Letter From The Chair Of The Asian Pacific American Legal Center Of Southern California

2006-12-01 00:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC) is the nation's largest legal organization serving the Asian Pacific American (APA) communities. Founded in 1983, APALC is a unique organization that combines traditional legal services with civil rights advocacy and leadership development.

As well as advocating for civil rights and providing legal services, APALC's mission focuses on education and building coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Pacific Americans and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. We are very grateful for the support and active involvement of the in-house legal community in supporting our mission.

I invite your corporate counsel readers to follow in the footsteps of our in-house colleagues - Senior Environmental Counsel Vincent Gonzales of Sempra Energy and General Attorney and Assistant General Counsel Sandy Sakamoto of AT&T - who graciously and generously serve on APALC's Board of Directors. As you'll see at www.apalc.org, our other board members include representatives from a wide range of professions and walks of life.

Our wonderful leaders and other volunteers enable APALC to have far reaching impact at the local level, where much of our work is focused, as well as at the state and national level. Along with reading details about APALC's accomplishments at www.apalc.org, you can learn about our upcoming events.

Last month, APALC hosted our 23rd Anniversary Dinner at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate excellence and recognize service in the Asian Pacific American community. With 50 major corporations, 25 law firms and over 20 community organizational and individual supporters, I'm delighted to report that tickets sold out rapidly!

I invite your support and participation with APALC and look forward to seeing you at our future events.

Sincerely,

Martin V. Lee