The Admissions Committee organizes APALSA's outreach efforts for admitted students. We work closely with the Admissions Office and representatives from other ALSAs to organize student-friendly events after NYU's formal program during Admitted Students Day. The social events allow admitted students to meet current students and to ask any questions they may have in an informal setting. The Admissions Committee also runs APALSA's mentorship program for 1Ls. Finally, the committee works on issues of minority recruiting, such as lobbying for increased funding for travel stipends and diversity events.
The Professional Committee serves as a resource for students in a variety of ways. The committee is responsible for organizing forums and informal talks. Some talks focus on the experiences of practicing attorneys in private, public, and academic sectors. Other talks offer advice from upperclassmen, who discuss topics ranging from how to approach the job search to how to select courses. Every year, the committee compiles a 1L Handbook, which includes exam-taking and studying tips.
The Symposium/Korematsu Lecture Committee is responsible for overseeing two major APALSA events during the year: the symposium and the Korematsu Lecture. APALSA usually collaborates with other ALSAs to hold joint symposiums. Recent symposium topics include affirmative action issues and issues related to people of color forming a united coalition.
The Korematsu Lecture is a unique forum—one of the few in the nation—that recognizes Asian Americans whose work challenges legal boundaries and serves as an inspiration to all people of color. The lecture series was created by NYU Law students in 2000. The inaugural lecture featured Fred Korematsu and his attorney, Dale Minami, who fought a landmark legal battle in Korematsu v. United States. Following the inaugural lecture, the Korematsu lecture series has had the honor of hosting:
- Bill Lann Lee, former Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division in the United States Department of Justice (2001)
- Harold Koh, Dean, Yale Law School and former Assistant Secretary of State (2002)
- Professor Leti Volpp, University of California-Berkeley School of Law (2003)
- Professor Bill Ong Hing, University of California-Davis School of Law (2004)
- The Honorable Doris Ling-Cohan, New York State Supreme Court Justice (2005)
- Congressman Mike Honda, Representative of the 15 th District of California (2006)
- The Honorable A. Wallace Tashima, United States Circuit Court Judge for the 9 th Circuit (2007)
- Karen K. Narasaki, President and Executive Director of the Asian American Justice Center (2008)
The Outreach Committee aims to bring APALSA members closer to the community by encouraging volunteerism and community service. The committee seeks to partner with local organizations to establish volunteer activities, research projects, and mentoring opportunities to create a channel through which our members can interact with and serve our community. The committee also fosters a strong relationship with alumni by holding small meetings to give students opportunities to interact with current APA practitioners. In addition to the small meetings, the committee organizes a larger Annual Student-Alumni Dinner.
Political Action Committee
The Political Action Committee (PAC) works to raise awareness of political issues that impact APAs both inside and outside of the law school community. The PAC facilitates debate about the various political issues that arise throughout the year, organizes the APALSA membership to address issues of importance to our community, and runs volunteer programs. The PAC also maintains the Asian American Jurisprudence (AAJ) Seminar and runs the AAJ reading group. A faculty member teaches the AAJ Seminar, which, through PAC's efforts, is now a two-credit course offered by the law school. The same professor and members of the PAC organize informal bi-weekly reading groups.
The PAC is an open committee, and each semester the interests of its members dictate the program. Among numerous other events, the PAC has put on film and documentary screenings, letter writing campaigns, and voting registration drives.
The Social Committee organizes important social events involving APALSA members during the school year. These events help establish friendship and camaraderie amongst the members. Events in the past have included the NYU/Columbia basketball game; the NYU Law/MBA mixer; study breaks and happy hours; Mentor/Mentee social events; the APALSA Lunar New Year Banquet; and the 3L Appreciation Dinner in the spring.