7:30-8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:55 Welcome Remarks, Mayor Joe Hogsett video, Sen. Todd Young video (tentative), Rep. Andre Carson letter of welcome, NAPABA dignitaries
9:00-10:30 Plenary Session: The World is All Around Us: A Diversity Call to Action.
Speaker: Lee Mun Wah, Stirfry Seminars, is an internationally renowned documentary filmmaker, author, educator, master diversity trainer, and founder of Stirfry Seminars, a diversity training company that provides educational tools and workshops on cross-cultural communication and awareness, mindful facilitation, and conflict mediation techniques. His popular interactive session focuses on what it takes to create a truly multicultural community. He is best known for his award-winning documentary The Color of Fear, the subject of an Oprah Winfrey special. His latest film, If These Halls Could Talk, focuses on college students and their dialogue about race and racism, and other diversity issues in higher education. Lee Mun Wah’s message is that we cannot wait until tomorrow for some charismatic leader to appear who will bring us all together. We each must take a stand and personally participate in this important journey of confronting our fears and beginning a conversation not only with those we love but also with those we have been taught to fear.
10:30-10:45 Networking Break
10:45-12:00 Breakout Session #1
In-house counsel track: Handling a Corporate Crisis Through the In-house Lens. Deadlines, IP, personnel, litigation, policy, government regulation, networking, and the Keurig is broke…when does it ever slow down around here? The panelists from major corporations within Indianapolis and its environs will provide organizational practice tips, response techniques, client identification and common threads of in-house legal counseling when everything seems to be a crisis.
Panelists: Caroline Chien is Legal Counsel and Commercial Executive of strategy and future programs at Rolls Royce, Indianapolis. Caroline has a rich background in national security including service as General Counsel for the Defense Technology Security Administration, Associate General Counsel for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, General Counsel for the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, Associate General Counsel for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Assistant General Counsel for the Defense Logistics Agency.
Shiv Ghuman O’Neill is Senior Counsel for Global Litigation at Cummins, Inc. Her responsibilities include product safety, crisis management, emissions compliance, proactive legal counseling, as well as global litigation. Ms. O’Neill’s works have been published by The International Society of Automation and the American Bar Association. Her legal career began at Faegre Baker Daniels in Indianapolis.
Veronica Lei, Counsel in the Litigation and Legal Compliance group at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Lei manages the defense of her company in pharmaceutical pricing and False Claims Act matters and responds to federal and state government requests for information. She previously advised on issues relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, counseled her company’s Ethics and Compliance function, and oversaw the company’s internal, privileged investigations. Prior to joining Eli Lilly, Ms. Lei was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for more than six years in the Boston U.S. Attorney’s Office, specializing in asset forfeiture and financial investigations. She began her career as a litigation associate at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP (now Dentons) in Chicago and then clerked for the Honorable Morris E. Lasker on the U.S. District Court in the District of Massachusetts.
Scott Watanabe, Watanabe Law Group, PC, is a second career lawyer who previously worked in marketing and advertising before becoming the CEO of a digital publishing company. In law school he was a member of the Health Law Review. Scott is an active participant in the Legal Aid system and the Guardian Ad Litem program for children. He primarily practices in the family law and estate planning fields.
Breakout Session #2
General membership track: Well-being and Resilience for Lawyers.
Lawyers are statistically more likely to suffer from depression, addiction, and alcoholism than many other professionals. A quest to always be on the right side of the law and seeking performance perfectionism can lead to unhealthy consequences and even ethical misconduct. Barriers to lawyer well-being, including the most current research on the topic will be highlighted. Both short- and long-term strategies to increase professional well-being will conclude the session.
Speaker: Terry Harrell, Executive Director of the Indiana Supreme Court Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program and immediate past-president of ABA COLAP. Current Chair of ABA Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession and member of ABA National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being. In addition to being a lawyer, Terry is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, and a certified Master Addictions Counselor.
