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A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Legal Profession

  • 7 Feb 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • History Colorado Center, 1200 N Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
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  • Registration is free for CU and DU law students.

A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Legal Profession

Join Justice Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice of California Supreme Court

for a Presentation and Discussion with Leading Asian American Lawyers

Justice Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, will present on the findings of the 2017 study published by Yale Law School and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association ("NAPABA") called A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law. The study provides a systematic analysis of the rise of Asian Americans in the law, their distribution across practice settings, and the challenges facing Asian Americans in advancing to the top ranks of the profession.

As one of the authors of the study, Justice Liu will lead us in this important discussion around the topic of diversity and inclusion for Asian American attorneys and law students.

This event will include the presentation by Justice Liu followed by a panel of leading Asian American lawyers, including:

  • Prof. Ming Hsu Chen, Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
  • Suneeta Hazra, Partner, Arnold & Porter
  • John T. Lee, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Colorado Office of the Attorney General
  • Roger Tsai, Partner, Holland & Hart

This is the first joint event of APABA Colorado, SABA Colorado, and APALSA from the University of Colorado Law School and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law to focus on this issue, and the Portrait Project is an important study to spark this discussion in our community.

CLE credit is pending and lunch will be provided.

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020

Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: History Colorado Center (1200 N Broadway, Denver, CO 80203), Richmond Foundation Terrace Room

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Cost: Individual ticket is $20 and includes plated lunch and 1 CLE credit. This event is free for CU and DU law students.

For questions, please contact Sumi Lee,

Learn more about the study, A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law

Download the full report

According to the study, there are over 50,000 Asian American lawyers today, compared to 10,000 in 1990. Asian Americans comprise almost 5 percent of lawyers in America and roughly 7 percent of law school enrollment. Asian Americans are the largest minority group in big law firms, but they have the highest attrition rates and the lowest ratio of partners to associates.

Asian Americans comprise 3 percent of federal judges and 2 percent of state judges, compared to nearly 6 percent of the U.S. population. Only three out of 94 U.S. Attorneys in 2016 were Asian American, and only four out of 2,437 elected district attorneys nationwide in 2014 were Asian American.





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