Florelee Wan participated in the inaugural Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA), held on June 27-28, 2013, at Target Corporation headquarters in Minneapolis, MN. The CBLA is a joint initiative of the American Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), National Bar Association, and the National Native American Bar Association.
Ms. Wan is among a select cohort of approximately 100 exceptional lawyers who were chosen to participate in the CBLA through a juried selection process. Ms. Wan was selected by NAPABA to be a member of the charter CBLA class.
Through a collaboration by the five sponsoring bar associations, the CBLA’s mission is to strengthen the pipeline of diverse bar association leaders through leadership training and professional development programs. The CBLA will benefit current and future bar leaders, the bar association community, and the legal profession overall, and lays the foundation for further collaborative efforts by the sponsoring bar associations to foster diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
NAPABA is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and over 60 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of people of color in the legal profession.