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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006

May 8, 2012

Contact: Emily Chatterjee
(202) 775-9555

NAPABA Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
with Annual Lobby Day Events, Urges the Senate to Confirm Judges

WASHINGTON - Tomorrow, members of the Asian Pacific American (APA) legal community from around the country will gather in Washington, DC, for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's (NAPABA) Annual Lobby Day and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Congressional Reception.

NAPABA members from across the nation will meet with members of the Senate and House of Representatives and their staff to discuss key issues affecting the APA community, including improving diversity in the federal judiciary as well as legislation dealing with human trafficking, racial profiling, and voting rights.

"NAPABA members from coast to coast will again convene in the nation's capital to bring to Congress' attention those issues that are among the most important to Asian Pacific Americans," said Nimesh M. Patel, president of NAPABA. "As we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, it is a time to rejoice in our successes, including yesterday's historic confirmation of the first ever Asian Pacific American woman to serve on a federal appellate court, but it is also a time to reflect on the work that remains to be done and to continue to advocate for justice, equity, and opportunity for all Asian Pacific Americans."

NAPABA's Lobby Day will begin with a breakfast featuring speaker Congresswoman Judy Chu, representative for California's 32nd district and chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Following visits with congressional members on the Hill, NAPABA will hold a congressional reception in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Jones Day's Washington, DC, office. Featured reception speakers include Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, representative for Hawaii's 2nd district, and candidate for the United States Senate.

NAPABA's Annual Lobby Day and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Congressional Reception will be held in Washington, DC on May 9, 2012. More information can be found at http://bit.ly/NAPABAlobbyday/.


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 64 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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