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Pro Bono Volunteers Needed for Asian American Election Project
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When: 10/22/2013
12:00 PM
Where: Shearman & Sterling
599 Lexington Avenue (@ 53rd St.)
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Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights

Election Day – November 5, 2013

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund is seeking volunteer attorneys, law and undergraduate students, and community volunteers to assist in monitoring poll sites during the elections in NYC, NJ, and Virginia on November 5 to assess compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act.  Attorneys and law students can receive pro bono credits or free CLE (including ethics) credits.

In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote.  For example, poll workers were hostile and made racist remarks, poll sites had too few interpreters to assist Asian American voters, translated voting materials were missing or hidden from voters, and ballots were mistranslated.

Volunteers are needed to inspect poll sites for required language assistance, interview voters, and document instances of anti-Asian American voter discrimination.  Bilingual ability in an Asian language is helpful but not required.

There will be a ninety minute training session for all volunteers:

·         Tues, Oct. 22 at 12N – Shearman & Sterling, 599 Lexington Avenue, at 53rd Street, NYC

·         Thurs, Oct. 24 at 6PM – Dickstein Shapiro, 1825 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC

·         Fri., Oct. 25 at 12N  – Dickstein Shapiro, 1825 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC

·         Tues, Oct. 29 at 12N –  Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, 51 West 52nd Street at 6th Avenue, NYC

·         Wed, Oct. 30 at 6PM – Weil Gotshal & Manges,767 5th Ave at 59th Street, NYC


Lunch/lite dinner will be provided.  All volunteers must be non-partisan during the time that they help.  To sign up, goto


Or complete the attached registration form.  Thank you!


For more information, contact:

Glenn D. Magpantay or Jerry Vattamala at, or call 212-966-5932.


National Co-Sponsors:

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC)

OCA (formerly Organization of Chinese Americans)

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)


State/Local Co-Sponsors:

Minkwon Center

Chhaya CDC


Asian Pacific America Legal Resource Center (APALRC)

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) – DC Chapter

Coalition of Asian Pacific American of Virginia (CAPAVA)


Legal Co-Sponsors

Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Greater DC (APABA-DC)

Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (KALAGNY)

Muslim Bar Association of New York (MuBANY)

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY)

South Asian Bar Association of Greater DC