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I am seeking the position of Secretary because I want to contribute to NAPABA's growth and success as the national voice for the Asian Pacific American legal profession, and I have the skills, temperament, and experience to faithfully carry out the duties of this position. Specifically, I will draw upon my experience as a Past President of APABA-DC and as a Co-Chair of the D.C. Host Committee for the 2012 NAPABA Convention.

According to NAPABA's By-Laws, the Secretary's responsibilities include recording the minutes of meetings, giving notice in accordance with the By-Laws, and being the custodian of NAPABA's records and corporate seal. The Secretary communicates regularly with the other Board members to obtain information to prepare Board meeting agendas. The Secretary also assists the President to ensure that Board meetings follow proper procedures and that Board action is properly carried out and recorded.

If elected, I will perform the duties of the Secretary diligently, bringing to bear my attention to detail, respect for deadlines, organizational ability, clear and cogent writing skills, and ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of individuals. By carrying out the Secretary's duties smoothly and efficiently, I will enable the Board as a whole to focus on carrying out NAPABA's Strategic Plan and fulfilling NAPABA's mission in a well-organized and productive manner.

Background and Qualifications

I am running for Secretary based on my positive experience serving as Co-Chair of the D.C. Host Committee for the 2012 NAPABA Convention, the largest and most successful Convention in NAPABA's history. Through working closely with then-President-Elect Wendy Shiba, NAPABA Executive Director Tina Matsuoka, and NAPABA staff, I gained valuable insight into NAPABA's operations, fundraising needs and strategies, and goals for providing high quality programming and services to NAPABA's members and value to its sponsors. I oversaw the Host Committee teams in charge of planning the Gala Banquet, where a record-breaking audience enjoyed an intimate conversation with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, coordinating our law student volunteer program, and carrying out our green initiatives. I particularly enjoyed engaging with the NAPABA members whose participation in the Gala Banquet program made it so memorable.

This year, I was proud to be chosen to attend the 2013 Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy as a member of NAPABA's inaugural class. National and local bar association leaders shared best practices and leadership skills with the small, select group of participants, who also had a chance to network with and learn from their peers from around the country.

Since 2007, I have been actively involved in APABA-DC, the 2009 NAPABA Affiliate of the Year, and consistently one of NAPABA's most active affiliates. I have held the following APABA-DC Board and Committee positions:

  • Treasurer (2007-08)
  • President-Elect (2008-09)
  • President (2009-10)
  • Immediate Past President (2010-11)
  • Nominations Committee Member (2011-12)
  • Nominations Committee Co-Chair (2012-present)

Professionally, I am in the Insurance & Reinsurance Group at Crowell & Moring LLP, in Washington, D.C. I represent insurers in coverage disputes arising mainly from underlying asbestos and environmental contamination claims. Much of my practice focuses on representing insurers in asbestos bankruptcy litigation.

Challenges, Opportunities, and Goals

One of the greatest challenges and opportunities facing NAPABA during the 2013-14 term is its transition to a new convention planning model. My recent experience as Co-Chair of the 2012 Host Committee will be especially valuable in helping NAPABA navigate that transition. I would draw on the knowledge I gained as a Host Committee Co-Chair to help the President-Elect plan for the 2014 Convention and establish best practices for the new Convention planning model going forward.

If elected to serve as NAPABA Secretary, I would strive to maintain accurate corporate records, so that they may become a useful resource for future Boards, thereby enhancing NAPABA's operational effectiveness, consistent with NAPABA's Strategic Plan. To the extent possible and along with other interested Board members, I would also like to make the most of my location in Washington, D.C., to review and catalog NAPABA's historical records. Indexing those documents, or possibly converting paper records to electronically stored information, would enhance the utility of NAPABA's archives. A greater understanding of NAPABA's history, including the creation of its affiliates and other milestones and initiatives, could be a useful tool to promote affiliate and Board membership development, and to expand upon NAPABA's legacy to grow the NAPABA enterprise, all as contemplated by the Strategic Plan.

I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve as NAPABA Secretary. Thank you for your support and for your vote!


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