NATIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION Los Angeles, CA Office: Washington, DC Office: 11355 W.

Olympic Boulevard, Suite 336 910 17th Street, NW, Suite 315 Washington, DC 20006 Los Angeles, CA 90064 ______________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 3, 2005 CONTACT: Grace E. Yoo (202) 421-9039

NAPABA CONGRATULATES ALBERTO GONZALES ON HIS CONFIRMATION AS U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL
Washington, D.C. – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association welcomes Alberto R. Gonzales as the 80th Attorney General of the United States. On February 3, 2005, the U.S. Senate confirmed Mr. Gonzales in a 60 to 36 vote, making him the first person of color to serve in the top Department of Justice position. Over the years, NAPABA has enjoyed a productive working relationship with Mr. Gonzales. In his role as White House Counsel, he was an accessible and interested party in discussions of judicial diversity with NAPABA and other minority bar associations. In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, NAPABA President Michael P. Chu wrote, [NAPABA is] appreciative of his attention to the concerns of minorities, and we applaud his support of organizations that advocate for the needs of communities of color. In a time when the voices of diversity often receive a deaf ear, Mr. Gonzales has been a willing ambassador in the cause of minority representation in the courts and the Administration. However, NAPABA also recognizes the concerns regarding Mr. Gonzales’ record on the designation and treatment of enemy combatants. In the days leading up to the confirmation hearings, NAPABA urged open and candid discussion by Mr. Gonzales and the White House to shed light on these important matters and to resolve the existing controversy. Grace Yoo, NAPABA Executive Director, remarked, “Mr. Gonzales’ vast and impressive legal experience along with his service and dedication to diverse communities will certainly encourage an even greater protection of our Constitutional rights by the Department of Justice. In NAPABA’s experience with Mr. Gonzales, he has demonstrated himself to be an able policymaker and dedicated public servant.” Michael Chu further remarked, “We are confident that the confirmation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will lead to an even more open and fruitful relationship between the Administration and communities of color.” NAPABA is the national voice of the Asian Pacific American legal profession, promoting justice, equity and opportunities for Asian Pacific Americans as well as all Americans. The membership consists of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. With a national network of 47 affiliates, NAPABA advocates for the legal needs and interests of the Asian Pacific American community and represents over 45,000 attorneys nationwide. ####