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About APAWLA


MISSION STATEMENT


APAWLA is an organization that promotes inclusion, empowerment and advancement of Asian Pacific American women in the legal profession. We are devoted to advocating for, educating, mentoring, networking, and developing leadership within the profession and larger community.


DESCRIPTION


Founded in 1993, The Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA) is an organization that promotes inclusion, empowerment and advancement of Asian Pacific American women in the legal profession. We’re devoted to advocating, educating, mentoring, networking, and developing leadership within the profession and larger community. Our members include lawyers, judges, and law students throughout California. We work in solo practices, law firms, state and federal courts; we are prosecutors, defenders and civil practitioners; we work for non-profits and government agencies; and, inspired by the great movement for Civil Rights, we share a common goal of gender and racial equality.


2021 GOVERNING BOARD

Officers
Sandy Yu - President
Aimee M. Contreras-Camua - President-Elect
Tracy Nakaoka - Vice President (Membership)
Diane M.L. Tan - Vice President (Historian)
Xiaowen (Joyce) Yu - Secretary
Katrina Rayco - Treasurer

Board of Governors
Hildegarde Aguinaldo
Judge Holly Fujie
Christine Gonong
Lisa Kang
Judge Wesley Hsu
Kathy Khommarath
Valerie Li
Calimay Pham - Immediate Past President
Lydia Liberio
Esther K. Ro
Judge Jana Seng
Myungjae (Jane) Song
Eleanor Sun
Leana S. Taing
Lynn Whitcher
Mia Frances Yamamoto
Cat Zhang

Law Student Representatives
Betty Kim
Courtney Lee
Michelle Shiba Pujol

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Click here to see a list of past APAWLA boards of governors.


COMMITTEES


If you are interested in getting involved with APAWLA, join one of our committees. For more information about any of these committees, or to learn about how to get involved with a particular committee, please send an email to info@apawla.org or by clicking here.

Civic Engagement Committee: Takes affirmative and strategic steps to replace systems of white supremacy and patriarchy with systems promoting racial and gender equity. If you are interested in joining the Civic Engagement Committee please email apawlacivicengagement@gmail.com.

Corporate Affairs Committee: Oversees and handle corporate matters for the organization.

MCLE Committee: Plans and implements MCLE events.

Membership Committee: Encourages new members to join and maintain the membership list. If you would like to become member, please click the tab titled "Join APAWLA" above.

Mentorship Committee: Brainstorms and organizes mentoring events for attorneys and law students at all stages of their careers.

Parent Support Network (PSN) Committee: Organizes lunch meetings, events, and opportunities to connect for those in the profession who also juggle parenting.

Pro Bono / Community Involvement Committee: Organizes and coordinates volunteer opportunities for members.

San Diego / OC Committee: Organizes and coordinates events for members in San Diego and Orange County.

Scholarship Committee: Administers the APAWLA law student scholarship.

Website / Listserv / Social Media Committee: Updates and maintains APAWLA website, listserv, and social media.

Young Lawyers and Law Students (YLLS) Committee: A committee for younger APAWLA members, new attorneys, and law students that organizes events/programs directed toward YLLS members. In addition to a new attorney, the leaders of this committee include APAWLA's law student representatives Click here for more information about the becoming a law student representative.



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