On April 21, 2011 MAABA hosted the Eleventh Annual Unity Dinner with the Mound City Bar Association and the Missouri Bar. The event enjoyed record attendance and sold out with 300 attendees including Missouri Supreme Court Justices Rick Teitelman and Laura Denvir Stith, members of the Missouri Legislature, and community business leaders including Executive Vice President for the RCGA, Steve Johnson. St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley presented MAABA and MCBA with a Proclamation at the dinner and offered closing remarks.
At the dinner, the Joint Initiative for Diversity, which MAABA is a participant in, awarded Monsanto and Thompson Coburn with its inaugural Diversity Awards for a corporation and law firm respectively.
MAABA also awarded Nathaniel Dang of Washington University School of Law and Jessica Kong of St. Louis University School of Law with its Summer Public Interest Fellowships.
Ari Bai, former two-term MAABA President, was named as the MAABA Torch Bearer Award recipient. MAABA Founder and current Board Member, James Robinson, presented Ari with the award which recognizes leaders who are the “guiding light” in the Asian American legal community and community overall.
MAABA took up a collection for Hoang and Yen Nguyen, a Vietnamese immigrant couple who were attacked the weekend of April 16, 2011. Hoang Nguyen died from his injuries from the attack. MAABA intends to combine the collection with a part of the proceeds from the dinner to assist the couple.
MAABA wishes to thank all of the Jade and Pearl Sponsors of the Unity Dinner as well as IVIZE for providing all of the printing for the dinner, and Anheuser Busch for providing AB products at the dinner. A full listing of the sponsors may be found in the Unity Dinner Program.
MAABA also thanks Wesley Law and his company BeauVide Photography for their excellent coverage of the Unity Dinner. Photographs of the dinner may be viewed and purchased at:
Download the program here. (6.1 MB)