10.19.19: 1st NAPIPA Conference featuring the 6th Annual Scholarship Banquet

On Saturday, October 19, 2019 the only place in the world to be was the Crowne Plaza Foster City!

 

We held out First NAPIPA Conference which featured three MCLE panels, job interviews with various prosecution offices across the country, and the evening finished with our 6th Annual Scholarship Banquet.

 

Our panels were co-sponsored by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA). Thank you to both organizations!

Panel #1: Crazy Good Asian Prosecutors

Our first panel, "Crazy Good Asian Prosecutors," started at 1 pm and was geared towards law students and non-prosecutor lawyers, and explaining how much we love our jobs and how important diversity in prosecutors' offices is.

 

Thank you to our panelists who came from all over the country:

- David Chiang (Queens County DA’s Office—NY)
- Wade Chow (San Francisco DA’s Office)
- Genevieve Galman (Contra Costa County DA’s Office)
- David Grapilon (San Diego County DA’s Office)
- James Lin (Kings County DA’s Office—NY)
- Anshuman Vaidya (Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office—Chicago, IL)
- Michael Yun (Los Angeles County DA’s Office)
- Moderated by San Diego Chapter President Fanny Yu (San Diego County DA’s Office)

Panel #2: Fireside Chat w/ Appointments Secretary Justice Jenkins

Our second panel, "A Fireside Chat with the Appointments Secretary," was a discussion between California Appointments Secretary Martin Jenkins and NAPIPA National President Paul Jhin. The two discussed the importance of diversity on the bench, how NAPIPA members could better prepare to seek appointment, and whether the 49ers will win the Superbowl.

 

Thank you, Justice Jenkins!

 

Law Student Interviews

During the second panel, the following offices "tabled" in the banquet hall and conducted interviews:

 

1. California
   a. Alameda DA: informational interviews
   b. Los Angeles DA: informational interviews
   c. Placer DA: informational interviews
   d. Sacramento DA: informational interviews
   e. San Diego City Attorney, DA, and DOJ: informational

       interviews
   f. San Francisco DA: if positions remain available on 10/19,

      attorney (for barred attorneys) and intern interviews

   g. San Mateo DA: informational interviews

   h. Santa Clara DA: unpaid intern and informational interviews
   i. Santa Cruz DA: informational interviews
2. Illinois
   a. Cook County States Attorney: attorney and informational

       interviews

3. New York
   a. Brooklyn DA: attorney and intern interviews
   b. Queens DA: attorney and intern interviews

 

Thank you to all the NAPIPA members who took the time to speak with law students!

Panel #3: An Afternoon with the Supremes

The final panel, "An Afternoon with the Supremes," was so highly anticipated it was standing room only before California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Justice Ming Chin, and Justice Goodwin Liu even arrived. So Cal Chapter President Esther Kim moderated the panel, which was the first time that the three API California Supreme Court Justices had ever done a panel together. It was amazing to hear the Justices share their knowledge and stories.

 

Thank you, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, Justice Chin, and Justice Liu!

After a cocktail hour where attendees spent time meeting each other, getting photo booth pictures, and checking out the silent auction items, the doors to the grand ballroom opened for the 6th Annual Scholarship Banquet, entitled "Empowering the Community Through Representation & Inclusion"!

 

- Emcee Janelle Wang (Anchor, NBC Bay Area) charmed the audience with her wit and personality.

 

- National President Paul Jhin cracked up the crowd of 210 with a humorous PowerPoint speech dealing with API representation in the legal profession and Hollywood.

 

- Alameda District Attorney & CDAA President Nancy O'Malley was scheduled to speak but wasn't feeling well so Nor Cal Board member & Alameda DDA Nancy Tung ably pinch hit for her.

 

- NAPIPA Foundation CEO Charles Huang introduced keynote speaker Tim Kawakami (Editor in chief, The Athletic SF) who wowed the room with stories about being an API sports journalist, his thoughts on the NBA and China, and whether he believed Colin Kaepernick was blackballed from the NFL.

 

- NAPIPA Nor Cal President Johnny Gogo presented his good friend, newly promoted Chief Assistant District Attorney Jeff Mangar the NAPIPA Prosecutor of the Year Award

 

- NAPIPA member and Santa Clara DDA Alaleh Kianerci, the prosecutor in the Brock Turner rape trial, talked about the case and the diversity of the team that helped convict Mr. Turner. She then introduced a video of author Chanel Miller, who was honored with the NAPIPA Courage Award. (Her video acceptance is posted below in 3 parts.)

 

- Chicago Chapter President Christina Kye gave NAPIPA Scholarships for Justice awards of $1500 each plus KAPLAN bar review courses worth $2000 each to: Vincent Choi, Stephanie Dong, and Olivia Zhu. Congratulations, Vincent, Stephanie, and Olivia - no pressure but 12 of the 15 prior NAPIPA scholarship winners are currently working in prosecutors' offices!

 

- After the banquet, NAPIPA members flocked to 840 Wine Bar in Redwood City for some refreshments.

 

It was a great day filled with education, inspiration, and fun. We hope to see you all next year!

Chanel Miller video acceptance of NAPIPA Courage Award (part 1)
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