The group held its annual installation dinner at George restaurant in Georgetown. Nhon Nguyen of Richmond is the new APABA-VA president, succeeding Tony Pham, who served for two and a half years.
In presenting the award (photo at right), Alexandria lawyer John Tran recounted that Lee was one of the founders of APABA-VA, which was organized in 1998.
In remarks to the group, Lee urged the members of APABA to seek judgeships when they come open, a theme he said he has taken to other minority bars throughout Northern Virginia this fall. There has never been a full-time judge of Asian heritage in Virginia; there have been two Asian substitute judges, Tran and Michael HuYoung of Richmond.
- Paul Fletcher