Thank You for Making NAPIPA's 2nd Annual Scholarship Banquet an Enormous Success!
Even before NAPIPA"s 2nd Annual Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, April 11, 2015, the event was destined for greatness. Thank you to NBC Bay Area and Lance Lew for creating and running this Public Service Announcement on NBC!
Then came the banquet itself and it did not disappoint. On Saturday, April 11, 2015 NAPIPA held its 2nd Annual Scholarship Banquet at the Westin San Francisco Airport hotel. Almost 300 people witnessed US Attorney (SDNY) Preet Bharara deliver one of the best and most inspirational keynote addresses in memory. Big thank you to US Attorney Bharara for taking the time to talk with our guests!
Numerous dignitaries were in attendance including:
- US Attorney (Southern District of New York) Preet Bharara
- California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu
- US Congressman Mike Honda
- Superior Court Judge Phillip Pennypacker
- Superior Court Judge Hector Ramon
- Superior Court Judge Stuart Scott
- Superior Court Judge Matt Harris
- Superior Court Judge Deborah Ryan
- Superior Court Judge (and former NAPIPA So Cal President) Alison Estrada
- Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen
- San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe
- Santa Cruz District Attorney Jeff Rosell
- Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams
- Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell
- San Francisco Chief Assistant District Attorney Sharon Woo
- Santa Clara County Chief Assistant District Attorney Jay Boyarsky
- Santa Cruz Chief Assistant District Attorney Robert Wade
- State Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
- Mayor of Millbrae Wayne Lee
- Hayward City Council Member Greg Jones
- San Mateo County Bar President Jeffrey Hayden
- University of San Francisco School of Law Dean John Trasvina
- AACI Executive Director Michelle Lew
MC Anny Hong (KRON4 News) kicked things off by welcoming the attendees and thanking our awesome sponsors. She then introduced San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe who welcomed everyone to his county. NAPIPA President Paul Jhin then talked about the great strides NAPIPA has made over the past year, including adding a fifth chapter and almost doubling membership.
SoCal Chapter President Kennes Ma introduced US Attorney Bharara. After the US Attorney's rousing speech, SD Chapter President Beth Carino awarded CA Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu and US Congressman Mike Honda with NAPIPA Honorary Memberships.
Congressman Honda then presented three CC Yin for Justice Scholarships to Nikesh Patel (Santa Clara University), Anh Dang (Hastings), and Andrew Kim (University of Chicago). Congratulations to our scholarship winners!
Santa Cruz District Attorney Jeff Rosell presented NAPIPA's Prosecutor of the Year award to Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Julian Recana. Congratulations to DDA Recana!
Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen gave the concluding remarks.
The evening concluded with drinks, dancing, and photo booth pictures! (Please click the link below to see the pictures from the photo booth.)
Thank you to all of our sponsors and guests!
The National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association (NAPIPA) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting justice and to advancing the interests of prosecutors of Asian and
Pacific-Islander heritage. The Association serves to organize the efforts of API prosecutors for the collective benefit of the American criminal justice system and of the legal profession. To that
end, we advocate for fairness, equality and justice for victims of crime, for the criminally accused, for those working within the criminal justice system, and for the community at large.
- To develop an information network relevant to the needs of Asian American law enforcement personnel
- To seek out, encourage and support Asian American law students and attorneys interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement
- To provide training, both academic and practical, concerning a wide variety of law enforcement-related topics of interest
- To educate the Asian American community regarding the criminal justice system and provide a forum for communicating the community's needs and concerns
- To promote, strengthen and support the roles of Asian Americans in all aspects of law enforcement
In 2010, a group of local, state, and federal Asian Pacific Islander (API) prosecutors from the San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley Area met for dinner. We discussed our common experiences,
triumphs, and struggles. It was apparent that we all shared a deep passion for our profession and the pursuit of justice. We also discussed the importance of our shared heritage and belief in
contributing to our respective communities.
To more fully realize this ideal, we discussed establishing a professional organization of API prosecutors that would: (1) assist API prosecutors through training, mentorship, and positive encouragement and support; (2) provide opportunities for API prosecutors to meet and discuss issues of shared significance; and (3) provide outreach and education to our communities about the criminal justice system and the vital role that prosecutors play in that system.
California API prosecutors reached out to our brethren across the country. We found that a group with similar ideals and goals already existed in New York. Since then, a group of prosecutors from across the country have devoted considerable time, energy, and creativity to found the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association (NAPIPA), a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization dedicated to benefiting all current and future API prosecutors, and their communities.
We hope that you will join us in our goal to become the best prosecutors we can be in order to best serve our communities and the justice system.
Co-founder and President ('10-'14) of NAPIPA
NAPIPA currently consists of five Regional Chapters: Northern California, Southern California, Chicago, New York, and San Diego. The Regional Chapters exist in order to better serve their respective local API communities. Each Regional Chapter has its own President and
these Regional Chapter Presidents form the National Executive Board.
Of course, members are welcome from anywhere in the United States.
If a member would like to form a Regional Chapter from his or her area, he or she may petition the National Executive Board once he or she obtains thirty (30) voting members in his or her region.