The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) is pleased to announce Lane County Circuit Judge Mustafa Kasubhai as the 2018 recipient of the Justice Lynn Nakamoto Award.
The Justice Lynn Nakamoto Award recognizes leaders in our community who have demonstrated leadership, professionalism, mentorship, a pioneering spirit, and a deep commitment to diversity and the promotion of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) in the Oregon legal community.
Judge Kasubhai was appointed to the bench in 2006 and was the first APA attorney to serve as a judge in Lane County. Throughout his tenure, he has shown a commitment to the hiring, advancement, mentorship, and promotion of diverse people of all kinds. Before joining the bench, Judge Kasubhai represented those members of the community who did not have access to justice, such as farmworkers, employees injured on the job, or consumers injured by products.
In a state where only about 4.5% of judges are Asian American/Pacific Islander, Judge Kasubhai is an Oregon trailblazer who truly captures the pioneering spirit of the Justice Lynn Nakamoto Award. He also exemplifies this year’s gala theme, The Intersectional Experience, being one of the few Muslim and Southeast Asian judges in Oregon.
OAPABA will honor Judge Kasubhai at our annual gala dinner on August 30, 2018 at The Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland.
About the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association: OAPABA’s mission is:
Advancement: To promote the professional development and advancement of APA attorneys through education, research, and programs.
Advocacy: To act as a vehicle and forum for expressing opinion on matters of concern to APA attorneys in our communities.
Communication: To encourage and foster communication among APA attorneys on issues affecting our work, communities, and government.