Cheer on CABA’s Dragon Boat Race Team: “Fishing Expedition” (this Saturday: June 23, 2018)

Join in on the fun this Saturday and cheer on CABA’s “Fishing Expedition” team at Chinatown’s annual Dragon Boat Race event!
The event will be from 8am-5pm (Ping Tom Park), though CABA’s team will be racing at 10:20 AM.

With the help of our sponsors, we will have lunch for those cheering on our team. Bring your friends and family! It’s free and will be lots of fun!

June 28, 2018: Judicial Reception Celebrating Newly Elected Cook County Judges

CABA is proud to serve as a co-sponsor for the All Asian Bar Summer Cocktail Reception on June 28 at the University Club of Chicago (76 E. Monroe), 5:00-7:00 PM. This event, hosted in conjunction with the AABA, FALA, JABA, KABA, and SABA, will feature an open bar and passed appetizers. Join us as we celebrate the summer, as well as recently elected and appointed Cook County Circuit Court judges, including soon to be Honorable Sanju Oomen Green and Honorable Bill Yu.

$15/ CABA (and co-sponsoring bar) members
$30/ Non-members
Free for judges and law students

May 17, 2018: CABA Board Member Elaine Sit Receives 2018 CVLS Pro Bono Honor Roll Award

On May 17, 2018, CABA Board Member and Historian, Elaine C. Sit, received her 2018 CVLS Pro Bono Honor Roll Award from Rebekah Azar Rashidfarokhi, Director of CVLS Guardian ad litem for Minors Program at Law & Disorder, an annual fundraiser featuring comedy and fun for CVLS. Elaine was honored for her work at the Chinatown Pro Bono Clinic, a standing CABA and CVLS sponsored legal clinic which takes place on the second Saturday of every month at Chinese American Service League (CASL).

May 22, 2018: CABA Legal Panel in Partnership with CMAA (Event Recap)

On May 22, CABA hosted a legal panel at Chinese Mutual Aid Association tailored to small business practices. Entrepreneurs asked our panelists questions focused on business structure and taxes, employee immigration issues, administrative hearings, and City of Chicago health code inspections. Special thanks to Anne Shaw, Di Fu, Kai Lo, and Gerrin Butlet for serving as panelists. The panel was moderated by CABA Secretary Hsin-Hsin Lee.

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 24, 2018: CABA Honors Gary Zhao at CBA’s Vanguard Awards

On April 24, 2018, CABA honored former CABA president and current CABA Board Member Gary Zhao at the Chicago Bar Association’s Annual Vanguard Awards Reception.

The Vanguard Awards Ceremony has historically recognized lawyers, judges, and/or organizations whose leadership has made a difference in improving diversity and inclusion within Chicago’s legal profession. Congratulations, Gary!

L to R: CBA President Hon. Thomas M. Mulroy, Gary Zhao (CABA Honoree), and Jeff Koh (CABA President)

L to R: Elaine Sit (CABA Board Member), Jean Liu (CABA Vice President – External), Virginia Yang (CABA Board Member), Jeff Koh (CABA President), Dennis Mondero (CABA Advisory Board Member), Gary Zhao (CABA Honoree), Kristy Gonowan (CABA Member), and Courtney Fong (CABA Advisory Board Member)

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