Posts Tagged ‘JABA’

A Very YLG Holiday – Come join us at the inaugural community event!

November 28th, 2017 - Events, Featured Story, Front Page News, News, Recent Photos


WHEN: Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 10 am

WHERE: Bowman and Brooke LLP, 970 West 190th Street, Suite 700, Torrance, CA 90502

RSVP: Submit an RSVP of no later than Dec. 11, to

JABA Young Lawyers Group invites you to A Very YLG Holiday community service event benefiting The Downtown Women’s Center! Please join us for a festive team-building experience that will have immediate impact for the women of The Downtown Women’s Center. Volunteers of all ages (families welcome!) will have an opportunity to prepare snack packs for The Downtown Women’s Center, which will be delivered to the Center on the same day. To learn more about DWC visit: 


JABA Dodger Day 2017 – Join JABA for an Afternoon at the Yard!

August 18th, 2017 - Events, Featured Story, Front Page News, News

JABA Members are cordially invited to join JABA for Dodgers Day 2017 on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Dodgers Stadium to see the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Colorado Rockies.  First pitch is at 1:10 pm.

This game includes a special promotional giveaway — a commemorative Kids Trash Can! — for the first 12,000 ticketed kids 14 & under in attendance.  JABA will be seated in the Preferred Field Box Value MVP Section 50FD in rows S and T on the first base side.  The seats will be in the shade!  Also, if the current pitching rotation holds up, Kenta Maeda will be the starting pitcher for the Dodgers.

Tickets in the Preferred Field Box Value MVP Section usually sell for $43.00, but JABA is subsidizing part of the cost of tickets for JABA members and your guests, so your cost is just $33.00 per ticket (up to four tickets per JABA member).


Space is limited and subject to availability, so please purchase your tickets now by one of the following methods:

Online.  Please visit the JABA Events page at and purchase tickets via PayPal.  When you check out, please indicate your e-mail address where tickets should be sent.


Mail.  You can reserve tickets by providing the following Order Information to Colin Kawaguchi at or (818) 879-9700 and mailing your check.

Order Information: (1) name, (2) number of tickets, (3) e-mail address to which tickets should be sent.

Mail your check, payable to “JABA” in the amount of $33.00 per ticket, to:

Colin Kawaguchi

31248 Oak Crest Drive, Suite 100

Westlake Village, CA 91361


Ticket Delivery

Upon receipt of payment in full, tickets will be sent to you at the e-mail address you provided.

Note: Tickets that are reserved by telephone or e-mail must be paid for within three (3) days.  After the three (3)-day grace period, tickets will be released to the next interested buyer.

JABA Applauds Federal Judiciary Response to President’s Executive Order

February 9th, 2017 - Events, Featured Story, Front Page News, News, Recent Photos

For Immediate Release
February 9, 2017

For More Information, Contact:
Mark Furuya, President

JABA Applauds Federal Judiciary Response to President’s Executive Order

LOS ANGELES — The Japanese American Bar Association (JABA) strongly supports the rule of law and the protection of civil rights over prejudice and discrimination. JABA commends U.S. District Court Judge James Robart’s ruling and the subsequent upholding of that ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that temporarily blocked enforcement of President Donald Trump’s immigration ban on refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. JABA also disapproves of the President’s criticisms against Judge Robart and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as the judiciary must remain independent from political pressure.

JABA is all too familiar with the consequences of racial hysteria and xenophobia. The parallels between the recently signed Executive Order 13769 and Executive Order 9066 cannot be denied. Nearly 75 years ago, EO 9066 cleared the way for deporting Japanese Americans to internment camps because of alleged concerns that Japanese Americans were disloyal and were spies for Japan. Specifically, EO 9066 stated that “successful prosecution of the war requires every possible protection against espionage and against sabotage to national-defense material…” [emphasis added] Similarly, EO 13769 states its purpose is to “ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law.” [emphasis added] Civil Rights activist, Fred Korematsu once said, “[n]o one should ever be locked away simply because they share the same race, ethnicity, or religion as a spy or terrorist. If that principle was not learned from the internment of Japanese Americans, then these are very dangerous times for our democracy.”

