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May is Asian American Heritage Month, and most of our minds generate our own filtered and stereotyped notions of what really is an “Asian American.”  This umbrella term came from a 1968 graduate student group at U.C. Berkeley, who wanted an organization uniting students from Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Filipino, and other Asian backgrounds.  But Asian Americans are both these and more.

Most of us either do not know, or have forgotten about Beringia.  Most of us have forgotten that the original populations we now call North and South American “native Americans,” were people who walked across Beringia from the grasslands of northern Asia.  Yes, original Americans and native Americans were essentially 100% Asian.  If you think about it, America is Asian at its origin and its core.

Now, an estimated 22 million (“classified”) Asian Americans live in the US, making up nearly 7% of the total population.  Persons who self-identify as Chinese, Indian or Filipino in ancestry make up the three largest Asian groups in the US, but no one ethnicity is a majority.  And now America celebrates “Asians” as also including Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiians, Indian, Pakistani, and all the other groups from west, central, and south Asia.

We celebrate this Heritage Month, because of the countless contributions to this country from persons with Asian ethnicity in their backgrounds.  When the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869, some 90% of the laborers with the Central Pacific Railroad (western half) were Chinese, and almost 10% of these laborers were dead when the railroad was finished. They were assigned the most dangerous jobs and were paid 30-50% less than the Irish workers completing the eastern portion of the railroad.  Yet they made their mark on history.

In World War II, the 442nd Infantry Regiment, composed almost entirely of second generation American Japanese soldiers, became the most decorated US military unit (for its size) in all of US history.  This Japanese American unit earned more than 18,000 military awards in two years of fighting, more than 4,000 Purple Hearts and 4,000 Bronze Star Medals, even while hundreds had relatives imprisoned in American internment camps.

Indian immigrants to the US have arrived primarily since 1965, with 68% of the population having college degrees, and many focused on information technology for the US.  This group represents less than 1% of the US population, but comprises 8% of the founders of high-tech companies, and nearly 33% of technology startups in Silicon Valley.  Some have asked whether this one immigrant group over all other immigrant groups, has fueled the highest number of Silicon Valley entrepreneurial ventures and job creations.

And these are just a small sampling of the huge contributions Americans with Asian backgrounds have made to all aspects of our life and culture.  So whatever stereotype we might carry about Asian Americans, the stereotype can never be as deep or as wide as the reality that all those with Asian ethnic backgrounds have driven into America’s history, growth, and beauty.  Our identity as Americans is that much more profound because of our Asian American heritage.

~ Richard Schramm, President-elect

Mission: The Santa Clara County Bar Association provides education and support to member attorneys, advances the local administration of justice, and serves the public by fostering improved public understanding of and access to the legal system.

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Mandatory Fee Arbitration

Established in 1990, the SCCBA Fee Arbitration Program provides a relatively fast and inexpensive procedure for resolving attorney-client fee disputes outside of the court system. It is considered one of the most effective and best run fee arbitration programs in California.

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Judiciary Committee

Responding to the Governor's requests to evaluate individuals under consideration for judicial appointment, this committee undertakes with great solemnity its role in investigating, interviewing and evaluating prospective applicants to the Bench. Service on the Judiciary Committee is by application only, having met specific criteria and must be approved by the President of the Board of Trustees.

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Conference of Delegates

Serving as the SCCBA's delegation to the Annual Conference of Delegates, this committee drafts and reviews resolutions for changes to the law proposed through the Conference of Delegates and ultimately to the California Legislature. The Conference of Delegates acts as a primary catalyst in the amendment to and improvement of existing statute.

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2020 - 2021 Recognitions

Dianne Sweeney, Managing Partner

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

2021 Salsman Award Recipient

Hon. Lori Pegg

Santa Clara County Superior Court

2020 SCCBA Jurist of the Year

Hon. Deborah Ryan

Santa Clara County Superior Court

2020 Mary Jo Levinger Woman Jurist of the Year

Steven Haley

Law Office of Steven Haley

2020 Professional Lawyer of the Year

Molly O'Neal, Office of the Public Defender

Santa Clara County

2020 Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipient

Hon.Eugene Hyman (Ret.)

Santa Clara County Superior Court

2020 Unsung Hero Award Recipient

Rob Nuddleman

Labor & Employment Section

2020-2021 Volunteer of the Year

Larry Jensen

Real Property & Business Law Section

2020-2021 Volunteer of the Year

 

Jaya K. Reddy

Barristers Section

2020-2021Volunteer of the Year

 

Neha Marathe

Family Law Section

2020-2021 Volunteer of the Year