President's Message


Dear Friends,

We have some exciting news and updates regarding the annual banquet that will be forthcoming.  Please keep an eye on your inboxes for those announcements and a save the date.  In the meantime, we’re opening up nominations for the annual banquet!  If you or someone you know fits the following award descriptions, please nominate them on the APABA Colorado website at or via email to Sumi Lee at  no later than January 31, 2019.

Minoru Yasui Community Service Award
Each year, APABA and the APABA Foundation award the Minoru Yasui Community Service Award.  The award goes to an individual or group whose community service exemplifies the achievement of Mr. Yasui, who challenged the laws applied to Japanese-Americans during World War II and advocated for civil rights and liberties of American citizens, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Governor Ralph Carr Award
The Governor Ralph Carr Award is given to a young attorney (10 years of practice or less) who has exhibited a commitment to public service through public sector work or a substantial commitment to community service. The award winner will be directed to spend the stipend toward CLE or repaying law school loans.  Governor Carr went against popular anti-Japanese sentiment by urging Coloradans to welcome evacuees during the government's decision to resettle Japanese-Americans from the West Coast to a camp at Amache near Granada, Colorado.  Carr's advocacy for racial tolerance and for protection of the basic rights of Japanese-Americans are generally thought to have cost him his political career, including his ambition for election to the United States Senate.

Since APABA is an affiliate of NAPABA, our members receive a free NAPABA membership.  This comes in handy when attending NAPABA events, including registration for the annual convention (Austin 2019!).  All you have to do is login (or create an account), then enter the affiliate code on the last page of the form.

Finally, please join us in the new year at the APABA general meeting on January 17, 2019 at noon at Imperial Chinese, 431 South Broadway, Denver.  This meeting is typically well-attended by our membership, so find the keys to unchain yourself from your desk and join us for some lunch and good company.  Please RSVP to Anne Lee at

The rest of our announcements and upcoming events are featured on the APABA website and are updated regularly, so please check it frequently and mark your calendars. We would love to see you at any (and all) of our future events.

If you would like to become more involved with APABA Colorado, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally at  I’d be happy to buy you a coffee and talk about the right fit for you in our organization.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!


Nicoal C. Sperrazza

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