|Annette Kwok | Candidate for Treasurer|
Candidate for Treasurer
I am seeking the position of NAPABA Treasurer for 2018-19, and I would be honored to receive the support of NAPABA’s membership for my candidacy. For the following reasons, I believe I am uniquelyqualified to hold this position of trust.
During my legal career, I have held board and other leadership positions with various national and local bar associations, including NAPABA, the American Bar Association, the D.C. Bar, and my local affiliate, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area (APABA-DC). Specifically, within the APA legal community, I served as Treasurer of APABA-DC (2010-2012), President of APABA-DC (2013-2014), and Southeast Regional Governor of NAPABA (2015-2017).
In 2015, I was elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar, the largest unified bar in the U.S., with over 100,000 members internationally, and an annual budget of over $30 million. During the past two years on the D.C. Bar’s Board, I have served on the Budget Committee and the Finance Committee. As a member of the Budget Committee, I review budgets for operations, assess personnel expenses, and make recommendations regarding membership dues. With respect to the Finance Committee, I analyze the Bar’s financial statements and ensure the Bar’s investments comply with its investment and reserve policies.
I have also served as an appointed member of the D.C. Bar Foundation’s and the ABA’s Interests on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) Committees. I work with other committee members to educate financial institutions about the Community Reinvestment Act, develop training materials for administrators for the trust accounts, and identify opportunities to increase resources for legal civil services.
My current experience with the D.C. Bar’s Budget and Finance Committees, along with my recent term on the NAPABA Board as Southeast Regional Governor and my prior service as APABA-DC’s Treasurer, make me well-equipped to handle the duties and responsibilities of NAPABA Treasurer. Through my experience as APABA-DC’s Treasurer, I gained familiarity with the financial operations of a NAPABA affiliate and through my service as NAPABA’s Southeast Regional Governor, I learned about NAPABA’s
If elected, I would work diligently to safeguard NAPABA’s finances by advising the NAPABA Board to make sound financial decisions, operate within the annual budget and maintain a healthy reserve. I would also collaborate with the VP of Finance to identify and cultivate opportunities for sponsorship funding.
In addition, through my involvement in the D.C. Bar’s Board and the ABA IOLTA Committee, I have become quite aware that bar associations throughout the country are experiencing difficulties in attracting and retaining members. If elected, I will bring my experience from other bar associations to help NAPABA continue to evaluate and improve its membership dues and registration fee structures to promote membership and members’ engagement.
I’ve been a NAPABA member since I was a first-year associate. NAPABA has been instrumental to my personal and professional development. As a beneficiary of this wonderful organization and community, I have a strong desire to give back. I hope you will support my candidacy. I look forward to serving you.
Annette Kwok is a member of Venable’s Patent Prosecution and Counseling Group. She counsels domestic and international clients on a variety of patent procurement and enforcement issues, as well as intellectual property strategy and licensing matters. As a registered Patent Attorney, Annette is experienced in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer products, and business methods. She also has experience in preparing validity, infringement, freedom-to-operate, and patentability opinions.
Prior to law school, Annette was a synthetic organic chemist in the neurosciences group of Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute. She is a named inventor of several small-molecule pharmaceutical patents. In connection with her scientific research, Annette has published several articles relating to histamine H4 antagonists, histamine H3 antagonists, and human rhinovirus 3C protease inhibitors. Annette also attended a post-graduate program at the University of California, San Diego, on drug discovery and development, with a focus on computer-aided drug design.
Annette is passionate about giving back to her community. She has served as a court appointed guardian ad litem and represented pro bono clients in public benefits, domestic violence, divorce, immigration,and housing matters. Annette has also served as a board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater D.C. Area (2010-2017), D.C. Bar (2016-present), and NAPABA (2015-2017). She has been appointed as committee member for the D.C. Bar Foundation’s and the ABA’s IOLTA Committee.
During her free time, Annette enjoys volunteering, traveling, baking, and telling stories on stage.
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