FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 31, 2005
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DON LIU RECEIVES THE FIRST NAPABA ICON AWARD
WASHINGTON, DC - At its 17th Annual Convention, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) named Don H. Liu, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Toll Brothers, Inc. as the recipient of its first-ever NAPABA Icon Award.
The Award recognizes a person with a distinguished and exemplary legal career who, through outstanding and selfless dedication and leadership, serves as a catalyst for fundamental advancement of the ideals of NAPABA and the Asian Pacific American legal community. Among Mr. Liu’s numerous contributions to NAPABA over the years, one of the most significant was that while serving as In-House Counsel Committee chair, Mr. Liu established the In-House Mentoring Program that fosters relationships between NAPABA's in-house counsel members. Additionally, when Mr. Liu received the coveted Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) Justice in Action Award in February 2005, he helped AALDEF raise a record amount of donations.
“The NAPABA Icon Award is a highly selective honor to be given by NAPABA’s Board of Governors, in consultation with the NAPABA Law Foundation and NAPABA’s Leadership Advisory Council,” according Amy Lin Meyerson, NAPABA’s President. “The honor is given only when the Board believes that someone meets our stringent criteria.”
“The Award is all about extraordinary yet selfless contribution and leadership,” said Wilson Chu, former chair of the NAPABA Partners Committee, “and Don Liu is all about stepping up in the most selfless of ways.”
“NAPABA and the Asian Pacific American legal community are fortunate beneficiaries of Mr. Liu’s extraordinary leadership” said Michael Chu, NAPABA’s Immediate Past President. “We’re proud to recognize him as an icon who inspires others with his unparalleled service to our NAPABA community.”
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.