Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

MNAPABA Executive Board Meetings - All Are Welcome!

  • The board typically meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. See the event list for information about the next board meeting. If you would like to view a copy of the minutes from a given meeting, please contact our Secretary.

Executive Board

Vincent L. Pham
President


Vince is a patent attorney who practices at Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt. Prior to law school, Vince worked at Deloitte Consulting and as a manufacturer's representative. Vince graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and in the top 10% of his class from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering.

Sukanya Momsen
President Elect


Sukanya Momsen is Associate Corporate Counsel at Best Buy. She currently works closely with Geek Squad Services on advertising compliance and third-party contract negotiation. Sukanya has also worked as an employment lawyer at Nilan Johnson Lewis, and as a judicial law clerk on the Minnesota Court of Appeals for the Honorable Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman. Outside of work, Sukanya enjoys hiking and keeping up with her Japanese. Sukanya graduated Order of the Coif, magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, and summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Alex Dyste-Demet
Immediate Past President


Alex Dyste-Demet is an attorney with the Regional Solicitor's Office for the Department of the Interior. She graduated from Michigan State in 2011 and the University of Minnesota Law School in 2014. She can be contacted at dysteale@gmail.com. 

Mayura Noordyke 
Secretary

 

Mayura is an intellectual property attorney at Cozen O'Connor. Mayura focuses her practice on trademark law and branding, including trademark clearance, investigation, prosecution, and licensing. Mayura also has experience with issues related to social media, cybersquatting, internet domain name disputes and proceedings, copyright matters, and advertising and promotions, including contests and sweepstakes. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2015. 

Grace Kim
Treasurer


Grace is a patent attorney at Fish & Richardson. Grace graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Prior to law, Grace was a research & development engineering manager with Boston Scientific.

Robert Webber
VP of Communications


Robert (Bob) Webber is an immigration attorney based in the Minneapolis office of Dorsey & Whitney.  He advises employers and individuals on U.S. immigration matters with a special focus on physicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, IT workers, engineers, and other highly skilled immigrants.  Prior to joining Dorsey in 2019, he ran his own immigration boutique firm for 15 years.  Bob earned his J.D., cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law in 1999.  He earned his B.A., cum laude, in Political Science, from Wheaton College (IL) in 1995.

Christopher Jison 
VP of Membership


Chris is an attorney with experience in employment, products liability, and immigration law. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2011, and he earned his JD from the University of St. Thomas in 2018 where he served as associate editor and publications editor of the University of St. Thomas Law Journal. He was also involved with MNAPABA throughout all three years of law school. Prior to law school, Chris was a compliance analyst with expertise in TSA air freight compliance, cargo security best practices, and interstate trucking compliance.

Nicole Dailo
VP of Outreach


Nicole is an associate in the Labor & Employment practice group at Nilan Johnson Lewis, where she counsels and represents employers in discrimination, wage-and-hour, and non-compete and trade secret matters. Originally from California, Nicole also advises clients on compliance with the state's complex and emerging employment laws and regulations. Before entering private practice, Nicole worked as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Julia W. Brand in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. In the Twin Cities legal community, Nicole serves as a pro bono asylum attorney with the Advocates for Human Rights and a mentor for the University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Externship Program. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2011 and earned her J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law in 2014.

Victoria Dutcher

VP of Programming

   

Victoria Dutcher is a real estate and land use attorney at Larkin Hoffman. Victoria counsels commercial landlords and tenants, corporations, and contractors in various real estate transactions. Victoria also works with developers and cities on zoning, regulatory, and municipal matters. Victoria graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and a law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Victoria served as an AmeriCorps member with a Twin Cities based non-profit organization. She also lived and taught in Gwangju, South Korea and Chiang Mai, Thailand for two years.  

MNAPABA PAST PRESIDENTS


Alex Dyste-Demet, 2018-2019

Melitta Drechsler, 2017-2018

Ben Kwan, 2016-2017

Greg Schwartz, 2015-2016

Irene Kao, 2014-2015

Veena Iyer, 2013-2014

Inchan Hwang, 2012-2013

Bryan Wong, 2011-2012

Rebecca Chaffee, 2010-2011

Judge Nicole J. Starr (formerly Kubista), 2009-2010

Alexander Kim, 2008-2009

Sumbal Mahmud, 2007 (Oct.-Dec.)

Steven Reeves, 2006-2007

Ngoc Nguyen, 2005-2006

Judge Susan Burke, 2004-2005

Dan Lew, 2003-2004

Ash Mishra, 2002-2003

Ruby Dasgupta, 2001-2002

Tami Schroeder, 2000-2001

Sach Darji, 1999-2000

Linda Chung, 1998-1999

Melissa Wright, 1997-1998

Judge Regina Chu, 1996-1997

Jeff Eng, 1995-1996

Terry Louie, 1994-1995

Jeff Eng, 1993-1994

Jennifer Park, 1992-1993

Marianne Remedios, 1991-1992

Terry Louie, 1990-1991

 

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