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Pankit J. Doshi | President

At the 2017 NAPABA Convention, I asked each one of you to stand with me and to “give back” to our community, our profession, and our organization. I asked that we continue to lift each other up and fight for what we believe in to ensure we are true to our core values and beliefs. Now more than ever we need to stand strong as a community and make sure our voices are heard.

I am pleased to say that NAPABA did just that in condemning the Trump Administration’s cruel “zero tolerance” enforcement policy of referring all non-port-of-entry-border crossers for criminal prosecution. The practice of separating families at the border was cruel and inhumane and not something required by the law. We firmly believe that family separation should not be used as an immigration enforcement strategy and deterrent to migration. Detaining vulnerable children and separating them from their families is damaging to the well-being of the children, can create lasting trauma for families, and violates due process rights. I am proud that NAPABA stood with people around the country to urge the Administration to abandon this inhumane practice that was contrary to our values as Americans.

I am also proud of NAPABA’s new Voter Protection Program. Building on our successful and continuing efforts to encourage lawyers to engage in pro bono voter protection efforts, NAPABA is expanding its Voter Protection Program for 2018 to promote non-partisan voter registration and protection in the Asian Pacific American community. We have already had a record number of NAPABA affiliates giving back by participating in the program, and I ask that you assist in implementing non-partisan voter registration and protection programs in your local communities.

NAPABA members continued to give back by attending the most widely represented Lobby Day in history this past quarter. Over 120 NAPABA members registered for Lobby Day and visited 100 House and Senate Offices in Washington, DC, to discuss issues important to the legal profession and the Asian Pacific American community. Lobby Day focused on support for the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018 and the Chinese-American WWII Veterans Congressional Gold Medal bill, as well as funding for the Legal Service Corporation and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Lobby Day participants also had the unique opportunity to share NAPABA’s values on immigration and our work with judicial nominations.

I am also thrilled at our continued focus on professional development, including the launch of our new NAPABA inaugural Leadership Advancement Program. The program is designed to develop mid-career Asian Pacific American attorneys’ leadership skills to excel to the next level and to provide opportunities to build your relationships throughout the legal profession. This year, the program will be held in San Francisco, in partnership with the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, from Sept. 21-23. This program was designed in direct response to the shocking results of Justice Goodwin Liu's Portrait Project. I highly encourage you all to apply and spread the word, as this program will surely be a can't miss.

This past quarter continued to be a busy one for NAPABA. Last month, NAPABA co-hosted the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA) in conjunction with our partners at the American Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, National Bar Association, National LGBT Bar Association and National Native American Bar Association. The academy was filled with great programming highlighted by a keynote from noted civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, a former National Bar Association president. CBLA has consistently led to the development of a new bar leaders around the country, and in fact, many CBLA alumni now have leadership positions within NAPABA. I highly encourage you to spread the word to your fellow members and affiliate leaders around the country to participate next year.

Last month, NAPABA members converged in Uncasville, Connecticut, at the beautiful Mohegan Sun for our 2018 Northeast Regional Conference, including the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association (CAPABA) Gala. Thank you to CAPABA for hosting the Regional Conference and knocking it out of the park!

Do not forget to register for our final regional conference of the year – the 2018 Western Regional Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, from Aug. 16-17, hosted by the Asian Bar Association of Las Vegas (ABALV)! It will surely be a can’t miss event.

As you can see from below, our committees, networks, and affiliates around North America are very active! I hope you all build on our phenomenal momentum from this year and join us for our 30th year anniversary at our 2018 NAPABA Convention in Chicago taking place Nov. 8-11.

Finally, please join a committee or network if you haven’t already, and please also renew your NAPABA membership so that you continue to be a part of NAPABA’s rapidly growing membership and vote in our upcoming elections.

Warm regards,

Pankit J. Doshi