People in the News

Read a profile of the Honorable Stella Tsai in the PBA Minority Bar Committee's Newsletter "Houston’s Legacy",


And other articles by our members Pearl Kim, Gerry Kita, and Su Ming Yeh. 


Co-hosted by APABA-PA, Center City Crime Victims Services,
and the Chinese Restaurant Association of Greater Philadelphia


Congratulation Jannie Lau!

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has elected Jannie Lau as one of six new members to its Board of Trustees.



Congratulation Stella Tsai!

She has been named as one of the nominees to fill judicial vacancies for the City of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas by Governor Tom Wolf.

Stella Tsai also discussed the role Asians play in today's political engagement with 6ABC reporter, Nydia Han.



Testifying before Council, witnesses slam 1996 immigration law

Great job to our EC member Djung Tran, she recently represented APABA-PA and testified before City Council regarding the 1996 immigration law.  A special shout-out to Tsiwen Law for contributing to the hearing.



Congratulations Sophia Lee!

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Sophia Lee has joined the Firm as a Partner in the Energy, Environment, and Mass Torts practice group. Ms. Lee will be based in the Firm’s Philadelphia office, where, earlier in her career, she served as an associate.

 Congratulations Philip H. Yoon!

The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Young Lawyers Division presented its Michael K. Smith Excellence in Service Award to Philip H. Yoon at the state association's Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon, May 12, in Hershey.

 Congratulations Linda Shi! 

Linda Shi, general counsel and head of compliance for University City adtech firm 50onRed, won a “Rising Star” award at Penn Law’s Women’s Summit Tuesday 3/22. 

Congratulations Helen Han Mountain!

Lamb McErlane PC is pleased to announce that Helen Han Mountain has been named a partner


APABA-PA Names Suzanne Young As Its 2015 Attorney Of The Year


On November 3, Honorary Consul General of Japan in Philadelphia Dennis Morikawa received The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon – an honor bestowed by the Japanese government for his service to US-Japan relations.

Mr. Morikawa, who serves as Senior Counsel at Mogan, Lewis & Bockius was recognized for both his legal service with Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans as well as his work with Japanese community groups. Morikawa is a board member of both the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and the Japanese Association of Greater Philadelphia and played an instrumental role in the establishment and growth of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival.

Amongst the highest honors awarded by the government of Japan to non-Japanese, the Order of the Rising Sun celebrates achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment. Mr. Morikawa is in impressive company.

Congratulations to Chi-Ser Tran

Congratulations to APABA-PA Law student member Chi-Ser Tran, Temple 3L, who received the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Public Interest Section Law Student Award.

Additional information can be found at   


Congratulations to Djung Tran

Congratulations to APABA-PA member Djung Tran, who was featured in an article by Michael Matza of the Inquirer.

A copy of the article can be found



Congratulations to Tsiwen Law!

Congratulations to APABA-PA Member and Executive Committee Member, Tsiwen Law. The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is honoring its Civil Rights Committee as the recipient of the 2015 President’s Award, on which Tsiwen Law serves.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) will honor its Civil Rights Committee with the 2015 President’s Award during the NAPABA Anniversary Gala and Installation Banquet on Nov. 7, 2015, in New Orleans. This award is given at the discretion of the NAPABA President to individuals or organizations that have made important contributions to NAPABA or the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.

The Civil Rights Committee was formed in 1989, shortly after the founding of NAPABA. The Committee has addressed numerous legislative and policy issues such as Wards Cove cannery workers’ civil rights, the certification of court interpreters, immigrant rights, and affirmative action. The Committee also considers and makes recommendations on resolutions offered by other diverse national bar associations on issues of common interest, which are then used as the basis for lobbying Congress, the White House, and other governmental bodies. The Committee is an important tool for activist lawyers to share experiences and plan civil rights-oriented panels at NAPABA Conventions.

More information available here! 



Congratulations to our member and our Western PA Liaison Richard T. Ting, Beck & Thomas, who was named as one of the Legal Intelligencers’ Lawyers on the Fast Track!

The Legal Names 2015 Lawyers on the Fast Track

Read more:



Congratulations to APABA-PA Member, Austin So, Division General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Board Member of Heraeus Incorporated

He will be featured in the "In-house Counsel File: Series Profiling In-house Counsel at the World’s Leading Companies" of Practical Law, The Journal, September 2015 issue


Also, for being selected as a CUP Catalyst: Change Agent 2015 - Law.

