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.

Brandon Kimura, President

U.S. Attorney's Office

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

Esther Lee Bylsma, President-Elect

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

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

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

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."

Y. Jennifer Lee, Treasurer 

Schaffer Family Law Group, APC​

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

Alan Chang, Board Member 

Dexcom, Inc.

"I joined PALSD to serve the APA legal community in San Diego by devoting my time and resources towards achieving goals dedicated to further the progress of APA attorneys, such as by mentoring law students and raising awareness of APA issues within corporate legal departments"

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."

Kevin Kwon, Board Member 
Morrison & Foerster

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

Stacy Park, Immediate Past President 

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch

"PALSD allows me to speak my mind and advocate for Asian American attorneys."

Law School Student Representatives