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Congratulations to Parkin Lee

CAPABA was proud to support the nomination of longtime CAPABA member, Parkin Lee, for NAPABA’s highest honor, the Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award.  We are thrilled to report that NAPABA has selected Parkin to be one of its five recipients!  This award recognizes the outstanding achievements, commitment, and leadership of lawyers who have paved the way for the advancement of other Asian Pacific American attorneys.

Trailblazers like Parkin have demonstrated vision, courage, and tenacity, and made substantial and lasting contributions to the Asian Pacific American legal profession, as well as to the broader Asian Pacific American community.  While in law school at New York University, Parkin helped pioneer the practice of allowing students of color to review law school applications from, and advocate for, potential students of color, a practice initiated at NYU and subsequently adopted at other law schools, including Harvard.  At the time, there were few students of color — including Asian Pacific Americans — in the law school (there were five Asian Pacific American students in total in his class).  Currently, 30 percent of the J.D. student body at NYU are students of color; 16 percent of the Fall 2016 class are Asian and South Asian.  As senior vice president and chief legal officer of the Rockefeller Group, Parkin is trusted counsel to one of the country’s most recognized names in real estate development and asset management.  Previously, he spent 20 years at New York Life Insurance Company where he became one of the highest ranking Asian Pacific American attorneys in the insurance industry in New York.  He served for many years as president of the NAPABA Law Foundation where he is currently on the board and is board chair of the Asian American Justice Center.

Parkin will receive the 2017 Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award on November 3, 2017, during a special ceremony at the 2017 NAPABA Convention in Washington, D.C.  For more information about this prestigious award and the NAPABA Convention, please visit NAPABA’s website.

Congratulations, Parkin!

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Aloha from the Luau!

On Sunday, August 27th, CAPABA and SABAC partnered together to host a summer end luau.  It was a smashing success!   Members and their friends and families got together at the beautiful March Farm in Bethlehem, CT for an afternoon of outdoor fun.  CAPABA and SABAC have both vowed the make the luau an annual event again, and plan to host it at March Farm around the same time next year.  Hopefully you can all join us again!

Below is a snippet of the photos we collected from the wonderful day.  Please check out the full photo album on our Facebook page!


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Congratulations to Judge Hunchu Kwak and Finn Dixon & Herling LLP

CAPABA is pleased to announce that Board member, the Honorable Judge Hunchu Kwak, has been selected as this year’s Impact Award recipient and that longtime CAPABA supporter, the law firm of Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, has been selected as this year’s Diversity Award recipient.

CAPABA will be presenting the Impact Award and Diversity Award at this year’s Annual Dinner on October 5, 2017.  The CAPABA Impact Award recognizes an Asian Pacific American attorney who has provided exemplary service and support to CAPABA or the Asian Pacific American community.  The CAPABA Diversity Award recognizes a person, organization or firm that has demonstrated its support for CAPABA’s mission through its commitment to diversity in the legal profession as well as financial support.

Please join us at our Annual Dinner on October 5th, as we recognize and celebrate Judge Kwak and Finn Dixon & Herling LLP and their remarkable achievements and significant contributions to our community!