2003 Founders' Celebration Events

Exploring the Status of Asian-Americans In the Legal Arena:
Law School, First Job & Beyond

February 28, 2003


A hot topic in the news these days is "diversity" and "affirmative action." Although the discussions have been in the context of university admissions, this debate affects not only academic institutions but also workplace environments. This panel discussion explored the status of Asian-Americans in the legal arena, from law school to senior level positions throughout one's career. This program brought together the diverse views of attorneys working in the public and private sectors, giving us a glimpse into the working lives of today’s Asian-Americans in the legal profession.

Schedule

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm
Welcome & Registration

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Panel Discussion

This panel exploreed the Asian-American status in law school and the workplace.

Topics Include:

  • Personal experiences in different work environments
  • Prevalence and/or lack of career opportunities for current students, recent graduates and experienced attorneys
  • Ramifications of the possible abolition of affirmative action
  • General discussion of obstacles for Asian-Americans in the field of law

Other relevant topics may also be discussed and debated.

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Reception


Guest Speakers

Moderator
SHERRY WEAVER
Director, Office of Diversity Services
Washington College of Law


Panelists
KIRAN AHUJA
Assistant Director, Office of Career Services
Washington College of Law

DEEPA IYER
Legal Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

SADA MANICKAM
Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division, Voting Rights Section

SANYA SUKDUANG
Attorney
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner

STEPHEN WERMIEL
Associate Professor
Washington College of Law

ELAINE WU
Attorney, Office of Legislative and International Affairs
United States Patent &Trademark Office