AOF Training in Political Campaigns

Dear NAPIPA members:

Want to join the fight and make a difference in politics?
Interested in working in campaigns? 
Are you thinking about running for office?
Working on a political campaign or running as a candidate can be challenging. This two day training led by experts in the field will educate participants on how to run a successful race in politics, whether as an operative or a 1st time candidate. We encourage AAPIs to increase their political participation and are working hard to ensure the best programming for the community! 

Tuition cost is $150 per person. This fee includes the cost of 2 days of training, participant training materials, and 4 meals (light breakfast and lunches for Saturday and Sunday). 

Skills offered:
- Target voters
- Recruit volunteers
- Analyze data
- Fundraise and budget
- Develop strong messages
- Work with press
- Get out the Vote

AOF has trainings scheduled in the following cities:

Los Angeles (July 8-9)
San Francisco Bay area (July 22-23)
Chicago (August 12-13)
Are you interested in applying for a California training but need financial assistance? Then apply for a CAPA21 subsidy.

We're also scheduling training dates for the following cities/states:
New York City
Houston
Seattle
New Jersey
Chicago
Las Vegas
If you wish to apply for any of the announced cities, please register here. Questions? Ask us at events@ americasopportunityfund.com.

Congratulations to NAPIPA Member Dana Veazey on Her Outstanding Work on the Sierra Lamar Jury Trial!

NAPIPA would like to congratulate Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney, and NAPIPA member, Dana Veazey on her tireless work and for helping to get justice for Sierra Lamar.  We're proud of you, Dana!

 

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/09/sierra-lamar-2/

Congratulations to Nor Cal President Johnny Gogo: APA Heritage Month Honoree!

If you have access to NBC Bay Area, set your DVRs to Sunday, May 7 at 5:30 a.m. to see Johnny Gogo and the other honorees!  Congratulations Johnny!

Justice Liu's Study Re: APIs in the Legal Field

California Supreme Court Justice, and Honorary NAPIPA Member, Goodwin Liu recently performed a study of APIs in the legal system with the help of law students from Yale University.  

 

The study showed that few APIs hold leadership positions in the legal field:

  • [Only] (t)hree of the 94 U.S. attorneys and four of the country's nearly 2,500 elected state prosecutors were Asian American.
  • There were 26 active Asian-American judges among more than 850 federal judicial positions. Two percent of almost 10,300 state trial and appellate court judges who were surveyed were Asian-American.
  • Asian Americans were the largest minority group at major law firms but had the highest attrition rates and lowest ratio of partners to associates among all racial groups.

 

The article also quotes NAPIPA co-founder Charles Huang.  

"Now we understand what's happening," said Charles Huang, a California prosecutor who co-founded the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association. "We don't know what's causing it, but we know what the empirical results are."

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/few-asian-americans-hold-top-legal-jobs-new-study-says-n707466

Congratulations to Newly Elected NAPIPA National Board Officers!

National President - Paul Jhin

National Vice President - Kin Ng

National Internal Vice President - Kennes Ma

National External Vice President - Johnny Gogo

National Treasurer - Fanny Yu

National Secretary - Patrick Tran

Congratulations to Newly Elected NAPIPA Regional Board Officers!

NorCal Chapter
President - Johnny Gogo
VP - Thien Vu Ho
Treasurer - Wade Chow
Secretary - Nick Honda

 

SoCal Chapter
President - Kennes Ma
Co-VP - Esther Kim
Co-VP - Hyunah Suh
Treasurer - Tony Cho
Secretary - Miji Villakatel

 

San Diego Chapter
President - Fanny Yu
Co-VP - Eric Tran
Co-VP - Roy Lai
Treasurer - Brandon Kimura
Secretary - Melissa O'Campo

 

NY Chapter

President - Kin Ng
VP - James Lin
Treasurer - Helen Ahn
Secretary - Monica Huang

 

Chicago
President - Patrick Tran
VP - Christina Kye
Treasurer - Radhika Lohia
Secretary - Prava Palacharla

 

At-Large National Board Member
Paul Jhin

NAPIPA Congratulates SD Members on their Promotions!

