October 13, 2021: CABA Chicago 35th Installation Gala (Event Recap)

On October 13, 2021, CABA hosted its 35th Annual Installation Gala at Bridge 410. This year, about 70 people attended the in-person event.


In order to ensure the safety of all the attendees, CABA enforced a policy that required all of the attendees to show their own vaccination cards or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 2 days prior to the event date. CABA also provided extra masks, cleaning wipes, and hand sanitizer at the event site.


Judge Edmond E. Chang, District Court Judge for the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, gave a brief talk on the importance of teaching Asian Pacific American history through sharing his own experiences.


CABA then presented the awards to three deserving awardees. Congratulations to all three honorees:

  • Justice Laura C. Liu Lifetime Achievement Award: Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz

  • Distinguished Service in Law Award: Kim Leung

  • Rising Star Award: Eric Zhi

Congratulations also to CABA’s 2021-2022 Officers, General Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and Student Representatives, who were installed by Judge Jasmine Hernandez, Associate Judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Special thanks to our Gold sponsors: Cooley LLP, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; and our Silver sponsors: Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd., Mayer Brown LLP, Schiff Hardin LLP.


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