2020-21 NAPABA Elections
NAPABA has grown exponentially over the past decade—maturity, stature, and staff. As a result, the Board of Governors has continued to evolve as an oversight and governing body committed to the mission and purpose of NAPABA. The governing Board of 23 and national staff of seven (7) complement and support each other—together focused on NAPABA’s mission through different perspectives and actions.
NAPABA is committed to having a best-in-class governing board that reflects the diverse Asian Pacific American legal community and has the right blend of skill, expertise, community connections, and diverse perspectives as a whole. To that end, the NAPABA Board of Governors embarked on a positive, forward looking, transformation—transitioning the Board from an operationally engaged group to a more strategically focused governing board that will employ a “best practice” standing committee framework to better execute its organizational oversight responsibilities.
The NAPABA Board of Governors now includes five (5) Officers and four (4) Directors elected by the membership, ten (10) Regional Governors chosen by the NAPABA regions, and four (4) At-Large Board Members who are appointed by the Board of Governors. In addition, the NAPABA Board of Governors has established three (3) Standing Committees: Governance, Nominations and Elections; Finance; and Programs. These new Standing Committees may include a mix of Board and non-Board members and will allow committee members to collectively oversee key strategic areas important to NAPABA, as well as assess matters of consequence in depth, and provide recommendations to the entire Board. Stay tuned for future opportunities to lend your talent and support to NAPABA and participate in NAPABA Standing Committees.
NAPABA supports the use of endorsements in the nomination and election process that determines Board leadership for future years. NAPABA believes that endorsements serve an important function in its electoral process.
In order to vote, you must be licensed to practice law in the U.S. or Canada (or have previously been licensed and now retired) and you must have activated your membership with NAPABA
on or before August 3 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
We highly recommend you sign-up before this date to ensure there are no problems with processing your membership.
Members of NAPABA affiliate bar associations may activate their membership on the NAPABA website with a complimentary code. Please contact your affiliate leadership to obtain the code. In order to vote in the Election, you must activate your NAPABA membership on our website.
Non-lawyer members (Law Student and Non-Attorney membership categories) and members who use a National Associate's complimentary code are not eligible to vote.
Nominations | Now Closed
Officer and Director Candidates
NAPABA seeks outstanding individuals of high character and integrity with proven leadership and board governance skills and who have demonstrated a strong commitment to NAPABA.
At-Large Board Member Candidates
NAPABA desires to have diverse and inclusive representation on the Board of Governors, to increase the pipeline of candidates to the Board, and to maintain the Board’s institutional knowledge and experience.
NAPABA Meet the Candidates Forums
NAPABA Meet the Candidates Forum | Part 1
August 7, 2020 | 8:00 PM EDT
To better engage NAPABA members in the Board of Governors elections process, the NAPABA Nominations & Elections Committee is pleased to provide you the opportunity to meet the candidates in the first of a two part series of moderated discussions. In preparation of the exercise of your right to vote, we encourage you to take the time to consider the vision each candidate has for NAPABA and the diverse perspectives across the Board as a whole. We believe that the active participation of our membership is essential to a vibrant and diverse organization.
- Sid Kanazawa | Candidate for President-Elect
- Gary Zhao | Candidate for President-Elect
- Hogene Choi | Candidate for Treasurer
- Judy M. Lam | Candidate for Secretary
- Marty Lorenzo | Candidate for Director
- Philip L. Nulud | Candidate for Director
- Nicholas Wu | Congressional Reporter at USA TODAY
All candidates have agreed to abide by the NAPABA Election Code of Conduct.
If you have any questions, comments, observations, or concerns about potentially inappropriate or unfair campaign activity by candidates or their supporters, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.