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Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City Condemns Shooting in Olathe, KS

February 27, 2017

The Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City (AABAKC) is outraged and deeply saddened by the tragedy that befell our community on the evening of February 22. According to news reports, a gunman shot three men in an Olathe, Kansas, bar after shouting racist and xenophobic remarks directed at two of the victims. Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed, and two others, Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot, were injured. AABAKC strongly condemns these events.

AABAKC extends our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Mr. Kuchibhotla. We wish speedy and complete recoveries for Mr. Madasani and Mr. Grillot as they confront the aftermath brought about by this horrific event.

We praise Mr. Grillot’s actions that day, as news reports indicate he fearlessly and heroically stood up to the shooter. During these times when rhetoric divides this country and crimes against immigrants and minority groups headline the news, Mr. Grillot’s heroic actions remind us of the need to stand in solidarity with our neighbors of all races, religions, and orientations to protect and defend groups that are unfairly targeted.

While further details are still forthcoming, this event serves as a tragic reminder of violence that many Arab, Hindu, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian communities, and countless other minority groups have endured, which, unfortunately, has become far too common in recent years.

AABAKC asks all law enforcement, authorities, and Mr. Steve Howe, District Attorney for Johnson County, Kansas, to prosecute this crime at the highest level. While mindsets are not changed overnight, the prosecution of this crime as a hate crime by the U.S. Department of Justice would serve as a strong statement that hateful, racist, and xenophobic actions such as this will be met with the full force of the law.

AABAKC calls on elected officials in Kansas and at the federal level to condemn this reprehensible action as a hate crime. AABAKC further calls on all elected officials to condemn all forms of anti-immigrant hate, bigotry, and xenophobia to make this country a better place for all of us.

AABAKC is joined in this statement by: the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and South Asian Bar Association of St. Louis.

2017 NAPABA REGIONAL CONFERENCES

Call for Programs for Central Regional Conference
The Call for Programs for the Central Regional Conference is open! If you would like to submit a program for the Central Regional Conference, please complete the Call for Programs form here. The deadline to submit a program proposal is Feb. 28, 2017, 8 p.m. EST.

Find all of the NAPABA Regional Conference information on the NAPABA website.

NAPABA SEEKS VOLUNTEER GENERAL COUNSEL

NAPABA is searching for a pro bono General Counsel to advise the NAPABA Board of Governors and the NAPABA Executive Director on a broad range of legal issues. The General Counsel also acts as a key strategic partner to the Board and Executive Director by providing guidance on many non-legal governance matters.

The General Counsel should be a senior-level, highly respected lawyer who has been active in NAPABA and who has some familiarity with the organization’s history and leadership. The General Counsel does not need to possess any particular legal background, but s/he should have access to other lawyers at his/her firm who could provide specialized expertise in areas such as non-profit governance, Illinois corporate law, employment, contracts, privacy, public communications, and non-profit tax. Although NAPABA is incorporated in Illinois and based in Washington, D.C., issues do arise from time to time that require expertise in the law of other jurisdictions. For these reasons, although association with a large firm is not required, it could be very helpful to the General Counsel in executing his/her duties.

To recommend a candidate or for more information, please contact NAPABA Executive Director Tina Matsuoka at tmatsuoka@napaba.org.

Join NAPABA Lobby Day 2017

Join us for NAPABA Lobby Day 2017, which will be held in Washington, D.C., from May 22-23, 2017. This event is an opportunity for NAPABA members from across the country to educate members of Congress and congressional staffers on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community. Lobby Day also gives members an active role in promoting NAPABA’s mission of advocating for justice, equity, and opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans. Learn more about the event here.

Stipend Applications | March 22, 2017
Stipends are available for NAPABA direct members traveling to Lobby Day from out of town.

Lobby Day Registration | April 12, 2017
Register for all events and apply for a stipend online on the NAPABA website.

Hotel | Book by April 21, 2017
NAPABA has secured a room block through Hyatt Place Washington, D.C./U.S. Capitol. The rate is $239/night (single/double) plus applicable taxes & fees. Book your hotel by April 21 here.