KNOX Volunteer Event.May 19

Congratulations to Prerna Rao!

CAPABA is proud to announce the election of our President-elect, Prerna Rao, to the Newtown Zoning Board of Appeals!

Prerna is the principal of Rao Legal, LLC, and her practice includes land use, zoning, litigation, commercial & residential real estate, and other related areas. Her expertise and energy will serve Newtown well and contribute to the town’s incredible appeal, character, and value. Congratulations, Prerna!

KNOX Volunteer Event.May 19

Congratulations to Dan Brody!

CAPABA congratulates our Secretary, Dan Brody, on his election to the Board of Directors of The Children’s Law Center! The mission of The Children’s Law Center is to protect low income children in family court cases and to advocate for systemic changes to the adversarial system and for other policies that advance the well-being of children involved in family transitions.

KNOX Volunteer Event.May 19

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!

KNOX Volunteer Event.May 19

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!


KNOX Volunteer Event.May 19

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!

KNOX Volunteer Event.May 19

Congratulations to Judge Nina Elgo

On May 2, 2017, CAPABA member, the Honorable Judge Nina Elgo, was nominated by Governor Malloy to serve on the Appellate Court.  Judge Elgo was the first Asian Pacific American judge in the state of Connecticut and is now the first Asian Pacific American judge in the state of Connecticut to be nominated to serve on the Appellate Court.  Governor Malloy also nominated the Honorable Maria Araujo Kahn to serve as a judge on the Appellate Court.  If confirmed by the legislature, this will become the first time in state history that the Appellate Court has been represented by a majority of female judges.

Judge Elgo was first appointed to serve on the Superior Court in May 2004 and is currently assigned to the civil division in the judicial district of Hartford.  Her previous assignments include serving as the presiding judge of the statewide child protection session docket in Middletown, the juvenile division in the judicial district of New Haven, the criminal division in the judicial districts of Hartford and Enfield, as well as the habeas corpus docket in Tolland county.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College, and her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Judge Elgo is a dear friend of CAPABA.  She served for many years as a Board member and currently serves on the advisory board.  Judge Elgo has repeatedly been recognized as a champion for diversity and has been awarded the CAPABA Impact Award, the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Diversity Award, and the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award, among many others.  She is truly an inspiration and a role model to all of us in the profession.

Congratulations, Judge Elgo on this historic and well-deserved achievement!

KNOX Volunteer Event.May 19

Congratulations to Calvin Woo

CAPABA Board Member, Calvin Woo, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to ensure equal access to legal services for all, regardless of power or resources.  Calvin is a partner with Verrill Dana and a former president of CAPABA.  Congratulations, Calvin!

KNOX Volunteer Event.May 19

CAPABA Joins Amicus Briefs Filed in Hawaii v. Trump and in Int’l Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump

CAPABA joined NAPABA’s amicus briefs, which were filed in opposition to the President’s appeal to the Ninth Circuit of the temporary restraining order granted in Hawaii, et al. v. Trump, et al., No. 17-00050 (D. Haw. Mar. 15, 2017) and in opposition to the President’s appeal to the Fourth Circuit of the preliminary injunction granted in Int’l Refugee Assistance Project, et al. v. Trump, et al., No. TDC-17-0361 (D. Md. Mar. 15, 2017).  Therein, NAPABA argues that the President’s revised executive order contravenes Congress’s prohibition on nationality-based discrimination, which was intended to reverse a long history of injustice that predominantly discriminated against migrants from Asia.  NAPABA also argues that the revised executive order violates federal law and demonstrates a “bad faith” basis that requires invalidation.  NAPABA describes the history of U.S. immigration policies discriminating Asian migrants since the 1800s, cites legal precedent, and summarizes the legislative history of the applicable federal laws to further demonstrate these points.  Finalized copies of the Ninth Circuit brief and the Fourth Circuit brief are now available.  The Fourth Circuit will hear Int’l Refugee Assistance Project, et al. v. Trump, et al. on May 8th in Richmond, VA, and the Ninth Circuit will hear Hawaii, et al. v. Trump, et al. on May 15th in Seattle.  CAPABA is proud to participate in these amicus briefs and applauds NAPABA for its tremendous efforts.

KNOX Volunteer Event.May 19

Congratulations to Rep. William Tong

CAPABA member, State Representative William Tong, will be receiving a Special Recognition Award from the Connecticut Bar Foundation at its Annual Reception on April 25, 2017  at The Hartford Club.  Rep. Tong serves the 147th District in the Connecticut House of Representatives and is the House Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Co-Chairman of the Commission on Economic Competitiveness.  Rep. Tong is also an attorney with Finn Dixon & Herling LLP.  Congratulations, Rep. Tong!

If you would like more information about this event, please contact the Connecticut Bar Foundation at