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  • Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM) sincerely congratulates Massachusetts Superior Court Associate Justice Angel Kelley Brown for her nomination by President Joe Biden to serve as a federal district court judge for the District of Massachusetts.  If confirmed, Judge Kelley Brown, who is of Japanese and African American descent, would become the second Asian American judge and second African American woman judge to serve on the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, following Judge Indira Talwani who was confirmed and appointed to the court in 2014 by President Barack Obama. 

    Beginning her judicial career in 2009, Judge Kelley Brown initially served on the Brockton District Court and was elevated in 2013 to the Superior Court, where she has served as the regional administrative judge.  Prior to that, Judge Kelley Brown worked as an attorney at The Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, NY, and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.  She is a graduate of Colgate University and Georgetown University Law Center.

    AALAM works to support, promote and foster a diverse judiciary in Massachusetts and happily congratulates Judge Kelley Brown on her accomplishment.

  • Wednesday, June 03, 2020 4:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts stands in solidarity with the Black community against racism and police brutality. We mourn the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless others.

    We demand change.

    AALAM’s mission is to improve and facilitate the fair and impartial administration of law. As lawyers, it is our responsibility to ensure equal rights under the law and advocate for justice. The systemic racism and state-sanctioned violence towards Black people is unlawful and unjust, and we are committed to addressing these issues head on.

    Now, more than ever, we must use our voices to stand up for what we know to be just and right. We rededicate ourselves to engaging in this important discourse and encourage our members and friends to join us as we take action together. As always, we stand in unity with NAPABA and our affinity bar associations in speaking out against racism in all forms.

    AALAM understands that we must confront the racism that is present in our own Asian American community, and that we must meaningfully engage and conduct the difficult conversations necessary to bridge divides and move towards progress. This will be reflected in our future programming. AALAM will work to be a more effective ally to the Black community and we welcome your involvement.

    Anti-racism starts with each of us, and below are a few things that you can do over the next few days as we work together to make a difference:

    • Vote;
    • Volunteer your legal skills;
    • Donate money to organizations taking action to combat racial injustice and/or improving the livelihood of Black people via continued investment and financial support;
    • Participate in a protest if you are able;
    • Talk with your family, including children, about race and racism;
    • Listen to a podcast on race relations;
    • Read a book about the history of oppression in America;
    • Sign a petition for change and equity;
    • Call your local official to advocate for social justice; and
    • Support local Black-owned businesses and restaurants.
    A list of civil rights and anti-racism resources can be found here.

  • Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Traditionally, this is the time of year when we invite our members, friends, and supporters to the AALAM Anniversary Banquet to join us in celebrating our leaders in the community and our previous year’s accomplishments. This year, we regret to inform you that we are postponing the Banquet due to the public health concerns presented by COVID-19.

    This decision was difficult to make as there is an urgent need for unity to support the Asian American community. The businesses and restaurants in Chinatown were the first to suffer declines in business and we are experiencing an increase in anti-Asian racism. These discriminatory and hateful acts are fueled by unfounded fears and misinformation. AALAM has joined the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) in denouncing anti-Asian hate, violence, and racism related to the coronavirus. We encourage you to help us by stopping the spread of inaccurate information concerning COVID-19 and stereotypes.

    Although we are physically staying in our respective places, AALAM is moving forward and adapting to the changed environment. We continue to support the Harry H. Dow Memorial Fund which provides resources to ensure access to the legal system for Asian Americans who are deprived of justice because of barriers such as race, language, culture, poverty or immigration status.  And, we are communicating with organizations in the Asian American community and gathering information about community efforts and volunteer opportunities that have developed over the recent weeks. We will keep you informed about what AALAM and our individual members are doing to support the community and ways you can support those in need.

    In May, we will be awarding the AALAM/Dow Fund Scholarship to a law student who has demonstrated a commitment to leadership in the Asian American community. To our law student members, we appreciate that your academic year has been disrupted and that some of you have not been able to return to Boston. To encourage a robust pool of applicants, we’ve extended the AALAM/Dow Fund Scholarship application deadline to April 30.

    In the coming weeks, we will resume our programming through virtual meetings. We are optimistic that an online platform will allow us to stay connected and reach out to new members. We have some great programs in the works - please stay tuned for updates!

    We thank you for your continued support of AALAM and we wish everyone good health and safety as we forge through these uncertain times. 

    We look forward to meeting up with you again in Chinatown.


    Leslie Su

    AALAM President

  • Sunday, April 05, 2020 11:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Application Deadline Has Been Extended to April 30, 2020!

