“Taiwanese American Women Raising Awareness About Domestic Violence.”
Sunday, April 21st, 9:00PM-11:30AM
Judge Deborah Chuang Servino is the first Taiwanese American judge appointed to the Orange County Superior Court. She was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in July 2009. She is currently a member of the Orange County Superior Court Judicial Extern Committee and Grand Jury Recruitment/Selection Committee. She is also a member of the California Asian-American Judges Association, National Association of Women Judges, California Judges Association, and the Warren J. Ferguson American Inn of Court. Judge Servino graduated with honors from Duke University in 1992.
She graduated from U.C. Berkeley School of Law in 1995. After law school, she worked as a law clerk for Judge Melvin Brunetti of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. After her clerkship, Judge Servino worked as an associate in the business litigation section of Orange County’s oldest law firm, Rutan & Tucker, LLP. In 1997, Judge Servino began a distinguished career as a prosecutor in the California Attorney General’s Office, handling complex cases of nationwide and statewide importance. She was the lead attorney in over 150 cases in the California Courts of Appeal, over 115 cases in the federal district court, and 16 cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court in a case involving the Fifth Amendment. She also argued twice before the California Supreme Court prevailing in both cases. She was on a team that was responsible for coordinating the Department of Justice’s handling of cases involving DNA evidence.
In 2007, Judge Servino was honored with the California Attorney General’s Award for Sustained Superior Accomplishment. In addition to her public service as a prosecutor, Judge Servino was actively involved in the legal community. She taught appellate advocacy for two semesters at Loyola Law School. She also served on the State Bar’s Standing Committee on Appellate Courts. The State Bar Board of Governors appointed her as the Chair of this Committee in 2008.
Grayce Liu is the General Manager for the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and is responsible for the overall management of the department, including development of the budget, strategic planning, programs and services, policies, personnel and constituent and City government relations. She has been with the Department for 5 years and was the Director of Policy and Communications for the Neighborhood Council system before being appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to lead the department in 2012. Prior to this, she was the Community Program Director for the Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) and the co-chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Task Force in the San Gabriel Valley. In her roles at CPAF and on the Task Force, Grayce worked to educate the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities about domestic violence and sexual assault and to build coalitions with domestic violence service providers, law enforcement, hospitals, and social services in order to provide effective and culturally sensitive services to API domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. She continues to teach classes on domestic violence, sexual assault, compassionate communicate and self-defense in her free time.
Jong-Ling Wu is a second-generation Taiwanese American. She received her BA in Psychology from UCLA, and went on to get her Masters in Social Work (with a concentration in Mental Health) from USC. Jong-Ling has worked at the Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) for 6 years in various capacities, and currently holds the position of Senior Advocate/Hotline Coordinator. Her main duties include providing case management and counseling services to the families in CPAF’s Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter as well as domestic violence and sexual assault survivors who walk into the public Community Center, and training and supporting hotline counselors for CPAF’s 24-hour crisis hotline. Jong-Ling is happy for the opportunity to make use of her Mandarin language skills and bicultural heritage to more fully support the needs of individuals and families seeking to build lives free from violence.