If you are a FACL member, you should have received an electronic ballot via email to vote in affiliate the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) election – details below.  The deadline to file your ballot is Friday, September 12th at 11:59 PDT.  FACL endorses candidate Jin Hwang for the position of President Elect and stands behind Past President Wendy Shiba’s support of candidate Steven Reeves for the position of Vice President, Finance and Development.  Please see the introduction by FACL President Lai-King Hum and a message from President Elect Candidate Jin Hwang contained herein.

MESSAGE FROM FACL PRESIDENT LAI-KING HUM re NAPABA ELECTION

Hello FACL Members:

FACL has decided to endorse Jin Hwang, candidate for President-Elect of NAPABA. Jin has been a long-time friend to FACL and we are proud to support her candidature. However, apart from being a friend to FACL, Jin has been consistent with her leadership and her passion for the goals of NAPABA (which are the same as FACL’s). Please read Jin’s mesage below, and exercise your right as FACL members to vote in NAPABA’s executive elections.

Lai-King Hum
President, FACL

MESSAGE FROM JIN HWANG, NAPABA PRESIDENT-ELECT CANDIDATE

Thank you to FACL for endorsing me as NAPABA President-Elect!  NAPABA has been undergoing unprecedented growth these last 3-4 years, and I have been a key leader in helping to achieve that growth.  I strongly believe I am the best candidate for NAPABA President-Elect based on my 4+ years of recent Board experience as Northeast RG and VP Programs & Operations, strong continuity of leadership, consensus-building leadership style, and detailed initiatives, which are well-aligned with the NAPABA Strategic Plan, for NAPABA’s even greater success in the years to come.  Many respected NAPABA leaders agree and are endorsing me including past NAPABA Presidents, Leadership Advisory Council members, solo and small firm pioneers, prominent in-house counsel, and government attorneys as well as 7 affiliates across North America (FACL, APALA-NJ, APABA-DC, AABA of Houston, KABA-San Diego, AAABA (Arizona affiliate), and LAPABA (Louisiana affiliate)).  My candidate statement can be found athttp://www.napaba.org/uploads/napaba/statementJHwang2014.pdf, and feel free to contact me at Jin.Hwang@VerizonWireless.com with any questions.

I have been a strong proponent of FACL and met many of you when attending FACL’s annual conference and gala over the last 4 years, including serving as a panelist twice.  As FACL members, you are members of NAPABA and eligible to vote in NAPABA’s elections. Voting ends on Sept. 12th, and every vote counts.  Thank you for your vote, and I look forward to celebrating with you in person at the FACL/NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference Sept. 27th and in Scottsdale, Arizona at the NAPABA National Convention Nov. 6-9, 2014!

ELLIGIBILITY AND HOW TO CAST A BALLOT IN THE NAPABA ELECTION

NAPABA Statement of Eligibility: Only members in good standing as of August 1, 2014, are eligible to vote in NAPABA elections. Members must be admitted to the practice of law and (a) be in good standing with the bar of any state, territory, or province of the United States, the District of Columbia, or Canada, or (b) have heretofore met the requirements in category (a) and now be retired. Associate members – which include law students, paralegals, and legal assistants – are not eligible to vote in NAPABA elections. By casting an electronic ballot, you certify that, to the best of your knowledge, you are a member in good standing.

If you were a FACL member in good standing as of August 1st, 2014, you are eligible to vote and you should have received a ballot by email.  If you did not receive a ballot and you would like to vote, please contact FACL VP Communications Chris Hope atchristopher.m.hope@gmail.com for membership verification and NAPABA confirmation.

The voting deadline for the NAPABA election is September 12, 2014 at 11:59 PDT.

Please feel free to direct any other questions regarding the NAPABA election to:elections@napaba.org.

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