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Thy B. Bui

 Thy B. Bui

 Candidate for Vice-President for Programs and  Operations

 

 

  

  


Personal Statement

After serving as an At-Large Board Member for the last two years, and as a cochair of the Young Lawyers Network for the last year, I hope to continue serving NAPABA’s membership as Vice President for Programs and Operations and would love to earn your vote. 

During my time serving on the Board of Governors, I’ve met so many eager and enthusiastic NAPABA members that want do something—indeed, anything—to help NAPABA continue to evolve as an organization and support the needs of its membership. Yet they often feel that their opportunities to do so meaningfully are limited, since the NAPABA Convention only happens once a year. 

As Vice President for Programs and Operations, I hope to change the perception that NAPABA is only its Convention. Many NAPABA members are not fully aware that NAPABA engages in very robust year-round programming, including Lobby Day and several regional conventions. In addition, it will be my personal goal to ensure that every NAPABA Affiliate becomes fully informed of the support that NAPABA is able to provide them, which includes eligibility to apply for the Affiliate Grant Program and access to NAPABA’s speaker database. 

One of NAPABA’s greatest challenges is to determine how to best serve the changing needs of its constituency. Just as the legal profession (and the world) has evolved since NAPABA was formed twenty-eight years ago, so too should NAPABA’s programming. NAPABA is so much more than a once-a-year gathering and its programming has great potential to reflect that more effectively. 

I strongly believe that change starts at home. In the context of NAPABA, this means its Affiliates. I hope to explore different options for NAPABA’s programming that may better suit its membership. To do so, I think a task force should be convened to conduct in-depth surveys and focus groups about what NAPABA’s Affiliates want to see in its programming, and what sort of programming best serves their members. For instance, should Lobby Day be repackaged as a mid-year meeting with a lobbying focus? Does the current regional conference structure make sense for all of NAPABA’s regions, considering their great variation in geographical spread versus population? How can NAPABA keep its membership engaged year-round in other ways? 

Also, how do we improve the programming that already takes place at our annual Convention, and how would our programming best serve our members at every stage in their careers? The National LGBT Bar Association, for instance, has an amazing career fair with over 170 recruiters representing law firms, government agencies, and non-profit agencies. Implementing this for our own Convention might serve as a boon for NAPABA’s pipeline. Also, our members in private practice, for example, might love to see increased opportunities to network on a more personal level with our in house members. Internally, how do we help our committees and affinity networks become more visible and make the most of their programming at the Convention and beyond? 

Because I think genuine qualifications extend beyond a laundry list of professional achievements and honors, I am not going to include them here. Instead, I am going to tell you about my personal qualities that such a list cannot convey. I am passionate. I am resourceful. I am not afraid to take risks. Nor am I afraid to fail and simply try something different. I want to be helpful. Not for my own satisfaction, but because I feel so strongly about serving this wonderful, inclusive community we have built. 

In addition to these qualities, I have leadership experience with a NAPABA Affiliate and organizations that extend beyond the APA bar. I’ve served for four years as a Director of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association and will elevate to President in 2017. I previously served as Chair of the Orange County Coalition for Diversity in Law for two years, and have served as a Director for the past two years for the Planned Parenthood Community Action Fund of Orange and San Bernardino Counties. 

As lawyers, we have not chosen an easy path. This is why this organization is so important. From NAPABA’s sophisticated policy work to the very simple act of providing a forum to forge enduring friendships, NAPABA offers support and a sense of community for APA lawyers that is so needed in this profession. I’d like to continue serving this great organization and its membership, and hope that you’ll give me the opportunity to do so as your Vice President for Programs and Operations.


Candidate Bio

Thy B. Bui is an Associate with LTL Attorneys LLP in Los Angeles, CA. She represents employers and other entities in state and federal court. She has experience defending employment and complex business disputes, class actions, and fraud and unfair competition claims. 

Thy currently serves a NAPABA At-Large Board Member and as a Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Network. She was a member of the 2014 class of the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy, and has previously served as moderator and program chair for two panel programs presented at the NAPABA Convention, both on politics—the government kind and the office kind. She also served on the planning committee for the 2012 Western Regional Conference. 

Locally, she serves as President-Elect of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association and as a Director for the Planned Parenthood Community Action Fund of Orange and San Bernardino Counties. She also serves as a volunteer attorney for Public Counsel, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and the Public Law Center; and as an attorney supervisor for the UCI Law School’s domestic violence declarations clinic.

Thy graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Riverside in 2004. Concurrent with her J.D. from University of Southern California Law School, Thy also earned a LL.M., with merit honors, in international business law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was awarded both degrees in 2007.

Thy reads and writes fluently in Spanish and speaks conversational Vietnamese.


Endorsements

Name Company*  
Catherine Lee    Kelley Drye & Warren LLP             
John Laney Stoel Rives, LLP  
Vidhya Ragunathan Inner City Law Center  
Debbie Crockett Cheffy Passidomo, P.A.  
Denise Crawford Orange County Public Defender  
Judy Lam Kumagai Law Group  

*All work or organizational affiliations disclosed are for identification and disclosures purposes only, and do not constitute endorsements by those institutions.