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  • 17 Mar 2021 1:43 PM | Anonymous member (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 | Anonymous member (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 | Anonymous member (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 | Anonymous member (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 | Anonymous member (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 | Anonymous member (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 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please find a link to the full statement here.

  • 4 Jun 2020 6:08 PM | Anonymous member (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 | Anonymous member (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 | Anonymous member (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.

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


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