Specialty Bar Spotlight: Nicoal Sperrazza, Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Addressing diversity with cultural awareness

Note: This is one part of a collection of interviews with Colorado’s specialty bar leaders.

LAW WEEK: What has APABA been doing this year? And what are your goals as president?

NICOAL SPERRAZZA: Last year, our past president Justin Cohen did a really great job of kind of getting APABA back on track with making sure that we were holding a membership get-together and researching the passion of APABA within our members, and he was very successful at that. The banquet was incredible, the attendance was great, I think we got a lot of great feedback from our members that they felt a lot more engaged which was more or less his goal to do.

What I’ve been doing this year is, I obviously want to further membership engagement. But I also want to take care of other things that may have been overlooked over the years. One of them is a budget. We realized that we were just kind of flying by the seat of our pants, not necessarily budgeting the funds that we do have. And it is kind of difficult because there is obviously a limited number of Asian-American attorneys in the Denver area.

We really did want to look at the numbers and be able to budget for the future and to make sure that we’re providing benefits to our members that we want to this year. We had our fall annual picnic, which was great, we have the National Asian Pacific Bar convention coming up.

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