APABA-PA is pleased to announce that John Chou is the recipient of the 2017 Attorney of the Year Award.

The award will be presented to him on September 8, 2017 at the Annual Banquet

To buy tickets to the Annual Banquet please visit this page  


John G. Chou


John serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of AmerisourceBergen Corporation, a Fortune 12 company and the largest public company in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  At AmerisourceBergen, John is responsible for strategy, business development, innovation, information technology, legal and compliance.  Before joining AmerisourceBergen in 2002, John was a partner with Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott. He previously held senior legal positions with CIGNA Corporation and ARCO Chemical Company, where he was Chief Corporate Counsel and then Chief European Counsel. He started practicing law as an antitrust associate with Weil Gotshal in New York and then as a corporate associate with Morgan Lewis in Philadelphia. John graduated from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In law school, he was editor of the Penn Law Review and president of his graduating class.

John has been recognized throughout his career for his outstanding achievements and efforts in advancing social justice.  John is one of the foremost pioneers and supporters of advancing the status of Asian Pacific Americans both within and outside of the legal profession.  John is a founding member and two-time past president of APABA-PA, and a long-time member of its Leadership Advisory Council.  John has been named to the Lawyers of Color’s Power List and is a recipient of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Justice in Action Award.

Among his many contributions to the community, John serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, as well as Episcopal Community Services in Philadelphia. John also serves on the Committee of Seventy’s Board of Directors.


2016 Attorney Of The Year

The Honorable Stella Tsai

APABA-PA is pleased to announce 2016’s Attorney of the Year is The Honorable Stella Tsai. Ms. Tsai was a partner at Archer & Greiner in their Philadelphia office, and concentrated her practice in business litigation with a focus in ethics, compliance and government affairs, representing individuals, small businesses, and multi-national businesses in transactional, regulatory and litigation matters, including trial and appellate work. She was a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and the firm’s representative to the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group’s Board of Directors. 

Ms. Tsai served an extended term as an inaugural member of the independent City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics. She has also served on the City of Philadelphia’s Zoning Code Commission where she was named Chair of the Engagement Committee and 2nd Vice-Chair of the Zoning Code Commission. Following her appointment to the Zoning Code Commission, Ms. Tsai was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Community College of Philadelphia and now serves as secretary of the Board. Ms. Tsai is also a past President of APABA-PA. Governor Tom Wolf nominated Ms. Tsai to serve as a judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. Following confirmation by the Pennsylvania Senate, she was sworn in as a judge on August 18, 2016 by President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper.


APABA-PA Names Suzanne Young As Its 2015 Attorney Of The Year




The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA) is delighted to announce that this year’s recipient of APABA-PA’s Attorney Of The Year Award is Suzanne Young. 

Ms. Young has a longstanding dedication to improving the lives of others.  As a public interest attorney for over 35 years, with almost 23 years at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, where she has been a Supervising Attorney for many years.  She has litigated numerous cases in administrative proceedings as well as in state, federal, and appellate courts, representing indigent individuals in a full-spectrum of employment matters, and previously, in child welfare proceedings.  She has led efforts in conducting outreach to underserved communities, including the growing Asian American immigrant community in Philadelphia, and advocated for the need for interpreters in legal proceedings. 

This year also marks Ms. Young’s 25th anniversary of her first involvement with APABA-PA.  In 2005, Ms. Young served as President of APABA-PA, and she continues to serve on its Executive Committee.  She has chaired several committees, including chair of the Board Governance/Nominations Committee for a decade, and co-founder of the Marutani Fellowship Committee.  She has also held leadership positions with the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and National Lawyers Guild. 

Ms. Young is tremendously active in the community, having served as a board member and officer of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, the Asian American Women’s Coalition, Asian Americans United, and National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women.

Ms. Young may be best appreciated for her supervision and mentoring of countless individuals, including younger attorneys, paralegals, and law students, even beyond those at Community Legal Services.  Ms. Young has a gift for recognizing people’s tremendous potential, then providing the guidance and advice that assists them in reaching their professional goals and dreams.

Ms. Young has been previously recognized in 2009, when she received the Equal Justice Award for Outstanding Leadership from Community Legal Services.  In 2008, she was recognized by the Rutgers-Camden School of Law APALSA Chapter for her outstanding commitment and service to Asian communities.  She also received the “Friend of Social Work” Award in 1996 from the National Association of Social Workers, in “Appreciation for Her Advocacy On Behalf of the Children of Hawaii.”  Ms. Young is licensed and has practiced in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Hawaii. 

