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    • 06/23/2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Via Zoom & GAPABA FB Livestream





    39 YEARS LATER: 

    A Conversation on AAPI Hate, Past to Present

    Wed | June 23, 2021 | 5:00 PM (EDT)

    Via Zoom & GAPABA Facebook Livestream

    IT’S NOT FAIR” – The last words uttered by Vincent Chin reflect a sentiment felt by People of Color throughout US history.  Chin, a 27-year-old Chinese American, was brutally attacked and killed in 1982 by two disgruntled Detroit autoworkers who blamed the Japanese for taking American jobs. They never spent a night in jail. This tragedy and resulting miscarriage of justice sparked the modern Asian American civil rights movement. Yet, few people know his name and others assume it was an isolated incident. Fast forward to this past year, when acts of anti-Asian American violence and hate have jumped significantly, including the Atlanta spa shootings, and we have to ask ourselves, what can we learn from the lessons of the past, how did we end up here again, and what can we do to ensure justice?


    Join us for this important conversation as our distinguished panel tackles these tough issues, through the lens of history, and provides insights and intel to help us navigate bigotry and bias against people of Asian heritage and all People of Color, going forward.

    Join us for a chance to win an autographed book from our two award-winning authors.

    Brought to you by GAPABA and co-sponsored by NACA-Atlanta (the National Association of Chinese Americans)

    • 06/30/2021
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Link TBD

    Marketing Do's & Don'ts 

    for Solo & Small Firms

    Wed., June 30, 2021 | 11:00 - 1:00 PM EST


    Via Zoom. This is a GAPABA SSF Lunch & Learn

    Speaker: Heather Riggs, J.D.

    Founder | Digital Marketing Expert

    Atlanta Legal Marketing

    Join us for the 3rd installment of our Solo | Small Firm (SSF) Lunch & Learn Series with Heather Riggs, Founder and Digital Marketing Expert at Atlanta Legal Marketing, on Marketing Do's and Don'ts for Small Firms. Topics will include creating your brand, reputation management, digital content creation, and much more! This event will be moderated by SSF Co-Chair Neeli Shah, founder of The Law Offices of Neeli Shah.


    Attorney Heather Riggs has always had an enthusiasm for innovation in the legal industry. She has dedicated her career to helping fellow members of the profession plan, build, and drive their online marketing presence.

    Heather was adopted, and she understood from an early age that an attorney made her adoption possible. This revelation inspired her calling to the legal field. After practicing in a small firm, she opened her own solo practice which focused on making families whole by matching loving parents with deserving children. During her years in practice Heather identified a disconnect between the lawyer’s capacity to effectively market and the public’s ability to understand and access legal services. Solving both problems at once, Heather founded Atlanta Legal Marketing.

    Heather holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Clayton State University where she studied psychology, women’s studies, theater, and philosophy. Her coursework required study in twenty countries across six continents, including: England, Scotland, France, Greece, Portugal, Panama, Ecuador Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Argentina, Malta, Cyprus, and Tanzania. 

    If you would like to submit questions in advance, email:

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Han C. Choi Scholarship


From his Law Firm, Ballard Spahr

Han C. Choi, who served as Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr's Atlanta Office, led the firm's Korea Initiative, and was respected locally and nationally for his extraordinary work on behalf of Asian American lawyers and students, died March 26, 2018.

Mr. Choi, 52, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April 2017. He was determined to maintain his successful law practice, as well as his active civic and social life, for as long as possible. In the year since his diagnosis, Mr. Choi traveled with his wife, Catherine, and their three children. He was honored by civic organizations he helped build and grow, assisted clients with their business needs, and—as always—participated in activities that enriched the lives of others.

... "Han was a leader, a teacher, a mentor, a friend. He was all of those things in one," Ballard Spahr Associate Stephanie Kim said. "He truly cared about his clients, some of whom became his closest friends. And he listened to others because he didn't believe that his way was always the right way. Even in the most pressure-filled situation, he remained calm and looking for solutions. That had a quiet, uplifting effect on everyone around him.”

Read more from Ballard Spahr's IN MEMORIAM

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