AABA Named ‘Affiliate of the Year’ Under Miriam Kim’s Leadership

Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney and president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) Miriam Kim and AABA were recognized as 2017 Affiliate of the Year by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) on Nov. 4, 2017.

AABA, one of the largest minority bar associations in the State of California, earned the award in recognition of its best practices and accomplishments in the community. NAPABA recognized AABA for “[standing] up for justice by coming together as a community and mobilizing its members to defend the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) and other minorities.”

Ms. Kim accepted the award on behalf of AABA at the 29th Anniversary Gala during the 2017 NAPABA Convention in Washington, D.C.

“AABA is honored to be selected as NAPABA’s Affiliate of the Year,” said Ms. Kim. “We extend a heartfelt thank you to our members, sponsors, and community partners for their continued involvement and support in carrying on AABA’s legacy of civil rights, community service and career advancement.”

A selection of this year’s outstanding work led by Ms. Kim and AABA includes:

  • Leading an immigration and naturalization clinic for communities affected by the immigration Executive Order of early 2017, where AABA trained over 100 volunteers on immigration issues and served more than 50 clients in just a few hours.
  • Organizing semi-monthly pro bono legal clinics in Oakland and San Francisco, serving over 200 indigent clients, including many APA immigrants.
  • Working directly with local and national leaders to urge a District Attorney to investigate the attack on Maan Singh Khalsa in Richmond, California as a hate crime; ultimately, two men were sentenced to three years in prison for felony assault and a hate crime.

“Miriam is a tireless advocate for diversity – both within and outside of our law firm – and a leader in advancing equality and justice for the Asian-American community,” Munger Tolles Co-Managing Partner Sandra A. Seville-Jones said. “We congratulate her on this well-deserved honor.”

Named one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” by NAPABA in 2014, Ms. Kim is an experienced litigator focusing on trade secrets litigation and high-stakes internal investigations. In addition to serving as AABA president, she is a member of the board of the Bar Association of San Francisco Justice & Diversity Center, co-chair of the Berkeley Law Asian Pacific American Alumni Association, and an active member of Christ Church East Bay.