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January 21, 2014


5th Annual Holidays All Year Long Bar Mixer

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

KASA Tapas & Raw Bar, 189 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801

GOAABA, along with the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association, the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and the Hispanic Bar Assocation of Central Florida are coming together to host the 5th Annual Holidays All Year Long Bar Mixer to raise funds for four wonderful organizations: the Arnold Palmer Pediatric Oncology Wing, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida, The Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida, and One Heart for Women & Children. FOR ONLY $25.00 in advance, or $30.00 at the door, you can enjoy UNLIMITED wine, beer, and appetizers!  There will also be a silent auction and live entertainment from Phillip Bonanno. To purchase your ticket, go to: We hope to see you there!

Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival

Sunday, February 9, 2014 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Lunar New Year is coming up on January 31, 2014. The largest festival in Asian culture, Lunar New Year is celebrated in Asia and in Asian communities all around the world.

The Central Florida Dragon Parade is the only large-scale celebration for Lunar New Year in the State of Florida. To welcome the year of the Horse in 2014, Asia Trend Magazine, Mills50 – Orlando Mainstreet District, REACH of Central Florida, and Y.E.S.S. will again join forces on Sunday, February 9, 2014, to put on the Central Florida Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival. For more information, please go to

The festival will start at 11:00 a.m. with a community parade (beginning at Hillcrest Street/Hampton Avenue and ending at Hillcrest Street/Mills Avenue) followed by a fair which will take place in the parking lot of Colonial Photo & Hobby located at 634 N. Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803.  You don’t want to miss out on the cultural performances, delicous Asian food, and unique Asian arts and crafts.  The best part is that ADMISSION IS FREE! We look forward to celebrating the Lunar New Year with you!


February 2014 (Exact Date TBD): Ronald McDonald House Community Service Event and “Representing an Immigrant Client” Conference with Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.: Speed Networking Evening Event

April 2014 (Exact Date TBD): Ronald McDonald House Community Service Event

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.: Annual Membership Meeting

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.: Installation of 2014-2015 Board Members Networking Event


If any member has any news or accomplishments that you would like to share, please send an email to Kim Nguyen at

GOAABA Donates to the Relief Efforts in the Philippines

GOAABA recently joined forces with the Young Lawyers Section of the
Orange County Bar Association and the Hispanic Bar Association of Central
Florida to pool resources and make a joint donation to those who are
suffering from the devastation resulting from Typhoon Haiyan. We are
proud to announce that together, our organizations and private contributors donated a total of $4,000.00 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts in the Philippines. The money will be used to provide assistance and aid to the victims and their families during the ongoing recovery effort.


AUGUST 8, 2013 Happy Hour & Installation Event 

2013-2014 Board Members

It was great to catch up with everyone at the Happy Hour & Installation Event at Paxia on August 8, 2013. Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Board Members!

Congratulations to the newly elected 2013-2014 Board Members!

       President:                          Sunny Hillary

       President Elect:                  Wanda Reas

       Secretary:                          Teris Deitsch

       Treasurer:                          Donna Hung

       Director 2012-2014:          Lemar Alejo

       Director 2012-2014:          Denise Kim

       Director 2013-2015:          Christine Berk

       Director 2013-2015:          Lisa Gong

       Director 2013-2015:          Anna Meddin

Thank you to Kim Nguyen (2012-2013 Immediate Past President), Jessica Hew (2011-2012 Past President), Steven Chong (2011-2013 Director, Communications Chair), and Don Nguyen (2011-2013 Director, Membership Chair) for your service as board members last year.


AUGUST 2, 2013 – GOAABA Members Welcome New Attorneys at OCBA New Lawyer Training Event

August 2

GOAABA members, Kim Nguyen, Sunny Hillary, and Christine Berk, welcomed new attorneys during the OCBA New Lawyer Training Program. We had a great time serving desserts with representatives from CFAWL, the Paul C. Perkins Bar, and Barry Law School. GOAABA member, Barbara Leach, was also present in her capacity as President of CFAWL.

Past Events and News

May 15, 2013


Happy Hour & Installation of 2013-2014 Board
Thursday, August 8, 2013: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Paxia Modern Mexican & Tequila Lounge
2611 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804


Enjoy great happy hour drink specials and FREE appetizers on us.  A limited number of free drink tickets will be available for members.


It’s time to catch up with old friends or meet new ones and enjoy free appetizers on us. Please invite your friends and co-workers and join us for drinks, appetizers, and good company. We will also have a brief installation ceremony for our newly elected officers and board of directors starting at 6:30 p.m. This event is open to everyone.


Don’t forget to renew your 2013-2014 GOAABA membership!


Membership forms will be available at the happy hour for members who want to renew their membership or anyone who would like to join GOAABA.  Renew your membership or become a new member at the happy hour and receive a $10.00 discount.


RSVP is not necessary, but appreciated so we can get a head count.


