NAPABA CONGRATULATES THE SOUTH ASIAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AS ITS 2010 AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR
WASHINGTON - The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) congratulates the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC) as this year's winner of NAPABA's Affiliate of the Year Award. SABA-NC was honored at NAPABA's Gala and Celebration Dinner on Saturday, November 20, 2010, during NAPABA's 22nd Annual Convention in Los Angeles, California.
NAPABA's Affiliate of the Year Award was first conferred at the 2007 NAPABA Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award was established to recognize local and regional Asian Pacific American bar associations for their outstanding leadership, achievements, and commitment to their local communities.
"The South Asian Bar Association of Northern California is an outstanding NAPABA affiliate and well deserving of this award," said Paul Hirose, President of NAPABA. "SABA-NC has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to nurturing law students and new lawyers, promoting pro bono and community service efforts, and promoting diversity in the legal field nationally."
Founded in 1993, SABA-NC was the first organized bar association in North America to represent the interest of South Asian American lawyers. Through the SABA-NC Foundation, SABA-NC helps support public interest fellows and law students interested in public service internships. SABA-NC members provide free legal assistance at legal clinics held three times a month, conduct bi-monthly "Know Your Rights" seminars, and founded a Hate Crimes Hotline in 1998. Earlier this year, SABA-NC won the California State Bar Association's President's Award for Distinguished Pro Bono Service in recognition of SABA-NC's outstanding community service efforts.
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 62 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.