Conference Schedule

The Asian American Bar Association of Ohio is excited to host the 2014 NAPABA Central Region Conference.  The conference will take place on April 4th and 5th, 2014 and will be held in the offices of Thompson Hine LLP, Key Tower, Cleveland, Ohio.   The evening events will be held at the Marriott at Key Center begin with a cocktail reception, followed by a gala dinner and a keynote panel discussion with prominent general counsel and in-house attorneys from Nationwide, Prudential Financial, Total Call, Inc., Mitsui Rail Capital, and Sprint!

2014 NAPABA Central Region Conference
Schedule of Events

Evening, Friday, April 4, 2014
(business formal suggested)

6:00 - 8:00       Welcome Reception (drinks and appetizers provided) - Thompson Hine LLP, 127 Public Square, 39th Floor, Cleveland, OH 44113

8:30 - End        Dinner and Karaoke - Bar Louie, 1352 W 6th St, Cleveland, OH 44113
After the Welcome Reception join us for a fun night of Dinner and Karaoke at the private lounge located at the lower level of Bar Louie, 1352 W6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113.  Informal Dinner is pay on your own.  Karaoke provided has over 2000 songs to choose from!
                              Affiliate Leadership Dinner - Affiliate leadership meet with NAPABA Board representatives (invitation only; pay on your own) - Cleveland Chop,
824 W St Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

Morning, Saturday, April 5, 2014
(business casual suggested)

8:00 - 9:00        Registration & Breakfast - Thompson Hine LLP, 127 Public Square, 39th Floor, Cleveland, OH 44113

8:45 - 9:00        Welcome Remarks

9:00 - 10:15      An Arbitration Overview: Analysis of Best Practices, Tips, and Mistakes to Avoid
- in partnership with the ADR Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Experienced attorneys and arbitrators from across the country will provide insights on how to maximize the benefits of commercial arbitration.  Through a combination of prepared presentations and a role play, the audience will get "behind the scenes" tips and analysis regarding arbitration as an alternative to litigation.  The program will showcase both the attorneys' and neutrals' point of view.  The audience will follow the two disputing parties as they navigate the procedural issues which may arise in the arbitration process.  The panelists will also comment on best practices and provide practical solutions for effectively handling these potential issues as well as common mistakes to avoid to ensure attorneys are using the arbitration process in the optimal manner. 

- Timothy J. Abeska, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

- Theodore K. Cheng, Partner, Fox Horan & Camerini LLP

- Deborah Coleman, Coleman Law, LLC

- Michael J. Jordan, Jordan Resolutions, LLC

- Michelle Skipper, VP of Charlotte regional office, American Arbitration Association

- Jason Veloso, Senior Attorney, Cliffs Natural Resources

- Bonnie Wolf, Assistant General Counsel, Nationwide

10:15 - 11:30    Playing by the Rules: An Inside Look at Casino Gaming Laws
Just 5 years ago, in 2009, the voters approved a constitutional amendment to authorize casino gaming at four locations in Ohio. In 2011, the seven member Commission was appointed with the advice and consent of the Ohio Senate and began building an agency and a complex regulatory framework to ensure the integrity of casino gaming in Ohio.  This seminar will go behind the scenes into the world of casino gaming laws and enforcement, licensing and investigations, regulatory compliance, and problem gambling.  Additionally, the panel will discuss permitted forms of online gaming such as charitable gambling, sweepstakes and contests, and social media gaming. 

- John W. Barron, Deputy Dir. and General Counsel, Ohio Casino Control Commission
- Christy A. Prince, Senior Associate, Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, LPA
- Anne Marin Russell, Fin. & Tax Investigation Counsel, Ohio Casino Control Commission
- Michelle Siba, Assistant General Counsel, Ohio Casino Control Commission
- Donna Hogan, Vice President of Finance, Horseshoe Casino, Cleveland
Tina Robinson, Regional Compliance Officer, Horseshoe Casino, Cleveland

Lunchtime Presentations, Saturday, April 5, 2014

11:30 - 1:00      Lunch Keynote - An Immigration Reform Update by Margaret Wong

                               Lunchtime CLE: The Unauthorized Practice of Law: A Case Update
The unauthorized practice of law is a widespread and often overlooked ethical transgression.  We will explore  common examples of the Unauthorized Practice of Law, including a discussion of recent opinions issued by the Supreme Court of Ohio.  In addition, we will hear tips directly from the Ohio Board of the Unauthorized Practice of Law on how to deal with unrepresented persons and to report the Unauthorized Practice of Law.

