October 30, 2016 --

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | Double Tree by Hilton Hotel | 5:30pm

Please save the date for The Unity Bar Association of Sacramento's Unity Bar Dinner 2016. The Keynote speaker will be Chief Justice of California, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. Questions? Please contact the Unity Bar Association of Sacramento at ptreeves@sbcglobal.net, or Cindy Liu at cindycliu@gmail.com.

2016 Unity Bar Dinner

Friday, November 18, 2016 | San Francisco Hall of Justice | 4-5:30pm

Come meet SFDA George Gascón. Learn what it takes to become a prosecutor in the City and County of San Francisco from top prosecutors from diverse backgrounds. The symposium will be held Friday, November 18, 2016, 4pm at the Hall of Justice (850 Bryant Street, 3rd Floor Law Library, San Francisco, CA 94103). Refreshments will be provided. Courtroom attire is required and please bring your resumes.

Email Tyrene Labutan, the Internship Program Manager, at sfdainternship@sfgov.org to RSVP or if you have any questions. Space is limited so RSVP soon! See the informational flyer here for more details.

Deadline: December 15, 2016

Founded in 1975, Legal Services for Children (“LSC”) is one of the country’s first non-profit law firms dedicated to providing free legal representation and social work services to children.

Please send cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to internship@lsc-sf.org, with “Summer Legal Intern” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please address the following:
LSC’s clientele is extremely diverse, and the majority of our clients are low income youth of color. To ensure that our agency is best serving these children, LSC strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.

Bilingual/bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. To promote social justice and best serve our clients, LSC is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and providing culturally competent services. We strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups, as well as bilingual and bicultural candidates, to apply.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled. Priority will be given to applications received by December 15, 2016. For more information, please refer to the informational PDF here.

Deadline: December 15, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) is currently accepting applications for interns, externs, and volunteers to work in our Los Angeles, Orange County (Santa Ana), and Inland Empire (San Bernardino) offices. We are accepting internship applications from students at all academic levels, including high school students, undergraduates, law students, social work students and other graduate students. We are also accepting applications for volunteers who are not currently enrolled in an academic program. People of color, women, people with disabilities, people over 55, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex are encouraged to apply. Please review the application instructions carefully.

All applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and transcript (for current students) via email (internship@aclusocal.org) or postal mail (email is strongly preferred). In your subject line, please include the following information in square brackets, listed in order of preference: (1) your preferred subject area(s); (2) your geographic preference(s); and (3) the term for which you are applying. For example, “Subject: [First Am/Immigration] [OC/IE/LA] [Summer 2017]” or “Subject: [Education/Jails] [LA/OC/IE] [Fall 2018].” We encourage applicants to indicate no more than two subject area preferences, but you may also indicate “[General]” as your preferred subject area if you do not have a particular interest.

We are more likely to hire candidates with geographic flexibility. We cannot guarantee applicants’ preferences and we may offer you a position outside of your areas of interest.

Summer applications are accepted beginning September 1st, or as soon as school’s rules allow, and closing December 15th. Hiring decisions are made on a rolling basis while Fall/Spring applications are accepted throughout the year.

Emailed (internship@aclusocal.org) applications are strongly preferred. However, items can be mailed to:
Internship Coordinator
ACLU Foundation of Southern California
1313 West Eighth St., Suite 200
Los Angeles, California 90017

For more information, please visit their website. Please direct any further questions about the internship program or the application process to Victor Leung (VLeung@aclusocal.org).

Deadline: January 12, 2017

FASPE Law is a fully-funded, two-week summer program that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive study in contemporary legal ethics. FASPE Law is predicated upon the power of place. Fellows visit Auschwitz and other sites in Germany and Poland where they consider how to apply the lessons of history to the ethical challenges they will face in their careers.

