ABA Announces Wendy Shiba as Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Honoree

For Immediate Release: 
Date: April 8, 2022 

Contact: Mary Tablante, Associate Strategic Communications & Marketing Director

WASHINGTON – This week, the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession announced NAPABA Past President Wendy Shiba as a recipient of the 2022 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. Each year, the Commission honors up to five outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence and paved the way for other women in the legal profession.

A retired C-suite executive, Wendy made sustainable impacts and provided a stable hand at three NYSE-listed companies where she navigated her companies through multiple challenges and transitions. Wendy is a member of the ABA’s House of Delegates and Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, President-Elect of Enix-Ross’s Presidential Appointments Committee, and Vice Chair of the Committee on Rights of Women on the ABA Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice.

“It was NAPABA’s honor to nominate Wendy Shiba, an exceptionally gifted corporate attorney from Altadena, California, for this award. Wendy exemplifies the spirit of Margaret Brent through her accomplishments and dedication to uplifting women,” said A.B. Cruz III, NAPABA acting president. “Not only has she had a career where she was either the first Asian American, woman, or person of color in various spaces, it was always important for her to create opportunities for others. Driven by her passion for equality and ensuring underserved communities have legal representation, Wendy has used her business acumen, wisdom, leadership, and approachability to benefit her local community, the APA community, and the legal profession. She is a true champion for women and diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.”

In addition to being Past President of NAPABA, Wendy is a member of its Leadership Advisory Council and serves as Advisory Board Member for the 2021-2022 Board of Governors. Wendy also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Japanese American National Museum and on the Steering Committee for the Los Angeles Summer Legal Institute, Just the Beginning Foundation’s cornerstone youth program.

Also receiving the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award this year are:

  • Michele Goodwin; Chancellor’s Professor, University of California, Irvine School of Law; Senior Lecturer, Harvard Medical School; Host of On The Issues With Michele Goodwin at Ms. Magazine; Laguna Beach, CA.
  • Christina L. Martini; Partner, Global Head of McDermott’s Trademark Prosecution and Controversy Practice, McDermott Will & Emery; Chicago, IL.
  • Laura J. Schumacher; Vice Chairman, External Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, AbbVie; North Chicago, IL.
  • Myra C. Selby; Partner, Ice Miller; Indianapolis, IN.

The award recipients will be honored on Sunday, August 7 in Chicago.


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), represents the interests of over 60,000 Asian Pacific American (APA) legal professionals and nearly 90 national, state, and local APA bar associations. NAPABA is a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting APA communities. Through its national network, 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 all backgrounds in the legal profession.