PRESS RELEASE: NAPABA Recognizes its Civil Rights Committee as its 2015 President’s Award Recipient


For Immediate Release
Oct. 26, 2015

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Brett Schuster, Communications Manager
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WASHINGTON — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) will honor its Civil Rights Committee with the 2015 President’s Award during the NAPABA Anniversary Gala and Installation Banquet on Nov. 7, 2015, in New Orleans. This award is given at the discretion of the NAPABA President to individuals or organizations that have made important contributions to NAPABA or the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.

The Civil Rights Committee was formed in 1989, shortly after the founding of NAPABA. The Committee has addressed numerous legislative and policy issues such as Wards Cove cannery workers’ civil rights, the certification of court interpreters, immigrant rights, and affirmative action. The Committee also considers and makes recommendations on resolutions offered by other diverse national bar associations on issues of common interest, which are then used as the basis for lobbying Congress, the White House, and other governmental bodies. The Committee is an important tool for activist lawyers to share experiences and plan civil rights-oriented panels at NAPABA Conventions.

President George Chen and NAPABA thank the Civil Rights Committee for their continued service to the organization and the greater APA community, and would like to recognize each chair – both past and present – who have had a significant impact on the Committee:

  • Brian Cheu
  • Rockwell Chin
  • Juliet K. Choi
  • Dennis Hayashi
  • Meredith Higashi
  • Paul Igasaki
  • Les Jin
  • Tsiwen M. Law
  • Andy Liu
  • Karen K. Narasaki
  • Edwin R. Oshika
  • Myron Quan
  • Patricia Shiu


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 approximately 50,000 attorneys and approximately 75 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.

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