GAPABA annual gala

5/30/2019 6:00 PM

GAPABA annual gala

GAPABA annual gala

The Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA) will host its signature Annual Gala on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Georgia Aquarium in celebration of May as Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage month. The sold-out event features Sandra Leung, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Bristol-Myers Squibb, as the keynote speaker. U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Byung J. “BJay” Pak will provide special remarks and Craig Silliman, Executive Vice President – Public Policy and General Counsel for Verizon will receive the GC Diversity Champion Award.

Five hundred guests from the legal community throughout the U.S. have registered in attendance. The event will include a private VIP reception for general counsels and higher-level sponsors. GAPABA expects nearly fifty general counsel from companies across the United States, as well as three dozen judges and elected officials.

The bar association will also recognize Samuel S. Choy, Partner at King & Spalding, with the Judge Alvin T. Wong Pioneer Award, the bar association’s highest honor. Ling-Ling Nie, Georgia Institute of Technology’s General Counsel and Vice President for Ethics and Compliance will receive the Women’s Leadership Award and Daniel Huynh, Partner at Morris Manning & Martin, will receive the Rising Star Award. Emceeing the event will be Sophia Choi, WSB-TV weekend News Anchor.

“GAPABA supports the growth and advancement of Asian Pacific American lawyers in Georgia,” said Quynh Truong-Johnson, President of GAPABA. “We continue to raise the bar of excellence for GAPABA by featuring preeminent speakers and award winners, and we will also announce the 2019 award winner of the Han C. Choi Scholarship, established in 2018 by the National  Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation, to further advance law students who exhibit academic excellence, leadership, volunteerism, mentorship experience, and demonstrate an interest in AAPI civic issues.”

Separately, GAPABA is offering a pre-event panel discussion, The Road to General Counsel, hosted by Alston & Bird earlier in the afternoon. Executive recruiter panelists include Melba Hughes (Major Lindsey & Africa), William McKinnon (Russell Reynolds Associates), Andrea Kilpatrick (Egon Zehnder), and Victoria Reese (Heidrick & Struggles).  The panel will be moderated by Michael Wu, a GAPABA board member and the former general counsel of Carter’s, Inc.

A portion of the funds raised will benefit the GAPABA Law Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that issues grants to non-profit organizations providing charitable and educational services for Georgia’s APA community. This year’s grant recipients include the Angkor Resource Center, Asian American Resource Center, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, the Center for Pan Asian Community Services, and Raksha.

Date: Thurs, May 30, 2019
Time: 6pm?
Venue: The Georgia Aquarium
Contact:  [wait list only]

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