Culture Week Poster

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!

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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