The list of CUP Catalysts are accomplished leaders across the legal sector who have achieved extraordinary success in business while simultaneously making a significant impact on their community. Young diverse professionals need more examples of role models at the top. CUP Catalysts are leaders who do well by doing good. CUP celebrates successful diverse professionals who drive economic growth for their organizations and contribute to the greater good through nonprofit or public sector service, mentorship, and philanthropy.

Council of Urban Professionals (CUP)’s mission is to connect, empower, and mobilize the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. Founded in 2007, CUP is a non-profit organization focused on preparing high-performing professionals of color and women for the rise to senior leadership roles within targeted sectors. The CUP Leadership Institute provides structured leadership development programs and serves as CUP’s formal training arm. With over 65 events annually, including forums, leadership development programs, and peer networks, CUP empowers aspiring diverse professionals to develop connections, opportunities, and expertise that best position them for top leadership roles, resulting in transformative impact on our communities.


We have some great news to share for our Executive Committee member Pearl Kim, Assistant District Attorney, Office of the District Attorney, Delaware County, Media PA 


Delaware County Assistant DA Pearl Kim is PBA Government Lawyer of the Year


Congrats Pearl!!!

Congrats to Austin So, recipient of the APALA-NJ 2015 Corporate Leadership Award

Austin will be presented the 2015 Corporate Leadership Award by the American Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey at their 30th Anniversary Awards Ceremony and Installation of Officers on June 30, 2015. For more information on where to purchase tickets for the APALA-NJ 30th Anniversary Gala.


The Legal Names 2015 Diverse Attorneys of the Year

Congratulations to our APABA-PA Members whom were named 2015 Diverse Attorneys of the Year by The Legal Intelligencer.

  • Sophia Lee, Sunoco Inc.
  • Austin K. So, Heraeus Inc.
  • Min S. Suh, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel
  • Su Ming Yeh, Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project
  • Alejandro J. Salicrup, Pepper Hamilton LLP
  • John Y. Gotanda, Villanova University School of Law





 Presented at our 2014 Annual Banquet 

Stradley Ronon Partner and our past Preisdent, Deborah Hong, was recently honored with the Leadership Excellence in the Law Award at the Fifth Annual Philadelphia Diversity and Leadership Conference hosted by the National Diversity Council. General Colin Powell presented the keynote address at the conference.



Congratulations to Phil Cha, former Executive Committee member and former Law Student Outreach Committee Chair, for his selection as a 2014 Professional Lawyer of the Year by APALA-NJ and the NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law!


Congratulations to APABA-PA Member and NAPABA North East Regional Governor, Austin So, for his selection as a finalist for the DELVACCA 2014 Corporate Counsel Excellence Award in the category of Outstanding In-House Counsel of the Year.  The winner will be announced at an awards dinner on November 6, 2014.




We are thrilled to share that NAPABA has selected our very own Erica Smith-Klocek and Jannie Lau as 2014 NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40!! Congratulations to both!! The awards are very well-deserved.

Also, many thanks goes to John Encarnacion and Catherine Nguyen for organizing the nomination papers for our candidates!!


Congratulations to Pauline Markey


Congratulations to APABA-PA member, Pauline Markey, on the recent publication of her article “The Penalty For Following IRS’ Own Guidance” in Law360.  A copy of the article can be found at



Congratulations to our very own Stella Tsai at Archer & Greiner PC, who was listed by the Pennsylvania Diversity Council as one of the Most Power and Influential Women!

A breakfast will be held by the Pennsylvania Diversity Council on September 4, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM at the Downtown Sheraton.


Our very own Sophia Lee will be receiving the 2014 Temple Law Alumni Association Diversity Leadership Award!  The TLAA created the award in 2012 to honor a Temple Law graduate who demonstrated "a strong commitment, and made a substantial contribution, to diversity and to promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession."


Our past president Stella Tsai has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and will be listed in the June 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine



Congats to our Jannie Lau and Kristen Han for being listed as “Women of the Year” by the Legal Intelligencer!





The Legal Intelligencer has selected Judge Ida Chen and John Chou for its Lifetime Achievement Award



Congrats to our member Philip Yoon, the chief staff attorney for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, for being featured as a Lawyer Making A Difference in The Pennsylvania Bar News column that highlights Pennsylvania attorneys who make a difference in their communities by providing extraordinary pro bono service and/or other legal services in the public interest.