If you have any questions about the happy hour or membership renewal, please contact Kim Nguyen at




Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: 310 Lakeside
301 E. Pine Street
Orlando, FL 32801

Complimentary appetizers and cash bar available for drink specials.
The first 20 GOAABA members to arrive will get a complimentary drink ticket so get there early!
It’s time for our annual membership meeting and time to catch up with your fellow GOAABA members! Feel free to bring prospective members to see what GOAABA is all about


See what our roving GOAABA-Phones captured March 14, 2013, at Orlando’s OLV Cafe.
Good wine, good food, good company!





Dragon at Dragon Parade / Lunar New Year Festival (Hillcrest & Mills Ave., Orlando, Feb. 10, 2013)

Dragon at Dragon Parade / Lunar New Year Festival (Hillcrest & Mills Avenue, Orlando, Feb. 10, 2013)

Lunar New Year celebrated by (L to R): Sunny Hillary, Glenn Leong (rear), Amy Mai, William Voight, Lisa Gong, Greg and Yen Maaswinkel.  February 10, 2013

Lunar New Year celebrated by (L to R): Sunny Hillary, Glenn Leong (rear), Amy Mai, William Voight, Lisa Gong, Greg and Yen Maaswinkel. February 10, 2013



Thursday, July 18, 2013: After-Hours
Happy Hour Installation Event
Committee Chair: Donna Hung


June 28, 2012

GOAABA’s new board of directors was sworn in on June 28, 2012, at Orlando’s 310 Lakeside restaurant and bar across Lake Eola. General Magistrate Linh Ison read the oath of office to GOAABA’s third board of directors, whose term runs from July 1, 2012 until June 30, 2013.

New and returning members and guests helped to celebrate the installation of the nine directors during a combined Happy Hour and brief Induction Ceremony. The oath of office was held on the plaza adjacent to the restaurant. President Kim Nguyen leads a board of nine directors, including President-Elect Sunny Hillary, Secretary Wanda Reas, Treasurer Lisa Gong, and At-Large Directors Lemar Alejo, Stephen Chong, Donna Hung, Denise Kim and Don Nguyen. Biographical information about each director is listed under Member Profiles.

GOAABA Board of Directors for 2012-2013 sworn in on June 28, 2012, at the 310 Lakeside Restaurant & Bar. From left to right: Stephen Chong (Director), Donna Hung (Director), Jessica Hew (Immediate Past President), Sunny Hillary (President-Elect 2013-2014), Kim Nguyen (President), Lisa Gong (Treasurer), Denise Kim (Director) and Lemar Alejo (Director). Missing from picture: Wanda Reas (Secretary) and Don Nguyen (Director).

Click PHOTO GALLERY for additional photos.

$75.00 (Annual Membership)
$125.00 (Two-Year Membership / Save $25!)
$30 (Law Student Membership)
Contact Don Nguyen, Membership Chair, at
Cash or check only please, payable to “GOAABA”.
Congratulations to the Incoming Board of Directors (2012-2013)

President: Kim Nguyen
President-Elect: Sunny Hillary (Assumes Presidency in 2013-2014)
Secretary: Wanda Reas
Treasurer: Lisa Gong
At-Large Board 2011-2013: Steve Chong (returning)
At-Large Board 2011-2013: Don Nguyen (returning)
At-Large Board 2011-2013: Donna Hung (returning)
At-Large Board 2012-2014: Denise Kim (newly elected)
At-Large Board 2012-2014: Lemar Alejo (newly elected)
Immediate Past President: Jessica Hew

Front row L to R: Lisa Gong (Treasurer), Angela Miller (outgoing Director), Donna Hung (Director), Magistrate Linh Ison, Kim Nguyen (President-Elect), Jessica Hew (2011 Past President) and Sunny Hillary (Secretary). Back row: Stephen Chong (Director) and Glenn Leong (2010 Past President). Missing from picture: Don Nguyen, Wanda Reas and Agnes Chau (Directors-at-Large).


Whether you are a NEW or a RETURNING Member, the new membership year has begun (7/1/12-6/30/13). Please also invite a friend, colleague or other eligible applicant (licensed attorneys, law students & members of the judiciary) to consider the many benefits of membership!

Good Deal: Annual Membership $75.00
Better Deal: Two-Year Membership $125.00 ($25 discount)
Student Membership: $30.00
For membership questions, click here, or email Membership Chair,
Don Nguyen, at


Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders represent 3.8 percent of the Greater Orlando population, and we are proud to call Central Florida our home. As attorneys, we recognize our special responsibility to help under-represented segments of the community; to improve legal access to the courts; and to serve as a legal bridge between our ethnic communities and the Greater Orlando region.

Founded in October, 2009, the mission of the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association (GOAABA) is to:

● Represent and advocate the interests of the Asian community of the Greater Orlando region

● Encourage and promote the professional growth of the members of the Association

● Serve as a legal bridge between our many and diverse Asian and Asian-American communities and the Greater Orlando region

● Act as an information resource for all.

GOAABA is affiliated with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), based in Washington, D.C.; the Asian American Federation of Florida; and the the Orange County Bar Association.

We welcome your ideas and any comments which will allow GOAABA to better serve our clients and the community and to allow us to become full partners in Central Florida.

Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association
P.O. Box 2652
Orlando, Florida 32802


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