Leadership Development

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AALDEF was founded over three decades ago by lawyers and community activists who were willing to train young Asian American lawyers, law students, and undergraduates who wanted to serve the needs of their communities. As these younger Asian Americans developed their skills and their own leadership potential, they went on to serve on AALDEF's board and staff. Many continue to provide legal services to the community while working in legal services offices, government agencies, and private law firms all across the country.

To develop the generation of leaders that will be serving the Asian American community in the 21st century, AALDEF created an Asian American Leadership Development Program. The program provides practical work experience in a community-based civil rights organization.

In the summer months, participants also take part in the Public Interest Law Center's Brown Bag lunch program. This program consists of a series of seminars on various civil rights issues developed and coordinated by Public Interest Law Center groups, including AALDEF, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Latino Justice PRLDEF.

AALDEF receives more than 200 applications for the Leadership Development Program each year, and everyone is welcome to apply. The participants in recent programs have attended law schools from California, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.


12.8.16

Census Bureau releases new list of counties requiring Asian-language assistance under the Voting Rights Act

11.22.16

AALDEF exit poll reveals new data on Muslim voter discrimination and GOP crossover voting for Clinton

11.18.16

After the 2016 presidential election, the fight for DACA and immigrant rights will continue

11.11.16

American Muslim voters faced extra hurdles at poll sites in Michigan & NY in the 2016 elections

11.9.16

In AALDEF's Election Day exit poll of Asian American voters, Clinton favored over Trump by wide margin

11.8.16

Despite high turnout, Asian American voters faced barriers to voting on Election Day

10.26.16

AALDEF to poll 10,000 Asian American voters in 14 states on Election Day

10.10.16

AALDEF criticizes Fox News for racist Chinatown segment on "The O'Reilly Report"

9.17.16

Oct. 4: Joyce Xi talks about racial profiling & the wrongful prosecution of Chinese American scientists

9.16.16

Sept 29: AMPLIFY(HER) zine launch at Asian American Writers Workshop

9.6.16

Sept 6 rally: AALDEF Statement on NY Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan

8.16.16

Federal court blocks Texas law restricting language assistance to voters

7.18.16

Remembering Grace Hwang, 1956-2016

6.23.16

National Asian American groups applaud Supreme Court decision in Fisher II affirmative action case