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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006

May 20, 2013

Contact: Azizah Ahmad
(202) 775-9555


WASHINGTON, DC - Today, members of the Asian Pacific American legal community will gather in the nation's capital for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Annual Lobby Day.

The two-day event, which will be held on May 20-21, will kick off this evening with the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Congressional Reception featuring former NAPABA board member, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), who is the honorary chair of the event. Tomorrow, NAPABA members will meet with members of the Senate and House of Representatives and their staffers to discuss key issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community, including diversity in the federal judiciary and legislation about Commonsense Immigration Reform and voting rights.

"NAPABA members from across the country are here to voice the concerns of the Asian Pacific American legal community," said Wendy C. Shiba, president of NAPABA. "By educating policymakers about critical issues that affect our community, our collective voice can make a remarkable impact during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month."

During their Hill visits, NAPABA members will lobby in support of the 14 policy resolutions that the NAPABA Board of Governors adopted earlier this year. A complete list of the resolutions can be found at http://bit.ly/NAPABA_Resolutions2013. More information about Lobby Day can be found at http://bit.ly/NAPABA_LobbyDay2013.


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 state and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include 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 the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.


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