“We were not born Asian American, but rather gave birth to ourselves as Asian Americans as a political identity to be seen and heard.”

– Karen Ishizuka

 

Founded in 1995, the National Asian Pacific American Conference on Law and Public Policy is the premier conference on law, policy, and career issues relevant to the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. Our panels and keynotes delve into legal and social issues at the international, national, and local levels.

Our theme for this year’s conference is Asian America: Seen, Heard, Known. Despite the growing number of APAs at law schools and entry-level lawyer positions, APAs continue to fall behind in top leadership positions in both the private and public sector. The proverbial “glass ceiling” hangs above the APA legal community. Moreover, APAs remain underrepresented in public sector jobs: clerkships, government positions, non-profits, politics, and other advocacy roles. Our voices are frequently muted or divided especially in light of the current political climate. The APA legal community is an extremely diverse one, and within our own community, there are misunderstandings, divisions, and a perverse lack of knowledge.

This conference seeks to address this situation through three lenses:

  1. Where does the APA legal community remain unseen?
  2. How can our voices be better heard?
  3. How do we gain knowledge about our own diverse community?

It is our hope that by exploring these questions, we can find the inspiration and drive to continue to make our community seen, heard, known. We are truly excited to explore these questions with you, and we hope this Conference will serve as a meaningful springboard for deep introspection, thoughtful debate and new friendships.

Thank you for joining us on this journey.