2016 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Convention
November 3-6 in San Diego, California.
Three of SMU Dedman School of Law APALSA members, Grace Lee
, An Phan
, and Divya Pranav
were elected as National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association’s Vice President, Secretary, and Southwest Regional Director. Additionally, Ashley Yen received this year’s NAPALSA Student of the Year Award.
Also at the NAPABA Convention, Alstyn Bennett
and Barret Armbruster
successfully defended SMU Dedman Law's title as the Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition Champion
. The team defeated four other regional champions or runners-up to progress to the competition's final round, where they argued before a distinguished panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, and Deputy Judge Advocate General of the United States Army. SMU emerged victorious for the second year in a row, bringing the Thomas Tang Trophy back home to Dallas.
Coaches Michael Ma, Meyling Ly-Ortiz, Austin Teng, and Will Tran provided generous guidance and support for all three of SMU's Thomas Tang teams this semester.
Congratulations to these outstanding advocates and coaches.
The 2016 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Convention was held on November 3-6 in San Diego, California. NAPABA represents the interests of over 50,000 attorneys and over 75 state and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. This was the 28th convention, with more than 1,600 in attendance, is an annual gathering of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students.
Since 2002, the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) Conference has been held in conjunction with the NAPABA Convention. Law students have the opportunity to attend workshops and events specifically designed for them, as well as workshops and events at the general Convention. This year many SMU Dedman School of Law APALSA officers and members attended. The conference provided them with the opportunity to network with distinguished attorneys and judges and attend panels concerning APIA and civil rights issues within the legal profession. The law students also had the great privilege to hear George Takei, an actor and Japanese Interment Camp survivor, share his stories on civil engagement and issues facing the APIA community.