On October 10, 2013, APALSA of UC-Hastings Law hosted a lunch panel of prosecutors from the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutor’s Association (NAPIPA) comprised of Assistant District Attorney Johnny Gogo from the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorneys Nancy Tung and Jennifer Kishimizu from the San Francisco County District Attorney’s Office and Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Huang from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rodney Villazor was the moderator. For about an hour, the panelists spoke of their respective career paths, detailed their commitment to public service, shared some of their toughest professional challenges and extended advice and encouragement to the packed lecture room of approximately 75 law students.
Special thanks to UC-Hastings law students Yanni Lin and Foram Dave for organizing and hosting the event.
On September 18, 2013, NAPIPA sponsored a Minority Outreach Workshop at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. NAPIPA was able to organize a coalition of minority bar associations from the Sacramento region – the LaRaza Bar Association of Sacramento, the Wiley Manuel Bar Association and the Asian Bar Association of Sacramento.
A panel of prominent prosecutors from the local, state and federal level were assembled, including prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s, Attorney General’s Office, and the Sacramento County, Yolo County and El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office. Additionally, a panel of 4 preeminent judicial officers sat on another panel, including Justice William Murray and Elena Duarte from the 3rd District Court of Appeals and Judge Russell Hom and Judge David De Alba from the Sacramento Superior Court.
The outreach program consisted of two separate portions: (1) a panel of discussion of life as a prosecutor with descriptions on the essential nature of being a prosecutor; (2) then there was a second portion attended only by prosecutors, who discussed the hiring policies of each office.
Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Thienvu Ho moderated the event.
On May 2, 2013 NAPIPA held an Elder Fraud Awareness Seminar at the Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) building. Deputy District Attorney Janet Berry and San Francisco Police Department Lieutenant Arthur Stellini spoke through Lushi Zhang, who acted as a Mandarin translator, to approximately 35 Chinese American senior citizens about how to prevent becoming victims of fraud. The speakers provided pamphlets written in Chinese regarding fraud prevention and showed the attendees a video on how Chinese seniors in San Francisco have recently been defrauded of millions of dollars.
Special thanks to Janet Berry, Arthur Stellini, Pinki Fung and Miranda Chan from AACI for making this event possible!
On April 18, 2013, NAPIPA sponsored a discussion at Stanford Law School about careers in criminal prosecution that involved prosecutors from the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. SCC Deputy D.A. Kittie Pozos, Assistant U.S. Attorney Hanley Chew and San Mateo Deputy D.A. Deshawn Madha met with Stanford law students and discussed their respective offices and careers.
On April 4, 2013, NAPIPA put on a prosecutor panel discussion at the Santa Clara University School of Law in association with the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), the Criminal Law Society and the Vietnamese American Law Students (VALS). Panel speakers were Assistant U.S. Attorney Hanley Chew, Palo Alto City Attorney Grant Kolling, Santa Cruz County Assistant District Attorney Abel Hung and Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Kalila Spain Patty. Johnny Gogo served as moderator for the event. Special thanks to APALSA Presidents Isabella Shin and Wei Lu, Vice Presidents Michelle Liang, Aaron Yu and Michelle Ton, and Criminal Law Society's Sarah Scott.