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Save the Date for the National Asian Pacific American Pre-Law Conference at the NAPABA National Convention in Arizona. See flyer above for details. Click on the image for the volunteer application.

The National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) has again partnered with NAPABA this year to create a unique networking and professional event for law students to interact and learn from current Asian Pacific American legal practitioners. NAPALSA is now seeking attorneys from all sectors to volunteer for Resume Reviews on Friday, November 7, and Mock Interviews on Saturday, November 8.

The purpose of these programs is to enhance and improve students’ professional development skills for the current job market. Each session would allow law students to have a one-on-one experience with an attorney for fifteen minutes either to have their resume critiqued or to conduct an interview. If you are interested in participating in the resume reviews, mock interviews, or both, please email your bio to NAPALSA Conference Chair Jeanna Lee at conference.napalsa@gmail.com by September 22, 2014.

The NAPABA Prospective Partners Program (PPP) aims to increase the number of Asian Pacific American partners at major law firms through introduction, mentorship, and relationship building. In anticipation of the program’s fifth year, the PPP is inviting candidate applications and nominations for participation in PPP sessions taking place during the Convention. Applications are due September 15, 2014.

Click here for more information.

The NAPABA Board of Governors will appoint two At-Large Board Members to serve a two-year term that will begin in the 2014-2015 bar year. The NAPABA Nominating & Elections Committee invites all members in good standing to submit their names and statements as candidates for At-Large Board Member to elections@napaba.org on or before September 15, 2014. For additional information, click here to review the complete At-Large Board Members Guidelines.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics currently seeks recommendations for qualified candidates to serve as independent and impartial hearing officers to oversee the adjudication of Commission matters.

Hearing officers will preside over formal hearings, render decisions on certain appeals and consider questions of fact and of law in connection with administrative proceedings of and applications to the Commission. The hearing officers will be called on a case by case basis and compensated for their service.

Eligible candidates are requested to submit a resume, writing sample, and professional references to:

NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics
25 Beaver Street
7th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10004

Candidates must have been admitted at least 10 years, must be in good standing, and must be a current New York City resident or be willing to move to New York City in the event of a possible appointment.

Eligible candidates should download the Uniform Judicial Questionnaire from the Committee ‘s website at www.nyc.gov/judiciary, and should contact the Committee’s Office to request waivers. Applications will remain active for one year from the date of the receipt by this office. Applications will be accepted on a continuing basis for appointment to future vacancies as they arise.

On Sunday August 17, 2014, several AABANY members attended and supported the APAPA-NYC Internship Award and Scholarship Fundraising Gala at the Grand Restaurant in Flushing, Queens. Congresswoman Grace Meng, City Councilman Peter Koo, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, and State Senate candidate John Liu were among the list of special guests.

The mission of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans in civic and public affairs through education, active participation, and leadership development.  The APAPA-NYC internship program is one of their flagship programs. The dinner celebrated the completion of APAPA-NYC’s summer internship program where interns were provided opportunities to gain real-life experiences and further develop their leadership skills, through working in public offices (and offices of elected officials) under APAPA-NYC’s mentorship.

Special AABANY thanks to Justin Yu, the chairman of APAPA-NYC and Rosemary Yu, AABANY’s Prosecutor’s committee co-chair for sponsoring a table at the event.

For more info please visit: www.apapa.org




On Saturday, August 16, AABANY and KALAGNY joined their Annual Picnics together for the first time to great success. Additional first for an AABANY picnic: banh mi sandwiches (versus a 6-foot sub) and bocce ball (versus tug of war and chubby bunny). Friends and family from AABANY and KALAGNY alike met in Central Park by the Diana Ross playground for a day of leisure. The weather was ideal for a relaxing picnic. At least we didn’t get rained out, like we did last year and the year before. Members, friends, family (and even a pet) from both AABANY and KALAGNY were present. The picnic ran from noon until about 5 pm, and the photo taken at around 3 pm included some sixty attendees. Thank you to KALAGNY for co-hosting, our Young Lawyers and Litigation Committees for organizing, and all who attended to make the day a true family outing.

On Thursday, August 14, 2014 the Women’s Committee held a perfume-blending workshop with Scenterprises, Inc. at the offices of Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP. This event was limited to 30 attendees and it filled up less than 24 hours after it was announced to the Women’s Committee’s listserv. A wait list had to be started to accommodate the overflow.

