LOS ANGELES (March 14, 2011) – The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County celebrated its 13th year of service to the Asian Pacific American community March 11, at its annual Installation Banquet at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Before an audience of 300 attendees, Julie Su, Litigation Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center and newly appointed California Labor Commissioner, received the APABA Public Service Award. The Honorable Richard Lee of the Orange County Superior Court administered the Oath of Office to the incoming APABA Board members.
“APABA thanks all of the sponsors and guests who made our 13th annual dinner so successful,” said Flora Yin, President of APABA. “We also thank Julie Su, our Public Service Award honoree, for her inspiring words, encouraging Asian Pacific American lawyers to help build a more equitable society.”
The dinner also honored the 2010 recipient of the APABA Public Interest Fellowship, Kathy Khommarath, a second-year law student at Southwestern School of Law, and the 2010 winner of APABA’s annual softball tournament, the Korean American Bar Association.
APABA was founded in 1998 by prominent APA attorneys in the Los Angeles area. Since its inception, APABA has served as a unified voice for APAs in Los Angeles County by serving the public, endorsing judicial candidates and addressing critical legal issues affecting the APA community.
APABA organizes an annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month forum and adopts positions and educates the community on key legislative and community issues. APABA also supports the professional development of its members by sponsoring law students to work at local nonprofit organizations through the APABA Fellowship program and providing MCLE programs and networking events.
“APABA has had a very busy and exciting year already, with several education events, a new admittee reception and an event to support Ninth Circuit nominee Goodwin Liu,” said Edmond Sung, President-elect of APABA. “We look forward to a great coming year.”
Founded in 1983, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for civil rights, providing legal services and education, and building coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Pacific Americans and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. APALC is a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, which also includes Asian American Institute (Chicago), Asian American Justice Center (Washington) and Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco).
The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County is a member organization comprised of attorneys, judges, commissioners and law students throughout Los Angeles County. It is a voice for issues of concern to the Asian Pacific Islander community. APABA provides legal education and assistance to underserved Asian Pacific Islander communities and also sponsors programs in professional development, community education, and law student mentorship.