In 2017, the program will take place from Sunday, May 21 to Friday, June 2. (Fellows are expected to arrive in Europe by Saturday, May 20.) All program costs are covered, including round-trip travel from New York to Europe, European travel, lodging, and food. FASPE Law Fellows travel and share some seminars with Fellows in the FASPE Business and Journalism programs.

FASPE Law is open to current JD and LLM students and those who received a JD or LLM between May 2016 and January 2017. It is designed to address ethical challenges in all fields of law, including the private sector, public interest organizations, and the government. To learn more about FASPE and to apply, please visit www.FASPE.info.

Deadline: January 18, 2017

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, legal advocacy, and community education. For more information about AALDEF, please visit their website. AALDEF attorneys work in the following program areas: anti-trafficking initiative, community health care initiative, economic justice for workers, educational equity, housing & environmental justice project, immigrant access to justice, and voting rights.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to be received by AALDEF on or before Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the address below. Please indicate in your cover letter the top three preferred program areas. Only law students qualify for AALDEF’s legal internships. Applications may be faxed or emailed.

Any bilingual ability should be stated in the application. Bilingual ability is helpful but not required. Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), Gujarati, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Indonesian and Urdu-speaking applicants are especially urged to apply.
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the January 18, 2017 deadline. Interviewing will take place on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis. Only applicants who have been given interviews will be notified of their advancement in the application process.

Summer Internship Search (Legal)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, New York 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303 Email: info@aaldef.org

For more information, please contact Annie J. Wang (212-966-5932 etx. 213 or awang@aaldef.org). Please do NOT email applications to Annie J. Wang.

Rolling Applications: Spring, Summer, Fall

The ACLU-NC invites applications for internships for law and graduate students in the Legal-Policy Department. Students willing to work with intensity and focus will find an internship at the ACLU-NC a rewarding learning experience. Qualified applicants are enthusiastic, creative, and detail-oriented; have excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills; and, can articulate a commitment to work for social justice and the ideals of the ACLU.

Applications must include the following: (1) Cover Letter that includes a statement about (a) which internship you are applying for, (b) a brief statement about why you want to work on that issue at the ACLU-NC, and (c) how you encountered the internship opening; (2) Resume; (3) Writing Sample; and, (4) List of References with contact information.

Applications will be accepted beginning September 15 for the following spring term and beginning October 15 for the following summer term. Submit Spring 2017 applications via email to aclunc-clnc0894@applications.recruiterbox.com and submit Summer 2017 applications via email to aclunc-clnc0334@applications.recruiterbox.com. All applications may alternatively be submitted via U.S. mail to:

ACLU of Northern California
ATTN: Legal-Policy Department Internships
39 Drumm Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

For more information, please see the informational PDF here. Please direct any further questions about the internship program or the application process to Daniela Bernstein (dbernstein@aclunc.org or 415-621-2493 ext. 303).


The APALJ at UCLA is currently seeking student submissions for publication in Volume 22 of the journal. Student submissions should be student-written, original comments relating to legal, social and/or political issues affecting Asian Pacific American communities. There is no minimum or maximum limit for the length of the submission. It can even be a piece that students have written for class. Students may also submit multiple submissions. Please direct all questions and submissions to apalj@lawnet.ucla.edu.

Deadline: Rolling (Selection Ends in February)

Spend your summer or semester at one of California’s leading civil rights law! Public Advocates, a non-profit law firm and advocacy organization, challenges the systemic causes of poverty and discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing and transit equity, and climate justice. Public Advocates focuses on strategic policy reform, collaboration with grassroots groups representing people with low incomes, people of color and immigrants, communication and litigation, “making rights real” across California since 1971. For more information and to apply, visit us here.

September 19, 2016 --

Monday, September 19, 2016 to Thursday, September 22, 2016

Monday [Room 1301] - Judicial Panel featuring Hon. Russell Hom, Hon. Shelleyanne Chang, Hon. Floyd Shimomura
Tuesday [Room 1301] - Reopening Korematsu v. U.S. featuring Donald Tamaki
Wednesday [Room 2302] - Private Practice Career Panel featuring Vincent Tong, Alice Cheng, Chris Alvarez
Thursday [Room 2304] - Government Careers Panel featuring Gene Woo, Caroline Park, Anthony Lew

Check out the APALSA Culture Week album here!