The evening began with a light reception during which attendees had the opportunity to meet and mingle over wine and sushi. Attendees then gathered in the law firm’s art gallery where Women’s Committee Co-Chair Naf Kwun welcomed everyone and introduced her Co-Chairs, Marianne Chow and Sapna Palla, as well as the event’s sponsor, Merrill Lynch. Merrill Lynch representatives Jody Thompson and Jimmy Quan spoke about their company and their pleasure in partnering with AABANY before turning it over to Sue Phillips of Scenterprises, Inc.

Ms. Phillips introduced herself and her team and proceeded to take the attendees along a fragrance journey of the “olfactive families.” Fourteen vials of fragrant liquids ranging in color from light honey to deep amber lined a large table in the center of the room, where stood Ms. Phillips and her team in crisp, white frocks. Ms. Phillips explained the power of the sense of smell and gave a brief history of the fragrance industry before delving into a colorful and informative discussion of the core fragrance groups and the different top, middle and base notes that comprise a fragrance. As Ms. Phillips and her team discussed the origins and contours of each note, samples of each were passed around to the attendees, who enjoyed learning about the different scents and jotted down which they liked best. At the end of the night, attendees were invited to create and name their own fragrances to take home using up to three different notes.

Thank you to the Women’s Committee for organizing the event, Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP for hosting the event, and Merrill Lynch for sponsoring such a unique and enjoyable event. Thanks also to Scenterprises, Inc. and all the attendees for a successful and memorable evening.

(Thanks to Naf Kwun and Christina Nguyen for the summary. Photos by Yang Chen.)

August 14, 2014 

Contact: Tina Matsuoka
(202) 775-9555

WASHINGTON – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has selected five exceptional attorneys to receive NAPABA’s highest honor, the Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award. This award recognizes the outstanding achievements, commitment, and leadership of lawyers who have paved the way for the advancement of other Asian Pacific American attorneys. Trailblazers have demonstrated vision, courage, and tenacity, and made substantial and lasting contributions to the Asian Pacific American legal profession, as well as to the broader Asian Pacific American community. The 2014 Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazers Awards will be presented on November 9, 2014, at a special ceremony during the 2014 NAPABA Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona, to the following recipients:

  • Emilia “Mimi” R. Castillo, Castillo Mediation and Arbitration Services
  • The Honorable Lance A. Ito, Superior Court of California, Los Angeles Country
  • Julie A. Su, Labor Commissioner, State of California
  • Bruce I. Yamashita, Partner, Law Office of Bruce I. Yamashita, PLLC
  • Marian M. Yim, Shareholder, Wong Fujii Carter, PC

This year’s Trailblazer Award recipients are a diverse and impressive group. Ms. Castillo has had a successful legal career including over 25 years over as a solo practitioner and participated in the founding of NAPABA, as well as several other local and national Asian Pacific American bar associations. During Judge Ito’s long career in public service, he has presided over a number of high profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson trial, while making time to train other judges about the importance of foreign language interpreters and to mentor Asian Pacific American judicial candidates. Ms. Su successfully advocated for the rights of poor and disenfranchised workers, consumers, students, and, in particular, the Asian Pacific American immigrant community, before becoming the first Asian Pacific American Labor Commissioner for the state of California. Mr. Yamashita fought back against the anti-Asian bias he faced in the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School and changed the way the military handles allegations of racial discrimination. Before becoming a shareholder in Arizona’s first Asian majority owned law firm, Ms. Yim served as an Arizona Assistant Attorney General, Counsel to the Mayor of Phoenix, and founding president of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association.

NAPABA congratulates the 2014 Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award recipients and thanks them for paving the way for Asian Pacific American attorneys.


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and approximately 70 national, state, and local bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA engages in legislative and policy advocacy, promotes APA political leadership and political appointments, and builds coalitions within the legal profession and the community at large. NAPABA also serves as a resource for government agencies, members of Congress, and public service organizations about APAs in the legal profession, civil rights, and diversity in the courts.



Time & Date

6:30 PM, Tuesday, August 19th


Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel Phoenix Room (2nd Floor)
135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354


Contact: James Hong (james.hong@minkwon.org / 718-460-5600 ext. 209)

Simultaneous translation will be provided in Korean, Mandarin, and Spanish!

This is a non-partisan event.  Absolutely no campaign paraphernalia will be allowed on the premises.

All candidates have been invited to the event.

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Chhaya CDC
Chinese American Planning Council
Flushing Jewish Community Council
Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York
La FuenteMinKwon Center for Community Action
New Immigrant Community Empowerment
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