National Asian Pacific American Bar Association 1612 K Street N.W., Suite 1400 Washington, DC 20006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ginger Park November 21, 2011 (202) 775-9555 NAPABA PRESENTED SPECIAL AWARDS AT ITS ANNUAL CONVENTION IN ATLANTA, GA Washington, DC - The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) 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 Friday, November 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.
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