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PERSONAL STATEMENT OF
PANKIT J. DOSHI
FOR NAPABA TREASURER

I am honored to submit my name as a candidate for the position of NAPABA Treasurer for the 2013-2014 year.

I have had the distinct pleasure of being involved with NAPABA for many years. Most recently, I served for the past 1 years as NAPABA's Regional Governor for the California Central District, which is the largest region within NAPABA, where I oversaw ten active Asian Pacific Islander ("API") bar associations. Prior to that, I served as the region's Alternate Regional Governor and was the Co-Chair of NAPABA's Litigation Committee. From 2009 to 2010, I served on the planning committee for both the NAPABA California-Nevada Regional Conference in Los Angeles in 2009 and the National Convention in Los Angeles in 2010, which was a record-breaking convention in terms of revenue raised and attendance. I have also been very involved in API organizations at the local level, having served as President of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California and on the Board of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County, both strong NAPABA affiliate organizations.

We have a unique opportunity with NAPABA in the next few years to reach even greater heights than ever before. NAPABA has been on the forefront of promoting justice, equity and opportunities for APIs in the legal profession and has had unparalleled impact on our community. As NAPABA continues to grow, however, we need to ensure that the organization's infrastructure, including its internal financial policies and procedures, continue growing with it. With NAPABA's increased activities and fiscal growth, we must continue to use our resources efficiently and effectively, adhere to our current fiscal policies and develop sound financial protocols as appropriate.

As Treasurer, I plan to strengthen NAPABA's fiscal position so that NAPABA's strategic growth is smooth and its financial integrity intact. I pledge to maintain sound fiscal responsibility, preserve NAPABA's books, diversify the organization's strategic use of funds and increase different sources of revenue.

I am currently a senior associate in the San Francisco, California office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, where I practice labor and employment litigation and am a member of the firm's Diversity Committee. In 2011, I was appointed by the State Bar of California Board of Governors to serve a three-year term on the State Bar of California Council on Access and Fairness, where our focus has been to promote diversity in the legal profession and fix the pipeline to the profession through early education outreach and pre-law programs. I was also selected to participate in the American Bar Association's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section ("TIPS") 2012 Leadership Academy, selected with a group of approximately 20 lawyers across the country identified as emerging bar leaders.

My commitment to diversity-related initiatives and prior involvement with NAPABA thrill me about the possibility of continuing to serve on the NAPABA Board. I would love for the opportunity to continue giving back to an organization that has given me so much. I value the leadership and guidance NAPABA provides to the API community in the form of a strong professional network and spearheading legal, judicial and social causes and I hope to be able to contribute to it in the upcoming year.

It would be an honor to serve on the NAPABA Board as Treasurer. If you have any questions about my candidacy, please feel free to contact me at any time at pdoshi@sheppardmullin.com. Thank you for your time and consideration.


 

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