As part of a series of introductions to the more than sixty student organizations at the Law School we are pleased to present an introduction to the Asian Pacific American Law Students Organization (APALSA). APALSA, like many of our other student organizations, recently sponsored a lunchtime speaker event. Karen Kim ('09) and James Moon ('09) provides with a recap of a recent event:
"Recently the University of Chicago's Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) held a lunchtime speaker events featuring two prominent government attorneys. The first was Asheesh Agarwal ('97), Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, DC. The second was Manish Shah ('98), Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois here in Chicago.
Messrs. Shah and Agrawal spoke generally about the appeal of government positions in contrast to private practice. They also discusses the role of political ideology in government services and the importance in legitimacy in federal law enforcement. Mr. Agrawal shared his experiences in recent federal issues involving voting discrimination, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and political appointments within the DOJ. Mr. Shah talked about the role of a prosecutor, the benefits and drawbacks of being a government prosecutor in contrast to a litigator in private practice, and the general difficulty of reconciling differences of opinion with the administration setting policy.
Overall, the event was one of many activities sponsored by APALSA this year. In addition to hosting a number of guest speakers, APALSA members volunteer monthly at a downtown legal aid clinic, run a Big & Little Sibling mentoring program for its junior members, and help organize networking events with APALSA groups from surrounding schools. Through its activities, APALSA aims to foster a sense of community and provide a network of formal and informal support for Asian-American law students here at U of C."
Thanks to Karen and James for the recap and check back to the blog for the next installment in Student Organizations 101!