Announcing NAPABA’s 2021-22 Board of Governors

NAPABA is proud to announce the 2021-22 Board of Governors—comprised of officers, directors, regional governors, and at-large board members—who will be sworn in virtually this November. NAPABA is committed to cultivating a Board as diverse as the members we serve—leveraging their skills, expertise, and community connections in advancement of NAPABA’s vision to achieve optimal representation and influence of Asian American and Pacific Islander attorneys in every facet and level of the legal profession and beyond. Congratulations to our newly elected and appointed Board members!

Executive Committee

President

Sidney Kanazawa | California

President-Elect
Sandra Leung | New York

Treasurer
Hogene Choi | California

Secretary

Judy M. Lam | California

Immediate Past President
A.B. Cruz III | Texas


Directors

Marty Lorenzo | California
Kristin Haugen | Minnesota

Regional Governors
Central Regional Governor
Johnny Wang | Missouri

Central California Regional Governor
Jen Won | California

Eastern California /Nevada Regional Governor
Albert Montefalcon | California

Northeast Regional Governor
Anna Mercado Clark | New York

Northeast Regional Governor
James Y. Lee | New York Regional Governors

Northern California Regional Governor
Mark Punzalan | California

Northwest Regional Governor
Elaine Pascua | Washington

Southeast Regional Governor
Zarra Elias | Florida

Southern California Regional Governor
Denise Crawford | California

Southwest Regional Governor
Stacey Cho Hernandez | Texas

At-Large Board Members
Sanjeev Bhasker | North Carolina
Angela Lim | California
Kevin Lyn | North Carolina
Terri Ann Motosue | Hawai’i
Vincent Roldan | New Jersey
Eileen Sullivan | Arizona

NAPABA Announces 2021-22 Board of Governors

NAPABA is committed to having a governing board that reflects the diverse Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander legal community and has the right blend of skill, expertise, community connections, and diverse perspectives as a whole. We are proud to announce the newly elected Officers and Directors who will serve on the 2021-22 NAPABA Board of Governors. We look forward to their leadership and the advancement of NAPABA’s mission and strategic plan. 

The following individuals were elected by the NAPABA membership:    

Executive Committee
President-Elect
Sandra Leung

Treasurer
Hogene Choi

Secretary
Judy Lam

Directors
Director
Marty Lorenzo

Director
Kristin Haugen

AABANY Welcomes the Officers and Directors of the FY2022 Board

AABANY’s new fiscal year began on April 1, 2021. Terrence Shen is now the President of AABANY and Sapna Palla is the Immediate Past President. We are pleased to welcome this year’s Officers and Directors.

President
Terrence Shen

President-Elect
William Ng

Immediate Past President
Sapna Palla

Vice Presidents of Programs and Operations
Joseph Eng
Cynthia Lam

Development Director
Margaret T. Ling

Director of Technology
Francis Chin

Treasurer
William Hao

Secretary
Christopher S. Bae

Membership Director
Beatrice Leong

Executive Director
Yang Chen

Board of Directors
Jasmine Ball
Una A. Dean
Jeff Ikejiri
Suzanne Kim
Edward Y. Kim
Chris Kwok
Naf Kwun
Won S. Shin
David Sohn
Kazuko Wachter
P. Bartlett Wu
Karen Yau
Andy Yoo

To view the bios of the AABANY Directors and Officers, click here.

AABANY Hosts 2021 Annual Meeting of Members on Remo

On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, AABANY held its Annual Meeting of Members on Remo. President Sapna Palla called the meeting to order and established quorum. Elections were held for the 2021 Board of Directors and Officers.

President Sapna Palla presented the Year in Review and Executive Director, Yang Chen, presented the report of the Committees. Following the reports, awards were presented to honor AABANY leaders and committees for their dedication to AABANY over the past year. While these presentations were occurring, Immediate Past President Brian Song and President-Elect Terrence Shen tallied the votes.

The following officers were elected and will begin their term on April 1, 2021:

William Ng
President-Elect

Cynthia Lam
Vice President, Programs and Operations

Joe Eng
Vice President, Programs and Operations

Margaret Ling
Development Director

William Hao
Treasurer

Christopher Bae
Secretary

Beatrice Leong
Membership Director

The following candidates were elected as Directors to serve two-year terms starting on April 1, 2021:

Jasmine Ball
Jeff Ikejiri
Suzanne Kim
Chris Kwok
David Sohn
Bart Wu
Karen Yau
Andy Yoo

Congratulations to all the Officers and Directors who were elected to the Board.

The following awards were presented:

Committees of the Year: The Pro Bono and Community Service Committee and the Student Outreach Committee

For the numerous initiatives they organized to support the community during COVID-19, including Know Your Rights webinars, COVID Rent Relief Program application drives, and postering and social media campaigns to promote the Remote Pro Bono Legal Clinic and other community programs.

Program of the Year: Weekly Membership Mixers

For hosting more than 30 weekly mixers on Zoom and Remo since April 1, 2020 to provide an open space for members and non-members to share their feelings, see old friends, and make new connections.

Member of the Year: Bart Wu

For his outstanding work with the Legal Referral and Information Service, which he helped launch, and his work reviving the Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee.