12:05-1:05 Lunch: Local Affiliate Empowerment.
An interactive town hall style open microphone session will explore local NAPABA affiliate participation in national NAPABA issues. Does the local affiliate set boundaries for taking a stance on national political and social issues? Does the local affiliate engage in hometown politics such as endorsing political candidates or judicial candidates? Does the local affiliate sit at the table of coalitions dedicated to political and social change? Does the local affiliate join in national amicus briefs? Be prepared to speak on behalf of your local APA organization.
Moderators: Assistant Dean Patricia Kinney, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion. Dean Kinney joined her law school alma mater administration in 2004. As a student she was a co-founder of the Asian Law Student Association. She is a frequent presenter at diversity admission panels and served as Assistant Vice President for Midwest Alliance for Law School Admissions.
Judge G. Michael Witte, Executive Director, Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. Judge Witte was Indiana’s first Asian Pacific American judge taking office in 1985 and serving for 25 years. He has completed 9 years in his current role as the head of lawyer discipline in Indiana. He was also the first Asian Pacific American to serve as Chair of the ABA Judicial Division in 2011. Judge Witte was a 2017 recipient of NAPABA’s Sen. Daniel Inouye Trailblazer Award. He is a former faculty member of the National Judicial College and has presented hundreds of CLE programs in multiple states.
1:15-2:30 Breakout Session #3
In-house counsel track: Missed Opportunities in the Legal Profession: Recognizing Implicit and Affinity Biases and Implementing Sustainable Diversity Practices to Develop our Next Generation of Leaders.
Is diversity a box to checkmark when hiring outside counsel, or in-house personnel, especially in the Midwest? Are implicit biases heightened in a less-diverse environment such as the Midwest? Are inclusive hiring strategies passive in a less-diverse population? Has age discrimination transformed into generational discrimination, i.e. do millennials stand a chance against gen Xers and baby boomers? Explore these issues with the following panel:
Panelists: Aimee Gong is Litigation Counsel at Zimmer Biomet, a worldwide medical device company. Prior to Zimmer, she served as Counsel and U.S. Compliance Officer for AES Corporation, a Fortune 500 company that manufactures and distributes electrical power. A U.S. Army veteran, Ms. Gong’s legal career began in Indianapolis with Lawrence Reuben and then Schultz & Pogue, followed by Johnson Jensen LLP. Her early career experience was in employment litigation, contract litigation, medical malpractice defense, and personal injury negligence.
Sonia Arnold, is General Counsel for Lilly Oncology, a division of Eli Lilly and Co. Ms. Arnold formerly served as Assistant General Counsel for Lilly Diabetes, and also as Lilly’s Assistant General Counsel for Litigation and Legal Compliance. She began her legal career at Indianapolis law firm Stewart & Irwin and later moved to Bingham McHale LLP before joining the Lilly team.
Ann Chen, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN. Ann Chen is currently Assistant General Counsel at Eli Lilly and Company, supporting the Lilly diabetes alliance and is global and US brand attorney for certain diabetes products. Ann started her legal practice in New York City with Pennie & Edmonds LLP before moving on to Jones Day, and then Clifford Chance LLP. In addition to NYC, her professional locations have been in Munich, Shanghai, and Kobe before coming to Indianapolis in 2017 to lead the international IP litigation team at Eli Lilly and Company.
Avanti Bakane, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, Chicago, IL. Ms. Bakane represents publicly traded and smaller companies in complex class action, antitrust, breach of contract and general commercial litigation. Ms. Bakane has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” for 5 consecutive years. Outside of the office, Ms. Bakane serves as VP of Communications for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and member of Leading India's Future Today's (LIFT) Board of Governors. Ms. Bakane is a past President of the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago. She is multi-lingual and has served as an academic tutor and academic translator.
