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Board of Directors


Our incredible team is committed to advocating for the Asian Pacific American legal community.  Read below to learn more about what being part of PALSD means to us.

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Y. Jennifer Lee, President

Schaffer Family Law Group, APC​

"PALSD gives me, and so many other Asian American attorneys, the voice we didn't realize we have." 


Interested in a position on the board? 

  • Board election process occurs in March

  • Eligibility Requirements:

    • Licensed to practice law in CA

    • A member of good standing with California bar

    • Current dues-paying member of PALSD

  • Questions? Contact us

Grant Porter, Secretary 

San Diego County Public Defender Office

Diana Cohen, Treasurer
Lilt, Inc.

"I am so excited to be part of such an active Board that has a focus on advancing their members and a passion for community engagement and service."

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Julie T. Houth, Board Member 
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

"I believe in equal representation and actively seek out roles where I can represent my background and culture; PALSD allows me to be a liaison between other bar associations and our community."

Kenneth S. Kawabata, Board Member

Manning & Kass Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP

"As for serving on the Board of PALSD, it was an opportunity to serve in a leadership role after several years as a general  member and to bring old school insights to a group of tremendously talented and motivated young leaders in the API legal community."

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Melissa Ocampo, Board Member 
San Diego County District Attorney's Office

"Joining PALSD and being part of the Board of Directors has been a true honor and privilege; it has allowed me to contribute to the empowerment and advancement of not only the APA legal community, but our APA community as a whole."

Eric Tran, Board Member 
San Diego County District Attorney's Office

"I joined PALSD because the organization engages its members with meaningful opportunities to serve and represent our legal community in the promotion of justice, equity, and access for all."

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Esther Lee Bylsma, Immediate Past President

Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP

"PALSD connects you with experienced professionals who want to invest in YOU."

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