Call for CLE Program ideas for the 25th Annuanl NAPABA Convention

In November 2013, Kansas City will host the 25th Annual NAPABA Convention. In
addition to celebrating the 25th anniversary of the NAPABA Convention, the Convention will also focus on the MOmentum achieved by Asian Pacific American attorneys in the past twenty-five years, as well as practical ways to keep the momentum going for all NAPABA members. We welcome submissions that not only acknowledge our past achievements, but also explore practical solutions and advice for our attendees’ future development.

The deadline for submissions is 8:00 pm EDT, Wednesday May 1, 2013.

More Information Here

The Mound City Bar Association’s Black History Month Reception

On February 26, 2013, The Mound City Bar Association hosted a wonderful reception on black history month, and MAABA members took time to celebrate the contributions of African Americans in our country. From Left to Right: Fibbens Koranteng, Pari Sheth, George Wu, Honorable George Draper, Honorable Judy Draper, Sreeny Dandamudi, Jim Robinson

The Year of the Snake holds big things for MAABA

MAABA is busy planning for a big year.  Things to look forward to this year include the 12th Annual Unity Dinner,  Asian Heritage Month, and NAPABA’s conference in Kansas City.

The annual St. Louis Unity Dinner is expected to be as big as ever. The leadership is looking forward to bringing in people from across the region for a celebration of the culture diversity that is unique to the St. Louis Area. As plans are finalized, look to this website for more details about the location, time, and date.

MAABA also plans to celebrate Asian Heritage Month in May with a number of events aimed at inviting everyone to celebrate and enjoy Asian Culture. Tentative plans include a joint happy hour with the Young Asian Professional Associations (YAPA) and the OCA.

MAABA will also continue its outreach to law students with a focus on the Mentor program that has helped foster bonds between our professional community and the schools that are training our future peers. We are always looking for mentors, and we invite you to apply to our program as either a mentor or a mentee.

Finally, 2013 will also find the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri. MAABA will be partnering with the Asian American Bar Association of Kansas city to help plan this event. Board members from both organizations are working together to make the 40th annual convention a success.

MAABA prepares for 2013 with new leadership

James Robinson will take over as president of MAABA after years of hard work and service to the organization. He will be joined by the following people as the organization enters an exciting year that will not only include the Unity Dinner, but the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s annual conference in the State of Missouri. He will lead and executive board comprised of the following people.

President – James Robinson
Vice-President – Lilian Doan
Secretary – John Mark Hongs
Treasurer – Carol H. Li

Board of Directors:

Johnny Wang
Julie Madsen
Maylin Mahoney
David Kim
Wil Holtz
Sreenu Dandamudi
Daniel Sakaguchi
Hon. Judy Draper
Angela S. Yee
George Wu
Richard Juang
Holly You
Alexander S.Y. Lee


MAABA ends 2012 on a high note and starts planning for a big 2013

MAABA’s 2012 leadership ended the year with a bang. Over the last two months of 2012, the MAABA was involved in various activities. Some of the highlights  include the following:

November 14, 2012– MAABA’s outgoing President Johnny Wang and board member Alex Lee spearheaded the Minority Counsel Program, which matched over diverse local 30 attorneys for “pitch” interviews with general counsel and other representatives of 18 participating St Louis companies.

November 15-18, 2012– MAABA sent several board members and officers to the NAPABA Convention in DC, who worked with AABA-KC members to promote the 2013 Convention in Kansas City and met with members of DC’s 2012 Host Committee to observe the planning and execution of various events.

December 15,2012 – Members of MAABA spent the day volunteering with the St. Louis Food Bank. In the picture from left to right: David Kim, David’s kids, Maylin Mahoney, Jim R, Angela Yee, Alex Yee.

December 16, 2012– This year’s holiday party was held with the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), Young Asian American Professionals Organization (YAPA) and the Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC), with over 80 attendees. The organizations worked with a local Catholic Charity to provide a needy multigenerational Vietnamese family with holiday gifts and monetary contributions.

January 5, 2013– Several members of the 2013 NAPABA Convention Host Committee, including Co-Chair David Kim, MAABA President Jim Robinson, Treasurer Carol Li,
and board members Judge Judy Draper, Holly You, George Wu, Richard Juang and Daniel Sakaguchi traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to meet with AABA-KC members of the Host Committee, Convention Chair Bill Simonitsch, NAPABA Executive Director Tina Matsuoka, and NAPABA’s convention planner to visit event sites and kick off planning.

MAABA’s Inaugural Family Pig Roast A Success!

Scores of MAABA members and friends, many with their children, enjoyed MAABA’s inaugural Pig Roast & Family Fest on Saturday, August 4, despite early morning thunderstorms that threatened to cancel the event. Just in time, the rain quit as a robust, blue sky shone over Clayton’s Shaw Park Pavilion as cooks tabled four roast pigs and a roasted goat with delicious side dishes for the enthusiastic family crowd.

MAABA President Johnny S. Wang says, “We offer a big thank you to everyone who was able to attend and help with MAABA’s Inaugural Pig Roast! We hope this will become an annual event for us! Despite early rain, we had great food, great music, and a good turnout. For those who could not attend, you missed a great event that everyone enjoyed!

