Welcome to PAABA: Introduction

The Palo Alto Area Bar Association developed out of a need for community. The meetings started out small, as lunches between fellow practitioners and neighbors. It was the early 1930s, before the concept of “power lunches” and the proliferation of books on networking. Commutes wound through orchards and along marshlands. Luncheon debates of the day probably concerned the nation’s entrance into World War II, the establishment of the FBI and Social Security. Early members might have criticized or lauded the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Through the advent of manual transmission, the establishment of Hewlett Packard, and as orchards made way for roads, office parks and neighborhoods, Palo Alto and its environs blossomed into a cosmopolitan leader. No matter how the world changed, though, the one constant our members could rely upon was each other.

PAABA has managed to thrive in an environment of constant change because we stay focused on our goals: to help members meet each other, learn about the ever-evolving legal profession and support the community. Our location in the heart of so much innovation and technology allowed us access to the knowledge and tools to operate more efficiently and effectively to help the people for which it was intended. We take the best of our generation’s modernization and, in this instance, have redesigned our website to include features that invite participation and promote involvement.

We hope you find our upgrades useful, return often and get involved! Please let us know what you might miss about the old site and how the new one has improved. As always, we continue to evolve!

Soyeun D. Choi, President, Palo Alto Area Bar Association
August 2011


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PAABA President’s Address – Spring 2013

Welcome to 2013! As may be expected, PAABA has been enthusiastically working on knitting together services to help our members and the community.

In an ever-changing legal landscape, our practice groups continue to provide events to educate and connect participants. Our lawyer referral service always strategize different ways to reach the public and improve the experience for our panel of attorneys.

We had game nights which featured video games and board games and once the weather improved, the Women Lawyers Committee tackled a power walk. In true form, our members managed to “talk shop” as they got out of the office.

In addition, a group of members are organizing an ADR committee which will be going on-line this spring.

The health of our organization relies not on a single grand gesture but on solid, consistent efforts. Any one of our on-going events or committees can credit its success to a shared workload with effective, energetic partners. It is amazing to witness and you, dear reader, are invited to participate!


PAABA President’s Address – December 2012

One aspect of this office that I really enjoy is the opportunity to meet with PAABA members. The perspectives on our bar association vary as much as our members do. To some, we are an institution, a well-oiled machine that sends out notices almost too frequently. Others view us as a grass roots organization, addressing the needs of the community. Many think our niche as a local bar snuggles us anonymously between two large counties and we miss out on all the politicking. Others marvel at our address, believing we have access to unlimited power and influence.

The various assessments represent facets of PAABA, to a greater or lesser degree, and at different points in time. Each assessor also reveals something internal, something about his or her past, in making these assumptions as well. Even if it’s a complaint, I am relieved to learn of our relevance, that we mean something. We can act as home base, the parent, the foil. Of course, nothing too extreme would be preferable, since we neither work miracles nor plot schemes, but it is just as we interpret home, and all the people in it.

Everything — people, memories and places — that hold significance will be multi-layered with meaning. PAABA wants to be that important to our members. However, unlike true familial units, we must all take equal responsibility in creating meaning for ourselves and for each other because the one thing PAABA’s existence is not, is automatic. Our events, our networks and meetings are a direct outgrowth of our members’ interests, and change over time as we all change.

This winter, celebrate family and rest; eat too much and sleep in late. Then return to the fray with your energy and vision, and watch the tapestry alter yet again.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!


PAABA President’s Address – November 2012

As inconveniences go, my car battery giving out was a relatively minor one. Not only was I in the habit of carrying around jumper cables but at the time, I was parked near the library and a police station. I had donated books for the children and hand delivered cookies to hungry cops so help seemed close at hand.

Turns out, it was not library policy to provide stranded motorists with aid. I suppose I knew that but it was surprising to hear. I asked the clerk if he, as an individual, would help. After some thought, he decided out loud that he would rather not move his car.

So I walked over to the police station for help. They were also not in the business of helping stranded motorists. In fact, ironically, they prospectively, intentionally and purposefully had a policy against helping anyone jump start her vehicle. As a consolation prize, the officer provided an explanation of liability.

I called AAA but ultimately, my friend rescued me.

Don’t worry, this is not about taxes. The services provided by the police and libraries are important and we should support them. More interesting is how people help each other. Even though I already owe my friend so much, she helped me start my car. Friendship fills the void between personal volition and public service.

The vast majority of the public simply finds Community Legal Services East Palo Alto for help, then leaves. That is how it should be.

PAABA knows that agencies like CLSEPA are more akin to the role of a friend than to that of the police. CLSEPA’s existence is evidence of grace in the universe—where people help each other—and that is a lot like magic. It is a privilege to help and that is why we are so pleased to hold our annual golf tournament.

100 percent of the funds go toward CLSEPA. Although the event transpires on one day, there are many people who volunteer to organize the event. We are indebted to them for another successful year but this also underscores an opportunity to help even if you don’t play golf.

We are thankful for good friends, who are necessary for our society to function and by those standards, CLSEPA is one of the best.

PAABA thanks all our volunteers, sponsors and participants. The PAABA Annual Charity Golf Tournament would not be possible without the kind support of our sponsors: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLC, Latham & Watkins LLP, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates, Fish & Richardson, VITA, California Bank & Trust, Rector Motor Car Company, Audi, Jungle Digital, Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, Fenwick & West LLP, Finnegan, Howrey LLP, DLA Piper, Law Offices of Murray & Murray, McDermott Will & Emery, Thoits Love Hershberger & McLean, Townsend & Townsend & Crew LLP, Morrison Foerster, Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, Blackstone Discovery, and Winston & Strawn LLP.

PAABA would also like to thank the following organizations or individuals who made donations of items that were used for our PAABA Annual Charity Golf Tournament’s raffle, goodie bags, and contests: Arguello Catering, Crowne Plaza Hotel Palo Alto, Armadillo Willy’s Ranch Grill, Bay Landing Hotel, Document Technologies, Inc., Beltramo’s Wines & Spirits, Domain Hotel, Bon Appetit Management Company, Fish Market, Books, Inc., Garden Court Hotel, Boulder Creek Golf & Country Club, Golf Tech, Hilton Santa Clara, Chache Creek Casino Resort, CLSEPA Board, Hobee’s California Restaurants, JAMS Inc., Safeway Palo Alto, Kepler’s Books, Scott’s Seafood Palo Alto, Mango Caribbean Restaurant & Bar, Sports Basement, Sports Gallery, Mark Shepherd, Stanford Terrace Inn, Ming’s Chinese Cuisine & Bar, Taylor Made, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, THomson West, PAABA Board, Townplace Suites by Marriott, Palo Alto Eyeworks, Patrick and James, Vinter’s, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Vivace Ristorante, Photography Rick Saal, Westin Palo Alto Hotel, Ristorante Don Giovanni, Wild Palms Hotel, Rosewood Sand Hill, Wine and Country, Yoga Source, and Safeway Menlo Park.



PAABA President’s Address – October 2012

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PAABA President’s Address – May 2012

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