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NAPALSA Constitution and Bylaws Revisions

It has been quite a while since NAPALSA has updated its constitution and bylaws - 6 years, to be exact. In our efforts to continually improve NAPALSA, we have spent large amounts of time overhauling and reinventing our constitution and bylaws. We are pleased to announce that the results of the changes are now published to this website.

Noticeable changes include giving the Conference Chair and Public Relations Chair positions full votes and full participation in the deicision-making process of the NAPALSA executive board. The hard work that these two positions bring, as well as the hard work of the entire executive board, does not go unnoticed.

Our full constitution, election bylaws, interim election bylaws, as well as other rules and regulations may be found in the "Constitution and Bylaws" section under the "About" tab.

NAPALSA 2016 Election Applications Open

Applications for NAPALSA's 2016 election are now open. Applications are available under the "Elections" tab.

NAPALSA Bylaws Revision

NAPALSA is working diligently to constantly update our bylaws and addendums. We have recently updated our Addendums A and B, and are currently discussing updates to our constitution. Please take a look at our updated bylaws, found under the "About" section of our website.

NAPALSA Dues Modification

10/6/2014

NAPALSA Announces Dues Modification

The NAPALSA Board met for its October meeting and discussed modifying the annual membership dues commitment. The Board has decided to give members the option of an individual membership (membership per student).

The new membership option dues are as follows:

Affiliate Membership (per school) - 75$ (same as existing).
Individual Membership (per student) - 15$

These dues are mutually exclusive, the Affiliate membership will still cover all members in the affiliate organization. Affiliates do not need to pay individual membership dues as well. All dues paying members can apply for NAPALSA scholarships.

Sign Up for NAPALSA Convention Programs

Sign up for NAPALSA Convnetion Programs like mock interviews and resume review! Sign ups due October 19, 2014.

NAPALSA Awards Applications Now Open

Hello NAPALSA Member,

I am proud to announce that NAPALSA is now taking applications for our annual Affiliate and Student of the Year Awards. This year, NAPALSA will recognize one outstanding chapter as well as law student members for their achievements and excellence in representing the values of our organization. One student award will also be set aside for need-based applicants. Winners of the awards will be announced at the NAPALSA conference in Scottsdale, AZ. It is not required that applicants be present at the conference so please apply!

More details can be found at www.napalsa.com under the Programs tab.

Application materials should be submitted to: fundraiser.napalsa@gmail.com.

Deadline for submissions is October 25th, 2014.

Please feel free to email with any questions you may have!

Much Thanks,

David Xu
NAPALSA Fundraising Chair

Jeremy Needs Your Help

A young member of the ABA Family has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and the best chance for survival is a bone marrow transplant. The preliminary search for a donor was not promising, so the family is trying to get more people with Asian descent to register as donors (more likely match as a donor for this boy), as the current number of registered Asian donors are minimal. See the link below to find out how you can help Jeremy and his family: https://www.facebook.com/JeremyNeedsYou

2013 Public Interest Legal Fellowships

2013 Public Interest Legal Fellowships

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a New York-based national organization, invites applicants to submit proposals for Skadden or Equal Justice Works fellowships, to begin fall 2013.

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Thurgood Marshall Fellowship

This year Bingham McCutchen LLP is offering the Thurgood Marshall Fellowship, a $25,000 award honoring the first African-American Justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and a man who had a profound effect on the civil rights movement of the 20th century.

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Vietnam Summer Law Program

In 2011 Touro inaugurated the first U.S. summer law school program in Vietnam. Approved by the ABA, the program is based in Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon, it is a vibrant French-built city and the nation's cosmopolitan commercial center. Students are housed in a modern hotel in the Pham Ngu Lao district. Classes will also be held in the hotel during the morning; the afternoons will be free for students to study and explore Vietnam's largest and most exciting city.

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Reed Smith's 2012 Diverse Scholars Program

Dear NAPALSA Members:

Reed Smith is pleased to present its 2012 Diverse Scholars Program. Reed Smith has a strong commitment to diversity which has resulted in a firm in which diversity and inclusion permeate the culture. Rewarding young future leaders for their efforts in the area of diversity and introducing them to the Reed Smith culture are two important goals of this program.

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Hong Duc Clerkship at Hogan Lovell's Ho Chi Minh City office - offerred by the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington

The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington (VABAW) is pleased to offer a summer clerkship through our Hong Duc Clerkship program. This year recipient will be VABAW's 5th Hong Duc Clerk. The clerk will be working at Hogan Lovell in Ho Chi Minh City this summer. Please see attached program information and application. Application Deadline is March 21, 2012. For more information, please visit our website http://vabaw.com/foundation.aspx.

Open Letter to Senatorial Candidate Pete Hoekstra

Dear Mr. Hoekstra,

My name is Kyle Kamidoi and I am a second year law student at Wayne State University Law School. I am also the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), and Public Relations Director of the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (NAPALSA). I am writing to you today regarding a campaign ad dubbed "Now" that you recently aired during the Super Bowl. In the ad you depict a young Chinese woman speaking broken English and talking about the outsourcing of Michigan jobs to foreign competitors. On behalf of my organization and supporting organizations I request that you formally apologize to the Pacific & Asian American community for this blatantly racist and xenophobic ad.

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NAPALSA Affiliate and Student of Year Awards

NAPALSA would like to congratulates the following students for 2011 NAPALSA Student of the Year Award:

1. Eleanor Ung
2. Brian Fung
3. Alexa Choi

NAPALSA would also like to congratulate Hofstra School of Law as the 2011 NAPALSA Affiliate of the Year Award

NAPABA's Central Region Conference in St. Louis

NAPABA's Central Region Conference in St. Louis Missouri on August 19-21st. This regional conference will provide you with an excellent opportunity to meet established Asian attorneys while also exploring the gateway to the west. Highlights of the conference include a keynote speech by the honorable Edmond Chang and a variety on interesting panels.

Interested students can register at http://maaba-law.org/2011-napaba-central-region-conference/ The cost for law students is only $100. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact the Student liaison, Richard Juang, via e-mail at rjuang@wulaw.wustl.edu. We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity to meet Asian Americans from around the region.

CWRU APALSA Conference Announcement

Case Western Reserve University School of Law APALSA is planning to hold its 3rd Annual Midwest APALSA Conference on Saturday, February 25, 2012. See here.

Job Opening for a Virginia Barred Attorney

The Metropolitan Law Group is looking for an attorney with 2-3 years trial experience required & Va barred. Fluent in conversational Korean preferred. Email resumes to: vamlg@metlawgrp.com.

2012 Bone Marrow Registration Drive

Saturday November 17, 2012
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US Department of Labor Honors Program

The Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Labor is a fantastic legal prgram with an October 12, 2012 application deadline. The Honors Program seeks dedicated, highly qualified, applicants, who have a particular interest in law and policy affecting workers across the country. The program hopes to reach current law students and recent graduates who will be available to start the program in September 2013. See the PDF below for further information or visit http://www.dol.gov/sol/jobs/honorsprogram.htm.

Department of Labor Honors Program
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Council on Legal Education Opportunities (CLEO)

CLEO ASAP Program
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CLEO Attitude is Essential
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