President's Message

President's Message

Dear Members:

It was wonderful to see so many of you even on a snowy Friday last week when we hosted Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court for a presentation on A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law, a systematic account and ongoing study of Asian Americans in the legal profession. I would like to thank the Organizing Committee members for putting this event together: Perdeep Badhesha, Jessica Chao, Prof. Ming Hsu Chen, Hetal Doshi, Arnold Hanuman, Christine Lyman, Kenneth Shiau, Grant Shibao, and Kady Tran, as well as Justice Monica Márquez for providing an opportunity for Justice Liu to spend time at the Colorado Supreme Court on Friday morning. I also would like to thank Justice Liu and the panelists who shared their expertise with us: Prof. Ming Hsu Chen, Suneeta Hazra, John Lee, and Roger Tsai. The amount of support that we received for the event in sponsorship, marketing, and attendance, was overwhelming and indicative of the value in having discussions like these in our community. Thank you for your collective interest in being a part of this discussion and for your support. Even if you were not able to attend, I hope you take a moment to learn more about the study here:






Coming up next week on Tuesday, February 18th from 5:30 – 8PM at Lowdown Brewery is our membership social event. Please stop by for a casual networking event and share your experience of the Portrait event, how you celebrated the new year, what you thought of the film Parasite’s big win at the Academy Awards, and other conversations to share with your fellow members over food and drinks.

As I announced in the last month’s newsletter, the date for our 30th Anniversary Banquet has been set: Friday, April 17th at 5:30PM at Savory Vietnam. Tickets will go on sale shortly, so please mark your calendars and check our website in the coming weeks to register and to help us spread the word.

I am sure many of you shared in the pride and excitement I felt in seeing the Korean film Parasite become the first foreign language/ international feature film to win four major awards at the Academy Awards, including Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It was also the first Korean film to win an Academy Award in any category! (If you have not seen the film, I would highly encourage you to do so.) As many of you already know, we have a film festival in our own community dedicated to Asian and Asian American films called the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. The Colorado Dragon Film Festival partnered with the Denver Film Society this year to bring nine Asian and Asian American films to the Sie Center from February 20 – 23, 2020. This year’s theme is “Wellness in the Community,” so I hope you check out the festival lineup and attend one or more of the films:

As some of you may know, I have made a transition in my career in recent months and will begin a new career next week to lead the Diversity on the Bench program for the Colorado Judicial Department. I hope to have many conversations with all of you about how we can improve the judicial pipeline to create a state bench that reflects our rich communities, so please reach out to me if you’d like to connect on this topic and I look forward to many coffee conversations. 


Sumi Lee

President, APABA Colorado





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