The Civil Rights Committee (CRC) assists the AABA Board in making recommendations, formulating strategy, and acting on issues that affect the civil and legal rights of the Asian- American community.
AABA and its attorneys have been actively involved in civil rights issues. AABA members filed an amicus brief in the Bakke affirmative action case, filed a successful petition overturning the conviction of Fred Korematsu in the landmark Korematsu v. United States case, worked on the successful campaign to release Chol Soo Lee from prison, and were involved in efforts to release Wen Ho Lee and to unseal documents in his case. AABA supports and works with civil rights and public interest groups such as the Asian Law Caucus and the California State Bar’s Diversity Award Program.
The Community Services Committee (CSC) provides opportunities for AABA members to engage the community through pro bono and service activities. CSC partners with the non-profit Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach to run monthly pro bono legal clinics in Oakland and San Francisco, where AABA members can dispense legal advice to indigent clients. CSC also hosts an annual diversity pipeline conference, Pathways to Law , which introduces diverse high school and college students to law school and the legal profession.
In addition, CSC provides a variety of non-legal service opportunities in the Bay Area, including school beautification projects, building restoration, food bank events, environmental clean-ups, and holiday gift-wrapping. CSC continues to collaborate with local organizations, companies, and bar associations to provide rewarding service experiences for AABA’s members and their friends and family.
Founded in 2013, the LGBTQ Committee provides all AABA members with: (1) opportunities and tools to address specific challenges that Asian-American LGBTQ law students, attorneys, and judges experience in the legal profession; (2) professional and personal development support; (3) a community that allows for meaningful connections; and (4) support to increase representation of Asian-American LGBTQ members in senior and leadership positions in the legal profession.
The Newsletter Committee acts as the voice of AABA by publishing information of interest to AABA members, articles about legal issues and events that affect the Asian-American community, and reports about legal developments affecting the APA community on the state and national levels. To see past AABA newsletters, please go to our Newsletter page.
The Professional Development Committee publicizes job openings, sponsors an annual jobs panel and workshop to help law students with resume writing and interviewing skills, hosts a summer reception for law clerks and employers, and cooperates with community groups and local bar associations to improve employment opportunities for minority lawyers.
Founded in 2016, the Public Law Leadership Advisory Council brings together senior APA leaders in public service law. The Council advises AABA Board and Committee leadership on public service initiatives, serves our senior API public leader community, and is a resource on presidential, gubernatorial, or local leadership appointments.