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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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

April 4, 2008

Contact: Les Jin
(202) 775-9555


Washington, DC-- The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) presented its inaugural Diversity Award to Morrison & Foerster LLP during the NAPABA and NAPABA Law Foundation’s (NLF) Diversity Symposium held on April 1 at the law firm of White & Case LLP in New York City. The award was established to recognize a law firm for its commitment to diversity and success in recruiting, retaining, and advancing Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys.

With over 20 nominations, the selection process was highly competitive and included many law firms with strong records on diversity. NAPABA President Helen B. Kim stated, “We had many fine nominees. We congratulate them all for their efforts to promote diversity and for their particular attention to the recruitment and promotion of APA attorneys.”

In selecting Morrison & Foerster, Amy Lin Meyerson, chair of the 2008 NAPABA Diversity Award Selection Committee, remarked, “Morrison & Foerster LLP’s achievements in promoting APA diversity distinguished itself from the other nominees.” She added, “NAPABA is pleased to recognize Morrison & Foerster for its innovative efforts in, and long standing dedication to, diversity, which have resulted in the promotion of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys to its partnership ranks and into its positions of leadership.”

Laurie S. Hane, Partner in Morrison Foerster’s business department, expressed appreciation for the award stating, “Morrison & Foerster LLP is honored to receive the inaugural Diversity Award from NAPABA, an organization that is dedicated to setting the highest standards for diversity in the legal profession. Morrison & Foerster has long believed that diversity among its lawyers and staff serves the firm's core institutional values -- excellence in client service, collegiality, professional and business ethics, and duty to the profession and the community. The firm recognizes achieving its diversity goals requires constant attention and NAPABA's work and awards like this help to keep the issues at the forefront.”


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 55 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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