Congratulations to Margaret Wong, managing partner of Margaret W. Wong & Associates Co., LPA, for receiving the 2014 Asian American Bar Association of Ohio Catalyst Award! Al Ratner of Forest City Enterprises presented the award to Ms. Wong on April 5, 2014 at the 2014 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”) Central Region Conference Gala, which was held at the Cleveland Marriot Downtown at Key Center. In his remarks, Mr. Ratner praised Ms. Wong’s extraordinary and tireless commitment to her family, her clients, and the city of Cleveland as an inspiring, if daunting, example for all to follow.
Earlier in the day, Ms. Wong delivered a rousing keynote speech to attorneys attending the conference on the importance of finding a passion for one’s own work in order to achieve a sense of meaning and to overcome the difficulties and challenges inherent to legal practice. She also urged the attorneys in attendance to prize professionalism and courtesy towards their peers, stressing the importance of longtime friendships and cooperation in building a successful legal career.
Taking place from April 4 through April 5, 2014, the 2014 NAPABA Central Region Conference saw Asian Pacific law firm attorneys, in-house counsel, and nonprofit and government attorneys from NAPABA’s Central Region—encompassing the states of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio—gather in Cleveland, Ohio to discuss pressing legal, social, and political issues facing the Asian Pacific American bar today. The 2014 NAPABA Central Region Conference was hosted by the Asian Bar Association of Ohio, of which Ms. Wong was a founding member and on which she currently serves as a board member. Ms. Wong is also a past recipient of the NAPABA Trailblazer Award, which is awarded annually to a small and exclusive group of attorneys whose contributions demonstrate vision, courage, and tenacity and have resulted in substantial and lasting contributions to the Asian Pacific American legal profession, as well as to the broader Asian Pacific American community.