Rutgers-Newark APALSA held its 11th anniversary Mela at the law school on Thursday night, October 25. Mela is the Sanskrit word for “gathering,” and this annual event celebrates various Asian cultures and honors the achievements of Asian Americans in the legal community.
This year, Rutgers-Newark APALSA honored the Hon. David F. Bauman, Presiding Judge, Civil Division, Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County. Judge Bauman is the first Asian American judge in Monmouth Vicinage.
Also honored was our very own Jean Lee, President of AABANY and VP and Assistant General Counsel at JP Morgan Chase & Co. After accepting her award, Jean delivered an impassioned and inspiring speech about her path to career success, overcoming significant struggles and hurdles along the way. “Don’t say no to yourself before someone else does,” she advised the students, sharing the wisdom of a friend and mentor.
The evening also featured a dance performance by Rutgers SAPA (South Asian Performing Artists), delicious Pan-Asian buffet, open bar and dancing. Congratulations to the honorees and to Rutgers-Newark APALSA on a great Mela!
Rutgers-Newark Law Review is holding an upcoming Symposium – “The Voting Rights Act of 1965: Where Do We Go From Here?”, to be held on Friday, April 13, 2012, from 9:15AM to 5:00PM at the State House on 125 West State Street in Trenton, New Jersey.
This symposium will examine the effects of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 nearly fifty years after its passage. Distinguished speakers will discuss whether the Act has fulfilled its charter and should now be repealed or whether it is still required today.
For those seeking CLE credits, six CLE credits are being offered for the NY and NJ Bars and five for the PA Bar. Attendance is free for everyone – including those who are seeking CLE credits.