The National Asian Pacific American Judicial Council ("NAPAJC") is a membership organization of Asian Pacific American judges affiliated with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association ("NAPABA"). Organized in 1996, the NAPAJC provides a national forum for members to meet and discuss common issues with other APA judges. The NAPAJC is committed to increasing the number of APA judges in state and federal courts and agencies, encouraging the professional growth of members, and assisting NAPABA and other bar associations in efforts to serve API lawyers, students and community groups.

The NAPAJC holds annual membership meetings in conjunction with the NAPABA convention, and sponsors programs at the convention, some of which provide CLE credits. Past programs have included several programs on how to become a judge, "Practice Tips before an Administrative Law Tribunal," "The Nuts and Bolts of Expert Testimony," and a mock trial and demonstration of trial techniques based on an actual trial of a Vietnamese American man claiming self-defense in defending against charges of murdering a "skinhead."

The NAPAJC has also been actively involved administering The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition, a competition founded in 1993. In recent years, the competition has also attracted competitors from Pacific Rim countries. The competition is designed to provide APA students an opportunity to showcase their oral advocacy and writing skills and to bring legal topics of significance to APAs to the attention of the legal community.

To Activate Your NAPABA Membership, Request to Join the Council, and/or Verify Your Membership

If you are not a NAPABA member for the current year:

  • Renew your membership online here and select the "Judicial Council" add-on during the process.
  • Join NAPABA online here and select the "Judicial Council" add-on during the process.

If you are already a NAPABA member for the current year:

Completing Your Application and Council Dues

First-time members of the Council will be required to submit a separate one-time dues payment of $10. An application and invoice will be sent to all eligible applicants. Current members are requested to keep their profiles up-to-date.


More Information

Contact: Marilyn Go, Judicial Council Membership Secretary: marilyn_go@nyed.uscourts.gov


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