March 21, 2008
Contact: Les Jin
National Asian Pacific American Bar
Grateful for Corporate Endorsement of its
Washington, DC – The National Asian Pacific
American Bar Association (NAPABA) and the NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF)
expressed appreciation recently to corporate sponsors that have
endorsed their law firm diversity symposium. The symposium, conducted
recently in Los Angeles, and which will be repeated in New York City on
April 1, focuses on overcoming barriers to advancement for Asian
Pacific American (APA) lawyers in large law firms.
“The support from these corporate sponsors not only
demonstrates their recognition of the importance of general diversity
in the legal field, but that there are some special challenges facing
APA lawyers that our symposium can help address,” said Helen B. Kim,
NAPABA’s President. Kim noted that there are studies suggesting the
APA conversion rate from associate to partner in large law firms lags
behind that of all other groups, including all other racial and ethnic
Over 30 companies have signed on so far in support
of the symposium. “We are extremely grateful for the support of these
sponsors,” stated Les Jin, Executive Director for NAPABA. He noted that
some have been generous supporters and partners for a long time but
others are involved with NAPABA for the first time. Jin elaborated,
“Our relationships with our sponsors are vital to NAPABA’s success in
many ways and this is but one example of what strong partnerships can
The list of sponsors for the symposium (in
formation) is as follows:
Bank of America
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Capital One Services, Inc.
Cardinal Health, Inc.
General Electric Company
General Motors Corporation
JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Starbucks Coffee Company
The Coca-Cola Company
The Rockefeller Group
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Waste Management Inc.
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
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 50
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.