2016 Culture Week Tabloid

Deadline: October 28, 2016

Hanson Bridgett presents an annual workshop to help first-year law students prepare for on-campus interviews. Promoted through minority student organizations at area law schools, the program brings students together with lawyers from a wide range of working environments. Hanson Bridgett attorneys have been joined at the event by lawyers working for public and private companies, the government, legal organizations and the military. The Interview Workshop will be held at King Hall this year on Saturday, November 12, 2016 on a first come, first serve basis. The Workshop schedule is as follows:
  • 07:45 - 08:15     –  Check-in / breakfast / networking            
  • 08:15 - 10:15     –  Seminar                              
  • 10:15 - 10:30     –  Quick preparation for practice interviews          
  • 10:45 - 12:15     –  Practice interviews                         
  • 12:15 - 01:45     –  Networking lunch     

If you are interested in participating in the Workshop, please submit a copy of your resume no later than October 28, 2016 to Blaine Yamauchi and/or Jon Kim. Space is limited so priority goes to paid members. For more information, please contact either of them or Naomi Smith, Hanson Bridgett's Director of Attorney Recruiting and Diversity, at nsmith@hansonbridgett.com.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 1301 | 12-1pm

This election day, Asian Law Caucus needs your help protecting the right to vote. We will be monitoring polling places across 18 counties to ensure that immigrant voters get the language assistance they are guaranteed under law, that no voter is intimidated or harassed by members of the public, and that polling places are accessible to people with disabilities. For us to be successful, we need as many volunteers as possible. You will be trained and fully prepped before Election Day!

You can learn more about poll monitors in this Huffington Post article.

Volunteers, organized in teams of two, will visit five polling places over the course of approximately four hours on Election Day (Nov. 8, 2016). Volunteers will fill out a checklist for each polling place visited and report problems through established procedures. Community volunteers recruited by Asian Law Caucus that are not lawyers will be paid a $100 stipend for the day. Travel costs are not reimbursed, though.

A staff attorney from the Voting Rights Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus will be giving a presentation this Wednesday, September 14, in Room 1301. Please attend if you are interested for more information. Food will be provided.

Also, if you already know that you are interested please fill out this google form. Thank you! Let's push ahead!

Saturday, September 17, 2016 | Davis, CA | 1-4pm

The South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of Sacramento proudly invites you to the 9th Annual Diversity Law Student Reception. Meet local judges and attorneys and learn about practicing law in our region. Casual attire, everyone is welcome! This event is free of charge. The reception will be held at the home of Shama Mesiwala (3249 Conquistador Way, Davis, CA). Please RSVP to Shama Mesiwala (shama.mesiwala@jud.ca.gov) or (530) 747-0642 by Monday, September 12, 2016.

Sunday, September 18 | New Parkway Theater in Oakland, CA | 2:55pm

Go watch "Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story," a one-hour, Emmy-award winning documentary film at the New Park Theater in Oakland, CA. After the film, Mr. Donald Tamaki, who served on the pro bono team that reopened the case, will do a 30-minute Q&A. For more information about the film, click here. To purchase tickets, click here. Tickets are $10.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | Tsakopoulous Library Galleria in Sacramento, CA | 5:30pm

The Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento is holding its Annual Gala Dinner with featured keynote speaker Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu. The event will be held at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria (828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814). For RSVP or sponsorship, please contact Karen S. Kim (kkim@austinmurphy.com or 916-446-2300).

