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Berkshire Hathaway, California Bar Foundation, Center for Asian American United for Self Empowerment, DLA Piper, Edison International, Jeffrey Bleich, Keker & Van Nest, Latham & Watkins, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, Mary Ann Todd, Munger Tolles & Olson, O’Melveny & Myers, Raj Chatterjee, Richard Tom, Ronald Olson, Somnath Raj Chatterjee, Southern California Edison, Stewart Kwoh, Verizon Wireless

TIMELINE 2012:Asian Pacific American Legal Center Revisited In Order to Tag Duo Munger Tolles & Olson/Southern California Edison, Yet Again (TLR Note:1.Munger/ EDISON – Work In Pairs 2.Asians $$$ Utility Companies)


The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) of Southern California is founded with Stewart Kwoh as the Executive Director.

Executive Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Members at Large

  • Michael J. Brennan

    Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Foundation
  • Paul S. Chan, Esq.

    Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg
  • Shirley S. Cho, Esq.

    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
  • Fung Der

    Bank of America
  • Leslie Furukawa, Esq.

    Gomez & Furukawa


  • Veronica Gutierrez

    Southern California Edison


  • Alvin D. Kang

    BBCN Bank
  • Joseph K. Kim, Esq.

    O’Melveny & Myers LLP


  • C. David Lee, Esq.

    Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP


  • Stephen C. Lee, Esq.

    BP America Inc.
  • Joseph M. Lumarda

    Capital Guardian Trust Company
  • Timothy J. McCallion

  • Manisha Merchant, Esq.

    Union Bank
  • Loc Nam Nguyen

    Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
  • Mary Jane Perez

  • Kevin M. Tamaki

  • Dennis Uyemura

    California Bank & Trust
  • Jack S. Yeh, Esq.

    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP



California Bar Foundation

Board of Directors

Mary Ann Todd
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Richard Tom
Southern California Edison

Douglas A. Winthrop, President
Arnold & Porter LLP

Hon. Holly J. Fujie, Vice President
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

Joan Kupersmith Larkin, Vice President
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Frederick Brown, Secretary
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

David Grove, Treasurer
Vaquero Capital

Sonia Gonzales, Executive Director
California Bar Foundation

Raul Ayala
Office of the Federal Public Defender

Ronald L. Blanc
Arnold & Porter LLP

Debora Buljat
General Dynamics NASSCO

Alec Y. Chang
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

S. Raj Chatterjee
Morrison & Foerster LLP

Julia De Beers
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Hon. Marguerite D. Downing
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

Nancy L. Fineman
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy

Sandra S. Fujiyama
Sidley Austin LLP

Steven H. Goldberg
Downey Brand

Martha K. Gooding
Jones Day

Dean Hansell
Hogan Lovells LLP
Ray Hartman
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Geoffrey Holtz
Bingham McCutchen LLP

Robert D. Infelise
Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP

Paul V. Konovalov
Latham & Watkins LLP

Justin T. Miller
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Amy M. Ross
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Thomas Silk

Dianne Baquet Smith
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Jon Streeter
Keker & Van Nest
State Bar President (2011-2012)

Christy Susman
Jack Daniels Properties, Inc.

Julie Taylor
Keesal, Young & Logan

Paul Tepper
Western Center on Law and Poverty

Karen E. Walter
Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Nancy Whang
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Shawn Williams
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP



Center for Asian-American United for Self Empowerment (“CAUSE”)


Fred Rowley — Munger Tolles & Olson

Ben Wong — Southern California Edison

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Fred Rowley —  As the wide network of Asian Pacific Islanders (“API”) operatives allegedly involved in myriad financial schemes on behalf of utility companies and their law firms continue to grow, a new wrinkle was recently added as California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming W. Chin’s tenure has been shaken by revelations of alleged bribery by Edison International (“EIX”), Southern California Edison (“SCE”), and the law firm which represents them — Munger Tolles & Olson (“MTO”).

Fred Rowley of Munger Tolles & Olson who allegedly served as the middleman and conduit of bribes in his capacity as director of CAUSE. Once caught, Rowley conspired with Justice Chin, MTO, SCE, and others to defraud and mislead the California Commission on Judicial Performance. According to MTO, Rowley is a member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He also serves on the boards of directors of CAUSE, a non-profit that promotes Asian-Americans in politics. (image: courtesy of MTO)

A source familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity, maintain that “overwhelming and undisputed” evidence shows that for a period of several years, both SCE and MTO poured large amounts of money into a questionable non-profit entity for which Justice Chin served as an official adviser, albeit secretly so.

The non-profit at issue is Pasadena-based Center for Asian-American United for Self Empowerment (“CAUSE”), which allegedly spends the money it collects for the purpose of voter-registration of API, as well as to lobby for furthering the appointments of APIs to various governmental positions.

While Justice Chin’s clandestine involvement with CAUSE began in approximately 2004, the source maintain the inquiry is focused on the years prior to the recent election by which Justice Chin was up for re-election, and during the time period one alleged wrongdoer – API Fred Rowley of MTO – served as the middleman and conduit of bribes in his capacity as director of CAUSE.

This, according to the source, creates not only the appearance of improprieties but actual misconduct as bestowing anything of value on a judicial officer by SEC and MTO to sponsor an entity which will register as many as APIs as possible who would, in turn, vote for the retention of Chin in the upcoming election, is prohibited.

As mentioned earlier, Justice Chin abruptly quit CAUSE in the midst of an inquiry by the California Commission on Judicial Performance subsequent to a complaint which alleged that Chin’s long-standing involvement with the entity — which caters exclusively to APIs — is prohibitive due to CAUSE’s invidious discrimination against those who are non-API. At that time, those were the only allegations lodged, and no mention was made of alleged improprieties by EIX, SCE, or MTO.

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The Man Behind the Curtain — Director of Southern California Edison Ron Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson


Ronald Leroy Olson is a man proud of his humble Iowa background. Like his two close friends and business partners from across the Missouri River in Omaha, Nebraska — Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger –Olson prefers to not flash his wealth and engage in conspicuous consumption.

Ronald L. Olson of Munger Tolles & Olson
Ronald L. Olson (image:courtesy)

Given the opportunity, Olson will boast about his upbringing in Iowa, which he claims instilled in him an honest work ethic. To hear him talk, one would often believe that Olson is a good-ol’ country farmer who sweats profusely while tilling the land and fears the limelight lest it fade his suit, rather than the shrewd, well-connected attorney who sits on the board of Berkshire Hathaway, Edison International, Southern California Edison, City National Corporation, The Washington Post Company, Western Asset Trusts, RAND Corporation, the Mayo Clinic, and the Council of Foreign Relations, or the attorney who in his spare time practices law out of Los Angeles-based Munger Tolles Olson on behalf of Berkshire Hathaway, Edison International, Southern California Edison, Western Asset Trust, and many other entities such as The Yucaipa Company, Hollywood studios, and other major banks and utility companies.

A similar tactic is used by Warren Buffett, who portrays himself as the harmless average Joe who drinks 5 cans of Cherry Coke a day and spends his time playing bridge. Gold? That’s for Jews to sew into their garments, Charlie Munger declared recently. We are into value investing in productive and honest businesses. Greed ? Speculation? Hollywood? Churning ? Control and influence over banks, monetary policies, the media, utilities, and the government? Not us, no sirree Bob.

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About Leslie Brodie

Leslie Brodie is a reporter, writer, blogger, activist, and a religious leader in the community.


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