NAPALSA Conference

2012 National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association Conference:

Connect. Engage. Reach.

Building off on NAPABA’s theme, “Reaching monumental heights” and mindful of the
magnificent backdrop of monuments in Washington, D.C., “Connect. Engage. Reach.,” will be
this year’s conference theme. The purpose of the theme is to provide the motivational guidance
to encourage law students to take the extra step in 2012 in order to reach monumental heights.

The theme builds on making connections and serves as a mantra that can be recited throughout
the conference to remind us to take the extra step. Its purpose is to encourage the hesitant
student or the respectful mentee to take that extra step to talk with a panelist, approach a future
mentor, and ask a lingering question.

This year, we will have eight panels that address developing different skill sets, achievements in
the AAPI community, and current trends in legal careers including solo practice and alternative
dispute resolution. AAPI leaders from around the world will provide wonderful insight and
make themselves available to answer any questions students may have. The conference also
includes a wonderful 8 minute mentoring session and mock interviews with AAPI leaders to
learn tips about interviewing and resume building.

The NAPALSA Executive Board looks forward to meeting everyone at the conference this
November. Please check back for updates.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Anne Kim, Conference Chair at

Volunteer for the Convention

NAPABA is looking for law students to volunteer at the 2012 NAPABA Convention. If you sign up to volunteer by September 21, 2012 and are selected, you’ll receive a waiver or refund of your registration fee, if you work at least eight hours at the Convention. For more information, visit the Get Involved webpage.


For law student registration instructions, click here.


Thursday | Friday | Saturday

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Registration (7:30 am-6:00 pm)

Capitol Foyer

Please sign up for a seat at the Installation Dinner.

NAPALSA Board of Directors Meeting (4:30 pm-6:00 pm)


NAPALSA Social Event (8:00 pm-10:00 pm)

Ping Pong Dim Sum, 900 7th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Late Night at Capitale (10:00 pm-2:00 am)

Capitale, 1301 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

End the first day of the NAPABA Convention with drinks, music, and mingling at one of D.C.’s sleekest lounges in the heart of downtown, just a few blocks from the Convention site.

This is a free event, and you don’t need to register ahead of time.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Registration (7:30 am-6:00 pm)

Capitol Foyer

Please sign up for a seat at the Installation Dinner.

NAPABA Breakfast & Plenary Session (8:00 am-9:00 am)

Grand Ballroom

Introductory Remarks
Viet D. Dinh
Founding Partner, Bancroft PLLC
Formerly Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, U.S. Department of Justice

Keynote Speaker
Preet Bharara
U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York

NAPALSA Welcome Session (9:15 am-10:30 am)

Garden Terrace

Breakout Sessions (10:45 am-12:00 pm)

Breakout Session 1: Representing-APAs and Politics


This panel will provide students with an opportunity to learn from lobbyists, activists, and representatives about APAs and politics.  Navigating through law, policy, and politics can be a formidable task, but each panelist has successfully excelled at advocating for APAs in the political realm.  Students interested in politics, policy, and the law are encouraged to attend this panel and learn how to take the lead on the next generation of APA issues.

Emily Chatterjee
Policy Director, NAPABA

Gene Kim
Executive Director, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

Hon. Ramey Ko
Associate Judge, City of Austin Municipal Court and Partner, Jung Wakefield PLLC

Mee Moua
President and Executive Director, Asian American Justice Center


Breakout Session 2: Inside the Beltway-APAs Serving the Nation


This panel takes advantage of the Convention’s D.C. venue and emphasizes various aspects of government lawyering. Dedicated attorneys are required to navigate the various rules, regulations, statutes and processes within each government entity. We want students to be aware of the various opportunities available to apply their legal skills, such as serving as legal counsel at an agency or public office or assisting with diversity issues.