- Minerva B. Elizaga, Senior Attorney Services Counsel, Supreme Court of Ohio

Afternoon, Saturday, April 5, 2014

1:00 - 2:15        Combating Human Trafficking and Empowering Survivors: An Ohio Perspective
Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises worldwide. Each year an estimated 1,078 Ohio children become victims and 3,016 more are at-risk.  In 2012, the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force was created to marshal the state’s resources to provide wraparound services for victims and punish the perpetrators of this horrible crime.  This seminar will provide an overview of recent changes to the laws impacting human trafficking, including a discussion regarding the significance of the shift to empower survivors and prosecute those who forced their victims into human trafficking.

- Melinda Haggerty, Dir. of Children's Initiatives, Office of the Ohio Attorney General

- Renee Jones, President & CEO, Renee Jones Empowerment Center

2:15 - 3:30        Will My Vote Count? Asian American Voting-Rights Issues in Ohio and Beyond
A review of the hot topics in voting-rights law in the swing-state of Ohio over the last several years and currently, including federal cases impacting Ohio’s voter-ID restrictions and process for counting provisional ballots; various voting restrictions and impediments currently under consideration by Ohio’s General Assembly; and the proposed voter bill of rights expected to be on the 2014 ballot and its potential legal implications.  This seminar will feature an interactive discussion, with particular emphasis on those issues that have greatly affected the Asian-American and other immigrant communities.

- Subodh Chandra, Managing Partner, The Chandra Law Firm LLC

- Christine Chen, Exec. Dir., APIAVote

- Lisa Wong, President, OCA Cleveland

                              Explore Cleveland Brewery Bus Tour (advance purchase requested):  After the Conference and before the Dinner Gala activities begin join us for an Explore Cleveland Brewery Tour.  This is a guided Bus Tour that will visit 2 local Cleveland Breweries.  The Tour includes beer samples, an informational brewery tour, beer education and trivia, and fun facts about Cleveland. The bus tour will originate at the Cleveland Marriott at Key Center at 3:30 p.m. (127 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44114) and will drop off guests back at the Marriott at 6:00 p.m. just in time for Gala Cocktail Social.  Ticket cost is $40 per person. ADVANCE PURCHASE BY MARCH 21.

                              Visit the Horseshoe Casino, 100 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113

                              Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44114

                              TAKE A HIKE: Downtown Cleveland Gateway District Walking Tour

Evening, Saturday, April 5, 2014
(formal/ business formal suggested)

6:00 - 7:00        Gala Cocktail Social - Cleveland Marriott Downtown @ Key Center, 127 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44114

7:00 - 10:00     Dinner Gala Program

                              Introduction and State of NAPABA

                               2014 AABA Catalyst Award to Margaret Wong, with an introduction by Al Ratner

                               Keynote Dinner Panel: The Inside Track: Perspectives of Asian American General Counsel and In-House Attorneys
Join us for a keynote Gala Dinner panel with APA general counsel and in-house attorneys, as they explore their personal pathways to becoming in-house counsel; what companies are doing to promote diversity among their outside counsel or in-house staff; and how law firms and/or Asian Pacific American / South Asian attorneys in the Midwest region can better position themselves for getting business from companies that value diversity. 

- Moderator: Wendy Shiba, Former Executive VP, General Counsel and Secretary, KB Home and PolyOne Corp., Immediate Past President of NAPABA
- June Casalmir, Counsel for Consumer & Marketing Practices, Sprint Nextel
- Rudy Figueroa, VP of Admin., HR, and Legal Departments, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Mitsui Rail Capital, LLC
- Christine Li, Assistant General Counsel, Investment Practice Group, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
- Michael Yap, Chief Legal Officer, International Investments Business, Prudential Financial
- Robert Yap, Chief Legal Officer, Total Call International, Inc. and Locus Telecommunications, Inc.

10:00 - End        Gala After-Party - Velvet Dog, 1280 W 6th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

Join us for a fun night of music and dancing at the Velvet Dog, 1280 W. 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113.  The Velvet Dog is a 3 floor complex located in Cleveland’s Warehouse District and offers Top-40 dance sounds.  We have reserved the 3rd Floor VIP section for our group.  Hope to see you there!

Morning, Sunday, April 6, 2014

11:00 - 12:00    Optional Set Menu Brunch - Emperor’s Palace, 2136 Rockwell Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

(advance purchase requested) Brunch includes an appetizer, 4 main dishes, and dessert.  Emperor’s Palace is a 3 minute drive from the Marriott at Key Center/Cleveland Renaissance.  Free Parking is available across the street from the restaurant.  Ticket cost is $20 per person.

Through this conference AABA Ohio hopes to continue to encourage and support diversity in our legal community and raise awareness of Asian American issues within the State of Ohio, as well as regionally and nationally.

This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 6.00 total CLE hour(s), with 1.00 of professionalism instruction. 
CLE Accreditation Applications have been approved for
MO, MN, OH, and KS.
CLE Approval pending in IL and TN.