MAABA Elects New Leadership Team for 2012!

JANAURY 15, 2012

MAABA will focus 2012 on promoting the talents and abilities of its members, community service efforts, and further increase its ties with the local Asian community and abroad.

MAABA recently held their leadership elections for 2012.  The officers for 2012 are:

 *President – Johnny S. Wang, Gallop Johnson & Neuman, L.C.

Vice-President – David Kim, Armstrong Teasdale

Secretary – Lilian Doan, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Treasurer – Ignatius “Iggy” Yuan, Vice-President and General Counsel of First National Bank of St. Louis.

Historian – Honorable Judy M. Draper – Associate Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of St. Louis County.

In addition, MAABA also approved the following members to its Board of Directors

 *Honorable Judy M. Draper – Associate Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of St. Louis County

Wil Holtz – Thompson Coburn LLP

*John Mark Hongs – Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Alexander Lee – Gonnerman Reinert LLC

Julie Madsen – Kortenhof McGlynn

Maylin Mahoney – Law Offices of Maylin Mahoney

Monica Patankar – Waltrip & Schmidt

James Robinson – Law Offices of James Robinson

Daniel Sakaguchi – Armstrong Teasdale

*George Wu – Armstrong Teasdale

*Holly You – Armstrong Teasdale

Angela Yee – The Yee Law Firm

* Denotes new board members and officers.

2011 was a banner year for MAABA.  MAABA hosted the 4th Annual National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”) Central Region Conference in St. Louis and was honored as “Affiliate of the Year” at the 2011 NAPABA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  MAABA members also founded the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis and Sua Sponte, a legal clinic partnered with the International Institute to provide legal services to immigrants. MAABA also hosted a number of Chinese trade delegations in furtherance of building relationships abroad.

2012 will focus on business development and career development for its members.

 In addition to MAABA’s annual programming of the Unity Dinner, Mentoring program, community service and networking events, MAABA will establish two new initiatives to help its members market themselves to potential clients and build relationships with Missouri in-house counsel departments, businesses and the Asian community. 

First is the “Jade Directory” – a MAABA directory of Asian legal service providers that will have in-depth bios including photos of MAABA members categorized by their specific practice areas.  The Directory will be printed on high quality paper, and will be distributed to in-house counsels, local businesses, law firms, elected officials, local judiciary and community organizations.  Without a doubt, the Jade Directory will be a powerful marketing tool for all participating MAABA members.

In addition, MAABA will spearhead the “Minority Counsel Program” MAABA will partner with the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Mound City Bar Associationto host a one to two day event in Fall 2012 that will seek to bring diverse attorneys and in-house counsel together.  There will be networking events, golf and spa activities, and CLE programming relevant to diverse attorneys.  In addition, interested attorneys can participate in informational interviews with in-house counsel and business owners to determine whether outside counsel work could be placed with interested attorneys.  The goal is to provide relationship building activities and to showcase the diverse legal professionals in St. Louis.

Now is the time to become a member of MAABA and participate in these exciting new initiatives!  Please click on the membership link above and join!