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NAPABA Press Release

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Wednesday, October 5, 2005

CONTACT: Les Jin, (202) 775-9555


Washington, DC – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) announced today its newly-elected officers and Regional Governors for the upcoming bar year. They will be sworn in for their new positions at the Installation Banquet to be held on October 22, 2005 during the 17th Annual NAPABA Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

NAPABA’s Board members for the coming year are as diverse as they are accomplished, ranging from corporate counsel to government attorneys, partners in large law firms to sole practitioners, trial attorneys, a judge, and even a former state Lieutenant Governor.

The Board is comprised of the Executive Committee which consists of NAPABA’s eight officers, and the Regional Governors, representing each of the nine NAPABA regions across the United States.

Executive Committee

President: Amy Lin Meyerson is a sole practitioner in the area of domestic corporate law in Weston, Connecticut. Ms. Meyerson is the founder of the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and she previously served as NAPABA’s President-Elect, Vice-President for Membership and Vice-President for Communications.

President-Elect: Phillip F. Shinn is a partner with Thornton, Taylor, Becker, & Shinn, LLP in San Francisco, California. He is a past president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, and he previously served as NAPABA’s Regional Governor for the San Francisco Region and as Vice-President for Finance and Development.

Vice-President for Finance and Development: Helen B. Kim is a partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP, resident in the Los Angeles office. Ms. Kim has served on the NAPABA Board since 2001, first as Secretary and later as Vice-President for Membership.

Vice-President for Programs and Operations: Andrew T. Hahn is a partner in the litigation practice group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Hahn is the immediate past president of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and is the Chairman of the Board of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York.

Vice-President for Membership: Richard K. Sueyoshi is partner at Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento, California. Mr. Sueyoshi previously served as NAPABA’s Regional Governor for the California (Sacramento) / Nevada Region for three years.

Vice-President for Communications: Nimesh Patel is a member of the Diversity Counseling Group at Holland & Knight LLP. Mr. Patel previously served as president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, DC Area.

Secretary: Bettina W. Yip is a Labor and Human Resources Counsel for Cingular Wireless in Atlanta, Georgia. She previously served as NAPABA’s Regional Governor for the Southeast Region and served as NAPABA Secretary last year.

Treasurer: Paul O. Hirose is Marketing Counsel for Isuzu Motors America, Inc. and Of Counsel with Perkins Coie LLP. Mr. Hirose served as Assistant Treasurer this past bar year and is a member of NAPABA’s Leadership Advisory Council.

Immediate Past President: Michael P. Chu is a partner with Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, an intellectual property law firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Chu has served on the NAPABA Board since 2001 as Vice-President for Finance and Development, President-Elect, and President.

Regional Governors

California: San Francisco Region – Gene S. Woo
Staff Counsel, California Department of Insurance
San Francisco, CA

California: Los Angeles Region – Jay J. Chung
Partner, Lee Anav Chung LLP
Los Angeles, CA

California: Orange County / San Diego Region – Jerrilyn T. Malana
Partner, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
San Diego, CA

California: Sacramento Region – Donna S. Tamanaha
Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustee
Sacramento, CA

Central Region – William Yu
Senior Associate, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Chicago, IL

Northeast Region – Joseph J. Centeno
Equity Partner, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP
Philadelphia, PA

Southeast Region – Hon. Brian G. Kim
Judge, District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County
Bethesda, MD

Northwest Region – Mazie K. Hirono
1994-2002 Hawaii Lieutenant Governor
Honolulu, HI

Southwest Region – Alexander C. Chae
Partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Houston, TX


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 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.


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