Mission Statement

To advocate the common professional interests of lawyers of Asian-Pacific Islander heritage in Texas and those lawyers having an interest in the affairs of the Asian community and the law of countries on the Pacific Rim. In addition, the Section seeks to utilize the legal skills of its members to promote Asian interests and concerns in both public and private forums throughout the State of Texas. The Section strives to address Texas Asian legal concerns in order to heighten public awareness of how such legal issues can affect every facet of life in Texas. Formed in 1995, the Asian Pacific Interest Section (APIS) of the State Bar of Texas was created to be a statewide umbrella organization to promote the common professional interests of lawyers of and interested in Asian-Pacific American heritage, community and culture in Texas. 

Section Report 2016-2017


The section hosted its 22nd Annual Conference this April in Austin with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. In addition to CLEs, leadership training, and networking, the section presented the following awards: Best Under 40—Julie Allen, Christine Hoang, and Hao Ni; Affiliate of the Year—Dallas Asian American Bar Association; Pro Bono Attorney— Teresa Messer; Outstanding Mentor— Andrea Tran; Champion of Diversity— Hope Shimabuku; and Justice Wellington Chew—Gina Shishima. The Annual In-House Counsel Reception and Fireside Chat featured Toni Nguyen and Shishima and was moderated by Albert Tan.

APIS appreciates its sponsors: Duane Morris; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; Haynes and Boone; Norton Rose Fulbright; Thompson
& Knight; Carter Scholer; Andrews Kurth Kenyon; AZA LAW; Baker & Hostetler; Foster; Holland & Knight; Husch Blackwell; Jackson Walker; Locke Lord; McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore; Ni, Wang & Massand; and the Kim Law Firm. APIS would like to thank NAPABA Southwest Regional Governor Daniel Hu and the council members, speakers, volunteers, and State Bar and NAPABA staff who ensured the section’s success. Special thanks to section executive board members Ann Sheu, Punam Kaji, Chi Reece, Emily Lee, Paul Yin, Cat Le, and Albert Lin for their commitment and service.

Ann Chao Sheu, Immediate Past Chair 2016-2017