National Board

PRESIDENT
PAUL JHIN

Deputy District Attorney
Santa Clara County
70 West Hedding Street, West Wing
San Jose, CA 95110
Email: pjhin@da.sccgov.org

Paul Jhin is a co-founder of NAPIPA and previously served as the Northern California Chapter Vice-President ('10-'14) and Northern California President ('14-'16). He is on the gang unit at the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office. He previously worked at the Contra Costa and San Mateo District Attorneys' offices.  He received his BA from UC Berkeley and JD from the University of San Diego. Paul served as the former President of APALSA at University of San Diego.  In his spare time he lives vicariously through his kid's sports' leagues and is a karaoke rap champion (in his own mind).

EXTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT

FANNY YU

Deputy District Attorney

San Diego County District Attorney's Office

 

 

 

Fanny Yu has been a prosecutor for 17 years and is currently a Deputy District Attorney for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office in the Juvenile Division.  Ms. Yu is an expert in the areas of Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, Juvenile sex assault & DV laws, and WIC827 disclosure laws.  During her 15 years with the San Diego DA’s office Ms. Yu’s prior assignments included Sex Crimes & Human Trafficking, felony trial team in North County Division, and Superior Court handling preliminary hearings.  Ms. Yu is a trainer for CDAA and trains law enforcement agencies, Child Welfare Services, Dependency attorneys, victim advocacy groups, school district personnel, medical/health community on Human Trafficking and CSEC.  Ms. Yu is a member of the San Diego County Regional Human Trafficking and CSEC Advisory Council and the San Diego Police Foundation’s SafetyNet Advisory Council.  She received her JD in 2001 from Loyola Law School (Los Angeles) and her BA in 1998 from UCLA. 

INTERNAL VICE-PRESIDENT

AILEEN BHANDARI
Assistant State's Attorney
Cook County, Chicago, IL

Email: aileenbhandari@gmail.com

 

Aileen Bhandari is a second generation Indian and Filipino American and has prosecuted cases for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office in Chicago, Illinois for over 16 years.  As an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau Felony Trial Division, she has prosecuted a litany of felony cases including Murder, Attempt Murder, Sexual Assaults, and Financial Crimes.  She was elected to the Board of Directors as Treasurer and past Chair of the Judicial Evaluation Committee for the South Asian Bar Association.  Currently, she is President-Elect for the South Asian Bar Association and on the Board of Directors for the Filipino Lawyers Association of Chicago.  Ms. Bhandari is a member of the Asian American Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Ms. Bhandari also serves as a member of the Asian American Coalition of Chicago’s Lunar Celebration and Asian American Festival planning committees. Other activities include serving on the Asian American Advisory Council for former State Treasurers, Judy Barr Topinka and Alexis Giannoulias, as well as the Asian Advisory Council for the County State’s Attorney. Ms. Bhandari received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law where she was Student Bar Association President. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Loyola University Chicago. Ms. Bhandari is married with three children. 

TREASURER

ALEXANDER ADAMS

Deputy District Attorney

Santa Clara County

Alex Adams is a Deputy District Attorney with the Santa Clara County D.A.’s Office. Alex is a graduate of UCLA Law School, and he started working with Santa Clara County as a law-clerk after taking the bar exam in 2013. Now in his fifth year, he is currently assigned to the Major Narcotics Vendor Prosecution team, which investigates and prosecutes large-scale narcotics trafficking cases. While not at work, Alex coaches high-school mock trial and volunteers at an education-related non-profit.  

 

SECRETARY
SAMANTHA ROUTH

Managing Assistant District Attorney

Gwinnet County District Attorney's Office

 

 

Samantha graduated from High Point University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.  She then went on to attend Thomas M. Cooley School of law with the intention of practicing intellectual property law.  It was not until she was working as an intern in the Gwinnett DA’s office that she realized her passion for prosecution.  Samantha currently serves as a Managing Assistant District Attorney and has been with the Gwinnet DA’s office for over 10 years.  She is an effective prosecutor whose trial experience includes cases involving murder, armed robbery, sexual assaults, and elder abuse.  Along with her trial responsibilities, Samantha helps to educate police academy recruits from local agencies on current Georgia and federal law and courtroom testimonial demeanor.   She has participated in several presentations to middle and high school students ranging from the duties of a prosecutor to cyber bullying prevention.  She also currently serves as mentor to a bright and motivated 9th grader. 

NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER
KIN NG

Bureau Chief
Trial Bureau I – Red Zone
Brooklyn District Attorney's Office
350 Jay Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Email:  ngkin@brooklynda.org

 

Kin Ng has been an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office for over 27 years, starting in 1991.  From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Ng was a Senior Felony Trial Attorney in the Blue Zone Trial Bureau, where he tried felony level crimes ranging from Felony Assaults, Burglaries, Rapes, and Robberies to Felony Drug sales and Homicides. From 1998 to 1999, he was Deputy Bureau Chief of ECAB and Criminal Court.  From 1999 to 2007, he was eventually promoted to Bureau Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau, and prosecuted DV homicide cases.  From 2007 to 2014, Mr. Ng was Chief of Training, responsible for coordinating and conducting training for over 500 prosecutors office-wide.  During this period, he was a member of the Ethics Oversight Committee and the Chief Liaison to the Brooklyn Asian Community.  From 2014 to 2017, he was Chief of the Immigrant Fraud Unit, which prosecuted individuals/businesses that targeted and exploited immigrants.  Currently, he is the Bureau Chief of Trial Bureau I – Red Zone.  Externally, he is an active member of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and a founding member of its Prosecutors Committee.  Mr. Ng is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business and Boston University School of Law.

 

 

NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER
CHRISTINA KYE

Assistant State's Attorney

Cook County, Chicago, IL
Email: christina.kye@gmail.com

 

Christina is a second generation Korean American prosecuting misdemeanor and traffic cases in Skokie. She earned her bachelor's degree in Government with concentrations in Asian American Studies and International Relations from Cornell University before continuing to the University of Illinois for her law degree. Christina is an avid Diet Coke drinker who loves ice hockey and singing.

NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER

MIJI VELLAKKATEL
Deputy District Attorney
Los Angeles County

 

NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER

MELISSA OCAMPO

Deputy District Attorney 

San Diego District Attorney's Office

 

Melissa Ocampo is a Deputy District Attorney for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.  She is currently assigned to the North County Division where she handles felony trials.  Ms. Ocampo was born and raised in San Diego.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of CA, Irvine in 2008, and then returned to San Diego where she earned her JD from California Western School of Law in 2011.  Prior to working for the DA’s Office, Ms. Ocampo also law clerked for the offices of San Diego City Attorney, California Attorney General, and San Diego Alternate Public Defender.”

 

NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER

HAO Q. NGUYEN

Assistant Division Director

Ramsey County Attorney's Office

 

Hao Q. Nguyen, came to this country as a refugee from Vietnam at the age of nine. He grew up in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. Hao was raised alongside his two older brothers by a single mother. After graduating from high school he attend Saint Cloud State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Criminal Justice. Hao went on to become a police officer and sheriff’s deputy working in the patrol division. Having gained experience of the criminal justice system from firsthand experience as an officer, he sought to further his understanding of the criminal justice system beyond that of the patrol car. Hao went on to attend Hamline University School of Law and received his jurist doctorate in 2010. The first five years of his career he handled the prosecution of misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor crimes, as an assistant city attorney for the Saint Cloud, City Attorney’s Office. In 2014, Hao began his employment as an assistant county attorney, for the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, handling felony level violations from auto theft, criminal sexual conduct violations and murder. In 2019, Hao was promoted to Assistant Division Director of the Adult Trial’s Division. The recognition that prosecutors at their core are ministers of justice as opposed to solely utilizing the justice system to punish others has been at the forefront of Hao’s dedication to public service.  Hao teaches Constitutional Criminal Procedure as an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline law school. He is the chair of Asian Women United Minnesota (AWUM, a nonprofit that provides housing and care for women and children who experience domestic violence and homelessness). Hao is also the Chair of the MCAA (Minnesota County Attorney Association) Diversity Committee. 

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