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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street N.W., Suite 1400
Washington, D.C. 20006


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2008

Contact: Aleli Samson
(202) 775-9555

FIRST EVER NAPABA & NLF DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM WAS
A RESOUNDING SUCCESS TO BE REPEATED ON APRIL 1 IN
NEW YORK CITY

Washington, DC – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and the NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF) just concluded its first highly successful NAPABA & NLF Diversity Symposium on Asian Pacific American (APA) diversity in large law firms, which was held in Los Angeles. “The symposium was historic,” declared Helen B. Kim, President of NAPABA. She added, “Not only did it raise and address many issues vital to APAs who work in large law firms, it helped to raise the profile of the diversity dialogue for other groups as well.”

NAPABA decided to conduct the symposium because it felt that certain diversity issues affecting APAs are not sufficiently addressed at other events. Michael P. Chu, President of NLF, noted, “APAs are not easy to define—the issues that affect us are nuanced, and at the same time wide-ranging. These issues are often not addressed by discussions on general diversity.” The symposium placed special emphasis on the promotion of APA lawyers into partnership ranks, as well as advancement after achieving partnership.

The symposium luncheon keynote speaker, Wendy Shiba, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for KB Home, noted that APAs have the highest growth rate in new entries to law firms, and yet the worst conversion rate to partnership. “Ms. Shiba’s comments remind us that we have made progress, but much still needs to be done. We have many challenges ahead,” said Peggy A. Nagae, a member of NAPABA’s Diversity Taskforce and a professional diversity consultant.

Building upon the momentum of the LA symposium, NAPABA & NLF will be holding the event again on April 1, 2008 in New York at the Manhattan office of White & Case LLP.

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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 55 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 minorities in the legal profession.

The NAPABA Law Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association to provide financial support for legal education and legal services to the Asian Pacific American community. For more information about the NAPABA Law Foundation and its programs, please contact Mike Chu, NAPABA Law Foundation President at (312) 321-4200 or mpc@brinkshofer.com


 

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