Ms. Young will be honored at APABA-PA’s Annual Banquet on November 13, 2015, at the Sheraton University City, 3549 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. 

The Annual Banquet will also feature keynote speaker The Honorable Cathy Bissoon of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and a ten-course banquet catered by Sang Kee.  For information about sponsorship opportunities and tickets, please contact Djung Tran, Annual Banquet Chair, at [email protected], or Su Ming Yeh, APABA-PA President, at [email protected]  For more information, see http://www.apaba-pa.org/news-and-events




2014 Attorney of the Year

Tsiwen M. Law

Tsiwen M. Law is a civil trial lawyer with his law firm, Law & Associates, L.L.C. Mr.Law participated in the founding of the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). During Mayor Wilson Goode’s second term, Mr. Law served as chairman of the Philadelphia Commission on Asian American Affairs which examined the City’s services to the Asian American communities. Then Mayor Ed Rendell appointed Mr. Law to the Private Industry Council in 1995. In 2003, Mayor John Street appointed him to the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, where he serves as a labor economics consultant. He was re-appointed to the Board by Mayor Michael Nutter. In 2009, Mayor Nutter appointed him to the reconstituted Commission on Asian American Affairs. He has been a member of the Philadelphia Council on Business Economics. 

Mr. Law has also served two years as chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Civil and Equal Rights Committee and one year as co-chair of the 2008 Mid-year Meeting. He has been co-chair of NAPABA’s Civil Rights Committee for thirteen years. He is a past chairman of the
Minority Bar Committee, past vice chair of the PBA’s Long Range Planning Committee, past at-large governor of the PBA Board, past member of the PBA House Credentials Committee, past House delegate for Zone One, past member of the PBA Task Force on Diversity, and a member
of the Task Force on Needs of Middle Income Persons. He is the author of numerous resolutions which have been successfully approved by the House of Delegates, including the Pennsylvania Court Interpreters Act which became law in November 2006. 

Mr. Law has testified before Congress on census issues, before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on special education needs of APA students, before the Pennsylvania State Senate on court interpreters, before the Pennsylvania State Assembly opposing English-Only bills, before the
Philadelphia City Council on the need for a police oversight board and before the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission on hate crimes against the Hmong Community. He is the author of “An Asian American Looks at the Bill of Rights,” published in the Bill of Rights, A Bicentennial View, Stivison, David, Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1991. Mr. Law is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Dennis Morikawa

Dennis J. Morikawa currently serves as senior counsel in Morgan Lewis’s Labor and Employment Practice, where he heads the Occupational Safety and Health Law Practice. Mr. Morikawa has been with the firm for more than 40 years, 33 of which he served as a partner. He represents management regarding labor and employment law issues, focusing on matters arising under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Mine Safety and Health Act. He is actively involved in counseling clients in the development and implementation of safety and health policies and strategic plans throughout the United States and Europe, and he has represented companies
and trade associations in connection with rulemaking related to proposed OSHA Standards. Mr. Morikawa also counsels clients in a variety of labor and employment-related issues, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment
Act. He provides counseling and litigation support for claims involving alleged whistleblower claims by employees under § 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Mr. Morikawa has represented companies in virtually all OSHA Regions throughout the United States and all OSHA State Plan States. He also has represented companies before Administrative Law Judges, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the United States
Courts of Appeals, and State Courts throughout the country in connection with OSHA-related matters. Mr. Morikawa also has testified before the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections of the House Committee on Education and Labor. Mr. Morikawa is past management co-chair of the
Committee on Occupational Safety and Health Law of the American Bar Association. He has spoken frequently before client groups, trade associations, and the American Bar Association on issues related to OSHA. Mr. Morikawa also has served as a U.S. Delegate, designated by the
Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, to participate in the 2007 US/EU International Conference on Safety at Work, held in Cascais, Portugal. 

In 1991, he successfully argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in Consolidated Rail Corporation v. Railway Labor Executives’
Association, with respect to the implementation of drug testing programs as part of medical examinations in the railroad industry. 

In 1996, he worked with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Atlanta Organizing Committee (ACOG), with respect to the drug testing of athletes at the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Morikawa is a graduate of Denison University and Syracuse University
College of Law. 

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