National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006

March 26, 2013

Contact: Azizah Ahmad
(202) 775-9555


WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the first of two oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. The first case is Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge to California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the state. Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in United States v. Windsor, which challenges the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA was signed into law in 1996 and denies same-sex couples access to federal protections such as Social Security benefits, veterans’ benefits, health insurance, and retirement savings benefits. The decisions in both cases will likely be announced in June.

“We strongly support marriage equality and encourage the Court to uphold equal protection for same-sex couples,” said Wendy Shiba, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). “Anti-miscegenation laws, which denied Asian Pacific Americans the right to marry freely, have a shameful history in our country. Americans of all races, sex, color, creed, or sexual orientation should have the right to marry the person they love and be treated equally under the law.”

NAPABA has long supported marriage e quality. In 2008, NAPABA and six of its affiliates were among the 60 local, state, and national Asian Pacific American organizations that filed amicus briefs supporting equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in California. NAPABA has also joined amicus briefs in lower court proceedings in the Perry and Windsor cases. This year, NAPABA joined amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of marriage equality in Hollingsworth v. Perry and Windsor v. United States.


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 63 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

Asian Cinevision/Asian American International Film Festival National Tour

Sharing an announcement from our friends at Asian Cinevision/AAIFF:

Last year the Asian American International Film Festival’s (2012) National Festival Tour was a success featuring the creative work of new, young artists from Asian and Asian American communities. As the only traveling festival of its kind in the US, the National Festival Tour rents out a selection of features and shorts for a one-time public or private screening, from which any revenue made is paid directly to the filmmakers and artists. This is a great way to enjoy a fresh and different perspective on the state of filmmaking, while having the opportunity to support the arts and to cultivate young artists.

This year’s 2012/2013 programs include 8 feature-length films and 5 shorts programs representing over seven countries (Australia, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Vietnam).

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Asian CineVision Internship Summer 2013

AAIFF13_Call For Interns

At Asian CineVision, we are currently looking for dedicated people to join the team and organize the 36th Annual Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF). Started in 1978, AAIFF is the first and longest running Asian American film festival in the United States, and we showcase some of the best independent art-house cinema. This summer, we are seeking enthusiastic cinephiles to join our progressive community of organizers, artists, and filmmakers.

Community Outreach Coordinator

  • Network and build relationships with existing and new community organizations
  • Outreach to student and community organizations by creating unique program campaigns
  • Coordinate ticket sales with community and student organizations
  • Invite and follow-up with political figures to attend the festival

Technical Production Coordinator

  • Coordinate logistics and equipment needs for the duration of the festival (Step and repeat, walkie-talkies, t-shirts, U-Haul, car rentals, HD Cam decks)
  • Work with Venue projectionist in coordinating proper screening formats
  • Compress movie files to appropriate format given by the venue projectionist
  • Create AAIFF’13 curtain raisers
  • Create and edit AAIFF’13 trailer
  • Make DVD and digital copies of showtapes and screeners as needed
  • Assist with CineVue related projects as needed with editing or video coverage

Box Office Manager

  • Supervise will-call information desk, office phone sales, and transactions
  • Manage will-call personnel on pick-up protocols and procedure
  • Liaise with Social Media Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator for ticket-giveaways
  • Input Program Content on ACV website
  • Setup Box Office System on ShowClix
  • Coordinate with Social Media and Website Manager on implementing the ShowClix system on Social Media Platforms & Website

Social Media and Website Manager

  • Develop a content management calendar and promotional strategies
  • Manages all execution of all ACV’s social media channels (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc)
  • Publishes content provided by all team members
  • Write copy and send out email newsletter
  • Track Social Media traction via Google Analytics on a weekly basis and provide feedback on content value
  • Responsible for all postings on ACV’s website
  • Troubleshoot any technical problems
  • Update content as needed (all aaiff13 marketing materials: save-the-date card, program guide, brochure, etc.)

Design Assistant

  • Assist Design Manager with AAIFF’13 creatives
  • Design for print and web collaterals (examples: aaiff program guide, forms, public signage, name tags)
  • Manage timeline for overall design team

About Asian CineVision

Asian CineVision (ACV) is a nonprofit media arts organization devoted to the development, promotion, preservation, and exhibition of Asian and Asian American film and video. Since 1978, ACV has produced the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), the nation’s longest running festival of its kind and the premier showcase for the best in independent Asian and Asian American cinema.

Now in its 36th year, ACV has steadily defined and progressively broadened its role as an Asian American media arts center by serving a growing constituency that includes filmmakers, media programmers, and the local and regional Asian American community and a national audience. ACV is committed to film and media as a tool for social change and to the support of diversity in independent cinema.


  • Time Commitment: Summer interns must be available approximately 15 hours/week in the office, and be willing to work for the entirety of the festival: July 24 through August 3, which includes evening and late night hours.
  • Strong interest in the public sector & the community through nonprofit arts.
  • Must be entrepreneurial, well-organized, and detail-oriented with excellent writing and interpersonal skills.
  • Enthusiastic personalities a must!


  • Interns receive $5.00/day travel stipend
  • Casual work environment with flexible hours
  • Media Fan membership: Free and discounted tickets throughout the year to partner screenings and to AAIFF
  • Credit on website and festival program book
  • Working on the nation’s oldest Asian and Asian American film festival with a focus on independent cinema!


Please submit your cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line “2013 Internship Application – Your Name”. Applications are accepted until all positions are filled. Earlier applications, people with an earlier start date, and those who are based in NYC will receive preference.

Apply and work with a team of leaders defining the next generation of independent Asian Pacific American films!

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SABA-DC 2013 Public Interest Fellowship

The South Asian Bar Association of Washington DC (SABA-DC) is proud to announce our 2013 Public Interest Fellowship. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to help fund one or more law students’ summer internships with a public interest organization for the benefit of the South Asian community and the metropolitan D.C. area. We have previously awarded fellowships ranging from $1000 – $5000.

SABA-DC strives to promote the professional development of South Asian lawyers and law students, educate the South Asian community about relevant legal issues, expand and enhance business and professional opportunities for South Asians, increase the participation of South Asians in civic affairs and government, facilitate the exchange of ideas and information to South Asians, and foster goodwill, fellowship, and unity among the South Asian community.

Please apply by Friday March 29.

Fellowship applications are available at:

Please send all application materials to [email protected] SABA-DC prefers to receive all materials electronically.