APABA Educational Fund (AEF)
In 1993, APABA-DC created a tax-exempt, charitable educational foundation called the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF), which serves the Asian Pacific American community and the D.C. community at large. AEF's marquee event is its annual Benefit Dinner, held each spring, which raises funds to award fellowships to law school students who work in unpaid summer internships and provide grants to cover bar expenses of recent graduates who work in the public interest. Working with APABA-DC, AEF's services to area law school students also include an attorney/law school student mentoring program, candid panel discussions on succeeding in law school, choosing a career, and thriving in the practice of law, and opportunities to network with practicing attorneys. On a national basis, AEF administers the Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition, which encourages legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American legal community. For more information, please contact AEF President or visit their website.
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC)
In 1998, APABA-DC, in conjunction with AEF, the Indian American Bar Association, and D.C. area Asian Pacific American law school student organizations, created the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC). The APALRC was the first telephone hotline service that focused on addressing the individual legal needs of Asian Pacific Americans residing in the D.C. area. Individual APABA-DC attorneys continue to support advocacy efforts and provide pro bono services to local Asian Pacific Americans who cannot afford legal assistance, or who, because of language barriers, cannot access the U.S. justice system. For more information, contact APALRC at (202) 393-3572 or “393-3LRC,” or visit their website.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association is the only national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students comprised of approximately 59 local APA bar associations, and individual members whose practice settings range from solo practices to large firms, corporations, legal services organizations, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies. For more information, visit their website.