President's Message

Dear Members:

This year’s APABA Banquet is in the books! Thank you to the 300 members of the community who attended year’s APABA Banquet. It was wonderful to see so many of you at the event, and thank you for the opportunity to share my story. Congratulations to this year's Minoru Yasui Student Scholarship Award recipients Grant Shibao and Helen Oh, Governor Ralph L. Carr Award recipient Andrew Ho, and the Minoru Yasui Community Service Award recipient Justice Monica M. Mรกrquez. Your commitment to community service inspires us.

Special thanks to Fay Matsukage, Nicoal Sperrazza, Sue Kim, Anne Lee, Hanie Kim, Chuong Le, Van Vu, Mandy Neuman, and Kenneth Shiau for your time and energy in making this year’s event a success. We hope you join us again next year! Please check out all the photos from the event here.




Closely following our banquet is our Spring CLE event: Legal Responsibilities for Non-Profit Boards and Directors presented by Paul Chan on April 24thfrom 12 – 1:30 PM at Davis Graham & Stubbs. As many of you know, Paul Chan is the Past President of APABA, NAPABA, and the current Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel of DU. Paul has extensive experience serving on boards and is a Certified Governance Trainer through BoardSource. Paul will cover fiduciary duties, potential liabilities, and best governance practices for attorneys considering serving on the board of a non-profit organization as well as those who already have substantial experience on boards. I hope that many of you will attend to hear from Paul so that we can make the most of our board service in the community. Register for the CLE event here:

My focus for APABA this year is around creating connections: connecting our members to one another and connecting to the community. The new board is already off and running and scheduled to meet next week, so please reach out to me at with ideas, comments, or questions for APABA, and join APABA if you are not a member already. Thank you for all your support, and I look forward to connecting with you at a future event!


Sumi Lee

President, APABA Colorado

Photo with my sister and Judge Cindy Dang (my sister's mentor in middle school!)

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