UCI Law APALSA Named Affiliate of the Year for Second Consecutive Year

Nov. 10, 2016

Raymond Cho and Julia Wu, Co-Chairs of UCI Law APALSA

The University of California, Irvine School of Law chapter of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) was awarded Affiliate of the Year at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention Nov. 3-6 in San Diego, Calif. It is the second consecutive year that UCI Law’s chapter has won the award.

Co-chaired by Raymond Cho (2L) and Julia Wu (2L), UCI Law APALSA promotes awareness, discourse, and activism on key social justice issues facing Asian and Pacific Americans (APA), as well as other marginalized groups. The Association is committed to activities that increase the access to justice and legal services of APA communities as a way to affect practical change. UCI Law APALSA is the largest affinity group at UCI Law, having grown from six members in 2009 to 100 members today.

Members of UCI Law APALSA dedicate themselves to time outside of school to become involved in political and legal processes to help create protections for Asian Americans. UCI Law APALSA works with Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (AAAJ) and their Expungement Clinics, as well as with UCI Law’s Korea Law Center in organizing networking events for student and local Korean American attorneys.

In addition to community involvement, UCI Law APALSA has invited renowned speakers onto campus, including U.S. District Judge George H. King, who spoke about his experience as an Asian American attorney in the private and government sector. The Association also hosted a panel on the history of Asian American activism, featuring Professors Jennifer Lee and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, both of the University of California, Irvine. In spring 2017, UCI Law APALSA will partner with UCI Law’s Latino/a Law Student Association and Black Law Student Association to present a panel discussion recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots.

UCI Law APALSA is also responsible for organizing an on-campus career fair for the benefit of all UCI Law students, and works closely with the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA) to host career panels focusing on various legal professions. UCI Law APALSA is actively working to strengthen its alumni relations, and has recently established a network between student and alumni formalized through a reception dinner for all UCI Law APA alumni and students.

“I would really like to make sure future generations of APALSA maintained a sense of social responsibility,” said Raymond Cho. “One of the things Julia and I spoke about when we first started as co-chairs was how we wanted to come out having improved APALSA in some way.”

“APALSA is doing really well, but I would like to see it grow even more,” Julia Wu said. “I hope future leaders keep in mind that the goal is to help minority Asian American communities through whatever means we can as law students.”

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