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After Virginia Tech: Preventing Backlash Against Asian Americans, Handling Public Relations and Media Crises, and Protecting Civ

After Virginia Tech: Preventing Backlash Against Asian Americans, Handling Public Relations and Media Crises, and Protecting Civil Liberties



On April 16, 2007, Korean American student Cho Seung –Hul went on shooting rampage on the Virginia Tech campus, killing 33 people, and wounding many more before killing himself. The tragic incident received national as well as international media coverage, and has sparked real concerns about potential backlash towards the Korean, Korean American and broader Asian American communities. The panel addressed whether as lawyers and community leaders are prepared to respond to public relations and media crises in effective and timely manner, both to ensure that the right message is conveyed when the limelight is focused on the Asian American community, and to protect civil liberties and prevent violent backlash against innocent Americans. They discussed the changes since the death of Vincent Chin 25 years ago. The panel also covered what we have learned from the tragedy, and shared their experience surrounding Virginia Tech.



Debra Wong Yang of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher


Gie Kim of McKenzie & Kim, PLC

Dr. Larry Hajime Shinagawa of University of Maryland

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Stewart Kwoh of Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California





Source: NAPABA 2007 Convention Panel

International Arbitration and Mediation: The Insider’s View

The Panelists

Robert Davison of JAMS (far right), Cedric Chao of Morrison & Forester LLP (middle), Yu Jianlong of China International Economic and Trade and the Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) (second to far right), Joseph Wu of USAsia Law, APC (far right).


Companies doing business abroad routinely insert a mandatory arbitration clause to resolve all disputes. But international arbitration is very different from U.S. litigation in most respect, e.g., discovery, presentation of evidence, the rules governing the tribunal’s deliberations. This panel explored the corporate client’s paramount concerns, the arbitrator’s view on effective and ineffective advocacy, the emergency of international mediation, and the outside lawyer’s tips on winning strategies.


Moderator: Cedric Chao of Morrison & Forester LLP



Yu Jianlong of China International Economic and Trade and the Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)

Robert Davidson of JAMS

Joseph Wu of USAsia Law, APC



Las Vegas, Nevada at the NAPABA/NAPALSA 2007 Conference

We have a booklet on successful resolutions in international arbitration. Email me if you would like to see the booklet, the panelists' biographies or their contact information.


Rattanaphone Mekmaysy

NAPALSA President

Kentucky Supreme Court Oral Arguments Live Online

Kentucky Supreme Court oral arguments are available online. The public can now view live feeds of the arguments. To watch the feeds, go to the Kentucky Supreme Court website, and select the Oral Arguments Calendar from the right-hand menu.

The next scheduled oral arguments are December 12, 2007.


On Thursday, January 3, 2008, two of our area's largest law firms are throwing holiday receptions for 1Ls!  See the invitations from Frost Brown Todd (with three parties thrown simultaneously in Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati from 4:30 to 6:30) and Graydon Head (in Cincinnati from 5:00 to 6:30) hanging on your mailroom wall, on our Career Services bulletin boards, and two-sided in your mailboxes for RSVP details. 

Make your plans now to attend and RSVP before you forget.  Outstanding networking opportunities -- you don't want to miss this chance.  And keep watching the Docket over the holidays for other invitations that could come in. 

Public Service Program Partners with LBA for Pro Se Devorice Clinics

The Public Service Program will be hosting a Lunch 'n' Learn on January 10, 2008, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in Room 175. Judge Stephen George and attorney, Melanie Straw-Boone, will discuss the Louisville Bar Association (LBA) Pro Se Divorce Clinics. Come and hear about this exciting partnership between the LBA Pro Bono Consortium and Family Court to assist underserved pro se litigants in securing their divorces. All law students are invited to hear about the project and Family Court. Furthermore, the Public Service Program will be recruiting 2L, 3L and 4L law student volunteers for the clinics. (It is not necessary to attend the Lunch 'n' Learn to volunteer for the clinics. However, you must sign up in the public service office and attend the below-cited training.)

