Founded in 2005, the Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City (“AABAKC”) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote justice, equality and opportunity for Asian Americans, and to foster professional development, legal scholarship, advocacy and community involvement in the metropolitan Kansas City area. Our membership reflects all aspects of Kansas City’s Asian American legal community. In coordinating social events, continuing legal education seminars, pro bono representation and volunteer opportunities, AABAKC promotes Asian American involvement in the legal profession and addresses the needs of Kansas City’s Asian American community.

The founding board of AABAKC was comprised of Yabo Lin, Veronica Chang-Peshoff, Peter Chung, Christopher Javillonar, David Kim, Hansin Scott Kim, Lisa Westergaard, and Neal Patel.

Past and current Presidents are:

  • Yabo Lin 2005-2006
  • Veronica Chang-Peshoff 2006-2007
  • Christopher Javillonar 2007-2008
  • Peter Chung 2008-2009
  • Judy Yi 2009-2010
  • Seema Chawla 2010-2011
  • Greg Wu 2011-2012
  • Jose Bautista 2012-2013
  • Lisa Westergaard 2013-2014
  • David Lloyd, 2014-2015
  • Ronald Nguyen, 2015-2016
  • Jennifer Stonecipher Hill, 2016-2017

AABAKC is active in partnering with other bar associations and legal organizations to promote diversity in our legal community and to give back to the Kansas City community. AABAKC Board members actively participate in the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s (KCMBA) Diversity Section, KCMBA Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair, the Missouri Bar Committee on Minority Issues, the Legal Aid of Western Missouri, and Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP), as well as other programs and organizations.

For more information about our programs, click here.

American Bar Association
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
North American South Asian Bar Association
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
Minority Corporate Counsel Association
Missouri Bar Association
Missouri Asian American Bar Association
Legal Aid of Western MO
Legal Aid of Eastern MO
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Lawyers Association of Kansas City
Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City
Jackson County Bar Association
Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City
National Association of Asian American Professional Greater KC