Congratulations to our member, Andrea Ohta, who has been elected to the partnership of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Andrea is a member of the Pepper Hamilton’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, resident in the Philadelphia office and admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and California.  Ms. Ohta’s practice is centered on complex civil litigation and related white collar criminal matters and regulatory investigations in the life sciences and health care industries.

Article in the Minority Trial Lawyer Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation by APABA-PA past President Stella Tsai,

Selection Bias: The Great Asian American Divide on Affirmative Action in Fisher


The Philadelphia Business Journal released its list of best corporate counsel in the area.  Not surprising, a few of our members made the list!


Public Company Category Finalist: John Chou (AmerisourceBergen Corp.)
Rising Star Category Finalist: Kristen Han (Destination Maternity)

Judges' Choice Award Winner: Sophia Lee (Sunoco Inc.) 



Congrats to our Jannie Lau for receiving the Pennsylvania Diversity Council's Most Powerful & Influential Women of Pennsylvania award, and Dennis Morikawa for receiving the Multicultural Leadership Award, at their 4th Annual Philadelphia Diversity and Leadership Conference on October 24-25, 2013 at Drexel University.  



"One of the exceptional highlights of the event was the honoring of executives with the Most Powerful & Influential Women Award, and the Multicultural Leadership Award. The awardees came from a wide range of industries throughout the state of Pennsylvania."


Our Member Pauline Markey's Article in the Legal Intelligencer


Pauline recently published an article in the Legal Intelligencer.  Congratulations, Pauline!  


You can check out "Severance Payments May Not Be Subject to FICA Tax" here




Congratulations to Rahat Babar and John Huh for being named to the Legal Intelligencer’s Lawyers on the Fast Track!  A well-deserved honor for two of our outstanding members.


2013 Lawyers on the Fast Track

2013 Lawyers on the Fast Track


2013 Lawyers on the Fast Track
2013 Lawyers on the Fast Track

Check out their profiles for this year's Lawyers on the Fast Track supplement




The long saga of "Chink's Steaks" is finally coming to an end with the renaming of the business to Joe's Steak and Soda Shop.  Kudos to both Stella and Kay for their hard work (along with so many others on this issue) and representing the voice of the APA community (and APABA-PA!):







The Legal Intelligencer have selected many of our members as 2013's Diverse Attorneys of the Year:

Rahat Babar, Bayne Law Group
Tsiwen Law, Law & Associates
Albert S. Dandridge III, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
Stella Tsai, Archer & Greiner
Philip Yoon, Superior Court


Congratulations are in order for Jannie Lau, who was just selected as one of the 2013 Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40!


Q&A with Grace Manno, our past president, president for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, also known as DELVACCA



Congratulations to Tsiwen Law who will be receiving the A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association and its Minority Bar Committee!! It will be awarded at the luncheon on Friday, March 15 during the 25th Annual Minority Attorney Conference from March 14-15, 2013, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Hotel, 201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Read the news release on Tsiwen Law's receiving a lifetime achievement award during the conference.

Philadelphia Lawyer Tsiwen Law to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Attorney Conference


2013 Minority Attorney Conference


The Pennsylvania Bar Association and its Minority Bar Committee are pleased to invite you to participate in the 25th Annual Minority Attorney Conference on March 14-15, 2013, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Hotel, 201 N. 17th St., Philadelphia. The theme of the silver anniversary conference is "A Vision for the Next 25 Years." This year's conference includes continuing legal education programs offering up to 9½ CLE credits. Also, the annual A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award will be bestowed, and William M. Carter Jr., Esq., dean and professor of law at the Pittsburgh School of Law, will give the keynote address.


To learn more or to register, please see the invitation, agenda and registration form here.

Come by to congrats Tsiwen Law, who will be receiving the A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association and its Minority Bar Committee!! It will be awarded at the luncheon on Friday, March 15.


Richard Ramones to be Honored by Rutgers-Camden Asian Law Students Group


Richard J. Ramones, an attorney with Archer & Greiner P.C. in Haddonfield, N.J., will be honored by the Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) at Rutgers University School of Law-Camden in recognition of his contributions and dedication to the Asian-American legal community and his efforts to promote diversity initiatives.

Mr. Ramones, a 2011 graduate of Rutgers-Camden Law School, cum laude, will be recognized during the Rutgers-Camden APALSA’s annual Lunar Banquet on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race Street, Philadelphia.

