NAPABA Inspirational Video Series | Judge Dolly Gee
NAPABA Inspirational Video Series | Don Liu
NAPABA Inspirational Video Series | Mia Yamamoto

The NAPABA Inspirational Video Series concludes with a stirring account of determination and perseverance from Judge Dolly Gee, United States district judge for the Central District of California.

Judge Gee’s mother did not speak English and young Dolly served as her mother’s translator by accompanying her to doctors’ offices, grocery stores, and other places on a daily basis. After her mother found work in a garment factory, Judge Gee became a witness to the workplace abuse...s her mother and other women suffered and she decided that she would grow up and fight these kinds of inequities.

In this final video of this series, you can hear about how Judge Gee was persuaded to apply for her first judgeship and how she received a surprise nomination from President Bill Clinton. However, things would not proceed as planned for Judge Gee and it would take ten years and a lesson in getting out of her comfort zone for her to finally reach the bench.

Be sure to discuss and share Judge Gee’s story on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag, #NAPABAInspirationalSeries.

Find the entire NAPABA Inspirational Video Series online at

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Law Student Summer Scholarship Opportunity. The NAPABA Law Foundation has partnered with the Choi Family to create the Han C. Choi Scholarship, to honor a NAPABA Trailblazer, mentor and leader, who embodies grit and courage in the face of great adversity. Apply by May 7, 2018. Application can be found at:

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NAPABA is pleased to announce a $25,000 donation to the Han C. Choi Scholarship Fund, which honors a NAPABA trailblazer, mentor, and leader who has embodied grit and courage in the face of great adversity. The Scholarship Fund will benefit law students who exhibit academic excellence, leadership, volunteerism, and mentorship, and who demonstrate an interest in Asian Pacific American issues. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have been adversely affected by ...cancer (as a survivor, or family member of a victim or survivor).

Han Choi is an active NAPABA leader, having served as a member of the NAPABA board of governors and as a current member of the NAPABA Law Foundation board of directors. Han also is one of the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA)'s most outstanding members, having served as president in 2006 and as a board member for over seven years. He served as chair of the host committee for the 2011 NAPABA Convention and is a past recipient of the Judge Alvin T. Wong Pioneer Award, GAPABA's highest honor. A partner at Ballard Spahr, Han is the first Asian Pacific American managing partner of a major law firm in Atlanta.

To donate to the Han C Choi Scholarship Fund, you can make an online donation ( or send a check payable to the “NAPABA Law Foundation,” with “Han C. Choi Scholarship Fund” noted on the memo section, and mailed to: NAPABA Law Foundation, P.O. Box 65081, Washington, DC 20035.


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TODAY is the last day to book your hotel at the discounted rate of $189/night at the InterContinental Hotel at Buckhead for the #napabaSE Regional Conference in Atlanta! Don’t miss out on this great deal!

Visit to book your room.

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Congratulations on a successful California Lobby Day, Cal-APABA - California Asian Pacific American Bar Association! NAPABA was proud to help financially support your inaugural lobby day!

Don’t forget to join us in DC for #NAPABAontheHill in May and continue to engage!

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Cal-APABA - California Asian Pacific American Bar Association is attending California Lobby Day with Kara Ueda and 14 others at California State Capitol.

What a great turnout for our first annual lobby day... Asian-American attorneys from 31 different API bar organizations came in from all over the state today to... represent the interests of over 14,000 API attorneys in California. We have representation in 38 of the state’s 40 legislative districts today.

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The #napabaSE Regional Conference in Atlanta, hosted by the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA), is one month away!

The deadline to book your hotel room at the InterContinental Hotel at Buckhead at a discounted rate of $189/night plus taxes and fees is TOMORROW. After this date, rooms may still be available but will not be available at the existing rate. Book your room early to avoid paying higher rates!

Click to book your room:

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#NAPABAontheHill Stipend Applications Close Today!

Today is the last day to apply for a stipend to attend NAPABA Lobby Day. Join over a hundred of attorneys from around the country as they talk about the importance of legal aid, student loan relief, support for international adoptees, and honoring our veterans.

Apply here:

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Press Release | NAPABA Supports Bipartisan Introduction of the Adoptee Citizen Act by Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Rep. Adam Smith & Congressman Chris Smith

“35,000 international adoptee children of American parents have lived without their U.S. citizenship for too long due to a glitch in a law that was intended to help them,” said National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) President Pankit J. Doshi. “Congress now has a chance to correct this oversight and change their lives."

Congratulations Judge Karen Gren Scholer on your swearing in today to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Judge Scholer becomes the 28th active AAPI Article III judge.

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This Friday is your last chance to apply for a stipend to join us for #NAPABAontheHill! Join us as we advocate for legal aid, public service loan forgiveness, APA adoptees, and to honor Chinese American WW2 veterans. Apply for a stipend today at

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District Court of Hawaii nominee, Jill Otake, delivers her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee after being introduced by Senator Mazie Hirono & Senator Brian Schatz. If confirmed, she would be the 3rd active AAPI Judge in the District. Read our statement in support of her nomination:

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6th Cir nominee John Nalbandian delivers his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee after being introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell & Senator Rand Paul. If confirmed, he would be the 7th active AAPI Circuit Judge. Read our statement in support of his nomination:

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This morning, Asian Pacific American Judicial nominees, John Nalbandian (for the Sixth Circuit) and Jill Otake (for D. Hawaii) appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. NAPABA supports both nominees.

Watch the hearing live here:

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Press Release | NAPABA Celebrates Confirmation of Judge Karen Gren Scholer to NDTX, 95-0, by Senate

The NAPABA Law Foundation / Fred T. Korematsu Summer Fellowship will provide a $6000 scholarship for one law student to gain meaningful legal experience at a public interest host organization. Applications due on April 6, 2018. Apply today:

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A fantastic day for fantastic visitors! Today we were joined for lunch by NAPABA President Pankit Doshi and Thai American Bar Association - TABA President Panida Rzonca! And of course there's always time for goofy pictures!

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Join the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance for "Belonging: Being Out & Asian in the Legal Profession & our Communities"

This diversity and inclusion panel discussion will provide various perspectives of being out as LGBT people and as Asian Americans at work, in the legal profession, our families, social media, and faith communities. This annual educational panel provides an opportunity for LGBT API members of the bar in corporate firms, in-house, government, pub...lic interest, and law school to network and learn about current issues impacting our community and profession.

When and Where
Wednesday, March 14 from 7-9 p.m. EDT
McDermott Will & Emery
340 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10173-1922


-Hon. Pamela Chen, U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
-Amin Kassam, Chief of Staff & Senior Counsel, Legal & Compliance, Bloomberg LP
-Rev. Winnie Varghese, Trinity Church
-Tony Choi, DACA Beneficiary and Dreamer

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