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NITA Congratulates The 2014 NAPABA “BU40” Awardees

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Every year the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) selects a small group of attorneys to receive the Best Lawyers Under 40 Award (“BU40”). The BU40 Awards recognize talented individuals in the Asian Pacific American (APA) legal community under the age of 40 who have achieved prominence and distinction in their respective fields while demonstrating a strong commitment to the community at relatively early stages in their careers.

NITA congratulates the 21 “BU40″ for 2014. The 2014 class continues the BU40 legacy of excellence and leadership in both the legal and APA communities. Their accomplishments include: founding their own law firms, trying and winning major cases, representing Fortune 100 companies, combatting human trafficking, and advocating to protect the civil rights of APAs.

NITA, for NAPABA members, is presenting a session entitled “Convergence of Bias and Reason: How Not to Ignore Implicit Bias in the Courtroom” at the 2014 NAPABA Convention in Scottsdale (sign-up for the Friday, Novemer 7th 9:15 am session). We hope then to congratulate these 21 Awardees in person:

  • Angela F. Chan, Asian American Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
  • Jennifer Chang, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Samuel Go, Office of Immigration Litigation, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Chris Hope, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Teddy Kapur, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones
  • Miriam Kim, Munger, Tolles & Olson
  • Jannie Lau, InterDigital, Inc.
  • Rachel Lee, EMC Corporation
  • Adeel Mangi, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
  • Vasu Muthyala, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Erica Smith-Klocek, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Kalpana Srinivasan, Susman Godfrey
  • Ivy Suriyopas, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Erica J. Suter, Law Offices of Erica J. Suter, LLC
  • Quyen Ta, Keker & Van Nest LLP
  • Angelina Tsu, Zions Bancorporation
  • Krishna Veeraraghavan, Sullivan & Cromwell: Technology Finance and Mergers & Acquisition Group
  • Bryan Wong, Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson, P.C.
  • Michele Wong, Microsoft Corporation
  • Gregory Wu, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • Dawn Yamane Hewett, Arnold & Porter LLP

See you in Scottsdale November 7 for NAPABA!

About Karen M. Lockwood

Karen is the Executive Director at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Karen brings the insights and creativity rooted in serving corporate and business clients, first-chairing numerous jury and bench trials, and arguing appeals. Her specialty areas have included construction litigation, large disaster cases, multi-party commercial disputes involving all types of contracts, antitrust, trademark and copyright, and ADR.

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  • Develop and teach trial advocacy skills to support and promote the effective and fair administration of justice.
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