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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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


Contact: Aleli Samson

March 4, 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, is pleased that last week, Gary Locke was nominated to serve as United States Secretary of Commerce by President Obama. Mr. Locke first gained NAPABA’s endorsement in December 2008 for his substantive knowledge on trade issues, demonstrated commitment to public service, and executive leadership experience.

“Mr. Locke is an accomplished Asian Pacific American leader and attorney well-suited to lead this key agency -- charged with fostering, promoting, and developing the foreign and domestic commerce of this country -- during tough economic times,” said NAPABA President Andrew T. Hahn, Sr. “NAPABA hopes for the speedy confirmation Mr. Locke deserves.”

Mr. Locke is currently a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he co-chairs the firm’s China Practice Group, which represents clients in all aspects of foreign direct investment. Prior to joining Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Mr. Locke served as Washington State’s governor from 1997-2005, becoming the first Chinese-American governor in the continental United States. From 1994-1997, he served as County Executive for King County, Washington, and was the first Chinese-American in this post.

“NAPABA applauds the leadership of President Obama in nominating Gary Locke and urges the Senate to confirm him and other outstanding Asian Pacific American nominees who have gained NAPABA’s support,” said NAPABA’s Executive Director, Tina Matsuoka.


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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