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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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


Contact: Palak Sheth

December 16, 2008

(202) 775-9555


Washington , D.C. – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is pleased to announce the 2008-2009 Co-Chairs for NAPABA’s Committees. Many of these Co-Chairs are returning to contribute their vast experience from having served as a NAPABA Committee Co-Chair previously.  Others are joining as first-time Co-Chairs, diversifying and broadening NAPABA’s leadership. NAPABA launched two new Committees this year, the Criminal Law Committee and the Mentoring Committee.  NAPABA members have expressed significant interest in both new Committees, which have already begun implementing their missions.  Committee meetings and receptions were held at the NAPABA Annual Convention on November 19-23 in Seattle, WA, to encourage participation and plan Committee projects for the upcoming bar year. More information about NAPABA’s committees can be found on the NAPABA website at www.napaba.org . Congratulations to NAPABA’s Committee Co-Chairs for 2008-2009!

ABA Delegate Committee
John C. Yang
Wiley Rein LLP
Washington , DC

Amicus Committee
Rita Gunasekaran
Haight Brown & Bonesteel
Los Angeles , CA

Robert S. Chang
Seattle University School of Law
Seattle , WA

Awards Committee
Alice Wong
Seattle , WA

Paul Estuar
Litt Estuar Harrison Kitson, LLP
Los Angeles ,  CA

By Laws Committee
Philip Wong
Holland & Knight LLP
Chicago , IL

Civil Rights Committee
Juliet K. Choi
American Red Cross National Headquarters
Washington , DC

Paul Igasaki
Equal Justice Works
Washington , DC

Tsiwen M. Law
Law & Zaslow LLC
Philadelphia , PA

Criminal Law Committee
Byung J. Pak
Schiff Hardin LLP
Atlanta , GA

Michael S. Kim
Kobre & Kim
New York , NY

Wesley Hsu
Office of the United States Attorney
Los Angeles , CA

Database Committee
Billy R. Chan
Law Offices of Billy Chan
San Francisco , CA

Finance Committee
Paul O. Hirose
Isuzu Motors America, Inc.
Cerritos , CA

Immigration Committee
Jared Leung
Fragomen , Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP
Wanchai, Hong Kong

Margaret W. Wong
Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co. LPA
Cleveland , OH

In-House Counsel Committee
Gordon Yamate
Los Gatos , CA

Intellectual Property Section Committee
Esther H. Lim
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett &
Dunner LLP
Washington , DC

Henry C. Su
Howrey LLP
East Palo Alto , CA

International Committee
Cedric Chao
Morrison & Foerster LLP
San Francisco , CA

Nicholas V. Chen
The Pamir Law Group
Taipei , Taiwan

Phil Shinn
Fox Rothschild LLP
San Francisco , CA

Judicial Council Committee
Judge Alvin T. Wong
DeKalb County Courthouse
Decatur , GA

Judiciary Committee
Wendy Wen Yun Chang
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Los Angeles , CA

James Ho
Solicitor General of Texas
Dallas , TX

John C. Yang
Wiley Rein LLP
Washington , DC

Labor & Employment Committee
Princeton H. Kim
Reed Smith
Los Angeles , CA

Brad Yamauchi
Minami Tamaki LLP
San Francisco , CA 94108

Legislative Committee
Hiroaki (Bob) Sakaniwa
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Washington , DC

Caroline T. Nguyen
Washington, DC

Litigation Committee
Vincent Chang
Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP
New York, NY

Sophia Lee
Sunoco, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA

Mentoring Committee
Andrew J. Yamamoto
Culver City, CA

Bettina Yip
AT&T Mobility
Atlanta, GA

Membership Committee
Emily Kuo
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson
Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Military & Veterans Affairs Committee
Benes Aldana
United States Coast Guard
Seattle, WA

Marty Lorenzo
DLA Piper
San Diego, CA

Kay Wakatake
OIC, Mannheim Law Center

Newsletter Committee
Alice Wong
Seattle, WA

Nominations and Elections Committee
Joseph J. Centeno
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippell
Philadelphia, PA

Partners Committee
Bruce Ishimatsu
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Personnel Committee
John C. Yang
Wiley Rein LLP
Washington, DC

Pro Bono & Community Svcs Committee
Suzan Chau
Chamber of The Honorable Victor J.
DiNubile, Jr.
Philadelphia, PA

Mytrang Nguyen
Pro Bono Institute
Washington, DC

Karin Wang
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource
Los Angeles, CA

Public Sector Committee
Camilla Eng
Office of the City Attorney
Los Angeles, CA

Lai Sun Yee
New York State Executive Chamber
New York, NY

Real Property Committee
Judy Lam
Dreier Stein & Kahan
Santa Monica, CA

Phong (Jacques) N. Tran
Tran & Tran PC
Mount Laurel, NJ

Regional Conference Committee
Victor W. Diune
Merrill Lynch Trust Company, FSB
Boston, MA

Janet Shih Hajek
Greenberg Taurig LLP
Washington, DC

Solo and Small Firm Committee
Bonita Hwang Cho
Cheng, Cho & Yee PC
Chicago, IL

Charles M. Yoon
Yoon & Kim LLP
New York, NY

Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition
Andy Le
Ernst & Young
Long Island City, NY

Honorable Brian Kim
District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County
Rockville, MD

Honorable Erica Yew
Santa Clara Superior Court
San Jose, CA

Women’s Leadership Committee
Lisa E. Chang
Law Office of Lisa E. Chang PC
Decatur, GA

Annie Chuang
Shook, Hardy & Bacon
San Francisco, CA

Margaret Fujioka
Oakland City Attorney’s Office
Oakland, CA

Young Lawyers Committee
Eileen Sullivan
Sullivan Law Firm
Phoenix, AZ

Bryant Yang
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Los Angeles, CA


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 57 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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