Each year, the Rutgers-Camden APALSA chapter selects one alumnus or alumna to be recognized for community involvement and activities that promote diversity. This marks the second consecutive year that the honoree is an Archer & Greiner attorney – last year, the organization honored Phil Cha, a Partner with the firm who earned his law degree from Rutgers-Camden in 1999.


Mr. Ramones’ extensive community involvement includes serving on the Executive Committee of the Asian-Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA), and as a member of the Asian-Pacific American Lawyer’s Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ), the Young Lawyer Committee of the Camden County Bar Association and the Recent Graduate Council of Rutgers School of Law-Camden. He is also a 2009 alumnus of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group’s  program for law students.


Mr. Ramones is an Associate in Archer & Greiner’s Petroleum Industry Practices Group. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for New Jersey Superior Court Judge Richard F. Wells, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the legal department of a major mutual fund company.


Legal Intelligencer's coverage of APABA-PA's Annual Law Student Reception, hosted by Blank Rome on October 25, 2012. 

Annual Law Student Reception



Please join us in Congratulating Jannie Lau (EC member and social committee co-chair) on her recent appointment as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of InterDigital. 



Mayor Michael Nutter announced the appointment of Stella Tsai as a member of the Community College of Philadelphia Board of Trustees.

Congratulations to Stella Tsai (EC member, past President) - recipient of the Outstanding Alumna Award from Penn State's Schreyer Honors College. 


Pearl Kim, our EC member will be presenting on a panel called Humanitarian Relief — U and T Visas along with James Dold at the Polaris Project, Enid Melendez at Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, and Ivy O. Suriyopas at AALDEF for Immigration Law Forum - 2012 this weekend on Saturday 9/22.


Congratulations to Joseph Centeno - past APABA-PA and NAPABA President - who was selected by the Filipino American Association of Philadelphia, Inc. (FAAPI), to receive the FAAPI Centennial Award for Public Interest Law.


Evan Liu - co-chair of APABA-PA's Community Outreach Committee -- representing members of the APA community in A.C.'s Golden Nugget law suit.


Local news coverage of our amicus brief with AALDEF, "Brief from Asian groups opposes Pennsylvania voter-ID law"


Congratulations to Elena Park of Cozen O'Connor, who was recently selected to serve as a Commissioner on the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Immigration.

Congrats to The Legal Intelligencer's 2012 Lawyers on the Fast Track, among whom are our members: Suzan Chau, First Judicial District, EC and chair of the Nominations Committee; Wendy Smith, Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby, Social/Networking Committee member; Eric G. Fikry, Blank Rome, also a member of APALA-NJ; and Aneesh Mehta, Volpe Koenig, our friend from the Phila. Bar Association YLD and VP of membership at NASABA.

Congratulations to APABA-PA member, Wendy Smith, on her front-page ABA publication on Workers’ Compensation and Employer’s Liability Law

City Council hosted a press conference at Strawberry Mansion High School, and invited organizations within the PA Voter I.D. Law Coalition to participate.  Thanks to Stella's efforts, we were able to connect with the City Council reps in time to be included in the press release and programming.  Jen spoke on behalf of our organization today along with the Senior Law Center, HBA, NAACP, and Temple University reps.  Below is a link to an article covering this event.



Here is an article that covered our CO Seminar in Upper Darby


Pictures from our joint Voter ID Law Press Conference with AALDEF and PCDC


Please see Julie Shaw's article in the Daily News.


Djung Tran - APABA-PA Executive Committee member and Immigration Law Attorney, was featured by the Inquirer in the article "Asians now lead Latinos in annual immigration".

Home Invasion in Radnor Township

Our Community Outreach committee addressed this issue at their latest meeting and our member Pearl Kim was interviewed by 6abc at that time.

Congratulations to Pearl Kim who has been selected as a member of this illustrious Commission!



May 3, 2012


Governor Corbett Proclaims May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Appoints Members to Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs

Harrisburg— In recognition of the more than 300,000 citizens who trace their roots to Asia and the Pacific Islands, Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in Pennsylvania.

“The Asian Pacific American community represents a vital dimension of our commonwealth’s diverse ethnic and social community,” Corbett’s proclamation said.

Governor Corbett also announced he has selected distinguished community leaders to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs. The commission is committed to ensuring that the commonwealth is receptive to the issues and concerns of its Asian American citizens. The commission advises and makes recommendations to the governor on policies, procedures, legislation, and regulations that affect the Asian American community.

