President's Message

October 2020

President's Message

Dear Members:

As I look out the window and see what seems to be about a foot of snow, I couldn't be happier. This very much needed moisture is hopefully calming the spread of the multiple fires throughout Colorado. I'm grateful to all the brave fire crews who have tirelessly worked nonstop to contain these fires and keep us all safe.

Get Out & Vote

We are just over a week away from a monumental election. Asian Pacific Americans are expected to comprise nearly five percent of eligible voters in the United States for this election. As American citizens, it is our right to participate in the political process. Every vote counts! We strongly urge you to exercise your rights and vote by November 3, 2020.

  • Please go to the APABA Election 2020 webpage for voting resources.
  • In collaboration with the Colorado diversity bar associations, please check out our Get Out & Vote video encouraging everyone to make their voices heard and to vote in the November general election.
  • APABA has also released a voting statement, endorsed by a number of organizations throughout the country, discussing the importance of having Asian Pacific Americans to vote and make sure our voices as the APA community are heard.

APABA Cares Campaign

Check out the new APABA Cares page on our website that provides information about all the APABA Cares programs, including information on the free virtual legal clinic and voting resources.

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. Please go to the APABA Cares page to 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.

Senior Holiday Baskets: We are in the process of finalizing planning for this holiday's giving campaign to help brighten the holidays for seniors at VOA Sunset Towers and other senior centers in the area. We will send out a separate announcement launching the campaign shortly.

2020 NAPABA Virtual Convention

We are a couple of weeks away from the 2020 NAPABA Convention. I've registered and am looking forward to great programming. There's still time to register. One of the many benefits of becoming an APABA member is that you can also become a NAPABA member for free and register to the convention at a discounted rate. Please register or renew your NAPABA membership by using our affiliate code: ROCKIESATNAPABA2020. Please do not share this code with others.

Past Events

DEI TedTalk: Thank you to everyone who attended the recent CLE Presentation The Asian Pacific American Attorney Experience in 2020. There were nearly 90 attendees who logged in to listen to our esteemed panelists Kady Tran, Deborah Yim, Nicoal Sperraza, and Miko Brown. I was personally inspired by their stories and couldn't be more honored to have them represent APABA. Thank you also to CBA-YLD, CWBA, and SABA for co-sponsoring the event.

Mentorship Kick-Off Meeting: I want to thank Clark Yeh and Ann H. Lee for leading mentorship kick-off meeting. We had many CU and DU students join this first session along with various APABA mentors.  

New Board Members

Congratulations to new board members Andrew Ho, Grant Shibao, and Stephanie McConkie. We are looking forward to their leadership and contributions to the Board.


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


Upcoming Event

The South Asian Bar Association of Colorado is hosting a virtual CLE on October 28, 2020 at 12:00-1:30pm in lieu of a gala this year. The CLE will be presented by Catherine Chan and Professor Rashmi Goel who will provide historical context for the racial structure of American immigration law, with an emphasis on the Hart-Cellar Act, which opened the door for much of the South Asian diaspora in America today, and the Act's relationship to the civil rights movement. The cost for this event is $20 for SABACO members, $35 for non-members, and free for law students. Please register [ for this CLE event.

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