For Immediate Release
Dec. 22, 2016
For More Information, Contact:
Brett Schuster, Communications Manager
[email protected], 202-775-9555
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) applauds the announcement by the Obama Administration that the Department of Homeland Security issued a final rule in the Federal Register to rescind the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), which targeted individuals from 25 largely Arab, African, Muslim, and South Asian countries and which could have served as the basis for the creation of a broader “Muslim registry.”
NAPABA is opposed to programs and proposals that seek to profile communities and create national security registries based on an individual’s actual or perceived race, religion, or ethnicity. The Asian Pacific American community directly experienced the harms of such policies during the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and stands strongly against similar discriminatory policies that profile and target Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities.
Originally enacted by the Bush Administration in 2002, NSEERS was deactivated by the Obama Administration in 2011, but the regulatory structure remained in place. Advocates, including NAPABA, encouraged the Administration to rescind the program and documented the negative impacts that such policies would have on Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian immigrant communities.
For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or [email protected].
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 approximately 50,000 attorneys and approximately 75 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services 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 the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.
Be a part of history! Join NAPABA for its inaugural Affiliate Best Practices Webinar | Board of Governance and Best Practices. Former NAPABA President Wendy Shiba will lead this interactive webinar, which has been presented to and well-received by various classes of the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy.
Topics will include:
- Board duties and expectations
- Strategic planning
- Building consensus
Who (target audience) | Any NAPABA or NAPALSA affiliate board member, officer, or staff
What | Board Governance and Best Practices
When | Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at 2 p.m. EST
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Diversity & Inclusion Summer Legal Internship Program is intended to provide exceptional law students with a unique and in-depth opportunity to work in the corporate law department of a premier global BioPharma company. We seek qualified law students of diverse backgrounds (first year preferred, but students at different stages of their legal education will be considered, including LLM students), who have exhibited an interest in learning about healthcare, pharmaceutical, or corporate practice. Although summer internships are not expected to lead to an offer of full-time employment with Bristol-Myers Squibb, our internships provide a professional experience that should prove valuable to participants and future employers. The positions will primarily be located in our Central New Jersey offices with occasional travel to our New York City office.
In assessing potential candidates, this program is targeted towards law students from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession and
- Are in good academic standing and rank in the top 30% of their class and/or carry a 3.0 GPA or better; and
- Have shown a commitment to high ethical standards.
Candidates who are selected for an interview by Bristol-Myers Squibb should be prepared to respond to any of the following questions:
- How has your law school experience influenced the direction and focus of your future law career?
- What personal characteristics or circumstances make you an excellent candidate for this internship?
- What is your interest in healthcare, pharmaceutical or corporate practice?
- Do you have prior or current experience in the healthcare field (professional or otherwise) and if so, how has that experience influenced your perception of the healthcare field?
- What are your professional aspirations? Where do you see yourself five years after graduating law school?
Candidates should submit their completed applications to [email protected] by January 6, 2017. Applications submitted after this date, or formatted incorrectly, will not be considered. To be formatted correctly, each application must be submitted in a single PDF document with the applicant’s name as the title of the file (i.e., John Doe.pdf), and include in the following order:
- Application cover sheet
- A cover letter from the student indicating:
- Why the student is an excellent candidate for the program and specifically how the student would contribute to the program.
- A statement of why diversity and inclusion is important to the student.
- A current resume
- A legal writing sample (no more than 3 pages)
Students selected for interviews may be asked to submit their law school transcript.
Download Brochure HERE.
Download Application Cover Sheet HERE.
In the aftermath of this particularly divisive presidential election there has been profound concern, anxiety, and even fear about the future of our country based on a range of issues regarding hate crimes, xenophobic rhetoric, immigration, and other civil rights issues. In accordance with NAPABA’s non-partisan mission to assist the diverse Asian Pacific American legal community, NAPABA continues to work with members interested in political appointments, while speaking out on behalf of vulnerable populations, working with our partners on our policy priorities, and developing tools for our members and affiliates to take action. Steps taken include:
- NAPABA issued an Organizational Statement on the 2016 Presidential Election
- NAPABA Outraged by Trump PAC Spokesperson References to WWII Japanese Incarceration in defense of a “Muslim registry”
- NAPABA signed-on to a Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR) letter to President-elect Trump urging him to reconsider the appointment of Stephen Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor in the White House
- NAPABA joined the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) in a letter calling on the President-elect to demonstrate unity and inclusiveness
- NAPABA joined the “Life or Death: Immigration, Intersectionality, & What You Can Do to Help” call-in hosted by the National LGBT Bar, co-sponsored by HNBA and NAPABA, addressing the increased risk of deportation as a result of the change in administration
- NAPABA led a national bar association response with the HNBA, LGBT Bar, NAWL, NBA, and NNABA, to condemn the increase in hate and bias incidents with a statement and tools for our members to take action and a request for Congress to take action
- Statement by Six Affinity Bars on Recent Increase in Hate-Motivated Violence and Harassment
- Diverse Bar Associations Letter to Congressional Leadership Addressing Hate Crimes Increase Following 2016 Presidential Election
- Use the Hate Crime Resources Toolkit for attorneys and bar associations
We are committed to the full participation and inclusion of diverse professionals in our organization and the legal profession as part of our core values of diversity and inclusion. To that end, we seek diverse members, whether persons of color, women, LGBTQ, or persons with physical limitations and whether they represent economic, geographic, social, ethnic, racial or religious diversity. With these core values in mind, we created the FDCC Foundation Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship to honor the spouse of one of our long time members, Edward J. Currie, Jr., a champion of diversity in the profession.
The FDCC Foundation Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship will be open to application by all diverse law school students and prospective students. The selected recipients will receive a $5,000 academic scholarship to the law school of their choice and have an opportunity to intern for an FDCC law firm or company in the geographic areas where they wish to practice between their
second and third year of law school. The internship is a paid position. The applications will go through a two‐step review process. The first review will be conducted by a subcommittee composed of FDCC members appointed by the President of the FDCC Foundation. The second and final review process will be composed by five members: the President of the FDCC Foundation, a Member of the Foundation Board, a Member of the Diversity Committee, a Member of the Admissions Committee, and a Member of the Membership Development &
To apply, please submit the following materials no later than Dec. 30, 2016:
- Personal statement describing how you will contribute to FDCC’s core values of diversity and inclusion, describing your needs and any unique qualifications and providing information on any other matters you believe would assist the Review Committee in evaluating your application (1000‐word limit)
- Writing sample (7 page limit)
- Three references including names and contact information of individuals who can attest to your professional and academic abilities
Applications may be submitted beginning Oct. 15, 2016. All parts of the application must be submitted at the same time to [email protected]‐polscer.com. Applications must be received by Dec. 30, 2016. The selection committee will notify applicants selected for an interview by Feb. 15, 2017. Please address any questions about the Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship program to Diane Polscer ([email protected]‐polscer.com).
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