FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2005
CONTACT: Michael P. Chu, (202) 775-9555
NAPABA ANNOUNCES LES JIN AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Les Jin as Executive Director of the organization. Mr. Jin will be based in Washington, DC and direct the overall operations for this national association. His responsibilities will include planning and executing development efforts, coordinating with sponsors, supervising staff, working with the NAPABA Board in the development and execution of programs and policy, and managing the day-to-day operations of NAPABA.
NAPABA is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents over 40,000 attorneys and 47 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 APA 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.
Prior to his recent appointment, Mr. Jin served as the staff director for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. As staff director, he was the federal agency’s chief operating officer for over four years. He has also served as general counsel for two federal agencies, the U.S. Information Agency and the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors. Before moving to Washington, DC, Mr. Jin practiced law in Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Jin has been a long-time NAPABA member and served on the NAPABA Board in the 1990s. In addition, Mr. Jin served as national general counsel for the Organization of Chinese Americans, was on the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area board, and was the founder and original director of the Asian Legal Services Pro Bono Clinic in Chicago. For his efforts and accomplishments, Mr. Jin has received distinguished service awards from many community and professional organizations, including a NAPABA Trailblazer Award.
A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Mr. Jin received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Davis, his law degree from the University of Oregon, and his Masters degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a member of the California and Illinois bars.
NAPABA President Michael P. Chu stated, "I am delighted to have Les Jin on board as our new Executive Director. Les is the perfect person to manage this organization at this important stage in NAPABA's development. Les's broad experience and his proven dedication to the APA community demonstrate his ability to help NAPABA reach new levels of service to its members, the APA legal profession and the APA community at large. The Board of Governors and I look forward to working with Les in the coming years."
Amy Lin Meyerson, NAPABA President-Elect, commented, “We are extremely excited to have Les, who was one of NAPABA's first members, take the role of our new Executive Director. He is more than qualified to tackle our organization's challenges, including diversifying the judiciary, addressing the legal needs and interests of APA communities and continuing to strengthen NAPABA. I look forward to working with him.”
“Over the years, NAPABA has built a strong foundation that has allowed for tremendous growth in recent years,” remarked Mr. Jin. “I am looking forward to helping the organization further expand its capacities and reach its full potential.”