Approximately 70 people attended, representing the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, the Mound City Bar Association and the Hispanic Bar Association of St. Louis in addition to MAABA. Many guests from the community-at-large attended.  Starting at 11 a.m., MAABA’s inaugural pig roast picnic offered good-time amusements with all-you-can-eat and drink, with kid-friendly activities featuring a bouncy house, games, live folk and roots country music, plus juice, soft drinks, plenty of water and more. MAABA ordered the roast pigs and goat, plus all the side dishes from Super Smokers, Filipino Lechon and Mandarin House, whose cooks staffed the event. The folk and country roots music lilted softly through the Shaw Park Pavilion and the surrounding trees as kids danced and laughed until the picnic ended about 2 p.m.

Alex Lee, a MAABA Past President and attorney at Gonnerman Reinert, said, “This event was outstanding. The pig roast idea is a good one, and having all the meat and food spread out on long tables added to the family style and camaraderie of the experience. It was a relaxing, fun time. The music was great and kids there along with everybody had a fantastic time!”  Lilian Doan, of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, added, “I hope MAABA does this again next year. The networking was really great.”  Johnny Wang concluded, “Hopefully, we will continue to build on this inaugural event and further spread the joy of MAABA throughout our community!

MAABA 2012 Inaugural Pig Roast!

MAABA will be having its inaugural 2012 MAABA Pig Roast on August 4, 2012 at the Shaw Park Pavilion in Clayton. We will start at 11:00 AM and go until we run out of pork or drinks. This will be a family fun event with plenty of activities for the kids. We will have an inflatable bounce house, face painting, balloon folk, and if we’re lucky, carnies.

The picnic will include pigs from Super Smokers, Filipino Lechon and Mandarin house, along with a roasted goat!!

The price of admission for all the food and beverage you care to consume is $15/person or $30/nuclear family. Uncles, aunts, grandparents, etc. are on their own!  We will have beer, juice, soft drinks and plenty of water.

We will be accepting payment at the door, and will accept cash, check or credit card. Please, please, however, RSVP in advance to me, Lilian Doan, at so we have a general head count. So, in summary:

MAABA 2012 Pig Roast

Shaw Park Pavilion, 27 S. Brentwood Blvd., Clayton MO 63105
August 4, 2012 11:00 AM – ?
Cost – $15/individuals, $30/families

MAABA’s 2012 Unity Dinner Attracts Over 400 Attendees!

On April 26, 2012, the Missouri Asian-American Bar Association, the Mound City Bar Association, the Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis, Lawyers for Equality, the Hispanic Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar co-hosted the 12th Annual Unity Dinner. Held in the atrium of the HoteLumiere, the dinner featured Asian-inspired cuisine from various countries, starting with a cocktail hour of Chinese Dim Sum and Japanese Yakitori Chicken (among other tasty treats), along with an open bar for the nearly 350 guests. The evening progressed to dinner, which featured a “Tour of Asia” buffet station, which provided guests with selections such as, sushi and sashimi, a seafood bar, and delicacies from China, Thailand, Japan and Indonesia.

The evening’s program began with introductions by MAABA president Johnny Wang and recognition of the five co-hosting organization’s respective leaders. MAABA Board of Director Angela Yee presented two law students, Deanna L. Tran (Washington University) and Huihong Qiao (Saint Louis University) with a summer stipend for their contribution to public interest efforts. Ronda Williams of the MCBA presented the Joint Initiative Diversity Award to both individual recipient Bruce Hobson and law firm winner, Greensfeld, for their dedication to promoting and supporting diversity in the legal profession in St. Louis. James Robinson, MAABA Board of Director, presented St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge the Hon. Judy Preddy Draper with the 2012 MAABA Torch Bearer Award. Remarks were also given by Lynn Vogel, Missouri Bar President and Chris Koster, the Missouri Attorney General.

The evening continued with guests enjoying the dinner’s selections and networking with new friend. MAABA would like to thank the various sponsors of the dinner, the Missouri Bar and the various co-hosting organizations for their hard work, dedication and commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession in St. Louis.

2012 Unity Dinner

Registration is now open! Register here.
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Jade Sponsorship – $1,500
10 Unity Dinner tickets
Table Sponsorship Recognition
Full page advertisement in the Unity Dinner Program
Full page advertisement in MAABA’s Inaugural Jade Directory of Legal Service Providers
Logo displayed on projector throughout dinner
Logo displayed on sponsors board at dinner entrance
Logo will be displayed on MAABA’s website

Pearl Sponsorship – $750
4 Unity Dinner tickets
Full page advertisement the Unity Dinner Program
Half page advertisement in MAABA’s Inaugural Jade Directory of Legal Service Providers
Logo displayed on projector throughout dinner
Logo displayed on sponsors board at dinner entrance

Advertisements in Dinner Program Only

$250 – Full page ad
$200 – Half page ad

For more information, contact:

Johnny Wang, MAABA President:, (314) 615-6000
Lilian Doan, MAABA Secretary:, (314) 241-2600.