Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

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  • The next executive board meeting will be scheduled soon. The board typically meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

Executive Board, 2016-2017

Benjamin R. Kwan
President


Ben is a plaintiffs' employment litigation attorney at Halunen Law in Minneapolis. Ben is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law and obtained his undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Prior to law school, Ben worked as a television anchor and reporter. During his years as a journalist, Ben was active with the Asian American Journalists Association. This is Ben's fourth year on the MNAPABA Executive Board.

Melitta Drechsler
President-Elect


Melitta Drechsler (formerly Melitta George) is an Assistant Ramsey County Attorney in the office's Civil Division.  She drafts, reviews and negotiates Ramsey County's high dollar value procurement contracts, specializing in IT outsourcing contracts.  

Prior to joining the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, Melitta was corporate counsel for Taylor Corporation in Mankato and an associate in the Business Law section of Briggs and Morgan.  She graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 2008.

Greg Schwartz
Immediate Past President


Greg Schwartz is a chemical engineer and intellectual property attorney at Billion & Armitage. Prior to joining Billion & Armitage, Greg's practice focused on patent litigation and inter partes reviews. Greg received a bachelor of chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and a law degree from Hamline University School of Law.  

Sukanya Momsen
Secretary


Sukanya Momsen is a judicial law clerk at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. After clerking, Sukanya will start as an associate at Nilan Johnson Lewis. Sukanya graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and magna cum laude and order of the coif from the University of Minnesota Law School.  

Marisa Marek
Treasurer


Marisa Marek is a Client Manager with Thomson Reuters.  She currently works with high value state and local government offices across the United States.  Marisa has also worked as an attorney recruiter in Minneapolis.  Outside of work, Marisa handles pro bono cases through the Immigrant Law Center for Minnesota and enjoys staying active through running and yoga sculpt.   She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007 and Mitchell Hamline in 2010.

Vince Pham
V.P. of Communications


Vince is a patent and intellectual property attorney who currently practices at Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt. Prior to law, Vince worked at Deloitte Consulting and later at a local manufacturers' representative. Vince earned a bachelor of electrical engineering and later a law degree from the University of Minnesota. He began his legal career at Faegre Baker Daniels. Vince and his wife Brenna have one busy little toddler named Lucas who likes running around everywhere.

Aalok K. Sharma
V.P. of Membership

Aalok K. Sharma, a former NCAA Division 1 athlete, is an attorney with Stinson Leonard Street LLP. Aalok is a commercial litigator with a growing focus on matters affecting the sports, media, and entertainment industry. Aalok has written numerous articles and presentations on synthetic turf infill, insurance coverage for athletes, and daily fantasy sports regulation. In addition, Aalok serves as an adjunct associate professor of law at the University of Minnesota law school.  Prior to law school, Aalok worked as a certified public accountant with Deloitte Tax LLP in Washington, D.C., where he served as a consultant dealing with troubled debt restructuring. 

Alene Sussman
V.P. of Outreach

 

Alene is an Attorney in the Law Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, providing advice on a wide variety of issues, including payment systems, banking regulatory matters, litigation, immigration issues, insurance, Indian law, taxes, and procurement.  Alene graduated from Howard University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University.  Prior to working at the Fed, Alene practiced at the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP as a litigator, as well as worked as a paralegal, in marketing, and in sports management prior to law school.    

Alex Dyste
V.P. of Programs


Alex Dyste is an attorney with the Field 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.

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MNAPABA PAST PRESIDENTS

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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