WHO WE ARE

Vision & Mission of AAABA

Vision: To promote and advocate for justice, equity, equality, inclusion, and opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans (APA) in the Arizona legal profession and the community-at-large.

Mission: The Arizona Asian American Bar Association (AAABA) is a voluntary bar association for individuals of all backgrounds, including attorneys, judges, law professors, law students, and community members with an interest in the Arizona legal profession. Our mission is to:

  1. Encourage and promote the professional growth and advancement of our members by providing professional development and educational programs and mentoring and networking opportunities;
  2. Cultivate an understanding of the issues facing the APA legal community and the APA community-at-large and promote and advocate for justice, equity, equality, inclusion, and opportunity through the Arizona legal profession;
  3. Engage with the community-at-large by providing opportunities for leadership, education, and community service, and by encouraging cooperation with and between other bar and community organizations;
  4. Promote access to legal education and diversity in the legal profession by assisting law students financially and academically.

We welcome anyone passionate about issues of interest to the legal community to join AAABA. We also invite all members to become active in planning and implementing AAABA’s services, programs, and events, by joining a committee or by volunteering to help with specific events.

OFFICERS

The Arizona Asian American Bar Association (AAABA) is composed of attorneys, judges, members from the public, and law students. Our members are representative of the Arizona legal community, with attorneys practicing in both the private and public sectors and judges overseeing case loads from the local to the federal levels. Our members from the public are local business owners and our law student membership includes students from all three Arizona law schools.

John H. Gray
President

Sharon Ng
Vice President

Yijee Jeong
Secretary

Christopher K. Heo
Treasurer

LiJen Shen
Communications Coordinator

Tony King
Ex-Officio

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John H. Gray

President

Perkins Coie

2901 North Central Avenue, Suite 2000
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Sharon Ng

Vice President

Stinson LLP

1850 N. Central Ave., Suite 2100,
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Christopher Heo

Treasurer

Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP

2525 E. Camelback Road Suite 450 Phoenix,

AZ 85016

Yijee Jeong

Secretary

Sherman & Howard

201 East Washington St., Suite 800

Phoenix, AZ 85004

Li-Jen Shen

Communications Chair

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

2 N Central Ave # 2100,

Phoenix, AZ 85004

Tony King

Ex-Officio

Snell & Wilmer

One Arizona Center 400 East Van Buren Street Suite 1900

Phoenix, AZ 85004-2202

Amanda S. Chua

Gillespie Shields Goldfarb & Taylor

7319 North 16th Street,

Phoenix, AZ 85020

Ann B. Ching

Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University MC 9520 111 E. Taylor St. Phoenix, AZ 85004-4467

Briana Chua

Arizona Injury Law Group, PLLC

4600 N. 12th St.

Phoenix AZ 85014

Catherine Jiang

Jiang Law Firm, PLLC

1095 W Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 103
Tempe, AZ 85281

Christopher Dang

Quarles & Brady

2 North Central Avenue, #3

Phoenix, AZ 85004

Esther Andrews

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
400 N 5th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Katya M. Lancero

BurnsBarton PLC

2201 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 360

Phoenix, AZ 85016

Kenny T. Ho

Rose Law Group PC

7144 E Stetson Drive, Suite 300
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Liz Nguyen

Law Office of Mark J. Giunta

531 East Thomas Road, Suite 200

Phoenix, Arizona 85012

May Lu

Tiffany & Bosco P.A.

Seventh Floor Camelback Esplanade II 2525 E. Camelback Road

Phoenix, AZ 85016

Nicole Ong Colyer

Deputy General Counsel for Governor Doug Ducey

1700 W. Washington St,
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Shama Thathi

Tiffany & Bosco P.A.

Seventh Floor Camelback Esplanade II 2525 E. Camelback Road

Phoenix, AZ 85016

Thomas W. Chiang

Maricopa County Public Defender's Office

620 West Jackson, Suite 4015

Phoenix, AZ 85003

ADVISORY BOARD

Barry Wong

Arizona Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity Executive Director

Bernard Wu

Law Offices of Bernard Wu

Eileen Sullivan

Coconino County Legal Defender  

George Chen

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Leonardo Loo

Quarles & Brady LLP Partner

Lisa Loo

Arizona State University Deputy General Counsel

Marian M. Yim

Yim Law Office PLLC

Melissa Ho

Polsinelli PC Shareholder

HALL OF FAME

Thomas Tang

2013

Dr. Pearl Tang

2014

Wing F. Ong

2015

Anthony Ching

2016

Roxanne Song Ong

2018

PAST PRESIDENTS

Anthony King

2020-2021

May Lu

2019-2020

Thomas Chiang

2018-2019

Amanda Chua

2016-2017

Nicole Ong

2015-2016

Jared Leung

2014-2015

Mingyi Kang

2012-2013

Bryce Suzuki

2010-2011

Melissa Ho

2009-2010

Art Lee

2008-2009

Randy Aoyama

2007-2008

Patrick Black

2006-2007

George Chen

2005-2006

JoAnn Garcia

2002-2003

Bernard Wu

2001-2002

Natasha Price

2000-2001

Kim Brown

1999-2000

Viet Le

1997-1998

Craig Fujii

1996-1997

Marian Yim

1994-1996