    We at AALAM recognize that our law student members have had to adjust to significant changes in your learning environments and we understand that the current situation may have an impact on your summer plans as well. With that in mind, we are extending the deadline for the AALAM/Dow Fund Scholarship to April 30, 2020 to give you more time to submit applications. If you have any questions or difficulties submitting your application, please contact Steven Kim or Tony Lu, co-chairs of the 2020 AALAM/Dow Fund Scholarship Committee.

  • Monday, February 03, 2020 12:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to AALAM member Payal Salsburg on her recent promotion to Partner in the firm Laredo & Smith, LLP!

    Payal focuses her practice in the areas of business litigation, corporate advice and counsel, and white collar criminal defense. Payal works with large and small businesses and their executives in connection with an array of matters including contract and business disputes, False Claims Act litigation, State Ethics Commission inquiries, and government and internal investigations. Payal also routinely advises closely-held businesses on corporate and employment matters.

    In addition to AALAM, Payal is a member of the Women’s Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston. She was recently named to the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association.

    See Laredo & Smith’s full press release here:

    A link to Payal Salsburg’s attorney profile is here:

  • Monday, December 09, 2019 3:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AALAM Proudly Congratulates Board Member Jennifer Fang on her Election to Partnership at the Law Firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Corporate Practice Group!

    Jennifer Fang is a partner-elect in the Boston office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Her practice includes advising start-ups and high-growth, innovative clients and their board and management teams on a range of matters, including formation, corporate governance, securities laws, and other legal matters and assisting clients with equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and other corporate transactions. She represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including biotechnology, therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, informatics, healthcare IT, enterprise software, and clean technology.

    See Wilson Sonsini's official press release here:

    A link to Jennifer Fan's attorney profile is here:

  • Friday, September 06, 2019 10:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AALAM congratulates Attorney Joseph Y. Wang for his recent election to partnership in the firm Sherin & Lodgen's Real Estate Department and Hospitality Practice Group!

    Joseph has been engaged in several large development projects in Boston, where he has negotiated with local and state agencies and private parties to bring brand name hotels and residential stock to the city. He has participated in the negotiation and administration of complex agreements for multiphase development projects involving state and local tax incentives, sale-leaseback transactions, and multilayered contingencies and financial clawbacks, and has worked to resolve issues related to zoning, governmental confidentiality requirements, incentives applications, and site selection criteria. His experience also includes acquisition and disposition, finance, and foreclosure transactions.

    Prior to joining Sherin and Lodgen, Joseph was an attorney at Mintz and Seyfarth Shaw, both in Boston. Earlier, he was a law fellow at Prudential Financial, Inc. in New Jersey as part of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) / Prudential Fellowship Program. While in law school, Joseph served as an articles editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law and was an extern for the Hon. Robert Eastaugh of the Alaska Supreme Court. He currently serves as co-chair of the NAPABA Real Estate committee and is active in the Boston Bar Association.

    See Sherin and Lodgen's full press release here:

    A link to Joe Wang's attorney profile is located here:

  • Monday, August 05, 2019 12:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AALAM proudly congratulates Attorney Catherine Ham on her appointment as an Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court.

    Catherine was nominated by Governor Charlie Baker on June 26, 2019 and confirmed by the Governor's Council by unanimous vote on July 31, 2019.  Attorney Ham has extensive experience in the Plymouth County and Suffolk County District Attorney's Offices and has spent her career protecting the Commonwealth's most vulnerable.  AALAM has the utmost confidence that Attorney Ham will serve the bench well.  

    About Catherine H. Ham:

    Attorney Catherine Hyo-Kyung Ham began her legal career as Staff Attorney at the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts, representing indigent domestic violence victims. From 2005 to 2015, she served as Assistant District Attorney in the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office in the Juvenile Court, Domestic Violence Unit, Brockton Trial Session and served as Supervising/Lead Attorney in the Brockton and Wareham District Courts. In 2010, Attorney Ham joined the Family Protection Unit and in 2014 became Deputy Chief of the Family Protection Unit. She was awarded the MDAA Spotlight Award for Outstanding Service/Professionalism in 2010 for her work in the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.  From 2015 to present, Attorney Ham has served as Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. In that office, she has investigated and prosecuted cases in the Child Protection Unit, Senior Trial Unit and Homicide Unit.  Attorney Ham has tried over 150 jury and bench trials in various District Courts and over 50 jury trials in various Superior Courts, including 12 homicide trials. She is Co-Chair of the Criminal Law Section at the Boston Bar Association and a member of Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts. Ham earned her B.A. from Haverford College in 2000 and her J.D. from New England School of Law in 2003.

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