NAPABA Convention 2019

The 2019 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association convention will be November 7-10, 2019 in Austin, TX. For more information, see the Convention website.

MAABA has sponsorships available for members who need financial assistance. For more information, please contact Fran Barbieri at

Casey Wong Elevated to Income Shareholder

  We are very proud to announce that Casey Wong has been elevated to Income Shareholder at Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard.  Casey Wong is an experienced litigator who represents businesses and individuals in complex, high stakes litigation. He practices in Missouri and Illinois, and has trial and appellate experience in a variety of areas of law.  Casey is also a member of the firm’s Recruiting Committee and Diversity Committee, vice-chair of the Appellate Practice Team, and managing editor of Professional Liability publications. Casey also recently attained a position on the Missouri Bar Board of Governors for the City of St. Louis.  

Please join us in congratulating Casey on these achievements!

Richard Juang Elevated to Partner

  We are very proud to announce that Richard Juang has been elevated to Partner at Goldberg Segalla in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group.  In his practice Richard regularly assists clients with patent, trademark, and copyright matters, as well as all types of intellectual property litigation. Richard also handles Hatch-Watchman litigation, drawing on a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering to translate sophisticated medical and chemical concepts into winning legal strategies.  Richard is also a past-president of MAABA.  

Please join us in congratulating Richard on this accomplishment!

2018 NAPABA Convention

Convention Details

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – Sunday, November 11, 2018

Location: Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 East North Water Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60611

  The NAPABA Convention is an annual gathering of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 50,000 attorneys and 80 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. Join us as we celebrate our 30th Convention and convene over 2,000 attendees in Chicago!


Contact: Justin Moore, MAABA President

Jessica Courtway honored among St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30

  We are pleased to announce that Jessica Courtway will be honored among the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 class of 2018
  Courtway is a member of Greensfelder’s Construction industry group, representing clients in a variety of construction matters. She also has held a number of leadership positions in professional and community organizations, including as president of the Missouri Asian-American Bar Association and vice chair of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’ Young Lawyers Division. She was recently selected among the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law’s class of Diversity Fellows for 2018. She is a 2014 graduate of Washington University School of Law. 
We are very proud of Jessica and congratulate her for this amazing achievement!

Thank you for making our Annual Unity Dinner a great success!

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who helped make our Unity Dinner a great success.  A special thanks goes out to all of our sponsors.  We’ll see you next year!  

Judge Draper Receives 2018 Women of Achievement Award for Multicultural Awareness

  We are pleased to announce that the Honorable Judge Draper, a founding member of MAABA, has received the 2018 St. Louis Women of Achievement Award.  
  The St. Louis Women of Achievement Award is the oldest ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer efforts of women.  The honorees selected are women representing diverse cultures, roles, and accomplishments, all of whom have demonstrated commitment to the betterment of the St. Louis area through significant volunteer contributions. Nominees must have a record of achievement and leadership, outside of their professional responsibilities, that have enhanced the quality of life and addressed a pertinent need, problem, or issue.  
We are very proud of Judge Draper, and congratulate her on this momentous achievement!




   The current term of the office of United States Magistrate Judge Nannette A. Baker expires on February 2, 2019. The United States District Court is required to appoint a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new eight-year term.

   The duties of the magistrate judge include the following: (1) to conduct preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) to try misdemeanor cases; (3) to conduct various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the district judges (4) to try civil cases with the consent of the litigants; and (5) by reference, to handle social security cases and habeas corpus petitions.

   Comments from the Bar and the public on whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for the reappointment by the district court should be in writing and sent to:

Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel
c/o U.S. District Court
Attn: Lori Miller Young
111 South Tenth Street
Room 3.300
St. Louis, MO 63102

Comments must be received no later than June 4, 2018.

Rodney W. Sippel
Chief Judge
United States District Court
Eastern District of Missouri