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5/3/2019 » 5/4/2019
Celebrating APA Women Partners and GCs, A National Celebration in San Francisco

5/20/2019 » 5/21/2019
2019 Lobby Day

5/20/2019
NAPABA's APAHM Congressional Reception

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Daniel Sakaguchi | President

 Aloha Kākou, and Happy 30th Anniversary, NAPABA! Thank you to all those who came to our Annual Convention in Chicago in November, and another hearty shout out to NAPABA’s founders and those who have helped to grow and strengthen this wonderful organization. We appreciate the generous support of our sponsors and exhibitors, the participation of our panelists and attendees, the leadership of our Board of Governors and committees and networks, and our tireless NAPABA staff who once again made the conference run smoothly. We thank our local host affiliates for putting on several great events, and leaders from the ABA and our sister bar associations for helping us celebrate!

This year, we amplified women’s voices, with a plenary featuring Kalpana Kotagal, speaking on diversity and the Inclusion Rider, an all-woman panel on the #MeToo movement, introduced by U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, a talk by Tina Tchen of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund at our Women’s Leadership Network luncheon, and an emojitive keynote address at the Gala by comedian Aparna Nancherla. And while 2018 has aptly been called the Year of the Woman, we’re working to ensure that the momentum continues.

We worked to make everyone feel safe and welcomed at this Convention, and we hope you did. You, our members, told us you wanted more time to connect with each other, and we listened, scaling back our CLE presentations and creating more opportunities to network, see old friends and make new ones. You asked for snow (not really), and we delivered (a little). We also hope you enjoyed the NAPABA Law Foundation’s Casino Night and were able to see a bit of Chicago.

I am thrilled to be part of this NAPABA ‘Ohana and energized by our members’ courageous efforts to promote and speak up for each other and raise our collective voices for change. I’m proud of our inclusive community and believe we’re only beginning to know what we can achieve together. I look forward to advocating with you at our Lobby Day in May and getting to know more of you at the many events we have planned for this year. Imua!

 

Warm regards,

Daniel Sakaguchi

2018-2019 NAPABA President