NAPIPA held a panel discussion on ethics titled “Ethical Practices for Modern Day Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys” at the 24th Annual National Asian Pacific Bar Association (NAPABA) held on November 15th through November 18th, 2012 in Washington D.C. The panel included Justice Jacqueline Nguyen of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Maribeth Raffinan of the D.C. Superior Court, Daniel Chu, Esq., and Kin Ng of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. NAPIPA President Charles Huang served as the moderator. It was well attended with a capacity crowd of 70 people. Justice Nguyen, a former prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, is the first female Asian Pacific Islander to sit on any Court of Appeals in the federal court. Kin Ng, the New York Chapter President, is the highest ranking Asian Pacific Islander prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office in King County.
On September 6, 2012 NAPIPA, along with co-hosts the Bay Area Black Prosecutors Association (BABPA), had a resume and interview panel and workshop at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. The purpose of the event was to help law students and attorneys who are interested in becoming prosecutors learn about various prosecutors' offices and what those offices are looking for when they hire.
Fourteen deputy and supervising district attorneys from Sacramento, Solano, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties spent almost three hours mentoring approximately 50 law students and attorneys.
The first part of the evening was a panel discussion where D.A.s from each county talked about their offices and hiring practices. The second part of the evening, which was for members only, was spent in small groups with the D.A.s critiquing the law students and lawyers resumes, and talking about interviewing techniques.
The evening was a huge success as we gained many new members and made even more new friends!