OAPABA seeks nominations for the 2017 Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto Award.

The Justice Lynn R. Nakamoto Award honors leaders who have demonstrated leadership, professionalism, mentorship, a pioneering spirit, and a deep commitment to diversity and the promotion of Asian Pacific Americans in the Oregon legal community.  The Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA) bestowed its inaugural award to Judge Nakamoto in recognition of her career dedicated to achieving professional excellence while promoting diversity within the Oregon bar and community at large.  Her dedication endured during a time when only a handful of Asian Pacific American attorneys (APA) in the state strove to create a precursor organization to OAPABA, but were unable to maintain a critical mass of membership. For almost three decades, Justice Nakamoto has steadfastly promoted diversity and fought for equal rights in Oregon.  Notably, Justice Nakamoto received a historic appointment as the first appellate APA judge in Oregon in 2011.

OAPABA seeks to recognize individuals committed to the advancement of APA attorneys in Oregon and promotion of issues pertinent to APA and minority communities through advocacy, education and communication.  The journey to achieving diversity in Oregon is a unique and rapidly evolving one, and OAPABA is pleased to recognize and celebrate leaders and pioneers of diversity and APA issues who have changed and continue to elevate the importance of diversity in Oregon.

The award will be presented to the selected recipient at OAPABA’s annual gala dinner on September 28, 2017, at the Hilton downtown Portland.


The recipient must be a member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar with a demonstrated commitment to a variety of characteristics, including diversity, promotion of APA issues in the legal or general community, leadership, professionalism and mentorship in Oregon.

Various Criteria to be Considered:
1.     Mentoring/leadership roles
2.     Professional reputation
3.     Work to promote diversity in the bench and bar
4.     Work to promote diversity in the general Oregon community
5.     Work to increase access to justice for minorities
6.     Involvement with OAPABA
7.     Involvement with other specialty bar organizations
8.     Pro Bono work

Nominations are due June 2, 2017, by 5:00 p.m.  Please email your nomination to awards@oapaba.org

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