In the summer of 2006, a small group of Asian American attorneys formed the Austin Asian American Bar Association (“AAABA”) to serve the Asian-Pacific American (“APA”) legal community in Austin and the surrounding Central Texas region. The creation of this organization gave a much-needed unified voice and influence to Asian American attorneys—the fastest-growing ethnic minority group in the Texas State Bar. After its formation, AAABA joined the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”), an influential national bar organization for APA attorneys, as its third Texas-based affiliate. AAABA, a Texas non-profit corporation organized and operated as a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt business league, is the only attorney bar organization devoted to and serving the APA community in Austin and the surrounding areas.
AAABA’s membership, which has steadily and impressively grown in recent years, consists of a diverse group—ranging from government lawyers to law firm partners to corporate in-house lawyers, as well as law students. Since its inception, AAABA has focused on membership needs, including social networking, professional development and mentoring, community service and outreach, and increasingly broad state-wide and national causes. Examples of past events and activities include: continuing legal education programs, pro bono and legal aid activities, social and networking events, mentoring sessions, bi-partisan political forum support, cultural events, community organization outreach, and other community events. Above all else, AAABA is an outlet for its members to develop themselves within a network that is unique to the Austin legal community.
AAABA's mission is to support and promote the social, professional, and legal interests of Asian American attorneys in Central Texas. AAABA seeks to accomplish its mission through regular forums, meetings, community service events, seminars, professional development, and social activities with Central Texas attorneys and other bar groups throughout Texas. AAABA works to develop willing, active, and committed leaders who will represent the Asian American community in Central Texas.
AAABA is led by an operating Council consisting of paying members, Officers, Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs, and other members invited by Officers to join the Council. The Council collaborates and gives direction to various AAABA committees, which drive specific AAABA initiatives. Meetings are open to any dues paying member who wishes to participate. Please contact the President at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about participating in these meetings.