FALA New York at NAPABA 2015 (New Orleans)

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”) held its annual convention in New Orleans from November 5-8, 2015. According to NAPABA, “the event was attended by approximately 1,600 Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law students, legal scholars, and elected officials from around the country.” (See http://www.napaba.org/?page=2015_Convention)

FALA New York is proud to have participated in this year’s convention. Some of our more notable contributions include:

*Rio Guerrero, Partner at Guerrero Yee LLP and FALA NY President, spoke on a panel titled, “Rising Waters: Practical Tips on Making it Rain.”

*David Lat, Managing Editor of “Above the Law” and member of FALA New York, spoke on a panel titled, “Sorry, I thought You Were The Interpreter–When It’s The Lawyers Who Are Being Profiled.”

*Glen Magpantay, Glenn Magpantay, National Queer Pacific Islander Alliance, (NQAPIA) Executive Director and FALA NY member, moderated a panel titled, “Justice for All: LGBT Civil Rights and the API Community.”

*Connie Montoya, Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, FALA NY Board Member and Programming Committee Co-Chair, and Michael Yap, Chief Legal Officer, International Investments at Prudential and FALA NY member, participated in the AABANY reenactment of “The Vietnamese Fishermen v. The Klu Klux Klan,” headed by the Honorable Denny Chin of the Second Circuit and Kathy Chin, partner at Cadwalader, Wikersham & Taft LLP.

*Connie Montoya pulled a double duty and also moderated a panel on “The Bamboo Closet: To Stay In Or Not?” (To read more on the panel, visit: http://abovethelaw.com/2015/11/the-bamboo-closet-to-stay-in-or-not/?rf=1)

*Michael Yap also pulled double duty and moderated a panel titled, “Secret Handshakes: Practical Leadership & Professional Development Skills for APAs.”

*Vincent Roldan, Partner and Bankruptcy & Restructuring Group Co-Chair at Ballon Stoll Bader & Nadler, P.C., and FALA NY Membership Secretary, spoke on “Lessons from Detroit: Advising Municipalities in Distress.”

*Rose Cuison Villazor, Professor of Law at University of California School of Law, visiting Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School, and wife of FALA New York Director Rodney Villazor, spoke at a session titled, “The Immigration & Nationality Act at 50 Years: Immigration & Racial Justice.”

*Rodney Villazor, Partner at DLA Piper and FALA New York Director, along with Ryan Poscablo, a partner at Schiff Hardin, both former federal prosecutors, spoke on a panel about how to obtain a job in government service, and how to transition from a job in government service. (For more information, check out: http://abovethelaw.com/2015/11/8-tips-for-getting-into-and-out-of-a-job-as-a-federal-government-lawyer/)
We are very proud of our officers and members. Keep up the good work!

Here are some photos from the conference: