NAPABA Focus Group: The Portrait Project


The Portrait Project: A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law

“The Portrait Project: A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law,” is the first comprehensive study of its kind examining how Asian Americans lawyers and law students are situated within the legal profession. The Portrait Project – led by California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, Yale law professor Ian Ayres, and three Yale law students – will be conducting focus groups during the annual NAPABA Convention this year from Nov. 5-8, 2015, in New Orleans.

As of now, 100 of you have volunteered your time to participate in these focus groups sessions. We would love to hear from more of you, and we especially encourage legal academics, public defenders, prosecutors, and nonprofit attorneys to sign up for these sessions. Each focus group will last one hour and engage participants in conversations about law school experiences, career choices, and experiences as lawyers. These small-group conversations of about eight to ten participants each will yield rich insights into the opportunities for and obstacles to advancement of Asian Americans in the legal profession. Your narratives and experiences will help us create a comprehensive portrait of what it means to be an Asian American in the legal profession today.

As a token of our appreciation, we will be giving away the choice of a 4th Generation Apple TV (to be released in October) or a Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System to one randomly selected participant in each focus group.

If you are willing to participate in a focus group, please fill out this form by Monday, Oct. 12.

This is our last call for participants, and we hope to hear from more of you soon. Please free to reach out to us by email at [email protected] if you have any questions.


The Portrait Project

Justice Goodwin Liu
California Supreme Court

Professor Ian Ayres
Yale Law School

Eric Chung, Xiaonan “April” Hu, Christine Kwon
Yale Law School Class of 2017