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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tina R. Matsuoka

May 21, 2009

(202) 775-9555

NAPABA CELEBRATES NOMINATION OF PREET BHARARA
AS UNITED STATES ATTORNEY FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

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 President Obama last week announced his intention to nominate Preet Bharara as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

“Mr. Bharara is a gifted attorney who has succeeded at every stage of his legal career – from private practice to federal prosecution to legislative oversight,” said NAPABA President Andrew T. Hahn, Sr. “He has a strong and well-deserved reputation for excellence and bipartisanship. The people of New York will benefit greatly from his continued service.”

Mr. Bharara is Chief Counsel for Senator Schumer and served as Staff Director of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts from 2005 to 2009. He previously served for five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, working in the General Crimes, Narcotics, and Organized Crime/Terrorism Units, and for seven years in private practice. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School. In 2007 Mr. Bharara was named South Asian Lawyer of the Year by the North American South Asian Bar Association.

“NAPABA applauds the leadership of President Obama in nominating Mr. Bharara to one of the most prestigious law enforcement positions in our federal government,” said NAPABA’s Executive Director, Tina Matsuoka. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is one of the nation's premier legal institutions, routinely responsible for conducting the most important and sensitive federal prosecutions in the country. “It is especially gratifying that President Obama would select someone for this important office who has been such a close friend and ally to NAPABA.”

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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 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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