Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association

A professional organization of Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers advocating for justice and advancing the interests of the Asian American community.

Welcome to AACTLA! The Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association (AACTLA) is an organization of criminal defense attorneys, judges and law students dedicated to serving the Asian American community. AACTLA was formed to represent the interests of Asian American criminal defense attorneys, legal professionals, and law students in the San Francisco Bay Area. AACTLA holds the unique distinction of being the only organization of Asian American criminal defense attorneys in the country. AACTLA is an affiliate organization of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), a national organization that serves the interests of 40,000 attorneys and 67 state and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. AACTLA is also a proud affiliate member of the Minority Bar Coalition (MBC) in the Bay Area.

Mission: AACTLA's mission is to improve the study and practice of criminal defense, to promote the fair administration of justice for all by ensuring the meaningful participation of Asian Americans in the legal profession. Through the volunteer work of its members, AACTLA offers a variety of service programs, including regular free legal clinics, professional development programs for attorneys, and mentorship for law students and attorneys. The organization provides a voice for the Asian American community in its advocacy both in and out of the courtroom.

[03/11/19]   We wholeheartedly support Mayor Breed’s outstanding selection for San Francisco’s next public defender: Mano Raju!

AACTLA TRIBUTE TO JEFF ADACHI

Pioneer. Leader. Father. Husband. Son. Advocate. Boss. Friend. Mentor. Ally.

These are just a few of the many roles Jeff Adachi played in our lives. Jeff was a tremendous force within the criminal defense community, the Asian American community, and the community at large.

Jeff believed the public defender's office should do more than provide the best representation to people accused of crime. He believed public defenders were activists in the courtroom and in the community. With his vision, the SF Public Defender's Office was on the cutting edge of holistic representation. National conversations about where public defense should go in the future--with respect to law enforcement accountability, pretrial justice, early representation, reentry, immigration, and more--start with the question, "What is Jeff Adachi doing in San Francisco?"

In addition to his leadership in the fight against mass incarceration, Jeff demonstrated what it meant to be a trial lawyer through his representation of clients in court and as a mentor and sponsor of hundreds of criminal defense attorneys. He experienced, and drew energy from, the challenges of criminal defense firsthand:

"When you go to court your client is presumed to be guilty; he or she is wearing red or orange; the prosecutor wants to win the case and wants to see your client convicted; the judge is often an ex-prosecutor who is also against your client; the jury is often--at least in the beginning--predisposed against your client; and it is just you against everyone else. Being able to turn that around is what appeals to me about being a defense attorney."

AACTLA is indebted to Jeff for his very early support since AACTLA’s inception. He keynoted our first Installation gala. He used his voice to support the presence of Asian Americans in the criminal defense bar.

"There are a lot of battles to be fought, so I just hope that the next generation that is coming up does not shy away from that challenge. I hope that they realize and recognize the sacrifices that people have made to put myself and other Asian American leaders in the positions that we are in. I hope we are able not only to leverage that and do greater things for ourselves, but to also make room for the next generation of attorneys who are coming up. They are the ones who will pick up the mantel and continue the fight against injustice."

Jeff made us braver in our daily battles. He lives in our hearts. We will carry his fighting spirit forward everyday.

- AACTLA Board

Note: The quotes are from an interview with Jeff in the Asian American Law Journal. Asian American Law Journal, Jeff Adachi, 15 Asian Am. L.J. 225 (2008). You can read the entire interview here https://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/aalj/vol15/iss1/8/.

[02/23/19]   Jeff Adachi - a pillar and role model of our criminal defense community. Cannot believe you are gone. We are grateful for all of the lives and careers you have affected. Our thoughts and condolences go out to your family and friends, who are also our family and friends. Rest In Peace.

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The Garrick S. Lew Legacy Fund

APPLICATIONS FOR THE GARRICK S LEW SCHOLARSHIP NOW AVAILABLE! DEADLINE 4/19/19.

