Justice David Wellington Chew Award

Nomination Forms

Established in 2002, the Justice David Wellington Chew Award honors those individuals whose selfless contributions benefit the Asian-Pacific American legal

 community of Texas. The award was named after Justice Chew, who currently presides as Chief Justice of the Eighth Court of Appeals. APIS is proud to honor Justice Chew for his pioneering achievements as one of the first Asian-Pacific Americans in the Texas judiciary. 
Each of the past recipients listed below epitomize Justice Chew's passion and commitment towards helping and advancing Asian-Pacific interests in Texas and throughout the nation.

The Justice David Wellington Chew Award was presented at the 2016 Annual Conference. 
 Justice David Wellington ChewBest Under 40Champion of DiversityOutstanding MentorAffiliate of the YearPro BonoCouncil Member of the Year (From Officers)
2022Wilson ChuSireesha Chirala
Tina Nguyen
Janet Landry Smith
Jennifer WangCindy DinhAsian American Bar Association of HoustonHeaven CheeCouncil Member of the Year (From Officers)
2021Judge Ravi K. SandillCheuck Ang Lee, II
Joshua D. Lee
Jason Shyung
Punam KajiStacey Cho HernandezDallas Asian American Bar AssociationMeyling Ly OrtizCouncil Member of the Year (From Officers)
2020Judge George Thomas, AustinKat Li
Meyling Ly Ortiz
Sang Shin
Allison ChenWarren HuangAsian American Bar Association of HoustonYu Cheng “Jack” FanCouncil Member of the Year (From Officers)
2019Russell T. Wong, Blank Rome, HoustonShruti Krishnan, Albert Liou, & Bill Richmond Audrey ChangJason ShyungSouth Asian Bar Assn of DFWMichael LeeAlbert Tan
2018Andrea Tran, Schlumberger Technology
Houston, Texas
Stacey Cho Hernandez
Cindy Lin
Amar Raval
Manpreet SinghVinh HoAsian American Bar Assn of HoustonAlbert Liou, Sang Shin, &
Nickie Tran for Hurricane Harvey
Daniel Hu
2017Gina Shishima, Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, Texas
Julie Chen Allen
Christine Hoang
Hao Ni
Hope ShimabukuAndrea TranDallas Asian American Bar AssnTeresa Messer
2016Albert Lin, Husch Blackwell LLP, Austin Kelly Chen
Alison Chen
Chris Kang
Chad AnsonSean T. HamadaSABA DallasKetan Kharod
2015Albert Tan, Haynes and Boone, LLP Dallas,
Monika Singh Sanford
Representative Gene Wu
Jessica Vu
Anna SankaranSakina RasheedAsian American Bar Assn of Houston
2014Toni Nguyen, Luminex Corp.
Austin, Texas
2013Michele Wong Krause, The Wong Krause
Law Firm
Dallas, Texas
2012Gordon Quan, FosterQuan, LLP (now with
Quan Law Group)
Houston, Texas
2011Hon. Herbert Gee
Houston, Texas
2010James Ho, Gibson Dunn
Dallas, Texas
2009Albert Li, Associate Counsel
Zimmer, Inc.
Austin, Texas
2008Harry Gee, Harry Gee
Principal, Harry Gee, Jr. & Associates
Houston, Texas
2007Kathleen Wu, Partner, Andrews Kurth
Dallas, Texas
2006Hon. Peter Sakai, Judge of the 225th
District Court
Bexar County, Texas
2005Hon. Karen Gren Johnson, Judge of the
95th District Court
Dallas County, Texas
2004Daniel David Hu, Deputy Chief, Civil
U.S. Attorney’s Office
(Southern District of Texas)
2003Hon. Brenda Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy
(Eastern District of Texas)