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Please check this page regularly for the latest updates by the AALAM officers and board members.  If you would like to post a community event or share other opportunities, please login and post on the forums. Please also note that you can click on most of the images below for more information or to RSVP to an AALAM Event.

  • Monday, December 11, 2017 5:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Monday, Dec.11, 2017, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

    Join old friends and meet new ones at the BBA Diversity & Inclusion Section’s Fourth Annual Affinity Bar Holiday Mixer. There will be hors d’oeuvres, desserts, drinks and fun networking for all. Friends and members of the BBA and its Affinity Bar partners are invited to join us for this festive occasion! Please contact Carolyn Barrett ( with questions.


  • Tuesday, November 07, 2017 12:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Tuesday, November 7, 2017 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street - Boston, MA

    Please join the BBA for an engaging conversation with directors of diversity and inclusion at leading law firms in Boston and beyond. The panelists will discuss current firm-level initiatives designed to ensure that law firms are able to attract, retain, and promote highly talented candidates from underrepresented backgrounds.

    Featured Speakers:

    Laura Rees Acosta, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Goodwin Proctor

    Lia Dorsey, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Eversheds Sutherland

    Carlos Dávila Caballero, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

    Satra Sampson-Arokium, Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Dechert, LLP

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  • Sunday, October 29, 2017 10:20 AM | Anonymous member

    Dear Friends and Colleagues:

    Please join us for lunch and a training panel for pro bono and legal services attorneys working with language and cultural Interpreters. 

    November 2, 2017, 12:00-2:00pm

    Foley Hoag, 155 Seaport Blvd, 13th Floor

    Sponsored and presented by: Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Domestic and Sexual Violence Counsel, Foley Hoag LLP, KIND (Kids In Need of Defense), Victim Rights Law Center and Women’s Bar Foundation

    Lunch will be provided, courtesy of Foley Hoag LLP. 

    Please RSVP so that your name can be added to building security list.


  • Friday, October 20, 2017 5:06 PM | Anonymous member

    At the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center on November 2nd from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, the Boston Bar will honor prominent agents of change in greater Boston with a celebration featuring live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. For more information about the event, visit

    Buy tickets here and use code Beacon17 to receive the BBA Member discount.

  • Friday, October 20, 2017 5:03 PM | Anonymous member

    Launch Your Practice | Grow Your Practice: The BBA’s Practice Management Workshop will take place on Friday, November 17th from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. 

    This program will be free for all BBA members as well as Affinity Bar Association members. 

    AALAM members who are not already BBA members can register through Rachel Andreas at Rachel will be able to process the registration at no cost. 

  • Friday, October 20, 2017 5:03 PM | Anonymous member

    4th Annual Harry Dow Lecture Series on Immigration Law

    Suffolk Law School APALSA

    Date and Time: November 15, 5:30pm-8:00pm

    Location: 5th floor Blue Sky Lounge, Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02108.

    Title: "DACA: A Story of Dreams and Fears"

    Guest Speaker: Stephen H. Legomsky


    The speaker will discuss the historical context in which the DACA memo was drafted including the many years that the DREAM Act spent in Congress and the increasing social movements of undocumented youth; the legal theories that were used to draft the DACA memo; and his thoughts on the rescission of that memo as well as the federal judge’s injunction against the subsequent DAPA and DACA expansion memos in 2015. 

    RSVP:  To RSVP, please email to or contact Jiabei Li (President of Suffolk Law APALSA) at


    Dr. Stephen H. Legomsky is the John S. Lehmann University Professor Emeritus at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.  Professor Legomsky took a leave of absence from 2011 to 2013 to serve as Chief Counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the immigration services agency in the Department of Homeland Security.  After retiring in July 2015, he returned to Washington to serve as Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Homeland Security.  He has testified before Congress many times while in the private sector, most recently in 2015 before both the House and the Senate Judiciary Committees on the legality of President Obama’s immigration executive actions.  He has served as a consultant to the transition teams of Presidents Clinton and Obama, the first President Bush’s Commissioner of Immigration, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, and several foreign governments, on immigration and refugee policies. His latest book, Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy (co-authored starting with the fifth edition, and now in its sixth edition), has been the required text at 185 law schools since its inception. His other books, published by the Oxford University Press, include Immigration and the Judiciary – Law and Politics in Britain and America, and Specialized Justice.  Professor Legomsky is the founding director of the law school’s Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute.  A former actuary, he graduated first in his class at the University of San Diego School of Law (Day Division) before earning the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University.  He clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and headed a division of the Ninth Circuit central legal staff.  He has won several awards, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s annual award, given to one immigration law professor in the United States, and Washington University’s Arthur Holly Compton Award, given annually to one university faculty member for career accomplishments. An elected member of the American Law Institute, he founded and chaired the Immigration Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools and has chaired the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Law Professor’s Committee and the Refugee Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association. Professor Legomsky has been appointed to visiting positions at Oxford University, Cambridge University, and other universities in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Austria, Australia, Suriname, Singapore, Israel, and Portugal.  In the past three years he has appeared several times on the PBS News Hour, NPR, Al Jazeera, foreign national news broadcasts, and several local NPR and other stations, and has been quoted in the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, CNN, USA Today, US News & World Report, Associated Press, Reuters, Voice of America, Huffington Post, Politico, ABC News, NBC news, the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, the National Law Journal, Foreign Policy Magazine, and other major news outlets.

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6:42 PM | Anonymous

    What It's Like to Be Legal Counsel for the Massachusetts Port Authority

    Monday, October 2, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


    The Massachusetts Port Authority invites members of the legal community to come hear from its General Counsel, Catherine McDonald, as well as it Director of Diversity & Inclusion/Compliance, Kenn Turner, to learn about the exciting and unique legal work of the Authority, which includes pioneering efforts in the fields of real estate development, maritime and aviation, among others, and the resulting impact the Authority has on supporting diverse and inclusive businesses and communities.

    This program is being presented in partnership with the following Affinity Bar Organizations: Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM)Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA);South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABA GB);  Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys (MBWA); Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar;  Albanian American Bar Association

    Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):

    FREE Registration and RSVP HERE:  more/RSVP

    Carolyn Barrett

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017 5:42 PM | Anonymous

    How Do Immigration Changes Affect Asian Immigrants?

    The Trump administration is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. What does this mean for Asian immigrants and their families? What other changes to the immigration system are anticipated? Please join Greater Boston Legal Services’ Asian Outreach Unit on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 4pm at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (28 Ash Street, Boston) to learn about how these changes affect Asian immigrants. This workshop will be in English and Mandarin.

    An attorney will be available for consultation after the info session. Greater Boston Legal Services is also available to help with questions and DACA renewals on Mondays in September from 2:30pm-7pm.

    Please email Bethany Li, Senior Staff Attorney, at with questions.

  • Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:32 PM | Anonymous

    Please join us Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 11 am - 2 pm at the usual spot on Castle Island, South Boston (on the lawn in front of Fort Independence, to the right of Sullivan's).

    Come hungry and ready to socialize; menu will feature homemade Korean BBQ as usual. Bring your picnic blankets.

    Significant others, pets and children welcome if you have them.

    Please RSVP by September 18, 2017 so we can make sure we have enough food. 

    Steven Kim is also looking for volunteers - please email him if you're interested.

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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