FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2006
CONTACT: Les Jin, (202) 775-9555
NAPABA HIRES VISTA VOLUNTEER TO LAUNCH THE
LANGUAGE ACCESS TO JUSTICE PROJECT
Washington, DC – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Peter Nadimi as Program Director for NAPABA’s Language Access to Justice project. Mr. Nadimi will serve in this capacity for one year through the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program which provides full-time volunteers to nonprofits to create and expand programs assisting low-income individuals and communities.
As Program Director, Mr. Nadimi will address the underserved legal needs of the APA community through the Language Access to Justice project. The project will identify and document the language access needs of low income Asian Pacific American communities in order to educate and advocate on the need for improved language access to the courts at all levels of government. Furthermore, the project will develop pro bono programs and training materials that help our affiliates overcome the impediment posed by the current lack of resources for language access. Through this process, NAPABA will partner with numerous non-profit and governmental entities to develop programs and policies to ensure language access to justice for all Americans.
Prior to joining NAPABA, Mr. Nadimi gained experience working in various law and public policy settings. As an intern in U.S. Senator Norm Coleman’s St. Paul, Minnesota office, he worked in the casework department, helping constituents solve legal issues they were facing. In addition, he participated in state-level government as an intern in Minnesota State Senator Steve Murphy’s office. Mr. Nadimi also spent a significant amount of time working for the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing legal services to low-income immigrants in Minnesota. Mr. Nadimi received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.
NAPABA President Amy Lin Meyerson remarked, “NAPABA is uniquely positioned to make a positive impact on language access to the courts and legal services. We look forward to engaging in this exciting partnership with our members and affiliates across the country to improve access to justice for APAs nationwide.”
“We are fortunate to have Peter Nadimi on board to manage the Language Access to Justice project,” commented NAPABA Executive Director Les Jin. “Peter’s dedication to improving legal services for immigrants and language-minority communities is evident through his volunteer service in government and non-profit organizations. With this addition to staff, NAPABA will be able to better serve our membership and continue our advocacy on behalf of Asian Pacific Americans.”
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 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 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.