PABA Foundation

The PABA Foundation was organized to encourage, support and foster the education and careers of Filipino-Americans in the legal profession and to promote and sponsor legal scholarship and public interest activities that will directly benefit the Filipino-American community in Southern California.  The Foundation seeks contribution from individuals, organizations and agencies in the public and private sectors to generate sufficient resources to:

  • Provide financial assistance to qualified law students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their legal studies and a commitment to social leadership;
  • Establish and operate academic and clinical fellowships in various Southern California law schools, government agencies and charitable organizations for legal professionals and law students pursuing careers in academia or public interest and providing community service to the Filipino-American Community;
  • Develop and subsidize educational programs, resources and events that promote legal awareness among the Filipino-American community such as (a) legal resource clinics to town hall meetings on relevant legal developments which directly impact the Filipino-American community, including, but not limited to, family law, immigration, business ventures, estates and trusts, criminal matters, taxes and real estate; (b) pamphlets which summarize legal rights and resources (in various dialects); (c) television, radio, internet “roadshows” and segments; and (d) local legal resource centers and libraries; and
  • Develop and provide programs or other assistance to Filipino-American lawyers and judges to assist them in the advancement of their legal careers.

The PABA Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Proceeds generated from Foundation fundraising activities will be used to provide scholarships and grants to eligible individuals in Southern California and to further the Foundation’s mission.  Please contact any of the Foundation’s officers if you would like to assist the Foundation in accomplishing its goals.

2017 PABA Foundation Board of Directors

Michelle van Oppen, President and Director

Melissa O. Evidente, Treasurer and Director

Ramon Naguiat, Secretary and Director

Ireno A. Reus III, Director

Alan Enriquez, Director

Citadelle Priagula, Director