Marvin Liang
Associate, Jones Day

Lillian Cheng
Attorney Advisor, U.S. Secret Service Office of Chief Counsel

Peter Hyun
Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of VA

CDR James Mills
Associate Professor of International & Operational Law, Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center & School, University of Virginia

Chan Park
Senior Counsel, Office of Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Sharon Wong
Deputy Director of Coordination & Policy, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Tseming Yang
Professor of Law, Santa Clara Law School


NAPABA Luncheon and Plenary Session: Reaching Monumental Heights in Our Federal Government (12:15 pm-1:45 pm)

Grand Ballroom

Our distinguished panel of public servants will share their experiences serving our country as high-ranking political appointees. They will explore the breadth and significance of appointed positions and share highlights of their varying experiences serving in key leadership positions in all levels of federal government, perspectives on the impact of their APA heritage on the performance of their duties and their ability to influence decisions uniquely affecting the APA and other diverse communities, and significant aspects of their experiences with the process of presidential nomination and Senate confirmation.

Introductory Remarks
U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, (D-Hawaii)

Ivan K. Fong
Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, 3M
Formerly General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Carol C. Lam
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, QUALCOMM Incorporated
Formerly U.S. Attorney, Southern District of CA

Norman Y. Mineta
Vice Chair, Public Policy, Hill + Knowlton Strategies
Formerly U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Ajit V. Pai
Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Breakout Sessions (2:00 pm-3:15 pm)

Breakout Session 3: Kick-start Your Career: Insights into Getting the First Job and Beyond


The purpose of this panel is to provide students with insights into getting great jobs. The panel will be comprised of attorneys and hiring coordinators from the public and private sector who can provide guidance on resume building, interviewing, and maintaining professional relationships. Because the conference will be held in the fall, it will be an opportune time for students to hear about success stories before applying for jobs and internships.

Richard Parker
Deputy Associate Attorney General for Diversity Management, U.S. Department of  Justice

Wilson Chu
Partner, K&L Gates LLP

Hon. Ramey Ko
Associate Judge, City of Austin Municipal Court and Partner, Jung Wakefield PLLC

Anna Kowalewski
Recruiting and Diversity Coordinator, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP

John Thurmond
Director, Lateral Link

Alan K. Tse
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Churchill Downs Incorporated


Breakout Session 4: Starting Your Own Law Practice


This panel will highlight sole practitioners or head partners at various types of small firms or partnerships. The panelists will discuss what motivated them to start their own business and will also provide considerations to keep in mind if someone wants to start their own business. Furthermore, panelists will provide guidance and information on the pros and cons of ownership and the day-to-day life of a sole practitioner or partnership.

Julie Min Chayet
Managing Director and Trust Counsel, Fiduciary Trust Company International

Alexander M. Lee
Principal, Law Offices of Alex M. Lee

Chun T. Wright
Founder, Law Office of Chun T. Wright, PLLC

Ken Wu
Co-Founder and Partner, Lopez & Wu, PLLC

NAPALSA General Meeting & Elections (3:30 pm-5:15 pm)


NAPALSA Dinner (8:00 pm-10:00 pm)

PS 7′s, 777 I (Eye) Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

This event is limited to the first 100 people with convention badges. Food and drink will be provided. The attire is formal cocktail.

Late Night at the Newseum (10:00 pm-1:00 am)

Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Walk over to the Newseum, a world-renowned interactive museum of news and history, for a night of music, drinks, and light fare. This unique late night lounge event will include activities such as being a reporter, a museum-wide scavenger hunt, and the annual NAPABA poker tournament.

While the event is free for all NAPABA Convention attendees ($50 for guests), the NAPABA poker tournament will be limited to the first 40 paid registrants ($75 fee).


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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Registration (7:30 am-3:00 pm)

Capitol Foyer

Please sign up for a seat at the Installation Dinner.

