On Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association returned true to form with its 7th Annual GAPABA Gala at the Georgia Aquarium. With a vaccination requirement and Aquarium mask mandate policy, over 500 guests attended, reuniting after more than a year since the Pandemic began, to celebrate our wins, and remember those we lost.


The Gala was emceed by Richard Lui, MSNBC | NBC News Anchor. President Angela Hsu (Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner) delivered warm welcoming remarks, together with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) President, Rear Admiral A.B. Cruz, III.


Our Honorees for the evening included:

The GAPABA Law Foundation recognized the 2020 mini-grant recipients, with outgoing Secretary Raymond Tran (Seyfarth Shaw) toasting the memory of Trinh Huynh, a GAPABA Board Member lost to violence in 2018. 

The evening also was a commemoration of the victims of the March 16, 2021 Atlanta Asian shooting, with many family members in attendance. They stood to be recognized after a moment of silence, and Richard Lui presented excerpts from his NBC Asian America documentary Remember the Flowers. The campaign for the AAPI Crime Victims & Education Fund, co-chaired by Sara Hamilton (Thompson Hine) and BJay Pak, was launched to raise funds for other AAPI victims of hate and bias crimes, as well as create programs to dispel harmful stereotypes.

As a capstone to the Gala, Georgia Supreme Court Justice Carla Wong McMillian, delivered the oath of office to all the incoming GAPABA Officers, Board Members and Committee Chairs. Cheers to everyone for coming, and thank you to all our Sponsors whose generosity made our event, and all our GAPABA programming, possible.


HONOREES & SPEAKERS


Byung J. "BJay" Pak

Former U.S. Attorney

Partner | Alston & Bird

The Judge Alvin T. Wong

Pioneer Award


Peter Carter

EVP and Chief Legal Officer

Delta Air Lines

GC Diversity Champion



Monica Howard Douglas

SVP and General Counsel

The Coca-Cola Company

Women's Leadership Award


Richard Lui

Author and News Anchor

MSNBC | NBC News

Emcee

2021 GENERAL COUNSEL ATTENDEES

 


Peter Carter

EVP, CLO & Corp. Secretary

Delta Air Lines

 


Monica Douglas Howard

SVP & GC

The Coca-Cola Company


 


Michael Wu

CLO & Secretary

Bath & Body Works




Bradford Turner

Chief Legal & Admin. Officer

Newell Brands




Vanessa Sutherland

EVP & CLO

Norfolk Southern




Ling-Ling Nie

GC & VP | Ethics, Compliance

& Legal Affairs

Georgia Tech



Steve Heinrichs

EVP, CLO, Chief Compliance Officer

& Corp. Secretary

Mueller Water Products



Elizabeth (Beth) Chandler

CLO & Corp. Secretary

Rollins



William "Bill" Min

EVP & GC

LexisNexis Risk Solutions



Lynette E. Smith

EVP & GC

Chick-fil-A


Shyam Reddy

Chief Admin. Officer, SVP, GC & 

Corp. Secretary

BlueLinx Corporation 


Jim Kerr, II

EVP, CLO & Chief Compliance Officer

Southern Company



Todd Sheldon

EVP, GC & Secretary

Pulte Group




Jennifer Hightower

SVP & GC

Cox Enterprises


Ricardo Nunez

GC, CCO & Secretary

SWM International 




Ashoo Sharma

VP & GC

Harry Norman, Realtors



 

Alan K. Tse

Global CLO & Corp. Secretary

Jones Lang LaSalle


Angus Haig

SVP & GC

Cox Automotive


Justin Im

VP Legal & Corp. Secretary

Superior Essex



Shawn Galey

VP, GC and Gov't Affairs

(Americas & Asia)

Brambles Limited



L. Scott Askins

GC, Chief Compliance Officer &

Corp. Secretary

Kabbage



Chris Javillonar

General Counsel

Honeywell PPE


Curtis Lu

General Counsel

 FTI Consulting


Tricia Kinney

Chief Legal & Compliance Officer

ServiceMaster


Kevin Wolff

VP, GC & Secretary

Energy Insurance Mutual



Noni Ellison

SVP, GC & Corp. Secretary

Tractor Supply Company




Scott Wilkinson

EVP & CLO

The Atlanta Hawks


Dara Redler

Interim CLO & Corp. Secretary

Tilray


 

Stephen Sencer

SVP & GC

Emory University


Greg Birge

CLO & Corp. Secretary

Purchasing Power



Shawn Baldwin

GC & Secretary

Select Interior Concepts



Shasha Zou

General Counsel

VERO Biotech


Sean Rosario

GC & Chief Compliance Officer

Summit Spine & Joint Centers


Anne Lee Benedict

General Counsel

Thomas James Homes


David Christofferson

EVP, GC & Secretary

Floor & Decor


Brian Mink

GC, Corp. Secretary &

VP of Risk Management

InTown & Uptown Suites


Deborah White

President, SVP & GC

Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)



Eugene Kim

General Counsel

Brightree LLC




Mark Johnson

Chief Legal, Governance Officer

Kimball International


Michael Ridgway Jones

General Counsel

Riskonnect


Kristen McGuffey

Chief Legal Officer & Secretary

Serta Simmons Bedding



Cam-Anh (Anh) Le

General Counsel

Georgia Technology Authority

POINTS OF CONTACT






Angela Hsu

GAPABA President

& GALA Chair

Timothy Wang

GAPABA President-Elect

Chris Chan

GALA Fundraising Co-Chair


Jeff Sayer

GALA Fundraising Co-Chair


Questions about Gala Program: gala@gapaba.org

Registration Questions: registration@gapaba.org   |   Sponsorship Questions: sponsors@gapaba.org

Submission of Logos, Invoicing and Sponsor Guest Registrations: communications@gapaba.org


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