WHAT HAPPENS WHEN a once-marginalized ethnic group
enjoys success and joins the mainstream?
That question informed a conference where Asian Americans
warned against letting their achievements in law and other professions
breed complacency and imperil their historic commitment
to civil rights.
The conference, sponsored by the Asian Pacific American
Law Students Association (APALSA), featured speakers and
panelists who discussed racial profiling, glass ceilings in the legal
profession, the Asian American stake in the affirmative action
debate, and the place of Asian American women in the law.
Speakers included Doris Ling-Cohan, Justice on the New York
State Supreme Court; Viet Dinh, former U.S. assistant attorney
general and professor at Georgetown University Law Center;
and civil rights activist Alberta Lee.