Register for NAPABA Convention in San Diego


Have you registered for the 2016 NAPABA Convention in San Diego? Don’t miss out on what we have in store for you and over 1,600 legal professionals on Friday, Nov. 4!

  • 27 CLE breakout sessions featuring a diverse array of cutting-edge legal topics and experts in their fields!
  • 3 NAPALSA sessions to develop skills as law students and jump-start your career in the legal profession!
  • Luncheon & Plenary Session | The Portrait Project: A Portrait of Asian Americans in Law ​
    Generously supported by Duane Morris
    Presenting findings from a first-of-its-kind comprehensive study on the past, present, and future of Asian Americans in the legal profession, this plenary session will be led by California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu and Yale Law Professor Ian Ayre. Over the past three decades, Asian Americans have been the fastest-growing group in the legal profession. Asian American enrollment in law school has more than quadrupled since the mid-1980s, and today there are nearly 50,000 lawyers who are Asian American, a 250% increase since the year 2000. Within the span of a generation, Asian Americans have become a visible presence in all sectors of the legal profession. Yet there has never been a systematic study of the career paths of Asian Americans in the law. The Portrait Project is the first such effort.
  • Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award Reception
    Generously supported by Walmart
    The Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award, NAPABA’s highest honor, 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 in their practice. They have also made substantial and lasting contributions to the Asian Pacific American legal profession, as well as the broader Asian Pacific American community. Join us as we celebrate this year’s exceptional award recipients.
  • ​​Networking Receptions
  • In-House Counsel Reception | Generously supported by Prudential
  • Insurance Law Committee Reception
  • Joint Corporate Transactions, Real Property & Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’/Debtors’ Rights Reception
  • Solo & Small Firm Network Reception
  • Women’s Leadership Network Reception
  • Late Night Karaoke
    Generously supported by JAMS
    Take part in the official NAPABA late night activity and annual tradition of karaoke!

For a more complete schedule of our Friday programming and a look at what the rest of Convention has to offer, view the Convention agenda here.

Early-bird registration for the 2016 NAPABA Convention will close on Aug. 26. NAPABA members save an additional $200 off the non-member rate. Not a member? Become a member today and save!

PRESS RELEASE | NAPABA Supports Judges Lucy Koh and Florence Pan at Nomination Hearing

NAPABA Supports Judges Lucy Koh and Florence Pan at Nomination Hearing

WASHINGTON — Today, Judges Lucy H. Koh and Florence Y. Pan sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing on their nominations to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, respectively.

“Today’s hearings demonstrate that Judge Lucy Koh and Judge Florence Pan are two highly qualified nominees,” said Jin Y. Hwang, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) president. “Both are experienced and fair jurists who were unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate for their current positions, and they continue to receive strong bipartisan support. It is also important that these two nominees have been and would be trailblazers for Asian Pacific American women in the federal judiciary.

“NAPABA urges for a prompt vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee and for the Senate to swiftly confirm Judge Koh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Pan to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.”

Judge Lucy H. Koh was unanimously confirmed by the Senate, 90-0, to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in 2010. She enjoys bipartisan support, including former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who appointed her to the Superior Court of California – County of Santa Clara. If confirmed, Judge Koh would become the first Korean American woman to be a circuit court judge and only the second Asian Pacific American woman to serve as a federal appellate court judge.

Judge Florence Y. Pan was confirmed to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia by unanimous consent by the Senate in 2009, following her nomination by President Obama. She enjoys bipartisan support for her nomination, including former Attorney General Michael Mukasey. If confirmed, Judge Pan will be the first Asian Pacific American woman to serve on the federal district court bench in the District of Columbia.

NAPABA provided testimony in support of Judges Koh and Pan, stating: “Judge Koh and Judge Pan would both make an immediate contribution as a federal circuit court judge and a federal district judge, respectively. Their qualifications, integrity, intellect, and commitment to the justice system are unquestionable. They bring a talent and understanding of the issues before the court, and a willingness to tackle complex issues, that is inspiring… [T]he swift confirmation of both Judge Koh and Judge Pan is important to NAPABA and the Asian Pacific American community.”

For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or [email protected].

Startup & Entrepreneurship Career Panel – Wednesday, July 20

KALCA, in partnership with the Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), will be hosting a Startup & Entrepreneurship Career Panel on Wednesday, July 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. It will be held at The Korea Society (950 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022). Light refreshments will be served.


1. Bob Wu, Teleport
2. Esther Lee, General Assembly
3. Esther Lim, GORI
4. Nicholas Chung, Paper and Soap

RSVP to [email protected]

Annual Mock Interviews & Hiring & Interviewing Skills Panel For Law Students of Color

Date: Tuesday, July 26th 2:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Weil, 42 West 44th Street Between 5th & 6th Avenues

Come and learn how to present yourself at an interview in the most effective and successful manner. This workshop is designed to help law students of color prepare for the fall recruiting season by identifying key factors legal employers look and listen for during interviews for positions as summer associates, interns and clerks.  Participants will have the opportunity to participate in two mock interviews and receive critical feedback from practicing attorneys on their interviewing skills.   

Event Timeline: 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm 

Student Check-In 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm 

Hiring and Interviewing Skills Panel 4:30 pm – 5:10 pm 

Student Interview  #1 5:15 pm – 5:55 pm 

Student Interview  #2 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

Cocktail Reception 

Students please review the FAQ document link

PALS Mock Interview FAQ’s

1. Students must arrive promptly at 2:45 pm in business attire.
2. Students are required to RSVP, and interview matches are assigned in  advance on a rolling basis.
3. Students must attend the entire hiring/interviewing skills panel to participate in the interviews.
4. Each student should bring several copies of his/her resume and transcript to the workshop.

Register today and invite your fellow colleagues/classmates.
Event registration will end on Wednesday, July 20th.