Affiliate Leaders Summit

Affiliate Leadership Summit

The Affiliate Leadership Summit (formerly the Bar Leadership Institute) brings together leaders and aspiring leaders from all affiliate organizations of NAPABA. The goal of the Summit is to empower the affiliate leaders and to provide the affiliates with the necessary tools to become more visible and influential in the ever growing Asian communities that they serve. The Summit will address the divergent needs of all affiliates, from the more established affiliates to the recently formed organizations.

The interactive forums provide participants with the opportunity to collaborate directly with past, present, and aspiring affiliate leaders, exchange programming ideas, share experiences and information, and help each other explore new concepts and different perspectives on how to grow and refine their organizations so they can best serve their members and their respective local Asian communities. It will also provide a unique networking opportunity where the affiliate leaders can form relationships and partnerships with other leaders in NAPABA.

The program for the Summit is listed below. The topics for each session are not limited to those specifically identified in the workshop descriptions. Other topics that are raised during the interactive forums will also be discussed.

Program for November 15, 2012

Luncheon Program (12:30 pm–1:45 pm)

Garden Terrace


John C. Truong, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Columbia

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Carolyn N. Lam, Associate, Ford & Harrison LLP

Keynote Speaker

Frederic S. Ury, Founding Member, Ury & Moskow, L.L.C.

Mr. Ury is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and past President of the Connecticut Bar Association (2004-2005). In addition to his service as President of the Connecticut Bar Association in 2004-2005, Mr. Ury is an active member of numerous professional associations, including the Connecticut Bar Association’s Litigation Section, where he served as chair of the Section (1993-1996) and as vice-chair (1992-1993). He has served as chair and co-chair of the Continuing Education Committee, and was founding Editor-in-Chief of the Litigation Section’s newsletter, Sidebar. He is also co-chair of the Attorney Trustee Defalcation Committee which was established by the Connecticut Bar Association.

In 2011, Mr. Ury began his term as President of the prestigious National Conference of Bar Presidents, which provides high-quality programming and training to state and local bar association leaders, where he has also served on the Executive Council, Programming Committee, Finance Committee, and Sponsorship Committee. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Fairfield County Bar Association, New York Bar Association, and the Stamford Regional Bar Association.

Breakout Session I (2:00 pm–3:15 pm)


Strategies for Strengthening Your Organization

This session will address ways that affiliates can build upon and strengthen their organizations. Topics to be discussed include forming strong, long lasting relationships with other organizations; increasing membership; developing new and relevant programs for members; increasing member activism; using technology to build, grow, and sustain the organization; using social media to communicate with members; and fundraising/finance.


Yang Chen
Executive Director, Asian American Bar Association of New York

Carolyn N. Lam
Associate, Ford & Harrison LLP

Karyn Linn
Field Service Program Staff Director, American Bar Association

Julie S. Lu
Attorney Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice

Anil A. Mujumdar
Special Counsel, Adams and Reese LLP


Breakout Session II (3:30 pm–4:45 pm)


Raising Your Affiliate’s Profile and Serving the Community

While affiliates focus mostly on programs and events for their members, they should also consider how they can best serve their respective local Asian communities. This session will address topics such as what affiliates can do for their respective communities, how affiliates can increase influence in their communities by raising their presence in the judicial nomination processes and in bar leadership elections, what affiliates can do as pro bono activities, and examples from affiliates who have taken active roles in their communities.


Franz Hardy
Partner, Gordon & Rees LLP

John C. Truong
Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Columbia


Young Lawyers/Affiliate Leadership Summit/First-Time Attendees Dinner

(8:00 pm–10:00 pm)

The Hamilton, 600 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Advance registration required (additional fees required)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact John Truong, Chair of the NAPABA Affiliate Leadership Summit at

NAPABA Affiliate Leadership Summit Committee

Franz Hardy, Gordon & Rees LLP

Carolyn N. Lam, Ford & Harrison LLP

Julie S. Lu, U.S. Department of Justice

Jane Nichols, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Jin Y. Park, U.S. Attorney’s Office – D.C.

John C. Truong, Chair NAPABA Affiliate Leadership Summit

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