NAPIPA would like to congratulate the following SD NAPIPA members on their promotions to Deputy District Attorney IV:

 

Roy Lai

Linh Lam

Leonard Trinh

Natalie Villaflor

NAPIPA Congratulates NAPIPA National Treasurer Johnny Gogo on Being Awarded "Warrior of the Year"

NAPIPA Congratulates NAPIPA member Andrew Kim on his Appointment to the Bench!

NAPIPA congratulates NAPIPA member Andrew Kim on his appointment to the Superior Court by Governor Jerry Brown!

 

Kim has served as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney since 1999.  He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Santa Clara University School of Law.  He was working in the elite unit Crimes Against Police Officer’s Section (CAPOS) at the time of his appointment. 

Congratulations to NAPIPA Member Joanna Lee for Winning the Webb Award!

Congratulations to NAPIPA member Joanna Lee on becoming the first Asian female DDA to win the Webb Award in Santa Clara County.  The Webb Award is given out to the outstanding misdemeanor trial attorney of the year.  She tried nine jury trials and won difficult cases including a DUI refusal from 2009.  DDA Lee is currently on the misdemeanor family violence trial team.  

Congratulations to NY NAPIPA Board Member Donald Leo on his Judicial Appointment!

Judge Donald Leo was appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to the Criminal Court bench in December 2015.  Judge Leo is a graduate of New York University and Brooklyn Law School. Judge Leo joined the bench after thirteen years of service as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County and seven years as Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Offender Management Bureau for the New York State Attorney General’s Office. His appointment was effective December 29, 2015.
A lifelong New Yorker and first generation son of Chinese immigrants, Judge Leo is fluent in Cantonese and witnessed firsthand the Chinatown community’s aversion to cooperating with law enforcement and their distrust of the legal system. He has spent many of his years as a public servant fostering public trust and bridging the two worlds of New York’s Chinatown and New York’s criminal justice system by bringing justice to those who often feel that there is none.

Congratulations to SD NAPIPA Members for their Promotions in the SD DA's Office!

NAPIPA would like to congratulate the following members for their promotions in the San Diego District Attorney's office to Deputy District Attorney III:

 

Melissa Ocampo

Joseph J. Whang

Justine Santiago

Vanessa Gerard-Buonomo

Congratulations to NAPIPA SD Board Member Mark Cumba on Winning the Attorney General Award for Prosecution!

On September 10, 2015, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris awarded NAPIPA San Diego Chapter Board Member Mark T. Cumba the Attorney General Award for Prosecution.  Each year, Attorney General Harris awards Deputy Attorney Generals, Special Agents and other staff of the Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General with awards recognizing achievements from the previous year.  Mr. Cumba is assigned to the Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud & Elder Abuse where he investigates and prosecutes companies and individuals for illegally abusing the Medicare/Medi-Cal programs as well as residential care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, caretakers and other individuals for abusing or neglecting California's elderly and dependent adult citizens.  Mr. Cumba was recognized for criminal prosecutions against three defendants resulting in homicide convictions, as well as civil prosecutions resulting in permanent injunctions and final judgments against various nursing facilities compelling better care for elderly and disabled residents.

Watch NAPIPA Co-Founders Paul Jhin and Charles Huang on NBC!

On August 4, 2015 NAPIPA President Paul Jhin and co-founder Charles Huang appeared on NBC program "Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa" to discuss NAPIPA and domestic violence within the API community.

 

Please click on the links below to see the two segments.

 

Segment 1 with Paul Jhin and Charles Huang:

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/video/#!/on-air/community/The-National-Asian-Pacific-Islander-Prosecutors-Association-on-Asian-Pacific-America/320660022

 

Segment 2 with Paul Jhin and Milpitas Police Officer Tara James:

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/video/#!/on-air/community/Officer-Tara-James-on-Asian-Pacific-America/320656702

 

NAPIPA would like to thank NBC Bay Area, Lance Lew, and Robert Handa for having us on!

Congratulations to NAPIPA Member and 2015 Prosecutor of the Year Julian Recana on his Judicial Appointment!

