Carolynn Beck | Candidate for Vice President for Membership

Carolynn Beck

Candidate for Vice President for Membership

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Candidate Statement

Thank you for considering me for the position of Vice President for Membership on the 2019-2020 NAPABA Board of Governors.

As a current At-Large Board Member on the NAPABA Board of Governors (2017- 2019), I’ve greatly enjoyed the opportunity to work on projects that further mentorship and professional development for our future NAPABA leaders. I worked on a task force to create and implement NAPABA’s inaugural Leadership Advancement Program last year, which received glowing reviews from its participants. I acted as the board liaison to the Military & Veteran’s Network and the Diversity Network – both personally and professionally meaningful to me as both a military spouse and the Diversity & Inclusion co-chair at my law firm. And I worked on the communications sub-committee for the Women’s Leadership Network.

I am seeking your support to continue my service to NAPABA on the board next year in the role of VP for Membership. In that role, I will continue the important work begun by prior board members in that position. If elected, I will work to increase NAPABA’s value proposition to its members through mentorship and professional development opportunities. As a military spouse who during my career had to move to Virginia Beach, Virginia, Los Angeles, California, San Diego, California, Alexandria, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and, most recently, Norfolk, Virginia, I experienced first-hand the importance of NAPABA’s network for maintaining and growing in my legal career.

Although I am now a name partner at a 70+ lawyer litigation boutique, during my career I have worked in government, for a solo practitioner doing criminal defense and military administrative law, for a smaller boutique trial firm in Los Angeles, and in the San Diego office of a regional insurance defense firm. My breadth of experience has equipped me with a unique perspective to understand the different ways in which NAPABA can be valuable to its diverse membership. The relationships I made through my NAPABA membership, and the mentorship and support I received from fellow members of NAPABA were invaluable to my professional development and success. I consider multiple NAPABA regions to be my “home” as a result of the strong networks I have built through my membership.

As NAPABA’s membership has continued to grow, it has naturally evolved as an organization. I think one of our greatest challenges and opportunities for growth now includes listening to our affiliate leaders and members and utilizing their feedback to continue to grow and evolve as an organization. My key objective as VP for Membership next year would include putting processes in place to strengthen the networks between affiliates, individual members, and NAPABA. This will help us to promote and strengthen the relationships between NAPABA and its affiliates and help to engage individual members in the important work done by NAPABA’s various committees. It also furthers my goal to empower our members through mentorship programs designed to help promote them to positions of leadership in their careers and communities. Both of these objectives align squarely with NAPABA’s current strategic plan.

As someone who experienced first-hand the importance of NAPABA networks and mentorship during a challenging time in my own career, I am uniquely equipped to understand and address the ways in which NAPABA as an organization is doing well in its existing efforts, and areas in which it can improve. I would be very grateful for your vote to enable me to continue my service to NAPABA next year in the position of VP for Membership. Thank you for your consideration. 


Candidate Bio

Carolynn is one of the founding partners of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP, the general counsel of the firm, and co-managing partner of the D.C. office. She is an experienced litigator and trial attorney licensed in California, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. Her experience ranges from complex business litigation, general liability, bad faith litigation, and wrongful termination to criminal defense, sexual harassment, and real estate disputes.

Prior to joining Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP, Carolynn worked for Murchison & Cumming LLP, an AV-rated “go to” law firm for litigation in California and Nevada. At Murchison & Cumming, she practiced civil defense, business litigation, insurance defense litigation, and employment litigation. She has counseled and advised countless business owners and employers and has represented clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. Her professional background also includes work for a small firm based in Alexandria, Virginia dealing with intelligence, military administrative, and criminal defense law, a fellowship with the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office in their Violent Crime unit, an externship with a California Court of Appeal judge, and employment with a trial boutique based out of Los Angeles, California. Carolynn went to college at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations, and Communications with a concentration in Intercultural Communications.

Carolynn is currently an at-large member on the Board of Governors for NAPABA, and volunteers on the Governance Committee for the Military Spouse JD Network. She serves as the NAPABA Board liaison to the Military & Veterans Network, and the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and has volunteered for the communications subcommittee on NAPABA’s Women’s Leadership Network. 


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NAPABA Affiliate Endorsements

Affiliate Name 
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland
Asian Bar Association of Las Vegas 
Filipino-American Lawyers of Orange County
Alabama Asian Bar Association
Filipino Bar Association of Northern California 
     

 
Individual Endorsements

*All work or organizational affiliations disclosed are for identification and disclosures purposes only, and do not constitute endorsements by those institutions. 

Name Company*
Minyao Wang Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP 
Michael Wu  
Annette Kwok Venable LLP
Paul O. Hirose  Perkins Coie LLP
Angela Hsu  President-Elect, GAPABA
Judy Lam  Maynard Cooper & Gale LLP
Peggy Nagae  Peggy Nagae Consulting
Jovita Wang  Richardson Wright LLP
Grace Jamgochian  Shearman & Sterling LLP
Jeannie Kim  Friedman & Springwater LLP
Melvin N.A. Avanzado  THE AVANZADO LAW FIRM, APLC 
Bonnie Youn  The RMN Agency
Deanna Kwong Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Maximilian Jo CJ Entertainment America
Vivian Hsu  Hsu & Associates LLC
Jen Won Bird Marella
Ekwan Rhow  Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert et al. 
Sandra Yamate  Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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