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FLOW, MELAW, and VABAW Happy Hour Mixer!

The summer is upon us and the membership committees of FLOW, the Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington (MELAW), and the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington (VABAW) would like to invite you to a happy hour mixer at the offices of Christensen, O’Connor, Johnson, and Kindness. Light appetizers and drinks will be provided. We look forward to having an opportunity for our members to network, socialize, and have fun!

Location:
Christensen, O’Connor, Johnson and Kindness
1420 5th Ave., Suite 2800, Seattle, WA 98101
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 
Friday, June 22, 2012

Sponsored by Christensen, O'Connor, Johnson and Kindness.

Please RSVP to membership@filipinolawyers.org by June 20, 2012 if you and any guests are planning to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Join the FLOW Walk For Rice Team and donate to a worthy cause!

The Walk for Rice is fund-raising event featuring a 2.4 mile walk or run around Seward Park in Seattle. Now in its 22nd year, Walk for Rice attracts over 1,000 community members who raise funds to enable Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) to buy rice and provide support services for the ACRS Food Bank.

FLOW has made it an annual tradition to be involved in this event and our Membership Co-Chairperson, Nolan Lim, has set up a FLOW team for the Walk. Please go to the link below to join the FLOW team:

http://walkforrice.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1012916&lis=0&kntae1012916=199A5C32C59B4FF8B3F3781B8843B429

Select our team, and then follow the directions to register. Even if you are unable to do the Walk, please consider donating to support this worthy cause. Let's work on getting those donations!!! We hope to see you there!

Join us for FLOW Fourth Friday, this coming Friday, April 27, 2012! Fourth Fridays are our monthly mixers / networking events to relax with FLOW members, enjoy some food & drink, and hopefully meet some new faces.

This Friday, we will be meeting at House of Hong, 409 8th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98104, starting at 6:00 p.m. RSVP appreciated by Thursday, April 26th, to membership@filipinolawyers.org. See you there!

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The United States Department of Justice has a Civil Division job vacancy available in the District of Idaho (in Boise, ID). Please see the following for more information:

http://www.justice.gov/usao/id/employment/civilausavacancy.pdf

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Senate Leaders Agree to Move Forward on the Confirmation of Three Asian Pacific American Judicial Nominees

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reached an agreement to allow votes on all three Asian Pacific American nominees pending on the Senate floor. The Asian Pacific American nominees include Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen, nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Miranda Du, nominee to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, and John Z. Lee, nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Judge Nguyen, Ms. Du, and Mr. Lee have all been nominated to fill vacancies that are classified as "judicial emergencies." Eleven other judicial nominees were also included in the Senate deal, and it is expected that all 14 judicial nominees will receive a floor vote by May 7th.

"The Asian Pacific American community is delighted by the news that Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, Miranda Du, and John Z. Lee are finally scheduled to have confirmation votes in the coming weeks after much unneeded delay," said Nimesh M. Patel, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). "If confirmed, these qualified nominees will bring much needed diversity to courts in California, Nevada, and Illinois, and fill judicial seats that have been vacant for far too long."

If confirmed, Judge Nguyen would be the first Asian Pacific American female federal appellate court judge in the history of the United States, Ms. Du would be the first Asian Pacific American Article III judge in Nevada, and Mr. Lee would be only the second Asian Pacific American Article III judge on the Northern District of Illinois.

"We hope that this agreement will help break the backlog of nominations still pending in the Senate, and that the final confirmation votes for all three Asian Pacific American nominees are scheduled soon," said Karen K. Narasaki, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC). "We applaud Senator Reid for shining a spotlight on the judicial vacancy crisis and pushing these Asian Pacific American nominees forward for a vote in the coming weeks."

There are currently 15 active Asian Pacific American Article III Judges out of approximately 875 authorized Article III Judgesundefined1 circuit court judge and 14 district court judges. If the number of Asian Pacific American judges reflected the general population, then there should be approximately 11-12 Asian Pacific American federal circuit court judges, and 40-41 Asian Pacific American federal district court judges.

AAJC and NAPABA urge members of the Asian Pacific American community to continue to contact their Senators about these judicial nominations until Judge Nguyen, Ms. Du, and Mr. Lee have received their final confirmation votes in the Senate. We look forward to continuing to work with the Senate on the confirmation of these and future Asian Pacific American judicial candidates.

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The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 63 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of minorities in the legal profession.
The Asian American Justice Center (www.advancingequality.org), a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, works closely with its sister organizations - the Asian American Institute in Chicago (www.aaichicago.org), the Asian Law Caucus (www.asianlawcaucus.org) in San Francisco and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (www.apalc.org) in Los Angeles - to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities.

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FILIPINO LAWYERS OF WASHINGTON (FLOW) -- 2012 GENERAL MEETING

You’re invited to attend our General Meeting on Friday, March 23, 2012, at Inay's Asian Pacific Cuisine to learn about FLOW, meet our members, and hopefully become a member yourself! Please join us to learn, network, and enjoy some delicious Filipino food!

Everyone of all backgrounds is welcome and we encourage you to invite anyone who might also be interested in becoming a part of FLOW.

Kindly please RSVP to Membership Committee Co-Chair Jerilynn Gonzales at membership@filipinolawyers.org by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, if you plan to attend.

We hope to see you there!
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United Filipino Club of Seattle University presents
The 18th Annual Barrio Fiesta
"Pagbabalik Tanaw"
Honoring the Legacies of our Filipino-American Culture

Saturday, March 10, 2012
5:30 p.m. Doors Open, 6:00 p.m. Dinner Served
Seattle University Campion Ballroom
General Pre-Sale: $15, At Door: $18
Children 11 yrs and under: $11

Alumni, family and friends are invited to join the SU Filipino Alumni Chapter at the United Filipino Club of Seattle University's 18th Annual Barrio Fiesta! Come learn about traditional and modern Filipino-American culture by enjoying live entertainment, a theatrical skit and dances, authentic Filipino cuisine, shopping at the Sari Sari store, and a chance of winning prizes in the raffle drawings.

40 seats still available for the Filipino Alumni Chapter! RSVPs received after the registration deadline will be directed to the United Filipino Club for General Seating tickets only (seating at the FAC tables will not be available).

Alumni who are former United Filipino Club Presidents and/or Barrio Chairs need to contact FAC executive board member Brandon Bruan at bruanb@gmail.com by Friday, March 2 for their one complimentary, non-transferable Barrio Fiesta ticket.

RSVP by Friday, March 2 at 4 p.m.!
E-mail: alumniRSVP@seattleu.edu| Phone: (206) 296-6127
Alumni office business hours: Monday to Friday, 8 to 4:30 p.m.

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Inquirer: play based on short story by Filipino-American author Carlos Bulosan up for 5 LA Theater awards.

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"I Am Filipino" opens Mar 1 at Seattle's Wing Luke Museum. Through stories & photos, explore Filipino American identity & history how the culture lives on in our community.

As an added bonus, Wing Luke Museum in Seattle is free on Mar 1, 2012. More on http://bit.ly/hSP74t
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