Twenty students from the College of Law’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), Korean Law Students Association (KLSA), and South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) along with Professor Mary Szto attended the Asian American Bar Association of New York’s (AABANY) Fall Conference. AABANY is the largest diverse bar association chapter in the country with several hundred people attending the fall conference.
The students participated in the Diversity Career Fair where they met with potential employers and networked with other law students and attendees. They also attended the panel discussions.
In addition, the students volunteered to help check in attendees for CLE sessions and ensure that the logistics of each session were arranged professionally for the speakers and audience.
“It was a great experience to observe and learn about public sector fields of law as well as the lives of the attorneys at the Conference as it may soon be our near future. It gave us insights into what we need to prepare for success in law school and beyond. Also, the conference provided the students with opportunities to be interviewed, network, and secure internships in the field of their interests,” says 2L Peony Teo, president of APALSA.
The conference included panels on topics ranging from becoming a judge or prosecutor, AI, affordable housing, hate crimes prosecution to wellness, and a job fair. There were also trial practice training sessions. This year the conference co-hosted the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association (NAPIPA) 4th Annual Conference as well.
“Our students served as volunteers at the conference and were roundly complimented for their work. I want to thank the College of Law Asian American and Pacific Islander alumni and documentarian Samantha Cheng who generously supported our students to make their participation possible,” says Szto.