The Gospel of APA: This weekend in Los Angeles Asian-American Lawyers and judges “PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ”

If you're blue and you don't know
Where to go to why don't you go
Where fashion sits
Puttin' on the Ritz

If this song ever made it to TLR, one would have thought it would be in connection with some people mentioned in earlier posts.

We did not, however, expect that it will be in connection with NAPABA-- the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. C'est la vie.

This weekend, November 17-21, 2010 the NAPABA Annual Convention will be held at the new Ritz Carlton Hotel in Los Angeles.

The convention is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and Wal-Mart Stores.

The theme for this year convention is "INSPIRE".

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The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles opened this month. Guests enjoy the best views in Los Angeles from virtually any part of the hotel.

Guest room features & amenities include:

*Built In Mirror Television in the bathroom.

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*silk and plush terry robe and shoes.

*contemporary baths with Italian marble and sleek walk-in showers with rain shower head and separate soaking tub.

*Fully stocked mini- refreshment bar.

*Bath Butler and Bath Menu services.

*Twice-daily housekeeping service.

*Complimentary overnight shoeshine service.
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NAPABA's advertised itself as "the voice for the Asian Pacific American legal profession. We promote justice, equity and opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans. We foster professional development, legal scholarship, advocacy and community involvement".

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The Ritz has a partnership with Bvlgari, which is a good thing if you are a connoisseur of amenities, which at the Ritz includes soap, shampoo and lotion lightly scented with the unisex Bulgari au Thé Blanc.

NAPABA claims that since its inception in 1988, it has been at the forefront of national and local activities in the areas of civil rights, combating anti-immigrant backlash and hate crimes, increasing the diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, and professional development.

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“Wal-Mart doesn’t just give money,” said Michael Chu NAPABA president. “They put their money where their mouth is” NAPABA has received money from Wal-Mart for four years.

The hotel is home to WP24, the latest restaurant by celebrity chef extraordinaire Wolfgang Puck. WP24 features refined Asian Cuisine.

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The NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization established by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. NLF welcomes corporate, foundation, community, and individual donations to support its educational and charitable activities. All donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent permitted by law.

Not in a mood for Asian food prepared by a German? No problem, and no need to leave the hotel. A taste of Latin culture is waiting for you at Boca located at the Conga Room. Boca offers an eclectic blend of Pan-Latin cuisine, with South America, Mexico and Caribbean influences. Its kitchen is overseen by Cuban-born executive chef Alex Garcia, a chef renowned for his Nuevo Latino creations.

The goal of the 2010 NAPABA convention is to "showcase all that we find inspiring in the law and in our achievements as Asian Pacific American lawyers, in our roles as attorneys, advocates for justice and the undeserved, as volunteers, community leaders, and mentors. In line with this theme, we strongly encourage program submissions that educate as well as inspire, in all areas of practice and in highlighting the great work we as lawyers can do.

The Hotel is also a home to the restaurant "LA Market" by Kerry “Rock n’ Roll Chef” Simon. The Open Kitchen is alive with action as chefs move in a dance of precision and skill presenting fine crafted dishes that balance a sense of approachability yet somewhat rebellious interpretation with quality and finesse.

Not feeling inspired by the convention as of yet, you can replace worldly concerns with a world of comfort. Escape to the spa to inspire renewal.

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Mercedes-Benz is a regular sponsor of NAPABA events. In addition, on a yearly basis, Mercedes-Benz donates to NAPABA a brand new vehicle which is awarded to participants in the NAPABA annual sweepstakes.

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This year the winner has the choice of either a 2010 SLK300 ROADSTER or a 2010 GLK350 SUV. The name of the inspired winner will be announced at the convention.

TLR is of the opinion the above is not at all modest and not at all appropriate for an organization which lives off the generosity of others, especially not the spending of Wal-Mart money at the Ritz Carlton.

"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed." --Mahatma Gandhi.

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