Washington: The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association has announced the recipients for 2007 of its highest honour, the NAPABA Trailblazer Award, and India-born Rita Gunasekaran is one of them. There are eight other awardees as well, including Neal Kumar Katyal.
The award recognises outstanding achievements, commitment, and leadership of NAPABA lawyers who have paved the way for the advancement of, and served as role models for, other Asian Pacific American lawyers.
NAPABA honours a member from each region in the U.S. who meets the criteria, the selection being made by the regional governors and the affiliates in their region every year. Their paths and achievements are often very different. However, they have all demonstrated vision, courage, and tenacity in their careers, making substantial and lasting contributions to both the Asian Pacific American legal community and the broader Asian Pacific American community.
Ms. Gunasekaran, chosen from the California Central Region, is the Chair of Haight Brown & Bonesteel’s Appellate Practice Group. She is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
Prior to joining the group, she worked as a research attorney in the Court of Appeal of the Second Appellate District for the State of California.She is the past Chair of the State Bar of California’s Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission and of the Los Angeles County Bar’s Appellate Courts Committee.
NAPABA, the association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students, represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 50 local Asian Pacific American bar associations.
Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at different levels of government.