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The Board of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area (APABA-DC) cordially invites you to the

2023 APABA-DC Awards & Installation Gala
Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 6 p.m.

Conrad Washington DC
950 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

Dress code: black-tie optional


Featuring a Fireside Chat with the Honorable Katherine Tai, the Nineteenth U.S. Trade Representative

Honoring Vandana Venkatesh, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, Verizon, as this year's Diversity Champion

Weijia Jiang, CBS News Senior White House Correspondent, as master of ceremonies

We are thrilled to announce that the Gala will feature a fireside chat with the Nineteenth United States Trade Representative, the Honorable Ambassador Katherine Tai, the first Asian American serving in that role.  We will honor Vandana Venkatesh, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Verizon, as this year’s Diversity Champion.  Micki Chen, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Global Networks and Technology of Verizon, will attend on Ms. Venkatesh’s behalf. Weijia Jiang, an award-winning White House Correspondent for CBS News and the first woman of color to be elected to serve as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, will be our master of ceremonies.

At this year's gala, the following individuals will be recognized as this year's recipients of APABA-DC Annual Awards. See our announcement here.

The Recipients of APABA-DC Annual Awards

Pioneer Award

Josh Hsu
Partner, Jenner & Block

Member Appreciation Award

Shaila Ohri
Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Uplight

Community Appreciation Award

The Hon. Judge Raymond Chen
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Rising Star Award

Yiyang Wu
Partner, Relman Colfax

Founded in 1981, APABA-DC is the oldest and largest association of Asian American and Pacific Islander (“AAPI”) attorneys, judges, law professors, and other members of the legal profession in the nation’s capital region. Our mission is to encourage and promote the professional growth and advancement of AAPI legal professionals, raise awareness of the critical issues facing the AAPI community, and facilitate our members’ involvement in the community-at-large. In 2021, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”) recognized APABA-DC as the Affiliate of the Year, honoring our efforts to respond to our community’s unique challenges during the pandemic, including the anti-Asian hate and violence. And our work continues.

We thank the following sponsors of 2023 APABA-DC Awards & Installation Gala:

















Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP


Crowell & Moring LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Hogan Lovells

Kirkland & Ellis LLP


Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Seward & Kissel LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Thompson Coburn LLP

Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP


Mei & Mark LLP

Linda Mar Weidman

Hollingsworth LLP

APABA-DC is an affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.


P.O. Box 27223

Washington, DC 20038

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