Press Release: NAPABA Names Ropes & Gray as its 2015 Law Firm Diversity Award Recipient

For Immediate Release
Aug. 12, 2015

For More Information, Contact:
Brett Schuster, Communications Manager
202-775-9555, [email protected]

NAPABA Names Ropes & Gray as its 2015 Law Firm Diversity Award Recipient

WASHINGTON – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has named Ropes & Gray LLP as the 2015 Law Firm Diversity Award recipient. NAPABA created the Law Firm Diversity Award to recognize law firms that actively, affirmatively, consistently, and enthusiastically recruit, retain, and promote Asian Pacific American lawyers to equity partnership and firm leadership. 

The award will be presented at the NAPABA Anniversary Gala at the 2015 NAPABA Convention on Nov. 7, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“Ropes & Gray has a long and proud history of being an industry leader when it comes to workplace diversity,” said NAPABA President George C. Chen. “It is a tremendous honor to be consistently recognized by your peers as one of the nation’s leaders in diversity practices, and NAPABA applauds the firm’s continued commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.”

Ropes & Gray has been recognized as a leading firm for diversity by the inaugural Law360 Minority Report released in May 2015. The distinction complements the firm’s top diversity rankings in other leading surveys, including the 2016 Vault guide, which ranked the firm in the top five U.S. law firms for overall diversity for the seventh consecutive year. Among the largest law firms on the Law360 list, Ropes & Gray ranked highest, and was the only firm with more than 1,000 lawyers recognized among the top 10 firms on the list, ranking eighth overall. The survey ranked Ropes & Gray for its inclusiveness based upon the firm’s minority representation at both the partner and non-partner levels, and based upon the firm’s total number of minority attorneys. Separately, Law360 ranked Ropes & Gray as one of the 50 best law firms for minority partners.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and approximately 70 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American 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 continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

To learn more about NAPABA, visit, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@NAPABA).

Auction, Artifacts, and George Takei: How ADR Helped Preserve a Part of Japanese-American History-Theodore K. Cheng

AABANY would like to share Theodore K. Cheng’s article “Auction, Artifacts, and George Takei: How ADR Helped Preserve a Part of Japanese-American History,” published in the NYSBA Arts, Sports and Entertainment Law Journal

Theodore K. Cheng is the President of our sister affiliate APALA-NJ and current ADR Sub-Committee Chair of AABANY’s Litigation Committee, as well as a former board member of AABANY. 

Here’s a brief synopsis of his article:

Entitled, "Auction, Artifacts, and George Takei: How ADR Helped Preserve a Part of Japanese-American History,” it recounts the successful story of how treasured artifacts from Japanese-American internment camps were saved from being generally disseminated to the public through the intervention of various interest groups and, ultimately, George Takei, who brokered a deal with the Japanese American National Museum.  Along the way, Theo mentions the Heart Mount War Relocation Center and AABANY’s re-enactment (see, in particular, endnote 4).

To read the full article please CLICK HERE

Manhattan Family Justice Center Core Trainings

The Manhattan Family Justice Center is happy to announce its next round of core trainings. The training program provides professional development for service providers, community leaders, and city agencies on relevant topics regarding intimate partner violence, sex trafficking, and elder abuse.

All trainings are free and located at the MFJC: 80 Centre Street, 5th Floor Training Room.

Click here to register now!

  • DV Dialogue
    • Facilitated by MFJC Admin Staff
    • Monday 9/14 2-5 pm
  • Risk Assessment & Safety Planning
    • Facilitated by Safe Horizon
    • Tuesday 9/15 11 am – 4 pm *Intro from 11 am – 1 pm, Focus on Cyber Safety from 2 pm – 4 pm*
  • Cultural Conversations
    • Facilitated by FJC Admin Staff
    • Friday, 9/18 10 am – 1 pm
  • Criminal Justice Responses to DV
    • Facilitated by the Manhattan DA’s Office and NYPD
    • Monday, 9/21 2-5 pm
  • Housing & Shelter Options for Survivors
    • Facilitated by New Destiny Housing, FJC Staff
    • Tuesday, 9/22 10 am – 4 pm *Please note this will be a full-day training*
  • Self-Sufficiency & Economic Empowerment
    • Facilitated by FJC Admin Staff
    • Wednesday, 9/23 10 am – 1 pm
  • Elder Abuse
    • Facilitated by Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse *Please note CLE may be granted for this training pending approval*
    • Thursday, 9/24 10 am – 12 pm
  • Immigration Law & Remedies for DV Survivors
    • Facilitated by NY Legal Assistance Group & Sanctuary for Families
    • Friday, 9/25 10 am – 1 pm
  • Family & Matrimonial Law
    • Facilitated by Sanctuary for Families
    • Thursday, 10/1 10 am – 1 pm
  • Sex Trafficking: Focus on Teen Dating Violence
    • Facilitated by Day One
    • Date TBD

If you have any questions or would like more details, please contact Sarah Flatto. Her contact information is below:

Sarah Flatto
Director, Programs &
NYC Family Justice Center,
80 Centre St. 5th Floor
New York, NY 10013
Mayor’s Office to Combat
Domestic Violence
Office: 212-602-2857
Cell: 646-280-8015
[email protected]


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