On Monday, December 5, 2011, the Prosecutors Committee of The Asian American Bar Association of New York and the National Asian Pacific Islander American Prosecutors’ Association had their kickoff and membership drive event. Well over 60 people showed up, including current members of the Prosecutors committee, alumni of N.Y.C. prosecutors of Asian descent, current and just graduated Asian American law students aspiring to be prosecutors, and members of AABANY. The event was fittingly held at Manchester Pub at 920 Second Ave in Manhattan, a hopping and cozy location with delicious appetizers and fabulous drinks that didn’t break the bank. It was a lively event, where past present and future met. Current and former prosecutors from the five boroughs and the Attorney General’s office reconnected and made new friendships and were introduced to the many young and aspiring prosecutors taking time off from finals to unwind. The night was also a benefit event for the New York Asian Woman’s Center, a non-profit advocacy organization for victims of domestic violence. There were bags and bags of donations such as foods and toiletries collected. The energy was palpable throughout the night, and served as a terrific springboard for NAPIPA and NY Prosecutors Committee inaugural event.
On November 10, 2011 the Northern California Chapter held it's kick off event at the Marriott in Burlingame, CA. The event started at 5:30 pm and most people stayed past 8:30 pm. Over 110 people attended to support us at our inaugural event, including several elected officials and dignitaries. Prosecutors from all over Northern California and law students from as far as UC Davs attended.
Northern California Vice-President Paul Jhin MC'd the event. National NAPIPA President Charles Huang spoke to the crowd regarding the importance of our organization. California Assemblyman Paul Fong congratulated our organization and wished us continued success. Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen gave the keynote speech and spoke about the importance of our organization.
We were thrilled with the overwhelming attendance and support that was shown.
Thanks to everyone who attended. Special thanks to Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen, San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, and Assemblyman Paul Fong for making our event unforgettable.
On September 22, 2011 the Chicago chapter of NAPIPA rolled out their very first event introducing the organization and generating membership and support. The event was held at Plush Lounge in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, and was well attended by prosecutors from multiple government agencies, as well as members of the bench, who gathered to celebrate the launch of NAPIPA. Former Chapter President Mark Javier addressed the more than a dozen attendees, promoting the benefits of the association and urging them to join as members and contribute to the progress and effort of building a strong NAPIPA.