KALCA’s 16th Annual Gala: A Call to Action


You are cordially invited to KALCA’s 16th Annual Gala: A Call to Action on March 18, 2016 at The Yale Club. Reception starts at 6:30pm.

This year our theme “A Call to Action” highlights part of KALCA’s mission which is to increase civic participation in the AAPI community through advocacy, education and mobilization.

For the past 16 years, KALCA has strived to make this vision a reality for the next-generation of AAPI civic leaders through our College Internship Program, an intensive eight-week program that provides college students and recent graduates with the opportunity to learn about the civic and democratic processes from the inside of leading government offices, political campaigns, non-profit and community-based organizations in New York City. In addition to their public service internship, KALCA interns participate in seminars, professional development trainings, and are exposed to various cultural and networking events.

We hope that you will answer our “Call to Action” by attending or sponsoring the 2016 KALCA Gala!

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Here are the 2016 Award Recipients:

Community Service and Leadership Award:
Austin K. So, Division General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Heraeus Incorporated.

Public Service Award:
Jannie Chung, Councilwoman at Borough of Closter, New Jersey

Featured Keynote Speaker:
Juliet K. Choi, Chief of Staff,
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Click here to purchase your tickets! For sponsorship opportunities, please contact [email protected].

LEAP Urges Diverse Supreme Court Nominee and Prompt Senate Hearing

The unexpected and tragic passing of United States Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia over a week ago has triggered a political power play in and around the judicial branch of government. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for diverse leadership at all levels, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) believes that the new appointee should bring a diverse perspective to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Our nation is facing great change, which brings both challenges and opportunities. A nominee who comes from a diverse background can bring critical thought not rooted in the same old way of thinking and doing and thus lead the high court to better decisions thereby strengthening this country. Right now, a perspective that is not represented at this level of leadership is the Asian American voice.

It is imperative that the U.S. Supreme Court function at its optimum capacity thus LEAP strongly urges the Honorable members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Honorable members of the United States Senate to give prompt consideration to a U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee through a fair and thorough hearing and vote.

LEAP also encourages President Obama to nominate one of several highly qualified Asian American jurists to the Supreme Court of the United States. LEAP acknowledges that you have appointed more diverse judges to the federal bench and would like to see you cement your legacy of inclusion through another history-making nomination.

During this time of loss, we the people, have the opening to see good leadership demonstrated and role modeled by our elected officials. This leadership includes taking action and showing that our President & Senators truly value the diversity of our country and will ensure that our institutions for the people, by the people, truly includes all of the people.

– Linda Akutagawa (LEAP President and CEO)

Obtain a PALS Mentor: Second Enrollment Period is NOW Open!


The second enrollment period for the PALS Mentoring Program is now OPEN and will close on Sunday, March 6, 2016.


1. Students must currently attend one of the thirteen New York City metropolitan area law schools, that PALS serves:

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Columbia University School of Law
  • CUNY School of Law
  • Fordham University School of Law
  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • New York Law School
  • New York University School of Law
  • Pace University School of Law
  • Rutgers University School of Law (Newark)
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • St. John’s University School of Law and 
  • Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

2. Students must be a 1L or 2L Law Student of Color:

  • However, we would like to continue to encourage 3rd year law students to attend PALS panels, workshops and networking receptions to also meet attorneys and develop mentoring relationships.

3. Students must submit a brief essay of 250-500 words addressing the following topic:

  • As a law student of color what do you hope to gain by participating in the PALS Mentoring Program and the PALS Community? Please explain why it is important for you to pay this forward when you become a practicing attorney.

Apply Today
Only students meeting all of the above requirements will be matched with a mentor. 


Completed mentee applications will be matched with mentors in the order in which they are received after the conclusion of the open enrollment period.

Students matched through the program will be required to review the PALS Mentoring Manual and sign a participation agreement with their mentor.

If you have any questions or concerns about the PALS Mentoring Program, please contact PALS at [email protected].

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