WASHINGTON — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and its partner organizations applaud the Supreme Court’s ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which reaffirms the principle that diversity in higher education is a compelling interest. In light of this decision, colleges and universities may continue to develop effective admissions policies that include race as a factor as part of a holistic review to create diversity and opportunity in the applicant pool.
“Today the Supreme Court affirmed the important role race-conscious admissions policies have in ensuring diversity in our nation’s colleges and universities,” said NAPABA President Jin Y. Hwang. “As lawyers of color, we see the beneficial impacts of these policies every day in the legal workforce and we recognize that diversity in higher education is critical to ensuring we have a pipeline of talented lawyers and judges able to serve their communities. We are encouraged that the Court continued to recognize these benefits for our country and allow colleges and universities to continue to ensure diversity and inclusion on campuses.”
The Coalition of Bar Associations of Color (CBAC) — NAPABA, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), the National Bar Association (NBA), and the National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) — issued a joint statement supporting the ruling, which can be read here.
CBAC member bar associations jointly filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court in Fisher that recognized the importance of race-conscious admissions policies to communities of color and the important role they play in ensuring diversity in the legal profession. The brief is available here.
NAPABA joined national Asian Pacific American community organizations — Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) — to support the University’s holistic review process. The organizations issued a joint statement applauding the result and can be read here.
AABANY is recruiting volunteers to be trained to give basic housing trainings to the Flushing community at Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) located at 35-24 Union Street.
Trainings to the volunteers will be provided by Legal Service NYC at 40 Worth Street. Starting in August, Volunteers can shadow experienced public interest lawyers on a monthly basis at night. Eventually, once the volunteer becomes comfortable, they can give the training themselves under the supervision of an experienced housing lawyer. Volunteers also have the opportunity to work at the Pro Bono committee’s Monthly General Advice Clinic in Manhattan Chinatown!
We are looking for committed volunteers who have demonstrated interest in social justice and want to help the community. As a volunteer, you will be asked to commit to being trained, observing at least one training, and giving one or more trainings to the community. Chinese language skills are a plus although may not be necessary.
If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Government Service & Public Interest Committee Co-Chair Anita Wu at firstname.lastname@example.org
9th Annual Winetasting & Networking Reception Photos
On June 16, AABANY held its 9th Annual Winetasting & Networking Reception for Law Firm Partners and Senior In-House Counsel. There were approximately 140 people present at this invite-only event, held by the Corporate Law Committee and the In-House Counsel Committee. Congratulations to each of the prize winners of the raffles and the icebreaker. The grand prize was four tickets to a regular season game at Yankee Stadium in the Delta Suite.
We thank the sponsors of the evening:
- Planet Data Solutions, Headline Sponsor
- Prosperian Wealth Management, Headline Sponsor
- Summit Financial Printing, Headline Sponsor
- Navigant, Sponsor
- Reed Smith, Sponsor
Among the attendees, 50 companies were represented and 35 law firms were represented. Companies represented included:
- Credit Suisse Securities
- Morgan Stanley
- NBC Universal
- Time Warner Cable Inc.
Thanks to Jim Stewart, Director of Catering at New York Yankee Steak House. Thank you to the organizers of the evening for their hard work in putting together this wonderful event: Susan Shin, President; Dwight Yoo, President-Elect; Yang Chen, Executive Director; Marianne Chow, Vice President of Programs and Operations; Naf Kwun, Vice President of Programs and Operations; William Ng, Vice President of Finance and Development; In-House Counsel Committee Co-Chairs Blossom Kan, Austin So, and Duane Morikawa; Corporate Law Committee Co-Chairs Ting S. Chen, Edward J. Lee and Larry Wee, and their Managing Director of Programs George Hang. Thank you as well to the volunteers led by Christina Nguyen and Keli Huang. Finally, thank you to each and every person who attended.
We’re already looking forward to next year!
Review: In ‘Seoul Searching,’ Teenagers Explore Their Korean Roots to an ’80s Soundtrack
Seoul Searching opens today, and AABANY is more excited to see it than ever. If you don’t already have plans to join us for our movie outing tonight, be sure to catch the NYT Critics’ Pick some time during its run at AMC Empire 25.
Check out Jeannette Catsoulis’ review in The New York Times by clicking the link above. She states:
An appealingly gung-ho cast and let’s-get-along message make “Seoul Searching” a buoyant, if undisciplined comedy about foreign-raised South Korean teenagers getting in touch with their ethnic roots.
June 22, 2016 6:30-8:30 PM
Teach for America – 25 Broadway
KALCA will be hosting our Non-Profit Career Panel on Wednesday, June 22nd from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. It will be held at Teach For America (25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004). Light refreshments will be served.
Our panel will be moderated by:
Jiun Kimm, Director, Programs at Teach For America.
1. E Grace Park, Supervising Attorney, Legal Aid Society
2. Sarah Ha, Senior Managing Director, Teach For America
3. Michael Lee, Executive Director, Apex for Youth
4. Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director, Asian American Federation
Please RSVP to email@example.com