NAPABA Breakfast and Plenary Session: Reaching Monumental Heights in Community Activism: Combating Human Trafficking (8:00 am-9:00 am)

Grand Ballroom

Human trafficking is a worldwide epidemic that profits from the exploitation of millions of women, men, and children. According to the U.S. State Department, 2.5 million people are victims of human trafficking with an estimate of 14,500-17,500 people being trafficked into the U.S. each year. This $9.5 billion industry, that takes place in corporate factories to underground brothels, is the face of modern slavery.

This year NAPABA has made it a priority to combat all forms of human trafficking. NAPABA passed resolutions and lobbied on the Hill to support anti-trafficking legislation, conducted outreach to raise awareness about trafficking, and joined coalitions with other legal and nonprofit organizations, including the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Human Trafficking.

As as we embark on this effort with community partners, we recognize the importance of hearing the voices of survivors-in their own words, from their own mouths. Join us as we listen to Rani Hong, a human trafficking survivor and co-founder of the Tronie Foundation. Hear her story firsthand about being sold as a child slave and how she overcame her circumstances to start her own foundation to support and help survivors of human trafficking. Rani’s story of despair, survival, and resilience is a unique opportunity to learn from the voice of an actual survivor about what you can do to help stop human trafficking.

Keynote Speaker
Rani Hong
Visionary Human Rights Advocate, Special Advisor to UN.GIFT, and Co-Founder and President, Tronie Foundation

Honorees-The Past Women President’s of NAPABA
Peggy Nagae, 1991-1992

Nancy P. Lee, 1994-1995

Margaret J. Fujioka, 1997-1998

Laura K. Hong, 1999-2000

Lisa E. Chang, 2001-2002

Ruthe Catolico Ashley, 2002-2003

Amy Lin Meyerson, 2005-2006

Helen B. Kim, 2007-2008

Breakout Sessions (9:15 am-10:30 am)

Breakout Session 5: Oral Advocacy-Speaking Up!


Contrary to popular belief, Asian Americans can and are powerful orators. Whether it is the Thomas Tang Moot court competition or before federal appeals courts, Asian Americans are getting their voices heard. This panel will provide students with tips, emphasizing skill sets to build and learn from panelists, who have overcome the stereotype to become leading attorneys in oral advocacy.

Bill Richmond
Associate, Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP

Winston Chan
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Maj. Lauren Didomenico
Judiciary and Government Appellate Counsel, Government Trial and Appellate Division, U.S. Air Force

Kevin M. Fong
Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Chris Javillonar
Partner, Bryan Cave LLP


Breakout Session 6: Let’s Talk this Out-Alternative Dispute Resolution


Although the United States is known to be a litigious society, alternative dispute resolution methods have played an important role in resolving many contentious issues in the legal industry. Skills used in small claims, large commercial arbitration, and domestic family settings increasingly plays an important role in other contexts. As law schools encourage students to develop a diverse set of practical skills, panelists will discuss their experiences in dispute resolution and provide guidance based on their first hand experience.

Thomas T. Chan
Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

Cedric Chao
Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Harpreet Singh Mokha
Regional Director, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice

Victoria Shannon
Deputy Director, Arbitration and ADR/North America, International Court of Arbitration

NAPALSA Mock Interview Program (9:15 am-12:05 pm)

Capitol C

Breakout Sessions (10:45 am-12:00 pm)

Breakout Session 7: Breaking Barriers-Women and the Law


The purpose of this panel is to provide specialized support to a small but increasing number of Asian-American female attorneys. As more women break barriers and step up to leadership positions, we want to take some time to reflect back on the progress that has been made in the various sectors.

Successful female attorneys will highlight the achievements in the APA community, but also discuss the barriers that still exist. Panelists will provide advice, emphasize skill sets, and establish connections to encourage NAPALSA student leaders to utilize their skills to become leaders in the workplace.

Vivia Chen
Chief Blogger, The Careerist

Marisa Chun
Deputy Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Hon. Judy Draper
Judge, Missouri Circuit Court

Teena-Ann Sankoorikal
Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

LTC Le Zimmerman
Military Assistant to the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force


Breakout Session 8: The Judiciary


Asian Pacific American jurists are on the rise, and this panel provides students with an opportunity to engage numerous judges serving on various courts. The panel will highlight achievements by APA jurists and emphasize the importance of building a strong legal foundation. Panelists will provide information on the nomination and selection process, provide perspective on challenging legal issues, and discuss clerkships.

