PRESS RELEASE | 2018 NAPABA Convention Kicks Off in Chicago

News Release

For Immediate Release
Nov. 8, 2018

                                                                    For More Information, Contact:
                               Nisha Ramachandran, Interim Communications Manager
                                        , 202-775-9555


2018 NAPABA Convention Kicks Off in Chicago

WASHINGTON — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) will hold its 2018 Convention in Chicago, IL, from Nov. 8-11, 2018. More than 2,000 Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law students, legal scholars, and elected officials from around the country are expected togather at the Sheraton Grand Chicago hotel. The Convention will feature over 45 panels and plenaries on a wide range of issues affecting the legal and APA communities.

As it celebrates its 30th anniversary, NAPABA is proud to feature an all-women speaker lineup for its Gala and plenary luncheons. It is through their unique perspectives that we shine the spotlight on women who have broken through male-dominated industries and promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in our workplaces.


The following members comprise the 2018-19 NAPABA Board of Governors, who will be sworn in during the 2018 Convention: 

Executive Committee

  • PresidentDaniel Sakaguchi, Alto Litigation, PC 
  • President-Elect: Bonnie Lee Wolf, Nationwide Insurance 

  • Vice President for Communications: Avanti Bakane, Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP  

  • Vice President for Finance & Development: Bruce IshimatsuIshimatsu Law Group 

  • Vice President for Membership: Alen Hsu, Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L. 

  • Vice President for Programs and Operations: Charles Jung, Nassiri & Jung, LLP 

  • SecretaryJeffrey Javinar, CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation 

  • TreasurerGary Zhao, SmithAmundsen LLC 

  • Immediate Past President: Pankit DoshiMcDermott Will and Emery

Regional Governors 

  • Central Region: Gregory Schwartz, Billion & Armitage 
  • Northeast Region: Victor Diune, Merrill Lynch 

  • Northeast Region:  Brendan Wong, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP 

  • Northwest Region: Craig Nakanishi, Cades Schutte 

  • Southeast Region: Christopher Chan, Eversheds Sutherland 

  • Southwest Region: Daniel Hu, United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas 

  • Northern California Region: Hogene Choi, Baker Botts LLP 

  • Eastern California/Nevada Region: Robert Kim, Ballard Spahr LLP 

  • Central California Region: Puneet Kakkar, United States Attorney's OfficeCentral District of California 

  • Southern California Region: Thy Bui, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP 

At-Large Members

  • Carolynn Beck, Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP
  • Kristy Gonowon, Allstate Insurance 

  • Kristin Haugen, KC Haugen Law, LLC 

  •  Christopher Sukhaphadhana 

For more information, the media may contact Nisha Ramachandran, NAPABA interim communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or 

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 almost 50,000 attorneys and over 80 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.

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