November 19, 2011
The Missouri Asian American Bar Association (MAABA) was honored by the National Asian Pacific Bar Association (NAPABA) as its “Affiliate of the Year” at the 2011 NAPABA National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on November 19, 2011. The award recognized MAABA for its “outstanding best practices and accomplishments as a NAPABA affiliate” and was presented to MAABA President Alex Lee at the Convention Gala by NAPABA President Paul Hirose.
In his acceptance remarks, President Alex Lee thanked MAABA’s founders for their role in starting MAABA, including three founders who were in attendance at the Gala: Hon. Judy Draper, Maylin Mahoney, and James Robinson. He also thanked current MAABA leaders in attendance at the Convention including President-Elect Johnny Wang, Vice President David Kim, Secretary Lilian Doan, Board Member Daniel Sakaguchi, and Board Member Angela Yee for their hard work over the past year which made the award possible. He closed his remarks by promising that MAABA would continue to work hard to “live up to this award.”
The Convention was attended by over 1,200 Asian Pacific American attorneys, and included keynote speaker US Court of Appeals Judge Denny Chin and speaker Yale Law School Professor and Best Selling Author, Amy Chua.
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association(NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students, providing a national network for its members and affiliates. NAPABA advocates for the legal needs and interests of the APA community and represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 62 local APA bar associations, with practice settings ranging from solo practices to large firms, corporations, legal services organizations, non-profit organizations, law schools, and governmental agencies.
The Missouri Asian American Bar Association (MAABA) is an organization of Missouri Asian American attorneys, judges, elected officials, and law students dedicated to advocating on a state and local level on behalf of the Asian American legal and general communities.