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The Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) Educational Fund (AEF) hosted its annual Benefit Dinner at the Kimpton Monaco on April 25, an annual event to raise awareness and money to assist the next generation of diverse attorneys. This year’s event was very successful and raised $56,000 for the night.

Amy Lyons from our Washington, D.C. office was contacted by Chrysalis Borja, AEF Board Member and In-house Counsel at GEICO, to host this year’s event. Amy is a first generation Malaysian-American attorney and was the 2023 recipient of the First-Generation Law Student Scholarship awarded by the AEF.

The AEF recognizes exceptional diverse young lawyers by providing valuable assistance to those in need of financial assistance and/or mentoring so that they can make a significant impact in the legal field, and is dedicated to bringing together Asian Pacific American attorneys and law students in the Greater Washington, D.C. area.

Each year, every level of the legal community from law students to long-standing judges is invited to gather to honor and recognize exceptional students. This year’s keynote speaker was Linda Mar Weidman, VP and Senior Counsel for Marriott International whose focus is on hotel development in the Caribbean and Latin America region.

Womble Bond Dickinson was a Gold Sponsor for this event not only to show support for Amy but to recognize the firm’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Several WBD attorneys (pictured below) also attended to show their support. 

Linda Mar Weidman, VP and Senior Counsel for Marriott International
Linda Mar Weidman, VP and Senior Counsel for Marriott International

 

A team of Womble attorneys from our Washington, D.C. office
Bob Silverman, Patrice Howard, Ben Smith, Amy Lyons, Patricia Vermillion, Ryan Gillcrist, and Chukwukpee Nzegwu. Richard Cameron also attended but is not pictured.

 

Attendees gather at the benefit dinnerView of the tables set up for the benefit dinner