The 2014 NAPABA Convention took place from November 6 through 9 in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the Westin Kierland Spa and Resort, and AABANY was there.

Many AABANY members and leaders spoke on or served as moderators or program chairs for various NAPABA and NAPALSA panels, including: Christopher W. Chan, Vincent T. Chang, Hon. Pamela K. Chen, Theodore K. Cheng, Hon. Denny Chin, Francis H. Chin, Kathy Hirata Chin, Sylvia Chin, Marianne Chow, Andrew T. Hahn, Michael Kam, Jane Kim, Michael S. Kim, Naf Kwun, Jean Lee, Lauren Lee, Parkin Lee, Marvin Liang, Karen Lim, Linda Lin, Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, Don H. Liu, Hugh H. Mo, Concepcion Montoya, Sapna Palla, Ivy Suriyopas, Vinoo Varghese, Helen Wan, Lawrence G. Wee, Jessica Wong, Michael Yap, Tsui Yee, Dwight Yoo and Rosemary Yu.

The NAPABA Best Under 40 Reception was held on Friday night, and AABANY member Ivy Suriyopas was among the recipients. Ivy is the Director of AADLEF’s Anti-Trafficking initiative, and we congratulate her on this well-deserved honor.

The AABANY Re-enactment Team, led by Hon. Denny Chin, Kathy Hirata Chin and Vincent Chang, performed “Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio” to a capacity room on Saturday morning, Nov. 8.

Lawson Huyhn and Kristina Lee of St. John’s University School of Law argued their way through several rounds of the Thomas Tang Moot Court competition, finishing second in the nation, winning top brief. Congratulations to Lawson and Kristina! Thanks to Francis Chin and Sam Yee for all their support and assistance of the teams in the New York region who took part in the competition.

The Installation Banquet took place on Saturday night. Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and founder of Define American, was the keynote speaker. The  newly-elected officers were installed at the dinner, and we congratulate them all and wish them the best of luck in leading NAPABA.

Congratulations to NAPABA for organizing yet another successful, productive and enjoyable Annual Convention. Hope to see everyone next year in New Orleans for the 27th Annual NAPABA Convention!

Call for Volunteers: NAPABA Convention 2014

Supporting Overseas Military Personnel at a

Service Project to Pack 300 Food Boxes for Military Men and Women Based Overseas

NAPABA 2014 Convention with Packages from Home (Phoenix-based, 501©(3)-DoD approved, non-profit)

300 boxes packed, Volunteers: 3 to 5 boxes each (suggested)

One raffle ticket per box packed (drawing at end of project period)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

9:00am to 11:00am

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Rainmakers Ballroom (lower level, next to courtyard)
6902 E Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale (480-624-1000)

Self-park, no-fee (parking area in front of Resort)

Comfortable casual

Please R.S.V.P. to Barry Wong at [email protected]

At NAPABA National Convention in Atlanta

Got into Atlanta last night, arrived at the Westin Peachtree near midnight.  The flight from LaGuardia left the gate on time but because of the rainy weather there were 19 planes ahead of us on the runaway, which meant that we didn’t take off until about 9 pm.

IP Committee Co-Chair Karen Lim was on the same flight.  She wasn’t able to get a cab from Manhattan until about 6:20 pm and thought that she wouldn’t make the flight.  But she did.  In Atlanta, we shared a cab to our hotels.  She must have booked early because she got a room at the Omni.  I booked at the Westin because I always seem to forget about booking a room until late in the game.

I’ll be heading to International Ballroom D shortly.  I’m the luncheon speaker at the BLI (Bar Leadership Institute).  I’ll be talking about AABANY’s experience as the first affiliate with an ED.

Already seeing a lot of Asian faces here, most of them unfamiliar to me.  I expect more New York people will be arriving in the course of the next couple of days.

If you are here from New York, log into our Facebook event and let us know.  Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/events/109881272459881/

3rd Annual Pitch Sessions: One-on-One Partner Presentations and Interviews with In-House Counsel

Members of the NAPABA In-House Counsel Committee are accepting submissions from eligible partners of Solo and Small Firms for private one-on-one firm pitches during the 2011 NAPABA Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia taking place November 17-20. 
To be eligible, for firms with 25 or less attorneys, each partner who intends to participate in the pitch program must be an individual direct Platinum/$500 member of NAPABA. In addition, you must be registered to attend the 2011 NAPABA Convention.

How to participate: Review the pdf list of IHCs (click on the link), which includes brief descriptions of company industry and IHC specialty. Please note that some companies chose to display an anonymous profile. If you or one of your firm’s partners matches the industry and specialty, you may submit the following information:

1.       Name
2.       Firm name
3.       Direct phone number
4.       Email
5.       Specialty/practice area
6.       State whether your firm is minority and/or women-owned
7.       Indicate by IHC ID Number, the IHCs with whom you wish to meet.
Please send all items to NAPABA Programs Associate Azizah Ahmad at [email protected] by October 30, 2011. Incomplete information will not be considered.
All submissions will be delivered to the IHCs on November 1st.  If selected, you will be contacted by the IHC directly.  Unfortunately, due to demand, not all law firm partners will be selected for a pitch.


When will the Pitch Sessions take place and what is the format?
• IHC and partners can determine the date, time, and length of each Pitch Session, as long as the pitch takes place during the 2011 NAPABA Convention.
Is this just a practice pitch for the law firms?
• No.  In-House Counsel will not view these sessions as practice.
Will each In-House Counsel have work to give out?
• No.  As work needs are difficult to predict, there is not a requirement that In-House participants have work needs at the time of the pitch.  However, In-House Counsel will have full discretion to engage (or strongly recommend) outside law firms as needed.