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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street N.W., Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006


Contact: Aleli Samson

February 13, 2009

(202) 775-9555


Washington, DC – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students, congratulates Preeta Bansal, Ivan K. Fong, Christopher Kang, Neal Katyal, Christopher P. Lu, Nicholas Rathod, and Christina M. Tchen, who have all been announced to fill key positions in the Obama Administration. When Mr. Lu was appointed to serve as Cabinet Secretary in November, he became the first Asian American appointed by President Obama to the White House staff. In December, Ms. Tchen was appointed to serve as Director of Public Liaison in the White House. In January, Ms. Bansal was appointed to serve as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor at the Office of Management and Budget, and Mr. Katyal was appointed to serve as Principal Deputy Solicitor General. Weeks ago, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Mr. Fong as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. And days ago, President Obama named Mr. Rathod to serve as a Deputy Associate Director of the White House Office of intergovernmental Affairs.

“NAPABA salutes these Asian American lawyers as they reach new heights in their legal careers,” said NAPABA President Andrew T. Hahn, Sr. “Their years of dedicated, productive service have set a high standard in the legal profession.”

Mr. Lu is a longtime supporter of NAPABA and a dedicated proponent of efforts to promote judicial diversity. Ms. Tchen has been a long-serving board member and advisory board member of the Asian Pacific American community for leading the charge for racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in the legal profession. Mr. Fong is a former NAPABA board member and was recognized by NAPABA’s Southeast Region in 1998 as a NAPABA Trailblazer, which is the organization’s highest honor and is awarded annually to nine outstanding lawyers who have paved the way for the advancement of other Asian Pacific American attorneys. Ms. Bansal was named a NAPABA Trailblazer by NAPABA’s Northeast Region in 2008 and Mr. Katyal was given the Trailblazer honor by NAPABA’s Southeast Region in 2007. Mr. Kang is currently Vice President for Community Affairs of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Washington DC area. Mr. Rathod’s leadership in the South Asian community has been recognized by organizations such as the North American South Asian Bar Association.

NAPABA looks forward to Ms. Bansal, Mr. Fong, Mr. Kang, Mr. Katyal, Mr. Lu, Mr. Rathod, and Ms. Tchen’s continued leadership as outstanding Asian Pacific American lawyers committed to public service and issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.


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 58 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.


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