Punam Kaji Honored as DAABA’s Outstanding Member of the Year


DALLAS – The Dallas Asian American Bar Association (DAABA) has recognized Haynes and Boone, LLP Associate Punam Kaji as the 2013 Outstanding Member of the Year.

Kaji was honored for her work as the group’s service committee co-chair in organizing and coordinating community initiatives, including partnering with the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) and the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) to staff a free legal advice clinic for community members.

Kaji developed an outreach workshop to help South Asian victims of domestic violence with CHETNA, a non-profit organization. She also encouraged the organization’s participation in Legal Lines, Habitat for Humanity and International Rescue Committee (IRC) donation drives. Additionally, she connected non-profit organizations like IRC and CHETNA with DAABA attorneys willing to take on pro bono matters.

“Punam has done an amazing job as co-chair of our service committee,” said Sakina Rasheed, president-elect of DAABA. “Through her leadership, she helped organize multiple service events that benefited DAABA and the Dallas/Fort Worth community while encouraging DAABA members to volunteer their time and energy for these worthy endeavors.”

At Haynes and Boone, Kaji is an associate in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group in the Dallas and Fort Worth offices. In addition to DAABA, Kaji is involved with pro bono work through Human Rights Initiative, the City of Arlington Prosecutor’s Project, and Tarrant County Volunteer Attorney Services (TVAS).

The Outstanding Member of the Year award is based on active participation on at least one committee and/or event, demonstration of significant contributions in furtherance of DAABA’s goals and representation of DAABA at various functions and in the community.

Kaji was honored at DAABA’s sixth annual Awards Night at the Perot Museum on Oct. 10.

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