MoFo is celebrating a long and rich history of Asian Pacific American Heritage and the instrumental role Asians and Pacific Islanders have played in shaping our firm and the legal field beyond. During the month of May, our Asian Affinity Groups have been busy planning a number of events in our New York, San Francisco, San Diego, and Washington, D.C. offices, from informative panel discussions and historical reenactments to Asian-inspired happy hours and alumni homecomings.
New York APA Alumni Homecoming Dinner
To kick-off Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month, the New York Asian Attorneys Affinity Group hosted a family-style congee and dim sum breakfast on May 1, 2019. The New York Asian Attorney and New York Asian Women Affinity Groups also hosted an alumni reunion event for recent APA alumni and current APA attorneys on May 13. Associates Jenny Wang and Joan Kim, chairs of the host Affinity Groups, organized the reception and family-style dinner to welcome our alumni back to the office for this intimate celebration of culture.
San Francisco Affinity Group Panel Discussion
On Tuesday, May 7, the San Francisco Asian Attorneys Affinity Group hosted a panel discussion about “Forging a Path of Representation in the Legal Industry” featuring SLEW partners Christine Wong and Jina Choi and IP partner Rich Hung, moderated by associate Mona Fang, chair of the Asian Attorneys Affinity Group. The group discussed their career paths and views on Asian representation in the legal industry and provided advice on how to build a successful career.
To wrap up the month-long celebration, managing partner Philip Besirof and director of administration Hilary O’Brien from the San Francisco office will be sponsoring a “Taste Around the World” happy hour featuring live music and variety of Asian food and beverages, including bubble tea from Boba Guys®. Additionally, they will be announcing the winners of a raffle benefitting Asian Health Services, a non-profit health clinic in Oakland’s Chinatown serving and advocating for the medically underserved, including the immigrant and refugee Asian community.
San Diego Trial Reenactment and Movie Screening
On May 30, the San Diego Asian Attorneys and Patent Agents Affinity Group will reenact Vietnamese Fishermen v. Knights of the Ku Klux Klan at the James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse in Downtown San Diego. The Honorable Dana Sabraw, Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, has supported this event in the past and will be participating again this year. Summer associates will also have the opportunity to participate and tour the chambers.
Kevin Kwon, an associate in the Litigation Group and chair of the San Diego Asian Attorneys and Patent Agents Affinity Group, is on the board of the Pacific Arts Movement and is also working to bring some Asian films to the office for screening in connection with the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival. Possible films to be screened include The Farewell, a drama featuring Awkwafina as a young Chinese-American woman who returns to China to visit her terminally ill grandmother. Keep an eye out for additional details and dates.
MoFo Hosts National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) Panel Discussions
MoFo has a long-standing relationship with NQAPIA, including via pro bono efforts and sponsorship of its annual receptions. This year we are excited to welcome NQAPIA to our San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. offices throughout the month for its Senior Corporate Leader Panel Discussions. Corporate executives and leaders from the legal field including, Parag Mehta, Executive Director and Senior Vice President of Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Stephanie Tan, Vice President for Consumer Banking at Goldman Sachs, and Paul Ocampo, Director of Development at Advancing Justice, are among the panelists.