Moderator: Scott Watanabe, Watanabe Law Group, PC
Breakout Session #4
General membership track: Centering Survivors: An Intersectional Approach to Human Trafficking Across Midwest Asian Migrant and Asian American Communities
The session will utilize a “survivor-centered approach” to look at the industries and visa programs disproportionately impacted by labor trafficking nationally and in the Midwest. Though many attorneys believe this issue does not directly impact the clients they represent, human trafficking manifests and presents differently than most expect.
Panelists: - Kate Kimmer, Statewide Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault & IPATH Taskforce. Kate has been an anti-trafficking activist and survivor advocate both within the context of academia and direct field work since 2009. She has worked globally with Survivor Leaders, worker organizers, and other professionals to effectively raise awareness, funds, and capacity to address human trafficking through a rights-based, trauma-informed, multi-disciplinary approach. She has engaged anti-trafficking work with both government and non-governmental agencies through policy advocacy, coalition-building, professional training and subject matter consultation, and direct service in the form of advocacy and case management. She has also contributed research and writing to published reports, policy analysis, and presented at academic seminars in the US, Japan, and Australia.
Emma Hughes, Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow. Emma Hughes is an attorney and Equal Justice Works Crime Victim Justice Corp Fellow with Indiana Legal Services. She is a member of the IPATH Taskforce and the Co-Chair of the Labor Trafficking Committee. Before joining ILS, Emma practiced as an immigration attorney with a private firm in Indianapolis. Her current position is designed to address the gap in legal resources and support services for survivors of labor trafficking in Indiana through outreach to vulnerable populations, trainings to community partners, and comprehensive legal services for survivors.
Moderator: Lun Pieper, Indiana Office of Court Services, staff attorney for Race & Gender Fairness Commission and Language Access Advisory Committee. She also serves as the program director for the Indiana Supreme Court Certified Interpreter Training Program and grant administrator for the Court Interpreter Grant Program. Prior to joining the Court, Ms. Pieper worked as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and Burmese Outreach Director at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. She has practiced criminal law and immigration law before joining the Prosecutor’s office.
2:30-2:45 Networking Break
2:45-4:30 Plenary Session: “And Then They Came for Us” documentary film followed by expert panel discussion.
The award-winning documentary “And Then They Came for Us” relives the plight of Japanese-American citizens’ internment during WW II and highlights the journey of Fred Korematsu’s fight for constitutional justice. The film underpins a follow-up panel discussion touching upon the ease with which a similar scenario of prejudice and hysteria could easily occur again in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision of Trump vs. Hawaii and the current political and social climate around the world.
Panelists: - Prof. Lorraine Bannai, Seattle University School of Law, is Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and a Professor of Lawyering Skill. While in practice, she was on the coram nobis legal team that successfully challenged Fred Korematsu’s conviction for violating military orders removing Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II. She has written and spoken widely on the issue of the wartime incarceration, including testimony before United States Senate Judiciary Committee. Her recent writing includes a biography of Fred Korematsu, Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice, published by the University of Washington Press.
Hon. David Shaheed, Indiana Senior Judge, served as judge in the Marion County Superior Court from 2002-2014 and is an Associate Professor for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. Judge Shaheed has been involved in inter-faith dialogue for over forty years. He currently serves as Chair of The Center for Interfaith Cooperation. Highlights of his speaking career include: Common Law and the Status of Immigration in the United States and The Obligation of Courts to Defendants with Mental Health Issues, (International Conference on Cities. Rome, Italy. 2016); Al-Islam in America, (Conference on the Americas, Pontifical Urbaniana University. Rome, Italy. April 2014.); Law and Ethics in Professional Life (Focolare Expo2013 Conference, Rosemont, Illinois. 2013.); Interreligious Dialogue and Human Rights, (SEDOS Conference, Rome, Italy. 2003.). Judge Shaheed was the producer of a weekly news and Islamic perspectives television program, Al-Islam in America, and has served as a consultant to the Lilly Endowment on the Growth of Al-Islam in America.
Moderator: G. Michael Witte, Executive Director, Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission