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Philadelphia Lawyer Tsiwen Law to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Attorney Conference

HARRISBURG (Feb. 4, 2013) - Philadelphia lawyer Tsiwen Law will be honored with the A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award during the 25th Annual Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Attorney Conference, "A Vision for the Next 25 Years." The conference takes place March 14 and 15 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Hotel.

Law, a private practice attorney with Law & Associates LLC in Center City, will receive the award at a March 15 luncheon, which will feature Dean William M. Carter Jr., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, as the keynote speaker.

The A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the accomplishments of a lawyer or judge who has demonstrated dedication to the legal profession and the minority community through civil, community or legal service. Higginbotham, who died in 1998, was a civic leader, author, academic and federal appeals court judge who fought tirelessly against racial discrimination.

Law is a nationally recognized authority on civil rights. His record of service to minorities and the legal profession spans several decades. Law is most visible through his work with Asian American organizations and the organized bar, which include the Pan Asian Association, the Mayor's Asian American Advisory Board (recently re-established as the Commission for Asian American Affairs), Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), Philadelphia Bar Association and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA) and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

Law is a former member of the PBA Board of Governors, former chair of the PBA Civil and Equal Rights Committee, former member of the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors, former chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Civil Rights Committee and Public Interest Section, and a founding member of the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley.

In addition, Law is a former member of the Environmental Justice Working Group of Pennsylvania, former chair of the Philadelphia Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and a former board member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. He also served on the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board and the Organization of Chinese Americans, Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

Law is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan School of Public Health and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

In addition to the March 15 luncheon, the two-day PBA Minority Attorney Conference will feature speakers and panel discussions offering perspectives on immigration policy, racial profiling, the future of education, social media, criminal diversionary programs and expungements, and the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The conference, which is being organized and hosted by the PBA Minority Bar Committee and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, will offer up to 9.5 CLE credits.

For more information about the conference and the award presentation, visit the PBA website at http://www.pabar.org or contact the PBA Member Service Center at 800-932-0311.

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 28,000 lawyers who are members of the association.