Congratulations to all the honorees for the recognition of their achievements and hard work during the 2021 fiscal year.

Congratulations to the Officers and Directors elected to the Board to serve during fiscal year 2022 which commences on April 1, 2021.

We would also like to thank our members for attending and participating in the annual meeting.

Allen & Overy Hosts AABANY’s 2020 Annual Meeting of Members

On Tuesday, February 11, 2020, AABANY held its Annual Meeting of Members at Allen & Overy. President Brian Song called the meeting to order and established quorum. Elections were held for the 2020 Board of Officers and Directors, along with a vote on bylaw revisions to clarify and extend term limits.

President Brian Song presented the Year in Review while Executive Director, Yang Chen, presented the report of the Committees. After the reports, awards were presented to honor AABANY leaders and committees for their dedication to AABANY over the past year. While these presentations were occuring, Immediate Past President James R. Cho and President-Elect Sapna Palla tallied the votes.

The following officers were elected and will begin their term on April 1, 2020:

Terrence L. Shen
President-Elect

Tiffany Miao
Vice President, Programs and Operations

David Sohn
Vice President, Programs and Operations

Margaret Ling
Development Director

William Hao
Treasurer

Christopher Bae
Secretary

Beatrice Leong
Membership Director

The following candidates were elected as Directors to serve two-year terms starting on April 1, 2020:

Jasmine Ball
Una A. Dean
Edward Y. Kim
Naf Kwun
Won Shin
Kazuko Wachter

Congratulations to all the Officers and Directors who were elected to the Board.

The bylaw revisions were passed.

The following awards were presented:

Committee of the Year: The Young Lawyers Committee

For their outstanding contributions in promoting AABANY’s mission and their service to our members and the community at large.

Program of the Year: The AABANY Trial Reenactments Project under the auspices of the Professional Development Committee 

For enhancing and contributing to public understanding and awareness of major contributions by Asian Americans to the social, political and legal history of the United States.

Member of the Year: Beatrice Leong

For her contributions to the growth of AABANY’s membership under her leadership as Membership Director.

Congratulations to all the honorees for the recognition of their achievements and hard work during the 2019 fiscal year.

We would like to thank our members for attending and participating in the annual meeting, and we also thank John Hwang and Allen & Overy for hosting the meeting in a beautiful space, treating us to a delectable selection of food and drinks.

Welcome to the FY 2018 AABANY Board of Directors

AABANY’s 2018 Fiscal Year began on April 1. We are pleased to welcome this year’s Board Officers and Directors.

Officers

James Cho, President
Brian Song, President-Elect
Dwight S. Yoo, Immediate Past President
Jeff Ikejiri, Vice President of Programs and Operations
Charles Chen, Vice President of Programs and Operations
Edward Kim, Treasurer
Margaret Ling, Development Director
Francis Chin, Technology Director
David Sohn, Membership Director
Dai Wai Chin Feman, Secretary

Directors

Jung Choi
Marianne Chow
Diane Gujarati
Suzanne Kim**
Chris Kwok**
Naf Kwun
Bobby Liu*
Sonia Low*
Sapna Palla
Terrence Shen*
Manisha M. Sheth*
Irene Tan*
Larry Wee*
Andy Yoo**

Executive Director

Yang Chen

Officers serve one-year terms and Directors serve staggered two-year terms, except as noted below. Single asterisk next to a Director’s name indicates that he or she is in their second year. Double asterisks next to a Director’s name indicates that he or she is serving only a one-year term.

Please join us in welcoming and congratulating the new and returning Board Officers and Directors as they embark on another year of leading AABANY as an active and vibrant bar association promoting the interests of APA lawyers and the community they serve. 

This year’s theme, announced at the 2018 Annual Dinner, is “Serving Our Community, Advancing Our Profession.” We hope all our members and anyone interested in promoting our mission will help our new Board in fulfilling that theme.

Welcome the New AABANY Officers & Board of Directors!

President

Clara J. Ohr
Hess Corporation

President-Elect

William Wang
Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP

Immediate Past President

Mike F. Huang
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

Vice President, Programs and Operations

Gurinder Singh
Miller Canfield P.L.C.

Vice President, Finance and Development

Bobby Liu
M.D. Sass Investors Services, Inc.

Treasurer

Jane Chuang
Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP

Membership Secretary

Irene W. Tan
AIG Property Casualty

Recording Secretary

Naf Kwun
Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP

Board of Directors

Francis H. Chin
Brooklyn Law School

James P. Chou
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Steve Chung*
NBC Universal

Jean Lee
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Robert W. Leung
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

Karen Lim
Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.

James Lin
New York County District Attorney’s Office

Linda S. Lin
Liberty International Underwriters

Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Susan Shin*
Arnold & Porter LLP

Pauline Yeung-Ha*
Grimaldi & Yeung LLP

Yang Chen (Ex Officio)
Executive Director, AABANY

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The Officers will be serving for one year while Directors serve for two years. Most of our Directors are in their second year while those with an asterisk next to their names are beginning their two-year term this year. AABANY’s year runs from April 1 to March 31.

Please join us in welcoming our Officers and Directors for 2014-15.