1 Annual Installation Dinner Friday, April 17, 2009 Four Seas Restaurant 731 Grant Avenue, San Francisco
3 Program 5:30 Registration and Reception 7:00 Dinner Served and Welcome by our Student Emcees Christine Start, USF School of Law James Arcellana, USF School of Law 7:15 Welcome Remarks Rafael Ace Climaco, Outgoing President 7:30 Special Presentation David Chiu President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors 7:40 Student Scholarships Introduction: Katie Esclamado, Historian FBANC Scholarship: Joanne Villanueva Raymond L. Ocampo, Jr. Scholarship: Dyanna Quizon 7:55 Presentation of Jose Rizal Achievement Award Introduction: Ernie Llorente Awardee: Lourdes Tancinco 8:30 Keynote Address Introduction: Mark Punzalan, Secretary Speaker: Angelo Ancheta 9:00 Induction of New Officers By the Hon. Ron Quidachay 9:05 Closing Remarks Rhean Fajardo, Incoming President 9:15 Music and Dancing Many thanks to our sponsors: PG&E Corporation; Meyers Nave; Bledsoe, Cathcart, Diestel, Pedersen & Treppa; Finkelstein Thompson; Hanson Bridgett; The Law Offices of Billy Chan.
4 the law offices of Billy Chan Still At 22 Battery. Where FBANC Presidents are made. Corporate - Entertainment - Technology - Intellectual Property 22 Battery Street, Suite 401 San Francisco, CA (415)
5 FBANC Officers President - Rhean Fajardo Rhean is a Deputy City Attorney with the City of Daly City. Her practice primarily consists of representing the city in various proceedings and hearings before official bodies and counseling department heads in establishing and recommending changes in policies and procedures to meet legal requirements. Prior to joining the City Attorney s office, she operated a solo law practice, and served as In- House Counsel for Lucky Money, Inc., a money transfer services business and a member of the Lucky Group of Companies. Rhean is also the Operations Director for the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) and has previously served as FBANC s representative to the Minority Bar Coalition. She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Internal Vice-President - Genevieve Dominguez Dong Genevieve graduated from the University of California at Davis with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication and Sociology with a Law and Society Emphasis. She received her Juris Doctorate degree and certificate of specialization in intellectual property law from Golden Gate University School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in During law school, Genevieve was an intern with the United States Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration Regional Office in San Francisco and a law clerk for the Law Offices of Helen Santana, in-house counsel for Liberty Mutual in San Francisco. Genevieve was also active with her law school s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, holding various board positions and conducting review sessions for first year law students. Genevieve joined the San Francisco law firm of Bledsoe, Cathcart, Diestel, Pedersen & Treppa LLP in 2006 after working at Bradley Curley Asiano Barrabee and Crawford PC in Larkspur, CA. She practices in the areas of premises liability, personal injury, residential landlord-tenant law, real estate transactions, and landslide/earth movement cases. She formerly held the positions of co-historian and treasurer of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California, and is a member of the Association of Defense Counsel, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. Genevieve, originally from San Jose, currently resides in Oakland with her husband David. She enjoys traveling and performing Phillippine folk dance.
6 External Vice-President - Mark Punzalan Mark joined Finkelstein Thompson LLP in June 2007 and practices in the fields of securities litigation, consumer fraud, and antitrust. Mr. Punzalan received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2001 from the University of California, Los Angeles, and received his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law in Mr. Punzalan is currently the Chair of the Intellectual Property and Internet Law Section for the Bar Association of San Francisco s Barristers Club. He is also a member of the Asian American Bar Association (AABA) of the Greater Bay Area. Treasurer - David Mesa David is an associate at Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP. He concentrates his practice in the Products Liability group, working on the defense of automobile, medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers in multiple state jurisdictions. He participates in all phases of the litigation, including developing case strategy, deposing witnesses, arguing motions, retaining experts and preparing cases for trial. David has been an active FBANC member since He received the FBANC Legal Scholarship in 2006 and was the student host for the Annual Banquet in He looks forward to working with the Board. Secretary - Freeda Yllana Lugo Freeda is an associate in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she is a member of the firm's litigation practice. Freeda is a graduate of UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law. Legal Clinics Director - Angela Mapa Angela practices business and family immigration law. She counsels a broad range of clients, from individuals and small businesses to large corporations, and has successfully represented professionals, students, families, and investors in nonimmigrant work visa, employment- and family-based permanent residence, and naturalization cases. Ms. Mapa is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and she currently volunteers as a Co-Liaison for the New Members Division of the Northern California Chapter of AILA. Ms. Mapa graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor s degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish Language and Literature and earned her law degree from the University of San Francisco. She enjoys traveling and surfing, but not running.
