Los Angeles, CA – The Philippine American Bar Association (“PABA”) congratulates two of its past presidents, Eduardo (“Eddie”) Angeles and Hildegarde (“Hildy”) Aguinaldo, on their recognition as National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”) awardees. A celebration for the awardees will take place on November 8 to 11, 2018, at the NAPABA Convention in Chicago.
NAPABA is a national organization representing over 50,000 attorneys and 81 bar associations. Eddie is a recipient of NAPABA’s Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award, which is bestowed upon lawyers who have paved the way for the advancement of Asian Pacific American (“APA”) attorneys. Hildy is a recipient of NAPABA’s Best Under 40 (“BU40”) Award, which is conferred upon attorneys who have achieved distinction in their chosen field and demonstrated a strong commitment to APA civic or community affairs.
Eddie currently serves as Senior Assistant City Attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office assigned to the Los Angeles World Airports (“LAWA”) Legal Division. Eddie rejoined the City Attorney’s Office following his service as the Associate Administrator for Airports for the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”). Eddie is the highest-ranking Filipino-American appointed to the United States Department of Transportation. Prior to the FAA, Eddie served as an attorney to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, to LAWA, and to the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office assigned to the San Francisco International Airport Legal Division. Aside from the public sector, Eddie also focuses on serving his community. From 2006 to 2007, Eddie served as PABA President, and thereafter, he maintained his dedication to mentoring undergraduate students, law students, and fellow attorneys to excel in the field of law. PABA honored Eddie in 2016 with its own Trailblazer Award.
Hildy currently serves as Corporate Counsel to DaVita, Inc., where she continues a career-long specialty in healthcare as a litigator, legislative staffer, and member of numerous advisory and regulatory boards. Hildy also serves as a member of the Board of Governors for the California Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the nation, and on the Board of Trustees to the system’s newest Online Community College. From 2014 to 2015, Hildy served as PABA President, where she focused on its efforts to advance judicial diversity and promote civic engagement.
“Eddie and Hildy are well-deserved selections for these awards,” stated Zathrina Perez, PABA President. “Eddie has long been recognized as a pioneer for the PABA community and continues to inspire the next generation of Filipino-American attorneys. Hildy is a pillar of the PABA community and has helped to advance PABA’s key priorities. They are both tireless advocates who challenge PABA to push our service of others to the next level.”
PABA also congratulates the long line of distinguished past and fellow recipients of these awards.
Based in Southern California, PABA, the largest local association of Filipino-American lawyers in the United States, is comprised of attorneys, judges, and law students. It was formed in response to the legal issues confronting the Filipino-American community and the professional concerns of Filipino-American lawyers and students seeking to enter our profession. PABA aims to strengthen, educate, and support our community through advocacy, legal clinics, pro bono legal services, continuing education seminars, mentoring programs, and scholarships.
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