Saturday, November 5, 2016 | Hanson Bridgett LLP in San Francisco, CA | 8:30am-1pm

Hanson Bridgett presents an annual workshop to help first-year law students prepare for on-campus interviews. Promoted through minority student organizations at area law schools, the program brings students together with lawyers from a wide range of working environments. Hanson Bridgett attorneys have been joined at the event by lawyers working for public and private companies, the government, legal organizations and the military. The interview workshop will be held at Hanson Bridgett LLP (425 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105). For more information, please contact Naomi Smith, Director of Attorney Recruiting and Diversity, at nsmith@hansonbridgett.com.

Deadline: Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Natural Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit environmental organization, is seeking candidates for the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Litigation Fellowship, a two-year position with our litigation team, starting around September 2017. The Schwarz Fellowship will be based in Washington, DC, New York, or Chicago.

In addition to more “traditional” environmental work such as wildlife and wilderness conservation, NRDC’s litigation is increasingly focused on public health threats to low-income communities and communities of color. Recent cases concern lead contamination in Flint’s drinking water, mold in New York City public housing, and industrial contamination in Dickson, Tennessee and Jersey City, New Jersey. We collaborate with groups representing industrial workers, prisoners, inner-city schoolchildren, and residents of urban and rural communities seeking relief from pollution burdens.

This work demonstrates the cross-cutting nature of environmental issues, which are entwined with race, poverty, labor, and human rights concerns. NRDC recognizes that its ability to serve diverse communities is enhanced by its ability to recruit attorneys from diverse backgrounds. To view the posting, click here. Interested candidates for the fellowship should apply online by Tuesday, September 13, 2016 but are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Deadline: Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association Silicon Valley is looking for volunteers for their annual Awards Gala on September 23, 2016 in Santa Clara, CA. The Gala, which will be held at Levi's Stadium, attracts over 400 attendees each year, including judges, in-house counsel, attorneys and law students. If anyone is interested, please email Kenny Nguyen (kennynguyen@uchastings.edu). Their committee is looking for volunteers from other law schools besides Hastings to help out.

August 21, 2016 --

Friday, August 26, 2016 | Central Park | 6pm-8pm

Join APALSA for our first general meeting of the school year to learn more about what we have to offer and how to get involved! Lunch will be provided! Information about 1L board member applications and the Big Sib/Lil Sib program applications will also be available at the general meeting.

Friday, August 26, 2016 | Central Park | 6pm-8pm

Come enjoy the last days of summer with fellow Asian American law students and celebrate the end of the first week of school! See attached flyer for more details. For more information, please contact Samantha Carrasco (skcarrasco@ucdavis.edu). See you there!


Sign up to be in the Big Sib/Lil Sib! Students new to King Hall, sign up for your own APALSA Big Sib who will be able to help you with navigating King Hall and give you advice about your legal education as well as life. If you had a Big Sib, please sign up to be a mentor to the new members of APALSA. Even if you did not have a Big Sib but want to help mentor the new students, sign up. The application and more information will be announced next week. Stay tuned!


The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area is now taking applications for the AABA Mentorship Program. They match law students and young attorneys with more senior attorney mentors experienced in particular practice areas (which range from criminal and corporate law, to in-house and government practice, to public interest and immigration law), forming “families” that can offer guidance in every aspect of professional and personal development. This is a great opportunity to establish a relationships with practicing attorneys and get advice about law school, job searching and OCI, and the practice of law.

How to Join the Mentorship Program:
(1) Become an AABA member (Membership fee is only $15 for law students)
(2) Fill out this questionnaire by Tuesday, August 30, 2016
(3) Attend the Mentorship Kickoff Mixer
       Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2016
       Time: 6pm
       Location: Nossaman, LLP (50 California St., 34th Floor, San Francisco)
       RSVP for the Kickoff Mixer here by Friday, September 2, 2016

For more information about the Mentorship Program, click here. If you have any questions, please contact the committee co-chairs, Jinah Conroy (jinahconroy@gmail.com), Yuki Ku (yku@hansonbridgett.com) or Wade Chow (wade.k.chow@sfgov.org).

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