While these are uncertain times and tensions are high, we can all agree that we must not forget our history and repeat past wrongs. JABA believes that this ban is based in fear, similar to the basis for EO 9066. This is not a partisan issue, but a humanitarian and civil rights issue. JABA stands in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters and believes that this country is stronger because of its diversity and not in spite of it. Many of our members are eager to act and if there is a positive to be taken from this, it is that people are energized and galvanized to do something. To that end, JABA recommends the following:

1.  Support groups assisting those being detained.

2.  Express your opinions to those who help shape federal policy. You can find contact information for Senators and Congresspeople here ( and here (

3.  Engage in calm, intelligent and productive dialogue with those who disagree with you. As we noted, tensions and emotions are high and the divisions in our country are palpable. JABA recognizes that its own members have varying ideologies. Now is the time to find ways to unite and not widen the divide. Incredible things can happen when people come together and now, more than ever, we urge our members and communities to do so, including contacting JABA at whether you want to express your opinion, volunteer, or otherwise.

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About the Japanese American Bar Association
The Japanese American Bar Association (“JABA”) was founded over 40 years ago in Los Angeles, California. Over the years, JABA has provided a special forum for members of the legal profession with interests and ties to the Japanese American community to discuss issues, network, and serve our community.

For PDF version of this press release, please click this link.

Shin Issei Japanese Lawyers Group Networking Cocktail Reception

February 2nd, 2017 - Events, Featured Story, Front Page News, News

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, JABA and its Shin Issei Japanese Lawyers Group will hold an evening reception in downtown Los Angeles for the members of JABA and for the Japanese JD and LLM students and lawyers who are currently in Southern California.

WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (appetizers and drinks will be served)

WHERE: Seyfarth Shaw LLP, 333 South Hope Street, Suite 3900, Los Angeles

Space limited. RSVP required to by COB on Monday, February 13, 2017.

The event is free for Japanese JD and LLM Students (including former LLM students currently on OPT) and lawyers, members of the judiciary, and current JABA members

$20.00 for non-JABA members and payable at the time of attendance.

For more information, please refer to this link.

San Diego Committee’s New Year Ozoni Celebration

December 12th, 2016 - Events, Featured Story, Front Page News, News, Recent Photos

Ozoni Demo JABA SDPlease join the JABA San Diego Committee and the San Diego Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League to celebrate the New Year with an ozoni and namasu cooking demonstration with Mineko Moreno, co-author of “Sushi for Dummies.”

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Taiwanese American Community Center
7838 Wilkerson Court
San Diego, CA 92111


Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Save your seats at:

Space is limited, so RSVP today!

Congratulations to all the Honorees at the JABA 40th Annual Installation and Awards Gala!

April 19th, 2016 - Featured Story, Front Page News, News, Recent Photos, Uncategorized

The Japanese American Bar Association (JABA) congratulates and thanks Governor David Y. Ige of Hawai’i, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Mr. Hoyt Zia, and Hawaiian Airlines on their tremendous accomplishments and support to JABA and the community.

JABA President Sabina Helton, President-Elect Mark Furuya, the rest of the Executive Board, and the Board of Governors would like to give the most sincere thank you, mahalo, and ありがとうございます (arigatou gozaimasu) to all of our past presidents and board members. Without your guidance and leadership for the past forty years, as a group, JABA would not be where it is today and, individually, we would not be where we are today.

We would also like to thank our sponsors and attendees. Your overwhelming support to JABA and JABA Educational Foundation is truly humbling.

Here is to the next forty years!

For the rest of the photos from the Gala, please check out our Facebook page!



2012-2013 JEF Scholarship Applications Are Now Being Accepted.

November 27th, 2012 - Front Page News, News

If you are a law student or recent law school graduate, you may be eligible for one of JABA’s four JEF Scholarships. 2012-2013 JEF Scholarship applications are being accepted now. The deadline to apply is January 7, 2013.

For more information, including instructions and the application form, please click here. We wish all of our applicants the best of luck.