Hon. Goodwin Liu
Justice, California Supreme Court

Hon. Young Kim
Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Hon. Florence Pan
Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Hon. Roxanne Fuller
Administrative Law Judge, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, Social Security Administration

Hon. Reggie B. Walton
Judge, U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

NAPABA Luncheon and Plenary Session: Fisher v. University of Texas and the Future of Race-Conscious Affirmative Action Policies (12:15 pm-1:45 pm)

Grand Ballroom

In the October term, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Fisher v. University of Texas. The question presented before the Supreme Court is “Whether this Court’s decisions interpreting the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, including Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003), permit the University of Texas at Austin’s use of race in undergraduate admissions decisions.”

What significance will the Court’s decision have on race-conscious affirmative action policies, and how will it affect the Asian Pacific American community? This case has already stirred a debate within the Asian Pacific American community about the impact of affirmative action policies and has cast a spotlight on the stereotype of Asian Pacific Americans as the model minority. This program promises to be a lively discussion that should not be missed.

James C. Ho
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Formerly Solicitor General of Texas

Lee Cheng
Chief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Head of the Office of the Chairman, and Corporate Secretary,, Inc.; Co-founder and Board Member, Asian American Legal Foundation

Neal K. Katyal
Partner, Hogan Lovells;
Formerly Acting  U.S. Solicitor General

Karen Narasaki
Immediate Past President and Executive Director, Asian American Justice Center

Alan Tse
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Churchill Downs Inc.;
Co-founder and Board Member, Asian American Legal Foundation

NAPALSA Transitional Board of Directors Meeting (2:00 pm-3:30 pm)


Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition-Final Round (2:30 pm-4:00 pm)

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001


Who Got Next? Basketball Tournament (3:00 pm-5:00 pm)

Georgetown University Law Center, Sport & Fitness Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

Holding court in the nation’s capital has a whole new meaning now that “44” (a/k/a President Barack Obama) has moved networking from the back room to the back court. Bring your game! This basketball game will give Convention participants a chance to play full-court, five-on-five games. The Tournament format may consist of a round robin or pair NAPABA against NAPALSA.

You will need to register ahead of time for this event ($15 fee).

Law Student Eight-Minute Mentoring (4:00 pm-5:00 pm)

Senate, Congressional

Thomas Tang Moot Court Reception & Awards Presentation (5:00 pm-6:00 pm)

Garden Terrace

Doors open for NAPABA Gala Installation Banquet (6:00 pm-6:30 pm)

Grand Ballroom, Capitol Ballroom

NAPABA Gala Installation Banquet (Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz USA) (6:30 pm-10:00 pm)

Grand Ballroom, Capitol Ballroom

Black-tie optional; traditional/ethnic formal attire encouraged.


Pledge of Allegiance

Award Presentations

Remarks by Nimesh Patel, NAPABA President 2011–2012

Installation of NAPABA and NAPALSA Boards

Remarks by Wendy C. Shiba, NAPABA President 2012–2013

A Conversation with Supreme Court Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor

The Hon. Denny Chin
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Wendy Wen Yun Chang
Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP

Remarks by 2012 Host Committee

2013 Convention Preview

NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship Awards

Mercedes-Benz Sweepstakes Drawing

Closing Remarks

Hon. Edward M. Chen
Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Paul O. Hirose
Of Counsel, Perkins Coie LLP

Jessie K. Liu
Partner, Jenner & Block LLP

President’s Party (10:00 pm-2:00 am)

Garden Terrace

Close out the Convention and ring in Incoming President Wendy Shiba’s term with karaoke and conversation.

This is a free event, and you don’t need to register ahead of time.

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