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VOLUME 51, NO. 3
DAVID H. BENTON
ANN MARIE CHISCHILLY
HON. RANDALL M. HO WE
KARA L. KLIMA
J. SON YE T TA LAWRENCE
HON. WEND Y S. MORTON
JAMES B. PENNY
EMILY K. POKORA
MARK D. SAMSON
LACEY STOVER GARD
AN THON Y TSONTAKIS
MICHAEL F. VALENZUELA
Come November, Arizona will
once again be in the national spotlight—for a great
That is when the state’s legal profession again plays
host to the annual convention of NAPABA—the
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
From November 6 to 9, more than 1,500 attorneys
and other legal professionals will converge on
Scottsdale for the aptly named Convergence confer-
ence. (The event was last held in Arizona in 2001:
Among the collaborating groups that will be represented are the
National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
(NAPALSA), who will host a student educational conference. The
event will also include, for the fifth year, a National Asian Pacific
American Pre-Law Conference,
aimed to assist prospective law students.
Why attend, or even take notice? A
primary reason may lie in the organization’s selection of keynote speaker,
for they have found someone who not
only knows how to convey news, but
who makes history as well. Jose
Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (for his coverage of
the 2008 Virginia Tech shootings).
But he also is the founder of Define
American, a non-profit organization
that seeks to create dialogue about
how we determine who is an American. That followed on the heels
of his 2011 disclosure that he is an undocumented immigrant,
and that he seeks passage of the DREAM Act.
In the years since revealing his status, Vargas has become a very
public advocate for undocumented immigrants. And here in the
state that birthed SB1070 and its ensuing debates, well, Vargas’
appearance is bound to create a compelling and relevant dialogue.
Here are more reasons to take a close look at the conference:
• Arizona’s own George Chen is the current NAPABA
President-Elect. This exceptionally talented (and nice!) part-
ner of Bryan Cave LLP represents the state’s legal profession
nationwide. Knowing he’s a Convention Co-Chair gives me
confidence the event will be remarkable. And George is
joined by a who’s who of Arizona Asian American attorneys
as hosts and organizers.
• A respected legal organization, the Arizona Asian American
Bar Association, is the local host.
• NAPABA is donating money and volunteer hours to assist
Phoenix-based “Packages from Home.” Attendees will
assemble 300 care boxes of comfort foods for military men
and women stationed overseas.
More detail about the Convention is here:
I expect to attend and cover some of the NAPABA sessions.
And I hope to see you there. AZ AT
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