April 18, 2011
APALSA Public Interest Grant Donors
We would like to thank our generous donors!!
Any questions? Please email Adrianne Lo, firstname.lastname@example.org
March 7, 2011
APALSA is glad to present to you the ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN PUBLIC INTEREST GRANT 2011 (API GRANT)!
If your summer internship, fellowship or project is geared towards advocating, studying or serving the needs of Asian Pacific Islander Americans, you may be eligible to receive the grant! We will be giving at least two (2) $500.00 grants (that's almost 50 cheap lunches!). Additional grants may be available, subject to funding. Applicants must identify themselves using their student ID number. Please download the application for more details. The organization you are working for need not be an API organization, but your project must be geared towards the unique needs of the API community. This past summer, an API Public Interest Grant recipient used the support to initiate a culturally sensitive clinic for immigrant victims of domestic violence. Another recipient conducted important policy work regarding S-Comm, a controversial immigration enforcement program. Please see their full testimonies for more details about their amazing experiences.
The deadline for the application is April 8, 2011 5 PM. Please place a hardcopy in Community Co-Chair Adrianne Lo's (2L) mailbox. If you have any general questions, please contact Adrianne at email@example.com. If you have any specific questions pertaining to your grant proposal, please preserve your anonymity by contacting APALSA Secretary Jina Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 15, 2011
On behalf of the UC Davis Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), we are proud to announce the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Interest Grant.
The specific needs of Asian Pacific Islander Americans (API's) have been chronically unaddressed by the legal community. Underrepresentation of API's in the legal profession, too little awareness of API issues, and a scarcity of opportunities for law students to become engaged in the API community all contribute to this longstanding issue.
To combat this chronic problem, APALSA of King Hall has established a new public interest grant for King Hall students who seek to serve the legal needs of the API community. The grant will benefit first- and second-year law students who pursue summer public interest projects that serve the unique needs of Asian Pacific Americans.
Interested in donating? Click here.
To see more information on previous recipients of the API Public Interest Grant, click here.
Please see below for important FAQ's!!
A FEW IMPORTANT CLARIFICATIONS:
There has been a little bit of confusion about qualifying sponsor organizations. You do NOT have to work for an API organization in order to qualify for the API Public Interest Grant. While it is perfectly acceptable to have an API organization sponsor your project, a successful grant recipient may work at any legal non-profit organization or public defender's office that meets the application criteria (see application for specific details). The key is that a significant component of your internship or project be geared towards the API community.
Many organizations bring in law students for summer internships that at first glance seem pretty structured or standardized. However, this shouldn't discourage you from working with your sponsor organization to craft a proposal or project that focuses on the API community. Many of the non-profit organizations that have worked with King Hall students in the past have plenty of experience working on grant proposals. They will most likely be very eager to help you secure funding and create a long-term project that you will be excited to work on all summer. While we realize you will have certain day to day responsibilities that may not always be API-related, the important thing is to showcase in your proposal how your internship will allow you and your sponsor organization to impact the API community in a new or significant way.
This may mean offering outreach or language services to connect with previously unreached communities, connecting API clients to public benefits programs, helping develop partnerships between your sponsor organization and other existing API organizations, or working in a specific legal area that may impact the API community (i.e. nail shop worker rights, immigration, elder law, domestic violence, etc.). Don't be afraid to be creative - there are so many unmet legal needs in our community that the sky is the limit! Successful grant applications might highlight the demographics of the area served by your sponsor organization, the specific legal areas your sponsor organization specializes in, or an area of the law you are very passionate about that significantly affects the API community.
If you have any further questions about the grant application or qualifying organizations, please do not hesitate to contact Adrianne Lo at email@example.com.
Please continue to check back for more information!