7 Co-Historian - Monelle Palencia Monelle was recently admitted to the bar in She is an attorney for the Law Offices of Leigh Herman and the Law Office of Richard Vaznaugh, where she practices civil litigation with an emphasis in employment law. She represents employees in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour claims. Previously, Monelle was a law clerk for the Office of the County Counsel of San Mateo. Monelle is also serving as FBANC s representative to the Minority Bar Coalition. Born and raised in San Francisco, Monelle received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. While in law school, Monelle worked as a summer associate at Minami Tamaki, LLP and as a law clerk for Bay Area Legal Aid. Co-Historian - Katie Esclamado Katie is an associate at Van De Poel, Levy & Allen, where she practices civil litigation, representing clients primarily in construction matters. She has a broad range of experience including construction, employment and ERISA, personal injury and products liability. During law school she clerked for the Honorable Joe McDade of the Central District of Illinois, and was a member of the University of San Francisco Law Review, the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, and participated in the Street Law Program. Katie graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government in 2004, and received her Juris Doctor from USF in 2007.
8 Scholarship Award Winners Raymond L. Ocampo, Jr. Scholarship Dyanna Quizon At the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Dyanna helped co-create the Women of Color network and is a member of the Pilipino American Law Society. As part of the inaugural class of the UCDC Law Program, Dyanna is currently spending her spring semester as a legal intern for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She credits her participation in the organization Filipinos for Obama, recently re-named Kaya: Filipino Americans for Progress, for reigniting her interest in national politics. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with highest honors. Dyanna also served as a Congressional intern for Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA). FBANC Scholarship Joanne Villanueva Joanne is a 1L at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and is primarily interested in civil rights, immigrants rights, and critical race theory. She is active in the Pilipino American Law Society (PALS), the Coalition for Diversity, and the Legal Aid Society s Workers Rights Clinic. This semester, she also helped found the Women of Color network. Prior to coming to law school, Joanne engaged in legal activism through Women s Legal Education, Advocacy, and Defense and the Third World Movement Against the Exploitation of Women. Joanne graduated from Brown University in As an undergraduate, she served as an Executive Board Member of the Filipino Alliance, a Minority Peer Counselor Friend, and the President of Archipelag-a, a Filipina spoken word organization. She is also a member of Brown s Phi Beta Kappa Society.
9 Jose Rizal Achievement Award Lourdes Tancinco Lourdes began her legal career at the University of the Philippines School of Law, the center of student activism in the 1980s. In 1993, about the same time she started her own law practice, Lourdes fell upon a case that plunged her into community service. Seventeen elderly Filipino World War II veterans were placed in captivity and subjected to inhumane treatment by a Filipino American immigration consultant Catalino Dazo of Richmond, California. Along with other Filipino American community volunteers, Lourdes rescued the veterans. The veterans sued Dazo and in 1995, ten of the veterans were granted damages. Lourdes was their lawyer, fighting on their behalf for two long years. Since then, she has been a tireless advocate for Filipino World War II veterans. In 1998, Lourdes cofounded the San Francisco Veterans Equity Center that provides basic services for veterans. Lourdes provides free legal services for the veterans at the center through the Fil-Am Vet Legal Clinic, which she also founded in In 2000, she joined the National Network for Veterans Equity as a Co-Chair. On February 17, 2009, 63 years after President Truman stripped the veterans of their benefits, President Obama signed the stimulus bill which contained a provision releasing $198 million in funds to compensate the veterans. All living U.S. citizen veterans will receive a $15,000 lump sum payment. Although the payments will certainly help the veterans, the victory is bittersweet. Non U.S. citizen veterans will only receive a $9,000 lump sum payment and both payments are in lieu of a monthly pension or survivor benefits. This means that only living veterans may file an application, and surviving spouses and children of veterans who have already died will receive nothing. Only about 18,000 of the 250,000 Filipinos who fought in the war and helped the U.S. defeat Japan in the Pacific are still alive - 6,000 in the U.S., 12,000 in the Philippines. And about 10 of them are dying each day. For Lourdes, her community service will continue as she works with veterans to help them navigate through the process of actually receiving the payments, and continue to serve as their voice so that their contributions will never be forgotten.
11 Keynote Speaker Angelo Ancheta Assistant Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law Angelo Ancheta directs the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center, the university s civil clinical program. His current research and teaching focus on constitutional law, civil rights, voting rights, and clinical education. He has also been a Lecturer on Law at the Harvard Law School, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, and a Lecturer at the UCLA School of Law. From 2000 to 2004, he was the Director of Legal and Advocacy Programs for The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University. Prior to his academic career, Ancheta was a legal services and civil rights attorney in California, and specialized in the areas of immigration law, anti-discrimination law, and appellate advocacy. From 1994 to 1998, he was the executive director of the San Francisco-based Asian Law Caucus. He has also been a staff attorney at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California, and the Asian Law Alliance in San Jose, California. He has written numerous law review and professional journal articles on civil rights and community-based lawyering, and is the author of the books Race, Rights, and the Asian American Experience (1998; 2d ed. 2007) and Scientific Evidence and Equal Protection of the Law (2006). He has been on the board of directors of several nonprofit organizations, including California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, the National Immigration Forum, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, and the ACLU of Southern California. Ancheta received his A.B. in 1983 from UCLA and his J.D. in 1986 from the UCLA School of Law, where he was Chief Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review. He also received an M.P.A. in 2000 from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was a Pforzheimer Foundation Nonprofit Fellow.
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