The clinics facilitate pro se parties seeking divorces to complete the paperwork required to initiate a divorce action. Students serve as intake coordinators. In addition to students, there are volunteer lawyers from the Bar at every clinics to supervise the students. The LBA Pro Bono Consortium sponsors Self-Help Divorce Clinics at the Jefferson Judicial Center (700 West Jefferson Street) on the second and fourth Fridays of the month from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The next training, which is required to volunteer at the clinic, will likely be held at 9:00 a.m. on January 25, 2008, immediately before that day's scheduled clinic. (We ask all students who sign up for this placement to volunteer for a minimum of six clinics during the semester.)

LBA Santa's Court Toy Drive

The Law School has once again agreed to participate in the LBA Santa's Court Toy Drive. This is a drive to provide toys for the children not selected from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. The majority of the children not selected are older, so please gear your gifts toward older boys and girls. Some examples are games, sports equipment, watches, curling iron or makeup.


The deadline to donate is December 11. You may bring items to Becky Wimberg, Room 202.

APALSA Student Directory

APALSA members,

I am creating a national online APALSA Student information directory. This will be a tool for APALSA members across the country to network and communicate with one another. If you would like to be included in the directory, email me your:

Name, School, Official APALSA Title (if applicable), email, phone number, address and a photo of yourself to

Rattanaphone Mekmaysy
APALSA President-- Brandeis

NAPABA / NAPALSA 2007: Vegas Convention

Poker Night


From left to right:  Viet Tran (President-APALSA UARK; NAPALSA Southwest Regional Director), Lily Chan (Vice-President- APALSA UofL), Jonathan Kwan (Secretary-APALSA UARK). 

From left to right: Darrel Woo (Senior Attorney at the California Department of Insurance; member of the Sacramento City Planning Commission; President of the Asian Bar Association of Sacramento) and Rattanaphone Mekmaysy (President- APALSA UofL).


Speech Given By Darrel Woo:

"The first annual NAPABA Texas Hold Em' Poker Tournament was held last
night, with 36 eager contestants. The net proceeds from this Tournament
go to the NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship fund. For three hours the
three dozen fiercely battled, eliminating one after another, until there
were only three.

As their prize, all three receive free registration for next year's
NAPABA convention. The third place winner is David Chu, of the Minority
Corporate Counsel Association.

The second place winner is a law student herself, Rattanaphone Mekmaysy,
from the Brandeis School of Law. Truly one of tomorrow's future

And first place, with the attendant bragging rights and an engraved
David Yurman onyx and silver tournament bracelet is Frank Lin, of
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp.

Thank you to my tournament committee co-chair Gary Yoshimura and all of
the players, you are all winners to the NAPABA Law Foundation."



Louisville Law National Moot Court Teams Shine at Regional Competition

Two University of Louisville teams achieved success at the National Moot Court Regional Competition, November 16-17 in Richmond, Va. One team, made up of third-year students Robyn Lurding and Claire Parsons, and a second team with third-year Jeff Nicoson and second-year Steve Mattingly, both had undefeated records in the Friday preliminary rounds and advanced the Saturday quarter-finals. Along the way, they knocked off teams from UNC, George Mason, William & Mary, and Kentucky. Only six of the 20 teams made it through to the quarters, and U of L had two of them.

National Moot Court faculty advisor Professor Sam Marcosson shared his pride in the teams, "I could not have been any prouder of them; they were truly brilliant and they represented the school wonderfully. Congratulations to the two teams for their tremendous performances, both in the prelims and in two close quarter-finals against outstanding teams from Duke."

Leopard & Wireless

Students with Macs who have recently upgraded OS X from Tiger (10.4) to Leopard (10.5) are advised to update to 10.5.1, which Apple released last week.  From our initial testing, it appears that this update resolves the problem with connecting to the University's wireless network and makes the connection persistent.

To update, click the Apple icon, then "Check for Updates."