On November 17, 2011, OAPABA Members Liani Reeves and Peggy Nagae received national recognition for their excellent contributions to Asian Pacific American (APA) Attorneys at the NAPABA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Nagae received the 2011 Trailblazer award and Ms. Reeves was selected as one of NAPABA’s Best Under 40.
The NAPABA Trailblazers Award recognizes the outstanding achievements, commitment and leadership of lawyers who have paved the way for the advancement of other APA attorneys. As part of its annual convention, NAPABA honors a member from each region who meets these criteria. The honorees are selected by the regional governors and the affiliates in their region. The paths and achievements of our awardees are often very different. However, they all have had careers and otherwise made contributions that demonstrate vision, courage and tenacity, and which have resulted in substantial and lasting contributions to the APA legal profession, as well as the broader APA community.
Peggy Nagae is an independent consultant with extensive experience in change management, leadership development, executive coaching, diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, marketing, and potentiating the human spirit at work. Her work is collaborative, values-based and heart-driven. Peggy earned an A.B. in East Asian Studies from Vassar College, a J.D., from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, and a M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.
Her legal practice included business litigation, criminal defense, and general practice. She served as the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Oregon School of Law and the Affirmative Action Director at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. She helped found and served as president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is the current co-chair of NAPABA’s Leadership Advisory Council and the Diversity Task Force. She is also the program director for The Center for Asian Pacific American Women. Peggy is highly recognized for her work on the National JACL Redress Committee, as the lead attorney for Minoru Yasui in reopening his WWII Japanese American incarceration case, Yasui v. United States, and as a Presidential appointee to the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund.
NAPABA’s Best Under 40 award recognizes talented individuals within the APA legal community under the age of 40 who have achieved prominence and distinction in their fields of endeavor—be it the practice of law, academia, business, civic and charitable affairs, the judiciary, or politics — and have demonstrated a strong commitment to civic or community affairs.
Ms. Liani Reeves was selected earlier this year by Gov. John Kitzhaber to be his chief legal advisor. A graduate of Willamette University, Liani most recently served as Deputy Chief Trial Counsel for the Oregon Department of Justice under Attorney General John Kroger. She also was staff attorney for the National Crime Victim Law Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School.
Raised on Oregon’s south coast in North Bend, Liani has served with numerous community organizations, including the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, Oregon Commission on Asian Affairs, and Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Committee. She was tagged by the Oregon Business Journal as among the “40 under 40” up and comers in Oregon and recently by the Daily Journal of Commerce as its Up & Coming Lawyer of the Year.
As Governor Kitzhaber’s counsel, she works extensively on tribal issues, public record requests and judicial appointments.