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APAAN Year in Review 2019

Authors: Hyung P. Steele, Connie Lee and Ying Zeng

APAAN Year in Review 2019

In 2018, Pepper Hamilton — led by partner Hyung P. Steele and Pepper alumna Sarah K.S. Auerbach (Corporate Counsel, Five Below) and with support from Kassem Lucas, the firm’s Partner in Charge of Diversity — created the Asian Pacific American Affinity Network (APAAN).

"APAAN’s mission is to provide support and be a resource for issues impacting Pepper attorneys who are of Asian Pacific American (APA) descent or are allies of those of APA descent. APAAN will support the recruitment, training, nurturing, retention and promotion of APA attorneys and allies at Pepper. APAAN will also foster the professional development of its members through its support and collaboration with internal and external organizations with similar goals on inclusion events, community outreach and participation in activities relevant to the APA community."

To that end, APAAN’s co-chairs — Steele and associates Connie Lee and Ying Zeng — followed a successful affinity group debut in 2018 with a remarkable 2019 filled with individual accolades, successful collaborations and events that united not only the APA community at Pepper, but the entire firm.

As we look back to the events and experiences that shaped our 2019, we also look forward to 2020 and a successful partnership with our new colleagues at Troutman Sanders.

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