WASHINGTON (Nov. 21, 2011) — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association recently presented the 2011 NAPABA Trailblazer Awards, the 2011 Best Lawyers Under 40 Awards, and the 2011 NAPABA Affiliate of the Year Award during the 23rd Annual NAPABA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.
The 2011 Trailblazer Awards were presented on Nov. 18, 2011, during a reception hosted by Walmart. The Trailblazer Award, which is NAPABA’s highest honor, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated vision, courage, and tenacity, and who have made substantial and lasting contributions to the Asian Pacific American (APA) legal profession, as well as the broader APA community.
NAPABA is proud to present the 2011 Trailblazer Award winners:
• Prof. Kathleen Ja Sook Bergquist (California Eastern/Nevada Region), Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
• Hon. Edmond Chang (Central Region), U.S. District Court Judge, Northern District of Illinois
• Mr. Han C. Choi (Southeast Region), Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP
• Mr. Wilson Chu (Southwest Region), Partner, K&L Gates, LLP
• Mr. Don H. Liu (Northeast Region), Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Xerox Corporation
• Mr. G. Monty Manibog (California Central Region), Senior Partner, Manibog & Manibog LLP
• Ms. Peggy Nagae (Northwest Region), Owner, peggynagae consulting
• Hon. Kirk H. Nakamura (California Southern Region), Judge, Orange County Superior Court
• Hon. Donna Ryu (California Northern Region), U.S. Magistrate Judge, Northern District of California
The 2011 Best Lawyers Under 40 Awards were presented at NAPABA’s Anniversary Gala and Celebration Dinner on November 19, 2011. These awards recognize talented Asian Pacific American attorneys under the age of 40 who have achieved prominence in their respective areas of law while demonstrating an unwavering dedication to the APA community. NAPABA congratulates the following 2011 Best Lawyers Under 40 Awards recipients:
• Mr. Proloy K. Das, Partner, Rome McGuigan, P.C.
• Mr. Princeton Kim, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
• Ms. Sarah G. Kim, Counsel, Bingham McCutchen
• Mr. Curtis Arthur Kin, Chief, General Crimes Section, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles
• Ms. Eumi Kim Lee, Clinical Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
• Mr. Bobby Liu, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, M.D. Sass
• Ms. Jessie K. Liu, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP
• Ms. Anh-Thu P. Mai-Windle, Senior Litigation Counsel, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice
• Ms. Jane Oak, Principal, Law Offices of Jane Oak & Associates
• Rep. Byung Jin (“BJay”) Pak, Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP; Member, Georgia House of Representatives
• Mr. Julian Poon, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
• Ms. Liani Jean Heh Reeves, Chief Legal Advisor, State of Oregon, Office of the Governor
• Mr. Willard C. Shih, Shareholder, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.C.
• Mr. Bryce A. Suzuki, Attorney, Bryan Cave LLP
• Mr. Shiraz Dinshaw Tangri, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
• Ms. Vivian Lee Thoreen, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
• Ms. My Chi To, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
• Rep. William M. Tong, Counsel, Finn Dixon & Herling LLP; Member, Connecticut House of Representatives
• Major Kay K. Wakatake, Major, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps
• Ms. Pauline Yeung-Ha, Partner, Grimaldi & Young LLP
The 2011 Affiliate of the Year Award was presented to the Missouri Asian American Bar Association. This award was established to recognize outstanding local NAPABA affiliates and their best practices and accomplishments in their respective local communities. President Alexander Lee accepted the award on behalf of the organization at NAPABA’s Anniversary Gala and Celebration Dinner on November 19, 2011.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 63 local Asian Pacific American bar associations.
Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of minorities in the legal profession.