President's Message

July 2020

President's Message

Dear Members:

As we start the second half of 2020, we find ourselves still amidst a pandemic, racial justice crisis, and economic uncertainties. In times like these, it’s even more important that we continue to be compassionate and do our part to stand up for the injustices around us. It’s also important that we appreciate all the people in our lives who support us during these difficult times—our families, friends, neighbors, colleagues, communities, and loved ones. Let's continue to support one another so we can amplify our voices and be stronger together.

APABA Cares Campaign

I’m grateful for all of you who donated to the APABA Cares campaign or have helped with our legal clinic. I’m also especially grateful for past APABA president Nicoal Sperrazza who hosted the APABA Happy Hour and Cooking Demo last month. Nicoal walked us through how to make Hamachi Crudo and a Classic French 75 cocktail. I can’t wait for when we can all meet in person for another cooking demo and enjoy the meal together.

Feed a Senior in Need: With help from APABA Foundation, we have raised enough money to purchase meals from Savory Vietnam to feed 143 seniors living at VOA Sunset Towers in downtown Denver. These seniors have been feeling isolated and are looking forward to a hot Asian meal since they have been getting mainly frozen and canned donations right now. In addition to receiving a meal box, we will be including a mask donated by the Asian Chamber of Commerce and a flyer about our legal hotline.

Free Virtual Clinic Hotline: APABA will pair those who need legal advice with an APABA attorney in the following areas: landlord/tenant issues, business operations, labor/employment, CARES Act, immigration, and estate planning/probate. You can still sign up as a volunteer attorney. If you know anyone in the community with a legal question or needs assistance, please share this link ( with them to get them started.


NAPABA elections are coming up soon, and we may have one of our Colorado members running for a Director position on the NAPABA Board. To be eligible to vote, you must have activated your membership with NAPABA on or before August 3 at 5 p.m. EDT. It is highly recommended you sign-up before this date to ensure there are no problems with processing your membership. The good news is one of the many perks of being an APABA of Colorado member in good standing is you can sign up to become a NAPABA member for free. Please register or renew your NAPABA membership for free by using our affiliate code: ROCKIESATNAPABA2020. Please do not share this code with others.

In response to the recent rise of hate crimes and discrimination towards the APA community, NAPABA has recently announced the formation of the NAPABA Hate Crimes Task Force, an expanded Hates Crimes Resource Center, and other educational offerings. The NAPABA Hate Crimes Resource Center is the most comprehensive collection of online resources and tools focused on Asian Pacific Americans and hate crimes/incidents to keep our families and communities safe. The website collects and catalogs the available resources from government agencies, Asian Pacific American organizations, and civil rights and anti-hate crime advocacy organizations.

Finally, the 2020 NAPABA Convention will be virtual this year. Stay tuned from NAPABA for more information.


I would like to congratulate APABA past president Justin Cohen for being this year's recipient of the DBA Young Lawyer of the Year. Congratulations, Justin! We are so happy for your well-deserved recognition.

The DBA Committee will celebrate all of its awards recipients via Zoom on Wednesday, July 29 at 5:30 pm. Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link and support Justin and all the other award recipients.


During these challenging times, we want to hear from you and be the voice for our community. If you have any suggestions for programs, events, or how to make APABA more valuable to our community and members, please reach out to me or any of the APABA officers and Board members.

Stay safe and healthy everyone!


Anne Lee



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