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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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


Contact: Ginger Park

November 23, 2011

(202) 775-9555


Washington, DC - The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) successfully held its 23rd Annual Convention, titled "Sustainability," in Atlanta, GA this November 17th through the 20th. The event was attended by over 1200 Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, and legal scholars from around the country.

During the Anniversary Gala and Celebration Dinner, held Saturday, November 19, NAPABA installed its incoming Board of Governors for the 2011-2012 bar year. NAPABA's newly elected Officers, Regional Governors, and At-Large members were sworn into office by Judge Ronald S.W. Lew, U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California.

The NAPABA Board of Governors is comprised of the Executive Committee, which consists of nine elected Officers, the Regional Governors, who represent the nine NAPABA regions across the United States, and four At-Large members.

Executive Committee

President: Nimesh M. Patel, Executive Director for Diversity and Inclusion, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

President-Elect: Wendy C. Shiba, retired (former General Counsel of KB Home and Chief Legal Officer of PolyOne Corporation)

Vice-President for Membership: Sumbal Mahmud, International Development Consultant

Vice-President for Programs and Operations: George C. Chen, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP

Vice-President for Finance & Development: Ekwan E. Rhow, Principal, Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg

Vice-President for Communications: Alexander M. Lee, Attorney, Law Offices of Alexander M. Lee

Treasurer: Linda E. Lu, Senior Attorney, Allstate Insurance Company

Secretary: William J. Simonitsch, Partner, K&L Gates LLP

Immediate Past President: Paul O. Hirose, Of Counsel, Perkins Coie LLP

Regional Governors

California, San Francisco Region: Kiran Jain, Deputy City Attorney of Land Use and Development, Oakland City Attorney's Office

California, Los Angeles Region: Cyndie M. Chang, Associate, Duane Morris LLP

California, Orange County/San Diego Region: Tirzah Abe Lowe, Associate, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear

California, Sacramento Region: Jamie Chu, Associate, Littler Mendelson P.C.

Central Region: Peter J. Chung, Staff Attorney, Lathrop & Gage LLP

Northeast Region: Jin Y. Hwang, Staff Counsel, Verizon Wireless

Jason C. Leung, Director of Knowledge Mgmt, Ridout & Maybee LLP

Southeast Region: Rosy L. Lor, Attorney, Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel

Northwest Region: Michele A. Wong, Attorney, Microsoft Corporation

Southwest Region: Gina N. Shishima, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP

At-Large Members

Han C. Choi, Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP

Christopher C. Javillonar, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP

Bijal V. Vakil, Partner, White & Case LLP

Andrew A. Vu, Attorney, SAP


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 63 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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