President's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Happy Lunar New Year!  Thank you again to everyone who donated to our annual food basket drive.  Because of your generous donations, APABA and the APABA Foundation raised enough money to purchase over 9,000 pounds of food to distribute to clients of the Asian Pacific Development Center. 

I am also happy to report on APABA’s efforts to increase diversity in the state’s judiciary.  For over a year, APABA, along with Justice Monica M. Márquez of the Colorado Supreme Court, the other diversity bars, the CBA, the Colorado Judicial Institute, the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, have worked to create an updated training video for the Judicial Nominating Commissions.  The video emphasizes diversity and inclusion, and features, among others, Judge Jin Ho Pack (7th Judicial District) and Fay Matsukage (former Judicial Nominating Commission member).  Former APABA President Lance Ream was one of the driving forces behind, and was instrumental in, the creation of this video.  We will circulate a link to the video when it is posted on the Colorado Supreme Court’s website. 

Finally, APABA will soon be hosting a free ethics CLE and holding a lunchtime general meeting, so be sure to check out our new website and Facebook page for updates.  As always, if you have any suggestions, whether for programming, events, meetings, or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the APABA Officers.

Justin Cohen


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