Washington, DC – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) congratulates the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington DC Area (APABA-DC) as this year’s winner of NAPABA’s “Affiliate of the Year” Award. APABA-DC was honored at the gala dinner on Saturday, November 21, 2009, during the 21st Annual NAPABA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.
NAPABA’s “Affiliate of the Year” Award was first conferred at the 2007 NAPABA Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was established to recognize the outstanding achievements, commitment and leadership of regional Asian Pacific American bar associations, which made exceptional contributions to the local community.
“APABA-DC is one of our most active affiliates in terms of hosting numerous events for its members, building coalitions with other minority bar organizations, and providing leadership and advocacy to the APA legal community,” said Joseph Centeno, President of NAPABA. “We are proud to commend APABA-DC for its shining example of how a team of busy legal professionals can promote awareness of APAs and inspire others to do the same.”
In addition to its annual installation dinner, other key events organized by APABA-DC included an annual judicial clerkship conference, professional development workshops for young attorneys, and a holiday book drive. APABA-DC also identified qualified judicial candidates to be nominated for high-level federal appointments, and co-sponsored several events with various community-based organizations.
APABA-DC has a long history of community service. In 1998, APABA-DC played an instrumental role in launching the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC), a non-profit legal service provider that serves low-income and limited-English proficient Asian Americans in the DC metro area. In 1993, APABA-DC founded the APABA Educational Fund to award fellowships to law school students for public interest or government internships that benefit the APA community. For more information about the 2009 “Affiliate of the Year”, visit www.apaba-dc.org.
The 2010 “Affiliate of the Year” application will be available online at www.napaba.org in the spring of 2010.
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 61 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.