Julian Recana (right) being presented with the NAPIPA Prosecutor of the Year Award by Santa Cruz District Attorney Jeffrey Rosell

Congratulations to NAPIPA member and 2015 Prosecutor of the Year Julian Recana on his appointment to the Los Angeles Superior Court by Governor Jerry Brown on July 16, 2015.  Recana, 45, of Signal Hill, has served as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 1999. He was a contract attorney at Early, Maslach, Price and Baukol in 1999.  Recana earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.  Recana has tried over 70 jury trials including murder, domestic violence, sex crimes, and gang related offenses.  In 2014 Recana was honored with the Association of Deputy District Attorneys Prosecutor of the Month Award for his successful work in a robbery-homicide trial and also received the California Journal for Filipino Americans Community Leadership Award.  He fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on July 1, 2014.  

NAPIPA Welcomes Our Fifth Chapter: San Diego!

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming our fifth chapter in San Diego, CA!

 

President Beth Carino (Deputy Attorney General)

Vice President Parag Agrawal (Deputy Attorney General)

Treasurer Brandon Kimura (Assistant US Attorney)

Secretary Nick Honda (Deputy District Attorney)

Board Members: Mark Cumba, Melissa Ocampo, Arlene Sevidal, Jon Tangonan, Stacy Tyler, Fanny Yu

Congratulations to SoCal NAPIPA Members for Your Promotions!

Congratulations to the following members of the SoCal Chapter of NAPIPA who were recently promoted in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office:

 

Grade IV

Duke Chau

Andrew Kim

Kennes Ma

Julian Recana

Catherine Chon

 

Grade III

John Chang

Jackie Mac

Robert Song

 

Thank you for your exceptional work and dedication to the NAPIPA mission!

NAPIPA Welcomes New Member, Ramsey County Attorney John J. Choi

NAPIPA would like to give a warm welcome to our newest member - Ramsey County Attorney John J. Choi (St. Paul, Minnesota).  On January 6, 2015, John was sworn in for his second term as the Chief Prosecutor for Ramsey County.  NAPIPA is extremely proud to have John join the organization.  Please read this nice article about John and his second term from the Saint Paul Pioneer Press:

NAPIPA Article in CDAA's Prosecutor's Brief: Diversity in the Prosecutor's Office

Congratulations to NAPIPA members Edward Liang, Sandip Patel, and Hanley Chew for their article in CDAA's Prosecutor's Brief re: NAPIPA and Diversity in the Prosecutor's Office!  For the full article please see Prosecutor's Brief Vol. 37, No. 1 (Fall 2014).

NAPIPA Is Proud to Announce We Are Now a National Associate of NAPABA!

We are very proud to announce that we are now a National Associate of NAPABA!

 

http://www.napaba.org/?page=NationalAssoicates

 

NAPABA is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students.  It represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 66 state and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. 
 
Their mission statement closely follows ours.  They are the national voice for the API legal profession, they seek to promote justice, equity and opportunity for APIs, and they foster professional development, legal scholarship, advocacy, and community involvement.
 
NAPIPA remains a fully autonomous organization, and our goals and mission statement remain the same.  
 
Membership in NAPIPA includes membership in NAPABA for no additional fee.
 
We look forward to working with NAPABA in furthering our mutual interests in the promotion of justice and API attorneys.  

Congratulations to AUSA & NAPIPA Board Member Pamela Chen on Her Confirmation as US Federal District Court Judge!

March 6, 2013 – The National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association (“NAPIPA”) applauds the confirmation of Pamela K. Chen (NAPIPA New York Chapter Board Member) to serve as a federal district court judge in the Eastern District of New York. On March 4, 2013, the United States Senate confirmed Pamela Chen to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. “We are so proud of her,” said Kin Ng, National Board Member of NAPIPA. “Intelligent, fair, and honest, there is no one who epitomizes the ideals of true justice for all and who is more respected in the criminal justice arena than her.” Ms. Chen is a board member of NAPIPA’s Regional Chapter in New York. “NAPIPA is delighted to learn that one of our own, Pamela Chen, has been confirmed to serve on the federal bench of the Eastern District of New York,” said Charlie Huang, President NAPIPA. “Ms. Chen is the first Chinese-American female Article III judge outside of California and the second-ever Chinese-American female federal judge in U.S. history. NAPIPA applauds President Obama for his continued commitment to diversity within the Federal Judiciary.” 

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