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  • 7 Jan 2021 3:32 PM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    APABA-DC is dismayed by the violence and chaos that erupted yesterday in our home and our nation’s capital. As a community of lawyers and legal professionals, we are committed to respecting the rule of law and condemn violent actions that could harm democracy. We hope that all of you, especially those of you who work or live on the Hill or downtown stay safe.

  • 12 Dec 2020 3:47 PM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    Pioneer Award:  Chris Lu, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor

    Community Appreciation Award:  Juvaria Khan, Founder, The Appellate Project; &
    Charles Yi, Partner, Arnold Porter

    Member Appreciation Award:  Phil Olaya, Special Counsel, U.S. Election Assistance Commission; & Shiwali Patel, Director of Justice for Student Survivors & Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law center

    Rising Stars Award:  Avi Panth, Deputy Voter Protection Director, Biden Campaign in Virginia;
    Linh Ly, Attorney, Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers PLC

  • 7 Nov 2020 3:33 PM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    APABA-DC offers its warmest congratulations to U.S. Senator Kamala Devi Harris, who is the country’s first South Asian, Black, and female Vice President-Elect of the United States. Upon being sworn in as Vice President, she will be the highest ranking Asian Pacific American ever in the presidential line of succession.

    The images of Vice President-Elect Harris as a young child with her immigrant parents from India and Jamaica evoke an enormous sense of hope and pride within our community. The election of a biracial daughter of two immigrants to such a significant, representative office, speaks to the greatness of this country and all of its ideals. Her election is an important step towards representing the diversity of the United States in the political process. As fellow lawyers of Asian descent, we congratulate Vice President-Elect Harris on this groundbreaking achievement!

  • 9 Sep 2020 6:30 AM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    APABA-DC is troubled by efforts to cast diversity-related training of government workers as "demeaning" or "divisive, anti-American propaganda."  We urge our Nation’s leaders to remain committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to take steps to combat systemic and historical injustices. No institution—including the government—is immune from systemic racism. Especially in light of COVID-19-related violence against Asian Americans, the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on diverse communities, and recent events highlighting the painful legacies of injustice wrought on Black lives throughout America’s history, now is the time for our private and public institutions to take meaningful action, and dedicate resources to promote diversity and inclusion across all sectors of our workforce.  

    APABA-DC continues to oppose racism and injustice of any kind, stands in solidarity with the Black community,  and reiterates its call for the legal profession to act not only to preserve, but also to build on the significant gains that have been made in retaining and advancing diverse lawyers. 

  • 18 Aug 2020 10:04 PM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    APABA-DC warmly congratulates Vijay Shanker on his nomination to serve as an Associate Judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals! APABA-DC endorsed him for this judgeship. He serves as Senior Litigation Counsel in the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, and as Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section. For more details, please see this press release.

  • 13 Jul 2020 1:13 PM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    Please find a link to the full statement here.

  • 4 Jun 2020 6:08 PM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    Our APABA-DC community deeply grieves alongside the Black community, which has long suffered the heartrending loss of Black lives. We stand in solidarity with the Black community in calling for justice for the senseless murders of George Floyd and countless other individuals of color, and demanding broader, systemic changes to address police brutality, hateful acts of violence at the hands of civilians, and the painful legacies of injustices wrought on Black lives throughout America's history. We also remain mindful that our communities have benefited greatly from Black freedom struggles that paved the way for our own fights for equality in this country. APABA-DC condemns all anti-Black racism, including within the Asian and APA community, and commits to aiding efforts to dismantle systems of racism, oppression, and injustice.

  • 27 May 2020 7:53 PM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    APABA-DC is pleased to announce its endorsement of the following candidates for the District of Columbia Bar:

    • President-Elect: Charlie Lemley
    • D.C. Bar Board of Governors: Chong Park and Richard Rodriguez
    • D.C. Bar Delegate to ABA House of Delegates: Jack Keeney

    Active D.C. Bar members should have received an email from the D.C. Bar on May 1, 2020 with individual voting instructions. Members can also vote by logging into with their D.C. Bar member credentials and clicking on the "Vote Now" button. The deadline to vote is 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2020. We encourage all APABA-DC members to participate in the D.C. Bar elections.

    For more information regarding APABA-DC's endorsement policy, please visit our website at

  • 14 May 2020 7:52 PM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    On May 14, 2020, the White House announced the nomination of John C. Truong and Danny Lam Nguyen to serve as Associate Judges of the DC Superior Court. APABA-DC endorsed both Mr. Truong and Mr. Nguyen for these positions. Their nominations are pending confirmation by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Read the press release here.

    John C. Truong is a past-president of APABA-DC and a recipient of APABA-DC's Member Appreciation Award and NAPABA's Best Lawyers Under 40 Award. Since 2008, he has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he has handled criminal and affirmative and defensive civil cases. Mr. Truong received his JD degree from American University Washington College of Law. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Ricardo Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He then went into private practice at Morgan Lewis & Bockius for six years.

