2016 Award Winners
Jonathan “Trace” Hamada
School for the Talented and Gifted Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
The Outstanding Youth Award recognizes an outstanding young person who is making a difference in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and to further encourage students to be active and engaged within their communities and schools. Trace is a student at the TAG school at Townview, and was selected for this honor due to his stellar academic record and commitment to volunteerism. This summer, he spent the majority of his time volunteering at The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and as a Troop Guide to train boy scouts at the National Youth Leadership Training camp, and helping his parents watch his little 6 year-old sister. With over 100 hours of service to the community this year, he has already earned the President’s Volunteer Service Pin for 2016. Trace is also about to embark on his Eagle Project that will serve the Trinity River Audubon Center.
SMU Dedman School of Law, Candidate for Juris Doctor 2017
The Law Student Scholarship is awarded to an exemplary Asian-American law student who intends to practice law in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In selecting the scholarship recipient, the following factors are considered: scholastic performance, financial need, and service to the Asian American community. Consideration is also given to extracurricular activities both inside and outside of law school. Ashley is a rising 3L student at SMU Dedman School of Law, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to leadership. Ashley is the current President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, serves as the Southwest Regional Director at the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and is the Director of SMU Dedman’s 1L Mentor Program. In addition, Ashley is the recipient of the Dean’s List Scholarship and has been selected to Barristers, an honorary service organization comprised of 15 students. Students are selected based upon scholarship, leadership, service and character.
Outstanding Member Award
Associate, Locke Lorde LLP
The Outstanding Member Award recognizes a DAABA member who is active on at least one committee, has demonstrated significant contributions in furtherance of DAABA’s goals for the year, and actively represented DAABA at bar functions and in the community. Paul is an associate in the Dallas office of Locke Lord LLP where he concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation and prosecution. Paul’s selection for the Outstanding Member Award was based upon his stellar efforts in chairing DAABA’s 2016 Mentor / Mentee program, where he demonstrated a true passion for mentorship and service. In serving as a co-chair of the diversity committee, Paul expanded the mentor/mentee program to all three local area law schools and organized various events in furtherance of mentor / mentee program.
Project Fulfillment Manager at Robert Half Legal
Aisha U-Kiu is a Project Fulfillment Manager at Robert Half Legal and certified mediator with a passion for solving problems. Aisha is the co-founder of the American Muslim Professionals of Dallas, has served as Secretary of the Dallas Bar Association’s International Law Section, Programming Committee Co-Chair of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, and as Communications Director for the American Muslim Bar Association of North Texas. Aisha was a critical member to DAABA’s 2016 voter-awareness and protection initiative, and was immensely successful in pushing DAABA’s voter engagement initiative to the Muslim community. Aisha frequently participates grassroots campaigns to support professional development and networking in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson*
30th District of Texas
DAABA’s inaugural “Champion of Diversity” Award recognizes an individual or business that has made an enduring impact in the area of diversity and inclusion in the legal industry. A Champion of Diversity may be someone that positively uses their influence – whether within an organization, bar association or political office – to constantly highlight the importance of diversity. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson was selected for this honor after reaching out to the Asian American community earlier this year and taking efforts to improve diversity within the legal community. She is serving her 12th term representing the 30th District of Texas. Congresswoman Johnson is the first African-American & the first female Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
*DAABA does not endorse any political candidates, including Congresswoman Johnson.