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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street. N.W., Suite 1400
Washington, D.C. 20006

November 21, 2007

Contact: Les Jin
(202) 775-9555


Washington, DC – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has announced its newly-elected officers and Regional Governors for the upcoming bar year. They were sworn in for their new positions at the Installation Banquet held on November 17, 2007 during the 19th Annual NAPABA Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

NAPABA’s Board members for the coming year are as diverse as they are accomplished, ranging from corporate counsel to international correspondent, partners in large law firms to a sole practitioner.

The Board is comprised of the Executive Committee which consists of NAPABA’s nine officers and the Regional Governors who represent each of the nine NAPABA regions across the United States.

Executive Committee

President: Helen B. Kim is a partner in the Securities Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement practice group at Baker & Hostetler LLP, resident in the Los Angeles office. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Ms. Kim served as President-Elect of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and President of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York. Ms. Kim has served on the NAPABA Board since 2002, taking on the positions of Secretary, Vice-President for Membership, Vice-President for Finance and Development, and most recently, President-Elect.

President-Elect: Andrew T. Hahn, Sr. is a partner in the litigation practice group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Hahn served as president of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and Chairman of the Board of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York. He previously served as NAPABA’s Vice-President for Programs and Operations and as NAPABA’s Vice-President for Finance and Development last year.

Vice-President for Finance & Development: Joseph Juco Centeno is an equity partner practicing labor and employment law at the Philadelphia office of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP. Mr. Centeno has served as NAPABA’s Northeast Regional Governor, been recognized by NAPABA as a “Best Lawyer Under 40” and served as President of the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley.

Vice-President for Programs and Operations: Bettina W. Yip is Labor and Employment Law Counsel for AT&T Mobility in Atlanta, Georgia. She previously served as NAPABA’s Regional Governor for the Southeast Region, NAPABA Secretary, and was VP – Programs & Operations last year as well.

Vice-President for Membership: Emily T. Kuo is Associate General Counsel of M. D. Anderson Services Corporation, a nonprofit subsidiary of the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Ms. Kuo joins the NAPABA Board this year, following a successful term as President of the Asian American Bar Association of Houston.

Vice-President for Communications: Alexander C. Chae is a trial partner in the Houston office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and is member of the firm's Energy Services Practice Group, Hiring Committee and Diversity Committee. Mr. Chae is former President and Board Member of the Asian American Bar Association of Houston and most recently served as the NAPABA’s Southwest Regional Governor. He currently also serves as a Co-Chair of the NAPABA Awards Committee.

Secretary: Esther H. Lim is a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner L.L.P. Ms. Lim is a former President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington DC Area and has previously served as NAPABA’s Southeast Regional Governor and Co-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Committee. She currently serves as Co-Chair of NAPABA’s Intellectual Property Committee.

Treasurer: Paul O. Hirose is Marketing Counsel for Isuzu Motors America, Inc. and Of Counsel with Perkins Coie LLP. Mr. Hirose is a member of NAPABA’s Leadership Advisory Council. He previously served as Assistant Treasurer. This year will be his third year as Treasurer.

Immediate Past President: Phillip F. Shinn is a partner with Thornton, Taylor, Becker & Shinn, LLP in San Francisco, California. He is a past president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and previously served as NAPABA’s Regional Governor for the San Francisco Region, Vice-President for Finance and Development, President-Elect, and President.

Regional Governors

California: San Francisco Region – Billy Chan
Sole Practitioner, Law Offices of Billy Chan
San Francisco, CA

California: Los Angeles Region – Paul J. Estuar
Partner, Litt Estuar Harrison & Kitson LLP
Los Angeles, CA

California: Orange County / San Diego Region – Marty B. Lorenzo
Partner, DLA Piper
San Diego, CA

California: Eastern California / Las Vegas Region – Bryce K. Kunimoto
Senior Associate, Hale Lane Peek Dennison and Howard
Las Vegas, NV

Central Region – Sumbal Mahmud
Shari`ah Law Consultant and International Correspondent
Lahore, Pakistan | Minnesota, U.S.

Northeast Region – James P. Chou
Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
New York, NY

Southeast Region – Paul T. Kim
Partner, Locke Lord Bissell and Liddell LLP
Atlanta, GA

Northwest Region – Alice L. Wong
Partner, Cairncross & Hempelmann PS
Seattle, WA

Southwest Region – Annie T. Kao
Associate, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck PC
Denver, CO


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 50 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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