The following individuals have been named as commission members:


Kenneth Wong, Philadelphia County (Chair)

Dr. Radhu Agrawal, Allegheny County

Deep Gupta, Cumberland County

Timothy Haahs, Montgomery County

Be Van Hua, Philadelphia County

Dr. Mian Jan, Chester County

Pearl Kim, Delaware County
Adam Kim, Montgomery County
Deborah Lee, Allegheny County

Dali Li, Allegheny County

Quang Mac, Philadelphia County

Kishor Mehta, Allegheny County

Drake Nakaishi, Delaware County

Hasu Shah, Dauphin County

Narasimha Shenoy, Chester County

Dr. Grace Shu, Lycoming County

Julie Wong, Philadelphia County


For more information about the commission or events celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month, contact Executive Director Amy Kiyota at 215-560-2640.


April 23, 2012

Congratulations to APABA-PA Executive Committee member, John Han, attorney for the Department of Justice who successfully prosecuted a case involving a home invasion robbery of a local APA business owner. 



Apr 3, 2012

Congratulations to Jose Sabalbaro - Archer & Greiner-Temple Law School-City of Philadelphia Diversity Scholarship Recipient!

APABA-PA congratulates student-member Jose Sabalbaro for being one of two Temple Law students to be the first-ever recipients of the Archer & Greiner-Temple Law School-City of Philadelphia Diversity Scholarship Program.
Jose, along with fellow student, Joel Clymer (both 2Ls at Temple Law), will each receive a $7,500 scholarship in addition to being paid summer associates at Archer & Greiner and the City of Philadelphia Law Department
during the Summer of 2012 at no cost to the City.

A link to Mayor Nutter’s press conference announcing the recipients of the scholarship is provided here.


March 30, 2012

Congratulations to our new EC member Pearl Kim, Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, for being selected by the Legal Intelligencer as one of the Women of the Year Winners. There will be short profiles of each of these women in the Women in the Profession supplement, which is scheduled to be published April 24.

March 20, 2012

Justices Set to Revisit Affirmative Action for Universities (premium access needed for whole article)

Diana Lin (APABA-PA member) and Stephen A. Miller, The Legal Intelligencer


Will Sylianteng's campaign for the Pennsylvania State House

Will Sylianteng, a former APABA-PA Executive Committee Member, has officially launched his campaign for the Pennsylvania State House (151st District).  If elected, Will is likely to be the sole Asian American in the General Assembly. If you would like more information about his campaign, you may visit his website at and facebook page at


*Please note: this message is provided for informational purposes only as APABA-PA does not officially endorse candidates in partisan elections.*



Congratulations to Melissa Kim- Director of the North 5th Street Revitalization Project- who was recently awarded and recognized by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown as "The Next Generation of Leadership: Rising Stars.”



Philadelphia School District Principals Attend Training On Anti-Bullying Policy 

Kay Kyungsun Yu (2008 President, 2012 Executive Committee), Chair ofPhiladelphia Commission on Human Relations on the recent progress of implementation of anti-harassment policy in the School District.


February 4, 2012

Look for many of our members at the 11th Annual Penn APALSA Conference, New Directions: Exploring the Future of Asian-American Progress.


Register here


One Love Panel: 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Criminal and Immigration Law: A Comprehensive Analysis of Deportation in the Cambodian Refugee Community
Sponsored by One Love Movement, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of PA (APABA-PA), Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP)

Moderator: Stella Tsai (2011 President, 2012 Executive Committee)


Breaking Boundaries: Asian-American Women in the Judiciary
Moderator: Grace Manno (2007 President, 2012 Member of the Executive and 
Judiciary Committees), Interim Counsel, AmerisourceBergen


Race, Discrimination, and Political Action
Moderator: Pearl Kim (2012 Member of the Executive and Community Outreach Committees), Assistant District Attorney, Delaware County District Attorney’s Office


Monday, January 23, 2012

DOJ press release: Philadelphia Man Convicted for Role in Violent Home Invasion Robberies of Business Owners in Four States.

The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorneys John S. Han (2012 Member of the Executive, State-wide Outreach and Policy Committees) and Robert Livermore of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section.




Friday, January 6, 2012

From the angry asian man: angry reader of the week: Pearl Kim(2012 Member of the Executive and Community Outreach Committees)


UPDATE Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Collingdale man, woman first convicted to human trafficking

District Attorney Jack Whelan, sworn into his post earlier this month, praised the efforts of Assistant District Attorney Pearl Kim, CID detectives and other law enforcement in a release Tuesday.




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