Law Students: Apply for 2020 NAPIPA Scholarships Here!

Although our 2nd Annual Conference and 7th Annual Scholarship Banquet in San Diego had to be postponed due to COVID19, we are still proud to provide 2020 NAPIPA Scholarships!


Each chapter (New York, Chicago, Nor Cal, So Cal, and San Diego) has formed scholarship committees to select one NAPIPA student member per chapter to receive a $500 scholarship and a Kaplan Bar Prep Course. (BIG THANK YOU TO KAPLAN!)


All application materials must be completed and received by 6:00 p.m. PDT on August 31, 2020. Please e-mail all applications and any questions to



Please see application below for more information.

2020 NAPIPA Scholarship Application
2020 Scholarship Application.docx
Microsoft Word document [49.3 KB]

NAPIPA Stands in Solidarity with the Black Community

Congratulations to NAPIPA Member Patrick Bumatay on His Confirmation to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit!

Congratulations to So Cal President Esther Kim & Nor Cal President Johnny Gogo on their Appointments to the California Superior Court!

So Cal President Esther Kim

Nor Cal President Johnny Gogo

Watch National President Paul Jhin on NBC Bay Area's Asian Pacific America w/ Robert Handa Discuss NAPIPA & Violence Against APIs!

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THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING OUR                                    FIRST CONFERENCE &                                                      6th ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET!

What an amazing day! Three tremendous MCLE panels (highlighted by three California Supreme Court Justices in their first ever panel together), NAPIPA members from all five chapters came together for the first time, and the evening was capped with a wonderful banquet shared by 210 of our closest friends!

Mission Statement

The National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association (NAPIPA) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting justice and to advancing the interests of prosecutors of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) heritage. The Association serves to organize the efforts of API prosecutors for the collective benefit of the American criminal justice system and of the legal profession. To that end, we advocate for fairness, equality and justice for victims of crime, for the criminally accused, for those working within the criminal justice system, and for the community at large.


  • To develop an information network relevant to the needs of API law enforcement personnel
  • To seek out, encourage and support API  law students and attorneys interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement
  • To provide training, both academic and practical, concerning a wide variety of law enforcement-related topics of interest
  • To educate the API community regarding the criminal justice system and provide a forum for communicating the community's needs and concerns
  • To promote, strengthen and support the roles of API in all aspects of law enforcement


In 2010, a group of local, state, and federal Asian Pacific Islander (API) prosecutors from the San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley Area met for dinner. We discussed our common experiences, triumphs, and struggles. It was apparent that we all shared a deep passion for our profession and the pursuit of justice. We also discussed the importance of our shared heritage and belief in contributing to our respective communities.

To more fully realize this ideal, we discussed establishing a professional organization of API prosecutors that would: (1) assist API prosecutors through training, mentorship, and positive encouragement and support; (2) provide opportunities for API prosecutors to meet and discuss issues of shared significance; and (3) provide outreach and education to our communities about the criminal justice system and the vital role that prosecutors play in that system.

California API prosecutors reached out to our brethren across the country. We found that a group with similar ideals and goals already existed in New York. Since then, a group of prosecutors from across the country have devoted considerable time, energy, and creativity to found the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association (NAPIPA), a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization dedicated to benefiting all current and future API prosecutors, and their communities.

We hope that you will join us in our goal to become the best prosecutors we can be in order to best serve our communities and the justice system.

Best wishes,

Charles Huang
Co-founder and President ('10-'14) of NAPIPA



NAPIPA currently consists of five Regional Chapters: Northern CaliforniaSouthern CaliforniaChicagoNew York, and San Diego. The Regional Chapters exist in order to better serve their respective local API communities. Each Regional Chapter has its own President and these Regional Chapter Presidents form the National Executive Board.

Of course, members are welcome from anywhere in the United States.

If a member would like to form a Regional Chapter from his or her area, he or she may petition the National Executive Board once he or she obtains thirty (30) voting members in his or her region.


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