    Danny Lam Nguyen has been a trial attorney in the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division since 2017. He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Mr. Nguyen clerked for two years for Judge Reggie B. Walton in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and also has experience in the private sector as an attorney at WilmerHale. Mr. Nguyen received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. In 2007, Mr. Nguyen helped to found VABA-DC and served on its inaugural board of directors.

    Mr. Truong came to the United States from Vietnam as a refugee when he was a child. Mr. Nguyen's parents also fled Vietnam as refugees. If confirmed, Mr. Truong and Mr. Nguyen would be the first Vietnamese-American judges ever to serve on the DC Superior Court.

  • 3 Apr 2020 12:30 PM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    In the two weeks leading up to March 27, 2020, over 650 hateful acts of discrimination, including serious violent acts, directed towards Asians and Asian Americans were reported, with new incidents coming in daily. And those are just reported cases. These hateful acts have been committed against Asian Americans of all ages, with victims as young as 2 years old.1 Incidents in the DC metro region are undoubtedly being under-reported as well. APABA-DC, APABA-Maryland, APABA-Virginia, and the additional seventeen of undersigned area voluntary associations denounce these hateful acts in the strongest terms, and urge others to join us in calling out this racism, educating the public, holding perpetrators accountable, and working together during these times of immense hardship in America.2

    Educating the public: Irresponsible rhetoric such as referring to the coronavirus as the "Chinese Virus," "Wuhan Virus," or otherwise "foreign" virus has fanned and been tied to the rise of hateful acts towards Asian Americans. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have specifically stated that using such terms creates harmful stigma against ethnic and minority groups, and further endangers public health.3 It is imperative that any continued use of this irresponsible rhetoric cease, and that all of our neighbors become aware of-and stand up to-these hateful acts when they occur in our community.

    Holding Perpetrators Accountable: We thank those who have shown solidarity with the Asian American community in calling out racism, and applaud the law enforcement agencies that have pledged to hold accountable those who commit unlawful, anti-discriminatory acts against Asian Americans. While we continue to urge federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities to investigate and prosecute such unlawful acts, we also urge them to engage closely with members of the Asian American community and their neighbors to encourage the reporting of these incidents. Recently, the New York State Attorney General's office created a hotline to report anti-Asian incidents,4 which we believe will facilitate victims and witnesses to come forward and report anti-Asian incidents. In the District, we encourage individuals to report incidents to the DC Hate Crimes Hotline at 202-727-0500 or the DC Victim Hotline, 1-844-4HELPDC. In Maryland, individuals can report incidents to a special hotline dedicated to hate crimes, 1-866-481-8361. In Virginia, individuals can report a hate crime and/or be connected with victims' resources for support following a crime at 1-855-NOH8VA1.

    Working Together: The public health crisis today presents unprecedented challenges for so many communities in these extraordinarily difficult times. We believe it is also a time for uncommon kindness and renewed solidarity as a nation. We urge everyone-as grandparents, parents, sons, daughters- across professions and vocations to work together on a daily basis while "physical distancing" to promote the well-being of our fellow neighbors. Several of our organizations has helped to collect and curate helpful resources to that end, to help maintain social ties and bring together our communities:

    We wish everyone good health and safety and urge the public to report hateful acts to the appropriate authorities.


    APABA-DC (Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area)

    APABA-Maryland (Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland)

    APABA-VA (Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia)

    AEF (APABA Educational Fund)

    AILA-DC Chapter (American Immigration Lawyers Association, DC Chapter)

    CAMBA (Capital Area Muslim Bar Association)

    FALA-DC (Filipino American Lawyers Association of Washington, D.C.)

    Georgetown APALSA (Georgetown Law Asian Pacific American Law Students Association)

    GW APALSA (George Washington University Law School Asian Pacific American Law Students


    GWAC (Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association)

    HBA-DC (Hispanic Bar Association of D.C.)

    IABA-DC (Iranian American Bar Association of D.C.)

    KABA-DC (Korean American Bar Association of D.C.)

    SABA-DC (South Asian Bar Association of D.C.)

    TALC-DC (Taiwanese American Lawyers Committee of D.C.)

    VABA-DC (Vietnamese American Bar Association of D.C.)

    Washington Council of Lawyers

    WBA (Washington Bar Association)

    WBA-DC (Women’s Bar Association of D.C.)

    WCL APALSA (American University Washington College of Law Asian Pacific American Law Students


    Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Stand Against Hate--Tell Your Story. Help Us Track Hate. (last accessed Mar. 30, 2020); ABC News, FBI warns of potential surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans amid coronavirus; (last accessed Mar. 30, 2020)

    The views expressed in this statement do not necessarily reflect the views of each member or officer of APABA-DC, its Advisory Board, or the general membership.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Reducing Stigma, (last accessed Mar. 30, 2020); World Health Organization, Rolling updates on coronavirus disease (COVID-19), (last accessed Mar. 30, 2020), "Do your part to stop stigma and combat COVID-19" (Feb. 25, 2020 entry).

    Leticia James, NY Attorney General, AG James Launches Hotline to Combat Coronavirus Hate Crimes and Xenophobic Rhetoric, (Mar. 23, 2020).

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