The Garrick S. Lew Fellowship awards $10,000 to a 3L law student committed to a criminal defense practice after graduation. The Fellowship is funded through a grant from the Minami Tamaki Yamauchi Kwok & Lee (MTYKL) Foundation’s Garrick S. Lew Legacy Fund to the AABA Law Foundation, which administers the Fellowship and selects the recipients. The MTYKL Foundation created the Garrick S. Lew Legacy Fund in conjunction with the Lew family to support efforts that continue Garrick’s legacy of advocating for our Asian American communities, AAPIs in the legal profession and criminal defense.

APPLICATION DETAILS HERE: https://goo.gl/nZnZJz

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4/19/19
Finalists will be notified for scheduling of interviews by Friday, May 17, 2019.

The Recipient of the Fellowship will be notified by May 24, 2019.

For more information about the scholarship, please visit: https://mtykl.org/garricklewfund/

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Nafcon National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, in partnership with Migrante-Daly City, Filipino Community Center, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, San Francisco Public Defender's Office, and Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association, invite you to Know Your Rights: An Informational Forum and Free Legal Clinic on November 17.

During this event, we will be presenting information about immigration, workers' rights, and the proposed changes to the public charge rule. Lawyers will be available for brief consultations to provide free legal advice regardless of one's immigration status.

*We encourage you to bring documents pertaining to your concerns to the clinic.

EVENT DETAILS
Date: November 17, 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Venue: 333 90th St., Daly City
REGISTRATION IS FREE!

To register, please send a message to NAFCON at +1(650)469-2009 or email [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you there!

jeffadachi2018.com

Jeff Adachi for Public Defender 2018

AACTLA proudly endorses Jeff Adachi in his re-election for San Francisco Public Defender.

http://www.jeffadachi2018.com

jeffadachi2018.com Jeff Adachi for Public Defender of San Francisco 2018.

Our Gala last night was a tremendous success. Thank you to all who came and all who made it happen!

Just a few photos for now but more to come!

Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association

We are sold out! Thank you for your amazing support and get ready for an exciting night at AACTLA's 5th Annual Installation Gala!

Is it that time of year again? YES! Join us for a night of food, drink, and inspiration at AACTLA's 5th Annual Installation Gala!

We are holding this year's dinner at San Francisco's China Live, heralded as SF's best new restaurant of 2017!

Date: July 27, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: China Live
Address: 644 Broadway, San Francisco CA

TICKETS/INFO: http://www.aactla.org/installation-gala/

Keynote Speaker: L. Song Richardson (Dean, UC Irvine School of Law)
We are so honored to have L. Song Richardson as our keynote speaker. She is the only woman of color to lead a top 30 law school in the nation and has built her career speaking on behalf of social, racial, and criminal justice, as well as building an impressive body of scholarship bringing lessons from cognitive and social psychology to study criminal procedure, criminal law and policing.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018 JUSTICE AWARD ARE STILL OPEN - FOR LAW STUDENTS COMMITTED TO INDIGENT CRIMINAL DEFENSE! DUE 7/9/18!

Awards announced at the gala!
APPLY NOW! https://goo.gl/JLNLwm

New Location of AACTLA Gala: CHINA LIVE, SF!! https://chinalivesf.com/
New modern space in the heart of SF Chinatown! Delicious food and a great event space for our Gala
Friday, July 27th 6-9PM
$90 Government Rate and Member Rate
$120 for Non-Members
$70 Law Students
RSVP [email protected]

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Installation Gala

Is it that time of year again? YES! Join us for a night of food, drink, and inspiration at AACTLA's 5th Annual Installation Gala!

We are holding this year's dinner at San Francisco's China Live, heralded as SF's best new restaurant of 2017!

Date: July 27, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: China Live
Address: 644 Broadway, San Francisco CA

TICKETS/INFO: http://www.aactla.org/installation-gala/

Keynote Speaker: L. Song Richardson (Dean, UC Irvine School of Law)
We are so honored to have L. Song Richardson as our keynote speaker. She is the only woman of color to lead a top 30 law school in the nation and has built her career speaking on behalf of social, racial, and criminal justice, as well as building an impressive body of scholarship bringing lessons from cognitive and social psychology to study criminal procedure, criminal law and policing.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018 JUSTICE AWARD ARE STILL OPEN - FOR LAW STUDENTS COMMITTED TO INDIGENT CRIMINAL DEFENSE! DUE 7/9/18!

