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					                 NATIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

                               910 17th St., N.W., Suite 315
                                 Washington, D.C. 20006
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        CONTACT: Jiny Kim
June 24, 2005                                                           (202) 775-9555

 NAPABA CELEBRATES APPOINTMENT OF ROGER ITO AND LAWRENCE CHO TO THE
                 LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

Washington, DC – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) congratulates two
Asian Pacific American judges on their appointments to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. The
appointments of Lawrence Cho and Roger Ito were announced on June 13, 2005. Cho and Ito join over
30 Asian Pacific American judges serving on the largest trial court in the nation.

Lawrence Cho is an Assistant United States Attorney who most recently served as deputy chief of the
U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Counterterrorism Section. He earlier headed the
Terrorism and Organized Crime Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles and was
an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1990, he
practiced civil litigation with the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and was a law clerk for Chief
Judge Manuel Real of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Mr. Cho received his
undergraduate degree from Rutgers College and his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law.

Roger Ito served in the Los Angeles County Superior Court as a Court Commissioner for three years prior
to his appointment as a judge this week. He entered public service nearly 15 years ago, joining the Los
Angeles City Attorney’s Office in 1991, and later serving as a deputy district attorney with the Los
Angeles District Attorney’s Office, from 1995 to 2002. He was previously an associate with the law firm
of Burke, Williams & Sorenson. Judge Ito is a member of NAPABA affiliates the Japanese American
Bar Association (JABA) and the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA). He
received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego, and his law degree from
Loyola Law School.

“NAPABA congratulates these two new judges,” remarked NAPABA President Michael P. Chu. “We at
NAPABA continue to strive for increased diversity in the courts. Although Asian Pacific Americans have
made tremendous strides in recent years, APAs still constitute less than four percent of the nearly two
thousand Superior Court Judges and Commissioners in California. Considering the fact that over 12
percent of Californians are APAs, our community is still woefully underrepresented. We are delighted to
see that Governor Schwarzenegger’s recent appointments strive to reflect the diversity of California and
hope that our work together will continue to strengthen the judiciary in this way.”

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NAPABA is the national voice of the Asian Pacific American legal profession, promoting justice, equity
and opportunities for Asian Pacific Americans as well as all Americans. The membership comprises
Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. With a national network of
47 affiliates, NAPABA advocates for the legal needs and interests of the Asian Pacific American
community and represents over 40,000 attorneys nationwide.

				
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