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Posted: June 15, 2020

NAPABA seeks to engage a General Counsel to oversee the organization’s legal function and manage its legal affairs. This is a volunteer leadership position reporting directly to NAPABA’s President and Board of Governors. The General Counsel serves as the primary legal advisor to NAPABA’s Board of Governors and its national headquarters staff and provides such advice and counsel as situations may dictate from time to time.

Top candidates will be senior attorneys of high character, integrity, and reputation who have previously served in meaningful leadership roles. She/He will be skilled in corporate governance matters and capable of effectively supporting and advising the organization’s Board of Governors and staff leadership. Generalist-level background in the wide range of matters that typically confront in-house law departments, including but not limited to, corporate governance, employment law, intellectual property, commercial transactions, and litigation is highly desirable. The General Counsel will be expected to effectively oversee both in-house legal personnel and outside counsel and the matters each is handling.

Candidates must understand and support NAPABA’s stated mission and purposes, and work to ensure proper adherence to the organization’s bylaws and other applicable governing documents.


Please submit a biography and CV to Priya Purandare, NAPABA Executive Director.

Click here to download the description as a PDF

Posted: July 20, 2020

NAPABA is seeking a passionate and skilled advocate to further NAPABA’s standing as a credible, compelling, and respected voice for the Asian Pacific American legal community and beyond. The ideal candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to the Asian Pacific American community and be a fervent proponent of achieving meaningful representation and influence of Asian Pacific American attorneys in every facet and at every level of the legal profession and beyond. The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader with substantial public policy or legislative experience, a deep understanding of civil rights, and experience in working with local, state, and national partner organizations and community allies.

The Policy & Advocacy Director will lead NAPABA’s advocacy, policy, and other strategic initiatives to promote the advancement of Asian Pacific Americans to positions of leadership and influence in the legal profession and advance public policy issues important to the Asian Pacific American community. Responsibilities include policy analysis, strategic counsel, program management, research and writing, and the maintenance and strengthening of external relationships with local and national bar associations, community allies, coalition partners, and legislators.


  • Engage, develop, and execute a policy and advocacy agenda and programs (i.e. census, voter registration and protection, hate crimes, etc.) that supports the organization’s strategic goals.
  • Support the Judicial and Executive Nominations Committee in their efforts to enhance the pipeline of nominees for the federal bench and promote the advancement of Asian Pacific American lawyers to positions of leadership and influence in the federal government.
  • Write and edit letters, press releases, action alerts, congressional testimony, briefing memos, op-ed pieces, blog posts, and other materials necessary to advance NAPABA’s legislative and policy priorities.
  • Represent NAPABA at meetings with congressional staffers, advocacy groups, coalition partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Cultivate relationships with elected and appointed officials, policy makers, and government leaders.
  • Direct and manage NAPABA’s participation as amicus curiae in legal cases involving important legal issues and issues of concern to the Asian Pacific American community.
  • Provide strategic advice to the Executive Director and the Board.
  • Administer the development and adoption of new resolutions proposed by the membership to the Board.
  • Research and analyze issues related to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
  • Provide rapid responses to developing issues.
  • Work with NAPABA committees and local affiliated bar associations to deepen engagement and involvement in substantive issue areas.
  • Plan and execute NAPABA Lobby Day, which involves issue-specific training and Hill visits for members from around the country.
  • Provide expertise and advice related to the substantive content of Convention panels, workshops, and presentations.
  • Serve as NAPABA’s intern coordinator and administer the NAPABA internship program for undergraduates and law students.
  • Coordinate affiliated internship and fellowship programs.


  • JD preferred
  • 5-10 years of legislative, policy, advocacy, or other relevant experience required.
  • Experience working on issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community strongly preferred.
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and research skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Ability to think critically and strategically and provide leadership in advancement of NAPABA’s policy positions.
  • Excellent member-oriented ethic and ability to interact positively and effectively with a variety of audiences (including internal and external
  • stakeholders) using written, verbal, and nonverbal communications.
  • Ability to work accurately and efficiently under pressure and with multiple deadlines.
  • Strict attention to detail.
  • Capacity to adapt to new issues as they emerge.
  • Ability to use good judgment and work independently in a multi-task position.
  • Solid time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively with staff, membership, the public, the board of directors, and volunteers.


  • Must be physically present on-site and available throughout the Convention and other NAPABA events.
  • Travel is estimated at two to three weeks in a 12-month period.

Generous benefits package includes: employer matched 401(k) plan, health, dental, and vision insurance; cellphone reimbursement, paid time off, flexible work schedule to include telework, observance of all federal holidays.

$80,000 - $99,000 commensurate with experience.


  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications will be taken on a rolling basis.
  • Writing Exercise: Please submit a one-page organizational statement on a current issue of importance to the Asian Pacific American community using one of NAPABA’s policy resolutions as a foundation for NAPABA’s position in communicating our stance to membership.
  • Please submit your resume, cover letter, three references, and writing exercise (see above) in a singular PDF to Robin Glenn at

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