SMU recently sent Lianne Baldridge (2L), Nadia Khalid (3L), Jin Shin (2L), Hao Wu (2L), and Ashley Yen (2L) to the annual National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”) Conference in New Orleans, LA. Nadia Khalid was this year’s President of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (“NAPALSA”), which facilitates a conjoint conference with NAPABA. SMU has a strong legacy at NAPALSA: with three past presidents and multiple board members and regional directors, the conference remains an amazing place to meet attorneys, take on national leadership positions, and expand and strengthen the Asian American Pacific legal community. NAPALSA’s panelists this year included Walmart’s associate general counsel, U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force JAGs, and Karen Korematsu, daughter of the late civil rights activist and Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient, Fred Korematsu. Ashley Yen and Lianne Baldridge were elected to the 2015-2016 NAPALSA Board as South Central Regional Director and Treasurer, respectively.
From Left to Right: Hao Wu (2L), Jin Shin (2L), Lianne Baldridge (2L), Ashley Yen (2L), Nadia Khalid (3L)
SMU students Lianne Baldridge (2L), Nadia Khalid (3L) and Ashley Yen (2L) with Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu, prominent Asian-American civil rights activist and Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient.