May 7-8, 2018: CABA Members Participate in NAPABA Lobby Day (Event Recap)

On May 7 and 8, CABA joined forces with other NAPABA members from across the country to inform members of Congress and their staffers on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community.

This year, we discussed with Congressional members and staffers the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018 (S. 2552/H.R. 5233), which would amend a technical issue caused by the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 and ensure that all internationally adopted children of American parents receive automatic US citizenship. We also stressed the importance of preserving the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program and funding for the Legal Service Corporation and Legal Aid programs in the FY2019 budget.

We asked congressional representatives to support the Chinese American Veterans of WWII Congressional Gold Medal Act (S.1050/ H.R.2358), which would award the Congressional Gold Medal to Chinese American veterans of World War II. We communicated NAPABA’s values and principles regarding immigration issues. NABAPA strongly supports a commonsense immigration reform that preserves family base immigration, maintains the diversity visa program, and provides DREAMers with a legislative solution.

We met with Senators to support the confirmation of diverse judicial nominees Jill A. Otake for the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii and John B. Nalbandian for the Sixth Circuit. Two days after NAPABA left the Hill, Indian American Diane Gujarati was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

On our visit, CABA members spoke with Senator Mazie Hirono (HI), Senator Chuck Grassley (IA), Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-8), Congresswoman Aumua Amata (AS) and legislative aides of Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL), Senator Dick Durbin (IL), Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), Senator Johnny Isakson (GA), Congressman Danny Davis (IL-7), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10), and Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11).

May 17, 2018: CABA Board Member Elaine Sit to be Honored at Law & Disorder

Congratulations to long-time CABA Board Member Elaine Sit, who will be honored on May 17, 2018 for her dedication in providing pro bono services to low-income clients. Elaine is being honored for her outstanding work with the CVLS Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic.

Location: River Roast (315 N. LaSalle Street)

Tickets available here: (government and non-profit discount available)


“Celebrate pro bono and the volunteers that make it possible by laughing your assets off at our 4th Law and Disorder fundraiser and award ceremony. Emcee Anna Sankaran -lawyer by day and stand-up comedian by night-and Michael Palascak– a triple-threat comedian/writer/actor – will tickle your funny bone as we also honor amazing volunteers and community partners for their commitment to equal access to justice.”

April 27, 2018: “Development of Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law with respect to the US and Asia-Pacific Mini-Conference”

CABA is delighted to co-host, along with South Asian Bar Association of Chicago, FALA Chicago, Asian American Bar Association of Chicago, and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office: “Development of Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law with respect to the US and Asia-Pacific Mini-Conference”
The event will be primarily hosted by McAndrews Held and Malloy and the University of Illinois, College of Law.
Date/Time: Friday, April 27, 2018 from 10 AM-12:30 PM
Location: McAndrews, Held & Malloy (500 West Madison Street, 35th Floor)
Cost: Free, CLE Pending
Please RSVP with CABA Board Member George Wu at

April 26, 2018: Legal Trends Panel on Technological Developments in the Law


Legal Trends Panel on Technological Developments in the Law

Thursday April 26th, 68 PM

Please join us for an exciting panel discussion on the legal trends likely to impact your practice.

Catherine Sanders Reach – Digital Security
Mobile exploits, Internet of Things, dangers, permissions and privacy controls, phishing, ransomware, oh my! What are the new and old threats lawyers should guard against – and why? From irritating to devastating the constant barrage of cyber threats against you, your clients and your law firm can be overwhelming. We will talk about some steps to take to guard against these threats and be ready for the next ones.Nelson Rosario – Blockchain and the Law
A basic introduction to blockchain technology and the implications for the practice of law and how humans manage trust.

Conor Malloy – Automating your Law Practice
We will cover different points of friction many law firms experience in their daily activities and how to free up time in order to increases billable hours, or alternatively, optimize flat-rate billing. We will focus on optimizing one’s practice using automation, including a variety of off-the-shelf technology.

