|Charles Jung | Candidate for Vice President for Programs and Operations|
Charles H. Jung
Candidate for Vice President for Programs and Operations
I love NAPABA's mission, and have done my best to put my ideas, resources, and energy into advancing it. We are a voice for APAs in the profession; we promote justice and equity for all APAs; and we foster professional development, advocacy, and community involvement.
Improvements to NAPABA’s Programs & Operations
As your Vice President for Programs and Operations, I've been happy to contribute to programming and operational improvements that have strengthened NAPABA. These include:
In my time on the board, and consistent with our Strategic Plan, I've also created or contributed to many of NAPABA's innovative programs, including the National Voter Protection & Registration Program, the NAPABA Connects Program (formerly Pitch Sessions), the creation of the California APA Bar Association (Cal-APABA), the creation of California Lobby Day, the creation of the Post-Practice Network, and the adoption of a version of the Mansfield Rule to increase the pool of female candidates for Regional Governor board positions.
There is more work to be done to best align our programs and operations with NAPABA’s mission. I will continue the work through the Programs & Operations Task Force to make changes that improve effectiveness and efficiency.
Dialogue About NAPABA’s Direction
I also believe that it is time for us as the NAPABA community to re-engage in an open dialogue with our members and affiliates about the following fundamental questions:
1. Are we still an affiliate and member-driven organization or has our culture transformed into NAPABA, Inc.? Our mission statement includes community involvement, and in the past, we have encouraged attorney volunteerism. I wonder if we have struck the correct balance of centralization (with its concomitant costs) and community involvement?
2. Can we do more to be an effective voice for our profession and effective advocates for our community? Recently, our affiliates and members have reached out to NAPABA for help. Have we been adequately responsive to their needs and the needs of our community?
3. Can NAPABA do more to be inclusive? The majority of our community of APA attorneys are not in large firms or large corporations, and the attendance at our Convention by government, public interest, and solo/small firm attorneys has dwindled over time. Can we take more meaningful steps to include others?
I look forward to working with you to engage in this dialogue, further improve the programs we deliver to our members, and increase the contributions we make to our community. I would be honored to have your support.
Charles Jung serves as NAPABA’s VP for Programs & Operations. He is passionate about community mobilization and public policy. His day job is as a trial lawyer at Nassiri & Jung LLP, where he both defends wage and hour/employment cases and represents professionals, executives, and founders in their workplace disputes. Charles is a frequent commentator in the legal press on the topics of class actions, arbitration, and employment law. He graduated with Distinction from Stanford Law School, where he was an Articles Editor for the Stanford Law Review. He earned his B.A. from Duke University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He earned his Master’s from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Kennedy Fellow. His honors and awards include being named a Top 100 Northern California Attorney every year since 2013 and inclusion in the list of Super Lawyers® or Rising Stars by Northern California Super Lawyers every year since 2009. Charles is Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent® (5.0 out of 5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell® in Litigation, Labor and Employment, and Class Actions. He previously served NAPABA as an At-Large Board Member, Programs Task Force chair, Leadership Task Force Chair, and committee co-chair. In addition, he serves as President of Cal-APABA, President of AABA Greater Bay Area, a director of the Bar Association of San Francisco, an IAKL Regional Governor, and an Elections Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco.
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