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									                      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


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
      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
      Ms. Peggy Nagae (Northwest Region), Owner, peggynagae consulting
      Hon. Kirk H. Nakamura (California Southern Region), Judge, Orange County Superior
      Hon. Donna Ryu (California Northern Region), U.S. Magistrate Judge, Northern District of

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
       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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