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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street N.W., Suite 1400
Washington, D.C. 20006

March 25, 2008

Contact: Aleli Samson
(202) 775-9555


Washington, DC – Following the success of the recent diversity symposium in Los Angeles, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and the NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF) will hold its second NAPABA & NLF Diversity Symposium on Asian Pacific American (APA) diversity in large law firms on April 1, 2008 in New York City.  According to Sylvia Fung Chin, immediate past president of NLF and partner at White & Case LLP, “We will continue the conversation that was started in Los Angeles and solidify commitments to improve APA diversity in partnership ranks at large law firms.”  The Manhattan office of White & Case LLP, located at 1155 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York will host the day-long event.

The April 1 symposium will bring together leaders from the corporate and large law firm communities.  Presenters include Sandra Leung, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; opening plenary speaker Laurie N. Robinson, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of CBS Corporation; and luncheon keynote speaker Don H. Liu, Corporate Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Xerox Corporation.  Liu, who was the only APA General Counsel for a major corporation in 1999 when he was appointed as General Counsel for IKON Office Solutions, Inc., said, “I especially applaud the law firms that are sending their key partners to this important symposium.”  He added, “These firms are not only showing their commitment to diversity in general, but their commitment to more effectively achieve APA diversity in specific.”

In addition to a provocative discussion about the disproportionate lack of APAs in the partnership ranks of large firms relative to their representation at the associate level, the New York City symposium will also feature the presentation of the inaugural NAPABA Diversity Award to a large law firm.  The honoree law firm will be recognized for its commitment to diversity and, especially, its success in moving APA attorneys up the pipeline to partnership.  Over twenty law firms are competing for this honor.

Last spring, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) awarded a Diversity Dollars grant to NLF to implement a diversity project featuring the NAPABA & NLF Diversity Symposium.  Both the Los Angeles symposium and the upcoming New York City symposium are made possible by the MCCA grant.  Managing partners, hiring partners, partners with promotional authority, and partners responsible for diversity from the nation’s largest law firms are especially encouraged to attend the symposium. 

For more information about the symposium, including the program and agenda, visit the NAPABA website at www.napaba.org.  To register for the symposium, email projects@napaba.org or contact NAPABA at (202) 775-9555.  There is no cost associated with attendance. 


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 over 40,000 attorneys and approximately 50 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service 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 federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of minorities in the legal profession.

The NAPABA Law Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association to provide financial support for legal education and legal services to the Asian Pacific American community. For more information about the NAPABA Law Foundation and its programs, please contact Mike Chu, NAPABA Law Foundation President at (312) 321-4200 or mpc@brinkshofer.com.


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