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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006

November 20, 2012

Contact: Tina Matsuoka
(202) 775-9555


Washington, DC - The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) successfully held its 24th Annual Convention, titled Reaching Monumental Heights, in Washington, DC from November 15-18, 2012. The event was attended by over 1,800 Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law students, legal scholars, and elected officials from around the country.

During the 24th Anniversary Gala Installation Banquet, which was held on Saturday, November 17, 2012, NAPABA installed its incoming Board of Governors for the 2012-2013 bar year. NAPABA's newly elected Officers, Regional Governors, and At-Large Members were sworn into office by Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna of the Hawaii Supreme Court.

The NAPABA Board of Governors is comprised of the Executive Committee, which consists of nine elected Officers, ten Regional Governors, who represent the nine NAPABA regions across the United States, and four At-Large Members.

Executive Committee

President: Wendy C. Shiba, retired (former Executive VP, General Counsel & Secretary, KB Home)

President-Elect: William J. Simonitsch, Partner, K&L Gates LLP

Vice President for Membership: Brad Yamauchi, Partner, Minami Tamaki LLP

Vice President for Programs and Operations: Jin Y. Hwang, Staff Counsel, Verizon Wireless

Vice President for Finance & Development: Ekwan E. Rhow, Principal, Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg

Vice President for Communications: Alexander M. Lee, Attorney, Law Offices of Alexander M. Lee

Treasurer: George C. Chen, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP

Secretary: Cyndie M. Chang, Partner, Duane Morris LLP

Immediate Past President: Nimesh M. Patel, Executive Director for Diversity and Inclusion, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Regional Governors

Northern California Region: Quyen Ta, Partner, Keker & Van Nest LLP

Eastern California/Nevada Region: Jamie Chu, Associate, Littler Mendelson P.C.

Central California Region: Pankit J. Doshi, Associate, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Southern California Region: Lloyd S. Costales, Partner, Page, Lobo, Costales & Preston, A.P.C.

Central Region: Peter J. Chung, Lathrop & Gage LLP

Northeast Region: Judy H. Kim, Associate Counsel, New York Liquidation Bureau

Northeast Region: Jason C. Leung, IP Lawyer/Director, Ridout & Maybee LLP

Northwest Region: Trung D. Tu, Partner, McEwen Gisvold LLP

Southeast Region: Rosy L. Lor, Attorney, Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel

Southwest Region: Gina N. Shishima, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP

At-Large Members

Han C. Choi, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Janet Shih Hajek, Of Counsel, Holland & Hart LLP

Steven Y. Reeves, Associate, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Bijal V. Vakil, Partner, White & Case LLP


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 people of color in the legal profession.


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