APALSA Conference

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. This year, Conference is co-sponsored with SALSA, and will feature a diversity of panelists streamed right to your home.  Per Harvard Law School policy, please individually register for your webinars of interest. You will be sent an email with your attendance link. Students may also register to receive UberEats vouchers via the Google form below, pending attendance of 2 events and availability.

Any questions or concerns can be emailed to harvardapalsaconference@gmail.com. 

You can download the conference agenda with full speaker bios here: Harvard APALSA SALSA Conference Agenda.

2021 AGENDA:

Friday, Feb.  12, 9:00 AM ET | AAPI in Academia

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  • Janelle Wong | Professor of American Studies & Director of the Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland
  • Phil Lee | Professor of Law, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law


Friday, Feb.  12, 10:30 AM ET | Private Litigation & Beyond

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  • Anand Ramana | Shareholder, Vedder Price
  • Jenny Zhang | Practice Area Attorney, Cravath
  • Andrew Hahn | General Counsel, Hawkins, Delafield & Wood
  • Derek Lam | Partner, Kim IP Law Group


Friday, Feb.  12, 10:30 AM ET | Representation on the Bench I

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  • Hon. Lorna Schofield | District Judge, Southern District of New York
  • Hon. Edmond Chang | District Judge, Northern District of Illinois


Friday, Feb.  12, 12:00 PM ET | Representation on the Bench II

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  • Hon. Diane Gujarati | Eastern District of New York, District Judge
  • Hon. Sanket Bulsara | Eastern District of New York, Magistrate Judge


Friday, Feb.  12, 1:30 PM ET | AAPI Leadership in Big Law

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  • Sang Kim | Chair, DLA Piper
  • Joon Kim | Partner, Cleary Gottlieb
  • Edward Lee | Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Ernest Hsin | Partner, Gibson Dunn


Friday, Feb.  12, 1:30 PM ET | International Work, Working Internationally, AAPI Representation Abroad

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  • Enoch Chang | Fasken, Partner & Fmr. Special Assistant & Counsel to the Vice President of Taiwan
  • Pat Chew | Salmon Chaired Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law & Sullivan and Cromwell Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School
  •  Anita Sinha | Associate Professor of Law & Director of International Human Rights Law Clinic, American University Washington College of Law 


Friday, Feb.  12, 3:00 PM ET | Public Organizations and Foundations

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  • Andrew Park | Mastercard Foundation, Head of Strategic Operations
  • Ana McCullough | QuestBridge, Co-Founder
  • KaYing Yang | Coalition of Asian American Leaders, Director of Programs and Partnerships


Friday, Feb.  12, 3:00 PM ET | Alternatives to Law

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  • David Chiu | Assemblymember of the California State Legislature, representing the 17th Assembly District
  • Kirby Kim | Janklow & Nesbit, Literary Agent
  • Lanhee Chen | Hoover Institute, David & Diane Steffy Fellow


Friday, Feb.  12, 6:00 PM ET | Immigration: Impacts & Implications

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  • Stewart Chang | University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, Professor of Law
  • Cecillia Wang | ACLU, Deputy Legal Director & Fmr. Director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
  • Panida Rzonca | Thai Community Development Center, Directing Attorney
  • Steven Choi | New York Immigration Coalition, Senior Advisor


Saturday, Feb.  13, 9:00 AM ET | Visible Diversity in New Spaces

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  • David Lat | Above the Law, Co-founder
  • Tommy Shi | Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Director of Inclusion & Diversity


Saturday, Feb.  13, 10:30 AM ET | Alumni – Student Networking

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  • Open time for alumni and students to network and chat


Saturday, Feb.  13, 12:00 PM ET | AAPI in Government

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  • Stephanie Yonekura | Hogan Lovells, Fmr. Acting U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles
  • Ryan Park | Solicitor General, North Carolina
  • Debra Wong Yang | Gibson Dunn, Fmr. Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California
  • Col. Kay Wakatake | U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Chief Legal Officer for the the Surgeon General
  • Hanley Chew | Fenwick & West, Fmr. Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, Central District of California


Saturday, Feb.  13, 12:00 PM ET | Voting Rights

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  • Sophia Lin Lakin | ACLU Voting Rights Project,  Deputy Director
  • Dale Ho | ACLU Voting Rights Project, Director
  • Michael Li | Brennan Center Democracy Program, Senior Counsel


Saturday, Feb.  13, 1:30 PM ET | KEYNOTE ADDRESS: A Conversation with Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan

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  • Hon. Sri Srinivasan | Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Jeannie Suk Gersen | John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School



Students should additionally register using the below form. The first 100 registrants will receive food vouchers, pending confirmation of attendance of two panels or more.