In recent years, the presence of APAs in government has grown. The influence of APAs at the federal level has risen, demonstrated by presidential appointees like Harold Koh and elected officials like Judy Chu. A similar rise in profile has occurred at the local level, evinced by the recent electoral successes of John Liu in New York and Sam Yoon in Boston. This panel will allow students to hear firsthand accounts from public servants working at all levels of government. These experiences will help shape perspectives, provide strategies to seize opportunities and navigate challenges in the field of government.


Ivan Fong, Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel of the 3M Company and previously General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Wan Kim, partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC and previously Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division
Lieutenant Colonel Kay Wakatake, Budget Officer for the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps
David Chiu, President of San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Moderator: Judge John Z. Lee, United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


Law Firms.

This panel will provide law students with a perspective on the current state of diversity in law firms, with a focus on the APA community. Leading practitioners and members of law firm diversity committees will share their own experiences working as APAs in a law firm setting, and will help students explore the changing nature of law firm demographics and the future opportunities and challenges posed by international expansion.


Ting Chen, partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Suhana Han, partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Eric Nguyen, associate at Kirkland & Ellis
Ronald Chen, partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Moderator: M Faye Shin, Professional Development and Alumni Relations Chair of APALSA 


Media and Entertainment.

The influence of APAs in the American media and entertainment market, both on and off stage, is no longer marginal. We have seen a 23-year-old Asian immigrant reach the top eleven on American Idol; Asian movies and Asian-Hollywood remakes that are well received by American audiences; crowds dancing to a viral Korean pop song in the heart of Manhattan. APA professionals from a variety of media and entertainment industries will address the following questions: What made such a change possible? How can we sustain and further strengthen it? What barriers do we face going forward?


Curtis Chin, producer of Vincent Who?
David Lat, founder and managing editor of Above the Law
Kirby Kim, literary agent at William Morris Endeavor
Monica Youn, author of Ignatz and Barter and professor of poetry at Princeton University
Moderator: Michelle Sohn, President of APALSA


Public Policy.

Immigration, education, affirmative action, and voting rights. Like other minority communities, the APA community faces a multitude of public policy issues. This panel will touch on developments in these issue areas, discuss the potential implications for the APA community, and explore possible avenues for change.


Nisha Agarwal, Executive Director of the Immigrant Justice Corps
Iris Chen, member of start-up team of Beyond Z and previously President and CEO of “I Have A Dream” Foundation
Wayne Ho, Chief Program & Policy Officer of Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
Stephanie Ueng, Legislative Director of Rep. Tammy Duckworth
Moderator: Curtis Chin, producer of Vincent Who? 


Revisiting the Beginning.

This panel will include speakers and executive committee members from the first annual National Asian Pacific American Conference on Law and Public Policy conference in 1995. The goal of this panel is to provide a unique perspective from participants of the very first Harvard APALSA Conference: highlighting the challenges faced by the APA community two decades ago, how these challenges have changed over time, and a discussion of the new obstacles we face for the coming decades.


David Chiu, President of San Francisco Board of Supervisors
J Craig Fong, attorney in private practice
Margaret Woo, Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law
Moderator: Gloria Chan, High I.M.P.A.C.T. Leadership Consultant


Your Career: Get in the Driver’s Seat!

Led by Harvard APALSA alumna and leadership consultant Gloria S. Chan, this hands-on workshop will provide students with the tools to be successful in the demanding legal profession. Attendees will learn how to steer clear of unproductive pressure and take their career into their own hands.