Awards announced at the gala!
APPLY NOW! https://goo.gl/JLNLwm

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APPLICATIONS FOR AACTLA’s 2018 JUSTICE SCHOLARSHIP ARE NOW OPEN!!! Deadline 7/9/18!

AACTLA awards monetary scholarships to eligible law students who have a demonstrated commitment in areas consistent with AACTLA’s mission. This year's award will be in the amount of $3000. The scholarship program is open to law students and recent law graduates who are planning to pursue a career in criminal indigent defense or a related criminal justice pursuit.

TO APPLY, PLEASE VISIT: https://goo.gl/JLNLwm

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 7/9/18
Finalists will be notified for scheduling of interviews within the week.

The scholarship will be awarded at AACTLA's annual Gala on Friday 7/27/18 at China Live (644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA)

For more information about AACTLA, the gala, and the scholarship, please visit us at www.aactla.org or email us at [email protected].

aactla.org ASIAN AMERICAN CRIMINAL TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

Kularts

Opening Night of Incarcerated 6x9 was amazing! After the show we participated in a panel discussion about the effects of mass incarceration on our clients. See clips here! Also it’s still not too late to buy tickets to the next show! 1 week left! Visit Kularts for more details

Former public defender and lecturer in law, Ji Seon Song, shares her thoughts on Incarcerated 6x9 as part of the post show discussion with the Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association.

“It was one of the most true expressions in art form of what I think our clients experience”

Tickets available for 5/5, 5/6, 5/11-13 www.kularts-sf.org/incarcerated6x9

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Public Defender - Alameda County

VOICE YOUR OBJECTION TO CHANGES IN ALAMEDA COUNTY JURY SERVICE RESULTING IN LESS DIVERSE JURIES IN ALAMEDA COUNTY!!!

THURSDAY MAY 3RD is the last day to lodge your objection to the new proposed rule that changes the way misdemeanor juries are selected for misdemeanor cases. It only takes a few seconds!

Please vist: http://www.co.alameda.ca.us/defender/oppose.htm

All potential jurors would be drawn from one list without respect to the distance between the courthouse and the juror’s residence. This means that a citizen from the outskirts of Fremont or Pleasanton could be called to serve on a misdemeanor petty theft jury trial in Oakland and vice versa.

This will create a heavy burden on the residents of Alameda County that already find it difficult to serve on juries, and it will exacerbate the poor representation of low income people of color on juries.

The courts are accepting public comment on the proposed change until May 3, 2018, with the proposed change taking effect July 1.

co.alameda.ca.us The Alameda County Superior Court has posted a new proposed rule that would change the way jurors are selected for misdemeanor cases. You can read it here.

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INCARCERATED 6X9

Join us on Opening Night for INCARCERATED 6x9 at Bindlestiff Studio on Friday May 4th!

INCARCERATED 6x9 is an Immersive 60-minute dance-media performance and the latest work by Alleluia Panis, performed by 10 dancers to music by Rachel Lastimosa and filmmaker Wilfred Galila Fri-Sun May 4-13, 2018 at Bindlestiff Studio in SF's Filipino Cultural District. Exploring the hopes, delusions and the ultimate will to survive in the loneliest, most bitter place on the planet, 6x9 is inspired by the real-life accounts of incarcerated young Pinoy/Asian Americans. The bold, physically and emotionally layered work of fiction located in the year 2048, 150 years after the US pursuit of global power began.

AACTLA Members will be a part of the Community Discussion Panels!

Susie Ra, Alameda County Public Defenders Office
Ji Seon Song, Thomas C. Grey Fellow and Lecturer in Law
Vilaska Nguyen, SF County Public Defenders Office
Chris Gueco, Solano County Public Defenders Office
Su Yon Yi, Alameda County Public Defenders Office

Pre-Sale tickets are $20. Use Promo Code "GATPALA" at checkout! https://incarcerated-6x9.brownpapertickets.com/

incarcerated-6x9.brownpapertickets.com Immersive 60-minute dance-media World Premiere performance INCARCERATED 6x9 is the latest work by Alleluia Panis, performed by 10 dancers to music by Rachel Lastimosa and filmmaker Wilfred Galila Fri-Sun May 4-13, 2018 at Bindlestiff Studio in SF's Filipino Cultural District.

