Congratulations to Lim Ruger Scholars

Congratulations to Claire Chang (Whittier Law School, Class of 2015) and Peggy Hsieh (USC, Gould School of Law, Class of 2016), who were awarded Lim Ruger Foundation scholarships at the annual Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association’s 40th Anniversary Installation & Awards Banquet on April 17, 2015. Ms. Chang currently serves as the Vice President of Whittier Law School’s Student Bar Association and is involved with the Orange County Asian American Bar Association’s mission to promote diversity.  She plans to continue her community service efforts at pro bono legal clinics and to learn legal terms in Mandarin to better communicate with Mandarin-speaking clients.  Ms. Hsieh commits herself to the SCCLA Monthly Community Clinic, Asian Americans Advancing Justice LA, and other Asian American Pacific Islander non-profit organizations to provide services for those in need. She will continue her volunteer efforts to utilize her bilingual skills in legal clinics and public interest events in the Los Angeles area.Also, congratulations to Tommy Huynh (UCLA, School of Law, Class of 2015), who will receive the Lim Ruger Foundation scholarship at the annual Japanese American Bar Association’s Installation & Awards Gala on May 1, 2015. Mr. Huynh currently holds the position of Chief Comments Editor of the Asian Pacific American Law Journal. He also serves as a mentor in an outreach program at UCLA designed to increase diversity of law schools. Upon graduation, he has secured a position with Arnold and Porter, and plans to work pro bono on behalf of limited English speaking individuals who have difficulty accessing government-funded health care coverage and housing.

Lim Ruger Files Amicus Brief Warning Against Broad Ramifications of a Blanket Recusal Order Against an Immigration Judge Based Upon Race/National Origin

Representing the National Association of Immigration Judges pro bono, Lim Ruger lawyers filed an amicus curiae brief in support of an Iranian-American immigration judge’s federal lawsuit against the Executive Office For Immigration Review (“EOIR”), which is within the Department of Justice.  This case arose out of the EOIR’s blanket and perpetual order barring an immigration judge of Iranian descent from all matters involving persons from Iran after she accepted an invitation from the White House Office on Public Engagement to a “roundtable” of Iranian-American leaders and allegedly became an “advocate” for the Iranian-American community.  As the brief argues, a recusal order applied to broad categories of individuals would have a significant chilling effect on judges who are engaged or active in any community, church, or any identifiable group, not to mention the negative impact it would have on the court system in its suggestion that judges cannot be fair-minded when hearing cases involving persons of an ethnicity with which that judge may be associated.  If allowed to stand, such a practice would sanction similar actions against any immigration judge who participates in volunteer work or community organizing while off the bench.  The ramifications of this type of arbitrary and capricious action are wide-ranging, and could, for example, threaten to exclude any judge who is active in the LGBT community from cases involving lesbians, or active in the disabled community from cases involving a handicapped individual, or a leader on women’s issues from cases involving women, or active in the Asian American community from matters involving any person from a country in Asia.  The case is Tabaddor v. Holder, CV14-06309 (C.D. Cal. Filed Aug. 12, 2014).Tabaddor - Daily Journal Article

Court of Appeal Affirms Dismissal of Employment Lawsuit Against Global Tire Manufacturer

On March 20, 2015, the California Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s entry of judgment in favor of Lim Ruger’s client – a global tire manufacturer – in a lawsuit filed by a former employee of the client’s third-party logistics contractor.  After briefing and oral argument, the Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s granting of a demurrer.  The litigation began in October 2011, but Lim Ruger defeated all of Plaintiff’s attempts to move beyond the pleading stage and Lim Ruger’s client thus was able to avoid the expense and distraction of discovery proceedings.  Plaintiff’s complaint, which arose out of the client’s decision to terminate the service agreement with its contractor, contained claims for breach of contract, fraud and discrimination against both the client and its contractor.  The trial court sustained Lim Ruger’s demurrers to Plaintiff’s Complaint based on the statute of limitations and other procedural grounds, and it eventually dismissed the case and entered judgment in favor of the defendants after Plaintiff was given several opportunities to correct the defects in his pleadings.  Plaintiff appealed the trial court’s entry of judgment to the Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeal for an independent review.
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