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Community Announcements

AALAM is pleased to publicize events and announcements from professional and affinity bar associations and other community groups, within and outside of Massachusetts, in which AALAM members may be interested. To post an item, please e-mail a link, PDF, or Word document containing the relevant information to aalam.info@gmail.com. AALAM reserves editorial control. Postings may be removed after 30 days unless additional time is requested.

Volunteer Opportunity - Help Defend Asian American Voting Rights

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Suffolk DA Conley Launches Law Student Diversity Fellowship

District Attorney Conley has created a Diversity Fellowship for law students, which will provide for a $4,000 stipend upon completion of an internship in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. A full explanation is in the attached announcement and at http://www.suffolkdistrictattorney.com/diversity-fellowship. I hope that you will provide this opportunity to your members, student and lawyer alike, through your website, newsletters, and the like.

Should you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Christina MillerReturn to Top

Save the Date: Join Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and Economics Justice For their 48th Anniversary Celebration on June 9th!

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Upcoming BBA Event March 15th - Seeking Co-Sponsorship

The BBA's Diversity & Inclusion Section is working to present a program called "Making Strides: Retaining and Promoting Diverse Talent" on Tuesday, March 15th from 6-8pm.

Doreen Rachal and Joseph Wang, co-chairs of the BBA's Retention and Promotion Committee are chairing the event, which will include input from ABA President Paulette Brown, Michelle Ilfill from Verizon, Matt McTygue from Locke Lord and Richard Meade from Prudential Financial.

A program description is attached. We would be delighted if your bar association would consider co-sponsoring – there is no cost for co-sponsorship, just a request that if you are able, you will invite your board / members to attend.

A link to the BBA Program page is here: https://www.bostonbar.org/membership/events/event-details?ID=20866Return to Top

Dow Fund Seeks Letters of Intent

The Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund (the "Dow Fund") seeks letters of intent for projects that are narrowly aligned with providing legal aid services to Asian Americans in Massachusetts. Please share widely! Download the flyer for more information.

The Dow Fund welcomes LOIs that propose joint grant writing by the grant seeker and the Dow Fund. The deadline to submit an LOI is March 25, 2016, and invitations to submit a full grant proposal will be sent out by April 15, 2016.

Awards are granted for projects and initiatives that contribute to the following objectives and priorities:

  • Provide legal services and representation to low-income persons on matters where there is an identifiable and unmet need, or conduct activities contributing directly to increasing access to justice.
  • Create a pipeline of Asian American attorneys and legal professionals committed to the needs identified by the Fund's mission.
  • Provide and demonstrate impactful legal advocacy around the issues identified by the Fund's mission.
  • Provide and support innovative community legal education around issues affecting particularly underserved groups.
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Notice to the Bar from the Supreme Judicial Court

Superior Court Judges in Suffolk County and Middlesex County will be evaluated from the end of February to the beginning of April. Crucial to maintaining a high quality judicial branch is the full participation of the bar in judicial evaluation.

Consider the evaluation program to be your direct line to the judiciary. This evaluation system is the best way for you to tell the judge and court leadership of your experiences before the judge. Every judge will sit down with his or her department chief justice and discuss their evaluation and that judge's individual professional development plan.

What has always been paramount in our evaluation program is the commitment to the anonymity of the responding attorneys.

We recently began using a revised evaluation system. It is very efficient and easy for attorneys to use.

So please do your part - do not press the delete button when you get the email - and use the opportunity to tell us about the judges you appear before.

For more information contact Coordinator of Judicial Performance Evaluation, Mona.Hochberg@sjc.state.ma.usReturn to Top

Volunteer Opportunity

The Greater Boston APALSA Conference, entitled Diverse Lawyers as Global Leaders, a conference that celebrates ethnic diversity in the legal world, is looking for a few more speed mentors for the conference on January 23rd, 2016. The speed mentoring session will be held from 3:30 to 4:45, followed by cocktail reception.

Please contact 1516.gb.apalsa@gmail.com to participate as a speed mentors.  Return to Top

Public Interest Leadership Program

Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) is accepting applicants for its 2016-17 class.

This spring, the BBA will welcome its thirteenth PILP class, which will join the prestigious group of 153 PILP alumni in their mission to provide community leadership and service. PILP engages leaders early in their career to develop lasting connections beyond their existing legal networks that serve to integrate them into the Boston legal community and public interest landscape. The BBA will host an information session for interested applicants on Friday, January 29, 2016, at 4:00 PM. A flyer with additional details about the information session is attached.

This selective program attracts a diverse group of talented, motivated attorneys who have been out of law school for 10 years or less. PILP participants connect with prominent community leaders at meetings and events, learn about the challenges confronting local organizations and government, and take part in public service efforts. After completing the 14-month program, which will take place from May 2016 through July 2017, graduates enter a growing network of accomplished alumni who provide mentoring and support to their successors.

The success of the program relies on law firms and other organizations to nominate promising candidates and support future leaders' participation in PILP. As a member of the BBA's leadership, we hope you will encourage your firm to nominate an attorney for this prestigious program. Not only does PILP advance the leadership and professional development of the participant, but it highlights the firm's commitment to the legal community and to the Greater Boston community as a whole.

The application deadline is Friday, February 26th and the application is available here. For additional information on the program and the application process, please contact Neha Deshpande, Membership Outreach Assistant, at ndeshpande@bostonbar.orgReturn to Top

NAPABA Announcements

NAPABA needs your help and involvement to ensure that Asian Pacific Americans are represented in the ranks of the American Bar Association leadership. NAPABA encourages you to self-nominate for a Presidential Committee Appointment by the ABA deadline of Feb. 26, 2016.

In addition to your self-nomination, NAPABA will be recommending candidates for appointments to committees, commissions, and other ABA entities for the upcoming bar year. To be considered for a NAPABA endorsement, you must submit a request to NAPABA by 12 p.m. EST on Jan. 29, 2016.

For more information on submitting a NAPABA endorsement request, please click hereReturn to Top

Fourth Annual Greater Boston APALSA Conference

The Fourth Annual Greater Boston APALSA Conference is scheduled for January 23, 2016 at Boston University. Student coordinators of the conference invite AALAM members to participate as speed mentors! Speed mentors have the opportunity to provide insights and advice to current law students, especially 1Ls. It is a great and valuable opportunity for conference student attendees to network with professionals and recent graduates as well as learn about different legal fields. The Speed Mentoring portion of the conference will take place from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm but we encourage you to attend the event in its entirety from 10 am to 6:30 pm. If you are interested in becoming a speed mentor, or if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Jen Rasay at rasay.j@husky.neu.edu by January 12, 2016. We hope you can come and support the Greater Boston APALSA Conference in this way!  Return to Top

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