May 5, 2008
Contact: Les Jin
NEW NAPABA STAFF EXPANDS ORGANIZATION’S ABILITY TO SERVE ITS
Washington, DC – NAPABA has added two new staff
members to expand NAPABA’s services to members, committees, and
affiliates and to move key projects forward. Palak Sheth, NAPABA’s
most recent hire, joined NAPABA as Program Director in late April.
This position was newly created by the NAPABA Board in February.
“NAPABA felt we could serve our members better by adding a Program
Director whose responsibilities focus on supporting our committees
and affiliates,” said Helen B. Kim, NAPABA President.
Already, Palak has begun developing a plan to
further NAPABA’s assistance to its committees and affiliates. She is
also expanding general service to members by working, for example, to
complete NAPABA’s directory of APA-owned law firms.
Palak brings to NAPABA a wealth of experience
uniting diverse Asian communities in various capacities. As founder
of a non-profit South Asian dance company and former Vice President
of University of Michigan’s largest APA student organization, she
looks forward to applying her appreciation for diversity among APAs
as Program Director. Palak earned her law degree from Case Western
Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Also, earlier this year, NAPABA selected Azizah
Ahmad as its new Language Access Program Director through Americorps
VISTA. In this position, Azizah works to increase access to justice
for limited English proficient APAs, working closely with NAPABA
affiliates and relevant NAPABA committees to implement
recommendations issued in NAPABA’s Language Access Report, which was
published last spring. In March, Azizah led a roundtable discussion
to educate attendees of the Hmong National Development’s annual
conference about the language assistance many APAs need in order to
achieve meaningful access to the justice system. Azizah believes many
of her life experiences, including her Cham heritage, have sensitized
her to the needs of underrepresented APA communities. She has a
bachelors degree from the University of California at Davis, with a
double-major in Sociology and Religious Studies.
“With the talent, commitment, and enthusiasm that
both Palak and Azizah bring to the table, NAPABA will expand
immensely its ability to serve our members, committees, and
affiliates,” said Les Jin, Executive Director of NAPABA.
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
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
government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil
issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its
national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a
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.