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 2014-2015


APIS celebrated its 20th anniversary at our Annual Conference and Retreat on April 17-18, with more than 125 guests attending the event in Austin. APIS kicked off the celebration with a welcome dinner cohosted by the Austin Asian American Bar Association at Searsucker restaurant. During the conference, APIS proudly recognized the following award recipients: Justice David Wellington Chew Award—Albert Tan; Affiliate of the Year—Asian American Bar Association of Houston; Best Lawyers Under 40—Monika Singh Sanford, Rep. Gene Wu, and Jessica Vu; Outstanding Mentor—Sakina Rasheed; and Champion of Diversity— Anna Sankaran. CLE topics included: A Conversation with Executive Recruiters, Practical Steps to Minimize Cyber Risk, How to Recognize and React to Implicit Bias, Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law, and a fireside chat featuring president-elect of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and managing assistant general counsel of Verizon, Jin Hwang. The weekend concluded with the Annual Gala and Awards Dinner, which featured remarks by Daniel Hu, founding chair of APIS, and Judge Todd Wong, the first Asian-American elected to the Travis County judiciary. APIS continues to serve its membership—from law students to legal veterans— through coordination with Asian bar organizations across Texas.
Ann R. Chao, Immediate Past Chair 2014-2015