Board of Directors

(2020-2021)

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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Esther Lee Bylsma, President

Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP

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

Y. Jennifer Lee, President-Elect 

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

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Kenneth S. Kawabata, Secretary 

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."

Diana Cohen, Board Member 
Elastic Projects, 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, Esq., LL.M, 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."

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Emily Howe, Board Member
Law Offices of Emily E. Howe

"I am inspired by PALSD’s efforts to build a pipeline of leadership, increase access to justice, advance authentic diversity & inclusion, and create a unifying voice in the legal community."

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Kris Mukherji, Board Member
The Law Office of Kris Mukherji
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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."

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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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Brandon Kimura, Immediate Past President

U.S. Attorney's Office

"I joined PALSD because progress is not inevitable; it requires leadership and courage to create it."

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