The 2014 NAPABA Convention took place from November 6 through 9 in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the Westin Kierland Spa and Resort, and AABANY was there.

Many AABANY members and leaders spoke on or served as moderators or program chairs for various NAPABA and NAPALSA panels, including: Christopher W. Chan, Vincent T. Chang, Hon. Pamela K. Chen, Theodore K. Cheng, Hon. Denny Chin, Francis H. Chin, Kathy Hirata Chin, Sylvia Chin, Marianne Chow, Andrew T. Hahn, Michael Kam, Jane Kim, Michael S. Kim, Naf Kwun, Jean Lee, Lauren Lee, Parkin Lee, Marvin Liang, Karen Lim, Linda Lin, Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, Don H. Liu, Hugh H. Mo, Concepcion Montoya, Sapna Palla, Ivy Suriyopas, Vinoo Varghese, Helen Wan, Lawrence G. Wee, Jessica Wong, Michael Yap, Tsui Yee, Dwight Yoo and Rosemary Yu.

The NAPABA Best Under 40 Reception was held on Friday night, and AABANY member Ivy Suriyopas was among the recipients. Ivy is the Director of AADLEF’s Anti-Trafficking initiative, and we congratulate her on this well-deserved honor.

The AABANY Re-enactment Team, led by Hon. Denny Chin, Kathy Hirata Chin and Vincent Chang, performed “Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio” to a capacity room on Saturday morning, Nov. 8.

Lawson Huyhn and Kristina Lee of St. John’s University School of Law argued their way through several rounds of the Thomas Tang Moot Court competition, finishing second in the nation, winning top brief. Congratulations to Lawson and Kristina! Thanks to Francis Chin and Sam Yee for all their support and assistance of the teams in the New York region who took part in the competition.

The Installation Banquet took place on Saturday night. Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and founder of Define American, was the keynote speaker. The  newly-elected officers were installed at the dinner, and we congratulate them all and wish them the best of luck in leading NAPABA.

Congratulations to NAPABA for organizing yet another successful, productive and enjoyable Annual Convention. Hope to see everyone next year in New Orleans for the 27th Annual NAPABA Convention!