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Organizational Statement | 2016 Presidential Election

Thursday, November 10, 2016  
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Organizational Statement


For Immediate Release
Nov. 11, 2016

For More Information, Contact:
Tina Matsuoka, Executive Director
tmatsuoka@napaba.org, 202-775-9555

Organizational Statement on the 2016 Presidential Election

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is a non-partisan organization comprised of lawyers and leaders in both major political parties. As an organization, we have worked diligently with Presidents, Administrations, and Congressional members of both parties, on behalf of millions of Asian Pacific Americans nationwide. 


On Tuesday, American voters elected Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States. NAPABA is committed to working with the President-elect and the new Congress to advance the interests of the Asian Pacific American community. 

These are unique times. Our nation is at a critical juncture. Millions of Americans of good faith, of every stripe, and of both parties have expressed profound concern, anxiety, and even fear, about the tenor of the recent election, and about the future of our country. As members of the legal profession, we have a special responsibility to ensure the continuity of our best legal traditions, and to defend and uphold our commitments to justice, fairness, equality, and the rule of law under our Constitution. 

In the aftermath of this particularly divisive election, we must work together to unite our membership and our nation and to find common ground for a better path forward. NAPABA embraces the solidarity and strength of our robust and diverse community and is committed to our mission to serve as the voice of the Asian Pacific American legal profession.

We will work with and engage President-elect Trump and his administration to unite the country and serve as a President for all Americans.

For more information, the media may contact Tina Matsuoka, NAPABA executive director, at 202-775-9555 or tmatsuoka@napaba.org.

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 approximately 50,000 attorneys and approximately 75 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services 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 the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

To learn more about NAPABA, visit www.napaba.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@NAPABA).