"Let's Think Big and Long-Term (1)" Stirred IMAGINATION!
Many supported the idea by commenting on the Poster Board. 9 others supported with their money - becoming new donors within 24 hours. The key points of that e-newsletter are summarized below:
The AsAm community is the best educated and has the highest per person and per family income. Shall we strive to establish an effective org. to lift ourselves by the bootstraps to equal citizenship? Such an organization will need:
2. A strong connection with our own AsAm legal community, since our rights are often stepped on. We don't have that connection right now. The lawyers who served our community's needs in recent years are almost all non-AsAm lawyers* - Ed Blum and his legal team, and Peter Zeidenberg are examples. 80-20 EF will work with other AsAm orgs.,
as equals, to create a win-win situation for the AsAm lawyers & our community. Together we shall overcome.
3. Sufficient political know-how and contacts (80-20 may have the best).
*Mike Park, a Korean Am., of Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC is on Blum's legal team, & has been nominated to be a Circuit Court Judge by Pres. Trump.
To win Justice - a stronger bond between our community & AsAm lawyers!
a) Learning from the best -- the Jewish-Am community
There is an AAJLJ (The Am Assoc. of Jewishlawyers & Jurists) whose aim is to "defend Jewish interests and human rights in the U.S. and abroad". It also presents an annual "Pursuit of Justice" award, often held at the U.S.Supreme Court to honor Jewish lawyers who have excelled in the community service. That is, talented Jewish lawyers defend Jewish interests, the community in turn honors such lawyers annually - a win-winsituation.
b) Forming our own equivalence of AAJLJ
Is there an equivalence to AAJLJ in our community? Unfortunately, NO! Do we have the assets to form a similar community? YES!
There are more than 50,000 AsAm lawyers, comparable to the number of Jewish lawyers, 66,000. There is one difference - ours are not in thetop ranks yet. But that should only work to our advantage. We can educate our people to trust our own lawyers, while letting AsAm lawyers know that serving our community could advance them in ranks faster, because AsAms honor those who serve our community with distinction.
c) An earlier win-win example
On 2/16/2016, EF, NACA and NAL held a banquet in D.C. to honor Pete Zeidenberg, who defended Sherry Chen & Prof. Xiaoxing Xi with distinction. EF also set a 2nd goal - to raise $18,000 for Sherry to help pay off her entire legal debt to Zeidenberg. Our event didn't raise enough money. However, EF still cut a check of $18,000. Zeidenberg was honored and got his fees paid. Ms. Chen got her debt relieved. A win-win. :-) :-) :-)
d) How to take the first concrete step?
That depends on YOU. Many of our readers are lawyers. Others are parents of AsAm lawyers. There are also prominent AsAm legal organizations. Of which NAPABA (Nat'l Asian Pacific Am. Bar Assoc.) is perhaps the largest. We look to leaders of NAPABA and all other AsAms with legal connections to comment on our Poster Board to help us turn this dream into reality. We can't do it alone. We need YOUR help.
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