar was the site of one of ten major concentration camps that incarcerated thousands of Japanese Americans who were evicted from their West Coast homes during World […]

JABA and KABA Issue a Joint Statement

In the spirit of community and healing, the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California (KABA) and the Japanese American Bar Association (JABA) issue this joint statement in response to the controversy over the Comfort Women Memorial in Glendale, California, and the lawsuit Gingery et al. v. City of Glendale, which seeks the removal of […]