APABA Colorado

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APABA Board Member Judge Chelsea Malone shares her personal journey from South Korea to the Crow Reservation in Montana to the Denver County Court Bench in the February 2018 issue of the Colorado Lawyer. She also offers insight about her judicial application process. Judge Malone is the first Asian woman and the first Korean-American selected as judge in any county court or state district court in Colorado. Read Judge Malone's essay here.

APABA Treasurer Harry Budisidarta has been chosen as one of seven recipients of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Awards. This award honors individuals, corporations, and non-profit organizations for their exemplary social responsibility in adhering the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Harry will receive the award at the awards luncheon January 12, 2018 at the Hilton City Center Hotel. Tickets can be purchased here.

Law Week Colorado has selected APABA President Justin Cohen as one of its 2017 Up and Coming Lawyers. Check out Law Week Colorado's article discussing Justin's practice and his pro bono work with Project Safeguard here. Way to go, Justin!

Congratulations to APABA Treasurer and APABA Foundation Board Member Fay Matsukage on being inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame Class of 2018! The ten inductees in Class of 2018 are a group of extraordinary contemporary and historical women with significant ties to Colorado, who have made enduring and exemplary contributions to their fields, inspired and elevated the status of women, and helped open new frontiers for women and society. Since its founding in 1985, the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame has inducted 152 women. The Class of 2018 will be officially welcomed to the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in March 2018. To see the full list of inductees and to read the article, click here.

APABA Colorado congratulates Franz Hardy (APABA Past President 2012-2013) on his appointment as President of the Denver Bar Association! Please see below for a welcome letter from Franz, and read more about Franz in the latest issue of The Docket.

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A Message from DBA President Franz Hardy

Congratulations to Board Member Kira Suyeishi on being selected as a DU Law Star! Kira will receive the Bruce B. Johnson Outstanding Young Alumni Award at the DU Law Stars Dinner on November 2nd. She was awarded the Governor Ralph Carr Award at our annual banquet earlier this year.

In June, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Jin Ho Pack as a judge on the Delta County Court in the 7th Judicial District. Judge Pack served as a County Attorney for Delta County prior to being appointed.

Congratulations to Past President (2016-2017) Miko Brown on being selected as one of five "Women Lawyers Who Raise the Bar through Systemic Reform or Innovation" by the Colorado Women's Bar Association Foundation. Miko will be honored at the Foundation's "Raising the Bar" Dinner on September 14th.

Judge Cindy Dang recently shared her journey to the Adams County Court Bench with the City of Aurora. Watch her story here: 

APABA's Mission

The mission of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado ("APABA") is to represent the interests of the Asian Pacific American ("APA") community and attorneys; to speak on behalf of, and advocate, the interests and ideas of APA attorneys in Colorado; to foster the exchange of ideas and information among and between the organization’s members and other members of the legal profession, the judiciary, and the legal community; to encourage and promote the professional growth of the members of the organization; to broaden opportunities for APA lawyers and law students; to present educational programs aimed at the needs of the practice of APA attorneys; to provide an opportunity for fellowship among the organization’s members; to provide coordinated services to the Colorado community; to develop and encourage cooperation with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and with other organizations of minority attorneys; provide a vehicle and forum for the unified expression of opinions and positions by the organization’s members upon current social, political, economic, legal, or other matters or events of concern to the members of the organization; and to serve as a communication network among APA attorneys across the state.

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