AALJ News http://www.boalt.org/aalj/ Asian American Law Journal News Sun, 21, 2019 09:12:34 America/New_York en-us http://www.boalt.org/aalj/feed.rss seeshu@gmail.com seeshu@gmail.com AALJ News 144 http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news.html http://www.boalt.org/aalj//images/content/logo-photo1.gif Asian-Americans rejoice as unlikely basketball star Jeremy Lin smashes stereotypes http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/asian-americans-rejoice-as-unlikely-basketball-star-jeremy-lin-smashes-stereotypes.html Asian-Americans have rallied around other athletes — Michael Chang, Hideo Nomo, Yao Ming, Michelle Wie, Ichiro Suzuki. Tiger Woods was embraced for his Thai side. But Lin has a new and different appeal.
As the child of Taiwanese immigrants, Lin is quintessentially Asian-American. He was ignored instead of hyped. He emerged from the end of the bench to hoist the sinking New York Knicks to win after improbable win. A few hints of racism have scratched the edges of his growing fame, but Lin continues to put up unprecedented numbers and capture the imagination of mainstream America.
For further details, please see here.
Urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign AB 1088 to disaggregate ethnic group data for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/urge-governor-jerry-brown-to-sign-ab-1088-to-disaggregate-ethnic-group-data-for-asian-american-native-hawaiian-and-pacific-islanders.html AB 1088 (Eng), a California bill that would require two state agencies to disaggregate ethnic group data for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders, is headed to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown – who has the power to approve or kill the bill.
Current state law requires state agencies to disaggregate data for major Asian ethnicities, including Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander ethnicities, including Native Hawaiian, Samoan, and Guamanian. AB 1088 would require the Department of Industrial Relations and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, to collect the same ethnic data as the U.S. Census, by adding the following ethnic groups: Bangladeshi, Fijian, Hmong, Indonesian, Malaysian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, Thai, and Tongan. In addition, AB 1088 would require data on AA and NHPI ethnic groups to be posted online and easily accessible – currently, that data is nearly impossible to find.
To sign the petition online and for further details, please see here.
With CIA Help, NYPD moves covertly into Muslim areas. http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/with-cia-help-nypd-moves-covertly-into-muslim-areas.html With the help of the CIA, the NYPD has established a vast undercover network of informants and undercover agents throughout the Muslim Community. This network extends outside the five boroughs of New York, to New Jersey and the rest of the world. The department says the intelligence division has been instrumental in intercepting at least seven plots since 2004. Muslim leaders are furious, insisting that American Muslims are being unfairly targeted.
For further details, please see the ABC article here.
APALC, Minami Tamaki File Suit Against Fresno Employer Alleging Discrimination Against Hmong, Older Workers http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/apalc-minami-tamaki-file-suit-against-fresno-employer-alleging-discrimination-against-hmong-older-workers.html More than 20 current and former casino workers have filed two class action lawsuits charging that Club One Casino engaged in discrimination by segregating and reducing the hours of Hmong poker dealers, as well as firing its older employees. The Asian Pacific American Legal Center, a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, in Los Angeles and the law firm of Minami Tamaki LLP in San Francisco represent the workers in both lawsuits.
For further details, please see the Minami blog here and the Fresno Bee article here.
Karin Wang Chosen as Assembly District's Woman of the Year http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/karin-wang-chosen-as-assembly-district-s-woman-of-the-year.html Karin Wang was honored as the 49th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year for her achievements in fighting for disadvantaged communities. Wang is the Vice-President of Programs & Communications at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), which is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization serving Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.
Karin graduated from Boalt Hall in 1995 and is a former editor-in-chief of AALJ.
For further information, please see the full article here.
Yale clinic helps secure precedent-setting victory for immigrants http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/yale-clinic-helps-secure-precedent-setting-victory-for-immigrants.html Three years of work by students in Yale Law School's Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic paid off in a big way last week, when a federal judge ruled that officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement may be sued for civil rights violations.
The ruling, issued by Judge Stefan Underhill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, said that ICE officials aren't immune from such suits, and that the court has jurisdiction over this type of immigration case.
"We believe this is the most sweeping decision by a district court on this issue," said Muneer Ahmad, the director of the clinic. "It means that ICE, as a law enforcement agency, is subject to the same measures of constitutional accountability as other agencies."
For further details, please see the full article here. Muneer Ahmad was the keynote speaker for AALJ's 2010 Neil Gotanda Lecture.
SF Mayor Ed Lee pledges new political era http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/sf-mayor-ed-lee-pledges-new-political-era.html A historic era in San Francisco politics began Tuesday when Edwin M. Lee was appointed and sworn in as mayor, the first Asian American to hold the post.
The Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed Lee, the city administrator, to serve out the remaining year of newly minted Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's term as mayor, ushering in what Lee hopes will be a tenure of bridge-building.
For further details, please see the full article here.
Asian American Groups Applaud California Supreme Court Decision http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/asian-american-groups-applaud-california-supreme-court-decision.html WASHINGTON — The Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) welcomed today’s California Supreme Court ruling that undocumented students, in certain circumstances, qualify for in-state tuition rates when attending state colleges.The Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) welcomed today’s California Supreme Court ruling that undocumented students, in certain circumstances, qualify for in-state tuition rates when attending state colleges.
Asian American Center for Advancing Justice members AAJC and the Asian Law Caucus joined the Asian Pacific American Legal Center’s friend-of-the-court brief in the case, Martinez v. Regents of the University of California, last September supporting the state’s case. Under California law, students who meet certain criteria, such as graduating from a state high school, are eligible for in-state tuition rates within the state’s higher education system.
For further details, please see the full press release here.
California Law Honors World War II Internment Critic http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/california-law-honors-world-war-ii-internment-critic.html (AP) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A man who challenged the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans will be honored in California every year under a bill signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The governor on Thursday signed legislation designating Jan. 30 as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution in California.
For further details, please see the full article here.
Jefferson Lecture featuring Prof. Roger Daniels http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/jefferson-lecture-featuring-prof-roger-daniels.html On Sept. 14, Professor Roger Daniels will present a lecture examining and analyzing the changing place of the World War II incarceration of the Japanese Americans of the West Coast in American culture. The lecture will take place at 4:10 PM at the International House Auditorium, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley.
For further details, please see the full article here.
Commission confirms Cantil-Sakauye for state's top court http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/commission-confirms-cantil-sakauye-for-state-s-top-court.html Tani Cantil-Sakauye moved one step closer to donning the robe of chief justice of the California Supreme Court on Wednesday when the three-member Commission of Judicial Appointments unanimously confirmed her appointment.
"You've got my vote," said Joan Dempsey Klein, the senior presiding justice of the Courts of Appeal, after Cantil-Sakauye paid homage during the San Francisco hearing to the women and minorities who have warmed judicial benches before her.
For further details, please see the full article here.
AALJ Alums Reflect on a Year Deferred http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/aalj-alums-reflect-on-a-year-deferred.html When former AALJ Senior Articles Editors, Christina Yang '09 and Alvina Wong '09, were given the option to defer a year by their respective law firms, they both decided to work for organizations that serve the Asian American communities in California. As they prepare to start as first-year associates, they reflect on their experiences.

Alvina Wong
[PHOTO1L]The decision to join the Asian Law Caucus (ALC), a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, during my time as a deferred associate was not difficult to make. ALC is the nation's first legal and civil rights organization serving the low-income Asian Pacific American communities. Its incredibly rich history of providing legal assistance to some of the most vulnerable in our community ensured that I would have a meaningful experience.

Since January, I have primarily been working with the housing and elder law program at ALC. Though the economic downturn has affected people across the board, our clients, mostly monolingual Chinese, low-income, and facing eviction, are particularly hard hit. One of the most memorable cases I have had also happens to be my first client. A family of four, who had recently emigrated from China, had signed a lease for a basement unit in Chinatown. This unit was windowless and suffered from habitability issues, including mold on the walls. Although the parents did not know one word of English, they signed the lease believing that the landlord, who was also ethnically Chinese, had informed them of the crucial terms. Unbeknownst to them, the document they signed was a commercial lease. When the relationship between the landlord and the tenants grew increasingly tense, the landlord filed an eviction case alleging that the family had used the unit illegally by converting a commercial unit for residential purposes. In the end, the clients were able to reach a settlement agreement with move-out terms that were favorable to them and only had to pay a fraction of the amount the landlord wanted from them.

During the three years that I was a part of the Asian American Law Journal, I was able to work on publishing scholarship that reflect the unique legal concerns of Asian Pacific Americans. To come to ALC from that perspective and be able to serve our community in direct services has been extremely rewarding. I am so grateful to Winston & Strawn, LLP and ALC for this opportunity.
** For more information about ALC, visit: http://www.asianlawcaucus.org/.