https://www.facebook.com/TEDxUCDavisSF/posts/789240237941558:0

Did you know that what our juvenile justice system does with children who do great things is good but what it does with children who do bad things is actually really bad? Ji Seon Song, a Thomas C. Grey Fellow and juvenile justice advocate at Stanford Law School thinks "movement" is the key to improve how we treat children in the juvenile justice system. Join us on 4/29 to hear Ji Seon's talk on her juvenile justice system movement. Tickets available at tedxucdavissfmovement.eventbrite.com #2018Movementspeakers #TEDxUCDavisSF

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“Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been relentless in their attack against the Vietnamese community. Since March 2017, ICE has escalated its detention of Vietnamese refugees and between 8,000 and 10,000 Vietnamese Americans are still at risk of being unlawfully detained.

We urge you to sign this petition to demand ICE stop breaking families apart and urge them to release these immigrants back to their families.” Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus

advancingjustice.salsalabs.org Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been relentless in their attack against the Vietnamese community. Since March 2017, ICE has escalated its detention of Vietnamese refugees and between 8,000 and 10,000 Vietnamese Americans are still at risk of being unlawfully detained.

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L.A. attorneys who represent indigent clients in criminal court protest their new boss

More than 150 deputy public defenders gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Monday to protest what they say is an existential threat to the office: their new boss.

The lawyers chanted and wore "RESIST" T-shirts. They held signs reading "CLIENTS FIRST" and "We need a leader who knows Miranda, not HR propaganda."

latimes.com A group of L.A. County public defenders gathered in downtown L.A. Monday to protest their new boss, Nicole Davis Tinkham.

Bay Area Defenders should check out this event on Thursday at noon in the Franklin Building in Oakland. Alameda County PD Brendon Woods will be on the panel.

injusticetoday.com

Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office Has A New Interim Leader — And She’s Never Represented…

Hundreds of deputy public defenders who represent indigent people accused of crimes are circulating "#notmyPD" wristbands and a petition calling for Tinkham's immediate removal (https://tinyurl.com/yadfsfnf). A Monday rally decrying the appointment is scheduled for near downtown's Clara Shortridge Foltz courthouse. See also: http://www.publicdefenders.us/blog_home.asp?Display=667

injusticetoday.com On Jan. 23, public defenders in Los Angeles County got a new interim boss — over their own objections. For one thing, many have argued…

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The Bronx Defenders and Legal Aid Issue a Joint Statement on Bronx ICE Courthouse Arrest

“As public defenders responsible for providing critical legal representation to hundreds of thousands of people across our city each year, we have watched Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials turn New York City’s courthouses into immigration enforcement zones. The presence of ICE officers in our courthouses, and the perception that no immigrant is safe to seek their day in court, is threatening to upend our entire legal process and the principles upon which it stands.”

bronxdefenders.org ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** BRONX DEFENDERS, LEGAL AID JOINT STATEMENT ON BRONX ICE COURTHOUSE ARREST BRONX, NY –The Bronx Defenders and The Legal Aid Society

ktvu.com

Jury acquits homeless man after San Francisco police officer turns off camera for 2 minutes, PD says

Congratulations to Deputy Public Defender Abigail Rivamonte Mesa! Her client, Amie Mangisel, is originally from the Philippines and is a legal resident who has lived in a tiny, makeshift wooden dwelling on the sidewalk outside his mother’s home on Shafter Avenue in the Bayview for years. Jurors cleared her client of felony charges after she exposed a police officer who appeared to turn off his body camera in order to coach the complaining witness in the case. #FilipinoBarAssociationofNorthernCalifornia #FBANC #NationalFilipinoAmericanLawyersAssociation #NFALA
http://www.ktvu.com/news/jury-acquits-homeless-man-after-san-francisco-police-officer-turns-off-camera-for-2-minutes-pd-says

ktvu.com A homeless man in San Francisco was acquitted of making criminal threats to his neighbor who had long complained about the man’s mess on the sidewalk, after jurors saw footage of a police officer appearing to intentionally turn off his body camera while investigating the case.

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