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FLOC Flash April 26, 2021

FLOC Flash April 26, 2021

RECAP: Chapman APALSA and FLOC Mixer: FLOC President, Serafin Tagarao, and Board members Vincent Gonzales, Ronald Baldonado, and Kristine Avena were presenters at a law school mixer with Chapman Law School’s APALSA. Students were able to meet with the speakers in breakout rooms and have their questions answered from how to survive law school to how to prepare for the California bar exam. Elimination of Bias MCLE Event with Milton Grimes: FLOC co-sponsored an MCLE Event with OCBA featuring renowned attorney Milton Grimes. It was well attended by several Orange County Bar Organizations and members of both the Orange County Public Defender’s Office and the Orange County District Attorney's Office. The event touched upon race related issues that deal with our representation of clients of color as well as being a minority attorney practicing in predominantly white Orange County. It was eye opening and extremely relevant to today’s current issues. Know Your Rights Training: AABA, Cal-APABA and Stop AAPI Hate hosted a training focused on protecting our community and equipping us with tools to support each other. The distinguished speakers explained how to handle discrimination in the workplace, in public stores, in school, and what to do when witnessing a possible hate crime. Friday Financial Freedom Series (Part 1): FLOC’s board member Christina Ahluwalia is leading this series and providing guidance for attorneys on how to manage their wealth. The first series was held this past Friday and was a success. Please see the Upcoming Events section to save the dates for Part 2 and Part 3. Rob Bonta As Attorney General: Rob Bonta was confirmed as the first Filipino Attorney General this week. We are so proud to stand with him. Please see our statement here congratulating Mr. Bonta on this outstanding achievement. Guilty Verdict on the Derek Chauvin Trial: Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts of the death of George Floyd. FLOC sent out a statement regarding our views on this verdict here. Dues Dues Dues! Please remember to pay your membership dues on the FLOC website: Along with the generous donations from our sponsors, your membership dues are an investment in our organization and help support our efforts to represent and advocate the interests of Filipino and Filipino-Americans and their communities, and to encourage and promote the professional growth of the members of the Association. If you have any questions regarding the membership dues, please email FLOC Treasurer Nate Epstein. To sign up as as a new member, click here. Mentors for Law Students: Please contact Kristine Avena ( or Michelle Lumasag ( if you would like to participate in a mentor/mentee program. The mentorship program pairs interested law students, new admittees, or attorneys with other practicing attorneys to help provide advice on professional development and career goals. UPCOMING EVENTS: The Friday Financial Freedom Series: Please tune in this Friday and the Friday after for our Financial Series Parts 2 and 3 headed by FLOC’s very own board member, Christina Ahluwalia.

Be the Difference Stop Asian Hate: APABA is hosting a virtual discussion of practical tools and resources to combat hate incidents and care for those affected on April 27 at 12:15 p.m.

What are Hate Crimes, and What Can AAPI Attorneys Do About Them: Please join us for this discussion about Hate Crimes, and what we, as attorneys, can do to protect our community. FLOC Secretary, Frances Prizzia, will be one of the speakers at this event.

FLOC Members Sunday Brunch: Please save the date for FLOC's first in person event of 2021! Come meet us under the tree in Irvine and bring your own brown bag brunch. There are spaced out chairs but feel free to bring your own chair or blanket as well as games if you would like.

APABA Unity Night: In light of the increasing physical and verbal incidents targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans, PABA, APABA and other APA bar organizations have banded together to host a virtual event in solidarity against APA-targeted hate and violence.

Recipe of the Week Ube Madeleines (Courtesy of Greggy Soriano) Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/2 cup almond flour

  • 2 Tbsp. Ube powder

  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 3 large egg whites

  • 1 tsp. Ube extract

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1 Tbsp. lemon or Calamansi juice

Other Things You'll Need:

  • standard sized madeleine molds or mini madeleine molds


  1. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter until it turns a golden brown. This is called "beurre noisette, which gives these madeleines a nutty flavor. Remove from heat and allow it cool.

  2. Sift sugar, almond flour, Ube powder, flour, and salt into a stand mixer bowl. Add egg whites, Ube extract, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and whisk until well combined. Add beurre noisette and mix until well incorporated.

  3. Prepare the madeleine pan/molds with a light coating of baking spray. Pipe or spoon (with a mini ice cream scooper) into the madeleine molds. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to create a skin. Preheat the oven to 325F.

  4. Bake Madeleines at 325F for 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely in molds.

  5. Release from molds. Can be enjoyed, as is, or can be dipped in purple chocolate, dusted with Ube powdered sugar, or Ube glaze.

Coatings and Glazes:

  • Purple Chocolate: Melt 1 lb chocolate and add 3-5 Tbsp. melted coconut oil mixed with 1 Tbsp. Ube gel extract. This can be done with white chocolate, too- if adding Ube gel extract

  • Ube Powdered Sugar: In a stand mixer bowl- fitted with A paddle attachment, mix 1 cup powdered sugar and 3 Tbsp. Ube extract on low, until the mixture turns purple. Sprinkle on a parchment-lined sheet pan and allow to dry overnight. Place it in a spice grinder or small cup blender and blend until fine and powder-like in texture. Store in an airtight container.

  • Ube glaze: Mix 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp. salt, 2 Tbsp. milk, 1 tsp. ube extract.

If you have any contributions such as scholarship information, job openings, volunteer opportunities, or any events for the FLOC Flash, please email FLOC's Secretary Frances Prizzia at

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