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  • 1 Dec 2021 12:57 AM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Tara K. Ramchandani on Being Recommended by the Judicial Nomination Commission for the D.C. Superior Court!

    Congratulations to Tara K. Ramchandani on being recommended by the D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission to the White House for consideration for a judicial vacancy on the D.C. Superior Court created by the anticipated retirement of the Honorable Judith A. Smith.  Tara is a Partner at Relman Colfax, a plaintiffs’ side civil rights law firm based in D.C. APABA-DC is proud to have endorsed Tara in her candidacy.  Please join us in congratulating Tara!



  • 30 Sep 2021 3:20 PM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the Honorable Florence Y. Pan, currently an Associate Judge on the D.C. Superior Court, on being confirmed yesterday by the United States Senate to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia!  APABA-DC is proud to have endorsed Judge Pan’s candidacy for this position.  Judge Pan has demonstrated an impressive longstanding commitment to APABA-DC, the AAPI community, and the larger DC community. 

    We are thrilled to see many AAPI candidates nominated for DC and federal judgeships and applaud President Biden for continuing to ensure that our judiciary reflects the diversity of our country. 

    Please join us in congratulating all these judicial candidates! 


  • 30 Sep 2021 3:19 PM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Loren L. AliKhan, currently the Solicitor General for the District of Columbia since 2018, on her nomination to fill a judicial vacancy on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals!  APABA-DC is proud to have endorsed Ms. AliKhan’s candidacy for this position. The White House announcement can be found here. 

    APABA-DC also congratulates Judge John H. Chun for his nomination to the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, which would make him the first AAPI man to serve as a federal judge in that district; Mr. Dale E. Ho for his nomination for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; and Judge Jinsook Ohta, for her nomination for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, making her the first AAPI woman to serve as a federal judge in that district.  

    We are thrilled to see many AAPI candidates nominated for DC and federal judgeships and applaud President Biden for continuing to ensure that our judiciary reflects the diversity of our country. 

    Please join us in congratulating all these judicial candidates! 



  • 10 Sep 2021 10:46 AM | JiaZhen Guo (Administrator)

    APABA-DC is honored to be the 2021 recipient of NAPABA’s Affiliate of the Year Award! This award recognizes outstanding NAPABA affiliates for their best practices and accomplishments in their local communities.




    We are thrilled to receive this award in our 40th year of service to the APA community in the Nation’s Capitol. In response to the unique challenges our community has faced during the pandemic, APABA-DC redoubled our efforts to realize our mission: to raise awareness of the critical issues facing the DC APA legal community, foster the professional growth and advancement of our members, and collaborate with community organizations to serve the community at large. Over the last year, APABA-DC led 20 diverse bar associations, APA legal student associations, and prominent legal organizations in the DC area in issuing a joint statement condemning the hate crimes and acts of discrimination targeting APAs, and helped persuade local leaders to take action to meaningfully address them.  In the weeks following the horrific Atlanta shooting, APABA-DC worked swiftly to organize a series of panels focused on how the federal, state, and local governments can combat anti-APA hate and extremism. 

    In addition to addressing these important issues, APABA-DC brought our community together to create a safe space for all of us to connect and reflect together. Even in a virtual environment, we found time to laugh, create, and relax together through our holiday-themed murder mystery party, lunar new year magic show, musical performances, comedy show, cooking and fitness classes, local APA brewery and boozy milkshake tastings for in-house counsel, informal “Lawyers in Sweatpants” coffee hours, and many other programs. 

    On behalf of the APABA-DC Board, we thank you for your support and contributions to APABA-DC’s mission. The strength of our board, members, and community made this award possible.

  • 23 Apr 2021 12:01 PM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed S. 937, the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, that would expedite the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) review of hate crimes and would designate a top DOJ official to oversee the effort. The bill also requires the DOJ to issue guidance for state and local law enforcement agencies on how to establish online hate crime reporting processes in multiple languages, and how to expand culturally competent education campaigns. Additionally, the bill requires the DOJ and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to issue guidance on best practices for mitigating racially discriminatory language in describing the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    The legislation, which was introduced by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), sends a powerful message to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community that the U.S. government will take action to meaningfully address the drastic increase in violence and discrimination targeting our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    APABA-DC continues to denounce crimes and acts of discrimination driven by hate and xenophobia and to call on our nation’s leaders to take action to combat AAPI hate.  We are heartened that the Senate acted on a bipartisan basis in passing the bill by a 94-1 margin.  We now urge the U.S. House of Representatives to act swiftly to pass the bill and President Biden to sign the legislation into law. 


  • 22 Apr 2021 9:47 AM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    APABA-DC offers its warmest congratulations to Vanita Gupta, who was confirmed yesterday as Associate Attorney General, the third-highest post in the U.S. Department of Justice.  Born in the U.S., she is the daughter of Indian immigrants, former head of the Civil Rights Division, and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. 

    Having an AAPI woman among the Department’s senior ranks—especially one who has championed our community and other communities of color and marginalized communities’ civil rights, language access, and right to vote, and worked to reform the criminal justice system—is especially critical now, as our AAPI community continues to be the target of a shocking wave of hate crimes and acts of discrimination across the country. Please join us in congratulating Vanita Gupta! 


  • 30 Mar 2021 10:34 AM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    Congratulations to the Honorable Florence Y. Pan, currently a judge on the D.C. Superior Court, on her nomination to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia!  APABA-DC is proud to have endorsed Judge Pan’s candidacy for this position.  Judge Pan has demonstrated an impressive longstanding commitment to APABA-DC, the AAPI community, and the larger DC community.  The White House announcement can be found here

    APABA-DC also congratulates Administrative Judge Rupa Ranga Puttagunta for her nomination to the D.C. Superior Court; U.S. Magistrate Judge Zahid N. Quraishi for his nomination to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, which would make him the first Muslim American to serve on a federal district court; and WilmerHale partner Regina M. Rodriguez for her nomination to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.  We are thrilled to see many AAPI candidates nominated for DC and federal judgeships. 

    We applaud President Biden for putting up a diverse slate of judicial candidates, including four Black women attorneys from the DC area for vacancies on the federal courts:  U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; Perkins Coie LLP partner Tiffany P. Cunningham for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; Zuckerman Spaeder LLP partner Candace Jackson-Akiwumi for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; and U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Lydia Griggsby for the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

    Please join us in congratulating all these judicial candidates! 



  • 17 Mar 2021 1:43 PM | APABA-DC (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    APABA-DC is horrified by last night's mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia that appears to have targeted AAPI businesses and AAPI individuals, as well as by the steep rise in hate crimes and incidents victimizing AAPIs across the country.  Our deepest condolences to the families of the victims—we grieve alongside them and our hearts are broken.  We continue to denounce irresponsible rhetoric such as referring to the coronavirus as the "Chinese Virus," "Wuhan Virus," or otherwise "foreign" virus, which has fanned further hate towards our community.  This past year alone, over 3,800 hate incidents targeting AAPIs have been reported.  APABA-DC continues to condemn such acts of hate driven by racism and xenophobia.  

    We encourage our friends, partners, allies, and communities to join us in taking action, including joining our discussions focused on combating AAPI hate on March 30 with former top federal officials Jessie Liu and Roy Austin, April 7 with DC and NJ Attorney Generals Karl Racine and Gurbir Grewal, and April 12 with Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-3).  Please also check out NAPABA's helpful listing of hate crimes resources.


  • 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


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