The Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA), formerly known as the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Georgia Chapter (NAPABA-GA), was founded in 1992 by a handful of core members who strove to establish a Georgia support network for Asian Pacific American attorneys and those interested in Asian American legal issues. Our founding members include the Honorable Alvin T. Wong, Judge, State Court of DeKalb County; Attorney Linda Klein, past president of the Georgia Bar Association; and Professor Natsu Saito Jenga, of Georgia State University. As the Association has grown, so has its mission and purpose. GAPABA conducts activities that:
*Represent and advocate the interests of Asian Pacific American lawyers and the legal profession;
*Encourage and promote the professional growth of Asian Pacific American lawyers and other members of the legal profession;
*Broaden professional opportunities for Asian Pacific American lawyers, other members of the legal profession, and law students;
*Support the entrance and advancement of Asian Pacific Americans within the legal profession;
*Provide an opportunity for fellowship among legal professionals;
*Coordinate legal services to Asian Pacific American communities in the state of Georgia;
*Provide a vehicle and forum for the unified expression of opinions and positions by legal professionals upon matters or events of concern to the legal community.
The Association has organized and sponsored numerous activities and events, including an award-winning pro bono legal clinic for the Asian Pacific American community; an annual summer associate banquet event for law student clerks; and CLE programs. In 1998 alone, GAPABA actively supported the candidacy of Alvin T. Wong for a judgeship in the State Court of DeKalb County, and together with the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association, we drafted proposed uniform rules for Court Interpreter Translation. GAPABA also conducts regularly scheduled membership meetings, and publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Slip Opinion.