WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 21, 2014) — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has named Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court as the recipient of the 2014 NAPABA Women’s Leadership Award.
This award recognizes the accomplishments of women lawyers and is presented to an individual who has achieved professional excellence in her field, demonstrated leadership and understanding of women’s issues, and made significant contributions to the Asian Pacific American (APA) legal community. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye will be honored at the Women’s Leadership Breakfast on November 8, 2014 during the NAPABA Annual Convention in Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ.
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye is the first APA to serve as chief justice for any state high court in the continental United States and the first Filipina to serve on a state high court. Prior to becoming chief justice, she was Associate Justice for the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento and served as a superior court judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court and as a municipal court judge for the Sacramento County Municipal Court.
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye also served in the office of CA Governor George Deukmejian and as a deputy district attorney in the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. She was honored as a NAPABA Trailblazer in 2003.
NAPABA congratulates Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and applauds her contributions to the APA and legal communities.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and approximately 70 national, state, and local bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA engages in legislative and policy advocacy, promotes APA political leadership and political appointments, and builds coalitions within the legal profession and the community at large. NAPABA also serves as a resource for government agencies, members of Congress, and public service organizations about APAs in the legal profession, civil rights, and diversity in the courts.