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The detailed Conference Schedule can be downloaded here.


VABANC 18th Annual Scholarship Dinner and NCVAA Welcoming Gala 
Date| Friday, October 14, 2016
Time| 5:30 p.m. Registration & Cocktail Hour |
6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Dinner & Program
Location| Dynasty Restaurant – Grand Century Mall
Address | 1001 Story Road, 2nd Floor | San Jose, CA 95122
Keynote Speaker | Professor Joseph Thai |
The University of Oklahoma, College of Law
Trailblazer Award Recipient | Ann A.P. Nguyen | Robinson & Wood, Inc.
Presentation of VABANC Scholarship Award
Presentation of VLF Fellowship
Installation of VABANC Board


Early arrivals, please stop by at 5:30 p.m. for the cocktail networking hour. Dinner and Program begins at 6:45 p.m.


NCVAA 10th Annual Conference 
Date | Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time | 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Program |  5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Reception Gala
Location | San Jose City Hall Rotunda
Address | 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95112
Keynote Speaker | Viet Thanh Nguyen |
Recipient of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for his novel, The Sympathizer
Keynote Speaker | Dr. Tung Thanh Nguyen | Chair of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Cornerstone Award Recipient |The Honorable Jacqueline Duong | Judge, Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County 
Installation of NCVAA Board 


Saturday, October 15, 2016  
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.          
9:30 a.m.  – 12:45 p.m.
      Morning Panel Discussions
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. 
       Lunch Plenary Session
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.  
       Afternoon Panel Discussions
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 
       Judges’ Panel
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
      Closing Reception Gala*


*No Host Bar opens at 5:30 p.m. Full dinner service from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. to include California Cheese board station, assorted appetizers, gourmet salad bar, meat carving stations, and Viennese dessert table.


Parking for Saturday
Free parking is available at the City Hall Employee Garage at 4th & St. John, San Jose, CA.


The detailed Conference Schedule can be downloaded here.



The Conference Planning Committee invites you to attend one or more of the following networking events. RSVP for the Twitter Tour and City Hall/USPTO Tour are now closed.  Space is still available for the Courthouse Tour on Friday and the Pho Event on Sunday.  

Friday, October 14, 2016 Events

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Tour of Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tour of National Landmark Courthouse, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

San Jose City Hall Tour and Silicon Valley U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Tour

Sunday, October 16, 2016 Event

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Let’s Pho Together at Pho Tick Tock in San Jose

If you have any questions, please contact Kim Nguyen Gray, NCVAA President, at


PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING WRITER VIET THANH NGUYEN will be a Keynote Speaker during NCVAA’s conference on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  Viet Thanh Nguyen is an associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press, 2002) and the novel The Sympathizer from Grove/Atlantic (2015). Among other accolades, The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. To learn more about Viet Thanh Nguyen, please click here.

PROFESSOR JOSEPH THAI will keynote VABANC’s 18th Annual Scholarship Dinner on Friday, October 14, 2016. Professor Thai is the Watson Centennial Chair and Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he teaches and writes about constitutional law and the Supreme Court. Professor Thai’s family immigrated from Vietnam to America when he was two.  He grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he attended Union Public Schools.  He later attended Harvard College, where he studied English literature, and Harvard Law School. Following law school, Professor Thai  clerked for Judge David Ebel of the Tenth Circuit, and Justices John Paul Stevens and Byron White of the Supreme Court. Professor Thai has practiced in both the public and private sectors.   He frequently engages in pro bono litigation in the areas of civil rights, criminal law, and constitutional law.  He served on the legal team that successfully challenged Oklahoma’s “Anti-Sharia” law, and before the Supreme Court decided the issue nationally, he served as co-counsel in the successful challenge to Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage bans. Professor Thai has frequently been named outstanding professor by students at OU.  His three children have also occasionally named him “best dad.”  In 2015, the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys honored Professor Thai with the Trailblazer Award. To learn more about Professor Thai, please click here.

Dr. Tung Thanh Nguyen, Chair of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, will be a Keynote Speaker during NCVAA’s conference on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Dr. Nguyen is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he provides medical care to a diverse patient population and teaches clinicians.  He also serves as Director of the Asian American Research Center on Health, Director of the Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project,  and a Co-Principal Investigator of the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training. In these roles, he has conducted research in health care prevention for Asian Americans, including studies to increase breast, cervical cancer, and colorectal cancer screening among Asian Americans as well as on tobacco use among Asian Americans. Dr. Nguyen holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Harvard University and an M.D. from the Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen was appointed to the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs in 2011. To learn more about Dr. Nguyen or the President’s Advisory Commission, please click here.


Hon. Thang Nguyen Barrett, Judge, Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County

Hon. Hung Bui, Administrative Patent Judge, United States Patent & Trademark Office

Hon. Jacqueline Duong, Judge, Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County

Hon. Nathan Mihara, Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District

Hon. Jacqueline Nguyen, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Hon. John Nho Trong Nguyen, Retired Judge, Superior Court of California, Orange County

Hon. Cheri Pham, Judge, Superior Court of California, Orange County

Hon. John M. Tran, Judge, Fairfax County Circuit Court of Virginia


Dismantling Biases: From Client Relationships, Telling Their Stories, to Creating Policy

Christine Pham (Moderator), VABANC Law Foundation, President

Jacqueline Dan, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Orange County

Hai Dao, Bay Area Legal Aid

Tuyet Duong, Fellow for Office for Victims of Crime within the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs


In-House Counsel Speak Out:  What Keeps Them Up at Night?

Evelynn N. Tran (Moderator), Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

Mabell Aguilar, Singularity University

Kimberly Jee, Brocade

Hong-Van Le, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Huyen Luong, Shell Oil Company


Proactive Strategies to Minimize Electronic Discovery Pitfalls

Mai Pham Robertson, Fannie Mae

Emily Small, DTI

Linda Vu, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Gary Zhao, SmithAmundsen LLC


Recent Trends in Intellectual Property Law

John D. Tran (Moderator), Rhema Law Group

Hon. Ronald M. Whyte, United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Hon. Thu Anh Dang, Administrative Patent Judge, United States Patent & Trademark Office

Lisa Nguyen, Latham & Watkins

Michael Nguyen, Wong & Rees, LLP



The Rise of EB-5 in Vietnam – What’s Causing Wealthy Vietnamese to Leave?

Nhan T. Vu (Moderator), California Department of Justice

Victoria Duong, Root Law Group

Kim Luu-Ng, KLN Firm

A. Mina Tran, Tran Law Group


International Law & Policy: Trans-Pacific Partnership and International Trade Relationships

Huy Do, Kyzen Law

Jeremy Malcolm, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Oliver Massman, Duane Morris Vietnam, LLC


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