Christina Yang
[PHOTO2R]When my firm, Mayer Brown, offered incoming associates the option of a one-year deferral fellowship at a legal nonprofit, I decided to apply for a position as Public Interest Fellow at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice. APALC is dedicated to advocating for civil rights on behalf of the Asian American community, using direct services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and leadership development.

I had interned at APALC my 1L summer, so it made perfect sense to take the opportunity to work with the wonderful impact litigation unit again. The team uses litigation to enforce and expand the rights of workers, consumers, and immigrants. Our current docket consists mostly of workers’ rights and consumer fraud cases, and we are also part of the civil rights coalition that recently brought suit against SB 1070, the immigration law passed in Arizona earlier this year.

I’ve spent a significant portion of my fellowship at APALC working on a consumer fraud case, Lin v. Kuckelkorn, in which APALC represents 77 mostly Chinese-speaking plaintiffs in a suit against the two former directors of a San Gabriel Valley art school that shut its doors very suddenly last summer and subsequently filed for bankruptcy. We just filed the complaint in June of this year. The two defendants used an aggressive Chinese-language advertising campaign to collect over $1.5 million in prepaid tuition from our clients.

Through my work on this case and others, I’ve been able to build invaluable litigation skills, including working with a large group of clients, doing in-depth legal research, developing motion practice skills, and determining case strategy. I’ve also had many opportunities to use Chinese in a professional setting, which I never had prior to this fellowship. Being an attorney on APALC’s litigation team has been very fulfilling. While serving the Asian American community and raising awareness of the various issues facing underserved and minority communities, I am also able to work closely with incredibly talented and dedicated colleagues. I am grateful to Mayer Brown for giving me this chance to spend my first year of practice with APALC.
Gov. Schwarzenegger nominates first Asian American to lead California Supreme Court http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/gov-schwarzenegger-nominates-first-asian-american-to-lead-california-supreme-court.html Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger nominated 3rd District Court of Appeal Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye as the next chief justice Wednesday morning, which would make her the first Asian American to lead the state's judiciary and give the California Supreme Court a female majority for the first time in its history.
For further details, please see the full article at the Los Angeles Times here.
Leading Asian American Civil Rights Organizations Announce New Shared Brand http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/leading-asian-american-civil-rights-organizations-announce-new-shared-brand.html Four leading Asian American civil rights organizations—the Asian American Institute (AAI), Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), Asian Law Caucus (ALC) and Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC)—announced that they are formally affiliating under a new name, Asian American Center for Advancing Justice.
"We are very excited to be part of this partnership of equals at a time when Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a greater presence—both in numbers and in prominence—than ever before," said Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of APALC, the nation’s largest organization addressing the civil rights and legal services of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Asian American Center for Advancing Justice will address many of the issues that are currently the focus of headlines across the country, including immigration, LGBT, civil rights and worker’s rights.
For further details, please see the full press release here.
Colorado Bar Association Names Paul H. Chan, Class of 1984, New President http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/colorado-bar-association-names-paul-h-chan-class-of-1984-new-president.html Paul H. Chan ’84, general counsel for the University of Denver, is the new president of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA). The CBA’s first Asian Pacific American leader in its 113 years—and only the 10th to ever preside over a state bar association—Chan began his term July 1.
For further details, please see the full article here.
Judge Koh Confirmed by U.S. Senate to United States District Court http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/judge-koh-confirmed-by-us-senate-to-united-states-district-court.html The United States Senate today confirmed the Honorable Lucy H. Koh to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Judge Koh is the first Asian Pacific American federal district court judge in the Northern District of California’s 160- year history. The Northern District of California is one of the nation’s leading venues for intellectual property and business litigation, and serves one of the largest populations of Asian Americans in the nation. It has been the forum for many landmark United States Supreme Court decisions that have affected Asian Americans since the 1800s, including U.S. v. Korematsu and Yick Wo v. Hopkins. Judge Koh is also the first Korean American federal district court judge in United States history.
For further details, please see the ABPA press release here.
Berkeley Law Professor Goodwin Liu nominated to the 9th Circuit http://www.boalt.org/aalj/news/berkeley-law-professor-goodwin-liu-nominated-to-the-9th-circuit.html Berkeley Law Professor Goodwin Liu was nominated by President Barack Obama to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in February 2010. Professor Liu is one of two Asian Americans nominated by Obama to the federal appeals courts, which now have no active Asian American judges.
The Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Professor Liu, originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, 2010, has been postponed.
Read more about Professor Liu's nomination in the:
San Francisco Chronicle
LA Times
Washington Post