Samira Nazem – Technology in the Courts
Our courts may be steeped in history and tradition, but they are not immune from technology and change. As lawyers and litigants increasingly turn to technology to simplify court procedures and improve access to justice, the courts must also think about how they can effectively and responsibly use technology to meet the evolving needs of the public. From remote appearances to electronic filing, learn about new ways in which our state courts are connecting with litigants and lawyers.

Open bar and light hors d’oeuvres. Thanks to Barack Ferrazzano for sponsoring.

Hosted by the Chinese American Bar Association and the
Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Future of the Profession Committee.


Save the Date: Legal Panel with CMAA (May 22, 2018)

On May 22, 2018, at 2:00 PM, CABA, alongside the Chinese Mutual Aid Association, will be hosting an informational legal panel in Chicago.

Cost: Free
Date/Time: May 22, 2018, at 2:00 PM
Location: Chinese Mutual Aid Association (1016 West Argyle Street, Chicago, Illinois)

Confirmed panelists:

Gerrin Butler, LEHP, MPA (public health inspections)
Chicago Department of Public Health
Director of Food Protection

Di Fu, Esq. (small business and tax)
Attorney, Atom Law Group

Kai Lo (immigration)
Attorney, Fragomen

Anne I. Shaw (real estate law)
Attorney, Shaw Legal Services, Ltd.

For more information, please contact Hsin-Hsin (Ivy) Lee at


April 16, 2018: CABA co-hosts Scott Tong

CABA is co-hosting, alongside the Chinese American Museum of Chicago, the United Chinese Americans UCA Illinois Chapter, and McAndrews, Held & Malloy, a discussion with Scott Tong of his book, “A Village with My Name – A Family History of China’s Opening to the World.” This book offers a unique perspective on the transitions in China through the eyes of individuals who have witness such epochal events as the toppling of the Qing monarchy, Japan’s occupation during World War II, exile of political prisoners to forced labor camps, mass death and famine during the Great Leap Forward, market reforms under Deng Xiaoping, and the dawn of the One Child Policy.

Cost: Free

Date/Time: April 16, 2018 (5:30 PM)

Location: McAndrews, Held & Malloy – 500 West Madison Street, 35th Floor

Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP to George Wu (

April 14, 2018: 2018 Law Student Career Forum

Please join CABA, along with AABA, FALA, KABA & SABA, for the 2018 Law Student Forum to learn about different practice areas, receive feedback on your resume from practicing attorneys, and practice your networking skills. Free to all law students (must bring at least one hard copy of resume for review).

Please visit the following to register and for more information:

Event Recap: Re-Enactment of Chy Lung v. Freeman (22 Lewd Chinese Women)

On March 20, 2018, CABA, in conjunction with Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s APALSA Chapter, presented a re-enactment of the first U.S. Supreme Court case involving a Chinese litigant. Actors and actresses consisted of practicing lawyers, sitting judges, law students, and members of the Chinese American community. Over 100 people were in attendance. The event took place at Loyola University Chicago School of Law‘s Power Rogers Smith Ceremonial Courtroom.

About Chy Lung v. Freeman:

In 1875, 22 women from China, including Chy Lung, were passengers on a ship that journeyed from China to San Francisco. An immigration commissioner, who inspected passengers arriving in California (as allowed by a California state statute passed in 1875) had the ability to deny passsengers who he identified as “lewd and debauched” entry to the United States. In this case, the immigration commissioner examined the passengers and identified Chy Lung and other women (unmarried) as “lewd and debauched.” Facing deportation and detained aboard the ship they had traveled in, the women sued out a writ of habeas corpus. These women refused to be deported to China, and appealed the decision to deport them. The Supreme Court of California upheld the constitutionality of the statute used to deny the women’s entry into the United states, and upheld their deportation. The women subsequently appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On October 1, 1875, the Supreme Court decided unanimously in favor of Chy Lung, noting that the federal government, and not the state government, was in charge of immigration policy and diplomatic relations with other nations, rejecting the contention that the State of California could impose restrictions on Chinese immigration.

Our event was made possible with grants from NAPABA and ISBA; use of AABANY‘s script; and corporate sponsorships from Fragomen, Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP, Law Office of Rachel Kao, and the Sokol Group.