February 19, 2019

The Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC) Women's Committee and the FBANC Foundation will be awarding a scholarship to send a law student, recent grad, or new attorneys practicing for no more than 2 years to Hawai'i! This scholarship will provide registration for Friday and Saturday of Pinay Powerhouse 3 as well as flight and accommodation up to $1,000.

Below are the instructions for application:

* Prepare a 1-page statement about what Pinay Powerhouse Conference means to you.

* Submit your statement and your resume to maribandoma@fbanc.org.

* The deadline to submit your application materials is Monday, February 25, 2018 at 5:00...

January 29, 2019

OFALA held its annual meeting on January 28, 2019. After statements from outgoing President Julia Markley, Honorable Judge Janelle Factora Wipper spoke for the first time as the official president of OFALA. Additionally, new board members were voted on. OFALA is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 board:

President - Honorable Judge Janelle Factora Wipper

President-Elect - Peter Sabido

Treasurer - Gretel Ness

Secretary - Rebecca Guiao

At-Large Representatives - Chad Marquez, Honorable Steve Powers, & Enrico Tadeo

December 9, 2018


Thank you to each of these Washington Minority Bar Associations (MBAs) that issued a joint statement in support of several Oregon specialty bar associations' - one of which is OFALA - statement disavowing white supremacy. Each of the signing bar associations have committed to publishing this statement on their websites and sending the letter to any national bar associations that their respective MBAs is a part of.

November 1, 2018

Congratulations to  Gonzales, Gonzales & Gonzales Immigration Law Offices for receiving NAPABA's 2018 APA-Owned Law Firm of the Year Award. The owning partners are Jeff Gonzales and his son and daughter, JJ Gonzales and Jeri Gonzales Abrams. The Gonzales family is of Filipino descent. Of the 18 lawyers in the Firm, seven (39%) are of Filipino descent.  The Firm has shown a commitment to hiring the next generation of qualified APA attorneys, including a recent Filipino American law school graduate who will be taking the upcoming Bar Exam.  In addition to the 7 of 18 lawyers of Filipino descent, the Firm demonstrates its commitment to diversity...

A message from National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) President, Pankit J. Dashi.

For More Information, Contact: 
Brett Schuster, Communications Manager
bschuster@napaba.org, 202-775-9555

Dear Colleagues,

As we see the continued rise of hate, including a 17.4% increase in hate crimes in my home state of California, it is important that we continue to speak out against hate and provide support to communities impacted by discrimination. NAPABA is committed to combatting hate crimes by educating and empowering our community to act against racially-motivated dialogue and conduct. I am encouraged by the response of our affiliates an...

July 16, 2018

 OFALA supports NFALA's message opposing hate- and bias-motivated acts.

The National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA) is the national voice for the Filipino‐American legal profession and it is our mission to advocate for justice, civil rights, and equal opportunity for the Filipino‐American community.  Along those lines, NFALA is pleased to announce it has adopted policy resolutions: (1) opposing hate‐ and bias‐motivated acts, (2) condemning and rejecting white nationalism and white supremacy, the Ku Klux Klan, neo‐Nazis, and other hate groups, and (3) urging political and civic leaders to speak out against racism, anti‐Semitism,...

May 2, 2018

Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments over the Muslim Ban. The Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association stand opposed to this discriminatory and unlawful order. Asian Pacific American lawyers around the country are united saying “No Muslim Ban Ever.”

July 12, 2017

Today, it was announced that Governor Kate Brown appointed Steven R. Powers to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Steve will be the first Filipino American appellate judge in Oregon.

Courtesy of Josh Volvovic

On July 11, 2017, Governor Kate Brown announced eight appointments to fill judicial vacancies on Oregon’s courts. These appointments will be effective July 17, 2017.

Among the appointments to the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Honorable Steven R. Powers comes highly regarded. He will also be the first Filipino American appellate judge in Oregon. 

Steven R. Powers is an insurance coverage and appellate lawyer at the law firm of Parsons Farnell & Grei...

On February 28 a robust group of about 60 Filipino attorneys, judges, and other  community members community gathered to celebrate Oregon’s newest bar association, the Oregon Filipino American Lawyers Association (OFALA).

In 2015 the association started out with just an email; it then grew into social gatherings of Filipino lawyers and law students. Then, in a small conference room in September 2016, a mission was realized and bylaws were formed, and ultimately OFALA was founded.

OFALA is a professional association of Filipino American judges, lawyers, law students, legal professionals, and supporters. Part of OFALA’s mission is to increase the...

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