Association of

AALAM Awards

Since 2000, AALAM together with the Dow Fund has awarded the AALAM Community Service Award to an attorney who makes significant contributions to the community outside of their day job.  

Since 2005, AALAM has awarded a Founders Award, presented annually to an Asian-American attorney who has made significant contributions in business, academics, or the community as it relates to the law.

Since 2023, AALAM has awarded the AALAM Ally of the Year Award to recognize the extraordinary achievements of organizations (e.g., law firms, nonprofits, companies, etc.) in supporting the AAPI community. This award brings attention to the collaborative nature of our work and highlights valued partners that have stood by AALAM's side.

Recipients of the AALAM
Community Service Award

2023: Renee Inomata

2022: Payal Salsburg

2019: Sarah Kim

2018: Vincent Lau

2017: Jeff Hsi

2016: Geoff Why

2015: Onyen Yong

2014: Vivian Hsu

2013: Francis Chin

2012: Marian Tse

2011: Amy Mah Sangiolo

2010: Judge R. Chin, Judge P. Yee, Pancho Chang, and Jeanne Fong

2009: Rebecca Lee

2008: Paul M. Yee

2007: Fred Dow

2006: Zenobia Lai

2005: Glenn D. Magpantay, Andrew M. Troop and Cynthia Mark

2004: Chi Chi Wu

2002: Paul Lee

2001: Andrew Leong

Recipients of the AALAM
Founders Award

2023: Marian Tse

2022: Tina Matsuoka 

2019: Cyndi Mark

2018: Hon. Theodore D. Chuang

2017: Paul Lee

2016: Hon. Fernande R. V. Duffly

2015: Deval Patrick, Former Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

2014: Hon. Denny Chin (US Court of Appeals, 2nd Cir.)

2013: Rebecca A. Lee 

2012: Ivan Fong 

2011: William F. Lee 

2010: Don Liu 

2009: AALAM Founders

2008: Hon. Richard Chin (Mass. Superior Court), long-time member and a role model to many, as well as the first AAPI jurist to be appointed (in 1989) in the history of the Commonwealth.

2007: Caroline Chang, Policy Advisor to Boston City Councilor Sam Yoon, Managing Director of the Chinese Historical Society of New England and Board President of the Asian Community Development Corporation

2006: Hon. Ronald Lew of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California for his distinguished career in public service and on the bench.

2005: Dale Minami, who led the legal team that represented Fred Korematsu in overturning his conviction 39 years earlier for defying military orders and resisting report to an internment camp during World War II.

Recipient of the AALAM

Ally of the Year Award

2023: Mintz Levin

The Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM) is a non-partisan, 501(c)(6) non-profit organization.

Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
c/o The Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-3774

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