Asian Pacific American Attorney Resource Group
Cadwalader’s Asian Pacific American Attorney Resource Group (CAPAA) is an attorney driven resource group open to all Cadwalader attorneys and the firm’s summer associates, which strives to:
- Promote the professional development of Asian Pacific American attorneys at the firm.
- Assist the firm in attracting, developing and retaining Asian Pacific American law students and attorneys.
- Pursue business development opportunities through engagement with similar client affinity groups and other initiatives.
- Serve as an incubator and resource for ideas to further the firm’s diversity and inclusion goals
- Provide a forum for members to discuss and share information regarding issues that are important to the Asian Pacific American legal community and the Asian Pacific American community at large.
- Collaborate with Cadwalader’s other affinity networks to enhance gender, racial/ethnic, and LGBT diversity and inclusion within the Firm.
Key initiatives and activities integral to CAPAA’s mission, and its successes, include:
- Professional Development - CAPAA offers its members professional development opportunities both within the firm, through informal luncheons and social events, as well as outside the firm, through various bar associations and community organization programs and seminars. Past events include a conversation with New York City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, on the challenges, obstacles, and ultimately success of securing a council seat and a conversation with the Honorable Denny Chin, United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit on his experiences as a federal judge and his journey to the bench. CAPAA has also collaborated with the firm’s other affinity networks, including a panel discussion with the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) featuring Cadwalader female partners, focusing on their career experiences and paths to partnership which was moderated by Helen Wan, author of The Partner Track, a fictional story about a young Asian-American corporate associate up for partner at her New York law firm. CAPAA and the WLI also invited WLI and CAPAA Alumni to speak on a panel about their experiences going in-house and what is expected of outside counsel.
- Networking/Business Development - To promote the visibility and professional growth and advancement of Asian Pacific American attorneys within the Firm, members are provided networking opportunities through CAPAA’s participation and representation in Asian Pacific American bar associations at the local and national levels, including AABANY and NAPABA. CAPAA has also co-sponsored networking events with the Asian-American affinity networks of other corporations, including clients of the firm.
- Cultural Awareness- CAPAA hosts programs and events throughout the year that are designed to increase cultural competence, celebrate history and heritage and educate attorneys on how to work effectively on diverse teams. One of the signature events sponsored by CAPAA is the series of case reenactments involving Asian Pacific Americans. The historical reenactments have each marked an important chapter in Asian American history but also touch upon legal issues that are relevant and timely for all Americans today. Recently, Cadwalader attorneys and members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, including the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, presented case reenactments of Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio, a landmark employment discrimination cast, and The Vietnamese Fishermen vs. the Ku Klux Klan through narration, reenactment of court proceedings, and historic photographs.
- Pro Bono -CAPAA is committed to public service, and has worked with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Asian American Federation of New York, and the MinKwon Center for Community Action to provide pro bono legal assistance to members of the Asian Pacific American community at large.
For more information about Cadwalader’s Asian Pacific American Attorney Resource Group, contact Jessica Wong at Jessica.Wong@cwt.com.